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Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety

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.

Metro Park Station’s Hybrid Pedestrian Beacon is up and Running!

Metro Park Station’s Hybrid Pedestrian Beacon is up and Running!

  In the above video, NJDOT Commissioner Simpson, NJ Transit Executive Director Weinstein and Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac can be seen activating and crossing Route 27 using the newly installed Hybrid Pedestrian Beacon. This location is the first installation of the signal in New Jersey, and further exemplifies NJDOT’s commitment to pedestrian safety throughout the state.

New Jersey Ambassadors in Motion (NJ AIM) debut at the opening of the Route 52 Causeway Bridge in Ocean City

New Jersey Ambassadors in Motion (NJ AIM) debut at the opening of the Route 52 Causeway Bridge in Ocean City

Route 52 Causeway Bridge Opening The New Jersey Department of Transportation, Somers Point, Ocean City and other officials formally opened the new $400 million Route 52 Causeway Bridge connecting Somers Point and Ocean on Thursday, May 24, 2012. The grand opening event was held at the John F. Kennedy Park in Somers Point and consisted of a short speaking program…read more →

Pedestrian Improvement Projects Throughout the State of New Jersey

Pedestrian Improvement Projects Throughout the State of New Jersey

It has been a busy few years in New Jersey in terms of improving the safety of the State’s pedestrians through the implementation of significant pedestrian infrastructure projects.  The following article highlights a few of these projects. Main Street – Little Falls, NJ One of the more interesting projects, in terms of its implementation, has occurred in Little Falls Township,…read more →

What’s the Law Anyway? A Quick Guide to New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws (2012)

What’s the Law Anyway? A Quick Guide to New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws (2012)

Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.) covers motor vehicle law, as well as laws that govern highways in general (note: the definition of “highway” according to state law is different from the colloquial definition of the term – according to state law, virtually every public road and street that automobiles operate on, including city streets and side…read more →