Back To Our Roots

Trenton Cycling Revolution bike tour celebrates 20th year with a return to its roots

For immediate release:
May 8th, 2016

Contact:
Wills Kinsley, Trenton Cycling Revolution, wills.kinsley@gmail.com

Trenton, NJ – Cycling enthusiasts in the Mid-Atlantic region will gather in the City of Trenton’s Franklin Park on Saturday, June 4th for Trenton’s 20th annual cycling tour, this year dedicated to the city’s significant trees.

From the London Planes of Quintin Avenue to the Gingkos of East Hanover St, the 2016 Tour de Trenton will take riders through the city’s parks and streets, featuring  interesting and notable trees along the route. The leisurely 15-mile ride will have a police escort and stops are planned in Trenton’s historic Riverview Cemetery and Cadwalader Park to learn about unique fauna at each location.

“The ride started as a tour of trees in Trenton 20 years ago, so we wanted to bring it back to its roots,” said Wills Kinsley, president of Trenton Cycling Revolution, the capital city’s cycling club that organizes the annual ride. “Trees make the city much more pleasant to live in and are silent observers of all the history here in town.”

The ride will begin at 9:15 a.m. in Franklin Park (Franklin St and Remsen Ave) with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. Free street parking is available adjacent to the park and residents are encouraged to bike over. There will be activities in the park before, during and after the ride, and a food truck on location.

Registration at the rate of $10 per adult and $5 per child under 18 is available at www.trentoncycling.org. Last-minute deciders may register at Franklin Park when check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the ride. Registration fees cover the ride, a tee-shirt for the first 150 registrants, and helps defray the cost of permits and insurance.

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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

 

 

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2013 Trenton Bike Tour Showcases Public Art


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

 

Contacts:

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.

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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.

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Bike Month in Trenton!

May is National Bike Month and we’re excited about some events happening right here in Trenton! Join us for any and all of the following:

Friday, May 2
First Friday Social Ride – “The Garden Tour”

Saturday, May 11
Unchained – The Art of the Bicycle, Art Opening at Artworks Trenton
UnChained


Monday, May 13 – Friday, May 17
Bike To Work Week

Friday, May 17
Brunch for Bikers
Celebrate bicycling in Trenton on Bike to Work Day  with
the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association & Trenton Cycling Revolution.
From 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, we will be giving out free snacks to bicyclists.
Just ride over to our table at the corner of Market Street and South Warren Street.

At 12 noon there will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bike lanes
on Warren and Market Streets, which were supported by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. Ride over, have some free snacks, and stick around to celebrate new bike lanes in Trenton!
Hope to see you there, on your bike!

Saturday, May 18 
2013 Trenton Bike Tour 
Trenton Bike Tour 2013 poster

After the Bike Tour, please join us for the Artworks Trenton, Trenton Cycling Revolution,
and SAGE Coalition free BBQ! Enjoy traditional barbeque fare, beverages, music by DJ
Ahmad, and BMX bike tricks by SAGE Coalition.

Saturday, May 18
Bikes & BBQ

Time: 12-4pm
Where: Artworks Trenton, 19 Everett Alley, across from the DMV on Stockton Street. 

 

 

We may be adding a few more events, and we hope you’ll join us for at least one!

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2012 Trenton Bike Tour Success

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2012 Trenton Bike Tour a great success. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces riding through the streets of our community on May 19! The Times of Trenton recently ran our opinion piece highlighting the event and some other bicycling initiatives.

Special thanks to our partner organization, the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County. Without their support and the efforts of the Keystone Club volunteers, the ride would not be nearly as successful. Knapp’s Cyclery and the Trenton Police Department deserve special recognition for the morning bike check and sag support. We were especially grateful for the returned presence of the Trenton Bike Cops! Thank you to Mama Yoga for leading our warm-up stretches in the morning, Leon Rainbow for designing our poster, Greater Mercer TMA for the helmets, Terhune Orchards for the discount on apples, New Millennium for the entertainment and Bethany House of Hospitality for the assistance at the rest stop! Thanks as well to TC Nelson and Trenton Social for hosting a delicious post-ride party, fender-blender and all.


Our steering committee does a bulk of the work, especially Trish, Dave, Jacque, Helen, Jim, Jaime, Don, Jeff, Jay, Joe, and Dave. This is a group effort and this group rocks!

And of course our sponsors who help make the whole thing possible: AAA, Capital Health, IslesShopRite, Pennington Ewing Athletic Club, Sun National Bank, and the Princeton Area Community Foundation, which selected the Trenton Bike Tour as an awardee for their 20th Anniversary celebration.

There are additional pictures posted on our TCR Facebook page.

To everyone else, even those we may not have listed, thanks for participating and please get in touch if you want to help plan 2013!

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Avid and Novice Cyclists Invited to Ride in 2012 Trenton Bike Tour

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Cyclists Invited to Take to the Streets in 2012 Trenton Bike Tour
Over 200 riders will tour historic city during 16th annual event

TRENTON, N.J. —Bicycle enthusiasts, families, kids, local neighbors and out-of-towners are invited to attend the 16th Annual Trenton Bike Tour through historic Trenton on Saturday, May 19, 2012, organized by local cycling advocacy group Trenton Cycling Revolution and partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County.

Beginning and ending at The 1719 William Trent House Museum, the bike tour will be a leisurely 15-mile, police-escorted ride through Trenton’s historic streets and sights, diverse neighborhoods and community gardens.

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. On Thursday, March 1, Trenton’s City Council passed one of the most comprehensive Complete Streets policies in the state of New Jersey. “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 new Complete Streets policy and maintaining a safe, healthy street system for all users,“ said Dan Fatton, chair of the Trenton Cycling Revolution.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Princeton Area Community Foundation, AAA, Capital Health, Isles, Saker Shop Rites, and Knapp’s Cyclery.

Notable tour highlights include South Riverwalk Park, Riverview Cemetery, War Memorial, New Jersey State House and a loop through Trenton’s crown jewel, the Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park.

Registration Information:
• Ticket costs are $10/Adults and $5/Children. The first 100 registered riders will receive a free t-shirt.
• Check-in begins at William Trent House Museum at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9:00 a.m.
• To purchase registration, visit www.trentoncycling.org or mail a check to the Trenton Cycling Revolution at PO Box 1155, Trenton, NJ 08611. If mailing a check, please indicate what type of registration you are purchasing.

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The Trenton Cycling Revolution is a local Trenton organization dedicated to creating a safe and healthy environment for bicyclists in the greater Trenton area through education, advocacy and promotion. For more information, visit www.trentoncycling.org.

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Over 200 Cyclists Help Promote Bike Safety and Celebrate Trenton at 2011 Annual Bike Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2011

CONTACT: Dan Fatton, Trenton Cycling Revolution, 908-303-4546, trentoncyclingrevolution@gmail.com

Riders line up in Cadwalader Park for 2011 Trenton Bike Tour

photo courtesy of: Ideal Image Consulting

TRENTON, N.J. — More than 200 people came to Trenton on Saturday morning to take to the streets and participate in the 15th Annual Trenton Bike Tour, organized by the local cycling advocacy group Trenton Cycling Revolution (TCR) and in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County.

Bicycle enthusiasts, families, kids, local residents and out-of-towners started the 15-mile leisurely ride in Trenton’s Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park, and continued on to tour the city’s historic streets and sights, diverse neighborhoods and community gardens.

Participants were escorted through the city intersections by the Trenton Police Department and toured notable sights such as the New Jersey State House, Trenton Battle Monument, and picturesque views from the D&R Canal tow path and newly completed East Coast Greenway “missing link” —which makes Canal Park a continuous 60-mile recreational path.

Rest Stop at Artworks

photo courtesy of: Ideal Image Consulting

Saturday’s ride also included a pit stop at Artworks, Trenton’s downtown visual arts center, which not only included snacks, refreshments and an opportunity to rest, but also entertainment provided by musician Billy Reiter. This year’s event was sponsored by a number of Trenton supporters including Shop Rite, AAA, Isles, East Coast Greenway and Knapp’s Cyclery.

As a part of National Bike Month and marking the culmination of National Bike to Work Week, the tour aims to not only highlight the city’s many tourist attractions, but also promote healthy lifestyles and raise awareness of bicycle safety throughout the region for avid, commuting and recreational bicyclists.

“We hope that great events like the Trenton Bike Tour will bring attention to just how important safe and complete streets are for everyone, especially residents riding their bikes through our great city,” said Dan Fatton, chair of TCR. “Trenton streets need to accommodate all users — bikers, pedestrians and drivers — because it is the right and fair thing to do for access, safety and economic development. Our city should follow the lead of Portland, Washington D.C. and New York City and be a model when it comes to being bike friendly.”

Riders leave for the second half of the tour

photo courtesy of: Ideal Image Consulting

The annual bike tour is just one of many efforts by TCR to promote safe streets for cyclists in Trenton. TCR most recently co-hosted a Breakfast for Bikers at the Trenton Transit Center on May 16 with the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association, with more than 40 people coming out to support more cycling and public transportation — and fewer cars on the road.

The Trenton Bike Tour was also part of “Let’s Move in May” an anti-obesity initiative in Trenton to get residents active. “Riding a bicycle or walking represents an affordable and convenient way to get around, particularly for short distances, and travel by bike or foot can help get your heart rate up. Despite an active bicycling community of those who commute via bike and recreational riders, Trenton has alarming rates of obesity. Events like the Trenton Bike Tour can encourage people to make healthy choices,” said Fatton.

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Cyclists Invited to Take to the Streets in 2011 Trenton Bike Tour

TRENTON, N.J. —Bicycle enthusiasts, families, kids, local neighbors and out-of-towners are invited to attend the 15th Annual Trenton Bike Tour through historic Trenton on Saturday, May 21, 2011, organized by local cycling advocacy group Trenton Cycling Revolution and partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County.

Beginning and ending in Trenton’s crown jewel, the Olmsted-designed Cadwalader Park, the bike tour will be a leisurely 15-mile, police-escorted ride through Trenton’s historic streets and sights, diverse neighborhoods and community gardens.  The ride also includes a pit stop at Artworks, complete with snacks and entertainment.

Trenton Bike Tour

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.

This year’s event is sponsored by a number of Trenton supporters including Shop Rite, AAA, Isles, East Coast Greenway and Capital Health.

Notable sights on the tour include: Revolutionary War Trenton Barracks, War Memorial, New Jersey State House, Battle Monument, and views from the D&R Canal tow path and East Coast Greenway path.

Registration Information:
Ticket costs are $10/Adults and $5/Children. The first 100 registered riders will receive a free t-shirt.
Check-in begins at Cadwalader Park at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9:00 a.m.

To purchase register, visit www.trentoncycling.org or mail a check to the Trenton Cycling Revolution at PO Box 1155, Trenton, NJ 08611. If mailing a check, please indicate what type of registration you are purchasing.

Members of the media are welcomed and encouraged to attend! Please contact Dan Fatton at the information listed above to learn more or schedule an interview with Trenton Cycling Revolution leadership and past participants.

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The Trenton Cycling Revolution is a local Trenton organization dedicated to creating a safe and healthy environment for bicyclists in the greater Trenton area through education, advocacy and promotion. For more information, visit www.trentoncycling.org.

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2010 Trenton Bike Tour

The following post was guest blogged by Trenton resident, Earl Tutt.

Riders at morning registration

While most of us slept late Saturday morning, they were up early ready for this date. They came from far and near, from all walks of life, various ages and ridings skills . . . . . .  strangers until this day. Like legendary Robin Hood’s merry men, they quietly (at first) gathered among the trees of Caldwalader Park eager for their leader to give them instructions. They had but one banner, but so many brilliant colours that it rivaled the flowers all around them.   The surrounding neighborhood on the outskirts of the park were curious about all this flurry of activity, as were the passersby in cars as they slowed down almost to a crawl. Some wondered, was this a concert like years long ago, or perhaps a huge family picnic. Little did they know they were right, at least on one account. This indeed a family . . . . . a family a bicycle enthusiasts anxious and eager to get started on nearly every imaginable cycles, gears and related items.

While the TCR crew fastidiously made certain that all was ready and accountable for many eyes kept searching for  . . . . . . .  Strangers never more after this day, these happy faces proudly displayed their bicycles as one would show off their newest Arabian horse. In different pockets one could hear them boasting of the Mercuric-like speed of their bicycle, the strength of the metal that was ultra lightweight, others proudly paraded their modified bike, while others introduced immodestly yet even stranger contraptions that was still a cycle!

Finally, a loud, boisterous and jovial voice boomed over the throng causing this crowd to respond in such an uproar, that the sleepy heads across from the park were now fully awakened. Behind his green tinted protective glasses, there was a huge twinkle in his eyes of approval that was accented by his devilish and boyish grin. This was Matt Rawls, the “Pied Piper” of the group. He had already checked in and now strutted down the fairway rallying this massive throng of at least five hundred challenging, not asking, were they ready?!! Like tossed caps at a college graduation, their voices rose high above even the tallest tree! Leaning forward with clinched fists as if against a gust of wind, he once more trumpeted the same question, “ARE YOU READY!!!” They again responded, but even louder than before. Still in that same good natured Errol Flynn swashbuckler’s manner, he now demanded to know where were his police escorts so they could get started. Now, you could feel the excitement swell to an almost feverish pitch, but the voices of the un-sung heroes reminded the riders of their helmets, to get their bicycles tires checked before they left, to make sure their water bottles were filled. I don’t know their names, but I always remember the faces of those un-named who contributed to ensure that this tour, this rally would go off without a hitch. Their assignments were made in advance and were flawlessly carried out to make this a success!!

Finally, our cameras turned away from the crowd to see where they were looking. At last the police escorts had arrived. In a profusion of every color in the rainbows, the starting line was a blur against a sea of smiling faces. Then, they were gone. Red and black combinations, tuxedo with bow tie mocked shirts, colours reflected previous rides, regular bikes, extremely expensive bikes, tandems and un-imaginable bicycles flowed past me and other photographers in a procession that the city of Trenton has rarely, if ever seen before.

Slowly my friend and I, along with a cadre of supportive friends and family of the cyclists, wandered back to our cars and out of the park. Curiosity did seize my steering wheel however, because I found myself on the outer edge of the park watching the serpentine of riders snake their way along the tow path into Ewing, past the Country Club along Sullivan Way. Sure enough, Trenton’s finest had stopped traffic and were escorting the cyclists down Sullivan’s Way and across Rt 29 onto the neighborhood called The Island. Traffic was stopped in all directions by the police as the cyclist whizzed past the mounting line of vehicles. Even the most annoyed driver had to be filled with wonder and admiration for the strength in numbers of so many bicycle enthusiasts. Most had no idea that such a thing did exist in the area. Finally from my rear view mirror, I could see the flashing lights of the police escorts bringing up the rear. Still curious, I shadowed this parade of sorts as they rode along the River in Stacy Park until I saw them cross over on the overpass above 29 and head for W. State Street towards town. Knowing the route, I raced ahead of the group on Calhoun, stopping to let the cute female officer know that the bikes were on my heels, then headed up the alley parallel to State Street where a huge protest was starting to build in numbers. Finally, after spotting them in a few more places (downtown Willow Street among the many). I headed back home.

Although I haven’t ridden a bike since me and Ben Franklin it seems, I felt a sense of pride at what they were accomplishing. I am sure where ever they were spotted, the people also felt a since of pride and awe. A parade of that many riders meandering in and out of the city had to be an amazing site. Like the circus, but better, this was for the young and the old to be excited about. There were no fire engines blaring their lights and siren, no street cleaners to sweep and wash away any confetti, nor were there any bleachers or review stands covered by the press and news cameras or any city officials, but maybe one day !! It was worthy of such coverage in many people’s mind and in my heart. Well done TRENTON CYCLING REVOLUTION.

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Happy Earth Day!

Hopefully you got to celebrate Earth Day by riding your bike. As I wrote over at Garden State Smart Growth, 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.

Riding your bike requires no gas, emits no carbon and creates no chemical run-off. If you didn’t have a chance to ride your bike today, start this weekend. Or join us on Saturday, May 22 at the 14th annual Trenton Bike Tour!

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