Here you will find all of the latest news about bicycling and walking advocacy in New Jersey and information about cycling classes.
Working to make New Jersey a better place to live, with safer, more enjoyable ways to bicycle and walk.
What We do
PROTECT the rights and safety of New Jersey bicyclists and walkers.
PROMOTE bicycling and walking for fun, fitness, and transportation.
EDUCATE bicyclists, walkers, and drivers about our rights and responsibilities.
CONNECT our communities with a smarter transportation system.
Who We Are
We are a collective voice for everyone who believes that a safer, more rideable and walkable New Jersey means a more livable, sustainable New Jersey. We support bike and pedestrian issues at the state and national levels, and seek to complement the good work of NJ’s amazing local advocates.
Established in 2009 as The New Jersey Bicycle Coalition, the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition is the state-wide advocacy organization for bicyclists and pedestrians. Our 2010 shift in focus to represent both bicyclists and walkers recognized that we all share common problems and opportunities. Both groups face an increasing threat from distracted drivers and many of our streets are inadequately designed or signed for biking and walking. There is a strong need for more laws requiring motorists to give vulnerable road users (anyone using the road who is not in a motorized vehicle) a margin of safety when passing them on the road.
Our members include bicyclists and walkers from Ringwood to Cape May. We welcome clubs, advocacy groups, and local, regional, and state agencies to join us and work with us. We are supported by a growing list of sponsors who share our goals. We are members of the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking and support their national goals on a state level.
NJBWC is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and stands ready to offer the umbrella of this designation to local groups who share our purpose but lack the necessary designation to accept tax-deductible donations.
We are dedicated to:
- PROTECTING the rights and safety of New Jersey bicyclists and walkers
- PROMOTING bicycling and walking for fun, fitness, and transportation
- EDUCATING bicyclists, walkers, and drivers about our rights and responsibilities
- CONNECTING our communities with a smarter transportation system
The Coalition held New Jersey’s first statewide bicycle summit in Denville, NJ in 2010, and has organized the New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit each year since then. The 5th Annual NJ Bike & Walk Summit was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Bloustein School of Rutgers/New Brunswick.
We are a collective voice for everyone who believes that a safer, more rideable and walkable New Jersey means a more livable, sustainable New Jersey. None of this is possible without your support. Please become a member today.
Remember that all contributions to NJBWC are fully tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Executive Director: Cyndi Steiner
As the Executive Director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, Cyndi Steiner brings a twenty-year career in corporate project management and information systems management, academic achievement in environmental science and technology, board service in bicycling organizations, and extensive experience as an environmentalist, League Cycling Instructor, racer, and coach.
Cyndi is a current member and past president of the Board of Directors of both Bike New York and Montclair Cyclists. She administers the bicycle education program for Bike&Walk Montclair and is a regular volunteer for the Hackensack Riverkeeper. She was the top woman fundraiser for the 2012 Climate Ride and served as one of its ride leaders in 2011. She is the co-organizer of the 2012 Ken and Cecile Youner Memorial Spokes of Hope Ride for cancer awareness. In June 2012, she was awarded a Graduate Merit Scholarship Award from the Executive Women of New Jersey organization.
During her career as a project manager with Ernst & Young, Cyndi was responsible for the development and implementation of global information systems and managed teams from 7 to 75 programmers. In addition, she created the Ernst & Young/Secaucus Eco-Care Team, an employee-managed environmental awareness club of 1,500 members that instituted eco-minded practices in order to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint. Her initiatives resulted in the EY Secaucus location being named as a finalist in the 2009 Meadowlands Challenge for sustainability-oriented improvements to operations.
Cyndi is a candidate for an MS degree from Rutgers University/New Brunswick in environmental science with a concentration in environmental chemistry. She holds an MS degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in information systems management and a BS degree from Cornell University.
Education Coordinator: Les Leathem
As the Education Coordinator for the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, Les Leathem is responsible for marketing and delivering the “Smart Cycling” curriculum of the League of American Bicyclists in New Jersey. Les, whose career has spanned three decades in the pharmaceutical industry, brings skills in management and marketing and an understanding of quality control to the NJBWC Bicycle Education program and his teaching.
Les, who holds a BA in Biology from the University of New Orleans, is certified as a League Cycling Instructor (LCI) and qualified to deliver the entire “Smart Cycling” curriculum to cyclists of all ages and abilities. He is also a League Coach and teaches experienced cyclists seeking to become LCIs. Certification to advance from an LCI to a coach is rigorous and requires extensive knowledge of bicycles and riding. As a League Coach, Les has been called upon to teach outside of New Jersey.
Les is an experienced cyclist, having logged many thousands of miles for charity and club rides and for recreation, health, and fitness. He has proudly participated for 9 consecutive years in the Anchor House Bike Ride for Runaways, a 7-day, 500-mile charity ride. He has also ridden in other charity and organized bike rides such as the Tour de Cure and MS rides in New Jersey and Cycle Zydeco in Louisiana.
During his career in the pharmaceutical industry, Les served in increasingly responsible roles where he was involved in the education of co-workers, physicians, and clients. He has trained employees for highly specialized pharmaceutical products and worked in new product marketing, where he was responsible for the launch of a major new pharmaceutical brand. Les later moved into advertising, first as an account supervisor at an advertising agency, then moving into market research consulting with a variety of clients to improve their brand identity. He has worked for Sanofi Pasteur, Lowe Healthcare, The Nielsen Company, and Kantar Health. While at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Les received the President’s Award for excellence in sales.
When not teaching or riding his bicycle, Les can often be found playing piano or singing choral music with one of the four groups with which he has sung over the years. His passion for music led him to help to found a 501(c)(3) organization devoted to performance of small-group choral repertoire. Les is a member of the League of American Bicyclists, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance, and the Princeton Freewheelers.
Communications Coordinator: Aaron Hyndman
As the Communications Coordinator for the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, Aaron Hyndman handles website content development, manages social media, prepares the newsletters, action alerts, newsflashes, and press releases that go out to members and the general public, and is also involved with media outreach for the organization.
In his fifth year as a public relations professional, Aaron’s experiences in the field of PR, publicity, and strategic marketing range from traditional corporate public relations, to social media marketing, to event planning. Aaron also spent several years as a NSCAA-licensed youth soccer trainer, and prior to that, worked in the retail banking industry.
Aaron is an alumnus of Rutgers University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in communication and a minor in public policy. He enjoys cycling, skiing, and soccer, and is active in his church.
Board of Directors
NJBWC is led by a dedicated group of individuals. The 2014 New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition Board of Directors are as follows:
Brian Stolar – Board Chair; President and CEO, The Pinnacle Companies, LLC
Marty Epstein – Owner, Marty’s Reliable; President, Gran Fondo NJ
Brendan Gill – Essex County Freeholder, Special Advisor to Senator Cory Booker
Daryl McMillan – IT Executive, Munich Reinsurance America
Jon Sherwood – Territory Manager, Trek Bicycles Metro New York, North Jersey, and Connecticut Region
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 consists 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 United States.
Over the past twelve years, John’s research has focused on walking and bicycling. His international comparative analysis has included Australia, Canada, the United States, 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 United States 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 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.
You Already Know How To Ride Your Bike…
…now learn to drive it! Many cyclists have never learned to drive their bicycle safely amid motorized traffic. And even experienced cyclists can benefit from a refresher of the basic rules of cycling safety. Laws change over the years, and conditions on the road can change from day to day.
The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition will be offering a series of cycling education classes. The course curricula for most offerings was developed by the League of American Bicyclists and is taught by League-certified Cycling Instructors. These courses are designed to help you ride more safely on our busy streets and highways.
Smart Cycling is an introductory cycling education course that gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. The course covers bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. This fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. A more complete description of the course curriculum can be found. Smart Cycling is equivalent to the League of American Bicyclist course Traffic Skills 101 and is the prerequisite course for other, more advanced LAB courses and is also necessary for those wishing to become a League Cycling Instructor. A record of your completion of the course is maintained by the League of American Bicyclists in Washington, DC.
Bicycle Commuting is a three-hour course designed for cyclists wishing to begin using their bicycles for transportation and making a change to their commuting lifestyle. There is no prerequisite needed for this class.
Using Your Gears is a two-hour course and gives novice (and sometimes experienced!) cyclists a basic introduction to their bicycle’s gearing system. Discussion on why to shift, how to shift, and when to shift will be supplemented by a short road ride, as we practice what we learn in the class.
Attention Bike Clubs/Shops, TMAs, etc.
If you are interested in organizing classes for your customers, members, or for the general public, give us a call and let’s talk about it. All we really need is a place to hold the class – we can supply all of the necessary class and A/V equipment. Classes are kept small for lots of individual attention.