WESTFIELD, NJ — A trial bike lane “pop-up” on Prospect Street once conceived as a three-day event will now be just four hours long and will only occur if the town council approves it after hearing public feedback on the specific project, the councilman leading the initiative said.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, from noon to 4 p.m., the Green Team hopes to test the lane on one side of Prospect Street from Lincoln Road to Dudley Avenue, Councilman David Contract, liaison to the Green Team, which is organizing the event, said. But first the team will hold a Zoom meeting to get residents’ input on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Any resident can get the link to the meeting by emailing WestfieldBikeLanes@gmail.com, Contract said.

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Afterward, the Green Team will take the feedback they get and make a recommendation to the town council, said Contract, who had just spent Sunday afternoon bringing flyers with the information to the approximately 30 homes along the route.

The proposed bike lane test coincides with a “foodie stroll” Downtown Westfield is organizing for Sunday, Oct. 4, where secure “valet parking” will be available for cyclists courtesy of volunteers from the Green Team.

Contract hopes that the town will give the bike lane a shot.

“We just want to make sure everyone is in the loop and supportive,” he said. “It’s just a test to see what the community thinks. We won’t know until we try it.”

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