County Commissioners Award Funding To goHunterdon to Enhance Transportation Access

Hunterdon County Commissioners Award Grant Funds to goHunterdon to Enhance Access to Transportation

On April 16, 2024 members of the Hunterdon County Board of County Commissioners presented goHunterdon with funding in the amount of $100,000 through a special Non Profit Grant program created by the Board of County Commissioners in fall 2023. Funding for the grant program came from State and Local Recovery Funds, received by Hunterdon County under the American Rescue Plan.

The funds will be used by goHunterdon to supplement the Hunterdon County LINK Transportation System’s “Special Transportation Service” (STS), which is offered to seniors, persons with a disability, and veterans for in-county and out of county medical trips that cannot be accommodated within the existing LINK System. The enhancement of the STS project will allow Hunterdon County to expand transportation access and capacity, address particular gaps in service, and maximize efficiency of existing LINK service.

Commissioner Director Jeff Kuhl presented the check to Tara Shepherd, goHunterdon Executive Director, and shared, “As a Board we are pleased to present these funds to goHunterdon. The monies from this grant will help enhance access to safe transportation for residents of Hunterdon County where LINK services might be limited.”

“goHunterdon is proud to accept these funds to support the transportation needs of residents and to work collaboratively with the County to enhance LINK service, said Shepherd.

Residents in need of transportation for in-county or out of county medical appointments should contact LINK Dispatch at 1-800-842-0531 at least two weeks prior to appointments to discuss transportation needs.

goHunterdon Welcomes New Bicycle Specialist

Bike Hunterdon

Bicycle Specialist

goHunterdon welcomes Lani Diemicke to the role of part time Bicycle Specialist.

“We are so happy to have Lani join the goHunterdon staff, just in time for the start of National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast throughout the month of May,” says Tara Shepherd, goHunterdon Executive Director.

Lani will be supporting goHunterdon’s Bike Hunterdon initiative. She will work to promote Hunterdon County as a bicycle tourism destination, manage social media promotion and content development for the www.bikehunterdon.org, administer the Cyclists Welcome program, and provide assistance at community and school based bicycle events.

Lani has extensive experience in community engagement and a passion for bicycling. She is an avid cyclist and former USA Cycling certified coach. For more than a decade has worked as a volunteer in the repair and distribution of over 2,000 donated bikes to those in need.

Lani shares her expertise and experience working part time at V5 Cycles in Raritan Township as an Operations and Sales Associate helping customers find suitable bicycles and accessories ensure a positive bicycling experience.

Lani previously served as a Coach for WW International mentoring members on program offerings and ensuring member engagement.

You may contact Lani at ldiemicke@gohunterdon.org For more information about goHunterdon’s Bike Hunterdon initiative, visit www.bikehunterdon.org

 

goHunterdon Participating in Hunterdon County Local Safety Action Plan Development

goHunterdon Participating in Hunterdon County Local Safety Action Plan Development

The Hunterdon County Department of Planning and Land Use is developing a Local Safety Action Plan to improve safety on county and municipal roadways in Hunterdon County. This safety plan is being developed with support from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA).

Local Safety Action Plans create a framework for focusing safety activities toward addressing the most pressing needs and matching safety problems with effective solutions. They are an important call to action to reduce and eventually eliminate fatal and serious injury crashes on all roadways.

Local Safety Action Plans seek to improve safety for all road users, in keeping with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Road Safety Strategy and Safe System Approach.

goHunterdon is participating as a member of the Local Implementation Committee, along with a multi-disciplinary group of local stakeholders, to help guide the project team in identifying safety issues, selecting and prioritizing proposed improvements (including infrastructure projects), implementation and monitoring efforts, and identification of appropriate community engagement strategies.

The project kicked off this month and is expected to conclude in early 2025.

For more information, contact Tara Shepherd, Executive Director, tshepherd@gohunterdon.org

Traffic Gardens Provide Unique Learning Spaces for Bicycle and Pedestrian Education

Traffic Gardens Provide Unique Learning Spaces for Bicycle and Pedestrian Education

“Traffic gardens” have been installed at High Bridge Elementary School and Milford Public School in support of bicycle and pedestrian safety education programs. A third traffic garden is planned at Hampton Public School with an anticipated install date early next school year.

A traffic garden is a set of small-sized streets with scaled-down traffic features and elements where children practice using streets in a place that is free from motor vehicles. Traffic gardens are also known as safety towns, safety villages, or traffic playgrounds.

The traffic gardens have been made possible through grants from Sustainable Jersey, funded by the PSEG Foundation, and technical assistance provided by goHunterdon.

“goHunterdon is proud to have provided support and technical assistance to Hampton Public School, High Bridge Elementary School, and Milford Public School to design, develop, and install these unique learning spaces to teach students about bicycle and pedestrian safety,” says Ryan Fisher, goHunterdon Safety Programs Manager. “Children learn best by doing. These gardens provide opportunities for interactive and experiential lessons and activities to teach children how to be safe when bicycling or walking.”

“goHunterdon is eager to work with additional schools to install more traffic gardens across Hunterdon County,” notes Fisher.

For more information, contact Ryan Fisher, rfisher@gohunterdon.org

We’re Hiring! Join the goHunterdon Team

We’re Hiring! Join the goHunterdon Team

goHunterdon is looking for unique individuals to fill two full time Program Coordinator positions. As a member of the goHunterdon staff, you will work collaboratively to deliver programs and services throughout Hunterdon County, NJ engaging with individuals, non- profit partners, schools, municipalities, and local, state and regional advocates. Both positions are ideal for someone who is looking to bring experience and passion to their work.

Community Mobility Coordinator

We are seeking an individual to bring energy, enthusiasm, and experience to support and grow goHunterdon’s Community Mobility Program.

The Community Mobility Coordinator and Travel Trainer works to address the transportation needs of older adults, persons with a disability, and individuals with lower incomes in Hunterdon County, NJ through outreach, education, advocacy and training. In this role, you will develop expertise and become a primary resource on information about available transportation services in Hunterdon County, NJ and train individuals and small groups on how to use these services.

If you are someone with a natural curiosity about people, learning new things, making a difference in the lives of others, and seeing the impact of your work on a daily basis this position may be the right place for you.

Full job description/apply: https://www.gohunterdon.org/blog/community-mobility-coordinator-and-travel-trainer/

Safe Routes to School Coordinator

We are seeking an individual to bring energy, enthusiasm, and experience to the role of Safe Routes to School Coordinator. Safe Routes to School is a statewide program funded through the NJ Department of Transportation with two simple goals: Where is it safe, get kids walking and bicycling; where it is not safe make it safe. The Safe Routes to School Coordinator will be responsible coordinating the Hunterdon County Safe Routes to School Program, delivering engaging presentations, events, and activities at local schools to teach students about bicycle and pedestrian safety.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in improving bicycle and pedestrian safety, experience working with school age children, be comfortable presenting in front of groups, and looking for hands-on work that will make a difference in the community.

Full job description/apply: https://www.gohunterdon.org/blog/safe-routes-to-school-coordinator-full-time/

Large Foundation Grant Award Supports Hunterdon Healthcare Access Transportation Program

goHunterdon has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Large Foundation in support of the Hunterdon Healthcare Access Transportation Program.  The program provides Uber and Lyft rides for Hunterdon County senior citizens to get to non-emergency medical appointments. Launched in 2020, the program has provided more than 2,500 rides for patients of Hunterdon Health resulting in more than 1,300 appointments kept. Continue reading “Large Foundation Grant Award Supports Hunterdon Healthcare Access Transportation Program”

Workshop for Law Enforcement Addresses Electric Bicycle and Scooter Use

Electric bicycles and scooters have grown in popularity and can offer an affordable transportation option. With speeds varying between 20-28 mph, these devices can often travel as fast as other vehicles on the road. So, how can municipalities and local law enforcement balance mobility and safety? This was the focus of an “E-Mobility Insights for Law Enforcement” workshop hosted on February 6, 2024 by goHunterdon.  Continue reading “Workshop for Law Enforcement Addresses Electric Bicycle and Scooter Use”

Pedestrian Crossings Expected to Remain Open During New Hope-Lambertville Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Pedestrian Crossings Expected to Continue Remain Open During New
Hope-Lambertville Bridge Rehabilitation Project

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced an updated construction schedule and a project-phasing plan for the New Hope-Lambertville Bridge Rehabilitation Project that would enable uninterrupted pedestrian travel across the bridge for the project’s duration. Project construction activities began January 30. Continue reading “Pedestrian Crossings Expected to Remain Open During New Hope-Lambertville Bridge Rehabilitation Project”

Sustainable Hunterdon Hub Focuses on Collaboration

Municipal and school Green Team representatives from across Hunterdon County convened recently as members of the Sustainable Hunterdon Hub to continue to explore opportunities to collaborate in their efforts to achieve certification under the statewide Sustainable Jersey program.

Attendees included representatives from Town of Clinton, Clinton Township, Franklin Township, High Bridge Borough, Kingwood Township, Raritan Township, Readington Township, and Tewksbury Township. Continue reading “Sustainable Hunterdon Hub Focuses on Collaboration”

Hunterdon Schools Compete for “Winter Walk” Polar Bear Trophy

Students at eight (8) Hunterdon County elementary schools will participate in the annual Hunterdon County Safe Routes to School “Winter Walk” competition this month.  At stake is the “Polar Bear Trophy” presented to the homeroom with the highest percentage of students walking to school.

Barley Sheaf Elementary School (Raritan Township), Delaware Township School, Frenchtown Elementary School, Hampton Public School, High Bridge Elementary, Lambertville Public School, Lebanon Borough School, and Milford Public School have all signed on to participate in Winter Walk 2024. Continue reading “Hunterdon Schools Compete for “Winter Walk” Polar Bear Trophy”