The Bergen Avenue protected bikeway was a temporary facility, implemented over the course of 1.5 days with removable materials to demonstrate to Jersey City residents and businesses how protected bike lanes could be implemented in Jersey City. The protected lane was Jersey City’s first and was 75% wider than other lanes in Jersey City so that people cycling can travel side-by-side. For Columbus Day weekend, the lane welcomed people using scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades.
The 6-block, .4-mile project linked Journal Square and McGinley Square and was built to last over the duration of JCAST 2018, the city’s three-day, citywide arts festival. Not an isolated project, the demonstration project is part of the engagement process for the Let’s Ride JC Bicycle Master Plan, an effort being lead by Street Plans with support from Arterial, Equitable Cities, Streetfilms, and many community groups and city departments who desire safer streets.