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Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy

15 Ways that local communities and organizations are responding to bicycle and pedestrian access during COVID-19

15 Ways that local communities and organizations are responding to bicycle and pedestrian access during COVID-19

On May 5, 2020, the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council’s Design and Infrastructure Subcommittee organized a virtual meeting to discuss ongoing efforts to improve bicycle and pedestrian access through the stay-at-home order issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Committee included representatives from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), NJ Transit, New Jersey…read more →

How European Cities Are Planning to Expand Biking/Walking Post Lockdown

How European Cities Are Planning to Expand Biking/Walking Post Lockdown

While planning out strategies for relaxing lockdown measures, cities in Europe are thinking of ways to reimagine their biking and walking infrastructure. Biking and walking is also recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their recent guidance on transportation during Covid-19.[1] With walking/biking in focus, cities are forwarding strategies to decrease driving and vehicle miles traveled, and encourage people…read more →

Bicycle & Pedestrian COVID-19 Policy Changes Across the World

Bicycle & Pedestrian COVID-19 Policy Changes Across the World

Around the world, governments have required nonessential businesses to close and have barred citizens from gathering, as necessary precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. In order to break the mundanity of life while social distancing, people have rediscovered the joys of the outdoors. With this influx of pedestrians, communities have found themselves lacking adequate public space in order for…read more →

New parking taxes for New Jersey’s most populated cities

New parking taxes for New Jersey’s most populated cities

The Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey enacted AB 5070 on January 9, 2020. AB 5070 authorizes municipalities with a population of 100,000 or more to enforce parking taxes to finance projects to improve pedestrian access to mass transit. According to the act, any municipality with a population of 100,000 or greater according to the U.S….read more →

New Law Legalizes E-Bikes and E-Scooters in New Jersey

New Law Legalizes E-Bikes and E-Scooters in New Jersey

Just in time for summer, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (PDF) to clarify New Jersey laws regarding electric bicycles (e-bikes) and adding new regulations for electric scooters (e-scooters). The new law will make it easier for people to travel around New Jersey without using a car. How does the New Jersey law define e-bikes? E-bikes generally come in two forms:…read more →

How urban design can promote walking

How urban design can promote walking

Health experts have long touted the benefits of walking and how even 30 minutes of walking a day can drastically improve cognition, general well-being, and productivity. With this realization in hand people are increasingly looking to walk to the food store, their places of work, and other local areas of interest. That is why it’s of little surprise that “walkable…read more →

The Dutch Reach: A Doorway to Safer Streets

The Dutch Reach: A Doorway to Safer Streets

Earlier this month, Massachusetts became the first state to advocate for the “Dutch Reach” by adding it to their Driver’s Education Manual and adopting it to the driver’s ed curriculum. The Dutch Reach is a simple method that aims to eliminate crashes between bicyclists and vehicles caused by “dooring.” Dooring occurs when a parked motorist opens their car door into…read more →

Update to the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Released

Update to the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Released

An update to the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan was released in December of 2016, renewing NJ’s commitment to creating a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly state. While the state has seen a number of new developments in bicycle and pedestrian safety, the bar has been set even higher with recent progress. According to Elise Bremer-Nei, the Bicycle and Pedestrian…read more →

Progress Report: Borough of Bay Head Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Progress Report: Borough of Bay Head Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Things are moving along for bicyclists and pedestrians in the Borough of Bay Head, New Jersey. In December of 2015, the Ocean County municipality and popular shore destination adopted a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan under the guidance of Complete Streets visioning.  Seven months later, in July of 2016, Bay Head Momentum, a local non-profit interested in promoting “health and…read more →