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Montclair’s first “Pop Up” Bicycle Lane Debuts on National Bike and Walk to School Day

Montclair’s first “Pop Up” Bicycle Lane Debuts on National Bike and Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 8th was International Bike & Walk to School day and several New Jersey communities participated. The event originated in the United Kingdom in 1994 and extended to Chicago in 1997. The event since has expanded internationally, in order to promote year-round safe routes to school. Biking and walking to school provides several benefits to students and the community:…read more →

New Brunswick Begins Introducing On-street Parking Corrals

New Brunswick Begins Introducing On-street Parking Corrals

How do you add bicycle-parking capacity to a busy business district with narrow sidewalks and hordes of pedestrians? You put the parking in the roadway. An innovative strategy to help get more people to choose bicycling as their preferred form of transportation for daily, local trips is by introducing on-street bicycle parking corrals near businesses. In Central New Jersey, the…read more →

NJDOT Releases “Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle” downloadable tour routes

NJDOT Releases “Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle” downloadable tour routes

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) publishes more than 20 bicycle tour guides, including the 238-mile High Point Cape May Bike Route and the East Coast Greenway Multi-use Trail Guide. This month, they’ve released their newest bicycle tour route, Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle,to help promote recreation along the New Jersey Shore as towns and businesses recover from…read more →

Addressing the Need for Safe Bicycle Parking at Transit Stations: The Bicycle Cage

Addressing the Need for Safe Bicycle Parking at Transit Stations: The Bicycle Cage

Is an innovative bicycle parking solution implemented at Massachusetts rail stations a good strategy for New Jersey? Today, only a small proportion of rail-transit riders in New Jersey use a bicycle to arrive at the train station.  According to a 2005 NJ TRANSIT survey, even at the stations most used by bicyclists, less than 5% of all passengers arriving at…read more →

Sustainable Complete Streets

Sustainable Complete Streets

Complete Street initiatives “redefine what a street is intended to do, what goals a transportation agency is going to meet, and how the community will spend its transportation money.”[1] These policies stress the need to make transportation accommodations for all modes: bicycles, pedestrians, automobiles, and freight. While Complete Streets works to change the transportation landscape, it also has the potential…read more →

Connecting the City Through Park Corridors

Cities in the United States have a history of using green space to enhance urban landscapes. During the industrial revolution, Frederick Law Olmstead used green space not only to connect people, but create order in cities worn with strife. Cities in the early 1900s were consumed with filth on the streets and in the air. This polluted atmosphere paired with…read more →

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.

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 →

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.