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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 →

Bicycle Share and Complete Streets

Bicycle Share and Complete Streets

It’s perhaps one of the oldest philosophical questions in the book – which came first, the chicken or the egg? This simple question has stirred debate and stimulated interesting conversations for as long as people have wondered. But the concept of the chicken and the egg question is not monopolized by farm animals by any means. It can be transferred…read more →

Planning Participation in Capital Improvements

Planning Participation in Capital Improvements

Complete Streets infrastructure requires committed investment into bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and vehicle lanes, as well as aesthetic improvements such as lights, benches, and trees. Funding these improvements may be difficult, so departments and organizations must work together in order to implement a unified vision that optimizes funds. One way to build this relationship is to create an alliance between planning…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 →

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 →

The City of Hoboken’s Complete Streets Redesign Plan

The City of Hoboken’s Complete Streets Redesign Plan

The City of Hoboken recently presented the final stages of a Complete Streets Redesign plan to modernize Washington Street and improve bicycle and pedestrian safety. The plan includes new pedestrian traffic signals, redesigned bus shelters, and a plethora of cycling infrastructure improvements. Other notable improvements include new sidewalks and crosswalks in conjunction with curb extensions to upgrade pedestrian safety on…read more →

How do Complete Streets Policy-Holding Municipalities Differ From Other Municipalities?

How do Complete Streets Policy-Holding Municipalities Differ From Other Municipalities?

It is no secret that communities across New Jersey are all unique in their own way. Some of them are much more walkable and bikeable while others rely heavily on the automobile. Each municipality faces their own challenges in order to accommodate all of its residents’ and visitors’ needs. Thus it comes as no surprise that Complete Streets have permeated…read more →

The Economic Benefits of Active Transportation

The Economic Benefits of Active Transportation

When promoting active transportation and complete streets infrastructure, health and environmental benefits are easily quantified. Calculating economic benefits can be more difficult. Recently, studies have shown that bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure also bring economic benefits. A study conducted by the League of American Bicyclists in 2009 researched the economic benefits of bicycling for business. The study found that bicycling increases…read more →

Webinar: Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey

Webinar: Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, America Walks and the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center (NJBPRC), with support from Shaping NJ, organized a webinar titled, “Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey. Roughly 500 people from throughout the US and Canada registered for the webinar. The webinar covered complete streets, in general and in New Jersey, discussing every…read more →