Planning Grant Could Mean Safer, More Bike Paths in Camden

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Camden County Freeholder William Moen, Jr. was joined by officials from the DVRPC and the City of Philadelphia Thursday afternoon to announce a grant the county received to help improve Haddon Avenue. Credits: George Woolston
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CAMDEN, NJ—The “Medical Mile” in the City of Camden could soon become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

Camden County announced today that it received $100,000 from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s  Transportation and Community Development Initiative program for planning to improve bike and pedestrian connections along Haddon Avenue.

Officials from the DVRPC, the City of Philadelphia and Camden County announced the grants in the Independence Blue Cross Courtyard on Market Street in Philadelphia.

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According to county officials, safer bike paths would enhance existing and future redevelopment plans along that stretch of Haddon Avenue.

The project will look to improve, and possibly add more, bike and pedestrian paths that will connect the City of Camden to the Circuit Trails, a network of paths that link the suburbs of Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia, the City of Camden and South Jersey.

“If you are making safer bike lanes in places like Camden, or anywhere in Camden County, you would assume more people would than use bicycles to get from point A to point B,” said Freeholder William Moen, Jr.

According to Moen, safer bike paths will become a vital part to the city and to the county as development continues.

“These [transportation] alternatives — as thousands of people begin to work daily in the City of Camden —  these alternatives become more and more important and are going to become more and more valuable,” said Camden County Freeholder William Moen, Jr.

The $100,00 for planning along Haddon Avenue is part of $250,000 in TCDI funding the county will receive. Additional projects include an impact analysis of port traffic patterns on residential neighborhoods in Gloucester City, and further study and creation of enhancements to a main thoroughfare in Camden focused on Haddon Avenue, along with additional projects that support local governments throughout the region.

Moen said the county has received funding from these grants since 2002, and has previously been used for the preliminary design of the Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden.

The funding allows municipalities to bypass the high cost of planning for a project that may not come to fruition, said Moen, and allow them to go directly to deciding whether or not to go forward with the project.

This year, $1.8 million is being awarded to 23 projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey through the TCDI program, which, according to DVRPC Executive Director Barry Seymour, “creates more liveable communities throughout Greater Philadelphia.”

“They support local efforts to increase population, employment, to support neighborhoods and retail, and to improve the quality life in our communities,” said Seymour.

For more information, and a list of projects, visit www.dvrpc.org/TCDI.

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