Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How are you getting to the NJ Bike/Walk Summit this Saturday?

Leave the car at home and walk, bike and/or take transit to get to the NJ Bike and Walk Summit this Saturday, February 26!

The new Trenton Transit Center *
With the NJ Bike and Walk Summit located in Trenton this year there are plenty of opportunities for you to ride, walk, take a trail, train, light rail or bus to get there.  Trenton was ranked as the 8th most walkable city in 2008 by Prevention Magazine.  The new, world class, Trenton Transit Center welcomes riders of NJ Transit's NE Corridor Line, RiverLINE Light Rail as well as numerous bus routes, all equipped to handle riders with bicycles.  Also arriving at the Transit Center are numerous Amtrak trains as well as SEPTA's Trenton Line (formally called the R7).

Bicycle accommodations on the RiverLINE. *

Once you get to the Transit Center getting to the Summit is an easy task.  At only 0.9 miles away, the Masonic Temple is about an 18 minute walk or a 5 minute ride by bicycle.  Sidewalks are plentiful and traffic on State Street is calm and sparse particularly on a Saturday with all the state offices closed.

Also, WalkBikeJersey has been notified that THERE WILL BE BICYCLE PARKING AVAILABLE ON SITE, and likely inside the Masonic Temple.  Make sure you bring a lock even if bicycle parking is allowed inside the building.

View NJ Bike/Walk Summit: Trenton Local Directions in a larger map

It is also possible to take the Delaware and Raritan Canal Towpath to get to Trenton from destinations north along the Delaware River and now also from the northeast, from Princeton and destinations beyond. This is due to the recently completed, paved section of trail along Rt US 1 and the train tracks, between Mulberry St and North Broad St.

The dusty but paved new section of trail just south of Mulberry St. *
One is also not restricted to using the D&R Canal Towpath to get into Trenton.  South Clinton Ave makes a fine approach for cyclists from the southwest.  The modified street grid network of Trenton and surrounding Hamilton makes approaches from the area east of Rt 1 fairly doable.  Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the area to the north and west of US Rt 1, out to the loop of I-95 and in the newer sections of Hamilton Township to the east.  Here the residential streets only partially connect and nearly all the arterial roadways have little accommodations for cyclists.  Still, there is always the bus.

View NJ Bike/Walk Summit: Trenton Directions in a larger map

* - All images taken and copyrighted by the author and can only be reproduced after a formal written request is submitted and permission granted.

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