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Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy

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 →

E-bikes in New Jersey

E-bikes in New Jersey

Notice: A new law signed on May 13, 2019 legalized electric bicycles (e-bikes) in New Jersey. Please read this post for the latest information. The post below will remain as an archive. By: Jillian Walsh Electric bicycles (e-bikes) are growing in popularity around the globe. They allow riders to travel farther with less effort than a traditional bicycle, making them…read more →

New Report Quantifies Impact of Increasing Bicycling Mode Share on Climate Change Emissions

New Report Quantifies Impact of Increasing Bicycling Mode Share on Climate Change Emissions

Because of its affordability, health benefits, and convenience, bicycling has the potential to take on a big role in reducing the negative effects of climate change. A recent study done by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and University of California Davis calculated the potential impact that bicycles and electric bicycles (e-bikes) could have on reducing greenhouse gases. The…read more →

Complete Streets: FHWA’s Revision to 13 Controlling Criteria for Design

Complete Streets: FHWA’s Revision to 13 Controlling Criteria for Design

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has released a Notice for a request for comments regarding Revision of Thirteen Controlling Criteria for Design, in order to updates its policy on design criteria for streets. Currently, there are 13 controlling criteria for design, and formal design exceptions are required when any of the 13 are not met. The FHWA intends to streamline…read more →