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NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy

staffed by club volunteers and target bicyclists of all abilities. The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance offers an example of a group that focuses its efforts in one community. The Alliance is a non-profit whose goal is promoting bicycling and walking in West Windsor, and emphasizing access, increased mobility, education and safety.

 

Similar to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, other private advocacy organizations have formed in New Jersey to promote, preserve and improve multi-use trails. Monmouth Heritage Trail, Inc., is a good example of a non-profit organization that focuses specifically on one trail, promoting the preservation, protection and balanced use of the Henry Hudson Trail as a recreational facility for the benefit of the public.

 

In addition to New Jersey-specific organizations, advocacy groups in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas have shown a wider regional interest by working within New Jersey as well. Bike New York was established as a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting and encouraging bicycling and bicycle safety through education, public events, and collaboration with community and government organizations. Best known for producing America's largest cycling event, a 42-mile, traffic-free ride for some 30,000 cyclists known as the

Commerce Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, Bike New York also puts on smaller rides, offers free classes to the public, and develops customized bicycle safety and education programs in and around New York City, including New Jersey.

 

Similarly, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia uses advocacy and education to improve bicycling conditions, promoting biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Since its inception, the coalition has made tremendous gains in the Delaware Valley by facilitating the construction of recreational trails, advocating for the addition of hundreds of miles of bike lanes, urging political leaders to support bicycle-friendly policy and keeping the public informed about cycling programs and opportunities in the region.

 

The groups described in this article represent only a partial list of the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups making an impact in New Jersey. For more information about the groups mentioned above, as well as the many other advocacy groups advancing bicycle and pedestrian interests in the state, visit http://www.njbikeped.org/

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