Registration opens soon! Much more info from the Bike JC event page on Facebook below. The only big change from last year is that the finish line and festival will be the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza:
COME RIDE ALL OVER THIS TOWN WITH US!
Bike JC’s 8th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour will roll Sunday, June 4, 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 as we did last year, but the tour will end at the bike-friendly Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, where you can enjoy our equally great Finish-Line Festival all afternoon, featuring live music, food and drinks, and local community groups.
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 soon online. We’ll announce it right here in this event post, and in about a dozen other ways.
(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, like last year, the Tour will leave from Montgomery Street at Grove Street, right next to City Hall (280 Grove St.), and 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 finish at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza and take it over! Our Finish-Line Festival will be held right there on the plaza, with live music and local community groups. Food and drink will be available on the plaza itself, as well as at all the restaurants and bars along the plaza.
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. Officers on bikes and in motor vehicles will escort us throughout the ride.
Riders 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, etc.)
All riders must also be able to maintain a pace of approximately 10 mph for 15 miles. This is a fairly relaxed pace for an adult who bikes even occasionally. We also take some short breaks to catch a breath and 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 RIDE 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 the Pedestrian Plaza, 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!
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 4! With protected bike lanes on the horizon, 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 distribute promotional postcards and put up promotional posters before the tour. You can sign up to volunteer here: http://www.bikejc.org/ward-tour/volunteer
The Jersey City Ward Tour is presented by Bike JC in partnership with the the City of Jersey City, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, and through the generosity of our sponsors.