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Annual Bike/Ped Summit to be held at Bloustein School, February 25

The Third Annual Bike/Ped Summit, presented by the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition (NJBWC) and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, will be held on Saturday, February 25 at the Bloustein School's Special Events Forum, 33 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ, on the campus of Rutgers University.

Organized by the NJBWC, the annual Bike/Ped Summit brings together legislators, advocates, planners, businesses, students, bike clubs and shops, and interested citizens for a day of panels, workshops, discussions and most importantly, networking with others who share an interest in a more sustainable lifestyle in New Jersey for all citizens.

Each year the Summit has been held in a different city with participation from local groups. This year’s Summit is being held in cooperation with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.

Jeff Miller, President, Alliance for Biking and Walking, Washington, D.C. will present a morning plenary. He will be joined by John Pucher, a professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Bloustein School and a member of the Advisory Board of NJBWC.

A mid-day plenary will feature Jerry Fried, Mayor of Montclair; Paul Matacera, Vice President with MBI Gluck-Shaw and former Mayor of North Brunswick; and John Sowell, President of the Irvington City Council who rode his bicycle across the United States this summer. Featured speakers from the League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C. include Alissa Simcox, Director of Education and Nicole Wynands, Program Specialist for the Bicycle Friendly America Program.

Other participants include Sheree Davis, NJ State Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, NJ Department of Transportation; Charles Brown, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University; and Jim Cahill, Mayor, New Brunswick, NJ, among others, will participate.

In addition to the Summit, which begins at 8:00 a.m., the day will conclude at with a short walking tour of New Brunswick, led by Bob Belvin, Director of the New Brunswick Free Library and President of the New Brunswick Historical Society.  At the same time there will be a short bike ride through New Brunswick led by New Jersey certified cycling instructors of the League of American Bicyclists. The walking tour and bike ride will begin at approximately 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

The event is open to the public but advance registration is required by Wednesday, February 22; individual registration is $50 per person and student registration $25 per person. There is no walk-in registration.

The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition is a membership-based organization, staffed by volunteers. The Coalition's Mission is to encourage and promote cycling, provide a collective voice for cyclists, and improve access for cyclists on New Jersey's roads, highways, and trails. Goals and objectives include advocacy, focusing attention on cycling related issues, sponsoring public events, working with other advocacy groups, and promoting cycling as a healthy, enjoyable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable means of transportation and recreation.

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) is a national leader in the research and development of innovative transportation policy. Located within the Bloustein School at Rutgers, the Center brings to bear the full array of resources of a major research university on transportation issues of regional and national significance. By virtue of its New Jersey location, VTC is well suited to address many of the critical transportation issues confronting the nation.  The Center’s research and applied projects focus on transportation and the built environment, transportation and social equity, and transportation finance and the economy.

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