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‘BPAC’ CORNER

Welcome to the second edition of the BPAC Corner, where we share with you the latest developments with the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC) and its associated subcommittees.

 

The BPAC met on December 9, 2009 and again on March 11 and June 9 of this year. At the December meeting, Jim Nicholson and Ted Semegran of the NJ Bicycle Coalition (NJBC) made a presentation about their new organization, explaining how and why it got started, its mission and it goals for the future. Ted and Jim said that NJBC had been founded in early 2009 with a mission to “encourage and promote cycling, provide a collective voice for cyclists, and improve access for cyclists on New Jersey's roads, highways, and trails.”  The group’s main objective for 2010 was the statewide bicycle summit held on February 27 in Denville. 

 

Ranjit Walia, of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC,) provided an overview of the senior walkability workshops program that VTC is conducting for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT.)  Ranjit said the workshops are hosted by municipalities interested in improving walkability for seniors. Local decision makers are invited to attend the presentations by Ranjit and other experts on why walking is important, the effects of aging, and problems with the built environment that can prohibit walkability, as well as ways to fix

them.   

 

At the March 11 meeting, Ranjit Walia and Jim Nicholson were again the featured presenters. Ranjit shared some preliminary findings from a statewide bicycle telephone survey that VTC had performed; a full report is to be released later this year.  Jim Nicholson shared his experience from the state bicycle summit that NJBC helped host in February. The summit attracted 115 attendees who discussed issues such as safe passing legislation and complete streets.  Jim also shared with the group a few ways he hopes to improve the summit for next year.

 

At the June 9 meeting, Denise Chaplick of the Morris County Planning Department detailed the county’s walkability efforts and the results of its Walkable Workshops. Ken Aloisio from the Bergen County Planning Department provided an update on Vision Bergen, the county’s master plan.  The June meeting also included a presentation on Bicycle Facilities in Germany given by Daniel Kueper of Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

 

The BPAC subcommittees continue to meet and tackle important issues as well.  The Design subcommittee recently helped Metuchen address safety concerns at an intersection adjacent to the Metuchen train station.  The group visited the site to identify the problems and discuss several solutions that the borough

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