Residents, workers and visitors walk all over New Brunswick. Walking is healthy, non-polluting and often the quicker, cheaper way to get where you are going in town. A city that is conducive to walking also spurs economic growth as both employers and residents are attracted to cities that are walkable. We want to make the walking experience as enjoyable as possible. Motorists need to remember that pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right-of-way. Cars have to STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS in a marked crosswalk. New Jersey has adopted tough penalties for motorists who don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. You can learn more about them here.
New Brunswick is also making crosswalks more visible. The City has recently installed flashing crosswalks at seven (7) locations throughout town, including Joyce Kilmer Avenue near Roosevelt School, Joyce Kilmer Park and the New Brunswick Teen Center; Commercial Avenue near Robeson School and Van Dyke Avenue near McKinley School and the high school.
Traffic exceeding the speed limit is an all too common occurrence. Speeding cars are a safety threat to all, especially our children. New Brunswick has taken several actions to calm traffic and reduce speeding in our neighborhoods.
- Radar speed detectors have been installed on George Street near Lord Stirling School, Easton Avenue near Buccleuch Park and Commercial Ave., near Robeson School. Additionally, mobile speed detector units are placed at other key intersections, as needed.
- Red light cameras have been installed on Easton Avenue near Buccleuch Park and St. Peter’s University Hospital
- Speed humps have been installed in several neighborhoods to physically slow down speeding cars. Streets with speed humps include Remsen Ave., Park Blvd., Van Dyke Ave.
- The New Brunswick Police Department has obtained grant funding for the use of pedestrian decoys
New Brunswick will be reviewing other initiatives that can be taken to further improve pedestrian safety and the walkability of the city.