From Hamilton to West Windsor

What's your ride?

The WWBPA does a lot of work to make sure that West Windsor is friendly for bicycling and walking, but we also realize that many people want to bike to West Windsor from neighboring communities, and the best route isn’t always the same one they would use with a car.

So we asked Vince, who we met at BikeFest, to tell us about his 10-mile ride from Hamilton Square to his job near the train station. He rides to work three to four days a week. Here’s his route:

I start down Paxson Avenue in Hamilton, which is a 25 mph residential street with a fair amount of room, for about a mile.  I then head south on  Mercerville-Edinburg Road for about ¼ mile. This is the worst part of my trip, as the road is four lanes with no shoulder at all. It is slightly downhill, so I pedal hard and get out into the painted area to make a left on Flock Road. Then a quick right on the continuation of Paxson Avenue, which I take for about a mile to the way to the west entrance of Mercer County park. It’s about 3 ½ miles through the park, then a left on Dutch Neck Edinburg Road. I love this part with the wide bike lane…. Then I usually take a left onto Village Road West to Penn Lyle. When I get to the intersection at High School South,  I take residential roads to Wallace Road at the train station. (I avoid Alexander Road completely, as there isn’t much room.)

He  adds: “If West Windsor was not so bike-friendly, I would never consider biking to work.”

What’s your route?

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One Response to “From Hamilton to West Windsor”

  1. Anne Bloomenthal says:

    I ride about 8 miles from home in Lawrenceville to work on Alexander Road (near Roszel Rd), about once a week (from late spring until fall).
    From my home near Village Park I go down Gordon Ave and cross Rt 206 (at the signal) into the Lawrenceville School campus. I take the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail route through the campus, to Lewisville Road (narrow shoulder, but not too much traffic), to Princeton Pike. Waiting for a break in the traffic to cross Princeton Pike can sometimes be frustrating – but that’s the end of traffic for a while. Then I go down Meadow Road (dirt) to Brearley House (worth a visit on the 1st Sat or 3rd Sun when Lawrence Historical Society gives free tours), and then on the Great Meadow Trail (with a brief stop at the viewpoint) to the D&R Canal towpath. Riding about 4 miles north on the towpath is the best part of the ride – including going through the Princeton Country Club golf course. (But you have to be careful – especially southbound – and sometimes wait for a while – where the towpath crosses Quaker Road.) I turn right at Alexander – now onto the new sidewalk (and looking forward to a new bike lane). Riding on Alexander across Rt 1 takes care (especially passing one ramp eastbound and two westbound) but the shoulders there are adequate. East of Rt 1, Alexander has no shoulders, so I always ride on the “westbound” sidewalk. (Going to work, I cross over at the beginning of the “2 way left turn” lane.) For my ride, the WW part is not the “nice” part, but it’s gotten better with the new work at the S curve on Alexander.

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