New Jersey/Cycle Route Relations

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Introduction

New Jersey has significant bicycle infrastructure elements of many different types, however they are not easily referenced, nor are they cataloged in one central location. This wiki attempts to remedy that. Below are numerous known cycle routes within the state, at various levels of jurisdiction and history (for example, railtrails, today abandoned railways, have a particular history and legal status). Note that OpenCycleMap (OCM, the "Cycle Map" layer) renders route shields only with a maximum of three alphanumeric characters in the ref=* (reference) tag of the route=bicycle relation. The shields and route lines are color-coded by network=*: red=national, purple=state/regional and dark blue=local. Note that mountain bike trails (orange), for example, in the Wharton State Forest, have their own set of route=mtb tagging conventions, different from route=bicycle relations.

Quasi-national Bicycle Route

Name Relation Reference Status Description
East Coast Greenway Multi-use Trail (part of a quasi-national bicycle route) relation 1774795 The "super-relation" containing relations of the many states and DC that make up the route; "drill down" to the New Jersey state relation, relation 1778315, which happens to be combined with Pennsylvania and New York's ECG segments ECG Last professionally updated in OSM in 2016 ECG traverses 15 states and DC over several thousand miles/kilometers. Hence, this quasi-private (neither government-sanctioned nor approved by AASHTO, but public data) bicycle route is determined to be so "national in scope" that OSM's US national cycleway network includes it as a named (not numbered) route, tagged network=ncn, making it the only national-level route in New Jersey, displaying as red in OCM.

State Bicycle Tours

The NJ Department of Transportation publishes several guides for bike tours throughout the state. These routes are sometimes grade-separated, but often run along rural roadways with either dedicated lanes for bicycles (cycleway=lane) or wide shoulders signed or otherwise legal/specified for bicycles (cycleway=shoulder).

Each of these should be added to OSM using a cycle route relation. Relations should use the network=rcn tag when they are state-level designated. If the route has been added by NJDOT, please provide a link to this table of relations. Don't forget to tag cycle_network=US:NJ on the relation of state-designated routes.

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Allamuchy Allegory Ride - Warren and Sussex Counties might be AAR or AWS Not entered yet into OSM
Battle of Monmouth Ride - Monmouth County might be BMR or BMM (if spans more than Monmouth county and another initial is needed for the acronym) Not entered yet into OSM Another possibility is that Monmouth creates its own sub-network within the cycle_network=US:NJ namespace, e.g. cycle_network=US:NJ:MO or cycle_network=US:NJ:Monmouth.
Burlington County Bikeways - Burlington County might be BCB, though might also become BC1, BC2, etc, as bikeways "become plural" Not entered yet into OSM
Cape May Shoreline Ride relation 175442 CMS Appears completed; please "double-check review"
Columbia Trail relation 6663385 CT Appears completed; please "double-check review"
Cumberland Salem Revolution relation 172728 CSR Appears completed; please "double-check review"
Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath relation 196611 DRC Appears completed; please "double-check review" Partly in Mercer County, both shares and diverges from ECG along much of its alignment: watch signs carefully!
Great Swamp Ride - Morris and Somerset Counties might be GSR Not entered yet into OSM
High Point to Cape May Bike Route relation 1794360 HPC Appears completed; please "double-check review"
Last Covered Bridge Ride - Mercer and Hunterdon Counties might be LCB Not entered yet into OSM
Old Mine Road Ride - Warren and Sussex Counties might be OMR Not entered yet into OSM
Pine Barrens River Ramble - Burlington and Atlantic Counties might be PBR Not entered yet into OSM
Round Valley Roundabout - Hunterdon County might be RVR Not entered yet into OSM
Shore Tour STN
STC
STM
STS
Completed
Three Easy Scenic Rides - Somerset and Burlington Counties LRV
CRR
BBR
Completed

Remember to verify that your work is correct by using the Relation Analyzer.

Local Rides

Tagged network=lcn (for "local cycleway network"). Don't forget to tag cycle_network=US:NJ:XY:(Z) on the relation of these usually county- or perhaps city-level designated routes, where XY is either the name of the county or a two-letter standardized abbreviation for it and Z is the name of the borough, city, town, township or village. If the jurisdiction is county-only and there is no city sponsorship, simply leave Z empty.

Atlantic County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Atlantic County Bikeway relation 175313 ACB Completed Rail to trail path.
Cardiff relation 8829942 Cardiff Completed
Pleasantville-Somers Point Bikeway relation 175312 PSP Completed Rail to trail path.

Burlington County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Batsto to Bass River relation 175373 BBR Completed

Cape May County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Boardwalk relation 6433590 Bwk Completed
Middle Township Bike Path relation 8785846 MTB Completed

Essex County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
West Essex Trail relation 3728766 WET Completed

Gloucester County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Glassboro to Williamstown Bikeway relation 173971 GWB Completed Rail to trail path.

Hudson County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Hudson River Waterfront Walkway relation 3007093 HRW Completed Bikeway that rides along the Hudson River.

Monmouth County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Edgar Felix Bikeway relation 8776353 EFB Completed Bikeway that connects Allaire State Park to Manasquan.
Route 18 Bikeway relation 8776368 18B Completed Connects with Edgar Felix Bikeway, then connects to a park in Wall, NJ.

Morris County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Traction Line Recreation Trail relation 7375635 TLT Completed
West Morris Greenway / Patriot's Path relation 8829941 WMG Completed

Ocean County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Island Beach State Park relation 8780418 IBR Completed Bikeway that rides the length of Island Beach State Park, NJ.

Somerset County

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Lamington River Valley Route relation 175385 LRV Completed Pottersville to Raritan Valley Community College.

Not tagged in a relation

For road bikes:

  • Mill Pond Trails W of Port Republic
  • Tabor Road / Route 53 in Morris County. A note tag says "Wide shoulder makes it bicycle suitable. Sidewalk in front of office buildings."

For mountain bikes:

  • N of Batsto in the Wharton State Forest
  • Trails in Galloway Township, W of Oceanville
  • NW of Stone Mountain, Burlington County
  • Allair State Park. These may need to be better tagged as mountain bike trails rather than highway=footway bicycle=yes.
  • West Milford, E of Greenwood Lake Airport. These may need to be better tagged as mountain bike trails rather than highway=path bicycle=designated.
  • E of Erskine Lakes. These may need to be better tagged as mountain bike trails rather than highway=path bicycle=designated.
  • W of Sugar Loaf mountain, Saint Mary's Monastery (Morris County). These may need to be better tagged as mountain bike trails rather than highway=path bicycle=designated.

Rails-to-Trails

There are several abandoned railroads that have been converted to some combination of either cycling or hiking paths (or both, or sometimes including equestrians). These are called "railtrails" or "rails-to-trails," abandoned railroads legally "railbanked" so they may be used again for rail in the future if demand warrants it. These are all tagged network=lcn. Those that have sealed surfaces and/or cycling facilities should be added to the map using cycle route relations. Rails-to-Trails cycleways should be added here when discovered and when added to OSM. Again, for unpaved/unsealed/dirt/gravel bike trails, see the route=mtb wiki and please tag according to those slightly different tagging conventions.

Name Relation Reference Status Description
Atlantic County Bikeway relation 175313 ACB Completed Former rail line from Mays Landing to Atlantic City.
Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath relation 196611 DRC New Brunswick to Princeton Towpath for the former D&R Canal.
Glassboro to Williamstown Bikeway relation 173971 GWB Completed Former rail spur from Glassboro to Williamstown.
Henry Hudson Bike Trail relation 175463 HHB Northern section complete Northern section was a former rail line running along the Monmouth County bayshore.
Pleasantville to Somers Point Bikeway relation 175312 PSP Completed Former interurban line from Atlantic City to Somers Point.