Calling All Cyclists! – Register today for our Bike Tour of Ewing

Summer vacations are receding in the rearview mirror, the kids are back in school, and Fall is within 2 weeks.  What better time to revive yourself by registering for Ewing’s bike tour taking place Saturday morn Sept. 24th?  The team has just ordered the tee-shirts, and soon you will see some signage at entrances to our parks.

By going to ewinggreenteam.org/ewingfallspin you can learn all about our plans for this year’s ride. In addition to the classical printable registration form, the Ewing Recreation Department has introduced a PayPal-like system allowing online registration for an additional $3 fee.  Also, check out our route map for ride specifics along with the cue sheet with turn by turn directions that will be handed out to the cyclists.

Meet at John S. Watson Park and enjoy a leisurely tour of the township.  The ride will occur in two consecutive stages.  The first highlights our eastern section.  The second for more ambitious riders continues on and highlights our western section.  The cost is $15 for registrations prior to September 17th and $20 after to cover the cost of tee-shirts.  Registrations online [honored up until 2 pm on Friday the 23rd] also incur a $3 fee.  Tee-shirts are on order for the first 80 registrants.  So join our 2nd Annual Ewing Fall Spin, as we promote healthy lifestyles, raise awareness of bicycle safety and promote a more bikeable Ewing.

Date: September 24th (Rain or shine).
Meet Up: 8 a.m.  at John S. Watson Park (formerly Rambling Creek Park) off Upper Ferry Road
Parking: Behind Fisher Middle School.  Use the foot-bridge to walk your bike over to Watson Park
Ride Starts/Mileage:

  • Stage 1( shorter) –  9:00 AM   [10 miles]
  • Stage 2 (longer)- on completion of Stage 1  [14 additional miles]
  • Total Ride miles – 24 miles

Police Escort:  The Ewing police will once again escort us through intersections.
SAG Support: Knapps’ Cyclery

Registration:

  • Online:
    Create a User account (a one-time requirement for all Ewing programs) and fill out all required information including.  An additional $3 fee covers processing costs.  Do not use this system if you are being comped for the ride.
  • In Person:
    Register and pay at the ESCC Recreation Department Office, 999 Lower Ferry Road.
  • Phone in registration by Credit Card
    Call  609-883-1776 Ext. 2
  • By mail
    Fill out the registration form and mail it along with your check made out to the Ewing Twp. Recreation Department to:
Ted Forst (Director)
Ewing Recreation Department
Ewing Senior and Community Center
999 Lower Ferry Road
Ewing, NJ 08628

Registration and payment must be received by Saturday, September 17 for the $15 rate.

Both stages are totally within Ewing and include:

  • John S. Watson Park – Start & end. Newly enlarged and being upgraded
  • Drake Farm Park – Stage 1 rest stop features the Temple-Ryan House, home of the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society
  • Armstrong Park and the Ewing Community Gardens at Sherbrook Park – ride-bys
  • Johnson Trolley Rail to Trail, historic bed of the high speed trolley run by Trenton-Princeton Traction Company 1901-1940.  Upgraded by Ewing staff with bridge repainted by the Ewing Environmental Commission.
  • Banchoff Park – Stage 2 rest stop includes picnic grove, walking paths, tennis.

The ride map is provided on our webpage as well as turn by turn directions are on our Cue sheet.
Our thanks to the sponsors who have offered their support to this, our 2nd Ewing Fall Spin.

New Jersey Maufacturers Insurance Group
Greene 750 @ Bear Tavern
Sonic 
Knapp’s Cyclery
Money Management Associates
Shop Rite
FMC
Horizon Audiology, Inc
Salerno’s III
RJ’s  Bagels
Philly Pretzel Factory (Ewing)

Register Today for Our 2nd Annual Bike Tour of Ewing

Our 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.)

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.)

Come Walk/Bike With Us

New! Bi-Weekly trail meet-ups  starting July 9th

The Mercer County area is filled with wonderful places to walk, bike and hike and we invite you to  join Ewing’s Green Team and Environmental Commission for a casual bike ride and/or walk bi-weekly beginning Saturday, July 9th.  Our newly formed independent walking/hiking/biking club will meet to explore local and regional trails, enjoy nature, get a little exercise (at your own pace) and just have some fun.  It is open to everyone.

Each meet-up will begin at the trail site. Then we’ll head out and use the trail together. Kids are welcome with an adult. Helmets are required for those biking the trail.  We love dogs so they are definitely welcome, on a leash.  Bring what you’ll need, such as:

  • comfortable walking shoes
  • an umbrella or light rain jacket
  • insect repellant (?)
  • bicycle
  • helmet
  • water bottle
  • dog-poop bags, etc.

Schedule

The full schedule of planned meet-ups will be published shortly.  The first expedition is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 7:00 a.m. starting at the Brearley House, a historic Georgian brick house built in 1761 in Lawrenceville.  We will walk north on the canal.

Directions

Take I95 to exit 8 for Princeton Pike Rd. north, go about a quarter-mile and take a right turn onto Meadow Rd. and go about an eighth of a mile to the end to Brearley House.

The second event is planned for July 23 at 7:30 a.m. at Baldpate Mountain. We will meet at the parking lot off Pleasant Valley Rd. entrance and then enjoy a moderate hike.  Baldpate is the highest point in Mercer and affords an excellent view of the river and the City of Trenton.

Directions

Take Rte. 31 North from Ewing (abt. 2 miles from I95- Rte. 31 interchange).  Then make a left turn onto Pennington Harbourton Road (approximately three miles).  Continue on to Pleasant Valley Road for about 1.2 mi.

Use your best judgment in case of inclement weather. Summer events will begin at 7:30 a.m. to avoid the heat. *Note: Once the cooler fall weather begins we’ll look into switching the time frame to a slightly later start time, depending on interest.

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!