State Holds First Bicycle Summit, Focuses on Safety
New Jersey held its first Bicycle Summit earlier this year in Denville to address the rising number of cycling-related deaths and injuries throughout the state and increase awareness of bicycle safety. Assemblywoman Grace Spencer of Newark, an avid cyclist who was struck by a car in 2007, promised during the event to continue her push for a safe passing law in New Jersey.
Sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the New Jersey Bicycle Coalition, the all-day event attracted more than 100 cyclists, cycling advocates, and transportation professionals.
The Bicycle Summit presented the first statewide opportunity for cycling advocates to learn more about what other groups are doing and share information. Featured speakers included Andy Clarke, League of American Bicyclists; Tim Blumenthal, Bikes Belong; Sharon Roerty, National Center for Bicycling and Walking; Sheree Davis, NJDOT; and Jeff Miller, Alliance for Biking and Walking.
The summit energized attendees to transform New Jersey, making streets more bikeable and safer. “Even Copenhagen wasn’t a bicycle paradise in the 1950’s and 1960’s; it