Welcome to the eighth issue of New Jersey Walks and Bikes, a newsletter for anyone interested in bicycle and pedestrian issues. Our summer/fall edition is packed with exciting stories that will both inform and inspire you on biking and walking in the Garden State! First, some good news to share, New Jersey has been ranked #8 in the nation for “Bike Friendliness” by the League of American Bicyclists, which is an improvement from our #9 score last year. We discuss our ranking in more detail in the ‘News in Brief’ section of the newsletter.
In this edition, we profile Ocean City, a Cape May County beach resort, describing its support for infrastructure projects that promote biking and walking as viable modes for both residents and summer tourists who flock to this beautiful shore destination. Other features include an article on the evolution of the Camden GreenWay, a multi-use pathway linking the city of Camden to surrounding communities (including Philadelphia) and beyond.
The Camden GreenWay is supported by a variety of engaged stakeholders, whose work led to the award of a federal stimulus grant. We also present an informative piece on the Somerset County Regional Center, the first multi-jurisdictional center in the state. Encompassing Somerville, Raritan Borough and part of Bridgewater, the regional center is helping foster regional support for smart planning, coordinated growth and improved bicycle and pedestrian amenities.
In our “News in Brief” section, we report on New Jersey’s updated Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which includes important new revisions and devices for pedestrians and bicyclists. We also provide updates on the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan and report on the state’s first bicycle summit, convened earlier this year in Summit.
Don’t forget to check out our “BPAC Corner” for updates on the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council, as well as our “Happenings” section, which offers alerts on upcoming events that may be of interest and recent news related to bicycling and walking. This edition also includes an entertaining feature on the “Cycle Chic” movement that may very well make you think twice about what to wear the next time you go for a bike ride!
Last, but not least, if you are planning a bike ride this fall, make sure you check out the three new bicycle guides prepared by NJDOT: "Rock and Roll Tour" (Essex County), "Double Trouble" (Ocean County) and the "Campgaw