Sunday, December 27, 2015

Princeton's bike-friendly community designation: next steps

"The League of American Bicyclists has designated Princeton as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level, because Princeton exhibits a sustained commitment to
cycling. The reviewers felt that there is still "room to grow", but that notable steps are being
made in the right direction.

"Reviewers were very pleased to see the current efforts and dedication to make Princeton 
a great place for cyclists.

"Below, reviewers provided key recommendations to further promote bicycling in Princeton 
and a menu of additional pro-cycling measures that can be implemented in the short and
long term. We strongly encourage you to use this feedback to build on your momentum 
and improve your community for bicyclists."

Click here to view the feedback report (10-page PDF) from 2 years ago. This list helps to
guide PBAC in formulating its annual goals. Happy holidays to all - be seen, and be green.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Seeking Input .... and more of your cool photos ... on the Bike Master Plan

The following is pasted from the latest "Princeton Update" from Mayor Lempert. There
is a link "Share your photos" to a dedicated email address for the Bike Master Plan team,
which is <>. The PB consultants are always interested in
images of everyday biking all around town, all year round.

Seeking Input on the Bike Master Plan 

Princeton is in the process of developing a Bike Master Plan to create a safer and more comfortable environment for bicycling. Princeton received a grant from the NJ Dept of Transportation which fully covers the costs of the consulting group preparing the plan, Parsons Brinckerhoff of Lawrenceville, NJ. Residents are encouraged to actively participate in the process in the following ways:
* Use the wikimap tool to identify problem areas
* Take the survey to ensure the plan reflects Princeton's unique needs

Share your photos of biking with the project team for possible inclusion in the Master Plan.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Re: Steve Kruse Is Stepping Down As Chair of PBAC After 7 1/2 Years

Aha! I knew there was some reason I decided to hire that Sam Bunting  guy.   Of course I'm joking --
volunteers don't get hired, they get inspired to freely donate their time & talents. Nudge, nudge, hint, hint.
Hello, are you out there ?    Consider joining PBAC, that rare committee which can wave its own battle flag
Anthem not yet available.

Sporadic news roundup for this week.

1. Tim Quinn, avid bicyclist and Anchor House stalwart becomes a candidate for town council. Read article

2. Should you buy that bike you covet ?  The Financial Benefits of Buying What You Love from NYTimes.

                   Also the "Times Topic" collection of articles on smog

3. Bike Master Plan - new documents - three PDF's have been uploaded into the PBAC doc archive.  Please
    help us publicize the project among your friends & relatives. The Public Involvement (outreach)  flyer 
    summarizes the various ways people can provide input

            Fact Sheet                    Fact Sheet (Spanish version)              Public Involvement Flyer

4.  Should The Bicycle Win the Next Nobel Peace Prize? Some Italian Radio Hosts Think So. From Momentum Magazine news

5.  Is it true that a champion bike racer was spotted at Jammin' Crepes ?  No, sorry. The badger-related rumor is false.

6.  Bike Lane Battle in Vancouver, BC. - 8-minute CBC story on YouTube  featuring noted activist/professor Kay Teschke


Monday, December 21, 2015

Steve Kruse Is Stepping Down As Chair of PBAC After 7 1/2 Years

Steve Kruse, center, outgoing PBAC Chair, on a fact-finding bike ride with Mayor Liz Lempert and members of the Princeton Traffic and Transportation Committee.

After 7 1/2 years of service, Steve Kruse is stepping down as chair of the Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Steve announced his retirement at the last PBAC committee meeting earlier this month. His resolute leadership of PBAC has spanned an interesting period, in which Princeton has grappled with the challenges of adapting to a 'Complete Streets' policy, and been recognized as a 'Bike Friendly Community' for the first time.

Steve is a true bike person. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of cycling, and his brain seems to specifically retain the most quirky details of two-wheeled activities. He has spent years thinking about and planning bike routes and facilities around Princeton. Not many of these routes have been properly built-out, but a new bike masterplanning exercise is currently underway, and Steve has passed his notes to the planners. 

As bike/walk committee Chair, Steve has been a stalwart at the annual 'Wheels Rodeo', working with the Princeton Police Department to fit helmets and guide kids round a biking course. His tenure as Chair of the committee has also seen the launch of the Princeton 'Ciclovia', which for the past two years has seen Quaker Road temporarily dedicated for one day a year to people on foot and on bikes. Last year, Steve dedicated substantial time to advancing the Princeton Bike Map, which was published earlier this year, and which has been extremely popular.

Behind the scenes, Steve has built the infrastructure on which PBAC depends, including the email list, with over 200 members, the PBAC blog, and a cloud drive of bike planning-related materials. When Princeton becomes a town that pro-actively helps people on bikes, it will be because of the efforts of trailblazers like Steve. I'm glad to take the opportunity to thank him for his long years of volunteer service on PBAC, and wish him the best for the future.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

new documentary film "Bikes vs Cars"

"The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the
economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from Swedish award-winning director, journalist, and environmentalist
Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.

Huffington Post:   How Cyclists Are Causing Cities Worldwide To Rethink Bike Safety  - interview with the filmmaker

Climate change and never-ending gridlocks frustrate people more than ever. Instead of whining, people in cities around the 
world take on the bicycle as a Do It Yourself solution. Road rage and poor city planning creates daily death among the 
bicyclists. And now they demand safe lanes. 

It's an uneven fight. Activists and politicians that work for change are facing a multi-billion dollar car, oil and construction 
industry that use all their means to keep society car dependent. We know that the world needs radical changes to save 
the climate and the environment, but the car industry is selling more cars than ever. Today there are one billion cars in the
world. By 2020, that number will double."

Watch the official trailer:

Read more on the film's official website:


Vimeo On Demand has now released Bikes vs Cars in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland! The film can be either rented 
or downloaded and is available in multiple languages. On December 15th, the film will open up on Vimeo in the US, Canada
and the UK, with more countries TBA. For a reminder when it becomes available, sign up on our website.

Friday, December 4, 2015

in Japan, it's Ōpunsupēsu (open space)

Mountain Lakes Holiday Open House - put some spice into your Saturday ride
by refueling with hot cider provided by FOPOS. Details here and here.

Meanwhile, at the New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit next Feb 27, to be held
at the Friend Center on campus, corner of Olden and William, there will be
"over 20 panel sessions and presentations, including a pecha kucha session".

Wikipedia tells us "Pecha Kucha (Japanese for 'chit-chat') is a presentation
style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format, which keeps
presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called
Pecha Kucha Nights".

What if somebody challenged you to give, within 2-3 minutes, a high-level view
of the bicycling situation, and its best aspects, here in Princeton ? Maybe you'd
sketch a diagram like the one below. The chief things to note about our town being

                  - it's on the D&R canal towpath 
                  - it isn't flat - one must quite often contend with the ridge [*]
                  - the university is the dominant landowner, employer, etc.
                  - we are very fortunate to have a girdle or "green belt" of open space.
                  - close nearby is a fine recreational facility (the LHT),
                  - there are many scenic/hilly roads to explore, in the Sourland.

[*]  noted in the news recently, a 10-acre property on the ridge (Ridgeview Rd) has
     been donated to the NJ Conservation Foundation. While I'm not certain, I think
     this new open space might be adjacent to, or bisected by, the Transco 
     pipeline right-of-way, which is shown as a dashed line in the drawing. If so,
     one might envision a nice car-free trail crossing the ridge to Montgomery Twp

Friday, November 20, 2015

Re: [pjpbac-public forum listserv] Where (Strava using) Cyclists Ride in Princeton

On Thursday, November 19, 2015 5:37 PM, Tineke Thio <> wrote:

Data is beautiful!           Thank you for sharing, Jerry. 

When you check out the map, keep this in mind from the Strava homepage:  "Unlock Your Potential 
-- Connect with a global community of athletes and train like never before."

So the heat map is generated by predominantly sports riders?

(Looking around the map, I was starting to feel like a cockroach: all those well-traveled routes 
are the ones I avoid. Not being very athletic, but risk-averse).                -Tineke


Answering Tineke, yes the data is skewed to the "performance" cohort of cyclists,
and I'd be surprised if less than 3/4 of the data comes from Princeton U students.

It's hard to tell how many unique subscribers generated these colored lines. Dozens ?

Strava, a "social fitness" app named after the Swedish translation of "to strive", was
the subject of a post here, almost 3 years ago. And yet, my form is still in the dumps!

What I noticed in the "heat map":

- a blob of red is evident in front of Kopp's bike shop, but the blob of red at Jay's
  is smeared out by the traffic along Nassau. But Kopp's is and has always been
  the more "racing scene" oriented shop. 

- the topographic info is cool. It really hi-lites the location of the various quarries,
  for example Trap Rock near Rocky Hill. Off-road trails for "fat tire" bikers can be seen.

- Streams, lakes, bodies of water are easier to spot using the 2 other "heat styles",
   and this might also be true for open space areas. Plan your trip out to the LHT.

- there is little traffic on certain roads, for example Cedar Lane, which are in 
  fact heavily used by school-age kids and their parents. Could Strava Metro help ?

- if you zoom out, it indicates what a more regional "paper bike map" would show.
  The question being, would any publisher be interested in taking that on as a project.
  One answer:  "probably yes, because real estate agents seem to dig paper maps".

First Annual Princeton-to-Trenton 'Ride To Achieve'

Last Saturday (November 14, 2015), the first 'Ride To Achieve' took place, in support of the Center for Child and Family Achievement in Trenton. CCFA works with local young people, to support them and give them extra educational opportunities. The organized ride raised money and awareness for the organization.

The riders gathered at 9.00 a.m. at Turning Basin Park, just off Alexander Road in Princeton. Here are the organizers and riders, along with Jerry Foster of Greater Mercer TMA (yellow vest) and 16th District New Jersey Assembly Representative, Jack Ciatterelli. Probably about 20-30 riders embarked on the 21 mile round trip from Princeton to the CCFA, on Calhoun Street in Trenton.

Riders were able to follow the D&R canal towpath, one of the best cycling facilities in the region. The path runs alongside the D&R canal all the way from Princeton to Trenton, so participants didn't have to battle local traffic. It's a quiet, flat ride through protected green space almost all the way. I'm happy to report that the path, which was previously rutted and washed out by stormwater in Lawrence Township, has been fixed up and is in great shape for riding. Here is a scene from the towpath, with the Trenton skyline in the distance.

The D&R towpath runs through what feels like a very rural environment, but as you approach Trenton, the scenery changes, to views of crumbling former industrial sites - and even a few that are still active! The canal path runs right through Trenton and then continues next to the Delaware River on the other side, so even when we got into downtown Trenton, we were still able to continue on a high-quality, seperated bike/walk facility

The weather was a little cold, but dry and pleasant enough for the ride. It was well worth it when we got to CCFA in Trenton, and met the kids who learn at the center! Their motto is 'Read to Achieve', and the Center is filled with books and learning materials. Unfortunately, I didn't get the names of all the people who are involved, although they are a really great group. Several of the participants seemed to be students / trainees from the Princeton Seminary. One of them told me that he had got involved with CCFA out of a sense of duty to respond to ongoing issues in urban America, which were brought to light recently by events such as those in Ferguson MO.

As part of the celebrations around 'Ride to Achieve', all the kids at the Center got a bicycle donated by the Trenton Boys and Girls Club Bike Exchange, which trains local people to repair un-needed bicycles and return them to the community. If you have an old bike that you don't need any more, try to drop it off with them. Some of the bikes are pictured here in the schoolyard, along with some 'long bikes' that were used by family riders on the way to and from Trenton.

All in all, it was a really fun and inspiring trip! Look out for the 'Ride to Achieve' next year, because it's likely to become an annual event. The D&R canal towpath is there 365 days a year, and if you haven't ridden it recently, it's well worth checking out. If the round trip is too much, it's also possible to put your bike on the train in Trenton and come back that way!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

notification: No PBAC meeting tonight ! Also, the Bike Master Plan study

This is to notify you all that PBAC's monthly meeting scheduled for
7:30 tonight has been cancelled, due to other meetings & priorities.

One priority, or  more correctly Priority One, being the Bike Master Plan.

You may have read the front-page article in Town Topics this week:

It says "the most heated exchange of the evening arose among homeowners
and bicyclists concerning a plan that had been presented and widely debated
before being tabled about ten months ago; the proposal was to eliminate on-street
parking and create a bike lane on Hamilton Avenue between Harrison Streets
and Snowden Lane."

It seems to me, the vast majority of our bikers are also homeowners AND motorists;
it just so happens, they desire a safer biking experience, via improved infrastructure.

More on this to follow. Anyway, it's true about that topic, which came right at the very
end of the Q&A session, being "the most heated exchange".

If you look at what's being captured on the BMP wikimap, you'll see this comment:

       This section of Hamilton was designated for bike lanes, which were opposed 
       by some local residents on the basis that the lanes would not connect into a 
       wider network.

And then this "I disagree" rebuttal:

         This Hamilton segment is not a current or future bike route in the approved 
         Master Plan and as such is NOT OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED for bike lanes.
         The initial statement is completely false.

The above is from "Anonymous", well-known around town as COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS.

Anyway, let's try to clarify the "mastery" and recent evolution of this section of Hamilton.

2010 - there was the "bikeways and sidewalks" map in the Master Plan.

Dec 2010 - the pedestrian/bicyclist advisory committee published its Sharrows Report,
    which specifically requested (this document is in PBAC's online archive):

East-West sharrows, on Nassau Street - from Harrison to Bayard

            and on  Paul Robeson / Wiggins / Hamilton - from Bayard to Snowden Lane

Summer 2011 - the sharrows were installed, except (a) they were incorrectly 
                       positioned along Nassau, and (b) omitted on that stretch of Hamilton,
                       for some unexplained or maybe arbitrary reason. With (a) being urgent.

2012 - the "sidewalks" and "bikeways and sharrows" are now separate maps, wherein
          the location of sharrowed streets, at least those which got installed, are specified.

2013 - the maps get ratified in the new edition of the Circulation Element.

2015 - the new "bikeways and sharrows" map, basically as created thru PBAC efforts,
          gets used to help make PBAC members understand what the master plan says.
          Meanwhile, Hamilton gets repaved, and finally gets its sharrows, 4 years later.

By the way, we do appreciate the citizen who stood up at the meeting and rhapsodized
about how sharrows had made his daily commuting experience so much better/safer.

Friday, November 13, 2015

round-up for Friday the 13th

1. Radio Show:   "The TakeAway" with John Hockenberry   - duration 7:06

   "Walking across the street is more dangerous than you might think. According to the U.S. Department
   of Transportation, a pedestrian was killed every two hours in traffic crashes in 2013."

3.  Princeton's Bike Master Plan study

     Thanks to the scores of people who attended the public meeting last night !

     I filled out the online survey this morning.  Click here to do it      Takes around 6 minutes.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

fyi, New Yorker magazine piece by Maria Konnikova

Cars vs. Bikes vs. Pedestrians      Will the war among them ever end ?  

Whichever mode of transportation you currently happen to be using—whether you're the pedestrian, 
the cyclist, or the driver—you are correct, no matter the scenario. Everyone else is in your way, wrong,
annoying, and otherwise a terrible human being. 

The fight for the streets is, presumably, as old as the streets. From the moment the first horse and buggy
hit the London pavement, hansom drivers and startled pedestrians likely had words. But why does this
particular drama play out as it does? And in the modern urban landscape—which includes more people,
more cars, and, in recent years, more bikes than ever before—can there be any good answer to the
question of who, if anyone, is in the right?

How To Do 'WikiMapping' For Princeton Bike Masterplan!

By now, hopefully you have considered how to make your voice heard for the new 'Bike Masterplan', which is under development. If not, please consider the options below, and feel free to share this post with your friends and neighbors! To give input for the Bike Masterplan, you can:
  1. Fill out the online form at the municipal website by clicking here.
  2. Send an email with your comments to:
  3. Print out this form, fill it out, and mail it to Princeton Engineering Dept, 400 Witherspoon St.
  4. Go to the Public Meeting! This Thursday, 11/12/2015, 6.30 p.m. at the Community Room at the municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street. Click here for full details.
  5. Do 'WikiMapping'!
OK, some of you will be asking, what on Earth is 'WikiMapping'?? It's a website where local residents can add comments directly to a map of Princeton, to indicate where there are problems for cyclists, or where better facilities are most needed. It's pretty easy to use. Start by going to the webpage for the WikiMapping by clicking the following link:

Then, register by entering your email address and a password of your choice. (Registration is necessary to prevent fake comments. You can also use your Facebook credentials to log in, but 'anonymous' commenting is disabled.) It looks like the image shown above. 

Select one of the options at the top of the screen to make a new comment. Use the 'add street comment' to draw a line on the map labeling an entire street that you think needs improvement. Or click the 'add spot/intersection comment' button to mark one specific point or intersection that you think needs attention. You can then type additional comments, which will show up next to where you marked on the map, so for example, you could write "too much speeding traffic here, new bike facility needed!' or 'more bike racks needed here!'

If you want even more fun, you can click on the comments that other users have left, and write whether you agree or disagree with them! As you can see from the image above, quite a few suggestions have already been made using the WikiMapping feature. The WikiMap suggestions will not necessarily form part of the final plan, but they are a useful extra way to give input.
It's a great tool, because you can leave very specific suggestions for the consultants. But remember, all the other ways of leaving feedback are equally valid, so do what works best for you! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

New Path Opens Between YMCA and Merwick-Stanworth Site

Good news for Princeton walkers! A new path has been opened between Princeton University's newly redeveloped Merwick-Stanworth campus, and the YMCA on Paul Robeson Place. That's one less fence in Princeton, and one more route for pedestrians.

The path (location shown here) is a big shortcut for people going by foot between Stanworth Lane and town. It means that walkers don't have to walk around by busy Route 206. The path (shown above) was officially opened earlier today, Friday, November 6, with Mayor Liz Lempert in attendance.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The First Meeting of the Bicycle Masterplan Steering Committee

Princeton got support from NJDOT earlier this year to make a new Bike Masterplan. A 'steering advisory committee' met with the consultants for the first time on Tuesday morning of this week (10.27.15). The consultants started the meeting with a presentation outlining the objectives of the study, and giving some background information on different types of bicycle facility. You can view the slides at the Princeton municipal website. It was a good presentation. The consultants clearly know their stuff. Below is project manager, Peter Kremer:

The Steering Advisory Committee includes over 20 people, including elected officials, municipal staff, and representatives of schools, Princeton University etc etc. Several members of the public also attended the open meeting. After the initial presentation, the consultants asked all attendees for input. First, they asked us to imagine Princeton in 20 years time. What changes would we see, as a consequence of the Bike Master Plan that was made in 2015-2016? Several people imagined something like Copenhagen in Denmark, where lots more people choose to use bikes. 

Next, the consultants turned to the 'nitty-gritty'. What should be the goals of the Bike Master Plan study, and what problems could be expected? Attendees suggested many things, including a safe network that would connect neighbors and important places in the town. But people also stressed the importance of finding consensus and making realistic advances, and noted the difficulty of creating bike facilities where streets are relatively narrow. All the answers were captured on a flip-chart:

Then the consultants wrapped up by outlining the next steps. Importantly, there will be the first of several consultation meetings to get the input of local residents on November 12, starting at 6.30 p.m. The consulting team are very keen to make this a true 'Princeton' plan. They don't want to give an 'off-the-shelf' solution. That's why it's important for everybody to share their views. More info (also available in Spanish language) is at the Princeton municipal website. There is also an updated online form that you can use to leave feedback. (Previous comments have all been saved, but the new form is just much easier to fill out.) Finally, there is a new electronic tool called 'Wiki-mapping' that you can use to point out places that need improvements. Stay tuned for more details of Wiki-mapping in a future post...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I left my brakes ... in San Francisco

San Francisco May Let Bicyclists Yield at Stop Signs    By LAURA M. HOLSON of the NY Times.

"A proposed ordinance has raised long-simmering tensions between drivers and
cyclists, but bicycle advocates hope it could be a breakthrough for such laws."

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Hamilton Avenue Striping Explained

Hamilton Avenue between North Harrison Street and Snowden Lane was recently restriped after being dug up for a municipal engineering project. Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and Traffic & Transportation Committee members provided input into the new striping scheme, to try to make the road safer for all users in line with the town's "Complete Streets" policy. The final result is shown in the picture above. The new roadway has two striped shoulders. These are not bike lanes, although volunteers on PBAC and the T&T committee originally recommended bike lanes on this street. Hamilton Avenue is only 30-ft wide, and adding bike lanes would have required removing on-street parking or widening the road. Many local residents argued that on-street parking was essential, and Council chose not to pursue on-street bike lanes at this time

The striping pattern selected is shown in the diagram below: (empty spaces show public right-of-way that is not currently being used for a transportation function)

There are two 10-ft travel lanes, which meet standards for school buses and ambulances. On the south side of the road (right-hand side above), there is a striped 7-ft on-street parking lane. On the north side of the road (left-hand side above), there is a 3-ft shoulder. Neither of the shoulders is a bike lane. The 7-ft shoulder is intended for parked cars, whereas the 3-ft shoulder does not meet minimum width standards for a bike lane. Instead, the travel lanes are marked with 'shared-use arrows' ('sharrows'), which are intended to alert drivers to the possible presence of people on bikes, and demonstrate the safest lane position for people riding in mixed traffic. The striped shoulders make narrower travel lanes than what existed previously, which should have a traffic-calming effect, potentially making cycling in mixed traffic feel more comfortable. On-street parking, snow removal and brush pick-up are not affected by the new striping pattern.

This design was the outcome of much public comment and discussion. The new cycle facility is good enough for confident cyclists, but may not be appealing to casual or risk-averse riders, who are typically nervous about riding with cars and trucks. These riders may choose to ride on the sidewalks instead. Sidewalk cycling often happened before, and is technically permitted by law, but it is not really safe for cyclists or pedestrians. Princeton is currently starting work on a town-wide Bicycle Circulation Masterplan, which will guide the types of cycle facilities that are added in future on local streets. Like Hamilton Avenue, many streets in Princeton are quite narrow, and street space is subject to demands from many different users. The new striping pattern on Hamilton offers one potential approach to making streets safer for all users, but what is chosen on other streets will be dependent on public comment during the upcoming planning process.

Friday, October 16, 2015

PBAC Friday follies

What really gets my goat is when bicyclists ride their bikes in the crosswalks.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Princeton Bike Masterplan - What We Know So Far...

During the summer, the New Jersey Department of Transportation awarded Princeton a grant to make a new bicycle circulation 'master plan'. The bike master plan is primarily intended to guide future road engineering projects, so that appropriate facilities are added to enable people on bikes to safely and comfortably get around the town. This is potentially a big deal, and you may want to get involved in the planning to make sure that the plan works well for everybody.

The master plan design process is being led by consultants from the Parsons Brinckerhoff firm. The lead consultant lives in Lawrence, and is a regular visitor to Princeton. The consultants are working with the Princeton Engineering Department, but the intention is to get input from as many people as possible. Our engineers have already put lots of materials and information relating to the master plan on the municipal website.

Save the Date! The first of several public meetings to get input from local residents will be on November 12 at 6.30 p.m. (venue to be confirmed). Tell your friends and everyone who might be interested!!

Right now, the consultants are gathering information about the town, by examining local roads and conditions. Meanwhile the engineers are preparing a 'steering committee' of local people to help advise the master plan process. The exact make-up of the steering committee is still being decided. The steering committee will meet with the consultants on October 27, at 9.30 a.m. This meeting will be open to the public, so anyone can attend, but the primary public meeting is November 12.

For more information about the master plan process, you can view the video of the consultants' presentation to the Princeton Planning Board, which happened September 17. (The bike master plan discussion starts at 6':00", and lasts for about 30 mins.) Slides from that meeting are also available at the municipal website here. If you have more questions, you can email the consultants directly at: or feel free to send me an email: Everybody wants the master plan development process to be as open, transparent and inclusive as possible, so definitely get in touch if there's something you are unsure about. 

neighborhood event: Littlebrook "Sneakers & Cycles", morning of Sat. Oct 24th

Below is the poster for the 4th annual Sneakers & Cycles 3K at Littlebrook Elementary

school on Saturday the 24th, which is the day before the "Mayor's Ride" event over

at Community Park and Mountain Lakes.  While PBAC is hoping to show the flag at

this edition of Sneakers & Cycles, we could use some volunteer help, especially by

somebody in the Littlebrook community.  Our role would be to encourage people to

send comments to the consultants working on the Bike Master Plan project, to hand

out whatever Princeton bike maps remain by then, to converse with anybody interested

in making our town more bicycle/pedestrian-friendly in years to come. Those interested 

in spending a few hours helping PBAC are encouraged to email us at 


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

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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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