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The Central Bergen Bicycle & Pedestrian Plans

The Central Bergen Bicycle & Pedestrian Plans

By: Ganlin Huang Funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), Bergen County recently completed the Central Bergen Bicycle & Pedestrian Plans, in order to encourage more walking and bicycling to major destinations in eight municipalities in central Bergen County. The plan objectives were: Identify linkages among key destinations, community facilities, parks, and transit stops; Connect to existing or…read more →

Bicycle Lanes: What are they, what is the difference, why do they matter?

Bicycle Lanes: What are they, what is the difference, why do they matter?

By: Ganlin Huang, MCRP Candidate Bicycling in New Jersey is expanding for reasons that include health and environmental benefits, time and cost savings, and more and better bike lanes and paths. Through its many funding opportunities and outreach programs, such as NJ Future in Transportation, Complete Streets, and Local Aid grants, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) encourages municipalities…read more →

Summer Events

Summer Events

The summertime beckons bicyclists, especially after a winter as long and cold as this past season. New Jersey is replete with events in June, July and August that will bathe cyclists in warm weather, sun and smiles. Below is a list of bicycle events and rides around the state. Charity Rides In the summertime, many foundations host races to raise…read more →

NJDOT Bike Tours

NJDOT Bike Tours

In celebration of Bike Month, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) released three new bicycle tours. These new tours, one in Jersey City and Hoboken, one in Gloucester County and one through the Columbia Trail in Hunterdon and Morris counties are all around 15 miles in length and technologically advanced. Each was created with the ability to sync to…read more →

Rural Complete Streets

Rural Complete Streets

Although the phrase Complete Streets often evokes images of a dense metropolis, it is important that this term is embraced by municipalities of all sizes and in all locations. It may be in urban neighborhoods that Complete Streets receive the most publicity, but it is not a singularly urban phenomenon. Complete Streets are about making our transportation network safe and…read more →

Bicycle Commuter Networks

Bicycle Commuter Networks

Commuting to and from work only comprises 20% of all trips taken in the United States. However, it is these trips that create the most congestion as large groups of people flock to the roads within the same 2-3 hour time period during the workweek. Engineers and planners are constantly struggling to mitigate this problem, and one approach is through…read more →

Corporate Bike Share Programs

Corporate Bike Share Programs

Bike share systems have gained popularity across the country and many cities planning to implement, or already have introduced, their own systems. Bike share systems need bicycle riders, which creates a need for accommodations for bicyclists. One of the primary hurdles in starting a bike share system is overcoming the obstacles that accompany riding in general: bicycle parking, showers at…read more →

Low Stress Bicycle Network Connectivity

Low Stress Bicycle Network Connectivity

It’s no secret that pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure are gaining significant traction as a vital way to develop cities and their transportation network connectivity in the United States. Just one look at new initiatives championed by United States Department of Transportation and their secretary, Anthony Foxx, insinuates that the federal government is emphasizing bicycling and walking as viable forms of…read more →

Improving Road Safety through Shared Space

Improving Road Safety through Shared Space

Improving the safety of all users on the road is of paramount importance to public officials, city planners, and traffic engineers alike.  Last month, the NJ Walk and Bike Blog wrote about improving the safety of bicyclists through bicycle network connectivity and bicyclist (and driver) behavior in the context of side street parking. While Complete Streets and bicycle lanes are…read more →

Bicycling in the Suburbs

Bicycling in the Suburbs

Across the Unites States communities are trying to integrate active transportation into their downtowns, but many of these towns are struggling to create infrastructure in suburbs that were designed for automobile use. The built environment in auto centric locations is segregated by zoning, streets are wide with high speeds, and distances to basic amenities may easily be 10 miles away or…read more →