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Rise of Mall Walking Programs in New Jersey

Rise of Mall Walking Programs in New Jersey

What do America’s shopping malls have to do with health? Surprisingly and increasingly, quite a bit. Picture over 200 people arriving on an early weekday morning at a local shopping mall to get in as many walking steps as possible as a result of participating in organized mall walking programs. With the advent of technology and repurposing of malls, especially…read more →

Bicycling Among Seniors on the Upswing

Bicycling Among Seniors on the Upswing

Young adults may get most of the press about bicycling, but there has also been a documented rise in bicycle use among baby boomers as they have aged. Statistics about seniors and bicycling, based on 2009 National Travel Survey data, show large increase in bicycling among the senior population since 1995. New trips by seniors make up 22 percent in…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 →

Federal Highway Administration Launches Bicycle Safety Guide

Federal Highway Administration Launches Bicycle Safety Guide

The Federal Highway Administration recently launched a new website guide for transportation professionals entitled “null”. The website is part of an initiative announced in September to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities on American roads. The initiative aims to addresses infrastructure safety, education, vehicle safety, and data collection, with the Bikesafe website being one component. Bikesafe…read more →

New Brunswick Ciclovia Evaluation report released!

New Brunswick Ciclovia Evaluation report released!

Today marks the release of the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center final report for the “New Brunswick Ciclovia Evaluation,” a project funded under the Together North Jersey Local Government Capacity Grant Program. The report documents and evaluates the overall success and effectiveness of New Brunswick’s first Ciclovia, held on October 6, 2013. A Ciclovia is an event where roads are…read more →

Bicycle Tourism

Bicycle Tourism

Over the past ten years, bicycling has gained a wave of popularity in the United States. It serves as exercise, a quick way to travel, and also as a source of leisurely fun. More and more communities are viewing bicycling amenities as an asset and taking the steps to make bicycle friendly environments. Municipalities making these improvements are seeing economic…read more →

New Brunswick holds another successful Ciclovía

It is not every day you see a young child riding a tricycle down the centerline of a normally crowded street. Yet on Saturday, July 12, 2014, that was a common sight in New Brunswick. Residents are quickly becoming familiar with activities like these taking place on New Brunswick streets, including pickup soccer games, chalk art, and even a rock-climbing…read more →

Public Lecture with Guillermo Penalosa and John Pucher

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC)  is proud to present a free public lecture by Guillermo Penalosa and John Pucher at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm.  The lecture is titled “Cycling and Walking for Healthy, Sustainable and Socially Just Cities” and will be moderated by Charles Brown, Senior…read more →

Bicycling, Walking and Public Health in New Jersey

Bicycling, Walking and Public Health in New Jersey

National Trends Across the nation, cities are investing in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to promote active transportation options. Recent expansions of bike share programs, street improvement projects, and investment in recreational paths and trails are a few exciting changes which not only provide improved day-to-day transportation options, but also fun and easy ways to improve personal health and fitness. Bicycling…read more →