Citing Barcelona Attack, Paul White Calls for More Car-Free Spaces
This article references NYC streets but the same urban design wisdom should be applied to all cities on streets where pedestrians and cars mingle side-by side. Cars have now become weapons.
“…shockingly, some state legislatures are blind to the weaponization of motor vehicles against protestors at best, and are tacitly condoning it at worst. They are setting a dangerous precedent by attempting to codify removing responsibility from drivers who kill and maim.”
Complete Streets Coalition Receives NJDOT Champion Award
Grassroots group advocates for safer streets for all who use them
By Michelle Gladden
APCSC is honored!
Congratulations from NJDOT
State of New Jersey
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
1035 Parkway Avenue
PO Box 600
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0600
Richard T. Hammer
Dear Members of the Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition:
The Complete Streets Summit Taskforce has selected the Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition to receive a Complete Streets Champion Award at the 2017 New Jersey Complete Streets Summit on October 24, 2017. The Summit will be held at the Rutgers University College Avenue Student Center located at 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 4:00 p.m. Awards will be given during a lunchtime ceremony.
We hope representatives of the coalition will be able to attend to receive this honor and stay throughout the entire Summit. Any municipal staff members, elected officials, or other local advocates that supported the coalition’s work are also welcome to attend. We may be contacting you soon with regard to speaking or sharing your experience on a panel. If you and any guests will be able to join us, please let us know as soon as possible.
Please contact Miriam Salerno at the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center at email@example.com with your RSVPs.
Thank you for your hard work and leadership in bringing safer, more complete streets to New Jersey.
Elise Bremer-Nei, AICP/PP
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs
cc: Michael Manzella, Transportation Manager
cc: The Honorable John Moor, Mayor of Asbury Park
The idea that pedestrian distraction is a significant source of harm is starting to shape public policy in tangible ways. The Honolulu City Council recently passed a bill to outlaw looking at a mobile device while crossing the street — on foot, at least. If you’re driving, it would still be lawful to look at your dash-mounted phone while crossing an intersection. (The mayor has yet to take a position on the bill.)
If the Honolulu bill passes, it could simply serve as a pretext for arbitrarily harassing pedestrians. And as Systemic Failure notes, it could even increase traffic risks by creating a more permissive atmosphere for driving behaviors that pose a greater threat.
Meanwhile, automakers are making in-dash computer systems a standard feature in cars without arousing much alarm from safety scolds.
Decorate your bike with lights and take an easy evening spin around Asbury Park! Meet up with friends and neighbors for an evening bike ride on August 22 at 6:30pm starting and ending at Springwood Park.
NTSB Aims to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes
The study links speeding to 112,580 passenger vehicle highway crash fatalities between 2005-2014. To put that number in perspective, nearly the same number of people – 112,948 – died in alcohol-involved crashes in the same period.
Despite this sobering statistic, speeding has few negative social consequences compared to the consequences of an arrest or conviction for driving under the influence. The study further notes that although drivers are aware that speeding is a threat to safety, they also acknowledge it is a common driving behavior in the US.
Plan for Walking and Biking
The City of Asbury Park was awarded a Local Technical Assistance grant from the NJ Department of Transportation to conduct a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the City on April 18, 2017. NJDOT assigned consultant WSP to lead the development of the plan. Steering committee meetings, focus groups, public meetings and a public input “WikiMap” are the community outreach efforts for the project. The goal is to produce a comprehensive plan for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure that is achievable and serves ALL residents of the Asbury Park community – all ages and abilities.
Provide Your Input!
Community input and support are critical to
create a successful plan and a more walkable and
bikeable Asbury Park. An interactive online map
is available to allow members of the community
to provide input and comments at any time.
Help us identify:
Corridors and/or spots in need of
Desired pedestrian corridors
Desired bike routes and bike parking
Upload photos and provide other comments
“The real power of this course is its dual approach: classroom discussion helps officers become more aware of the motor vehicle code as it applies to bicyclists. Then, getting the officers on bikes gives them a real taste of how the world looks from the saddle…”
Over the past few weeks, the NJBWC educated nearly 150 law enforcement officers in 50 police departments from seven New Jersey counties in the rules of the road for bike riders. The course, “Title 39: A Bike’s-Eye View,” was created and taught by Les Leathem, NJBWC Education Coordinator. It consists of classroom learning, skills building maneuvers on bikes, and a group ride on local roads. The officers were asked to be in plain clothes and to leave their duty belts home.
The purpose is to help the officers understand how traffic law relates to bike riders, and to give them first-hand experience of what most of us who ride regularly already know: the road is very different when you are on a bike. The course, funded by the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, was held in locations in Atlantic, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties in May and June.
While New Jersey law gives bicycle riders the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles, many police officers, not being riders themselves, do not have the perspective of traffic from the bike rider’s view; they are not aware of how traffic looks to a bicyclist. They also don’t fully understand the challenges bicyclists face in dealing with motorists.
This article evaluates the connection between the establishment of bike lanes and increase in commercial property value. The conversation continues about whether bike lanes lead to gentrification. We contend that safe street infrastructure does not lead directly to gentrification, but rather that gentrification often happens at the same time as road infrastructure is improved.
Blame it on the bike: does cycling contribute to a city’s gentrification?
The link between street improvements like bike lanes and pedestrian plazas and a subsequent jump in property values is no secret.
Bike lanes and the gentrification they symbolize, have caused tensions in cities across the country and drawn fire from critics like Jeremiah Moss, blogger behind “Vanishing New York” who said they’re a tool used by mayors to “spur and reinforce gentrification.”
While protected bike lanes have proven to decrease injuries for cyclists and pedestrians, they’ve also been linked to an increase in retail sales, according to a 2014 report from the Department of Transportation.