Welcome to National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and the WWBPA urges you to take part by getting out on your bike (or, if you don’t bike or don’t currently have a bike, to get out and walk).

We are planning a number of events, including our annual mileage tally for bicycle commuters. Last year, members and friends rode 2,466 miles. E-mail us your weekly tallies (we can remind you too!) and include stories and photos. You can post on our Facebook page too.

We’re starting the month on Saturday with a group walk from Maurice Hawk Elementary School to the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market to mark the opening of the 2010 market season. The walk begins at 10 a.m. from the playground behind the school. Get a ticket there for a drawing featuring all kinds of goodies at the market itself. We’ll also have a table at the Farmers’ Market to talk about bicycle and pedestrian matters in West Windsor and beyond.

On May 8, the WWBPA will participate in Princeton United Methodist Church‘s bike drive and safe cycle event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue.? Bikes will be collected for the Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange and the WWBPA will have an information table there.

On May 15, we’re back at the Farmers’ Market. Ride your bike, lock it at the racks located at the edge of the parking lot that were installed last year by the WWBPA and BikeFest with the help of West Windsor Public Works and stop by for a chat. If you’re up in North Jersey, check out the South Orange/Maplewood Bicycle Coalition’s three-mile Tweed Ride. It’s free; just get in the mood by wearing a bit of tweed! (It coincides with The Montrose Park Historic District Association “Montrose In May” house tour.)

National Bike to Work Week is May 17-21. Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association invites to register for a drawing of bike goodies that will be held May 24 and to stop by the Princeton Junction train station on May 18 for a free bikers’ breakfast of coffee and doughnut holes. The WWBPA is contributing bicycle and pedestrian maps of West Windsor. Also on May 18, GMTMA, the WWBPA, BikeFest, the West Windsor Parking Authority, New Jersey Transit and West Windsor are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. for the new bike racks and lockers that are being added to the station. You’ll find us by the racks between the southbound Northeast Corridor line and the Dinky. Want a locker? Sign up with GMTMA.

A final opportunity to tune up for BikeFest is the Trenton Bike Tour on May 22. The 15-mile ride, promoted by Trenton Cycling Revolution, starts at 8:30 a.m. in Cadwalader Park.

The month ends with BikeFest on May 29. Sign up your family for one of several rides around West Windsor.

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