Monday, December 13, 2010

December Newsletter of the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition

Ed. Note - This blog is not directly affiliated with the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition

New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition
December 13, 2010

From the NJBWC President:

We are less than two weeks from the shortest day of the year, which means that Spring is getting closer (I am a glass-half-full kind of guy). Nicer weather means getting outside - and why not get outside on a new bike? The new Trek 7.3 FX Disc bike you have a chance of winning by joining NJBWC, or renewing your membership. Full details here.

Also, don't forget that registration is now open for the BikeWalk2011 Summit in February, to be held in Trenton. More information here.

Jim Nicholson
President, NJBWC

Come Out To Support Biking in Freehold, NJ

John Newman, councilman of Freehold Borough, is asking for our support in his bid to make Freehold, NJ, more bike friendly, by appearing at a public meeting on Monday, December 20. The public portion of this meeting is from 4:00pm until 6:00pm, followed by a discussion by the Borough council of a proposed bike plan for the Borough. There is opposition from the local business community and your support is needed to show that making Freehold a more bike and walk-friendly is in their best interests. For more information, read here...

NEWS BRIEFS...

The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance is proposing that Mercer County adopt a Complete Streets policy similar to that recently adopted by Monmouth County. They are seeking organizations willing to sign on to the letter they will be presenting to the Mercer County Freeholders.

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved, and sent to the Senate, a continuing resolution funding the federal govenment for the remainder of the US fiscal year. The measure also extends for nine months, January 1 through September 30, the funding under SAFETEA-LU. This appears to be a compromise between the six month extension favored by incoming Transportation Committee chairman John Mica, and the one-year extension favored by outgoing chairman James Oberstar. Read more...

This week saw the release of the Advocacy Advance Report - Bridging the Gaps in Bicycling Networks: An Advocate's Guide to Getting Bikes on Bridges. To read or download a copy of this report, visit the League of American Bicyclists website.

If you have not already signed the on-line petition for the passage of a three-foot safe passing law in New Jersey, please do so here. And pass the word along to your friends. Moving into the new year, we plan to bring this issue to the attention of all of our state legislators, and we need your help. Sign the petition

NJ BIKE/WALK SUMMIT

The New Jersey Bike/Walk Summit will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011, in Trenton, NJ. Registration for this event is now open and early registration is encouraged to ensure that you won't be miss the opportunity of attending and networking with your fellow New Jersey bicycling and walking advocates.

Watch this newsletter for coming announcements about the day's program, panels and speakers. There will be no registration at the door, it is pre-registration only. So be sure to reserve your place in the Grand Hall at the Masonic Temple in Trenton for this exciting event.

ABOUT US

The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition's mission is to PROTECT the rights and safety of NJ walkers and bicyclists; PROMOTE bicycling and walking for fun, fitness and transportation; EDUCATE bicyclists, walkers and drivers about our rights and responsibilities; and CONNECT our communities with a smarter transportation system.

To learn more about the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition go to their website - http://njbwc.org/

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