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FAIR HAVEN / RUMSON: BIKE LANES AWAIT

fh bike lane 121215Both a bicyclist and an approaching a jogger appeared shy recently about using a new bike lane on the Little Silver side of Harding Road, seen here from Tower Hill in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03To go along with their shiny new Christmas bikes, cyclists on the Greater Red Bank Green have a new riding course: 2.8 miles of freshly minted  bike lanes through Rumson and Fair Haven.

Marked with share-the-road “sharrow” icons, heavy white lines and signage, the lanes call attention to the presence of bikers in an effort to improve safety, says Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli, who advocated for them.

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FAIR HAVEN: LUCARELLI PUMPS FOR BIKE LANE

ben lucarelli 1 061612Mayor Ben Lucarelli heads to D.C. this week to sharpen his biker-and-pedestrian safety campaign. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Anyone who’s heard Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli talk about biking safety knows it’s an issue he’s passionate about.

And listening to him talk about the biking-and-walking safety program he’s attending in Washington, D.C., this week, you’d think he was charging down to the capitol on two wheels.

“I would, if I had the time,” Lucarelli told redbankgreen on Tuesday.

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RED BANK: FAUX BRICK CROSSWALKS REMOVED

rb faux brick 062714rb crosswalk 051514State highway workers removed crumbling fake brick crosswalks from two intersections near the north end of Maple Avenue in Red Bank Friday after officials complained about safety concerns. “They said they made a mistake using it,” said Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, referring to state Department of Transportation officials, with whom she met on the issue recently. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: OCEAN AVENUE REOPENED

State Department of Transportation dumptrucks leaving Sea Bright at midday Monday after several days of sand removal work. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The northern stretch of Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, closed to all but local traffic over the weekend because of seawall breaches, reopened Monday afternoon.

But damage to the wall caused by unusually high tides following last Wednesday’s snowstorm means that the borough may be holding its breath during similar weather events until the wall is repaired, Councilman Read Murphy tells redbankgreen.

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MAPLE AVENUE LIGHTS TO BE TWEAKED

hot-topic rightRed Bank police will roll out a portable flashing sign warning motorists not to block intersections at the north end of Route 35/Maple Avenue, Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

But fixing traffic tie-ups in the vicinity of new traffic lights at West Front Street and the West Street/White Street intersection “is less a matter of enforcement than it is about the timing of the lights,” McConnell says.

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LIGHTS ARE ON, BUT SIGNS A PROBLEM?

maple-wfront-signageFor the first time, cars in the right lane on northbound Maple Avenue are allowed to turn left onto West Front Street.

First, the news: the new traffic lights at Maple Avenue and Water/White streets in Red Bank have finally been switched on.

Captain Darren McConnell, head of the traffic safety unit of the borough police department, announced the activation this afternoon.

But the recent $1.54 million installation of lights and other improvements at that intersection and the one just north of it, at Maple and West Front Street, have prompted some concern among redbankgreen readers, who think new signage could cause trouble.

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