The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition has recently formed an Advisory Board. The governing body of NJBWC is its Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall direction and well-being of the Coalition. The Advisory Board has been established to provide occasional guidance and support to the Board and Coalition staff in the administration of their duties. The Advisory Board will consist of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the knowledge and skills of the formal board members in order to more effectively assist NJBWC in reaching its goals.
John Pucher- John is a professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey). Since earning a Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978, he has conducted research on a wide range of topics in transport economics and finance, including numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Canadian government, and various European ministries of transport. For almost three decades, he has examined differences in travel behavior, transport systems, and transport policies in Europe, Canada, and the USA.
Over the past twelve years, John’s research has focused on walking and bicycling. His international comparative analysis has included Australia, Canada, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and several other European countries. The main objective is to determine what American, Canadian, and Australian cities could learn from each other and from European cities to improve the safety, convenience, and feasibility of these non-motorized modes. He has published 25 articles and book chapters on walking and cycling and given over 60 featured talks, keynote addresses, and conference talks on this subject. From 2008 to 2010, he directed a major research project for the U.S. Department of Transportation examining bicycling trends and policies in large American cities.
John has been increasingly interested in the public health implications of urban transport. In particular, he has emphasized the need for Americans to increase their walking and cycling for daily transportation as the best way to ensure adequate levels of physical exercise and enhance overall public health. From 2005 to 2006, he spent his sabbatical as a visiting professor at the University of Sydney’s Institute of Transport Studies directing a research project that examined differences between Canada, Australia, and the USA in their travel behavior, transport systems and policies, and the impacts of transport on public health. Now back at Rutgers, John is working with Australian, Canadian, and European colleagues to pursue this increasingly important research on public health impacts of transport.
Martin E Robins- The founding director, and now Director Emeritus, of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Mr. Robins has over 30 years of experience in transportation planning and policy. Mr. Robins conceptualizes and implements a program of policy research and public forums on transportation-related issues affecting New Jersey, the Northeast and the nation. He provides guidance on major investment transportation projects and policy issues, and has experience planning and implementing light rail systems and major capital investments in passenger rail service. From 1994 to 1998, he served as project director of Access to the Region’s Core, a multi-agency planning partnership examining the need for a new rail tunnel between northern New Jersey and midtown Manhattan; prior to that, he was director of NJ TRANSIT’s Waterfront Transportation Office, which planned the Hudson-Bergen light rail line, director of the Port Authority’s Planning & Development Department, and Deputy Executive Director of NJ TRANSIT.