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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Walk, run, bicycle or ride a horse on this nearby trail

Monday, September 6 by silvia

I like this fun fact about the Union Transportation Trail: It lets you brag that you’ve travelled across Monmouth County, from Mercer County to Ocean County. Yet because it’s in the western corner of the county, it’s only 9 miles long.
 
The UTT is a crushed-stone rail trail that starts south of Hightstown and takes you through woods, past farms and fields and near the Cream Ridge Golf Course. Once part of the Pemberton & Hightstown Railroad, it’s now a great place for walkers, joggers, cyclists and even those on horseback.

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This new law helps keep cyclists and others safe on the road

Tuesday, August 10 by silvia

Governor Murphy has signed a law that requires motorists to give cyclists and other non-motorists a wide berth when passing.

The Safe Passing Law informs motorists when and how to safely pass a cyclist, pedestrian and other vulnerable road users (such as skaters and people on scooters or in wheelchairs).

If you’re driving and need to pass one of these non-motorists on the road, here’s what to do:

  1. Move over one lane from the cyclist, pedestrian or other road user IF it is possible AND SAFE to do so.
  2. If no additional lane is available, pass when there is at least 4 feet between your vehicle and the cyclist, pedestrian or other user.
  3. If neither is a safe option, reduce your vehicle speed to 25 mph. Reduce your vehicle’s speed even further if the posted speed limit is less than 25 mph.

Please don’t try to squeeze by a cyclist or other vulnerable road user, especially if you can’t see oncoming traffic.

Remember that cyclists ride as far to the right as practicable – that does not mean they hug the curb or white line. They (and others) need room to navigate around glass, yard waste and other debris in the road, bike lane or shoulder, and they hate potholes and bumps at least as much as you do.

Slowing down and passing safely likely will cost you just seconds, but your actions can prevent accidents, injuries and fatalities.

The law takes effect early next year, but please start following it now. New Jersey joins 42 other states with similar laws, so take these habits with you when you leave the Garden State.

A reminder to cyclists: bike in the same direction as traffic. It’s not only the law, it’s safer. Remember to be visible and be predictable. Pedestrians, you should walk in the direction of oncoming traffic as much as possible when in the road.

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Free bike repair at the WW farmers market

Friday, August 6 by silvia

If you missed out on a free bicycle tune-up at National Night Out, visit the West Windsor Bicycle & Pedestrian Alliance table this Saturday at the West Windsor Farmers Market. We’ll be there during market hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Anything squeaking or rubbing on your bicycle? Need the seat raised or a flat tire repaired? Our volunteers will check if a quick adjustment is what you need to get your bike back on the road again. (Please bring a new inner tube to replace a flat tire.)

Speaking of flat tires, REI is hosting a one-hour virtual event about bike tire repairs on Thursday, Aug. 12 starting at 4 p.m. Registration is required — go here: Let’s Talk Tires

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A quick way to keep your bicycle humming

Friday, July 16 by silvia

Let’s keep your bike humming between annual tune-ups at your local bike shop. It’s all too easy to quickly give your steed the once-over and let your excitement of being in the great outdoors get the better of you.

Follow these quick pre-ride tips that will keep you safe while still keeping you … um…pumped up! Every time you ride, don’t forget the ABCs of bike safety. If something doesn’t seem right and you’re not sure what to do, have a bike mechanic look it over.

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Explore the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

Thursday, July 1 by silvia

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail – a 20ish-mile loop connecting Lawrenceville and Hopewell – is one of WWBPA board member Silvia Ascarelli’s favorite local trails. She loves to combine it with the D&R Canal towpath to help get her where she wants to go by bike (they meet near the historic Brearley House).

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Great bike rides using the D&R Canal towpath along the Delaware River

Thursday, May 20 by silvia

WWBPA board member Steve Hagen’s favorite spot to bike is traffic-free.

You may be familiar with the D&R Canal towpath that marks the border between West Windsor and Princeton – but did you know that it goes for 34 miles, all the way to New Brunswick and Trenton? And that there is a second section along the Delaware River, with a sister canal path on the Pennsylvania side? (Click here for a map.)

WWBPA board member Steve Hagen shares why he spends many summer weekends on leisurely bike rides along the Delaware River.

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2021 Membership Drive

Saturday, January 23 by joegorun

Jan/Feb is the WWBPA Membership Drive. Help us help you to improve West Windsor in 2021 and beyond. Want to see improved Bike and Ped infrastructure, safety and education in our community? Support WWBPA through our membership drive. Select Join/renew below and donate today.

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WW Recreation Community Bicycle Ride

Thursday, October 8 by joegorun

Did you buy a new bike during quarantine?  Here is your chance to ride with your family, friends and neighbors along the Trolley Line Trail!  On Saturday, October 17 at 10:30 a.m. WW Rec will be running a Community Bike Ride starting at West Windsor Community Park.  You must pre register for the event – NO ONSITE REGISTRATION WILL BE TAKEN.  Masks will be required during check in and getting ready for the ride.  Masks not required during the ride. See attached flyer for more information.  Hope to see you there!

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Getting out in the Community

Thursday, September 10 by joegorun

Hello everyone! My name is Maanya D., and I am one of the student advisors for the WWBPA. This month I have set a goal for myself to bike at least four times a week. To achieve my goal, I went biking around my community, with my friends and family, and even some of Princeton’s beautiful trail areas. Through my ventures, I realized that people are spending time with family and friends instead of their screens now more than ever, which is fantastic. Now that most people are continuing their daily lives virtually, we must remember the importance of going outside and getting some fresh air while also maintaining safety/health precautions. This can be done through a bike ride, a walk, a run, and many other activities. Personally, the extra time at home has allowed me to spend more time with my parents, grandparents, and other members. Overall, I think it is essential to spend some time away from our screens and with our loved ones during times like these.
Thanks, Maanya D.

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A Student’s Perspective

Monday, August 10 by joegorun

Hello everyone! My name is Maanya Devaprasad, and I am currently a student advisor for the WWBPA. Today, I just wanted to share a few of my experiences these past few months. As a high school student in West Windsor, I have used this newfound time due to recent events to learn new things, cook, bake, garden, bike, and, most importantly, spend more time with my family. As I look back at the past few months, my most cherished memories happened either in the kitchen or at the park. In the kitchen, I have been trying to bake all types of desserts for my family, and I gave a few of my friend’s recipes a try. In the park, I especially enjoyed seeing all the members of our community walking and biking around. As I biked around the park with my family, I loved seeing so many other families walking or biking. Sometimes I even go on bike rides with my friends around my community because it is one of the safest activities we can do together during a time like this. Overall, I’m happy to see so many people outside staying safe while also trying to make the best of such an unforeseen time.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

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Bicycle Collection/Donation

Tuesday, July 21 by joegorun

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 Bicycle Collection WWBPA table near shed at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market, Vaughn Drive Lot, Princeton Junction Train Station, 9 AM-1 PM. Donated bikes will go to the Trenton Bike Exchange, which supports The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County. Email wwbikeped@gmail.com with questions.

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Virtual Bike Month

Tuesday, May 12 by joegorun

May is Bike Month. GMTMA and our neighboring TMAs are doing virtual bike month, sign up and ride anywhere, even indoors, they’ll donate to local food banks: http://p1.pagewiz.net/uyjq6wc7/

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WWBPA Annual Mtg – Public

Thursday, March 12 by joegorun

On Thurs, March 12, 7pm the WWBPA will be holding it’s annual membership meeting at WW municipal building Main Meeting Room A and is open to the public. Find out what we’ve accomplished in 2019 and what is planned for 2020. Have any concerns or ideas to improve the community? Come and share with us.

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“Bikes vs Cars” Movie Screening Night 2/9

Tuesday, January 14 by joegorun

Movie Night Sunday Feb 9 at 3pm- “Bikes vs Cars” (snow date Feb 23)- free to attend – to be held at the WW Arts Council Bldg located at 952 Alexander Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ. Come join us before the Oscars begin.

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2020 Membership Drive

Monday, November 18 by joegorun

Help us help you to improve West Windsor in 2020 and beyond. Want to see improved Bike and Ped infrastructure, safety and education in our community? Support WWBPA through our membership drive. Select JOIN on the left now! Join/renew and donate today.

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Farmers Market

Friday, October 11 by joegorun

Get ready, get set… Oct 12 and Oct 26 are the last two weeks WWBPA will be at the Farmers Market this year. Come on out and see us. Oct 26 will be the halloween parade too. Come out and have some fun.

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Free Pace Car Program Sign-up

Thursday, July 25 by joegorun

With the Pace Car magnet you let other drivers know your intention to drive the speed limit. Pace Car drivers pledge to obey traffic laws to protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and other drivers. By being a Pace Car you set the pace and make West Windsor’s streets safer for everyone. Pledge to make a difference today!


Join the West Windsor Speed Limit Pace Car Program and pledge to:

• Drive the speed limit
• Stop at stop signs
• Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks
• Yield to pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks at intersections
• Share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities
• Eliminate texting and phone use while driving
• Display the West Windsor Pace Car magnet on your car
• Encourage others to take the pledge

Together, we can make West Windsor streets safer for everyone: Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

How does it work? Simply download the form, fill it out, drop it off at the WW Municipal Office or WW Branch Library and pick up your car magnet.

Fun Fact: The Pace Car Program was created by David Engwicht, an international traffic-calming advocate and author of several books on the topic of reducing the negative effects of motor vehicle traffic. Pace Car Programs have been adopted by towns across the United States and Canada.

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Learn to Bike Event

Wednesday, May 29 by joegorun

Does your child want to learn how to bicycle? WWBPA uses a proven way to teach how to ride quickly. In no time, your child will be riding a two wheeler without training wheels. Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the WW Farmers Market. Free for WWBPA members. Helmet required (or we have low cost ones available).

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