Wednesday, October 30, 2013

surfacing in the dark

"We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm"  -- Winston Churchill

News of note:

"Most rational people would avoid a footpath at night if it didn't have any lights. 
But spray the path with a glow-in-the-dark treatment that harvests ultraviolet light 
during the day for illumination at night and, boy, they'll come running. At least that's 
what Pro-Teq Surfacing is hoping. The UK company has developed Starpath, a 
spray-on technology that can be applied over concrete, tarmac, wood or any other 
solid surface to give it an artificial teal glow at night."

Read more herehere, here, or here.

Did you know ?  

Professor E. Newton Harvey (1887-1959) was recognized as "the dean of bioluminescence".

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

re: event - MAYOR'S COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE this Sunday at 1PM

Celebrate Bicycling, Bike Friendly Princeton, Family and Fall at
The Mayor's Bike Ride — 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
***Free Refreshments at Mountain Lakes House***
WHAT: Bring your entire family to celebrate bicycling and Princeton's fall beauty on the Mayor's Bike Ride, sponsored by Princeton's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the municipality of Princeton. The ride is a scenic and easy 3.5 miles through traffic-controlled streets and bike paths of the Community Park South and The Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve areas of town. Free refreshments will be served at Mt. Lakes House at the approximate mid-point of the route. All bicyclists are required to wear helmets.
WHERE: The ride begins at 1:00 p.m. in Community Park South, at the John Street entrance to the playing fields, adjacent to the tennis courts and the Community Park School basketball courts. Parking is available in the Community Park South lot (but we encourage you to bike to the start!).
WHY: Princeton is a beautiful place to bike any time, but especially in the fall, when temperatures drop and the foliage adds extra color to the landscape. What better way to celebrate family, enjoy the outdoors and get a little exercise to boot. Also, we're celebrating the work of Princeton's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC) which last week helped the municipality gain recognition from the League of American Bicyclists as a Bike Friendly Community. Princeton joins only four other New Jersey municipalities that have garnered Bike Friendly Community awards, and is one of only 291 communities in 48 states to have been recognized for its efforts to make itself a more bikeable town.
WHO: Mayor Liz Lempert, incoming School Superintendent Steve Cochrane, members of the PBAC, other two-wheeled dignitaries and lots of friendly bicyclists.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

event: New Brunswick Cyclovia (this Sunday 10-3), and related talks (Friday)

New Brunswick Ciclovia Events, October 4 - 6.    

New Brunswick will host one of the state's first Ciclovias (literally "bike ways")
through the city on this Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 10 am to 3pm. 

This "Open Streets" event will be closed to cars, with more than three miles
of streets open so residents can walk, push baby strollers, skate, run, bike,
use wheelchairs and walkers, rollerblade, dance and utilize the roadways in
countless creative and active ways. Learn more about the Ciclovia here.    

Friday Conference at Rutgers on Cycling and Walking    

To kick off the Ciclovia weekend, Gil Penalosa and John Pucher will be giving talks
on this Friday afternoon,October 4, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm at Rutgers University's
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy on the topic of "Cycling and Walking
for Sustainable, Healthy, and Socially Just Cities." Admission is free, and there
will also be a free reception after the event sponsored by the NJBWC. The first
100 registrants for the conference will receive a free, autographed copy of City Cycling,
published by MIT Press.

The NJBWC is proud to be a leader of this event, along with the City of New Brunswick,
New Brunswick Tomorrow, and Johnson & Johnson!