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
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
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.