March 2013 Workshop Teaches New Brunswick Officials the Ingredients to a Bikeable/Walkable Community
The New Jersey Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center (BPRC) presented at the 2013 New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum. A walk and bike audit was performed on downtown New Brunswick and, according to njbikeped.org, the topic of the first half of the workshop was “What are the six important ingredients to a Bikeable/Walkable community?” Participants were taken on a walking tour of French Street and George Street so that they could see the changes occurring for themselves.
There were six variables considered in the New Brunswick audit:
- Traffic calming
- Bicycle accommodations
- Sidewalk quality
- Beauty and comfort
- Quality destinations
Participants experienced the last half of the program by visualizing their own version, as well as team versions of the perfect bikeable/walkable community. They were not permitted to describe their concept of the ideal bikeable/walkable community with words (oral or written) or even with multi-colored drawings. Instead, they used a process that was made famous by James Rojas from Alhambra, California. They expressed themselves using pieces of crafts and art.
By the time the New Jersey Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center’s workshop came to a close, participants had learned the following:
- How to identify and access the likeability/walkability of a particular city.
- How valuable communication/participation throughout a community is for finding opportunities to improve streets for the safety of all who use them.
- How the city of New Brunswick has implemented its own bicycle /pedestrian infrastructure.
The bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein want you to know that you can request a similar workshop in your own community by contacting NJ BPRC at http://www.njbikeped.org. If you are injured in a bicycle crash that was the fault of someone else, contact our office by calling (609) 240-0040 or by completing our online contact form.
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