League of American Bicyclists announced its Fall 2012 Bicycle Friendly Communities award winner. Both Hoboken and Ocean City were awarded Bronze BFC status and join West Windsor that also won Bronze in 2011 giving New Jersey three Bicycle Friendly Communities.
Hoboken's award has been received by New Jersey's bike/ped community with much acclaim and rightfully so. The City of Hoboken has been aggressive by putting in 8 miles of bikes lanes which covers 25% of the total street mileage and greatly expanding bike parking.
However, Ocean City's award is equally important and should not be overlooked. Ocean City has been on the cutting edge of bicycle accommodation, even on a national level for a number of years now (1, 2) and likely could have won BFC status several years ago. But that's not stopping Ocean City from moving forward. OC is working to extend their bikeway network beyond Haven
Avenue, New Jersey's only bicycle boulevard. They are installing in street
bicycle parking and planning an expansion of the bicycle boulevard
towards the north end of the island. Take a look at one of the cool things Ocean City had been doing for years now.
It should be noted that both cities have complete streets
Congratulations go to both Hoboken and Ocean City in joining West Windsor. We at WalkBikeJersey knew long ago that you had it in you and hope that more New Jersey Communities are inspired by your accomplishments.