Princeton Municipal Rep Statement
on Code For Princeton’s BikeView.org
By Tineke Thio, member Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee
Code for Princeton has taken hard-to-find data on bicycle crashes in Mercer County and built an interactive map that is already moving the needle on how Princeton is making decisions about bicycle infrastructure: In the past week, the Bicycle Advisory Committee has started using the beautiful and compelling maps to push hard for a stronger Bicycle Master Plan.
The BikeView website and app will also allow feedback from bicycle riders on such things as road conditions (for Public Works to act on) and incidents that do not warrant involvement by the Police Department. The early feedback from bicycle riders is very positive.
The data collected will feed into AccessPrinceton (joining more general data from SeeClickFix) and give the municipality an unprecedented view of the bicycle user experience, invaluable in determining how to improve infrastructure and services important to riders.
I need not remind an organisation like Sustainable Jersey how important bicycle riding is for reducing a town’s carbon emissions from its transportation.
As far as I am concerned, Princeton has already won for having a tool as useful as BikeView. I hope the CFC judges agree with me that the Code For Princeton team deserve to win the competition.