conditions. As of today, there are only three blocks of bicycle lanes in the entire city and none are of optimal width or offer connections.
The information gathered through the audit rides will help BCBC achieve another goal, drafting a bicycle plan that will help create a functional bicycle network throughout the city. The BCBC will prepare the plan in phases, with the first due to be completed by Spring 2010. One of the first issues to be identified will involve bicycle parking, because few options exist in the city. BCBC recognizes that bicycling for transportation can not happen if riders are unable to securely park bikes near their destinations.
Thus far, the BCBC has been very successful in garnering support from city leaders. Mayor Cory Booker accepted an invitation from the BCBC to ride with the group on its inaugural bike ride this summer. Also, East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador has expressed interest in making Newark a bicycle-friendly city. Amador’s support, along with that of the Ironbound Business Improvement District, was critical in the success of the BCBC’s Halloween Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, held in the Ironbound.
To keep its agenda moving along, the BCBC is sharing the message with city officials and community stakeholders alike that supporting bicycling and creating safe and viable