Saturday, February 18, 2017

NJ Assembly passes bill to increase ped & bike safety

In January 2017, the New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill (A-4165) that is to improve driver education to make our roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Correct ways to share the road with cyclists and pedestrians will be required in driving courses, and the New Jersey Driver Manual will be updated. The NJ Motor Vehicle Commission would also include bicycle and pedestrian safety questions as part of the written examination required to obtain a permit and basic driver's license.

The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, which supported the bill, points out that even as bicycle ridership is rising in New Jersey, it remains one of the states where cyclists account for a higher portion of traffic fatalities than is the case nationwide.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

NJ Bike & Walk Summit 2017

The 2017 Summit of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition will, like last year, be held at Princeton University. It's a one-day meeting on Saturday, February 25, from 8am to 4pm.

Princeton's Mayor Liz Lempert will be speaking at the plenary session, and many interesting sessions are planned throughout the day. Meet and learn from other New Jersey bike advocates!

Pre-registration at the discounted rate is open until February 22.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Take the Bus in Princeton

Some are un-apologetical fair-weather riders. Some don't leave home without their bikes unless a brutal polar vortex has parked itself over New Jersey.

Wherever your limit lies, for those days that you have places to go, but don't want to or can't get there on your bike, try the bus. Sure, NJ Transit buses go through Princeton - but here I want to tell you about Princeton's local buses.


The FreeB is Princeton's jitney; its cute logo, the blue "B" surrounded by a constellation of orange dots, is displayed on the bus stops and on the bus itself (named "Marvin", after former Princeton Borough Mayor Marvin Reed).

It comes in two versions, commuter and daytime; the latter runs between 9.40am and 4.30pm. The two versions have different routes: for instance, only the commuter FreeB goes to Princeton Station, and only the daytime FreeB passes by the Municipal Building on Witherspoon Street. If you click on the links in this sentence, that downloads the PDF files of the map and schedule for the Commuter FreeB, and the Daytime FreeB. (In case you're wondering: Yes, Princeton is working on getting the FreeB schedules on Google Maps).

Note: even though the schedules say you can flag down and board the FreeB between stops "where it's safe to do so", in practice you're best off boarding at a designated stop. Bus drivers are highly risk averse - and that's how we like them!

The FreeB is equiped for wheelchair access.
Best of all, it's free!

Tiger Transit
As you can see from the maps, the FreeB services mostly the town side of Nassau Street. For travel on the University side, there's Tiger Transit, Princeton University's bus service which is also free and open to the public. Their buses are fully accessible, and have bike racks.

Tiger Transit coverage is of course densest around Princeton University, but its routes cover an area extending to the new Merwick Stanworth apartments, the Forrestal Center / Plasma Physics Lab, and Canal Pointe Boulevard.

Moreover, Tiger Transit buses have trackers, so you can see where they are at any time on this TigerTracker map.

Try the bus, it's fun!
And tell your friends about it.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Emergency notifications

There is a severe weather warning out for this afternoon and tonight.
If you are interested in receiving notices and emergency warnings (e.g. road closures) from the Princeton Police Department, you can opt in: Go to and follow the instructions. (I was told of this service by Nicholas Sutter, Princeton's Chief of Police, so yes, this is bona fide).

If you are on your bike this evening, please be safe out there.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Bicycle Committee meeting January 26

The next meeting of the Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee is this Thursday, January 26 at 7.30pm, in Conference Room A of the Municipal Building

Items on the agenda include:
- Update on the Bicycle Master Plan
- Recommendations for bike parking
- guest speakers for 2017 and community liaisons

The meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Princeton's Bicycle Advisory Committee!

If you are collecting New Year's resolutions, why not include an intent to look out for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists? Here are a few pointers:
Five Ways Not To Kill Cyclists

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

news: Amsterdam's "bike mayor" plans a move to NYC

"Even in Amsterdam, a place where everyone seems to travel by two wheels, Anna Luten didn't expect to 
become the city's first Bike Mayor. 

"Luten, who now works for the manufacturer Giant Bicycles as a brand manager, won the independent post 
by popular vote last June, becoming the first municipal Bike Mayor in the world. 

"It's all part of a program created by the cycling advocacy group CycleSpace, which hopes to make Luten a 
model for other such positions in cities around the globe, in a bid to raise awareness and promote better 
transportation planning around the globe.

Anna, do you think the bike mayor concept is exportable to other cities? 

"Well, I hope so, because in February I am moving to New York to begin the process of setting up the city with a 
bike mayor program of its own. Working there is going to be fascinating, not least because they have a different 
style of cycling. I think that's partly because, compared to Amsterdam, the distances are so vast. I found Brooklyn 
a more relaxed environment for cycling, perhaps sometimes even better than Amsterdam, but in Manhattan it's 
very different. There, cyclists often avoid major streets and find quieter back routes, trading a slower journey time 
for more safety and less stress. Setting up the project may be a challenge, but it's somehow perfect that the bike 
mayor concept is moving from Amsterdam to New Amsterdam."