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Local NJ Bike/Ped News Feed For July15 – August 1, 2012

Local NJ Bike/Ped News Feed For July15 – August 1, 2012

Welcome to the NJ Bike/Ped News Feed for the second half of July! We’ve scoured the web to bring you all of the latest news on bicycle and pedestrian issues occurring in New Jersey and the region. Make sure to check out the debut video made by our NJ Ambassadors at the end! Click past the break to see all of the news!

Enjoy!

Bikes on Buses? It’s Easier Than you Think!

Bikes on Buses? It’s Easier Than you Think!

Many cyclists share the same story: You’re on your way home from work one day when all of the sudden your tire goes flat, and of course it’s the one time you’ve forgotten to bring your pump and patch kit. Or you’re halfway into your ride when it starts pouring rain. Or maybe you’ve put off biking somewhere because it’s too terrifying to cross the four-lane, high-speed bridge that separates you from your destination. What’s a cyclist to do? Fortunately, there is a very simple solution: hail the next bus and load up your bike.

Going Mobile – Five Free Apps for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Going Mobile – Five Free Apps for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Much like the rise of affordable personal computers defined the 1990’s technologically, the smart phone seems set to shape the 2010’s. Though Words with Friends at the bus stop or mobile Facebook at the office may be the kind of activities more commonly seen on user’s screens, the ease with which software developers can create and release mobile applications or “apps” has resulted in thousands of opportunities to improve connectivity, make life easier, and yes, have some frivolous fun. Most of these applications only cost a few dollars while some can be free, often with the financial support of “in app” advertising. It can be difficult sometimes, though, to sort through the enormous quantity of apps on the market, and sometimes an app that you have paid for may not necessarily be as good as one that can be downloaded for free. Here, we examine some of the more intriguing completely free smart phone apps useful for those who like to be active and get around using their own two feet.

NJ DOT Unveils new Website for Complete Streets

NJ DOT Unveils new Website for Complete Streets

Today, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) unveiled their new Complete Streets Website! Here policy makers, advocates, and residents can all come to understand more about Complete Streets and see the progress NJDOT is making in implementing the policy though its own roadway projects. The site also provides a great deal of transparency in the Complete Streets process by listing the exemptions procedures and identifying those projects that have received an exemption.

Head on over to the new site today! http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/eng/completestreets/

Bicycle and Pedestrian Considerations in the Development and Design Review Process: Options for New Jersey Municipalities

Bicycle and Pedestrian Considerations in the Development and Design Review Process: Options for New Jersey Municipalities

More and more New Jersey municipalities are recognizing the benefits of being a bicycle and pedestrian friendly community. In addition to easing roadway congestion, making walking and biking a viable transportation mode for both utilitarian and recreational trips has environmental and social benefits as well. Biking and walking allows for healthier communities by providing opportunities for exercise, by contributing to a more egalitarian and connected transportation system, and by providing opportunities for community interaction and sense of place. This positive change is being fostered in New Jersey communities at all levels of government, but no player can have a greater impact in changing a community than the community itself. The following article, identifies some of the way communities can bring about these types of changes to New Jersey’s already crowded streets.

Local Bike/Ped News Feed for June 1 – June 15, 2012

Local Bike/Ped News Feed for June 1 – June 15, 2012

Welcome to the NJ Bike/Ped News Feed for the first half of June! We’ve scoured the web to bring you all of the latest news on bicycle and pedestrian issues occurring in New Jersey. If you have any articles you think we should add, please let us know! Click past the break to see the entire feed!

Enjoy!

Bicycling, Walking and Public Health in New Jersey

Bicycling, Walking and Public Health in New Jersey

National Trends Across the nation, cities are investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to promote active transportation options. Recent expansions of bike share programs, street improvement projects, and investment in recreational paths and trails are a few exciting changes which not only provide improved day-to-day transportation options, but also fun and easy ways to improve personal health and fitness. Bicycling…read more →

CALLING ALL BICYCLE ADVOCATES to attend the June 11th NJ TRANSIT BOARD MEETING!

At the May Board Meeting, recommendations regarding the NJ TRANSIT Bicycles on Trains Policy were presented to the NJ TRANSIT BOARD by North Jersey Transit Advisory Committee Chair Suzanne Mack. The Board will be discussing the outcome of the discussions related to the recommendations at the June 11th Board Meeting. We need supporters there on June 11th at NJ TRANSIT…read more →