The Christopher Columbus Drive corridor in Jersey City has been identified by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s FY 16-17 Local Safety Program as a priority pedestrian corridor, due to the increase in pedestrian and bicycle crashes resulting in severe injuries and fatalities. The City of Jersey City submitted a request for assistance from the New Jersey Department of Transportation Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs (NJDOT-OBPP) to evaluate pedestrian and bicycle safety deficiencies and develop Complete Streets concepts with the goal of improving safety for all modes along the 1.2-mile corridor.
Per the request of NJDOT-OBPP, Michael Baker International, Inc. (Michael Baker) is providing Local Technical Assistance to Jersey City. The Local Technical Assistance will include the collection of traffic volume data, crash reports, existing roadway conditions inventory, and related plans and studies affecting the study area. This also includes consideration of Safe Routes to School plans and improvements.
Feedback from local officials, residences, business owners, schools, and other stakeholders will be key selecting and prioritizing improvements for the corridor. Outreach will be conducted through public meetings, surveys, websites and internet-based media, as well as temporary demonstration projects. Feedback will be collected and summarized to present public preferences, as well as support final recommendations.
Existing GIS data, supplied by Jersey City, will be used to produce maps and assess the study area. Michael Baker will conduct a bicycle compatibility assessment, a sidewalk inventory and assessment, pedestrian and bicycle crash analyses, and intersection assessments using the data collected at the beginning of the study. The evaluations and feedback received will be used to develop the Complete Streets Implementation Plan, including the recommendation, prioritization, and plan for implementation of potential active transportation improvements.