Saturday, November 29, 2008

Not 1, not 3, nor even 10 but 28 Reasons to Bike!!!

I gotta' thank Mikael Colville-Andersen (aka Zakkaliciousness) over at Copenhagenize for coming across this one.

Compiled by the University of Central Florida, Environmental Management Program as part of their Bike Path Project these 28 reasons to bike all come with detailed explanations and references to boot. So load up and add this to your arsenal in your local advocacy campaigns.

The 28 reasons are:

1. Increase in local property values.
2. Correlation with Overall Wealth.
3. Less Public Money Is Needed To Create a High Quality Transportation System.
4. High-Tech Business Is Attracted by a Perceived Better Quality of Life
5. Improved Personal Finances
6. Better Physical Health
7. Better Mental and Emotional Health
8. Fewer Overweight and Obese Citizens
9. More Free Time
10. More Beauty
11. Greater Mobility
12. Inclusion of Senior Citizens
13. More Equitable Living for Low Income Earners
14. Increased Sense of Community
15. Individual Opportunities for Safer Travel
16. Less Congested Roads
17. Safer, Quieter Neighborhoods
18. More Resources for Public Use
19. Enhanced and More Credible Metropolitan Image
20. Better Air Quality
21. Visually More Appealing Metropolitan Area
22. Cleaner Surface and Ground Water
23. Quieter City
24. Slowed Pace of Global Warming
25. More Sustainable Lifestyle
26. Recognition for Leadership in Sound Environmental Policy
27. Readiness for Other Environmental Initiatives
28. Enhanced Quality of Life for Women

And the best reason of all, which they missed (and I didn't think of either)....
Biking is a whole bunch of FUN!

Again, thanks to the good folks at UCF for putting this together.

Rutgers and the City of New Brunswick, are you listening?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

East Coast Greenway Ceremony in Highland Park

You’re Invited!

Help install an East Coast Greenway Kiosk in Johnson Park!

Saturday, November 29, 2008 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Where: Johnson Park, ½ mile south of Landing Lane on west side of road

Please join us and help us install an East Coast Greenway Kiosk in Johnson Park this Saturday.
The East Coast Greenway recently received funding to install 5 informational kiosks along its
route through New Jersey! The first was installed last year on the D & R Canal Towpath in East

Our way of saying “Thanks” for your help – we’ll buy lunch! We hope to see you on Saturday.

For more info contact Michael Oliva, (914) 844-0728,

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Update on the D&R Canal From Trenton to Bordentown

RiverLINE seen from the Towpath
Originally uploaded by Philly Bike Coalition

Today was a great day to take photos of this new trail along the towpath. Currently the path is complete from Canal Blvd and Lamberton Rd down to the Crosswicks Creek. A bridge will be built soon, probably in 2009 which will connect the path to downtown Bordentown.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

The Record asks, "Why was driver let go on bail?"

That's a very good question. Better yet why was the driver allowed to post only a 10% option on bail set at only $20,000? 2,000 bucks is pretty cheap price to pay to sleep in your own bed at night after killing a woman, injuring 5 others all of whom were simply standing on the sidewalk. To top it off, the driver is this incident was driving on a suspended license! All that and she still got of jail for only $2,000.

That said the driver in this case is still facing some pretty steep charges. Whether they stick is a whole other question. At least the media and people are asking the right questions.

For more about this please read "Why was driver let go on bail?" from The Record of Monday, November 10, 2008 and "Fatal hit-and-run began with a fight" from Saturday's Record.