Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Action Alert - Contact Senator Lautenberg Today

Bicycle Resolution
Recognizing the importance of bicycling in transportation and recreation

Take Action!

Contact Senator Lautenberg on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

House Congressional Resolution 305 (H.CON.RES. 305), dubbed the National Bike Bill sponsored by Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), which passed the House of Representatives on May 21, 2008, is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, this Thursday, July 31, 2008, at 10am. Please take a moment to contact your Senator on the Committee to thank them in advance for their support of this resolution which recognizes the importance of bicycling in transportation and recreation.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Pay As You Drive Insurance Coming to NJ

From the Burlington County Times

The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - One auto insurance company is offering Garden State motorists discounts of up to 60 percent if they install a high-tech monitoring device.

The wireless devices will tell Progressive how many miles are driven, how fast people accelerate and hit the brakes.

Under the pay-as-you-drive concept, good drivers will get discounts and lead foots could face surcharges as high as 9 percent.

New Jersey will be the fifth state to offer the option.

Progressive says in other states, about one-third of the company's customers have enrolled. They're saving about 10 to 15 percent.

The program will begin Aug. 8.

NJ Bike/Ped News for July 28

New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian News Digest for Friday, July 25, 2008

42 Articles


4th fatality at deadly crossing (More in Crash Reports) Asbury Park Press • Thursday July 24, 2008

Soaring gas prices fueling more bicycle rides by workers Courier News • Saturday, July 26, 2008

A way to alleviate the sting of high gas prices? Bike it The Home News Tribune • Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Consumers make changes, but will they last?
The Home News Tribune • Sunday July 20, 2008

Square Visions
The Jersey Journal • Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wanaque Ave. to undergo construction
Daily Record • Monday, July 21, 2008

NJ is well equipped for — but not always open to — transit-oriented development The Home News Tribune • Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Victory Bridge is called perilous
Asbury Park Press • Thursday July 24, 2008

Cops: 30 bike thefts in 30 days
Hoboken Now • Monday July 21, 2008

Is Eight (More) Enough at the Hoboken PATH station?
Hoboken Now • Thursday July 24, 2008

Another bicycle theft thwarted by a Good Samaritan Hoboken Now • Wednesday July 23, 2008

Gateway Two draft ordinance debated at Planning Board meeting Independent Press • Wednesday July 23, 2008

Brook bridge hits a major snag
Daily Record • Friday, July 25, 2008

Tour de France bike on display at mall
The Somerset Reporter • Thursday, July 24, 2008

Obituary: Robert Yard, 89, competitive cyclist The Star-Ledger • Thursday, July 24, 2008

Crash Report

Boy hit-run victim fights for life
The Jersey Journal • Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Update: Police make arrest in hit-and-run The Jersey Journal • Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Disabled pedestrian killed crossing road in Brick Asbury Park Press • Tuesday, July 22, 2008 & Woman on scooter struck, killed while crossing street Asbury Park Press • Tuesday, July 22, 2008
UPDATE: Woman killed while trying to cross road in Brick identified Asbury Park Press • Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Edison man killed in Bedminster crash
Daily Record • Friday, July 25, 2008

Follow-up: Authorities name person killed in Route 130 crash The Trenton Times • Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Follow-up: Pedestrian ID'd in hit and run The Record • Friday, July 25, 2008


Letters: Is helmet law no longer valid? & Accident story lacked humanity Asbury Park Press • Wednesday July 23, 2008

Column: High gas prices may better our lives The Home News Tribune • Friday, July 25, 2008

Beyond New Jersey

Editorial: Bike Sharing
The Philadelphia Inquirer • Monday, June 9, 2008

Philly Near the Top of a Good List?
Phillyist Blog • Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Google Walking Directions Needs Some Work Philadelphia Bicycle News • Thursday, July 24, 2008

America's Most Fuel-Efficient Neighborhoods Forbes Magazine • Wednesday July 2, 2008

Portland, OR, Rides Bikes Around High Gas Prices (Audio) See Related Stories NPR • Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Making Cities More Walkable
NPR • Monday, July 21, 2008

Officials say cyclists safer on streets
Forum Communications Co. Fargo, ND • Sunday, July 20, 2008

Salt.Lake City Council hopes changes to parking rules encourages 'walkable' neighborhoods The Salt Lake Tribune • Wednesday July 23, 2008

Smaller Industrial Cities Offer Walkable Haven for Families, New Report Says Sun Herald (Mississippi) • Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Plan to ban cars on part of Market St.
San Francisco Chronicle • Wednesday July 23, 2008

Drivers, Walkers And the Battle For the Streets Washington Post • Sunday, July 6, 2008 & Drivers Feeling Shunned by D.C.
Washington Post • Sunday, July 6, 2008
MAP: D.C.'s Plan for Safer Streets
Washington Post • Sunday, July 6, 2008

Plan for East Rosedale 'does not make sense'
Star-Telegram (Dallas) • Wednesday July 23, 2008

Conflict between bicyclists, motorists boils over in Brentwood Los Angeles Times • Wednesday July 9, 2008

Building Smart in Fuel Crunch, Bike Industry's Gear Shift Pays Off Popular Mechanics • Wednesday July 2, 2008

Bicycle Campaign Gears Up for Campaign Cycle Congressional Quarterly • Monday, July 21, 2008

Going green, on two wheels
Guardian News (U.K.) • Thursday, July 3, 2008

Novak cited after hitting pedestrian
Politico • Wednesday July 23, 2008

David Suzuki Got Copenhagenized
Copenhagenize Blog • Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Cycling to the left or to right? (More with audio link) BBC News • Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mayor launches cycling campaign
BBC News • Tuesday, July 22, 2008

National Nightly News Video Special

Building a bicycle infrastructure
NBC Nightly News • Monday, July 7, 2008

Ride a bike, lengthen your life
NBC Nightly News • Tuesday, July8, 2008

Switching Gears From Car To Bike
CBS Evening News • Wednesday July 16, 2008

Fun / Humor

Firefighters in bike race
The Star-Ledger • Friday, July 25, 2008


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ocean City Press Bike Safety Conference Review

About 40 people attended the press conference on bicycle safety. The event was held in the Ocean City Transportation Center which is the northern terminus of Bicycle Route OC1 which runs along Haven Avenue.

Pam Fischer, director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety was the main speaker and she went over safety tips for bicyclists and encouraged motorists to share the road and look out for bikes.

The press conference was followed by a bike ride on Haven Avenue, riders got a first hand look at New Jersey's first bicycle boulevard which connects the transportation center to a 1/2 mile rail trail. Kudos to Ocean City.

Sharrow or Shared Lane Markings on Haven Avenue

My only critique of the campaign is that we need to continue to encourage people to take up bicycling because it is good for them and good for the environment, and that there is safety in numbers, a motorist is less likely to collide with a person walking and bicycling if more people walk or bicycle. These findings were reported in this 2003 article in Injury Prevention Magazine.

Cross street closed to through traffic with a curb cut for bicycles and pedestrians

Press Coverage of the event
NBC 40

State promotes bike safety at Ocean City bike path

Friday, July 11, 2008

Montclair Bicycle Advocate Sworn In As Mayor

Perhaps the biggest news since the election of Portland Bicyclist Sam Adams is the successful campaign run by Jerry Fried, founder of Bike Montclair. He was sworn in last week as Mayor of Montclair Township.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

And in Ocean City ...

Press Release: July 8, 2008
For Information Contact: Jim Rutala, Administration 609.525.9333

Ocean City to Host Bike Safety Event

Ocean City , New Jersey - Ocean City has become a bike rider's paradise with the new Haven Avenue Bike Route and improvements to West A to expand bike access. Always known for its famous Boardwalk and a variety of bike-a-thons, more people are using bikes to get around this island community.

Pam Fisher, the Director of the New Jersey Division of Traffic Safety, has appropriately selected Ocean City to kick off a new statewide campaign on Bike Safety. Ms. Fisher and other dignitaries from the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance and AtlantiCare will kick off this campaign at Noon on Tuesday, July 15 at the intersection of Haven Avenue & 9 th Street - the beginning of the Haven Avenue Bike Route.

The event will feature guest speakers who will discuss the importance of bike safety and Tuckahoe Bike Shop will provide 20 bikes so Director Fisher and other dignitaries can ride Haven Avenue after the event.

The Haven Avenue Bike Route is a two mile long City Street where the speed limit has been reduced to 15 mph and stop signs have been added to increase safety. The new Route 52 Causeway bike route will tie into the Haven Avenue Route making it possible to ride from Ocean City to a network of bikeways that extends all the way to Mays Landing. Additional safe bike routes are being planned throughout Ocean City to interconnect every section of the community.

Sgt. Charles Simonson of the Ocean City Police Department noted, " Ocean City is committed to making infrastructure improvements that safely incorporate bicycle transportation into our existing roadway network. An important part of this integration is to properly educate motorists and riders about the state laws concerning safe biking and to increase traffic safety awareness throughout the entire community. This effort should help to establish Ocean City as one of the premier biking destinations in the region."

Bicycle riders are reminded to ride on the right, obey all signals, ride single file and ride with traffic.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Bicycle Safety Demonstration in Morristown Tomorrow

For Immediate Release: July 9, 2008

For Thursday, July 10
Bicycle Safety Demonstration
Morristown, NJ

More New Jerseyans Using Bikes as an Alternate Mode of Transportation. But there has also been an increase in bike rider fatalities in first six months of 2008

WHO: Pam Fischer, Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety
John Ciaffone, President, TransOptions, Inc.
Representatives from the local retail bicycle industry and bike riding organizations

WHAT: Local cyclists will provide a demonstration of proper bike safety gear, such as helmets, clothing, reflectors and related equipment. Officials will also provide an overview of bicycle safety, including the rules for safely sharing the roadways with motorists.

Representatives from the medical community will discuss trauma injuries that can occur as a result of bike crashes.

Courtyard directly in front of the
Hyatt Morristown at
Headquarters Plaza
3 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.
(In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to a room off the Hyatt Lobby.)

WHEN: Thursday, July 10, 2008, beginning at 11 a.m.

For Further Information Contact: Maureen Sczpanski, 609-984-2529 NJ Office of the Attorney General, NJ Department of Law and Public Safety.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Point Pleasant Beach Does the "Barnes Dance"

Hillbilly Barn Dance - by Kelly Fitzpatrick, 1945

The Boro of Point Pleasant Beach has bucked the Jersey Shore's devil may care attitude towards pedestrians with a new bike ped advisory committee and at least one carefully designed intersection. Purple Heart Blvd (Arnold Ave) and Ocean Ave at the entrance to the popular Jenkinson's Boardwalk. The intersection features an all-pedestrian no traffic turn phase known to traffic engineers as the "Barnes Dance". For those NJ Drivers who believe that right turn on red is a protected right they went further with a bold "No Turn On Red" lighted sign.

Intersection ped only phase; for some reason I missed pedestrians crossing Purple Heart Blvd.

As was pointed out in an earlier comment the Point received a Bicycle Friendly Community "Honorable Mention". I have to say that I question the title given out by the BFC board. Like most other shore towns there are almost no bicycle amenities, let's hope that they give the boro a long to-do list to achieve bronze status.

Take Action - Sign the Scudder Falls Bridge Pathway Petition

Please sign the petition for the inclusion of a non-motorized pathway on the new I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge.

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) remains uncommitted to the inclusion of the path, citing the extra cost which will add about 7% to the projected total cost of the project. Despite the fact that the number one request from the public has been the inclusion of the bicycle and pedestrian pathway.

This petition is the launching of the final push to ensure that the DRJTBC designs a 21st Century Bridge that is accessible to all users of the transportation system, not just diminishing motor vehicle traffic.

To learn more about the project go to -

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Wall Township Wants to Extend Edgar Felix Path

Wall Township continues to cobble together a bicycle path network From the Asbury Park Press - "Township officials plan to ask the state Department of Transportation for $390,850 to extend the Edgar Felix Bike Path to the Howell boundary as part of a statewide plan for a bike path stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River." The Edgar Felix Bike Path is a paved rail trail from the Manasquan line to Allaire State Park,  A new north south path the Route 18 trail is a two mile path on state land that was originally acquired for the extension of that highway. View Larger Map