Our Learn to Bike class returns on June 4

Sunday, May 22 by silvia

The WWBPA will hold its popular Learn to Bike class for kids in the upper Vaughn Drive parking lot (next to the Farmers Market) on Saturday, June 4.

Children should be at least 5 years old, and we encourage parents to become members of the WWBPA, either in person on June 4th or in advance online. Your membership is an investment in making West Windsor a more walkable and bikeable community.

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Test-ride an electric bike at the WW Farmers Market on Saturday

Thursday, May 19 by silvia

Saturday is ebike information and demonstration day at the West Windsor Farmers Market.

As part of National Bike Month, the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance is bringing together ebike owners to answer your question and satisfy your curiosity about the many types and styles of electric bikes. Plus Princeton eBikes will be on hand with electric bikes for you to test-ride for a few minutes.

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Join the Ride of Silence bike ride on May 18

Monday, May 9 by silvia

The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance will once again host a Ride of Silence as part of National Bike Week.

Now in its 20th year, the Ride of Silence is an international movement to honor all those cyclists who have been injured – or worse, killed – while pedaling. All rides around the world begin at 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday, May 18, weather permitting.

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A new West Windsor walking and biking map

Sunday, May 1 by silvia

This beautiful new walking and biking map of West Windsor shows all bike lanes, sidewalk, trails and paths – and yes, cut-through sidewalks between neighborhoods — in the township.

Created by the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance together with Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association, this 22-inch x 24-inch map will inspire you and your family to explore more of the township on foot and by bicycle.

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How to get a bike locker at the Princeton Junction train station

Friday, April 29 by silvia

A bike locker at the Princeton Junction train station is a great deal — and this is a rare time when there isn’t a waiting list. Well, until all of you start calling.

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9 suggested spots for rapid-flashing pedestrian lights

Tuesday, April 12 by silvia

The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance was pleased to be asked our opinion on where additional rapid-flashing beacons should be installed in the township. These rapid-flashing lights, activated with the touch of a button, make our community safer for those who walk, run, scoot and bicycle. Several have previously been installed near the Princeton Junction train station, at some crossings for the Trolley Line Trail and between Grover Middle School and Village School, among other places.

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Bikes rides + a ribbon-cutting on the Trolley Line Trail

Tuesday, April 5 by silvia

The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance and the Historical Society of West Windsor invite you to join us on a family-friendly bike ride along the Trolley Line Trail and beyond on Saturday, April 23 to celebrate West Windsor’s 225th birthday.

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Safer routes to school: Southfield Road improvements

Monday, February 28 by silvia

Four members of the Extraordinary Engineers robotics team use one of the improved crossings on Southfield Road.

West Windsor recently made two dangerous crossings between Grover Middle School and Village Elementary School safer, and a group of 9th graders couldn’t be happier.

As middle schoolers, their First Lego League team (Extraordinary Engineers), with some advice from the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance and Greater Mercer TMA’s Safe Routes to School program, had offered township officials a plan to boost safety at two crosswalks on Southfield Road. They were motivated by friends who told them about the challenges of walking and biking to school as well as a 12-year-old boy who was hit by a motorist in 2017 while biking to summer camp at Grover.

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WW police, Lawrence Hopewell Trail to speak at annual meeting

Sunday, February 20 by silvia

The WWBPA at National Night Out in 2021.

The WWBPA holds its annual meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2022. You’ll hear from two exciting guest speakers: WW Police Chief Robert Garofalo (and/or his traffic sergeant, Kevin Loretucci, if he’s needed in an emergency) and Eleanor Horne, one of the founders of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

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Here’s the report card we promised you

Sunday, February 13 by silvia

Back in December, we told you that the League of American Bicyclists had once again called West Windsor a bronze-level bicycle-friendly community (one of five in New Jersey at that level). We’ve now received our report card plus suggestions on how we can join Princeton in attaining silver status – you can read it here.

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A big thanks to all who maintain West Windsor’s trails

Wednesday, February 2 by silvia

A trail in Zaitz Woods.

You may already be familiar with the towpath trail along the D&R Canal and the many trails in Mercer County Park. But are you familiar with West Windsor’s own special forested trails?

The trails in Zaitz Woods, Rogers Arboretum, Rogers Preserve, and Millstone East and West provide great opportunities for walking, running, and off-road bicycling – and just enjoying being in a forest at any time of year.

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Join the WWBPA board!

Wednesday, January 26 by silvia

Do you share our passion for making West Windsor a safer place for all who walk and bicycle? Can you help us encourage more people to get around and explore on foot or by bike? If so, please consider sharing your talents and creativity by becoming a board member of the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance. 

We welcome all to apply and are especially interested in those who enjoy walking around our town or trails and/or those with a connection to the WW-P schools.

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West Windsor’s new walking and bicycling goals

Thursday, January 6 by silvia

Bicyclists on the Trolley Line Trail

West Windsor’s Planning Board recently approved the new Circulation Element of the Master Plan. Quite a mouthful, we know! But it sets some great goals and policies to help make our township even better for walking and bicycling.

A big goal: “Create a pedestrian and bikeway system that makes walking and cycling a viable alternative to driving, and which optimizes bicyclist and pedestrian safety.”

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Can you find this secret spot in West Windsor?

Wednesday, December 29 by silvia

I went walking in the woods in West Windsor and spotted this fellow asleep in his hammock.

Then I spotted one ready to get a party started. And another gnome. Then a dozen or so more, tucked amid the tree trunks and leaves along the path. Did others scamper into hiding places before I arrived? Through that door at the bottom of a tree? That Rutgers one, though – did he get beaten up playing football? Or get the worse end of a quarrel with a deer?

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The Trolley Line Trail just got almost a half-mile longer

Wednesday, December 22 by silvia

Thanks to PSE&G (which owns the land) and a nudge from the township, the Trolley Line Trail — the trail under the power lines — now extends to Village Road West instead of ending at Penn-Lyle Road. That means you can walk, jog, scoot or bike more than 3 miles from the northern end at Rabbit Hill Road without ever needing to be on the road (except when crossing at intersections, of course).

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The WWBPA needs you: Renew your membership (or become a member!)

Sunday, December 19 by silvia

Your membership in the all-volunteer West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance (WWBPA) helps promote more sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, and other improvements that make it safer for everyone to walk and bicycle in West Windsor. Thank you for your past support!

Renew your membership for 2022 or join for the first time and show our elected officials that you want to see improvements continue around our town.

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West Windsor is again named a bicycle-friendly community

Wednesday, December 8 by silvia

The WWBPA is thrilled that the League of American Bicyclists has renewed West Windsor’s bronze-level status as a bicycle-friendly community – one of 497 communities across the U.S. that have earned a bicycle-friendly designation.

The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program sets the standard for how communities benchmark progress toward making biking better. While the award process considers very visible elements such as bike infrastructure, other essential elements include efforts around adult and youth bike education, encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day, evaluation mechanisms, and enforcement all through the lens of equity.

West Windsor was the first New Jersey municipality to be named a bicycle-friendly community back in 2011, and we thank past and present mayors, township council members as well as county and state officials for their support. We also thank our members, who have demonstrated that they value a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community.

West Windsor will receive more feedback from the League in the coming weeks, and the WWBPA will share those recommendations with you. Together, we hope we can achieve silver status in the coming years.

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Do your part to stay safe at dusk

Tuesday, September 28 by silvia

The days are getting shorter, but that’s no reason to be outside less. Just make sure you’re still visible, whether walking, jogging or biking at night or whenever the light is poor. Even wearing white may not be enough, as this poster shows.

The West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance has plenty of ways to help, with great deals on lights, reflective gear … even an LED leash for your dog. Items cost between $2 and $14.

Stop by our table at the West Windsor Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Oct. 30.

Motorists, please be extra vigilant while driving when visibility is poor.

Plus: We’ll once again be offering bike check-ups at the farmers market, also on Oct. 2, 16 and 30.

While our volunteers will do quick adjustments to get your bike back on the road, we do not do extensive repairs. Nor do we stock parts. This includes inner tubes and tires. Please bring a new inner tube if you need a flat tire fixed.

If the check-up shows your bike needs more than a quick adjustment, you’ll need to go to a local bike shop.

Yes, we do the work for free, but please consider showing your thanks by becoming a member of the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance.

Don’t forget: The WWBPA will be collecting bike donations for the Trenton Bike Exchange on Oct. 16.

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Rate West Windsor as a place to ride your bike

Tuesday, September 21 by silvia

West Windsor is seeking to renew its status as a bicycle-friendly community with the League of American Bicyclists. As part of the application process, the League wants feedback from anyone who has biked in West Windsor. (We are currently a bronze-level community and are proud to be the first New Jersey community to have earned this status.)

If you’ve ever biked here, please take a minute to complete this survey and share your input: www.surveymonkey.com/r/app_BFC_Fall21

The comment period ends on Monday Oct. 11. Award results are expected to be made public in December.

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2 easy ways to donate unwanted bicycles

Tuesday, September 14 by silvia

Bike Exchange in Trenton

If it’s time to get rid of some bicycles you no longer need, consider donating them to Bike Exchange of Trenton. Volunteers will fix up the bikes for resale, with the proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County.

You can drop off bikes during West Windsor’s Dumpster Drop-Off Day on Sept. 18 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Works facility on Southfield Road) or at the WWBPA’s table at the West Windsor Farmers Market on Oct. 16 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Donations are tax-deductible.

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