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This column was prepared for the July 23, 2003 issue of U.S. 1

Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Between the Lines

Here it is, U.S. 1’s seventh annual fiction

and poetry issue. We emphasize as we always do that though editors

Nicole Plett and Kathleen McGinn Spring had to make difficult choices

from all the submissions, this is not a contest — but a chance

for writers to write what they don’t normally write and readers to

read what they don’t normally read. As he did last year, our editor

jumped into the fiction fray with a fictional column (see page 67).

This issue also comes with a party, and everyone is invited —

writers whose poetry or fiction is published here, writers who

submitted

work (and we encourage you to try again next year), and all the

readers

too. Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 14, 5 to 7 p.m. at Barnes

& Noble MarketFair. There’ll be complimentary desserts from the Barnes

and Noble cafe and hors d’oeuvres from the Big Fish Seafood Bistro.

A letter from the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian

Task Force urges support for a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Route

1 as part of the road improvements accompanying the Penns Neck

Environmental

Impact Statement (EIS) process. If you agree, send a written statement

before Friday, August 1, to Rutgers/Voorhees Transportation Policy

Institute, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick 08901, fax it to

732-932-3714,

or E-mail: cdanku@rci.rutgers.edu.

The task force writes:

"We are pleased to report that the study contains a commitment

for the study and construction of a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over

Route 1 in the Penns Neck area. Importantly, this study will be

undertaken

regardless of the roadway alternative that is chosen. However, the

bridge will not be constructed unless it is clear that it is needed,

that construction is feasible, and that there is local support.

"Route 1 poses a significant barrier to non-automotive east/west

travel in the Penns Neck Study Area and, indeed, for many miles in

either direction. From the perspective of a bicyclist or pedestrian,

there are no safe crossings of Route 1 in the Study Area.

"As traffic on area roadways increases, fewer and fewer

individuals

will be willing to consider alternative transportation means for short

trips or recreation due to safety issues. This will have a

particularly

hard impact on school age children who will be unable to travel

without

adult/automobile assistance.

"It would give West Windsor and Princeton residents easier access

to employment destinations such as Carnegie Center, Alexander Road,

Princeton University, Sarnoff, and downtown Princeton.

"The Task Force has identified a location for the

bicycle/pedestrian

bridge in the Penns Neck area, just south of the Dinky Bridge over

Route 1. On the east side of Route 1, this bridge would link up to

an existing discontinuous macadam path that runs parallel to the Dinky

train line behind businesses along Alexander Road to Vaughn Drive.

On the west side of Route 1, the bridge would be linked to a new path

that would proceed either west through Princeton University land to

the D&R Canal or would proceed south along Route 1 and then alongside

Alexander Road to the D&R Canal."


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