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Ride to Keep the Palisades Unspoiled by LG Electronics

April 18, 2014
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Ride to Keep the Palisades Unspoiled by LG Electronics

Advocates have organized a ride to show their disapproval of a plan by LG Electronics to build a massive complex that would tower over the Palisades of New Jersey, and destroy hundreds of years of an historic agreement. The ride, planned for the weekend following Easter, April 27,  is being organized by a coalition...
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Tenafly JCC Boosts Security After Kansas Shootings

April 14, 2014
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The Jewish Community Center in Tenafly, NJ has said it is boosting security after a Klu Klux Klan member killed three people in Kansas at the JCC and at a senior home there. The killer appeared to be targeting Jewish people, as he shot a man and his son in the parking lot of...
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Commissioners Reject LG’s Proposal to Ruin Palisades Park

February 25, 2014
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Commissioners Reject LG’s Proposal to Ruin Palisades Park

By Jen Benepe – February 25, 2014 –Fort Lee, NJ The commissioners of the Palisades Park system unanimously adopted a resolution yesterday rejecting LG’s proposed building that would tower over the tree line in the historic park. In a resolution that was approved by each one of the commissioners present, including the executive director...
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Meeting to Decide Fate of Route 9W and Palisades

February 22, 2014
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Meeting to Decide Fate of Route 9W and Palisades

By Jen Benepe On Monday, the commissioners in charge of the Palisades Parkway –and the area along Route 9W–will be voting on whether to allow a $23.7 billion foreign corporation to build a high rise along the historic park that has had height restrictions since it was first created. That company, LG Electronics, which is Korean...
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Finding Solutions for the 2nd Worst State in Pedestrian Deaths: New Jersey

February 12, 2014
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Finding Solutions for the 2nd Worst State in Pedestrian Deaths: New Jersey

Advocates and law enforcement got together on Saturday to talk about the bleak reality that New Jersey now ranks as the nation’s second worst state in pedestrian fatalities, at 23.2% of all its road deaths in 2012. What’s worse, it’s only .02 percentage points behind New York State that has twice as many fatalities,...
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How the Car Industry Outlawed Walking

February 12, 2014
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How the Car Industry Outlawed Walking

In the News–By Jen Benepe Car lobbyists successfully ran a campaign against pedestrians to shift the blame for fatalities from motorists to the walkers by systematically painting them as looney birds who shouldn’t have crossed the streets. It sounds like it happened today–when ads featuring drivers in empty streets are ubiquitous, featuring drivers speeding...
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NJ Bike Summit to Feature SRAM EVP

February 7, 2014
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NJ Bike Summit to Feature SRAM EVP

Tomorrow’s gathering of the who’s who in cycling and pedestrian advocacy in New Jersey will host as its plenary speaker the executive vice president of SRAM. F.K. Day who is also the co-founder of World Bicycle Relief will be the opening speaker at the annual summit, followed by Jeff Miller, President and CEO of the...
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Midnight Ski in the Snow–Near New York City

January 22, 2014
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Midnight Ski in the Snow–Near New York City

January 21, 2014–By Jen Benepe–Fort Lee, NJ For those of you stuck on the east coast of the U.S., nature dumped almost a foot of snow over a period of 8 hours in the region yesterday. So I took the opportunity to do what is done best at such times, and took to my cross...
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Bruce Springsteen Sings GWB Traffic Jam

January 15, 2014
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Appearing on Jimmy Fallon last night, Bruce Springsteen sung about the latest political closure scandal on the George Washington Bridge. He calls it “Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam”, down in New Jerseyland. “I gotta take a leak,” he sings. In the meantime, school children in Fort Lee are reporting that...
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Gov. Christie Travels to Fort Lee to Apologize

January 9, 2014
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Gov. Christie Travels to Fort Lee to Apologize

By Jen Benepe–Fort Lee, NJ–January 9, 2014 But Mayor Sokolich has not helped traffic in Fort Lee either with his lack of progressive street planning policies. With revelations today that a top aide to Governor Chris Christie had written an email advising officials to close down the bridge for political payback, the Governor traveled personally...
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Ode to Snow

January 4, 2014
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Ode to Snow

© By Jen Benepe The snow is here Wheels begone What will we do? While the frozen contours spawn Oh wintry countenance, what meaning is this? Our wheels hung up to dry, Gracing the walls and not the walk? It’s natures way of telling you to stop And try cross country skiing!
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Riding to Beat Lyme Disease

November 26, 2013
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Riding to Beat Lyme Disease

An adventurous young man who once suffered from Lyme disease is cycling across America, and his next stop is New York City. By cycling 4,000 miles from California, a trip he started 2 months ago, John Donnally, 24, is trying to make American’s aware of the need for new cures and diagnoses for Lyme...
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Fire that Engulfed Parts of Nyack, Causes Smoky Conditions

November 16, 2013
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Fire that Engulfed Parts of Nyack, Causes Smoky Conditions

Cyclists heading up to Nyack, NY this weekend will encounter the aftermath of a large fire that consumed parts of the back hills. Those hills, known mostly for Clausland Rd., are often used by cyclists to enter Nyack from the west, and are considered more challenging and more car free than either Route 9W...
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California Adds “Three-Foot” Law, then Frets About it

October 2, 2013
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California Adds “Three-Foot” Law, then Frets About it

California recently passed a Three-Foot safe passing law to protect cyclists and other vulnerable users on the road. This means that if there is not sufficient space to pass a cyclist, drivers will have to wait to allow three feet of room between them and the rider. It’s amazing that it took this long...
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Vines May Have Caused Cyclist Crash on 9W

September 17, 2013
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Vines May Have Caused Cyclist Crash on 9W

Sept. 16, 2013–Alpine, NJ–By Jen Benepe Overgrown vines may have played a role in the crash of a cyclist on Route 9W near Alpine, NJ on Sunday that left him with a concussion. Lou Rosario, 33, of Brooklyn, NY was traveling northbound on the shoulder when his bike crashed, causing injuries to both arms,...
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Route 35 Rebuild Won’t Include Bike Lanes

September 5, 2013
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Route 35 Rebuild Won’t Include Bike Lanes

New Jersey–September 5, 2013–By Jen Benepe A popular New Jersey beach route that was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy last year is being rebuilt, but advocates say bikes lanes aren’t included in the plan, and that’s wrong. “We got a commitment from the commissioner that all Sandy relief projects would follow the state’s Complete...
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Cyclist Identified in River Road Fatality

August 18, 2013
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Cyclist Identified in River Road Fatality

Alpine, NJ–By Jen Benepe The 55-year old female cyclist who died Friday after crashing on Alpine Hill, a downhill on a popular bike route along the Hudson, is said to be Magaly Flores Maquis Anabalan, according to several of her friends and acquaintances. Anabalan is originally from Chile, and was more recently a resident of...
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Woman Struck by Motorist in Fort Lee was Pedestrian Activist

July 9, 2013
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Woman Struck by Motorist in Fort Lee was Pedestrian Activist

July 9, 2013. The 64-year-old disabled woman who was struck by a motorist yesterday as she tried to exit a parking lot in Fort Lee, NJ was a pedestrian activist who frequently criticized the town for poor pedestrian safety. Barbara Lebow, who rides an electronic assistance device because of her disability from lymphadema and...
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In the News

Cookson Still Endorsing Cycling Move to Winter Olympics

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In the News — April 9, 2014 UCI cycling  head Brian Cookson has reiterated his desire to discuss the re-allocation of select Summer Olympic...
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