Master Plan - Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan
VOORHEES TOWNSHIP MASTER PLAN
PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE COMPATIBLE
ROADWAYS AND BIKEWAYS
Voorhees Township Planning Board supports the concepts and associated desig
n of pedestrian and bicycle compatible roadways and bikeways in appropriate locations throughout the Township. Voorhees is looking to promote both walking and bicycling as a legitimate choice of personal transportation for short trips and for the recreational and health values related to each activity. The Township seeks to be consistent with the NJDOTs Planning and Design Guidelines for Pedestrian and Bicycles.
Voorhees Township's development patterns over the past twenty years have created the need to connect the various land uses including numerous housing developments and commercial/industrial projects throughout the town. The roadway and bikeway design's objective is to link all major housing developments and commercial projects throughout town using existing roadways and connective bikeways and extensions. These bikeways also coincide with sites of scenic interest throughout the township. The bikeways also provide to the commuting motorist an alternative in their transportation choice.
Consistent with the efforts of Voorhees Township, neighboring Gibbsboro has taken measures to preserve lands and set up areas for pedestrian and bike access. A onemile strip of Green Acres parkland is situated in Northeastern Gibbsboro on the Voorhees border in Northeastern Gibbsboro. This green way is compatible with Voorhees Township's pedestrian and bicycle compatible roadway and bikeway areas. It also connects the two town's recreation areas, is of scenic importance and contributes to open space preservation.
Among its may goals, the Voorhees Township 1998 Master Plan update seeks open space preservation. The pedestrian and bicycle compatible roadways and bikeways compliment the goal of open space preservation and the associated aesthetic value of such preservation.
In addition to the numerous benefits the Voorhees Township Pedestrian and Bikeway Plan will provide to our residents, future developers will be made aware of the plan and be required to be consistent with the plan in accordance with Municipal Land Use Law requirements. In addition, the inclusion of pedestrian and bicycle compatible roadways and bikeways in the Township Master Plan provides grant opportunities for future funding.
As shown on the Bikeway Plan, the Township's proposed main trunk route would extend from the southeast to the northwest. The trunk route would proceed north on Cooper Road from Lakeside Drive to Centennial Boulevard (MarltonGibbsboro Road). At this point the route would go west on Centennial Boulevard to Old Egg Harbor Road. The route then goes north on Old Egg Harbor Road to the rear of the Eastern High School property where it goes across to Laurel Oak Road. From Laurel Oak Road the route goes northwest across Route 561 to White Horse Road. The route then goes across White Horse Road onto Echelon Road past Maiorato Field to the Echelon Mall.
Branches and loop connections to the main trunk route expand the Township's Pedestrian and Bicycle Compatible Roadways and Bikeways Network. These extensions connect to existing bikeways and further unite the Township. The total length of the proposed network is approximately 18 miles. See Master Plan Map entitled Pedestrian and Bicycle Compatible Roadways and Bikeways.