Monday, October 12, 2015

events - Covered Bridges Ride. Next Sunday, Oct 18th. Also the Philly Bike Expo

Organized by Central Bucks Bicycle Club (CBBC), the start/end
is in Erwinna, PA, on the Delaware not far from Frenchtown NJ.

"This is THE premier cycling event in scenic Bucks County. Held each
year on a beautiful Sunday with the gorgeous fall colors shouting out, 
the CBR, as our members call it, is our best event ever."

Click on the link below for more info.

Other upcoming events, other than our own "Mayor's Ride"

Lawrence-Hopewell Trail's "Trail and Treat Ride for Children"   Oct. 25

Philly Bike Expo, Nov 7-8    

Saturday, October 10, 2015

next New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit to be held here in Princeton on Feb 27th

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Announcing the 2016 NJ Bike & Walk Summit!
October 2015
2016 NJ Bike & Walk Summit
NJBWC announces the 2016 New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit, to be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at a NEW LOCATION, Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.  With our new accommodations, this upcoming Summit is sure to be our biggest and best yet!

The NJBWC Summit is New Jersey's statewide meeting of bicycle and pedestrian advocates, elected officials and other township leaders, transportation and urban planners, bike shop owners and managers, cycling, walking, fitness and health enthusiasts and experts, recreation, trails and club leaders and others who are interested in making our state a better place to live.

NJBWC is pleased to offer you the opportunity to learn more about current state and federal legal and policy issues affecting your community,  make you aware of various public funding sources, enable you to network, identify and develop mutually beneficial relationships that can help your community become more bike and pedestrian friendly and therefore, more livable.

Speakers for the 2016 Summit include:
  • Cory Booker, U.S. Senator (tentative)
  • Barbara McCann, USDOT, Architect of the Complete Streets Movement
  • Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert
  • Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill

Over 20 panel sessions and presentations are planned, including a pecha kucha session.

Registration includes access to all of the day's events, continental breakfast and box lunch. On-line pre-registration is available for $55 per attendee. Registration will also be available at the event for $70. Pre-registration price of $55 ends on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at midnight.

Day-of registration and check-in will begin at 8 am on Saturday morning, February 27. Opening remarks and the plenary will begin promptly at 8:45 am.

Registration to the NJ Bike & Walk Summit is non-refundable.

Register Here

Sponsorships available

Sponsorships, including exhibitor space, are available.Please contact

Call for Proposals

If you would like to present an advocacy campaign or project in your community, please complete and submit the attached form here.

Become a member of the NJBWC!
The advocacy efforts of NJBWC need your support to keep moving forward. When you join, you contribute to making our roads in New Jersey safer for everyone. Join or donate here

When you join at the Bronze or higher level, you'll also get one of our trendy new NJBWC Fitness Belts, available in four stylish colors.

We're working hard to make our streets safe for bicyclists and pedestrians across New Jersey.  There isn't a better time than now to support the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition.  
Cory Booker 

US Senator, D-NJ; Member, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Barbara McCann

US Department of Transportation, Architect of the Complete Streets Movement 
Princeton Mayor
Liz Lempert

Essex County Freeholder Vice President
Brendan Gill

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bike racing news - Princeton alum is at the helm of USA Cycling

Derek Bouchard-Hall '92 studied architectural engineering as a Princeton undergrad, 
competed as a pro cyclist, and became a business consultant. Now aged 45, he
left the corporate world in June to take over as President and CEO of USA Cycling.

As it says in this article

USA Cycling operates on $14 million per year. That's not enough to succeed, 
Bouchard-Hall says. There are limited ways to grow that pie. Membership is one, 
the biggest one — see USA Cycling's new "Ride" membership, designed for a 
more casual rider. TV spots ran during coverage of the Richmond world championship
races, urging American cyclists to join up. 

More about the Ride program:   (Sept. 21, 2015) – USA Cycling announced its 
new Ride Membership Monday, offering benefits to passionate recreational cyclists 
in its continued efforts to grow the sport in America. Priced at $50, the 12-month 
Ride Membership allows cyclists to support Team USA Cycling and enjoy USA Cycling
benefits, including: $25,000 of accident medical coverage at fun rides and gran fondos; 
a year-long Bicycling Magazine subscription; Team USA t-shirt, phone pouch and sticker; 
one-day racing license; insider tips and advice from Team USA Cycling coaches and 
athletes; and discounts with USA Cycling partners.

Related note - one of USA Cycling's biggest sponsors is Volkswagen of America. The
latter has a sponsorship strategy emphasizing soccer and bike racing. Anybody who
watched Peter Sagan's thrilling victory to claim the rainbow jersey in Richmond would
have noticed something about the TV commercials:  Audi might need a new slogan !

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wednesday October 7 is International Walk/Bike to School Day

According to this website, there are 2 events registered in Princeton,
at Johnson Park Elementary and at the Charter School.  That's twice
as many local schools as last year.

Briefly noted:

         The Hoboken system is called Hudson Bike Share and uses the 
         "dockless" technology from nextbike ;  Jersey City is deploying CitiBike.

From The Atlantic's "CityLab" blog:         Bike Commuting: Still on the Rise 

         "New numbers from the League of American Bicyclists show that 
         if you build the lanes, cyclists will come."

The Reign of Recycling
 by John Tierney (NY Times)      Excerpt:

    "When Mayor de Blasio promised to eliminate garbage in New York, 
     he said it was "ludicrous" and "outdated" to keep sending garbage to
     landfills. Recycling, he declared, was the only way for New York to become 
     "a truly sustainable city." But cities have been burying garbage for thousands
     of years, and it's still the easiest and cheapest solution for trash. The recycling 
     movement is floundering, and its survival depends on continual subsidies, sermons
     and policing. How can you build a sustainable city with a strategy that can't even 
     sustain itself?"

Wednesday October 7 is International Walk/Bike to School Day

One of these days we'll get around to updating this calendar/poster.   Get more info at

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Kinda young, kinda now, Charlie! Kinda free, kinda wow! Charlie!

That guy with a beard on a bike giving a kindly wave - who is he ? He's Charles Wine, 
retired RCA/Sarnoff scientist and prolific inventor, who resides on ... Hamilton Ave !

Philip Sean Curran has written a nice story about him for the Princeton Packet this week:

Note - the above link doesn't take you directly to the article about Charlie Wine, it just
goes to the Packet Online.  Whose online content, for me at least, tends to freeze my
browser. I must need to install a plugin or upgrade or ad blocker or sumpin'.   Anyway ...

Charlie Wine was out biking around town last Sunday morning when he was spotted
at an intersection by the team of consultants just starting their research on the upcoming
Bike Master Plan. He gave one of his patented "hello - everything is and will be okay" waves.

An intro presentation about the Bike Master Plan was made to the planning board last Thursday.
The slides can be viewed here, or else viewed as video from the meeting starting here.

PS - have you ever wondered why some of our streets look the way they do ? Have you ever
been so curious that you Googled for "two-lane, tree-lined road with minimal shoulders" and
were not surprised to find it yielded just one hit ? Or after I post this, say only two hits ?