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Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy

How Copenhagen’s Policy Failure Led to Infrastructure Success

How Copenhagen’s Policy Failure Led to Infrastructure Success

Copenhagen and Congestion Failure The Danish capital of Copenhagen is often referred to as a “biking beacon,” with its world-class bicycling infrastructure. The city and its surrounding suburbs contain dozens of miles of bike paths connecting residents to their workplaces. While its bicycling infrastructure is well known, its latest innovation regarding the expansion of the network is less publicized but…read more →

How do Complete Streets Policy-Holding Municipalities Differ From Other Municipalities?

How do Complete Streets Policy-Holding Municipalities Differ From Other Municipalities?

It is no secret that communities across New Jersey are all unique in their own way. Some of them are much more walkable and bikeable while others rely heavily on the automobile. Each municipality faces their own challenges in order to accommodate all of its residents’ and visitors’ needs. Thus it comes as no surprise that Complete Streets have permeated…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 →

NJDOT Releases “Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle” downloadable tour routes

NJDOT Releases “Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle” downloadable tour routes

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) publishes more than 20 bicycle tour guides, including the 238-mile High Point Cape May Bike Route and the East Coast Greenway Multi-use Trail Guide. This month, they’ve released their newest bicycle tour route, Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle,to help promote recreation along the New Jersey Shore as towns and businesses recover from…read more →

June 19, 2014 BPAC Meeting Summary

June 19, 2014 BPAC Meeting Summary

The second New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC) meeting of the year convened on June 19th at the Bloustein School at Rutgers, New Brunswick. Participants included representatives from NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, various Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), Rutgers, and other organizations active in transportation planning in New Jersey. After welcoming remarks by Charles Brown…read more →

Webinar: Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey

Webinar: Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, America Walks and the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center (NJBPRC), with support from Shaping NJ, organized a webinar titled, “Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey. Roughly 500 people from throughout the US and Canada registered for the webinar. The webinar covered complete streets, in general and in New Jersey, discussing every…read more →

Heat Island Mitigation in New Jersey

One of the barriers to increasing pedestrian movement is appealing walking space. This requires having well maintained infrastructure such as flat sidewalks and safe intersections, as well as design elements that make walking comfortable. Natural elements such as trees, flowers, and grasses, are not only aesthetically pleasing but also create a more comfortable walking environment by reducing heat and direct…read more →

Cycling on Sidewalks in New Jersey – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of Cycling on Sidewalks in New Jersey. Part 1 focused on the dangers of cycling on the sidewalk, situations in which cycling on the sidewalk is appropriate, and precautions cyclists should take when riding on the sidewalk. Part 2 examines municipalities with restrictions on cycling on the sidewalk, the common features of the restrictions and whether these restrictions should be expanded to other municipalities.

Our Top Bicycle and Pedestrian Moments of 2013

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center is proud to present our favorite moments in active transportation news from New Jersey in 2013, in no particular order. From becoming the leader in Complete Streets to providing communities with new resources to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, 2013 was a great year for walking and biking in New Jersey.

Cycling on Sidewalks in New Jersey – Part 1

Cycling on Sidewalks in NJ: Dangers and safety precautions. This is the first of two blog posts about cycling on sidewalks in New Jersey. This article focuses on a) the dangers of riding on sidewalks; b) when it may be appropriate to ride on sidewalks; and c) precautions cyclists should take while riding on sidewalks. The next article will focus…read more →