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Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy

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

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 ideal for commuters worried about looking unpresentable, riders with mobility issues that make traditional cycling impossible or daunting, and delivery workers with long shifts.[i] Using e-bikes for trips usually made by car can decrease emissions…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 →

Bicycling in Camden

Bicycling in Camden

Over the past few years, the City of Camden has taken strides toward implementing its Complete Streets policy and making a more bicycle friendly community. The city plans to link its existing bicycle paths to each other as well as create a way for them to connect to Philadelphia via the Ben Franklin Bridge. This will create one continuous circuit…read more →

Bicycle Lanes and Gentrification

Bicycle Lanes and Gentrification

For some time now there has been a cloudy perception of modern-day bicyclists, with bicycle ridership often thought to be 20-something millennials working at tech companies, with bicycle infrastructure viewed skeptically as a harbinger of gentrification. While these assumptions may be true in some instances, a closer examination reveals that the lion’s share of commuter bicycle ridership, at least, is…read more →

Multimodal Complete Streets

Multimodal Complete Streets

The “first-mile/last-mile” problem refers to the challenge of public transportation passengers to reach either the home or office after leaving the bus or train station. This can be especially challenging if the station is more than just a block or two away. Some commuters may take a taxi or a shuttle bus if one is available, but many end up…read more →

Bicycle Share and Complete Streets

Bicycle Share and Complete Streets

It’s perhaps one of the oldest philosophical questions in the book – which came first, the chicken or the egg? This simple question has stirred debate and stimulated interesting conversations for as long as people have wondered. But the concept of the chicken and the egg question is not monopolized by farm animals by any means. It can be transferred…read more →

Planning Participation in Capital Improvements

Planning Participation in Capital Improvements

Complete Streets infrastructure requires committed investment into bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and vehicle lanes, as well as aesthetic improvements such as lights, benches, and trees. Funding these improvements may be difficult, so departments and organizations must work together in order to implement a unified vision that optimizes funds. One way to build this relationship is to create an alliance between planning…read more →