The Division of Recreation Cycling Club in Bayonne will offer a free Youth Bike Safety Instruction class before each ride.
Instruction will take place at 8:30 a.m. before the start of the Cycling Club by Boris Leonardini, a licensed League Cycling Instructor and Bicycle Mechanic.
The club, open to Bayonne residents, will meet the first and third Sundays of the month from August to November, at 9 a.m. at Stephen Gregg Park, near 48th Street at the lower level.
“We encourage everyone, children, teens, adults, friends and families, to come as a community and enjoy a pressure-free ride through Bayonne’s beautiful park,” said Pete Amadeo, Supervisor of Recreation.
A different course will be determined each session.
Riding with the police
The Bayonne Police Department will be riding each week with the club. The Community Oriented Police recently received 12 new official bicycles.
“The Bayonne Police Department is excited to partner with the Bayonne Division of Recreation on the launch of the new cycling club,” said Bayonne Chief of Police Robert Geisler.
“The Bayonne Police Department has recently expanded our Community Oriented Bicycle Patrols, and this partnership will allow us to utilize these officers to benefit the cycling club and provide safety and security to the club on their rides. I would like to thank Pete Amadeo for including us in the new endeavor.”
Participants must wear helmets while riding. Beginners and experienced riders of all ages are welcome.
“We are very excited for this new program to begin,” Mayor James Davis said. “Bicycle riding is a great activity, and we are thrilled for the new opportunity for Bayonne. I look forward to riding with everyone!”
Social distancing will be encouraged at all times. Riders must wear cloth face coverings when social distancing of six feet between individuals or assigned groups cannot be maintained. This applies to all cyclists except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, per the New Jersey Department of Health, or when an individual is in extreme heat.
Residents can register at city hall from Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They may also register the morning of each ride at the park.
For more information, call Pete Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM.
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