4th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour will take off on Sunday, June 2.

via Denise Copeland/ NJ.com

BikeJCBike JC, Jersey City’s premiere bicycling advocacy group, will hold their 4th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour on Sunday, June 2.

Beginning (and ending) in Exchange Place, the ride takes off at at 11:00 am and will be approximately 15 miles long with the focus on fun, not speed.  Traversing all six Jersey City wards, the annual event will bring together recreational, avid, and first-time urban cyclists on a friendly and safe group bicycle ride throughout the city. Festive attire is always appreciated.

The JCWT has multiple goals: to demonstrate that Jersey City streets can be bike-friendly; to provide camaraderie and community for urban bicyclists; and to demonstrate how cyclists, cars, and pedestrians can share the road.

Following the bike tour the Tour’s End Festival will be held, also at Exchange Place, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  The festival includes food trucks and beer (White Star Bar); live bands and a DJ (Rock-it Docket); a Bike Rack Design Competition(Jersey City Art School); a Photo Booth; Gold Sprint Races; Free Massages; and a nonprofit showcase. Riders and non-riders alike are invited to the festival.

The Tour starts downtown and travels up Montgomery to Grand Street, heading south on Garfield Ave in Greenville, where it hooks back north via Danforth and Mallory to Lincoln Park. Exiting the park, it heads north along Kennedy Blvd to North Street and Palisade Avenues in the Heights, eventually coming down Newark Ave and Seventh Street to end up back downtown and finish at Exchange Place.

For a taste of what to expect during the ride, see the photos from the 2012 Ward Tour.

Riders must be 10 and up to participate.  Younger riders may ride on an adult’s bicycle (in a seat, trailer, etc.) and everyone must wear a helmet.

Registration is required with a suggested donation of $5.00.  Pre-register here; day-of-event registration begins at 9:00 am at Exchange Place

Tour t-shirts and posters will also be available with an additional donation.

Rain date is Sunday, June 9.

Bike JC’s 4th Annual Ward Tour is sponsored by the City of Jersey City, the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District and the Hudson Transportation Management Association.

Many thanks to the Jersey City Art School, the Iron Monkey, Pole Position, Buy-rite Liquor, Madame Claude Cafe & Wine, White Star, Captain Al’s, Barcade, Grove Street Bicycles and IPG.

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