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Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety

BSMART: A Device to Protect Bicyclists from Passing Cars

BSMART: A Device to Protect Bicyclists from Passing Cars

As of July 2015, twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted a policy requiring motorists to give bicyclists three feet or more of space when passing. If its governor signs the 3-foot passing law, Alabama will become the 27th state. However, there are concerns about enforcing this law without a substantial way for bicyclists to report violations. Motorists…read more →

Separated Bicycle Lanes Now Federal Policy

Separated Bicycle Lanes Now Federal Policy

After much research, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has introduced design guidelines for implementing separated bicycle lanes. The FHWA defines this as an “exclusive facility for bicyclists that is located within or directly adjacent to the roadway and that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic with a vertical element.”[1] This is different from standard bicycle lanes because a physical…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 →

Livingston Ave Road Diet Public Meeting Held – Comments Wanted!

On February 11, at 7:00pm, the first of four community meetings was held in New Brunswick to discuss plans on how to make Livingston Avenue safer for all users. A joint project between Middlesex County and the City of New Brunswick, the study will look at Livingston Avenue between New Street and Elizabeth Street. The meeting attracted a large crowd,…read more →

Where Are Bicyclists and Pedestrians Most in Danger?

Where Are Bicyclists and Pedestrians Most in Danger?

There has been significant hype about increases in bicyclist deaths over the past few years, which has both positive and negative outcomes. Obviously, increased bicyclist deaths is not desired, which is causing politicians and state Departments of Transportation to pay closer attention to their bicycling infrastructure, or rather, lack thereof. A study conducted by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, in…read more →

Bicycle Safety

Bicycle Safety

Bicycle commuting has increased in the past decade, but connected bicycle infrastructure networks are not keeping up with the need. The current car-centric roadway system has developed over the last sixty years and the bicycle revolution is just beginning. While many agree that more bicycle infrastructure is necessary, it will take some time to overhaul the road network that has…read more →

Federal Highway Administration Launches Bicycle Safety Guide

Federal Highway Administration Launches Bicycle Safety Guide

The Federal Highway Administration recently launched a new website guide for transportation professionals entitled “null”. The website is part of an initiative announced in September to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities on American roads. The initiative aims to addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety, and data collection, with the Bikesafe website being one component. Bikesafe…read more →

New Brunswick Ciclovia Evaluation report released!

New Brunswick Ciclovia Evaluation report released!

Today marks the release of the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center final report for the “New Brunswick Ciclovia Evaluation,” a project funded under the Together North Jersey Local Government Capacity Grant Program. The report documents and evaluates the overall success and effectiveness of New Brunswick’s first Ciclovia, held on October 6, 2013. A Ciclovia is an event where roads are…read more →

Rutgers International Student Orientation: Bicycle Safety Workshop

Rutgers International Student Orientation: Bicycle Safety Workshop

In New Brunswick, September means the arrival of thousands of new and returning students beginning a new year of their college education. However, before the Labor Day weekend, when SUVs and minivans congregate on New Brunswick streets, international students are asked to arrive early and take part in a weeklong orientation. Last Thursday (August 28), The Center for Global Services…read more →