Pedestrian Safety Competition at the Jersey Shore
Pedestrian Plaza in Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Towns along the New Jersey shore are in constant competition to attract visitors from New York, Philadelphia and all around the region. The same is true of major cities, residential neighborhoods and shopping districts but over a longer cycle. Since the beaches are relatively similar in most areas, they mostly compete on how "pleasant" the area is to people, offering conveniences and neighborhood amenities that differentiate them from the rest. Creating a high quality Pedestrian and Bike friendly enviroment is one way that many are competing for tourists dollars.
Stone Harbor, NJ is one shore town that has done quite of bit of work in making their town safe for pedestrians and disabled folks by creating pleasant places to relax, shop and even do good by the environment. Avalon, NJ has also done some of these, but with more of an emphasis on cycling amenities. Here is a little photo tour of some interesting pieces of urban planning straight from the Jersey Shore.
Convenient Recycling Station in Pedestrian Plaza
Pedestrian Crossing Sign Near Busy Intersection
Midblock Crossing From One Pedestrian Plaza to Another
Public Benches Every Few Blocks to Take a Rest
More Public Benches Near Shops
Prime Reserved Street Parking for Disabled Folks
Safety Ramps at Curb Cuts
In Nearby Avalon, NJ there is More Provision for Cyclists
Clear Signs About Sidewalk Use
And Some Gentle Safety Reminders