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Livingston Avenue Road Diet August Design Meeting

Livingston Avenue Road Diet August Design Meeting

On August 18, 2015, the City of New Brunswick, Middlesex County, and Dewberry Consulting held a public forum on proposed changes to Livingston Avenue. This was the second public meeting on the project, which proposes to make Livingston Avenue safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The 60-foot-wide corridor currently offers two travel lanes in each direction, along with on-street parking…read more →

Bicycle Lanes: What are they, what is the difference, why do they matter?

Bicycle Lanes: What are they, what is the difference, why do they matter?

By: Ganlin Huang, MCRP Candidate Bicycling in New Jersey is expanding for reasons that include health and environmental benefits, time and cost savings, and more and better bike lanes and paths. Through its many funding opportunities and outreach programs, such as NJ Future in Transportation, Complete Streets, and Local Aid grants, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) encourages municipalities…read more →

Shared Spaces: Can Redefining Street Design Provide an Equitable Space for Cars, Bikes and Pedestrians?

Shared Spaces: Can Redefining Street Design Provide an Equitable Space for Cars, Bikes and Pedestrians?

By Steven Zimmerman Over the history of human settlement, streets have been a dynamic if not slightly chaotic part of cities. They are the public space that connects all of the private spaces of everyday life, and allow for most of our mobility needs. Pedestrians and vehicles, either animal-drawn, human-powered, or motorized, have shared the crowded streets of cities, towns,…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 →

The City of Elizabeth Releases a Complete Streets Concept Plan for Morris Avenue

The City of Elizabeth Releases a Complete Streets Concept Plan for Morris Avenue

As part of a federal Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, Together North Jersey, a regional planning collaboration led by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, recently completed the Morris Avenue Complete Streets Concept Plan for the City of Elizabeth.The new report, which proposes Complete Streets improvements to Elizabeth’s Morris Avenue and connecting side…read more →

When a State Route is a Main Street

When a State Route is a Main Street

New Jersey State Route 27, stretching from Princeton to Newark, has an identity crisis. In downtown Princeton, NJ-27 is a vibrant, slow moving main street (Nassau Street), while just a few miles to the north, NJ-27 is virtually a country road, running alongside a lake with no pedestrian or bicycle facilities. Further north still, NJ-27 ventures through several downtown areas,…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 →

New Bike Lock Parking Spots in Montclair Parking Garage

New Bike Lock Parking Spots in Montclair Parking Garage

First, Montclair Township debuted a “Pop Up” bicycle lane on National Bike and Walk to School Day on October 8th. Next, the township furthered its bicycling accessibility and safety by opening its first 24 space bike parking depot on Thursday, October 16th. The parking depot allows commuters to safely lock their bikes inside Montclair’s Bay Street train station parking structure,…read more →