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Safety Improvements Underway on Fayson Lakes Road

Borough to lower speed limit around sharp curves.

After several residents expressed their concerns over safety on some of Fayson Lakes Road's sharpest curves, the Borough of Kinnelon has responded and begun several improvements intended to help.

Kinnelon Councilman Gary Moleta announced the improvements during Thursday's council meeting. He said some road signs have been put in place and more are coming with appropriate verbiage asking motorists to slow down in certain areas. Other safety improvements are also coming.

"We're going to lower the speed limit from 35 to 25, which I think is far more reasonable in the Fayson Lakes area," Moleta said.

The safety of one curves in particular came into question last spring after a motor vehicle accident occurred there involving two bicyclist. The by medevac helicopter. Kinnelon police Sgt. Joe Fidducia said one of the bicyclists suffered a head injury and that the accident was caused by the bicyclists allegedly riding into oncoming traffic. The bicyclists were later issued summonses for failure to keep right.

The mother of the driver of the car said her son was emotionally damaged and that her son did not see the bicyclists coming from around the curve.

As discussion continued on the topic over the past several months, some have said the bike routes along Fayson Lakes Road, and other thoroughfares in the borough, are partly to blame for the danger. The inclusion of bike routes on the borough's main roads, including Kinnelon Road and Boonton Avenue, was part of the  Borough of Kinnelon Open Space and Recreation Plan 2012 draft update. Kinnelon police Chief John Finkle has said similar accidents to the one in March have been seen in the area over the past several years, but that they were not entirely caused by the road itself.

"These are accidents that were somebody's fault," he said in March.

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Regardless of who or what has been at fault for the accidents, the council has been working to come up with a solution to create a safer transportation route for both bicyclists and motorists. Approximately was to be allocated specifically toward the Fayson Lakes Road safety improvements. Borough Engineer Paul Darmofalski also advised the council in July to move forward with the improvements.

Zoo Keeper October 24, 2012 at 10:55 AM
What bike routes? Just because the sign say "Bike Route" is this true......NO. There should be a three foot path along side any roadway in Kinnelon specifically for BIKES. Not a sign telling us something that we already know. More funding wasted. There are NO signs in Butler, Montville, Boonton Twp , so why just in Kinnelon. what is a bikeer to do? Walk their bike to that point where the signs start, ride their bikes then dismount and walk it again. Such a JOKE. Move the guardrails over and put in the proper "bike route", not only for the safety of the bikers but the drivers as well. Act ....Don't React !!!!
Rich October 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM
"The safety of one curves in particular came into question last spring after a motor vehicle accident occurred there involving two bicyclist. The bicyclists struck a car head-on, were injured and needed to be transported to the hospital by medevac helicopter. Kinnelon police Sgt. Joe Fidducia said one of the bicyclists suffered a head injury and that the accident was caused by the bicyclists allegedly riding into oncoming traffic. The bicyclists were later issued summonses for failure to keep right." How about giving tickets to the bikers who ignore stop sign, e=fail to keep right and recklessly speed downhill on a busy commuter roadway?
Rich October 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Zookeeper, all they do is react, time after tome it has shown.
Zoo Keeper October 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM
i aGREE 100%
Rose October 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I don't care how many signs you put up, with proper verbiage or not, or if you lower the speed limit to 10 mph, people are still going to speed, whether they're riding a bike or driving in a car! Those stupid bike route signs were part of a grant many years ago, it's time to take them down on FLR or put in the proper lanes (which we know can't be done). Take a vote, take a survey of the residents, don't just put a bandaide on it-or create a "new" oridnance!
Zoo Keeper October 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM
YES...Grant money used for these signs, I understand it was around &180,000, Idon't think those signs cost that much, do you? If you go down to Riverdale, the Newark=Pompton Tpk, there is what a bike route should look like and they don't have signs, just the proper lane for bikes. Its not only FLR but, Kinnelon Road and Boonton Ave as well. None of these roads have the proper width (sholder) to support a bike rout unless you want to move the gurard rails and/or poles. You are correct, its just a band-aid to a more servious "wound". If you get crant money, then use it wisely. Act.....Don't REACT !!!!!
Zoo Keeper October 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM
And, as you can see from the article.....another $195,000 in grant money......those signs must be trimmed in gold !!!! Act....Don't REACT !!!
M. Justicel October 24, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Like Rose said, a patch on a large hole of a dam! These roads were never designed for people on bicycles. Find somewhere else to ride where safety is a concern. The borough will not spend millions of dollars to widen the roads just for bike lanes. Lets be realistic. Even if I was a cyclist, I wouldn't ride on theses roads.
Len Domino October 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I would think that the majority of the bicyclists are not from Kinnelon. This problem didn't start when these two cyclists were hit. Did we forget about the doctor that was hit several years ago? I can't remember his name, but I believe he is still not well. The road is just too dangerous!!! It's not wide enough for cars and bicycles.
rose October 24, 2012 at 09:43 PM
That doctor was MY doctor and he was left paralyzed. I have lived here over 20yrs. and there was never a problem with bicyclists until they got the "grant" money (I know it included "other" things, ie. the lights on Kinnelon Rd.) and put up those signs. While it's not the signs fault per se, the signs represented a "false" advertisement in that the route was advertised in biking magazines as a great place to ride and has attracted many bike enthusiasts, some of who are non-residents and don't know the roads. No matter how much residents don't like it, the bike riders are here for good. Now, we the residents, get punished by lowering the speed limit to 25 mph on a major thoroughfare through Kinnelon? Who ever got the grant, didn't have the foresight to see the mess they would create, just like allowing the building of hugh developments without leaving any free space for rec areas. A couple of those councilmen are still in office! BTW, will the police be radaring bicyclers too and handing them tickets?
Rich October 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
"BTW, will the police be radaring bicyclers too and handing them tickets?" I fully support our officers keeping us safe, HOWEVER, as far as tickets go, they would rather use the license plate readers. There is a car that has FIVE on the back. I've seen another just sitting in the Boonton Field lot "reading" all the plate passing by.

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