Cyclists Take to the Streets in 2013 Trenton Art Bike Tour
More than 200 riders tour historic city during 17th annual event
For immediate release:
May 18, 2013
Dan Fatton, Trenton Cycling Revolution, 908-303-4546
Lynn Lemere, Artworks Trenton, 609-394-9436
Trenton, NJ – More than 200 bicycle enthusiasts, families, kids, local neighbors and out-of-towners joined the 17th Annual Trenton Bike Tour through historic Trenton on Saturday, May 18, 2013, organized by local cycling advocacy group Trenton Cycling Revolution in partnership with Artworks Trenton.
Beginning and ending in beautiful Cadwalader Park, the bike tour was a leisurely 14-mile, police-escorted ride through Trenton’s historic streets and diverse neighborhoods, showcasing public art, including murals, sculptures and architecture. As a part of National Bike Month, the tour aims to highlight the tourist attractions of the city, promote healthy lifestyles, and raise awareness of bicycle safety throughout the region for avid, commuting and recreational bicyclists.
According to Smart Growth America’s 2012 ranking, Trenton’s City Council passed the 8th best Complete Streets policy in the nation last March. “The Trenton Bike Tour provides a great opportunity to see our city’s hidden gems. It is also a chance to demonstrate the importance of our vision for Trenton: a safe, healthy city with streets built for all users, keeping with our nationally ranked Complete Streets policy,“ said Dan Fatton, chair of the Trenton Cycling Revolution.
“We believe that art has the power to transform a community when it becomes an integral part of the culture and the lives of its residents. When community organizations collaborate together, it creates an even richer and more powerful experience,” said Lynn Lemyre, Executive Director of Artworks.
This year’s event is sponsored by: AAA, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, City Works, Isles, Saker Shop Rites, and Thomas Edison State College. Additional support is offered by Knapp’s Cyclery. Pennington-Ewing Athletic Club, SAGE Coalition and the YMCA of Trenton.
Notable tour highlights included a rest stop at Artworks, Terracycle’s graffiti space, South Riverwalk Park, the War Memorial, New Jersey State House and a loop through Trenton’s crown jewel, the Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park.
After the ride, Artworks Trenton hosted a free BBQ with traditional barbecue fare, beverages, music by DJ Ahmad, BMX bike tricks by SAGE Coalition and Unchained: a bike art exhibit, which will run through June 13.
Trenton Cycling Revolution is a local Trenton organization dedicated to creating a safe and healthy environment for bicyclists and pedestrians in the greater Trenton area through education, advocacy and promotion. www.trentoncycling.org
Artworks, Trenton’s visual arts center; connecting community, culture and creativity through the arts. Artworks is located at 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, NJ 08611. Phone: 609-394-9436. Gallery hours: Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.artworkstrenton.org.
Click here for the 2013 Trenton Bike Tour Press Release in pdf format.