Mobility Matters

Mobility Matters

A podcast focused on topics related to the field of transportation, sustainability, and economic development in New Jersey. Each show focuses on issues that are instrumental to mobility not only in Middlesex County but across New Jersey. Leading experts will join us sharing their insight and expertise on various topics including electric vehicles and their role in mobility, climate change, and its impact on our economy, bike and pedestrian safety, and its impact on infrastructure, placing making and its impact on our community and much much more.

Episodes

January 30, 2024 32 mins

On this episode of Mobility Matters, Hosts Arlene Holt and Christopher Gonda speak with Doug O'Malley, State Director for Environment New Jersey, and Melissa Evanego, Bureau Chief for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), about the Electric School Bus Grant Program. 

We talk about the environmental and health benefits of converting diesel school buses to electric fleets and the NJDEP Electric...

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Under KMM's longest-serving Executive Director, Bill Neary, KMM has evolved from a rideshare matching service for commuters to an organization that has greatly expanded to include programs on bicycle and pedestrian safety education, resources for older adults, and collaboration on important transportation safety projects with regional partners, municipalities, businesses, and other community organizations. However, as the sayi...

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There has been a lot of discussion surrounding congestion pricing here in the NY/NJ Tri-state area, as NYC prepares to vote on a plan to implement congestion pricing to reduce congestion and bolster mass transit use. So what exactly is congestion pricing and how will it impact New Jerseyans?  In this episode of KMM's Mobility Matters Podcast, hosts Chris Gonda and Bill Neary talk with Carter Rubin, Senior Transportation Lead f...

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What is a traffic garden? During the spring of 2023, KMM worked with Discover Traffic Gardens to create a plan for an East Brunswick Safety Town. In this episode, Arlene Holt and Chris Gonda talk with Fionnuala Quinn, founder of Discover Traffic Gardens, about her journey to becoming a highly regarded and sought-after expert in all things traffic gardens. Fionnuala also shares how her work with the Junior Engineer-in-Training progr...

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Bike Bus! You've seen the videos all over TikTok and Instagram of large groups of smiling children riding their bicycles to school. From Portland, Oregon, to Montclair, New Jersey, the bike bus is the fun, new (old) way to get to school. October is Bike and Walk to School month, and in this episode, we talk with Jessica Tillyer, co-founder of the Montclair Bike Bus, as she shares her knowledge to help others organize a bike bu...

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September 27, 2023 21 mins

We are back for Season 3 with hosts Arlene Holt and Chris Gonda! Meet the newest member of the KMM team and find out what we have been up to over the summer, including an adventure that took Chris for a tumble. Plus, what's Safety Town? Learn about this fun project we have been working on with the Township of East Brunswick and how it will help improve safety in the community.

October is Walk and Bike to School month,...

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In this episode, KMM hosts Cristina Fowler, Arlene Holt, and Chris Gonda look back on our second season of Mobility Matters podcast and reflect on the amazing guests we have met along the way. We also talk about KMM's You Bike. We Give bike month promotion, announce upcoming events going on during the summer, and say goodbye to a dear coworker. While this season has come to an end, we are happy to announce we will be back for ...

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Established in 2009 as The New Jersey Bicycle Coalition, the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition is the only state-wide advocacy organization for bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2010, they shifted in focus to represent both bicyclists and walkers recognizing that we all share common challenges and opportunities. Both groups face an increasing threat from distracted drivers and many of our streets are inadequately designed for bikin...

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The  New Brunswick Bike Exchange is a non-profit organization run by the efforts of volunteers who collect, recondition, and sell used quality bikes. The NBBX offers an ever-changing selection of low-cost bikes for riders of all ages, from occasional recreational riders to frequent riders and commuters.  In this episode, we chat with volunteer extraordinaire, Anna Hausmann who shares the incredible work NBBX accomplishes each year ...

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In this episode,  our host Christopher Gonda chats with Michael Dannemiller from the Middlesex County Office of Planning covering topics such as Complete Streets, Walking Audits, and the Handlebar Surveys for the Bike Easy. Walk Safely. 

Links discussed in the podcast:
https://www.saferoutesnj.org/
https://discovermiddlesex.com/destination2040/
https://www.raceentry.com/stop-for-nikhil-runwalk/race-information...

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In this episode, our hosts Christopher Gonda and Cristina Fowler talk with Kate O'Connor from the Brain Injury Alliance of NJ.  Kate shares her story of how the passing of her brother, Jimmy who was hit while crossing the street, led her to her work and advocacy in bicycle and pedestrian safety.  Crashes are not accidents. 

We have the tools to prevent them. 

Links discussed in this episode:
https://www...

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In this episode,  hosts Arlene Holt and Cristina Fowler talk with Avnish Gupta, Esq. COO & General Counsel of EZRide about the EZ Ryde4Life  program.  This membership-based program provides on-demand transportation for seniors in NJ through a variety of car services including Uber and Lyft.  Learn about how you and your senior community can take advantage of this program.

Program Details including registration: https:/...

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In this episode, we hear from KMM hosts, Arlene Holt, Christopher Gonda, and Cristina Fowler on what KMM is working on this season.  They cover Safe Routes to School Programming,  International Bike to Work Day (2/10), and KMM's Mobility For All Conference scheduled for March 7th.

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In this episode, KMM host Arlene Holt discusses with Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center SeniorResearch Specialist, Sean Meehan how the Safe Routes to School Program in Highland Park, with broad support from elected officials, lead to the creation of the Safe Walking & cycling committee, how they worked to create temporary bike lanes and implement other safety measures, that eventually lead to the creation of a bicycle and p...

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In this episode, KMM host Bill Neary talks with NJTRANSIT President & CEO Kevin S. Corbett about the changes in ridership pre and post covid and how that impacted the trains and buses.  Insight into upcoming programs, and transit projects in Middlesex County.  



Keep Middlesex Moving is Middlesex County, NJ's non-profit transportation management association (TMA). To learn more about us visit www.kmm.org. You can a...

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In this episode, Mobility Matters host Bill Neary welcomes Senator Patrick Diegnan to discuss various transportation initiatives in Middlesex County including EV adoption and Vision Zero. 



Keep Middlesex Moving is Middlesex County, NJ's non-profit transportation management association (TMA). To learn more about us visit www.kmm.org. You can also find us on our social media platforms:

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Mobility Matters hosts Bill Neary and Arlene Holt welcome Karen Alexander, Director of NJTIP.    In the episode, Karen Alexander shares NJTIP goals to increase the independence and self-sufficiency of people with disabilities, older adults, and others by empowering them to use the public transit system safely and independently.



Keep Middlesex Moving is Middlesex County, NJ's non-profit transportation management associ...

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In this episode, we chat with Steve Dunn, an EMT/Firefighter who began intermittently riding his bike to work at the Elizabeth Fire Department in 2012.  In 2020, he decided to give up car commuting to the firehouse altogether.  What started out as a simple way to ditch the frustrations of New Jersey traffic and get a little exercise, has turned into a passion for active transportation and all its benefits.

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Mobility Matters returns for Season Two.  Hosts Cristina Fowler and Arlene Holt share some insight on what and who to expect for Season Two.

Have a podcast topic you would like to hear?  Email the KMM staff at programs@kmm.org.  



Keep Middlesex Moving is Middlesex County, NJ's non-profit transportation management association (TMA). To learn more about us visit www.kmm.org. You can also find us on our social m...

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As we close out Season One of Mobility Matters, please take a moment to give us your feedback. What you liked and didn't like, suggestions for upcoming topics  - we want to hear from you.

https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/m6VYta8

Thank you and see you in September! 



Keep Middlesex Moving is Middlesex County, NJ's non-profit transportation management association (TMA). To learn more about us...

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