Area Bicycle Adventures

After all this snow, it’s time to start thinking about what to do when it warms up. Why not a bike adventure? Whether you’re looking for a one-day or one-week organized ride, it’s easy to come up with a list after a little bit of looking. Here, without any endorsement from the WWBPA, are just a few not far from home:

Bike New York’s TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, on May 2 this year, is 30,000 riders enjoying a car-free, 42-mile ride through New York City. It hits all five boroughs and takes bicyclists on roads they usually can’t ride, including across the Verrazano Bridge. Registration has begun. The spots fill up quickly; last year, the ride sold out two months in advance. Bike New York organizes several other one-day rides in the region over the summer.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s annual Greenway Sojourn this year will meander across 250 miles in southeastern Pennsylvania and along the Delaware River valley from July 17 to 24. It includes overnight stays on the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden/Philadelphia waterfront and on Bulls Island on the Delaware.

Looking to ride and raise money for a cause? One local ride is the Tour de Cure, which supports the American Diabetes Association, on June 6. Routes range from 10 to 62.3 miles.

You’d rather plan your own ride? Head out on the East Coast Greenway or New Jersey DOT’s High Point to Cape May route. Both skirt West Windsor. The state also has developed a number of shorter loops around the state.

And don’t forget West Windsor’s own BikeFest, this year on May 29. It’s a great family event, with many different rides for different kinds of riders, and the WWBPA will be there.

What organized rides and tours would you recommend? Tell us about some in which you’ve participated.

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