Our 2024 membership drive kicks off with a twist

Tuesday, September 5 by silvia

Join or renew your WWBPA membership for 2024 in September AND do it in person at the WW farmers market, and you’ll get a thank-you gift from us. We want you or your favorite walker or bike rider to be visible as the days get shorter.

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Our annual bike drive to benefit Bike Exchange is Sept. 30

Wednesday, August 23 by silvia

One of our early bike drives.

Bring your no-longer-wanted bicycles to the West Windsor Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 30, where the WWBPA once again will be collecting these donations for Bike Exchange of Trenton.

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WWBPA awards scholarships to 5 WW-P students

Friday, July 7 by silvia

The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance congratulates the five winners of its annual scholarship competition. Entries can come from all high school juniors and seniors who live in West Windsor or Plainsboro and attend West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North or South or are West Windsor residents who attend an area private school or are home-schooled.

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WWBPA adds new walk/bike signs in West Windsor

Wednesday, May 24 by silvia

How far is it from the tip of the Trolley Line Trail at Rabbit Hill Road down to Mercer Lake and Caspersen Rowing Center? New signs along the Trolley Line Trail and beyond will tell you — and show you the way. 

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Learn to bike class is June 3

Monday, May 15 by silvia

It’s once again time for the WWBPA’s annual Learn to Bike class for kids.

This popular event is scheduled for Saturday, June 3.

Children should be at least 5 years old. Please bring a working bicycle that fits your child, a helmet (or buy one from the WWBPA for $12), and this completed waiver form. Then leave the teaching to us.

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Join West Windsor’s Ride of Silence on May 17

Sunday, May 7 by silvia

The 2022 participants in West Windsor’s Ride of Silence.

The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance will join organizations around the world in the Ride of Silence on Wednesday, May 17.

The Ride of Silence honors all those cyclists who have been injured – or worse, killed – while pedaling. In West Windsor, we honor in particular Aarav Shah, who was killed while bicycling across the country last summer. He would have been a junior at WW-P High School North this year.

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Opening Day Walk to the Farmers Market is this Saturday

Sunday, April 30 by silvia

Following a COVID-induced hiatus, the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance is resuming the traditional Opening Day Walk to the West Windsor Farmers Market on Saturday, May 6.

This year’s walk will honor Michael Ogg, a former WWBPA board member and a long-time presence at the market who died earlier this year. Michael, who developed multiple sclerosis as an adult, would come to the market by wheelchair just about every fair-weathered Saturday for many, many years. As a WWBPA board member, he advocated for crosswalks that served everyone, including those in wheelchairs and those pushing strollers.

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Bridge work begins by the D&R Canal towpath near Mapleton Road

Monday, April 24 by silvia

The D&R Canal State Park will be repairing the Millstone Aqueduct Bridge over the D&R Canal in Plainsboro (see red circle on map) beginning the week of April 24.

Access to the D&R Canal towpath from the D&R Canal parking lot off Mapleton Road will be prohibited during active weekday repairs. There will be a detour that uses the berm path to Harrison Street and then reconnects with the towpath there.

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Help us get the entire Trolley Line Trail on Google Maps

Friday, April 21 by silvia

West Windsor’s Trolley Line Trail was extended from Penn Lyle Road to Village Road West in the fall of 2021. But this new 0.4-mile stretch is still not showing up on Google Maps.

Help us get the news to Google. This will take less than 5 minutes! We’re hoping that if Google hears from enough of us, the map will  be updated faster.

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Walk with us on Tuesday mornings

Thursday, April 6 by silvia

Instead of a podcast for company, walk with us!

Get some fresh air and chat with the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance’s new weekly walking group.

We’ll gather for the first time at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18. Our regular meeting point is the water fountain by the playground in West Windsor’s Community Park.

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Become a WWBPA board member

Sunday, February 19 by silvia

Do you share our passion for making West Windsor a safer place for all who walk and bicycle? Want to encourage more people to get around and explore on foot or by bike?

If so, please consider joining the all-volunteer WWBPA board of trustees and making a difference in our community.

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Make it safer to cross Penn Lyle where a person was hit while walking in the crosswalk

Sunday, February 12 by silvia

More of these, please!

The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance urges the West Windsor Township administration and Council to install rapid-flashing pedestrian beacons at the intersection of Penn Lyle Road with Canoe Brook Drive, the site of the recent collision between a person crossing Penn Lyle Road in a crosswalk and the driver of a car.

Join us at the Council meeting on Monday Feb. 13 to show your support! The WWBPA will speak at the start, during the public comment portion of the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Municipal Center.

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Ask for a Speed Hump — Not a Speed Bump — to (Quietly) Slow Traffic

Thursday, January 19 by JerryFoster

Biking and walking is much more comfortable when motorist traffic is slower, plus safety is improved; lower speed reduces both the likelihood and severity of crashes. Sometimes motorists must be reminded to slow down — usually because the road design encourages them to drive too fast.

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West Windsor wins 3 more state grants for biking and walking

Tuesday, December 20 by silvia

West Windsor has just been awarded three grants totaling $688,000 from Governor Murphy that will help make West Windsor even better for those who walk, bike and scoot.

Together with three grants awarded early this year, West Windsor has received $1.33 million from the state for new multi-use paths, new sidewalks, and other bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

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Weigh in now on the Clarksville Road bridge replacement plan

Monday, December 12 by silvia

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has unveiled a concept design for a replacement bridge over the railroad tracks on Clarksville Road and is seeking public input through Thursday. You can see the presentation for the proposed project here. There is more information here.

The WWBPA likes some of the concept plan – but wants to see a multi-use path on all sides of the project, not just on the northbound side. Right now there is no multi-use path or even a sidewalk envisioned for the southbound side.

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An Eagle Scout upgrades the trail in Penn Lyle Preserve

Monday, November 28 by silvia

You may spot this new kiosk when you’re on Penn Lyle Road roughly opposite Colonial Avenue and not too far from Arnold Drive.

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A walk in the (Woosamonsa) woods

Wednesday, November 16 by silvia

Are you looking for a pre- or post-Thanksgiving walk? We’ve previously shared information about the trails in Mercer County Park as well as the Trolley Line Trail, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, the Union Transportation Trail and the section of the D&R Canal along the Delaware River. Now WWBPA board member Anne Clifton shares her experience in the Woosamonsa Ridge Preserve in Pennington.

The Woosamonsa Ridge Preserve in north Pennington is an ideal site for a quiet hike amidst fall foliage in Mercer County. Located about 17 miles (a 25-minute drive) from West Windsor, this 146-acre preserve features various types of hardwood trees, wild berry bushes, fungi, creeks with rock crossings and two wooden bridges. Fallen leaves provide a soft colorful carpet underfoot. Minnows abound in the creeks. Some reforestation is underway in the valley area of the preserve.

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Go Nuts!

Tuesday, October 11 by JerryFoster

On your next walk around the neighborhood, check out all the nuts – maybe you know a place in your yard that needs a tree? Plant the nut about an inch into the soil, and see what happens. As they say, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, but the second best time is today!

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A bike ride to commemorate the ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast

Tuesday, October 4 by silvia

On October 30, 1938, a rising star named Orson Welles made history with his “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast. This fake “news bulletin” depicted a Martian invasion of Earth, causing real-life panic. The aliens’ landing site? The historic community of Grovers Mill, right here in West Windsor.
 
Explore this history and related local points of interest with a free 7-mile bicycle ride on Saturday, Oct. 22, with the WWBPA and the Historical Society of West Windsor. You can get more information here. And consider decorating your bike … or coming dressed as a Martian!

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WWBPA teams up with WW Girl Scouts

Friday, September 30 by silvia

A bike ride in Community Park was a fun way for a dozen third-grade Brownies to kick off a new year in Girl Scouts. With help from several WWBPA board members, the girls and some of their parents learned about bicycle safety before eagerly mounting their bikes.

We reviewed the ABC quick check that you should always do before a bike ride, proper helmet fit, hand signals, trail etiquette, and road rules before heading out on our bikes. We also briefed parents on the NJ Safe Passing Law.

The WWBPA can help your scout troop, neighborhood or school group learn to be better bicyclists. Email [email protected] if you’re interested in a bicycle safety talk and escorted ride. Parents are welcome to attend with their children.

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Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month via Zoom. We will eventually resume meeting in the West Windsor Municipal Building. Email us at [email protected] if you would like the Zoom code.

Find us at the West Windsor Farmers Market (Vaughn Drive parking lot) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Saturday from May through Halloween.

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