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New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jim Simpson announced that New Jersey has received a Bronze award as a Bicycle Friendly State by the League of American Bicyclists. This is the first time that New Jersey has received such a designation.
To coincide with Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclistsreleased its third annual Bicycle Friendly State (BFS) rankings on Wednesday, May 19 and announced that New Jersey has achieved its highest ever ranking of 8th in the nation in regard to favorable conditions for bicyclists. The award recognizes New Jersey for its initiatives and progress to become more bicycle-friendly.
“NJDOT has made great strides to improve the conditions on our roadways for bicyclists as well as pedestrians,” Simpson said. “The Department continues to invest in intersection and roadway improvements statewide that are designed to keep our pedestrians and bicyclists safe.”
NJDOT is working to implement policies that consider the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists as well as motorists whenever a new road is constructed or an existing road is rebuilt. To further formalize and emphasize that commitment NJDOT has recently finalized a ‘Complete Streets’ policy to ensure that all future roadway improvement construction projects include safe accommodations for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders and the mobility impaired.
“We are delighted to report that states, and statewide bicycle advocates, are using this program to target legislative changes, adopt new policies and even start new advocacy groups in order to improve conditions for cyclists,” said Andy Clarke, League President. “Change at the state level is harder to see than in a community or business, but is no less important – and we are seeing real progress.”
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