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Winter Bicycling Tips

Winter Bicycling Tips

By: Ian Watson With the winter season here, bicyclists should be aware of safe habits before traveling in the cold or on snow-covered roads. From maintenance to protective gear, there are many things to consider when traveling by bicycle during the coldest months. Cracked roads and sidewalks pose a risk for bicycle commuters. When snow finally hits the ground, those…read more →

Bicycling in New Jersey’s Transit Villages

Bicycling in New Jersey’s Transit Villages

By: Ian Watson In 1999, The New Jersey Department of Transportation unveiled the Transit Village Initiative which promotes the redevelopment of the areas surrounding train stations (within a half-mile) as pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use communities. The program’s function is to revitalize economies in these areas and to encourage bicycling and walking. Shops, businesses, and mass transit modules become much more accessible in…read more →

Bicycle Lanes: What are they, what is the difference, why do they matter?

Bicycle Lanes: What are they, what is the difference, why do they matter?

By: Ganlin Huang, MCRP Candidate Bicycling in New Jersey is expanding for reasons that include health and environmental benefits, time and cost savings, and more and better bike lanes and paths. Through its many funding opportunities and outreach programs, such as NJ Future in Transportation, Complete Streets, and Local Aid grants, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) encourages municipalities…read more →

BSMART: A Device to Protect Bicyclists from Passing Cars

BSMART: A Device to Protect Bicyclists from Passing Cars

As of July 2015, twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted a policy requiring motorists to give bicyclists three feet or more of space when passing. If its governor signs the 3-foot passing law, Alabama will become the 27th state. However, there are concerns about enforcing this law without a substantial way for bicyclists to report violations. Motorists…read more →

Shared Spaces: Can Redefining Street Design Provide an Equitable Space for Cars, Bikes and Pedestrians?

Shared Spaces: Can Redefining Street Design Provide an Equitable Space for Cars, Bikes and Pedestrians?

By Steven Zimmerman Over the history of human settlement, streets have been a dynamic if not slightly chaotic part of cities. They are the public space that connects all of the private spaces of everyday life, and allow for most of our mobility needs. Pedestrians and vehicles, either animal-drawn, human-powered, or motorized, have shared the crowded streets of cities, towns,…read more →

Incentivizing Bicycling

Incentivizing Bicycling

As cities begin to add improved bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure, they should also create events and programs that incentivize using these facilities. Bicycling and walking to work requires not just infrastructure changes, but also a change of cultural norms. Community bicycling events allow individuals to become comfortable riding on the streets while seeing the city from a different perspective. Cities…read more →

Bicycling to Rail Stations in New Jersey: 2013 Benchmarking Report

Bicycling to Rail Stations in New Jersey: 2013 Benchmarking Report

Despite New Jersey’s large commuter and light rail network, a very small proportion of commuters travel to or from rail stations by bicycle, and little is understood about their travel behavior. To fill this knowledge gap, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center undertook a series of primary data collection tasks to document the current levels of travel by rail transit…read more →

Biking in the Rain

Biking in the Rain

As spring winds down and summer arrives, more and more bicyclists can be found commuting to work or riding for leisure. Warmer weather brings people outside, however, it may also bring rain. Traveling in the rain increases safety risks for all users. It is important for bicyclists to dress appropriately and take additional precautions in order to be safe in…read more →

American Community Survey: Bicycling and Walking to Work 2008-2012

The U.S. Census Bureau press released the 2008-2012 “Modes Less Traveled – Bicycling and Walking to Work in the United States” report. The findings are based on responses to The American Community Survey for 2008-2012. The report found that the number of workers who commute by bicycle increased from 488,000 in 2000 to 786,000, an increase of about 60 percent,…read more →

Cycling Safely in Winter

The winter months can be a great time for cycling. By focusing on following the rules and regulations, dressing accordingly, seasonal hazards, and bicycle maintenance, cycling can be a positive and enjoyable experience. Follow these tips to make the most out of your winter cycling.

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