I'll add a question for locals - do you have any comments on Newark/Elizabeth in general, and winter commuting in this area?
I'll be working in Newark NJ starting next week (Washington St, 0.7 mi to Newark Penn Station) and staying at a Marriott in Elizabeth by the Newark Airport (Glimcher Realty Way). Google show 6-7 mile routes for pedestrian, bicycle, and bus.
I commuted year round for many years in Wilmington (DE), Philadelphia, Baltimore & Boston and have studded tires if needed. My questions relate to these areas in NJ and traffic enforcement/driver behavior. When I had a summer job at Prudential 30 years ago, none of the suburban employees stayed in Newark after 5 (but considered Newark in 1984 better than during their summer jobs in 1967).
Would you bicycle around Newark and Elizabeth after dark in Jan or Feb? Any parts of town or any roads that are particularly bad or good? Can I bicycle to work in the morning and take a late bus home (6 - 10 pm depending on deadlines)?