Park the bike. Take the train.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced it's adding free secure bicycle parking enclosures at three new sites which include the Midtown Bus Terminal, the Harrison PATH Station, and Hudson Square, beginning in late summer.
A Brooklyn-based operator of bike pods across the New York-New Jersey region that currently manages a 20-bike facility at PATH Journal Square will be installing the new units.
The Oonee pods will feature security cameras, air pumps, a secure door accessed via a mobile app, interior and exterior lighting, and theft insurance.
Smart racks will soon be introduced for those who park without a lock.
"As the cyclist community continues to grow, we recognize the challenges and opportunities in providing safe and convenient bike parking facilities," Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole said.
The Harrison PATH Station will feature two Oonee "Minis" that hold eight bicycles each. The Hudson Square and bus terminal will have full Oonee pods, able to store up to 20 bikes.
Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cyclists can register online at www.ooneepod.com.
"Bicycle parking that is protected from weather, vandalism, and theft is essential at the beginning and end of trips in order for the bicycle to become a truly viable means of transportation," said Shabazz Stuart, founder, and CEO of Oonee.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: