Fall 2011 Newsletter
We Are a Bicycle-Friendly Community!
Today, the League of American Bicyclists proclaimed West Windsor a bicycle-friendly community.
The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance is ecstatic!
This is a first for New Jersey and an honor that has been more than 10 years in the making, going back to the efforts of the Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force and no doubt earlier. It could not have happened without the time and effort of many residents and the support of the mayor and many township councils for bicycle improvements. It also could not have happened without the support of you, our members, who have shown that you value a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community with your membership contributions and by getting out in greater numbers to ride your bikes. As an all-volunteer organization, we appreciate our members’ willingness to help, whether it’s to write letters of support or to teach children to ride a bike for the first time.
But this is more than just an honor for the WWBPA and the township. This is also for BikeFest, which has organized an amazing bicycle event for the past eight years, for a group of volunteers from SMART/JORBA that maintain the off-road trails in Mercer County Park, for Mercer County officials who have supported our efforts to make our roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, and all the many individuals, organizations, and businesses who have helped make West Windsor a better place for cycling.
Of course there is more that can be done. West Windsor has been given a bronze award; there are three levels above us. We will soon be hearing from the League of American Bicyclists on what we can do better in order to rise to silver. We also welcome your suggestions on what the next steps should be.
Banner Year for Infrastructure Improvements
There have been so many great additions to our network of bike lanes and sidewalks this year that we’re liable to inadvertently drop some from this list:
And Then There’s Route 571
We need your help to convince Mercer County officials to build a real Main Street in downtown Princeton Junction, from Wallace/Cranbury Road to Clarksville Road. The current redesign plan looks more like Hamilton’s Route 33 than Princeton’s Nassau Street. Please ask our officials to lower the speed and create safe places for pedestrians to cross (or wait halfway across the road), or sign our petition at the Farmers’ Market. Everyone will benefit from a safe Main Street.
What’s Happening This Fall
Sept. 17: Test a group ride courtesy of the Princeton Free Wheelers. Three rides will leave from the Hamilton YMCA at Sawmill Road at 9 a.m. Details here.
Sept. 24: Our second “learn to bike” class of 2011 gets kids off training wheels and enjoying the freedom of two wheels. This is a free class for family of WWBPA members only. (Not a member? Join online). Pre-registration is required via firstname.lastname@example.org. The class will be held at the West Windsor Farmers’ Market. Participants should arrive between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. with a working bike and a helmet.
Sept. 25: Trail clean-up. We’ll tackle some of the damage from Irene. Meet at 1 p.m. in the Millstone Preserve parking lot (Millstone Road). Bring rakes, loppers and other tools, plus a gas-powered trimmer or chain saw if you have have one. Don’t forget gloves!
Oct. 1: Discover more ways to make yourself visible as a pedestrian or bicyclist this winter. Come see us at the West Windsor Farmers’ Market.
Oct. 5: Watch our website for details about the annual “Walk to Hawk” for students at Maurice Hawk Elementary as part of International Walk to School Day.
Where to Find the WWBPA
Come to our monthly meetings, held on the second Thursday of every month at the West Windsor Municipal Center. Meetings now start at 7 p.m. The next one is October 12.
We’ll also be at the West Windsor Farmers’ Market every other Saturday into October. Come talk to us!
The WWBPA is honored that the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia described us as “one of the most successful bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups in the country” on a per-capita basis and “a model community for the many built-out suburbs in the region.”
Want a speaker for your local organization? Email us at email@example.com.
You’re missing a lot of news if you wait for the newsletter. Keep up with WWBPA activities and learn about other bicycle and pedestrian topics by subscribing to our website, wwbpa.org. It is generally updated several times a week. We’re also on Facebook. The two sites have similar — but not identical — information. Leave us a comments!
Board of Trustees
Jerry Foster, president
Silvia Ascarelli, 1st vice president
Alison Miller, 2nd vice president
Daryl McMillan, secretary
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