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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One of mapplers best websites for bikers in the Rutgers area is www.mappler.com/nbbikecrash. The site takes all reported bike-related accidents from the New Brunswick area and posts them so you can see their location, time of day, type of accident, and result from the accident. Unfortunately, this is only info reported from the New Brunswick Police, so anything handled by the Rutgers Police Dept. does not show up. Still it is a step in the right direction for making it safer to bike around RU.
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