Welcome to the fifth issue of New Jersey Walks and Bikes, a newsletter for anyone interested in bicycle and pedestrian issues. In this edition, our last of 2008, we are excited to share great news with you – First, New Jersey has been ranked #9 in the nation for “Bike Friendliness” by the League of American Bicyclists. In addition, our NJ DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian program was honored with an Outstanding Sustainable Initiative Planning Award at the 2008 Annual Conference of the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association. As NJDOT’s program coordinator, I want to emphasize the critical role that you as active citizens play in working to achieve our goal of making New Jersey the #1 bicycle and pedestrian friendly state in the country!
In this issue of NJ Walks and Bikes, we also spotlight the West Windsor Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance and discuss elements of successful bicycle and pedestrian committees. We are also pleased to present a Q&A with Charles Carmalt, the new Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator of Philadelphia. Charles, who has more than 35 years experience as a transportation planner and a bicycle/pedestrian advocate, shares interesting insights on both barriers and potential solutions to some of the top issues impacting safe bicycling in New Jersey today. Charles also serves as a valued participant on the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC).
Bike Safety in the winter is addressed in this edition along with a report on the NJ DOT Pedestrian Safety Impact Teams, which are a part of the Governor’s Pedestrian Safety Corridor Program. Finally, in our “News in Brief” section, we highlight timely stories including: NJDOT’s release of three new bike tour guides, bringing the total to 14 now available for download at the DOT website; new bike commuter reimbursements forthcoming in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act; and the NJ Department of Highway Traffic Safety’s announcement of the application process for mini-grants related to pedestrian safety.
As always, our goal is to make this newsletter as useful to you as possible, so please visit and complete our brief reader survey, even if you have done so previously. The link to the survey is accessible from the newsletter frontpage. As always, we thank you for your interest and support in making New Jersey a safe, walkable, and bikeable state. Best wishes for the New Year!
NJ Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator