Wednesday, April 15, 2009

DEP Will Be Reconnecting the Canals This Spring

In the 1950's the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath was severed by the construction of US 1. The canal at the time was seen as a blight and it's course was in the way of "progress". Now NJ DEP will begin construction this Spring in Trenton on the D&R Canal by connecting the only remaining gap, from Perry Street to Mulberry Street! This will create a continuous 60 mile trail from New Brunswick to Milford in Hunterdon County via downtown Trenton.

North of Milford on the Pennsylvania side PA DCNR is continuing its flood damage repair of the Delaware Canal towpath which when reopened will extend trail connections into Easton PA and the Lehigh Valley network of trail.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New Jersey Bicycle Coalition Goes Online

Our friends at the New Jersey Bicycle Coalition have launched their website

The Coalition's Mission is to encourage and promote cycling, provide a collective voice for cyclists, and improve access for cyclists on New Jersey's roads, highways, and trails.

Our Goals and Objectives are to:

* Advocate on behalf of cyclists before public bodies, including elected officials and government agencies
* Focus attention on cycling-related issues which may transcend the interests and abilities of local bicycling clubs
* Sponsor public events, both independently and in partnership with other organizations
* Promote cycling as a healthy, enjoyable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable means of transportation and recreation

NJBC's main focus will be to address bicycle issues in North Jersey which in the planning world can be defined as the NJTPA region spanning from Sussex County down to Ocean County. But their work on the safe passing bill already shows that their presence will have an effect statewide.

WalkBikeJersey has a broader scope as we aspire to be a statewide bicycle and pedestrian organization. We are working closely with the New Jersey Bicycle Coalition and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia as well as other local advocacy organizations such as Bike Montclair and the West Windsor BPA to make sure that we speaking with a unified voice.