Welcome to the latest issue of New Jersey Walks and Bikes, a newsletter for anyone interested in bicycle and pedestrian issues. Our Winter edition is full of stories to help you keep informed, educated, and inspired about biking and walking in the Garden State. We start off our issue by interviewing a public official who is also a dedicated bicyclist. In “10 Questions with Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer”, we learn about her thoughts on bicycle and pedestrian issues in New Jersey and how they have influenced her work as an Assemblywoman.
In this edition, we spotlight police bicycle patrols, which increasingly are being used as an alternative or complement to motorized and foot patrols in communities throughout the state. As you will discover, police departments using bike patrols credit this practice with breaking down barriers between officers and the public by fostering greater interaction and accessibility.
Other features include an article on helping to make multi-lane crossings easier and safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. The article focuses on a discussion of design strategies that reduce crossing distance, reduce speed, and make pedestrians more visible. We also present an informative summary of New Jersey’s first Complete Streets Summit held in October. At this event, officials representing 27 municipalities and 14 counties were educated about the Complete Streets concept, the idea that roadways should be designed and operated to enable safe access for all users—pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
In our “News in Brief” section, we report on the exciting release of NJDOT’s New Jersey State Bicycling Manual, a comprehensive document to promote safe cycling. Other items include an update on the New Jersey Smart Workplaces program and a description of the measures NJDOT is taking to embrace their new Complete Streets policy internally.
Be sure 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 in New Jersey.
Enjoy the rest of the winter and best wishes for a safe, active and enjoyable spring!
NJDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager