JERSEY CITY – Bike JC announces its fourth annual Jersey City Ward Tour, a fifteen-mile group bike ride through all six wards of Jersey City, will take place on June 2. The tour starts and finishes at Exchange Place, leaving at 11 a.m. Registration is required and is free online at bikejc.org.
The Tour starts downtown and travels up Montgomery to Grand Street, heading south on Garfield Ave in Greenville, where it hooks back north via Danforth and Mallory to Lincoln Park. Exiting the park, it heads north along Kennedy Blvd to North Street and Palisade Avenues in the Heights, eventually coming down Newark Ave and Seventh Street to end up back downtown and finish at Exchange Place.
The After Tour festival features food and beer, live music, and a nonprofit showcase. Riders and non-riders alike are invited to Exchange Place from 1-5 p.m. on June 2 (rain date June 9). The After Tour will also debut the guidelines for its Bike Rack Design Competition, held in collaboration with the Jersey City Art School and the City of Jersey City. The Jersey City Art School will host a table with materials to design a rack on the spot. The winning design will be manufactured and used on the streets of Jersey City.
For those riders with energy to spare, the After Tour will also host Gold Sprint Races, in which cyclists on stationary bikes compete against each other in front of spectators. A computer tracks speeds and wins within brackets (much like basketball) until an ultimate winner emerges.
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. The Jersey City Ward Tour (JCWT) brings together recreational, experienced, and new urban cyclists on a festive group ride.
Riders must be 10 and up to participate and must wear helmets. Riders should try to leave any bags at home and carry necessities on themselves and their bicycles; all bags are subject to search.