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Ocean County Pedestrian Strategies: Expanding Bicycling and Pedestrian Mobility

In March of 2009, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) awarded Ocean County a $120,000 grant through its Subregional Study Program. The grant will study pedestrian strategies and the possibility of expanding bicycle facilities and mobility; specifically, the creation of a bike/walking path on an existing railroad right-of-way in New Egypt and the Barnegat Branch Trail’s link in downtown Toms River.


Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility
Toms River Final Summary Report
June 22, 2011 | PDF (9.2 MB)


Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility
New Egypt Final Summary Report
June 22, 2011 | PDF (9.7 MB)

  Local Letters of Support

Steering Committee

Project Description:

The study evaluated two specific sites with regional reach, with the goal of making the two travel modes viable alternatives in the County.

The current character of Downtown Toms River, which is the terminus of the Barnegat Branch Trail, poses many safety concerns to bicyclists and walkers exiting the BBT. Recommendations are designed to improve pedestrian safety and mobility as the trail enters the bustling downtown areas. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in the area can be seen on the following SWOT Analysis.

The footbridge over the river connects both sides of Huddy Park and is used by cyclists as a shortcut. Photo by CHPlanning, Ltd.
Toms River Bicycle Link Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) Analysis

The second project is the study and development of the New Egypt Bike Trail in Plumsted Township. A concept plan was created for a trail to link the downtown to residential areas and civic uses further north, as well as linking the trail to Monmouth County’s Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold Township.

Detailed information on both studies is available in the Final Reports: Toms River | New Egypt

Open House Materials:

2nd and final Project Open House
February 17, 2011 ~ 6:00pm
New Egypt Municipal Building

Download Open House Materials in PDF:

New Egypt:


View Bikepath photos
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Toms River:

Study Resources:

Download documents in PDF:

Steering Committee:
  • Stacy Perrine (Ocean County Department of Planning)
  • Victoria Pecchioli (Ocean County Department of Planning)
  • Mark Jehnke (Ocean County Engineering)
  • Melissa Poulsen (Ocean County Engineering)
  • Jeff Vernick (NJTPA)
  • Megan Kelly (NJTPA)
  • Dan Nemiroff (DVRPC)
  • Chuck Latini (NJDOT)
  • Kate Meade (NJDCA, OSG)
  • Mayor Ron Dancer (Plumsted Township)
  • Peter Ylvisaker (Main Street New Egypt)
  • Jay Lynch (Planner, Toms River Township)
  • William Suchodolski (Toms River Environmental Commission)
  • Mike Mangum (Ocean County Parks and Recreation)
  • Joe Pirozek (Ocean County Parks and Recreation)

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Stacy A. Perrine, Senior Planner

Ocean County Department of Planning
129 Hooper Ave.
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191
(732) 929-2054
(732) 244-8396 FAX

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