Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pedaling For Prevention Bike Tour

From The Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation: They are hosting their Fourth Annual Pedaling for Prevention Bike Tour on Sunday, June 13th. There's a 40, 25, and 10 mile ride. More information is available at:

The Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation supports the education, prevention, and patient assistance programs at The Burn Center, New Jersey’s only certified burn treatment facility.

If anyone goes, please post about it here!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today's Ride Cancelled - 4/25/10, Noon

See you at the Tweed Ride, riding in dapper style along the route of the Historic Montrose House Tour, 10 AM, May 15th, Meet-up: Mountain Station, South Orange.
They've done ém in D.C., in London, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. Don a pair of gloves, a vest, a scarf, a tweed jacket, and come along!

May 16th, is the kick-off for Bike To Work Week - Ride with Village President Doug Newman and Maplewood Deputy Mayor Fred Profeta and see the bike-friendly sites of our towns. 10 AM - Meet-up - Baird Center, S.O.
Need a quick tune-up? Stop by the South Orange Public Library Parking Lot from 1-3 PM, where Tom Reingold will be giving free repairs. And buy a book -it's the library's annual book sale.

Friday, April 23, 2010

South Orange Police Department Bike Auction

South Orange Police Department will be conducting its Annual Bicycle Auction:

When: May 8, 2010

Where: South Orange Police Headquarters
201 South Orange Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079
Rear Parking Lot & Garage

Time: 930 AM Rain or Shine

Preview : 9 AM

Auction is Open to One and All!!!
All bicycle Sold in "as is" condition
Payment must be made at time of sale

Need air in your tires? A brake adjustment? Roll on down the street to SOMbike's free bike repairs stand on South Orange Ave. and Sloan, next to Dunkin'Donuts, from 10 AM -2 PM,
May 8th. (Raindate: May 9th), or if you're in Maplewood, in front of Bank Of America, May 8th, from 11-1.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day on Two Wheels

Celebrate Earth Day on
Two Wheels ... or Two Feet

The estimated number of bicycle commuters in New Jersey is approximately 12,000, or 0.3 percent, according to the 2005-2007 American Community Survey. An estimated 3.4 percent of New Jerseyans walk to work.

New Jersey ranks third to last in per-capita spending of federal transportation dollars on bicycle and pedestrian projects, according to the T4America campaign.

Transportation represents the largest, and fastest-growing, segment of New Jersey's carbon footprint at 35 percent, compared to a national average of 26 percent.

Air pollution and carbon emissions from riding a bicycle or walking = zero.
Federal, State Policies Should Encourage Biking, Walking
As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, one easy way to reduce our ecological footprint is to change our travel behavior. Riding a bicycle or walking represents an affordable and convenient way to get around, particularly for short distances, and travel by bike or foot is eco-friendly.

The 2001 National Household Travel Survey reported that 48 percent of trips taken in metropolitan areas are for distances of less than three miles, and 28 percent for less than one mile. Yet despite these ideal biking/walking distances, the survey found that 65 percent of trips less than one mile are taken by car.

As New Jersey strives to reduce emissions from the transportation sector in order to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, turning these short auto trips into a walk or a bike ride would be a good place to start. During the 2009 gubernatorial campaign, then-candidate and now-Governor Chris Christie, in response to New Jersey Future's Smart Growth Questionnaire, suggested, "New Jersey will decrease its dependence on automobiles only if we provide a meaningful alternative."

New Jersey ranks third among states in the percentage of households not owning a vehicle (11.4 percent) and fourth for households owning either one or zero vehicles (45.1 percent). Yet, since 1970, vehicle miles traveled in New Jersey has increased at a rate four times faster than the state's population-thanks in large part to the sprawling, auto-dependent development that has prevailed in recent decades. This increase has helped make transportation the largest, and fastest-growing, contributor to the state's overall carbon footprint.

With these numbers in mind, it makes sense to encourage pedestrian and bicycle behavior by constructing safe roads and routes that accommodate all users. As an advocate for "Complete Streets", New Jersey Future was encouraged when former Department of Transportation Commissioner Stephen Dilts signed a statewide policy last fall.

From 2005-2008, just 0.5 percent of New Jersey's total federal transportation funding was spent on pedestrian and bicycle projects. A recent Transportation for America national survey, revealed overwhelming support (82 percent) for improving public transportation, including trains and buses, to make it easier to walk, bike and reduce traffic congestion. These numbers support U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's recent promise to end preferential treatment of motorized transportation and the resulting federal policy change.

National Bike Month is coming up in May and many regions, companies and communities will participate in Bike to Work Week events. But why wait another month? Start biking today; reduce your carbon footprint, improve your health and save money by continuing to do so in the future.

And for those trips that must be taken by car, please watch for cyclists. Contrary to conventional wisdom, bicyclists have the right to share the road and in New Jersey, you are legally obligated to give them 3 feet of space. Ride safely!

If you have any questions about this issue of Future Facts, please contact Dan Fatton, Outreach and Development Director, at

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting Around High Bike Rentals When Traveling and Other Cost Saving Tips

 Matt Gross, who writes The Frugal Traveler in the NYT's, devotes today's column to alternatives to expensive bike rentals when you're traveling. The comments after the article have great tips, too, about getting ahold of bikes in countries all over the world.
Here's the link.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Evan Fox's Mitzvah Project: Pedals for Progress

My name is Evan Fox and I am a seventh grader at South Orange Middle School. For my bar mitzvah I will be doing a mitzvah project. I have decided to work with Pedals for Progress to collect used bicycles to be shipped over to developing countries. This way, people in developing countries have a way to get around. Many new jobs are opened with bikes. People can sell things using these bikes; they can use them to get their goods to markets. They can also use them to get around and they can use them to commute to their jobs. By donating your bikes we are keeping them out of landfills so it not only helps people but also the environment. I am sponsoring a used bike collection. 
The bike drive will be at 12:30 PM -3:30 PM on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Oheb Shalom Congregation which is at 170 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ 07079. I hope you will bring your used bikes on April 25th. If you can we would like to have a 10 dollar donation with every bike to help pay for shipping costs. 
Email or call 973-762-3576 for more information. Thank you and I hope you bring a bike.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Beautiful Day For Community Bike Rides

Bottom photo - End of the April 11th SOMbike Family ride, after a nice cruise through Montrose and West Montrose neighborhoods.
Here's some of the approximately 30 folks from South Orange and Maplewood that attended the seven mile Cherry Blossom Ride in Branch Brook Park. A beautiful day for a ride!
Top photos - The Cherry Blossom ride included traversing narrow bridges, forests with fallen trees, abandoned train tracks, and roads filled with camera-snapping tourists viewing what's called the largest collection of cherry trees in the United States. About 200 people attended the ride, which was organized by the Brick City Bicycle Coalition in Newark.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Invitation to Cherry Blossom Ride From Newark's Brick City Bike Collective

Note: SOMbike is having a ride on the morning of April 11th. Meeting up at the Baird. This will be a short 4-5 mile ride, a warm-up for what follows.
Hey neighbors! Come see the surprising beauty of NJ's largest city!

Please join the Brick City Bike Collective and many visitors as we tour
Branchbrook Park's spectacular display of cherry blossoms at their peak.

April 11

Newark's Branchbrook Park is famous for it's cherry trees and Cherry Blossom Festival. This year the actual Cherry Blossom Festival is on the 18th but we will be taking the tour on the much less crowded Sunday before which we estimate to be the peak day for blossoms. See photos here.

The tour will be about 7 miles in length and last maybe 1.5 hours. This is not a race, it is a leisurely tour on a route that takes in the park, some surrounding neighborhoods, notable and historic architecture, lakes, fountains and the largest display of cherry trees east of Kyoto. This free tour is an easy, enjoyable ride for any age group. Because of surface changes we recommend you bring your bike with heartier tires.   
Meet at 1pm across from the fountain in the park's southernmost lake.

You can park anywhere in the park. There is a running race in the park that morning but southern park gates should open for car traffic by 11am or so. The park is easily accessible from the parkway, Turnpike, I-280, Bloomfield Avenue or Route 21. It's also very near NJ Transit Newark Broad Street Station, and an easy trek from Newark Penn Station.

If you have any questions please contact Tim at If you want to print out a tour poster to post around your office or town, or forward it to friends, find a variety of sizes here:

Hope to see you there!

Tim Sullivan
Brick City Bike Collective - BCBC for a bicycle friendly Newark