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Event title Bike JC WARD TOUR
Beginning Date Sunday June 5th, 2016 AM 10:00
Ending Date Sunday June 5th, 2016 PM 3:00
Location City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ
Description Ride with us!! Bike JC's 7th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour and Festival will be held Sunday, June 5. We'll bike about 15 miles all around the city at an easy pace. After the ride, enjoy a post-ride festival, including live bands, great food and a beer garden. Free registration is required at Rain date June 12.
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Come ride all over this town with us!

Bike JC’s 7th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour will roll Sunday, June 5, taking you (and probably over 2,000 of our closest friends) on a 15-mile tour of our great city, and passing through all of its political wards.

This year we’re making some exciting changes for our growing tour: We’ll leave from City Hall in the morning. And the tour will end at beautiful Liberty State Park, where you can enjoy our great Finish-Line Festival all afternoon, featuring live music, food and drinks, and local vendors and community groups, all on our green, scenic waterfront.

Registration is free, with a suggested donation of $5 to aid our year-round efforts to improve, promote, and teach safe and fun cycling in Jersey City.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and will open in early May online.

(Please note that, while we’d also LOVE you to click “Going” on this Facebook event page, to show everyone how huge this is going to be, that does NOT register you for the tour.)

More About the Ride

This year, the Tour will leave from Montgomery Street at Grove Street, right next to City Hall, rolling west on Montgomery to Jersey Avenue to Grand Street. From there, we’ll follow a route similar to last year’s, making a clockwise loop around the whole city back to Downtown. (We’ll post a map and a list of major streets shortly.)

But this year, we’ll press on to Liberty State Park and enter it via Johnston Avenue, and our Finish Line Festival will be held in the northeast corner of the park.

We’ll ride on streets (or sometimes on one side of a street) that are closed to motor-vehicle traffic by the Jersey City Police Department. Police officers on bikes and in motor vehicles will escort us throughout the ride.

Riders on their own bikes must be age 12 or older, and must wear helmets. (Younger children may be carried securely on an adult's bike in appropriate child seats, bakfiets buckets, trailers, tandems, etc.)

All riders must also be able to maintain a pace of approximately 10 mph for 15 miles. This is a fairly relaxed pace. We also take some short breaks to catch a breath to allow for smooth traffic control, and our one long break in Lincoln Park roughly at the halfway point, after the only steep uphill on the course (so you can just walk your bike up that hill if you want).

Please note that the Ward Tour is not timed and is not a race, in fact, we strictly limit the front of the tour to a maximum of 10 mph.

But we must also emphasize: You MUST be able to keep up with the tour, or we will have to ask you to cut your day short as police re-open the streets to motor traffic behind us. If you can’t continue, there will be at least one van to pick you up and take you to LSP, but if it is full or you become separated from our rearguard, you’ll have to find your way on your own.

We strongly recommend that you and everyone in your party do a least some bike riding in the weeks before the tour.

The tour rolls out at 11 a.m., but you will need to pick up an official tour bib before the start, 9:00–10:30 a.m.

We encourage you to dress up yourself and your bike colorfully!

Other Attractions:

Sirelo Entertainment’s Community Drum Circle will again give the riders a sendoff, approximately 10–11 a.m.; bring your favorite percussion instrument and join them!

Live bands: Just confirmed: Jersey favorites The NERDS close the show starting at 3:30!

Beer Garden by the folks from Raval

Gastro Alley (food trucks and vendors)

Horizon Wellness Village (health-oriented activities)

And more—we’ll announce more details right here as they’re confirmed!

Bike JC is a citizen-based advocacy organization that aims to make Jersey City streets welcoming for bicyclists, by promoting bike-friendly policies, including bike lanes; bicycle education; and traffic law enforcement.

We hope to see you June 5! With bike lanes already in use, new bike racks being installed all over, and a bike share system due to expand, this is shaping up to be another banner year for biking in Jersey City. Come celebrate with us!

P.S.: Want to help us make this tour great? We’re looking for volunteers to help out throughout the day of the tour, for early-morning setup, rider registration, marshals on the ride, festival events, and afternoon/evening teardown/cleanup. We also need volunteers to put up promotional posters before the tour, starting in early May.

VOLUNTEERS: PLEASE COME TO OUR VOLUNTEER MEETING, Wednesday, May 18, 7:30–9:30, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, in the Council Chambers. We'll discuss plans and assignments for the big day. We also should have posters and other promotional media for you to take back to your neighborhoods in the meantime. If you can't make this meeting, you can still volunteer, but please try to come!

The Jersey City Ward Tour is presented in partnership with the City of Jersey City, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs.

And we welcome our new principal sponsor, the HORIZON FOUNDATION FOR NEW JERSEY!
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Last Modified Wednesday May 18th, 2016
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