The New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition
posted an article that looks at how New Jersey could use the lessons learned from the implementation of The Circuit to develop a Statewide multi-use trail network.
(The Circuit) connects to several planned and existing corridors in Central and Southern New Jersey. The East Coast Greenway will serve as the spine to link the Circuit to all of the northern counties.
To date, trails and paths in the state have not been planned in the context of connecting them together into a statewide system. The recommendations below are drawn from the NJ State Trails Plan (pdf) and lessons learned from developing The Circuit. Chapter 5 of the plan recognizes the vision of a statewide network “New Jersey’s cities and towns are also connected through an extensive intercommunity network of trails, including both on-road bicycle facilities and off-road walking and biking trails. Many connecting trails have been established within linear greenways that link parks and natural areas throughout the state.”
The story includes an interactive map that shows the major multi-use trails in the State, an embed of the State Trails Plan and goes on to offer recommendations to implement a statewide network