A bike is a toy that you put baseball cards in the spokes, take to the park to do jumps and get "sick air"... right?
Well maybe at one time it was, back when we were kids and our romance with bicycles was in its courtship faze. But we have grown since then and our relationship with bikes has grown as well. Now many adults see their bikes as a vehicle they choose to use to transport themselves to work, to do errands around town or just to explore their neighborhoods.
What's more, it is not just college-aged kids and twenty-somethings doing it. In fact in this year's Bike to Work Challenge, nearly half of our participants (41%) were working professionals ages 46-55. Readers of our newsletter may remember some of these commuters from last month when we awarded the 'Most Miles Biked' and 'Resolute Rider' winners.
These working professionals prove that bike commuting is not just a younger person's game. Bike commuting is something that can be done at any age and in nearly every community; from the rural rolling hills of Sussex County to the bustling streets of Morristown. All it takes is a little knowledge, a little courage and the will to try.
The 'Most Miles Biked' and 'Resolute Riders' winners show what is possible, but of course we don't expect every commuter to bike those distances or match their frequency of bike commuting. Luckily we live in a State where there are many alternatives to biking your entire route.
For example, many commuters may not realize how accessible NJ Transit has become for bike riders. Today many NJ Transit buses are equipped with bike racks located on the front of the bus. What is even more exciting is recently NJ Transit has made it easier for commuters to take bikes onto the train with its new Bike Aboard policy.
Unfortunately you still are not able to board a standard-frame bicycle onto a train during commuting hours (6am-10am inbound to NY and 4pm-7pm outbound from NY) but fortunately TransOptions has bike lockers available throughout the Morris-Essex train line!
Moreover, now until June 29th NJ Transit is conducting its quarterly Scorecard survey online. NJ Transit officials will use the feedback from this survey to deploy people and resources to respond to issues reported as well as use it to guide decisions about spending, investment and service. So if you take the train or the bus and would like to share your thoughts on the service you experience, now is the time to let them know!
For more information about routing possibilities, bike commuting advice or bike locker availabilities please contact BFeeney@TransOptions.org or call 973-267-7600.