Health & Wellness

LimeBike “Smart Mobility” Coming To Plainfield

be5a4836df71f1ef1f86_Screen_Shot_2018-03-05_at_10.26.50_PM.jpg
The LimeBike debuts at the Plainfield City Council meeeting. Credits: Bernice Paglia
765c012f98ce921ad273_IMG_2805.jpg
Credits: Jennifer Popper
87c03e1e7350f7b754aa_image1.jpg
City Administrator Carlos Sanchez, right, addressed the council and explained how the LimeBike initiative would work in Plainfield. Credits: Jennifer Popper
dce7bb574a3c8906049d_Screen_Shot_2018-03-05_at_10.27.06_PM.jpg
How to Lime Credits: Bernice Paglia
be5a4836df71f1ef1f86_Screen_Shot_2018-03-05_at_10.26.50_PM.jpg

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Increased transit-oriented development in Plainfield may spark a need for short rides to the city’s two train stations and city officials think LimeBike is the answer.

One of the bright green bikes was on display at Monday’s City Council meeting and after LimeBike representative Maggie Gendron answered a bunch of questions, the council agreed to vote on a one-year contract, with no cost to the city, at the March 12 regular meeting. 

 

 

Concerns ranged from safety of both riders and pedestrians to possible theft and vandalism, but a majority of the governing body was willing to give the program a try. First Ward Councilwoman Diane Toliver voted “no” to putting the resolution on the agenda.

Sign Up for E-News

Gendron said Plainfield will be the first municipality in New Jersey to use the LimeBike, which differs from other bike programs in that it doesn’t use docking stations. Users need an app to locate a bike and pay $1 per ride. Each bike has a GPS system and usage data will help fine-tune where best to place the bikes. Although Plainfield’s population of about 50,000 would usually require 500 to 750 bikes, the pilot program will begin with 200 to 250 bikes. The number can be increased if needed, Gendron said.

While geared toward transit-oriented development, bikes will be available throughout the city. Gendron said the program will generate five or six jobs, to retrieve and repair bikes, and the company will also be looking for a warehouse for major repairs.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) up for a vote next week allows either party to withdraw on 30 days’ notice and the company will carry up to $5 million in liability insurance.

Councilman Cory Storch said he was “very impressed” with the program and felt bikes downtown would alleviate parking problems. But he said driving in New York City recently made him aware of traffic safety issues.

Toliver quizzed Public Safety Director Carl Riley about possible safety and congestion problems, but Riley said it was “too soon to tell.”

 

TAPintoPlainfield.net is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

You Meet the Most Amazing People on the Trail

The weather cooperated this weekend, so I went for more than one hike. After all, there are only just over fifty days before my walk to Maine commences, so why not.

This Saturday, some friends dragged me away from housecleaning (thank you!) for a quick jaunt through Watchung Reservation.  While we were there, we ran into two individuals from Westfield; the cosplayers introduced themselves ...

Go Take a Walk

Friday, March 30 was Take a Walk in the Park Day, so I did.  I really didn't have an excuse to not do so; the sun was shining, I had the day off, and I had no plans for the rest of the day.  So after a session with Abbe, my trainer at LifeTime Fitness, I made the short trip to Lake Surprise in Watchung Reservation. 

As I made my way around the lake, it was easy to see how ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f81187da64c60de383ac_carefree_fridays

Fri, April 20, 6:00 PM

Plainfield High School, Plainfield

Carefree Fridays: Bridging the Gap with Law ...

Arts & Entertainment Police & Fire

Fri, April 20, 7:00 PM

Shiloh Baptist Church, Plainfield

Shiloh Baptist Church - 2018 Women's Conference ...

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_76b50dcb673435ebd963_hkd_webbanner_300x250_e

Sat, April 21, 11:30 AM

Plainfield YMCA, Plainfield

Plainfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Health & Wellness

Earth Day Celebration at Leland Ave. Park Sun. April 22, 1 PM

April 20, 2018

The Animal Initiative Committee(AIC) is hosting an Earth Day Celebration on Sunday April 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Leland Avenue Park, (next to Cook Elementary School, 739 Leland Ave.)  Plainfield, New Jersey.  The event is free of charge and open to everyone.  “The Earth is home to every living creature,” said Maryellen Chanda, Animal Initiative Celebration event ...

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a huge blow to the middle-class

April 5, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

More Than Just Kindness for Roxbury Student Adored by Tragically Killed Boy

April 17, 2018

ROXBURY, NJ – She lost her 10-year-old son three years ago in a boating accident on Lake Hopatcong, but Laurie D’Amico is sure her beloved Christopher speaks to her all the time. It’s subtle but firm, she says; messages that come as sparks of recollection, inspiration or intuition.

One of those unexpected inklings led Laura and her husband Chris to a jewelry ...

Blood Drive en Plainfield High School el viernes

April 12, 2018

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Un esfuerzo de sangre se llevará a cabo el viernes en Plainfield High School en asociación con la Cruz Roja Americana.

¿Alguna vez se ha preguntado qué le sucede a la pinta de sangre que dona?

Según la Cruz Roja, la donación se almacena en refrigeradores helados hasta que se transporta a un centro de la Cruz Roja y se escanea en una ...

Springtime Advice from Rapps Pharmacy

April 17, 2018

It may not feel like spring, but that spring weather is right around the corner and so is allergy season!  Here is some friendly advice from Rapps Pharmacy, your neighborhood pharmacy:

Combating the Allergy Season

As seasons change and pollen counts rise, more and more people clash with the aggravating symptoms of seasonal allergies. Beginning in February and lasting into early summer, ...

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Featured Business: NJ Printing & Embroidery LLC

Nestled in the heart of Plainfield is NJ Printing & Embroidery, a family-owned business providing digital screen printing and embroidery for custom shirts, caps and other items.

The company also offers custom printed business cards, fliers, banners and storefront vinyls, and can provide expert graphic art design upon request.

Eric ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)

 

How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

The German Girl

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (Washington Square Press, 2016)

For each of the twelve million victims murdered during World War II there is a gutwrenching story to be told. I have read hundreds of memoirs, biographies, plays, and novels that recount the stories of the martyrs; some are exceptional, some are fair. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa, an award-winning journalist, ...

The Skin Collector

The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (Grand Central, 2014)

Jack the Ripper. The Boston Strangler. The Texas Watchtower Killer. The Zodiac Killer. The Angel of Death. The Butcher. BTK. The police and the press have a long history of dubbing serial killers with names that catch the attention of the public, usually having the effect of instilling greater fear and selling more print media so that ...

Queen Mary and the Cruiser

Queen Mary and the Cruiser by David A. Thomas and Patrick Holmes (Naval Institute Press, 1997)

“Had the forenoon watch and after eating went out onto the fo'c'sle. Just arrived at the top of the ladder by the PO's heads when the wave hit me---waist high---and knocked me over. Looking astern---through the bulkhead door which was open, saw the stern of a ship sticking up out of ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)

 

In Cold Blood is, quite simply, the grand-daddy of true crime writing, dubbed by Capote, himself, as the first non-fiction novel (although Norman Mailer argued the point when he published The Executioner's Song in 1979.) The conditions under which I read In Cold Blood for the first time were pretty weird, which was another ...