Saturday, September 27, 2014

bike share - in New Jersey and at Princeton U

Hoboken, Jersey City and Weehawken had announced that they planned to introduce New Jersey's 
first bike-share network, "Bike and Roll". However  the three Hudson County municipalities ultimately 
went in two separate directions, with Hoboken and Weehawken planning to roll out 300 bikes between 
them by the end of November and Jersey City hoping to bring 500 to 600 Citi Bikes to its streets by next year.

Read the NYT article here.

One of the commenters refers repeatedly to the GMTMA's late, lamented "Freewheels" aka "Yellow Bikes" program
although it isn't clear whether said commenter ever participated in the program, either as a rider or as a fixer-upper.

Friday, September 19, 2014

NYT op-ed piece by Timothy Egan

Read the article here. It concerns a recent fatal accident where
a cyclist was run over by a left-turning truck at an intersection, on
the Second Avenue Protected Bike Lane in downtown Seattle,
where Egan resides. Views of the bike lane are here and here;
a related article is here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

organized event tomorrow: Third Annual "Sourland Spectacular" Bicycle Rally

Click on the link below to learn more.


Start/end location is at the Otto Kaufman Community Center which
is just off 601 (Great Road) near Montgomery HS.  View a map.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NYT article: Jersey City gets a car-free zone

Flying in the face of a century of development — to say nothing of New Jersey's identity —
Jersey City closed Newark Avenue between Grove and Erie Streets to cars and trucks as of Aug. 19.
The closing, which is in effect from 3 p.m. until midnight on weekdays and throughout the weekend,
is a trial effort set to run through the end of October. 

The move to shut down a blocklong stretch of downtown Jersey City's main thoroughfare is just one of
many steps that Mayor Steven Fulop's administration has taken in an attempt to help tame the streets
of the state's second-largest city. These initiatives — the creation of pedestrian plazas, bicycle lanes,
slow zones and even a tentative bike-sharing network — would be familiar to many New Yorkers. But can
pedestrians and cyclists really get a foothold in a city that often feels to some like little more than an
on-ramp to the Holland Tunnel, especially in a state where toll increases and road closings can create
political potholes for elected officials?

To read the entire article, click here.

In Jersey City, 41% of households have no car, ranking behind NYC (56%) and Newark (44%).