Spring 2011 Newsletter
Celebrate National Bike Month With the WWBPA
May is National Bike Month (the week of May 15 is Bike to Work Week), and the WWBPA is marking it in an incredible number of ways. We’re also stretching May by several days to make this month last even longer and are including events for walkers as well. (Note that not all events listed below are organized by the WWBPA)
As usual, we will be tallying miles that our members and friends bike during May. Take our challenge! Did you know that on average, 40% of car trips are two miles or less? That’s a perfect biking distance. Replace some of those drives with a bike ride and tell us how it went. Need help finding a more bike-friendly route to your destination? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Happening During National Bike Month
April 30: Communiversity takes over Nassau Street (and more) in Princeton from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine. We’ll be there; come find us at the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association’s table on Witherspoon Street at the corner of Hulfish.
May 5: Yoga for cyclists at the Cranbury library, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. with instructor Nancy Sheehan and the WWBPA. No need to pre-register; bring a yoga mat if you have one.
May 7: West Windsor Walks to opening day at the farmers’ market. Join us in the parking lot of Maurice Hawk Elementary school for a leisurely stroll of just over a mile. Along the way, we’ll stop at the GroWW herb sale at the arts center. Each participant gets a free copy of the WWBPA’s walking and biking map of West Windsor. (For more on GroWW’s Springtime Saturdays program, click here.)
May 7: Become a more confident cyclist with this Traffic Skills 101 class, offered in part by the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. Or ride in the annual Farmlands Flat Tour organized by the Central Jersey Bicycle Club (the same people who organize the Longest Day ride, this year on June 11, that goes from Port Jervis to Cape May).
May 10: WWBPA takes part in Tyco’s Wellness Week. Want the WWBPA at your company’s health fair or wellness event? Email us.
May 14: Guided walk of the Zaitz trails at 7:30 a.m (early enough to still see birds, bugs and other animals) with Friends of West Windsor Open Space. Meet at the Zaitz Preserve trailhead on Southfield Road (south of Route 571). For cyclists who missed the Five-Boro Bike Tour, there’s a Manhattan loop bike ride organized by the East Coast Greenway, http://manhattangreenway.eventbrite.com/
May 15: Ninth annual Tour de Montclair, with events for both bikers and walkers, beginning in Essex County Brookdale Park. See www.bikewalkmontclair.org for details.
May 17: Bikers Breakfast at the Princeton Junction train station with GMTMA. Grab a drink and a snack on us. Want a bike locker? We’ll tell you how to get one.
May 18: Ride of Silence to honor cyclists killed or injured on the roads. Meet at 6:45 p.m. in the Municipal Center parking lot; the one-hour ride will leave at 7 p.m.
May 21: West Windsor Bikes: Lose the Training Wheels, a free “learn to ride” class at the farmers’ market that teaches children to balance first. Space is limited so pre-registration is recommended. Classes will run continuously beginning at 9 a.m. Please arrive before noon. Bring a bike in good working order. Helmets are required and can be purchased from the WWBPA for $10.
May 21: Already know how to bike? Tour historic Trenton with the Trenton Cycling Revolution. More information and registration at www.trentoncycling.org. Prefer to walk? Join (some or all) of the 50-mile walk from Metropark to NY Penn Station; details at www.NJ2NY50.org
May 28: BikeFest, West Windsor’s bicycling extravaganza. Register atwww.westwindsorbikefest.com. Say hi to the WWBPA after your ride!
June 2: Yoga for cyclists at the Cranbury library, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. with instructor Nancy Sheehan and the WWBPA. No need to pre-register; bring a yoga mat if you have one.
June 5: Its National Trails Day! Join us for a bike ride and visit to the Metz Bicycle Museum in Freehold. We’ll meet at the Bicycle Hub in Marlboro and head out on the Henry Hudson Trail at 11 a.m. for an eight-mile ride and visit the museum at 1 p.m. The museum can only handle 30 people at a time so it’s a must to emailyour RSVP!
June 11: Ralph’s Ride, a family-friendly ride (and walk) in Lawrenceville to honor Ralph Copleman, the former executive director of Sustainable Lawrence.
June 12: Tour de Cure, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association with rides of varying lengths, goes from Grover Middle School.
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 May 12.
We’ll also be at the West Windsor Farmers Market every other Saturday beginning May 7 and into October. We’d love you to join us there.
Meet Our Student Advisors
The WWBPA has seven student advisors for the next year: Brandon Ling, Greg Ling, Sanjana Saksena, Alisha Kanitkar, Elissa Lomakova, Laura Foster and Rachel Karp. Read more about them here.
We also have a new trustee: West Windsor native Mark Shallcross. Founding trustee Sandy Shapiro has stepped down.
Community Service Awards
The WWBPA’s annual meeting always includes a moment to honor individuals for their service to our community. This year’s winners are George Fallat, Mercer County’s traffic engineer; Alex Drummond, West Windsor’s head of public works; and Ken Jacobs, head of West Windsor’s recreation department.Read why they were chosen.
Some parting thoughts from Andy Clarke, the guest speaker at our annual meeting on March 17:
Bike lanes are great, but putting up a sign that just says “bike lane” is like putting up a sign that says “road.” Signs should include information on where the route goes, including distance and time.
And it only takes 26 people to make a big difference: 26 people who will attend a couple of meetings, write a few letters or otherwise get involved. Will you be one of them? Help make our community a safer place to walk and bike!
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.”
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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!
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Jerry Foster, president
Silvia Ascarelli, 1st vice president
Alison Miller, 2nd vice president
Daryl McMillan, secretary
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