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5 Ways Bicycle Commuting Benefits the Workplace & How to Make It Happen

5 Ways Bicycle Commuting Benefits the Workplace & How to Make It Happen

Commuting by bicycle is on the rise in the United States [1], increasing the demand for better infrastructure and bike share programs. New York City, for instance, saw a 51% increase in bicycle commuters (approximately 30,206 commuters) from 2006-2011 [2]; while the country as a whole has witnessed a 62% increase [3]. Although many people are making the choice to bicycle to work,…read more →

Liberty Bridge: A History of Pedestrian Bridges Comes Full Circle in New Jersey

Liberty Bridge: A History of Pedestrian Bridges Comes Full Circle in New Jersey

By: Dan Cahalane Missed the PATH? Walk to work. Or at least that’s what the Liberty Bridge would allow you to do. Last year, a group of Jersey City residents, under the banner of the Liberty Bridge Organization, proposed a 5,000 foot long pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Hudson River. The plan calls for the new bridge to start at…read more →

Winter Bicycling Tips

Winter Bicycling Tips

By: Ian Watson With the winter season here, bicyclists should be aware of safe habits before traveling in the cold or on snow-covered roads. From maintenance to protective gear, there are many things to consider when traveling by bicycle during the coldest months. Cracked roads and sidewalks pose a risk for bicycle commuters. When snow finally hits the ground, those…read more →

Bicycling in New Jersey’s Transit Villages

Bicycling in New Jersey’s Transit Villages

By: Ian Watson In 1999, The New Jersey Department of Transportation unveiled the Transit Village Initiative which promotes the redevelopment of the areas surrounding train stations (within a half-mile) as pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use communities. The program’s function is to revitalize economies in these areas and to encourage bicycling and walking. Shops, businesses, and mass transit modules become much more accessible in…read more →

Multimodal Complete Streets

Multimodal Complete Streets

The “first-mile/last-mile” problem refers to the challenge of public transportation passengers to reach either the home or office after leaving the bus or train station. This can be especially challenging if the station is more than just a block or two away. Some commuters may take a taxi or a shuttle bus if one is available, but many end up…read more →

Active Commutes: Healthy Lifestyles

Active Commutes: Healthy Lifestyles

As the most urbanized state in the United States, New Jersey is not a stranger to long commutes. Here, as the saying goes, distance is measured in time rather than miles. And while New Jersey residents are familiar to long commutes, research shows they could be detrimental to health. Extensive research looking at commute-related stress has found that lengthy commutes…read more →

NJ Commuter Spotlight: Keith Miller

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the interviewee and do not reflect the opinion or position of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, New Jersey Department of Transportation, or Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Welcome to another addition of NJ Commuter Spotlight! This series highlights…read more →

NJ Commuter Spotlight: Glenn Patterson

NJ Commuter Spotlight: Glenn Patterson

Welcome to the first edition of NJ Commuter Spotlight! This series will highlight New Jersey residents who travel to work car-free. In this issue, the spotlight is on Glenn Patterson, Director of Planning, Community, and Economic Development for the City of New Brunswick.

The Top 10 Ways to Encourage Bicycling Among College Students

The Top 10 Ways to Encourage Bicycling Among College Students

Whether due to health benefits, environmental factors, or financial reasons, more people are becoming bicycle commuters. In fact, cycling has grown in popularity as a primary means of transportation throughout the past decade. The US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) reports that there were nearly twice as many bicycle commuters in 2009 than 2000. In New Jersey alone, between 2007 and 2011, the number of people who rode their bike to work increased by 16.59% [i].

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has recognized these trends throughout the state, and has been working with municipalities to provide residents with opportunities to use alternative modes of transportation. Similarly, they have also provided assistance to municipalities in the form of bicycle and pedestrian planning; these municipalities include some of the state’s higher education facilities such as Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township and Stevens Institute of Technology in the City of Hoboken. Additionally, New Jersey’s eight TMA’s provide a great deal of assistance to cyclists. By providing bicycle racks at transit stops, or assisting riders in identifying the most suitable roads for commuting to work or school on a bike, the TMA’s serve as a valuable resource for a budding cyclist looking to make “the switch.”

Going Mobile – Five Free Apps for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Going Mobile – Five Free Apps for Cyclists and Pedestrians

Much like the rise of affordable personal computers defined the 1990’s technologically, the smart phone seems set to shape the 2010’s. Though Words with Friends at the bus stop or mobile Facebook at the office may be the kind of activities more commonly seen on user’s screens, the ease with which software developers can create and release mobile applications or “apps” has resulted in thousands of opportunities to improve connectivity, make life easier, and yes, have some frivolous fun. Most of these applications only cost a few dollars while some can be free, often with the financial support of “in app” advertising. It can be difficult sometimes, though, to sort through the enormous quantity of apps on the market, and sometimes an app that you have paid for may not necessarily be as good as one that can be downloaded for free. Here, we examine some of the more intriguing completely free smart phone apps useful for those who like to be active and get around using their own two feet.