Save the Date – 2nd Annual Ewing Fall Spin September 24th

fallspinlogo2Our Ewing 2016 2nd Annual Fall Spin’s compact team is starting to gear down and pedal uphill more earnestly. Won’t you join our tour?  The date is Saturday, September 24th and we will ride out from and return to John S. Watson Park (off of Upper Ferry Road) and tour of a number of a number of Ewing Parks.

Comparing last year’s ride to this year’s: We have scheduled earlier, for a likelier warmer date of the first Saturday of Fall, September 24. We are offering all cyclists a 10-mile Stage 1, followed by a more vigorous 14-mile Stage 2 for more fit cyclists. Both stages incorporate this year’s theme of Parks and Paths. We will be affixing commercial arrows to street surfaces. Additional information, including the exact route) is available at ewinggreenteam.org/ewingfallspin.

The Ride is restricted to participants ages 18 and up and pre-registration is required to guarantee a tee-shirt. The cost is $15 (for registrations received prior to September 17th) to cover the cost of tee-shirts. Registrations received after the 17th; including the day of the ride, cost $20. We will attempt to provide tee-shirts for late registrants but they may not be received in time for the ride.

So register today for our 2nd Annual Ewing Fall Spin as we work to raise awareness of bicycle safety and promote healthy lifestyles and a more bike friendly town.

Pete Boughton, 609-313-5021 c
Ewing 2016 Fall Spin CoChair

Date: September 24th (Rain or shine) in case of really inclement weather and the event has to be cancelled, we will try to contact you by phone and/or email (so please print legibly on the registration form).
Meet Up: 8 a.m.  At John S. Watson Park (formerly Rambling Creek Park), off of Upper Ferry Road
Ride Starts: Promptly at 9 a.m.
Cost: $15 per person (includes a free tee shirt if your registration is received by September 17th.)  $20 per person if received after September 17th.
Registration: You may register and pay online or in person at the ESCC Recreation Department Office (or by phone with a credit card) or mail the filled out the registration form along with your check made out to the Ewing Twp. Recreation Department to:

Ted Forst (Director)
Ewing Recreation Department
999 Upper Ferry Road
Ewing, NJ 08628

Registrations and payment must be received by Saturday, September 17th to be eligible for the $15 rate.

The Ewing police will escort us through intersections.

Standard safety gear (helmets) and road compliant bicycles required. (Specific rules will be forthcoming.)

Ewing Fall Spin Retrospective

by Pete Boughton

With our 2015 Ewing Fall Spin successful in many ways, a rear-view mirror look-back is in order. Our biking advocacy team engendered a lot of positives on October 24 for which we are relieved and pleased and proud. About 4 dozen rode, vs the 2-3 dozen predicted. The foliage was gorgeous, the talks informative, the rest stop convivial, police and sag support effective, college student volunteers helpful, the Mayor’s kind words appreciated, the ride map, turn sheet and route arrows effective, and sponsorship wide-ranging.

We did dig out a few lessons learned as we plan for Fall 2016, such as firmer budget projections, resolving insurance issues and firming up the route earlier so as to more fully inform potential sponsors and cyclists . We will also ask those who cycled with us for helpful feedback.

The 2016 Fall Spin will be opened for initial planning first on Tuesday January 26th, 2016 at 7 pm at the ESCC, a meeting to which any cycling advocates will be heartily welcomed. From that point forward we will be progressively examining several activities expected in Ewing that will influence our second tour. Among these will be the expected pace of construction on the TCNJ campus and Campus Town, as well as the GM and Naval sites. Will Ewing resume a Community Fest partnership with TCNJ from which we might launch the tour, and if so, on what date? If not, what other event might we combine with? How can we meld in a true youth or family biking-related event such as a safety town or a mini-ride apart from the adult tour?

As you finish reading this, please consider reaching out with your interest, experience and advocacy by email to ewinggreenteam@gmail.com to help us create an even better second bike tour in Ewing!

Upcoming Events You Shouldn’t Miss!

Special Events Planned for Next Week

The last week of October is a busy week.  Check out these local events to help you on your path to a more sustainable life.  From plastic pollution to organic waste practices in our county, and bike advocacy in town, there is something for everyone.

BAG IT – Is Your Life Too Plastic?

Film and Discussion 

Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The College of New Jersey Library Auditorium (Basement)
Parking:  See Parking Map.
Cost: Only 2 hours or so of your time

Join the Ewing Green Team for an award winning film and discussion about plastic pollution from single use plastic bags and our disposable lifestyles.  Moderated by Noemi de la Puente, founder and organizer of the grass roots organization, njthinkoutsidethebag.

This screening is part of an ongoing effort to educate Mercer County residents about how they can be part of the solution before they vote on November 4^th on a nonbinding referendum to support a 5¢ fee on single use plastic bags.

An Environmental Insights offering, a series of films, discussions and speakers brought to you by the  Ewing Green Team, designed to engage Ewing residents in a public conversation about critical environmental issues and to spark new ideas concerning sustainability.


If It Grows, It Goes…

All you need to know about organic waste recycling

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014  foodwaste-istock
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location:  Dempster Fire Academy Auditorium, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Cost: Free and open to the public
Pre-registration requested

Organic waste is a part of our everyday lives.  We can’t help but encounter it every time we eat, tend to our yards, or many other daily chores.

That’s why we’re breaking it down for you.  County Executive Brian Hughes will offer opening remarks and a panel of experts will explain what organic waste is, where it goes and what happens in the recycling process. Panelists will present local success stories and how you can bring this program to your town.

The Curbside Organics Program is already in place in Princeton and is currently under contract in Lawrence and Hopewell. Other municipalities in Mercer are looking to join in the near future.

Organic waste recycling is an easy way to make a HUGE impact through small actions.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about it, while networking with other like-minded individuals from throughout the region.

Hosted by Sustainable Jersey, sustainability organizations from Princeton, Lawrence, Hopewell, Ewing, West Windsor and The Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability.

For more info or to register, click here    |    Download the flier   | Driving directions

*Light refreshments will be served.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.*


Bike Ewing!

Join Our New Bike Advocacy Group

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014  bikeewing
Time: 7 pm
Location: The College of New Jersey, Social Sciences Building Room 241
Parking:  See Parking Map.

The Ewing Green Team announces the launch of a NEW Ewing Bike Advocacy Group and invites you to join with us to promote a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly community.  The 2nd meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30th.

Monthly meetings, goal setting, and other startup activities are in the planning stages.

For more information call Mark at 609- 802- 6798.