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New Bike Path in Wayne Part of County Transportation Upgrades

Passaic County Freeholders recently passed the 'Complete Streets Policy,' report says.

A new bike path in Wayne is one of many transportation upgrades that county officials say residents should expect as part of the implementation of its Master Plan, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, the on-road bicycle lanes installed along Ratzer Road between Valley and Alps Roads in Wayne are the first of their kind in the county to be installed under the new “Complete Streets Policy,” which was recently passed by the Passaic County Freeholders.

The path is about two feet from the curb, the report said.

"It's a good concept and we extenuate the importance of exercise but at the same time bikers must always proceed with caution and be extremely careful," Mayor Chris Vergano told NorthJersey.com.

In addition to promoting bike safety improvements, the “Complete Streets Policy” plans out how to develop the Passaic County Master Plan’s transportation element, the report said. It is meant to improve street safety and access to transportation areas, it said.

The Master Planned was passed in 2012.

YGBFKM February 27, 2014 at 07:11 AM
BRILLIANT! Another 'Master Plan'! Will the Madness never end? (And STILL NO progress with the Rivers - CLEAN 'em OUT!!!!!)
caroleritt February 27, 2014 at 07:35 AM
It's also important for all bikers to understand that they must not ride against the flow of traffic and must obey all traffic signs. That means stopping at STOP signs, red lights, etc. I've seen some bikers disobeying these laws.
Ed Zachary February 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Sounds like the article is describing a "bike lane", not a "bike path".
YGBFKM February 27, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Yes, might be a 'lane' up there but there IS a 'Bike Path' proposed for 'Old Wayne' area for MILLIONS right through the FLOOD ZONE!
Trevor February 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM
A bike path in the 'old Wayne' area would be a great idea. Put a use to that area by turning it into a large park, similar to Saddle River Park in Bergen County. This would benefit the whole region, as park area during dry season and water retention during floods. If the mayor truly wants to attract young professionals out of the city, a passive trail is a draw, it works in Ridgewood, Glen Rock and Fair Lawn. And I'm sure green acres would chip in.
Gr8-2-B-alive February 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM
This is a start. I find the town very unfriendly for biking. Until recently many main roads had no shoulder, for example. Not even sidewalks in some areas. Wayne will blame this on the county, I suppose, since they control Hamburg Tpke and other main roads. The Valley Road extension and Berdan are much friendlier now that the have switched from four lanes to two and installed wider shoulders. But with the hills involved I can't see them being used very much.
Scondo February 28, 2014 at 02:03 PM
The story is about bike lanes, not to be confused with a bike path.The path that was proposed was to run from the transit center in Mountain View all the way up to Riverdale . It would have run partially in Wayne and then into Pequannock up to Riverdale. The Riverdale Mayor nixed it into his town due to cost. The thing never got off the ground because they chewed up the funding in meetings arguing over what kind of park benches and lights to install. If they cleared it and spread limestone dust like Pa does it would have been done 15 years ago with money left over. But such is the way of NJ. That same right of way could have been run all the way up to Greenwood lake if they planned it right. It could have been one of the best bike paths on the east coast.
Kallybaby March 02, 2014 at 12:40 PM
I don't have a problem with the bike lane, but I do with the middle lane that is for turning only...I live off of Ratzer Road by the Valley Road intersection, this is a disaster, people that are turning onto Valley from Ratzer ride down the middle turn lane because they don't want to wait in the traffic that backs up on Ratzer, and the same thing happens on Valley Rd extension. With Wayne getting more and more overcrowded why would anyone ever make a 4 lane road into a 2 lane road? The traffic is much worse and I have seen many accidents on Ratzer near Church Lane because of it. And as far as the bike lane goes, what happens when a biker on Valley Road extension gets to Hamburg Tpk? There is no way to cross that mess without getting killed.
Pad March 04, 2014 at 04:08 PM
4 lanes to 2 lanes on busy roads isn't a very bright idea. Ever see the traffic back up on Ratzer to Alps? People are driving up these turn lanes like an open lane. Its created a safety issue and didn't solve any existing problems.
Pad March 04, 2014 at 04:09 PM
How about extending the turn lanes at traffic light controlled intersections to help alleviate the traffic back ups at the light.

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