Complete Streets: It’s About More Than Just Bike Lanes

Complete Streets: It’s About More Than Just Bike Lanes by Clarence Eckerson, Jr.

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PRESS RELEASE: Temporary Bike Lane for Bike&Walk to School Day, October 8

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PeopleForBikes invited us to Steal This Idea – so we did! Helping to build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets, one pop-up at a time.

The Montclair Police Dept. Traffic Bureau and Bike&Walk Montclair will host Montclair’s first protected bike lane– two blocks of roadway leading to Renaissance Middle School – on International Bike and Walk to School Day, Wednesday Oct. 8. In their first collaboration of this kind, the two entities will share resources to make the “pop-up” bike lane a vivid demonstration of what “safe routes” for biking might feel like on Montclair streets.

The protected, bicycles-only lane will be usable from 6:30 to 9:30 AM eastbound on Walnut Street from Park Street to North Fullerton Ave., and northbound on North Fullerton from Walnut St. to Rand Place (across from Renaissance School).  The bike lane, (normally a parking lane), will be will be staffed by police officers and separated from car traffic by safety cones, temporary lane markings, and fall décor.  Renaissance was chosen as the flagship school for this event becauseit was Montclair’s pilot Safe Routes to School (SRTS) in 2005, and helped Montclair to win a district-wide Gold SRTS award from NJ SRTS and the NJ Dept. of Transportation in 2014.

“If this pilot bike lane works well, we can look forward to the possibility of extending it to additional Montclair schools in the future,” said Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo, of the Montclair Police Dept. Traffic Bureau. Egnezzo helped the township to secure funding for the project from the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety.FLYER police REN MHS smaller

Norma Tassy, Executive Director of Bike&Walk Montclair, represents the organization on the Pedestrian Safety Council, where the idea for the pilot bike lane was born. Said Ms. Tassy: “This is a first in Montclair and we are really excited about partnering with school administrators, the Police Dept., the Township Engineering Department, the Pedestrian Safety Council, and numerous volunteers to work together for safer streets for our kids. This pop-up protected bike lane is a product of the momentum and collaborative spirit Montclair stakeholders have toward their commitment to healthy, active travel.  We agree that a lifetime of healthy habits can begin by walking or biking to school.”

Plans for International Walk & Bike to School Day are also underway at all of Montclair’s other schools.

Hillside School will hold a raffle for everyone who gets to school on their own power. There will be meet-up points so that people who live too far away can participate as well.  Walkers and bikers will be greeted by a sign-in banner, cheering, and a map showing how far they have come.

Bradford School has designated the first Wednesday of every month as Wellness Wednesdays in an effort to increase participation and focus for health and wellness. For October Walk & Bike to school day, walking, biking and no cars at drop-off are encouraged. There will be a “walking school bus” starting from Sunset Park for those that live too far from school to walk; families will meet at the park and walk to school. All walkers, bikers and bus riders will receive stickers, fresh fruit, and whole wheat bagels.

Edgemont School plans to make a banner for kids to sign when they arrive at school. All bus riders will be encouraged to walk a few laps around Edgemont Park with chaperones. Kids will receive healthy snacks and stickers to celebrate their achievement.

The Mt. Hebron PTA challenges all students, teachers and staff to go car-free for a day. They encourage everyone to join students and parents from across New Jersey in celebrating the benefits of walking and bicycling, and don’t forget to thank crossing guards with cards, drawings, coffee or hugs!

Karen Straim, Associate Director of the Montclair Public Schools Health and Wellness Partnership, summed up the value of Walk & Bike to School Day, saying “We can all agree that kids who eat well and are physically active tend to learn better, stay focused, and achieve more. And let’s recognize the valuable support of our crossing guards, who make sure that kids cross streets safely, by celebrating Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on the same day.”

For more information and to volunteer, contact Norma Tassy, Bike&Walk Montclair Executive Director,


EPLB Round BugBike&Walk Montclair is funded in part by a grant from the Partners for Health Foundation.   The Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane Project is an example of Eat. Play. Live… Better partners working together to improve our community’s well-being where we live, learn, work and play.


Oh, What a Night! Let’s Walk! 5:30 Let’s Ride! 6:45

Bike&Walk Montclair encourages walking and biking for recreation, transportation, socialization and fun!  Put the pep in your step and a little fun between your legs and get on out while the days are long.

Let’s Walk! 

Join a Walking Group Today!  All the info is on the Bike&Walk Montclair – Eat. Play. Live… Better MEETUP page!  For more information, contact Bike&Walk Montclair’s Walking Group Coordinator, Liz Brady <>

Brookdale Park Walk  - Today 5:30pm

We meet at Brookdale Park – Enter the Park from Bellevue Avenue.  Park in the first parking lot on the left – near the soccer fields & bleachers.

Early Morning Walks

We meet at 1 Bay Avenue, Montclair, NJ at the front lobby of Mountainside Hospital.  Come join us. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes!

Healthy Evening Walks

End Your Day With A Healthy Evening Walk Where: Panera Bread Parking Lot located at  15 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ – meet in front of Panera Bread

Montclair Public Library Walks

Look for this very social group in front of the Montclair Public Library on Wednesday mornings.  The walk will be led by Grace.

Fleet Feet Walks

This end of the day walk will be led by Reena.  The group will meet in Front of Fleet Feet located at 603 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Let’s Ride!

Friday Night Fun Rides are Back! Still working out the details on holding regular Friday Night Fun Rides.  For more information, contact Bike&Walk Montclair’s Bicycle Education Coordinator, Paul Mickiewicz <>

Brookdale Park Night Ride – Today 6:45pm

Friday Night Ride, June 20th! We will circle Brookdale Park from about 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm and head out shortly after that, down Ridgewood Ave. towards Church Street and South Park. After a couple of laps through the Bow Tie we will move on, ending up somewhere we can sit outside and enjoy a beverage.

This is a casual ride, not a workout. You need to be comfortable riding in traffic. Be visible, (bright clothes and lights), be predictable, (ride right!), be courteous, (model good behavior)!

This is almost the longest day of the year! Are you with us?

Almost Longest Day Friday Night Bike Ride

Friday Night Ride, June 20th!

No Set Meeting Spot.  Arrive at Brookdale Park and catch the group riding the loop road.  We will circle Brookdale Park from about 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm and head out shortly after that, down Ridgewood Ave. towards Church Street and South Park. After a couple of laps through the Bow Tie we will move on, ending up somewhere we can sit outside and enjoy a beverage.

This is a casual ride, not a workout. You need to be comfortable riding in traffic. Be visible, (bright clothes and lights), be predictable, (ride right!), be courteous, (model good behavior)!

This is almost the longest day of the year! Are you with us?  Let us know on our Facebook Event Page HERE:

And it’s FREE!




Bike&Walk to Music Under the Stars! June 22

Bike&Walk to Outpost at Van Vleck for Discounts, Prizes, and SWAG!

Some car trips are necessary, but many are not.  You might be surprised how easy it is to run errands, go out to eat, or to see a show by bike or on foot.  These long days of summer are the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

Bike&Walk Montclair is partnering with Outpost in the Burbs and Van Vleck House & Gardens for a fun night of music, mingling, and more.  Ride your bikes or walk to the event for a discount.  Bike&Walk Montclair volunteers will secure your rides by providing a free monitored bike valet during the show.  We’ll give you lights to get you home!

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Register early at full price to secure a seat.  Walk or bike to the event and receive a refund of $3 for the Bike&Walk discount at the door after checking in with Bike&Walk Montclair.  If you wait to buy tickets at the door, the show might be sold out.  You don’t want that.

Also, bring a small blanket for outdoor seating.

REGISTER HERE at the Outpost Ticket Leap

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Bike or Walk to the show for discounted admission!

Solstice Benefit & Concert – Tuscan Style Garden Party 6/13

Join Bike&Walk Montclair for a Summer Solstice party, set in a Tuscan-style garden in Montclair!

Friday, June 13, 2014.


We’ll celebrate biking, walking, summer, and our community with music by the sultry soul band, The Deep Dig, and with tapas and sushi (from Montclair restaurants and kitchens), homemade and California wine, beer, and lots of laughter.  Shaking your thing will ensue!

This fundraiser will support Bike&Walk Montclair’s education and advocacy programs. We will be auctioning a new bike, generously donated by The Montclair Bikery, and having a tons of fun. Please join us and bring a friend or two!

Say YES! to a warm evening with cool entertainment. We can’t wait to see you!

Register on line here- $20 for BWM Members $25 for non-members.

As soon as we get your reservation(s) we’ll send you the party location, hard copy by mail.

More on Bike & Walk Montclair:

This bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group is nationally recognized for its efforts, bringing about $1 Million in grants to make the town a model community for health, commerce, urban planning and more.

Check out this short film – we are so much than bike riders!

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More on The Deep Dig:

When not blowing off some sweltering steam with The Deep Dig, these music pros keep themselves pretty busy: Drummer Ray Levier is a session player, clinician, and internationally touring jazz-funk drummer with KJ Denhert & The NY Unit and others; Scott E. Moore is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, award-winning filmmaker and composer; Bassist Hank Skalka is a session player and hi-tech entrepreneur; and guitarist Rich Tozzoli is an award-winning/Grammy-nominated composer, producer and author. They can be heard – together and apart – in various incarnations, including all over your TV set on shows like “Pawn Stars,” “Duck Dynasty” and many others.

Registration For Summer Solstice Party and Concert

The Summer Solstice Party and Concert is coming up folks. On June 13th, join us from 7 to 9 pm for food, drinks, raffles and music from the funk band, The Deep Dig. For all those who want to sign up, the link for registration is below. 





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