It’s about public health and traffic safety. The key is having the decisionmakers at the table,analyzing the data together.
“Hindy noticed how streets in Stockholm and Copenhagen were engineered to give cyclists and pedestrians as much a priority on the streets as cars. That seemed to foster respect among drivers for the other roadway users, too.”
“You don’t have to be a transportation enthusiast to see you’re in a different place with different priorities than most cities in America,” says Hindy.
A big win for NJ Bike and Walk Coalition! Congratulations to Cyndi Steiner, Executive Director of NJ Bike & Walk Coalition and Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. (Note-Doug McQueen and Polli Schildge of APCSC were invited by Cyndi Steiner to participate on a panel at the NJ Bike and Walk Summit with Paul Steely White. Very much looking forward to this opportunity!)
“At the request of Transportation Alternatives and the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, the Port Authority released a plan in 2014 to route pedestrians and cyclists onto separate sides of the bridge (walkers on the south side, cyclists on the north), replace the north path stairs with ramps, and eliminate a hairpin turn on the south path. The advocates also won continuous pedestrian and bike access throughout the construction period, expected to last seven years.”
Carrots and sticks don’t really work and can involve time-consuming and expensive projects. Dis incentivizing driving by incentivizing other modes of transit is much more effective.
The New Jersey Bike Walk Summit is New Jersey’s statewide meeting of bicycle and pedestrian advocates, elected officials and other township leaders, transportation and urban planners, bike shop owners and managers, cycling, walking, fitness and health enthusiasts and experts, recreation, trails and club leaders and others who are interested in making our state a better place to live.
Two members of APCSC, Doug McQueen and Polli Schildge have been asked to participate in the “Grassroots Brainstorm” panel with Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives.
This is an exciting opportunity for the exchange of ideas and we’re thrilled that APCSC has been invited to participate.