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Innovative Ways to Count Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Innovative Ways to Count Pedestrians and Bicyclists

By: James Bonanno Traffic volume is one of the most important pieces of information that transportation professionals consider when building or updating road infrastructure. Volumes are systematically collected using automated technology at locations statewide to provide reliable average daily counts of vehicles along corridors and in intersections. Traffic volumes are also important in the planning and design of pedestrian and…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 →

Federal Highway Administration Launches Bicycle Safety Guide

Federal Highway Administration Launches Bicycle Safety Guide

The Federal Highway Administration recently launched a new website guide for transportation professionals entitled “null”. The website is part of an initiative announced in September to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities on American roads. The initiative aims to addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety, and data collection, with the Bikesafe website being one component. Bikesafe…read more →

The City of Hoboken’s Complete Streets Redesign Plan

The City of Hoboken’s Complete Streets Redesign Plan

The City of Hoboken recently presented the final stages of a Complete Streets Redesign plan to modernize Washington Street and improve bicycle and pedestrian safety. The plan includes new pedestrian traffic signals, redesigned bus shelters, and a plethora of cycling infrastructure improvements. Other notable improvements include new sidewalks and crosswalks in conjunction with curb extensions to upgrade pedestrian safety on…read more →

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.