The New Jersey Bicycle Coalition has modified its name to the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition. This name change reflects the willingness of the board of directors to fully "embrace" the walking advocacy movement. We here at WalkBikeJersey wholehearted support the now NJBWC in their move to cover walking issues as well, for these three simple reasons:
1 - Those that identify themselves as "bicyclists" are unfortunately, still a small minority of roadway users.
2 - By comparison, everyone is a pedestrian at some part of their day so now the NJBWC can justifiably say they represent the needs of ALL New Jerseyans.
3 - Often walking and bicycle access issues are one and the same if not identical. By creating proper access for one group, often the needs of the other are taken care of as well.
We here at WalkBikeJersey think that NJBWC's move to incorporated pedestrian advocacy into their mission is a wise and effective move that is sure to create political dividends in the future.
Also, the NJBWC along with East Coast Greenway Alliance, Trenton Cycling Revolution and the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance have announce a ride at 9:30 on Saturday August 14th celebrating cycling and walking in New Jersey by riding the recently completed and final section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath through Trenton. A good portion of New Jersey's congressional delegation has been invited so there is a good chance that you could be riding elbow to elbow with some of New Jersey's most important political leaders.
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Start of the Congressional Ride at the Brearley House on Meadow Rd off Princeton Pike.
Billed as a "family ride," it begins at the Brearley House, located in Lawrenceville, NJ, on Meadow Road which is just off Princeton Pike and the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath. Traveling almost entirely "off-road" the ride will go 7 miles down into Trenton along the towpath, to the Washington Battle Monument and back. Lunch will be served afterward back at the Brearley House around noon so RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to come.
More info about the event will be posted as soon as it becomes available online.