Montclair Ripe for Shared-Use Mobility Options

During the past decade, Montclair Township has undergone substantial investment in mixed-use redevelopment projects along the Bloomfield Avenue corridor, creating new housing options, and igniting a stalled business climate left over from the 2008 recession, all of which translates into new tax ratables. The Mayor and Township Council have made these decisions in part to…

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Advocacy Moves Asbury Park Forward

After Asbury Park’s Mayor John Moor abruptly shut down NJDOT’s proposed road diet along the city’s Main Street/State Route 71 in October 2015, it appeared that Asbury Park was to remain entrenched in its car-centric approach to transportation issues. Although this city had made great strides towards ending the economic blight of the 1980’s and 1990’s, an important opportunity was going to be missed: the chance to remake Main Street into a safe, vibrant corridor that could contribute substantially to the overall uptick in economic vitality that other parts of Asbury Park were experiencing. It also presented the opportunity to break down the chasm that exists in the city between the east and west sides, creating a fully integrated city where underserved communities could safely connect to the business and commercial center of Asbury Park by reaching them through safer bicycling and walking.

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Year-end recap and many opportunities for 2017

From providing guidance to community advocacy groups, to advocating for statewide legislation and funding, to supporting federal policy campaigns, NJBWC was on the job throughout the year, working to make our streets safer for everyone. Although we changed the conversation everywhere we campaigned, there is still so much more to be done in the state. Here…

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Changes in DC Raise Red Flag for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in New Jersey

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, along with a Republican-controlled Congress, may stifle the advancement of bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts for New Jersey. Unlike some of Trump’s other cabinet nominees, Chao actually has some experience in the department in which she would be expected to oversee. She previously worked as labor…

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Asbury Park: What is there to like about Main Street?

Stroad: “…a street/road hybrid and, besides being a very dangerous environment (yes, it is ridiculously dangerous to mix high speed highway geometric design with pedestrians, bikers and turning traffic), they are enormously expensive to build and, ultimately, financially unproductive…The result is an expensive highway and a declining tax base.” Charles Marohn, Strong Towns Stroads represent…

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Bike Expo New York Recap

  It Takes More Than A River to Divide Us: Bike Riders from Both Sides of the Hudson Embrace NJBWC’s Message about Bike Advocacy in New Jersey at Bike Expo New York  by Aaron Hyndman   Happy Bike Month, everybody! Things got off to a great start this past weekend as we had the privilege of participating…

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A Tale of Two Bike Shares

Proposed time limit on dockless bike share threatens biking options to Jersey City For Hudson County bike share users, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Riders in Hoboken and Jersey City were given access to a network of bike share stations that was unprecedented in the history of our state.…

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Kennedy Boulevard: Enforcement is not enough

After the deadly crash on March 5 on Kennedy Boulevard in Union City that claimed the lives of two local teenagers and injured a third, little was said about the need to right-size the road following Complete Streets principles. Instead, local officials pointed to increased enforcement, pedestrian bridges and other methods that would do little…

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