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Senior Walkability in NJ: Making Improvements One Step at a Time

Senior Walkability in NJ: Making Improvements One Step at a Time

Communities across the nation are recognizing the pressing need to provide safe walking opportunities for senior citizens. Compared to their predecessors, senior citizens today are living longer, more active lives; and, according to the US Census Bureau, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to grow 39 percent by the year 2020, with the greatest increase expected in the 85 and older age cohort. One way for seniors to live healthier lives is to incorporate exercise into their regular routine, with walking frequently recommended as the best means to achieve that goal. Walking can also be a viable transportation mode that can enable seniors to remain independent, even if they opt to reduce the time they spend driving or eliminate it altogether, by choice or otherwise. Nevertheless, some 35 senior pedestrians on average are killed in vehicular crashes in New Jersey each year. In 2011 a total of 143 pedestrian crashes occurred that involved seniors aged 65 and over, 31 of them fatal.

NJAIM Hosts Bicycle Workshop for International Students

NJAIM Hosts Bicycle Workshop for International Students

Rutgers University is ranked “among the nation’s top 5 higher education institutions for commitment to diversity.” The university has more than 3,300 international students from 125 nations around the world[1]. Moving to a new country can be challenging and intimidating, but Rutgers offers extensive support for international students to try and make the transition as comfortable as possible. This includes the six-day International Student Orientation, a mandatory conference-like program with a flexible schedule of workshops. Orientation took place from August 27 to September 1, and the BPRC’s New Jersey Ambassadors in Motion (NJ AIM) were excited to be invited by Rutgers to host a bicycle workshop.

Bicycle Rehab Locations in New Jersey

Bicycle Rehab Locations in New Jersey

Are you considering biking as a form of alternative transportation? Are you looking for an affordable bike? Maybe you have a bicycle, but it is in need of some serious repairs, or you have a bike that is no longer used and would like to donate it? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, read past the break to find out more about the many bicycle rehab locations in New Jersey.

Ride Responsibly and Share the Road

Ride Responsibly and Share the Road

As bicyclists, we are responsible for following the rules of the road. Just as we stay abreast of the latest bike technologies and newest gear, we need to continually refresh our knowledge of riding on the road, practice our bike handling skills, and to always be courteous, even if we have been provoked. We hope this primer on the basics of riding safely and sharing the road will prove to be helpful and encourage you to learn more.

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.