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New Bike Path Set for College Ave-Cook/Douglass Commute

An article in this Wednesday’s Daily Targum, the official student newspaper of Rutgers University, annonced plans for the City of New Brunswick to install a bike path between the College Avenue and Cook/Douglass. The path will start in Buccleuch Park and end on Bishop Street on Cook/Douglass campus. Various ideas were brought up for possible commuting routes between the two campuses. George Street, the main road through New Brunswick and a direct route from College Ave. to Cook/Douglass, was determined to be to highly traffic for installing a bike path. The decided route will keep students several blocks away from the major traffic of George Street and the Route 18 on ramps. I think that this has the potential to be the most used bike path at Rutgers. Going through New Brunswick between these two campuses via bus or car can take up to an hour due to the traffic on George Street and the construction on Route 18. However, the same trip can be made by bike in approximately 15 minutes, anytime of day regardless of traffic. These paths will be a great step forward in making Rutgers University a more bike friendly campus.

To read the original Targum article, click here

For more information about bike routes around rutgers, visit www.mappler.com/rubike


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Rutgers University bike info doesn’t stack up to the competition

I have been biking to a from classes at Rutgers University for the past 4 years. I have seen a lot of changes in the geography, condition, and accessiblity of the roads on the banks of the Raritan, but what has been most pleasing to me during the start of this school year is the number of bike commuters. When I started biking across New Brunswick to Cook/Douglass, I remember being the lone biker dodging my way through cars down and pedestrians. Now the same sections on George Street are littered with college students each way, riding the curbs and passing at least two EE buses in the process. However, just like the academics here at RU, now that we have the students’ attentions we need to teach them something. Unforutunately the only information that can be found on the Rutgers DOTS website is a pdf of a bike map consisting of several discontinuous and misrepresented bike paths. If you look at other schools across the nation, Rutgers is definitely falling behind. For Example, the University of California Davis not only has an extensive bike map of the campus and the surrounding city, the University also provides services like free bike commuting classes, endless miles of well-maintained bike paths, summer storage facilities, showers for commuters, lock cutting services, and abandoned bike removal and reauction to students in need of bikes. Such a support system has led to over 15,000 students, that is over half of UC Davis students, using bicycles.  Imagine if half of RU students rode bikes. The buses (when you would need to take them) would be less crowded, students would get to classes faster, giving them more time for academics as social activities, and fewer buses would mean less traffic and cleaner like air. To make this dream a reality there must be more resources and facilites available from college bikers at Rutgers, like more bike paths, easier access to racks, informative websites (like www.mappler.com/rubus_to_bike), etc. What Trek bicycle company President John Burke said is true, “Bicycling is a very simple solution to many complicated problems in the world”.

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Davis, Calif: Most Bike Friendly City in the US

The Leauge of American Bicyclists have named Davis, California the most bike friendly city in the United States. A thirty-year long campagin by bike enthusiasts, city planners, and city officials has made it a utopian society for cyclists. Some of the factors that make Davis so bike able are the climate, wide roads, the nearby Univ of Calif campus, and most importantly the self-sustaining design of the city. The close proximity of community centers, schools, jobs, and stores makes biking a quick and easy means of transportation for the majority of trips. Even if we can’t control these things in our community, we can use the city of Davis as proof that a bike friendly is not just a dream, but is most certainly a reality.

To read the article on Davis, visit www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/davis1.htm

To have your community recognized as a bike friendly community, apply at www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/apply.cfm

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Park(ing) Day greens the streets in NYC

Here is an article from Transportation Alternatives about their event last month throughout NYC.

We Came, We Saw, We Park(ed)

Last Friday, thousands of New Yorkers woke up to a city temporarily transformed. It was the second annual Park(ing) Day NYC, and while millions lay sleeping, a dedicated crew of artists, elected officials, architects and citizens were hard at work turning parking spots around the city into inviting public spaces.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and inspiration of all involved, 53 parking spaces across the five boroughs were repurposed as Park(ing) Spots for the day. 629 pieces of sod turned 6,290 square feet of intimidating asphalt into oases of green on the street. There were games for kids, activities for the creative and chair and benches aplenty for those inclined to recline. And because it’s New York, at least two locations even sported free WiFi, a relief to those torn between their love of lounging outdoors and their need to work.

Most of all, Park(ing) Day NYC 2008 was a clarion call for more space for people in a city too often dominated by the automobile. Using scant resources and no more than a sliver of space, Park(ing) Day participants demonstrated the transformative potential that even small reclamations can have. While Manhattan Community Boards Two and Four showcased the principles of a bicycle parking spot swap, a midtown consultancy moved their staff out of doors for the day, meetings and all.

In a city obsessed with the next big thing, Park(ing) Day is a reminder that sometimes a little can go a long way.

Park(ing) Day is the third Friday of September every year. For more information on the event, or how to participate next year, please visit parkingdaynyc.org, and don’t forget about Park(ing) Day redux on October 18th at Eyebeam Gallery.

Link to Park(ing) day 2008 video: http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/parking-day-2008-nyc/

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RU Biking Combines with TransitAccess

Before RU biking even really got up and running we will be joined by the National TransitAccess Bikeability Project (NTB). The goal of NTB is to use the same interactive mapping software as we will use to map bikeability at Rutger University, to map the bike and pedestrian accessibility of different New Jersey Transit train stations throughout the state. The project will be a large undertaking, but we are hoping to get the Northeast Corridor line completed by the end of the year. RU biking and NTB are excited to be joining forces to help lessen the New Jersey’s, and the nation’s, dependance on automobiles.

National TransitAccess Bikeability Homepage

National TransitAccess Bikeability Homepage

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Bike Rack Desgin: Simple is Safe

Here is an article about bike rack safety that may suprise you.

To view the article in its original format, click here

7 Ways Cities Can Make Your Bike More Secure
by Lloyd Alter, Toronto on 05.23.08
Cars & Transportation (bikes)
Buzz up!

Designer Adam Thorpe, Councillor Paul Braithwaite and Rose Ades demonstrate the caMden bike rack

We have shown all kinds of bike stands on TreeHugger, but sometimes the simplest is the best. The Design against Crime Research Centre in London “aims to catalyse a design revolution in secure cycling provision for the 21st century. The research seeks to use creative solutions to overcome the adverse effects of bicycle theft on the achievement of sustainable transport objectives within European cities and to assist in the promotion of cycling and the benefits it offers society in terms of impact on health and improvements in the quality of the urban environment.”

Or simply put, design a better, theft-proof bike rack. The simple M design lets a cyclist lock both wheels and the frame to the stand, and discourages cyclists from just locking the top tube to the stand, which they consider insecure. The city of Camden just rolled out two of the designs.

Adam Thorpe said:

“We spent a year observing how thousands of cyclists parked their bikes and investigating the most secure way of parking to resist common bike theft techniques. “Both sorts of stands are designed to make it easier to lock your bike more securely by locking both wheels and the frame to the stand and more difficult to lock you bike insecurely.” ::Camden Cycling Campaign and ::BBC News

Other Bike Locking Systems

The Toronto Bike Ring

Toronto’s iconic post and ring has been copied all over the world since it was designed by Toronto architecture grad David Dennis in 1984. David tells us that he was originally designing a ring to be mounted on parking meters, and was interested in making the ring out of cast metal rather than just a pipe, so that he could integrate lettering into the design and make it appear more “official.” Recently thieves have taken to busting the ring with a 2×4 but David says the City is testing his new, improved design right now. Jack Layton, current leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, has taken credit drawing the ring on a napkin in a bar, and as the story evolved, included David and the late Dan Leckie at the table.

Bike Tree Locked Bicycle Storage

Rather than hitching your bike to a post at street level, swipe a smart card, enter your PIN, and your cycle is taken up the “trunk” of the tree to a dome that protects it from thieves and the elements. The tree’s footprint is minimal, which helps keep space open for pedestrians (and the dome shields them from rain, too). The system—first installed in Geneva—can also be configured as a bike rental kiosk.

“Bike Tree” Keeps Bikes Off Ground, Away From Sticky Fingers

Another version of the bike tree: Abhinav Dapke of Bahrain and India designs a “parking stand design for congested bicycle parking.”

How They Store Bikes In Tokyo

In North America the best one gets is a few posts and rings or the occasional bike locker in a few big cities; In Tokyo they get this amazing multi-storey computerized structure.

In-Lock: Bike Parking When There is None

Don’t have a place to lock your bike? Warren is not sure how well this would work in the real world, but it appears to be a miniature helical pile that you screw into the ground and then fasten the bike to it. Warren concludes that “There are numerous ways the lock could be thwarted by determined thieves, but against the casual, light-fingered person it would have some useful deterrent value.”

Cyclepods – Sleek New Design For Bike Storage Using Recycled Aluminium

The Cyclepod provides eight secure spaces for parking your bike, the bikes are stored upright and the front wheel and frame can both be locked in place. There is also the option of having a canopy over the pod to protect the bikes from the weather. The very good news is that the Cyclepod is made from 95% recycled aluminium. It has a 10-15 year estimated life span and uses

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What is RU Biking?

The goal of the project is to collect primary data regarding both the current bike use and possible bike use in the future, with proper road improvements. Data will be collected on all four Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway Campuses (College Avenue, Busch, Livingston, and Cook/Douglass). This data will be analyzed using Census data and GIS software, ArcGIS, to create a comprehensive idea of the bikeability present and possible future at Rutgers Universtiy.

Once the data is collected and analyzed, the results will be posted on an interactive-mapping website, powered by Mappler, so that students and other members of the Rutgers Community may add and comment on the biking conditions in the area.

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