There’s nothing like a good bike ride on a beautiful spring day along perfectly paved roads with smooth, wide shoulders. But all it takes is one pothole and a flat to ruin the ride. Or a bumpy road that shakes your fillings. It’s no secret that many of NJ roads are in poor shape and unsafe for cycling. New Jersey has made great strides in recent years and now boasts some of the safest roads in the region. Safer than New York. Safer than Pennsylvania. Safer than Delaware.
But a major funding source for the roads – the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) – is in debt and scheduled to go bankrupt on July 1. If that happens, road improvements will slow to a trickle and the bumpy roads on your ride will get bumpier. And bumpier. We need the Transportation Trust Fund because it provides funding for major roads in the state and sends hundreds of millions of dollars to counties and municipalities for local road projects, helping them improve their roads without raising property taxes.
If you’d like better roads, wider shoulders, fewer potholes and safer streets, we encourage you to support the Transportation Trust Fund.