Thursday, May 30 by ezeitler
Saturday, June 1st is National Trails Day, where people all over the country will be getting out to enjoy and build up our trails. We’re lucky to have so many great trails in the parks and along the waterways in NJ and if you go out any time from sunrise to sunset, the crowds will tell you how popular they are for both recreation and transport. Where do you wish we had a trail where we don’t? I know the extension of the Trolley Line Trail as part of the Knight Trail is one item on the wish list of the students in West Windsor and Plainsboro. Where else would a trail help you to get around more safely and comfortably, or help you to get out and about walking and hiking?
For those wanting to get out on National Trails Day, here are some of the events happening in our area in celebration of National Trails Day:
Help build a new trail at Scotts Corner Conservation Area
Help the NJ Audubon Society maintain the trails in the Plainsboro Preserve
Run from Trenton to Piscataway on the D&R Canal Towpath. They start around 5 AM for the 34.1 mile run! Those who “only” want to run 20 miles start at Rocky Hill.
For all the events in New Jersey from the shore to the Delaware Water Gap and to search PA, NY, etc
WWBPA will be at the Farmers’ Market on June 1st to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Stop by our booth and say hi before you head out hiking, walking and biking!
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Tuesday, May 21 by ezeitler
Check out this new slideshow by our former trustee, Silvia Ascarelli. It talks about some things you may not know about bike sharing programs in cities in the US and around the world. I learned about bike share in smaller communities, which I’d not known about before. If we had some bikes available for bike share in West Windsor or Princeton or Plainsboro, where would YOU put the docking stations? Where would you want to borrow a bike to go to or from?
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Sunday, May 19 by ezeitler
Here’s what’s been shooting around the ped/bike blogs this week.
Inequality in pedestrian death victims from Streetsblog Capitol Hill: The elderly, people of color and men are more likely to be killed by cars while walking than other segments of our population, reported by the CDC.
Everyone can receive health benefits from biking to work from fitnessforweightloss.com: Infographic that reports health benefits from bike commuting, like 50% reduction in heart disease risk from 3 hours of biking per week. Also suggests ways to get started.
Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure increased economic growth from America Bikes: New York City has been implementing new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure and found, among other benefits, that local businesses grew around the new facilities. Where the protected bike lane was present, business sales increased by 49% compared to 3% in the borough as a whole. Businesses around a Brooklyn pedestrian plaza saw 172% growth relative to 18% in the borough as a whole.
Comment on regional transportation policy priorities from WalkBikeJersey: The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has released its annual transportation priorities, including a clickable map to make it easier to see what’s planned for our area. You can send them comments via the map or via email. It’s also interesting to see how much they plan to spend on projects. there’s a lot of zeros in those numbers, so let’s make sure that some of those millions go to bicycle and pedestrian improvements, as required by our state, county and municipal Complete Streets policies.
Any interesting stories we missed?
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Friday, May 3 by ezeitler
Check it out! New Jersey is judged 7th most bike friendly of all 50 states by the League of American Bicyclists. Here is our state report card. Washington captured the top spot, followed by Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota and our neighbor Delaware. We ranked highly in the policies and programs category, and need to work on our infrastructure and planning. We are lucky (and have worked hard to ensure!) that West Windsor, Mercer County and New Jersey all have complete streets policies. A complete streets policy is a good first step to demonstrate commitment to healthier, safer and more livable communities, but our lower infrastructure score shows the need to advocate for full and effective implementation of these policies in every transportation decision at the local, county and state level. The League report card also recommends several changes to the law in New Jersey such as a safe passing law and a law to prevent “dooring” of cyclists. Lots to do to keep improving our states environment for bikers and pedestrians, but we have a lot to be proud of!
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Thursday, May 2 by ezeitler
May is time to celebrate bike riding in all its forms! I’m enjoying just being out among all the blooming trees on my ride to work, but if you’re looking for something more social, then check out all the events happening this month! You might be interested to sign up and record your distance cycled for the National Bike Challenge, which kicked off on May 1st. Also, there are a ton of local bike rides and events happening in May. Here’s the ones I know about:
Trenton Social Bike Ride Friday, May 3
Bike for the Bridge May 4th Rosedale Park Lawrence, NJ
Specialty Bicycles Women’s Ride Sunday May 5th, 10:30 AM at Knapps Cycles in Lawrenceville
Unchained, the Art of the Bicycle May 11th, Artworks Trenton
Bike to Work Week May 13th-17th
Ride of Silence May 15th 2013, 7 PM WW Municipal Center
Learn to Bike at the WW Farmer’s Market May 18th, 9 AM
Trenton Cycling Revolution Trenton Bike Tour May 18th
Hopewell Valley Central High School 4th Annual Bike Tour to benefit local families coping with cancer May 19th
Are there any I’ve forgotten to mention?
Happy cycling especially in this beautiful weather!
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Wednesday, May 1 by JerryFoster
Please join us Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm at the West Windsor Municipal Center for the Ride of Silence, to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Please arrive early enough to be ready to leave at 7pm. The ride is a free national event that features slow riding, helmeted bicycists on public roads, see: http://rideofsilence.org/main.php
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