MONTCLAIR, NJ - Will Montclair residents lose parking spaces with the implementation of bike lanes? The Montclair Planning Board is set to review the plan and discuss the possibility during the virtual meeting on Monday, July 13.
The plan includes dedicated bike lanes on many residential streets throughout Montclair.
As businesses flourish, there is a growing need for additional parking, not less, business owners maintain. This decision comes on the heels of Bloomfield Township announcing a pilot study of angled parking, as a means to provide more spaces in downtown shopping areas.
Since Montclair streets were designed in the 1800s and built for horses and carriages, parking will always be a challenge, experts say. Some experts are in favor of the bike lanes, while others have raised concerns about whether or not parking will be affected, due to the narrow nature of many Montclair streets.
With COVID-19, many more residents have taken to the streets to ride bikes. Therefore, the challenge for Planning Board members will be in considering the parking challenges throughout the business areas of the community, providing for a growing demand for bike lanes and finding a balance that satisfies everyone.
During prior Planning Board meetings, where this proposal was presented, some streets were being considered if the street was wide enough, but no decision has yet been made.
See page 14 to view the map of the proposed streets.