Ready, Set, Ride!

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Register here: http://www.bikejc.org/events/jersey-city-ward-tour

From the Tour FB Page: 

Come ride all over this town with us! Bike JC’s 6th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour will roll out of Exchange Place at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 7, taking you and well over a thousand of our closest friends on a 15-mile tour of our great city (and passing through all of its political wards).

When the tour ends back at Exchange Place around 1 p.m., you can enjoy our equally great Finish-Line Festival there all afternoon, featuring live music, food and drinks, and local vendors and community groups, all on our scenic waterfront.

Registration is free, with a suggested donation of $5 to aid our year-round efforts to improve, promote, and teach safe and fun cycling in Jersey City. Note: We are now an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible. Also, if you want to give more than $5, we’re totally OK with that too! 🙂

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Register here: http://www.bikejc.org/events/jersey-city-ward-tour

(Please note that, while we’d also LOVE you to click “Going” on this Facebook event page, to show everyone how huge this is going to be, that does NOT register you for the tour.)

More About the Ride

The Tour starts downtown at Exchange Place and travels up Montgomery to Grand Street, heading south on Garfield Ave. to Greenville, where it hooks west via Danforth Ave. and back north on Westside and Mallory Avenues to Lincoln Park, where we take our long break. It then heads north along Kennedy Blvd. to North Street and Palisade Ave. in the Heights, eventually coming down Newark Ave. and Seventh Street, winding through downtown, and finishing back at Exchange Place.

We ride on streets (or sometimes on one side of a street) that are closed to motor-vehicle traffic by the Jersey City Police Department. Officers on bikes and in motor vehicles will escort us throughout the ride.

Riders must be age 10 or older, and must wear helmets. (Younger children may be carried securely on an adult’s bike in appropriate child seats, bakfiets buckets, trailers, etc.)

All riders must also be able to maintain a pace of approximately 10 mph for 15 miles. This is a fairly relaxed pace. We also take some short breaks to catch a breath to allow for smooth traffic control, and our one long break roughly at the halfway point, after the only steep uphill on the course (so you can just walk your bike up that hill if you want).

Please note that the Ward Tour is not timed and is not a race, in fact, we strictly limit the front of the tour to a maximum of 10 mph.

The tour rolls out at 11 a.m., but you will need to pick up an official tour bib before the start, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

We encourage you to dress up yourself and your bike colorfully!

Rain date: Sun., June 14.

Other Attractions:

Sirelo Entertainment’s Community Drum Circle will again give the riders a sendoff, approximately 10–11 a.m.; bring your favorite percussion instrument and join them!

Lineup of musical acts at the Finish-Line Festival (times are approximate):
1 p.m. Sandra Small and the Smallworld Band
2 p.m. Kiwi
3 p.m. The One and Nines
4 p.m. The Defending Champions

Beer Garden by White Star Bar

Gastro Alley (food trucks and vendors)
—Mordi’s Schnitzel
—The Taco Truck
—incrediBalls
—WHOS gluten free
—Carmella Italian
—Modcup Coffee.

And MUCH more to do:

—Art activities
—Wellness Village
—Kids Corner
—50/50
—Extensive showcase of outreach/information tables from numerous local community nonprofits.
—Group stretches before and after the Tour.

Bike JC is a citizen-based advocacy organization that aims to make Jersey City streets welcoming for bicyclists, by promoting bike-friendly policies, including bike lanes; bicycle education; and traffic law enforcement.

We hope to see you June 7! With bike lanes already in use, new bike racks being installed all over, and a bike share system due to roll out in September, this is shaping up to be another banner year for biking in Jersey City. Come celebrate with us!

Register here: http://www.bikejc.org/events/jersey-city-ward-tour

P.S.: Want to help us make this tour great? We’re looking for volunteers to help out with spreading the word about the Ward Tour beforehand, by putting up posters and staffing our outreach table at other festivals. We’ll also need LOTS of volunteers throughout the day of the tour, for early-morning setup, rider registration, marshals on the ride, festival events, and afternoon/evening teardown/cleanup.

Sign up here to volunteer: http://bikejc.org/ward-tour/volunteer

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