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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 Bus to Bike

For those of you that don’t know, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is spread out over 4 campuses and two cities. Since students can have class on any campus, Rutgers have created an intricate system of buses to get students to virtually any place on campus. However, spanning 4 campuses and 2 cities means that it may take an hour for students to travel a few miles to their next class. The amount of time spent traveling seriously cuts into the time students have to study and socialize. As an avid biker, I have found a way around the bus hassel. While it may take a long time to reach classes, all Rutgers building are within a few miles of each other, making it a rather quick bike ride.

While bike riding may shave 45 minutes off of your commute at RU, it may also shave a few years off of your life, IT IS RISKY! That is why I have crated websites like Rutgers Bus to Bike (www.mappler.com/rubus_to_bike) to show students the safests and easiest ways to commute around Rutgers and Identifiy any hazzards of biking. But unlike most places in New Brunswick, this website is not a one-way street. Students can join the website and add their own info about the website. In this way, Rutgers Bus to Bike was created by RU students, for RU students.

visit the RU Bus to Bike website at www.mappler.com/rubus_to_bike

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The Why and How To of bike rack instillation

Here is an article about the criteria and methods behind bike rack installation in Seattle, WA. I challenge Rutgers Students in New Brunswick, NJ to check out races around their campus to see if the racks around campus match the Seattle guidelines. Here is a map of all the bike racks at Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway.

www.mappler.com/rubus_to_bike

Bike Rack Installation

Sidewalk Bike Racks

The Bicycle Spot Improvement Program installs bicycle racks in neighborhood business districts to encourage bicycling for short trips and errands. The racks provide safe and convenient bicycle parking.

Rack Installation

Racks are installed at the request of citizens and business or property owners or managers. Bicycle Program staff are available to meet with representatives from interested businesses to explain the program, answer questions and select locations for racks. Racks remains the property of SDOT. SDOT assumes responsibility for the racks but not for bicycles parked at them.

Rack Location Criteria

Several criteria are used in siting the racks:

Racks are installed in public space within City of Seattle limits, usually on a sidewalk with six or more feet of clear sidewalk space remaining.

Racks are placed at convenient, usable locations in close proximity to building entrances without impeding pedestrians.

Racks are placed with adequate clearance from curb ramps and crosswalks, street furniture, driveways, and parked cars.

Racks can be installed in bus stops or loading zones only if they do not interfere with boarding or loading patterns and there are no alternative locations.

Installation on Private Property

Racks on private property are usually paid for by the property owner. City racks are not available for purchase, but Bicycle Program staff can help property owners choose appropriate racks and installation locations.

Types of Racks

The Bicycle Program has selected the following racks that we prefer to install.

– The Rail-type rack, made of 2″ galvanized pipe, 54 inches long, 32 inches high, and holds two bikes. The rack is unobtrusive, has no sharp edges or moving parts, and requires little maintenance.

– The Inverted-U rack – similar to the rail-type, but narrower.

Cora racks, available in various capacities.

– The Bicycle-Circle rack, which converts former meter posts into bike racks.

If you notice a rack has become loose or damaged, please let us know.

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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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