Lakewood to Receive $1 Million Grant For Lake Carasaljo Bike Path

Lakewood Township will be receiving a $1 million grant from the Murphy administration to help renovate the bike path around Lake Carasaljo.

The grant is one of 14 Bikeway Grants announced by the Department of Transportation today, totaling $7.9 million to help advance local Bikeway projects around the state.

“I’m committed to promoting active transportation alternatives that help achieve our climate change goals by reducing our reliance on cars, while encouraging residents to live a healthy lifestyle,” Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement. “Investing in bikeways is a tangible step to create more walkable and bikeable options for our most vulnerable road users,” he added.

Traditionally, the Bikeway Grant Program provides $1 million in grants annually to counties and municipalities in order to promote bikeways as an alternate mode of transportation that support the State’s efforts to add new miles of dedicated bikeways in New Jersey.

This year, an additional $20 million was appropriated for Grants-in-Aid programs, specifically for the Transit Village Program, the Safe Streets to Transit Program, and for Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities/Accommodations.

Of the $20 million, $6.9 million was provided for the Bikeway Grant Program, of which the largest amount went to Lakewood.

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  1. Lakewood Ducks Vow to Fight Bike Path Expansion
    Upon learning that Lakewood Township is receiving a $1 million grant from the Murphy administration to help renovate the bike bath around Lake Carasaljo, renowned duck and duck activist, Steve Quackbird, told reporters on Wednesday that the local duck community will figh tooth and nail to ensure that the Lake Carasaljo bike path, which interfers with the daily lives of local ducks, is not expanded.
    Likewise, the ‘Association Of NJ Ducks, Geese & Chickens’ issued a statement on Wednesday saying: “While Lakewood residents constantly complain about the traffic congestion in Lakewood, and how it effects their daily lives, these same individuals seem oblivious to the needs of the local duck community, which has suffered enormous pain over the years from the constant flow of bike riders that threaten their very existence and their daily lives.”
    “Just the other day,” the statement went on to say, “Mr. Samuel Goosefly, an elderly duck, who’s been living in a small pond in Lake Caraseljo for over 40 years, nearly got trampled to death by a intoxicated bike rider, who should have known better than to ride his two-wheeler while under the influence.”
    “Every year,” the statement continued, “hundreds of local ducks are taken to the veterinary emergency room as a result of careless bike riders, who couldn’t give a hoot – or a quack – about endangering the lives of ducks, including the lives of small ducklings who can’t fend for themselves,” the statement said.
    “Instead of dolling out a millon dollar grant to ruin the lives of hapless ducks, who just want to relax in peace in their waterfront homes,” the statement said, “Governor Murphy would be wise to give the Lakewood ducks a million dollar grant to enhance their worm-food supply, to expand their local ponds and to erect fences around the lake to protect them from unruly bike fanatics.”
    “The duck community overwhelmingly supported Governor Murphy in the last elections,” the statement concluded, “but that’s all about to change soon, if the bike path expansion goes through as planned.”

  2. It’s nice to improve a bike lane around the lake, but don’t we desperately need more safe bike lanes around town? Especially with all the scooters accidents we witness every week R”L?

  3. Its a nice improvements for people to be able to exercise.
    If we are talking about using bikes as alternative to vehicles we got to make all of our street bike friendly.
    I hope this can be a priority in making all street safe for walkers and bikers.
    Especially since this is a city with one of the highest population under the age of 18.

  4. People are riding, scottering and walking in the street around the lake on the South side… It’s like taking your life and putting it in danger on a road full of curves, poorly lit and where people drive well over the limit…..

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