Dropping by 9 percent from the year 2007, fatal accidents for pedestrians and cyclists seem to be on a decline in the state. However, says the "skimping on Sidewalks" report, the goel set by Governor Christie Whitman in 1998-a fifty percent improvement by 2010 is far away from being realized.
Although there are various state programs bent on dealing with the problem, the money grants are not coming through.
"In the next reauthorization of the Transportation Trust Fund, there should be an increase in funding for bikeways and safe routes to school," said Zoe Baldwin, Tri-Stae Transportation Campaign New Jersey coordinator.
(The above article was taken from "The Lakewood Shopper")
This past Tuesday (Aug 5th) was a time for the civilians of Lakewood to see who stands behind their stance for safety.
From 4:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m. at Pine park, all Lakewood residents were invited to the event that featured free entertainment, and food and drinks.
The schedule included cartoon characters, rides provided by Party On with Natalie, free bicycle helmets, free children's tee shirts, antique cars, "DUNK A COP", a raffle for fee bicycles for children ages 4 to 12, and much, much more!
Repesentatives from many County Organizations were at the park including the Lakewood Police Department's Special Response Team and the Lakewood Police Department's Traffic and Safety Unit, The Lakewood Fire Department, the Lakewood EMS, the Lakewood Hatzolah and Providence House.
Thank you to the Police Department and all of the people involved in sponsoring and planning this fun and enjoyable evening.