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Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety

Cycling Safely in Winter

The winter months can be a great time for cycling. By focusing on following the rules and regulations, dressing accordingly, seasonal hazards, and bicycle maintenance, cycling can be a positive and enjoyable experience. Follow these tips to make the most out of your winter cycling.

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.

Street Smart: New Jersey’s Pedestrian Safety Campaign

In an effort to increase pedestrian safety throughout New Jersey, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is launching the Street Smart campaign.  The program, conducted in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety, will encourage both drivers and pedestrians to “check your vital signs”. “Whether you’re…read more →

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 →

NJAIM Participates in Elizabeth Walkability Audit

NJAIM Participates in Elizabeth Walkability Audit

On Thursday, May 23rd, NJAIM attended a walkability audit of six selected corridors in Elizabeth. This examination was conducted by the YMCA of Eastern Union County, Elizabeth Branch and Michael Baker Jr., Inc., with assistance from the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center. Also participating in the audit were New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), Meadowlink, Groundwork Elizabeth, the City of Elizabeth, and the Elizabeth Police Department.

The Ambassadors are Back!

The Ambassadors are Back!

NJAIM season has arrived! Ambassadors attended their first event of the year on May 9 at Island Beach State Park, where the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) released the New Jersey Bicycle Map and Resource Guide. Be sure to keep an eye out for NJAIM throughout the next 6 months, especially while you’re touring the state with the help of NJDOT’s new comprehensive guide. Never heard of the New Jersey Ambassadors in Motion? No problem – here’s an overview of the program.

NJ BPRC Presents at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum

NJ BPRC Presents at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum

Downtown New Brunswick is home to hospitals, restaurants, markets, and residences, all within close proximity and generating abundant street activity. On March 1, 2013 at the 2013 New Jersey Redevelopment Forum, Charles Brown and James Van Schoick of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center conducted an interactive planning workshop and mini bike and walk audit of Downtown New Brunswick. In…read more →

Senior Walkability in NJ: Making Improvements One Step at a Time

Senior Walkability in NJ: Making Improvements One Step at a Time

Communities across the nation are recognizing the pressing need to provide safe walking opportunities for senior citizens. Compared to their predecessors, senior citizens today are living longer, more active lives; and, according to the US Census Bureau, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to grow 39 percent by the year 2020, with the greatest increase expected in the 85 and older age cohort. One way for seniors to live healthier lives is to incorporate exercise into their regular routine, with walking frequently recommended as the best means to achieve that goal. Walking can also be a viable transportation mode that can enable seniors to remain independent, even if they opt to reduce the time they spend driving or eliminate it altogether, by choice or otherwise. Nevertheless, some 35 senior pedestrians on average are killed in vehicular crashes in New Jersey each year. In 2011 a total of 143 pedestrian crashes occurred that involved seniors aged 65 and over, 31 of them fatal.

NJAIM Hosts Bicycle Workshop for International Students

NJAIM Hosts Bicycle Workshop for International Students

Rutgers University is ranked “among the nation’s top 5 higher education institutions for commitment to diversity.” The university has more than 3,300 international students from 125 nations around the world[1]. Moving to a new country can be challenging and intimidating, but Rutgers offers extensive support for international students to try and make the transition as comfortable as possible. This includes the six-day International Student Orientation, a mandatory conference-like program with a flexible schedule of workshops. Orientation took place from August 27 to September 1, and the BPRC’s New Jersey Ambassadors in Motion (NJ AIM) were excited to be invited by Rutgers to host a bicycle workshop.

Ride Responsibly and Share the Road

Ride Responsibly and Share the Road

As bicyclists, we are responsible for following the rules of the road. Just as we stay abreast of the latest bike technologies and newest gear, we need to continually refresh our knowledge of riding on the road, practice our bike handling skills, and to always be courteous, even if we have been provoked. We hope this primer on the basics of riding safely and sharing the road will prove to be helpful and encourage you to learn more.