Thursday, August 20, 2015

mass transit, mass media

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition Executive Director Cyndi Steiner testified
last Monday before the New Jersey Senate Legislative Oversight Committee during a hearing
intended to identify challenges facing the state's transit system. 

In her testimony, Steiner emphasized the integration of biking and walking as a first-mile/last
mile solution that provides a cost-effective way to improving New Jersey's overburdened, 
cash-strapped mass transportation system both now and in the future.

Read the entire article here.    I happened to be channel surfing and came across this:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

event: Super Moon bike ride at Lawrence-Hopwell Trail, night of Saturday Aug. 29

After the sun sets on Saturday, August 29, a full moon will provide illumination as bicyclists ride along Rosedale Lake, through meadows and under the tree canopy in wooded sections of Mercer Meadows in Hopewell Township. They will be participating in the second annual Super Moon Bike Ride at Mercer Meadows, sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) and Mercer County Park Commission. 

All riders aged 12 and up are invited to participate in the six-mile loop along the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, the Maidenhead Trail and the Twin Pines Trail. The ride, expected to take about 45 minutes, is free to all, although donations are greatly appreciated. Advanced registration for every rider in the family is highly recommended at

For an interesting recap of the initial Super Moon ride a year ago, check
out this 5-minute video feature by photographer and LHT trustee Cie Stroud. 

In the video, the talking heads include Peter Kremer of Parsons Brinckerhoff
(bike master plan consultants), Michael Grey, co-owner of Sourland Cycles
in Hopewell, and Eleanor Horne, co-president of the LHT.

Related video, also by Cie Stroud. PS have you ridden on the LHT yet ? Try it !

Who else is in the news re: bike to work ?   

      The Green Bay Packers continued their famous training camp tradition of
      allowing kids to lend them bicycles, for riding to/from the practice field. 
      Jumping into the act, an insurance company has sponsored The Dream Fleet
      of customized sidecar-equipped bikes for "The DreamDrive".  SlideshowVideo

More local news re: riding around in the dark

        As part of a multi-month bicycle safety initiative, East Windsor Township is launching 
         "Bike at Night — Use a Light", on Tuesday, Aug. 4, which will continue through 
        Friday, Sept. 11. During this phase, the township will be distributing, at no cost, to 
        East Windsor residents the required pair of bike lights along with safety information 
        literature, daily through the police/court building at 80 One Mile Road. 

        Mayor Janice Mironov said, "'Bike At Night, Use a Light', the third and final phase of 
        the township Bike Safety Program, is geared to safe biking at night and will be a directed
        effort, through public education and personal contact to get bicyclers to use proper lighting
        at night. Those who bicycle at night without proper lights are a danger not only to themselves, 
        but to motorists using the roadways."

        The bicycle safety program is underwritten by a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Highway 
        Traffic Safety Division.         Read the entire article.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

event (sold-out) - Tour de Farm NJ, Hunterdon County

Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of this event until yesterday. And for
the first event, Hunterdon County, registration is closed. However
note the upcoming rides in the "Tour de Farm New Jersey 2015" series: 
Sussex County (Sept 6) and Warren County (Sept 19).

"The Tour de Farm Hunterdon County is a Culinary Cycling Tour through
gorgeous Hunterdon County. The purpose of this tour is to help promote
NJ Farmers and their Farms. The cyclists will visit the participating farms
and get a little 'tasting' at each farm."

For more info, go to

and scroll down to the links at "Read about us in the news".

or view the slideshow and learn about the organizers at the NYT article

Trivia - for readers more interested in history/politics than gastronomy:

1876 - prominent lawyer Abraham Browning of Camden refers to "The Garden
            State" in a speech at Philly's Centennial Exhibition. "Our Garden State is like
            a huge barrel, with both ends open, one of which is plucked by New York
            and the other by Pennsylvania".

1954 - the "Garden State" slogan goes on NJ license plates, against the wishes of then governor Meyner.
           The same governor signed the Green Acres act for open space preservation, in 1961.

2014 - a bill is enacted whereby "The Garden State" becomes the official slogan of NJ.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

event: Community Night Out next Tuesday, Aug 4 5-8PM

The Princeton Recreation Department, Princeton Police Department and Princeton PBA # 130 will host Community Night Out at Community Park Pool on Tuesday, August 4 from 5-8 pm.  All Community Night Out activities are free of charge including swimming pool admission, dunk tank, rock-climbing wall and other family-friendly activities. Additional activities will include group zumba, hoola-hoop contest and much more!
Community Night Out will host many Princeton community organizations and agencies including The Princeton Recreation Commission, Corner House, Princeton Fire Dept., Princeton Human Services Commission, Princeton Engineering Dept., Access Princeton and many more.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PFW 35th annual Event is this Saturday, August 1

To clarify, PFW isn't "Paris Fashion Week". Au contraire, it's
the Princeton FreeWheelers bike club.  Check out the link below.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

news round-up

by Cyndi Steiner and Aaron Hyndman of New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition

by Anne Levin of Town Topics

Ford Tries to Figure out Bicycles     by Sarah Goodyear, The Atlantic "CityLab"

 The Bicycle and the Ride to Modern America   by Natalie Angier, NY Times

Saturday, July 18, 2015


In her latest dispatch, NYT journalist Juliet Macur writes

"In Lance Armstrong's profile photo on Twitter, he is standing, 
arms crossed, in front of a sign that says "PAIN" in big red letters. 
Never mind that the sign is most likely sitting just outside a French
bakery. Armstrong could be referring to the pain riders are going 
through as they ride the 2,088 miles of this year's Tour de France, 
or he could be pointing out the pain he is feeling after nearly three
years of banishment from all Olympic sports ..."

Armstrong was invited to France by Geoff Thomas, a retired British
soccer star, to raise money for a leukemia charity.

Meanwhile, back to pain, a French word derived from the Latin "panis".

Consider the iconic photo by Elliott Erwitt. Its title is "Provence 1955"
and is so iconic, it's inspired "Béret Baguette" bike rides in ParisVancouver,
San Francisco. Princeton at least has a baguette guru - Denis Granarolo.

Not quite as iconic as his "Invitation au rêve / Share the fantasy" ad for
Chanel N°5, the 1973 ad for Hovis bread by director Sir Ridley Scott was
voted the favorite TV advertisement of all time in a poll of British viewers.
Its central element was re-used from Scott's Boy and Bicycle, and while
conjuring an image of the north of England, was filmed far from there.

In The Dutch Way: Bicycles and Fresh Bread Russell Shorto writes:

     "The advent of bike lanes in some American cities may seem like a big step, 
     but merely marking a strip of the road for recreational cycling spectacularly 
     misses the point. In Amsterdam, nearly everyone cycles, and cars, bikes and 
     trams coexist in a complex flow, with dedicated bicycle lanes, traffic lights 
     and parking garages. But this is thanks to a different way of thinking about 
     transportation. [...] The coexistence of different modes of travel is hard-wired 
     into the culture. This in turn relates to lots of other things — such as bread. 
     How? Cyclists can't carry six bags of groceries; bulk buying is almost nonexistent. 
     Instead of shopping for a week, people stop at the market daily. So the need for 
     processed loaves that will last for days is gone. A result: good bread."

What about carrying the loaves of bread ? You'd need a breadbasket (pannier),
I suppose. Although Depardieu carries the baguette bare-handed, as if jousting,
he might prefer to use the baguette bag from a Kiev-based apparel company, Cyan.

Seeking guidance from TV advertisers, we discover their promotion of the seldom-seen
'tower-of-bread-on-your-head' carrying method -- from Dow Chemical, not the defunct
Dow brewery which enhanced the "head" of its beer by adding cobalt to the brew.

What's the connection between the world of bakeries and the Tour de France ? The
bike racing aficionado will have heard of the aptly-named Raymond Impanis, whose
nickname was "the baker of Berg" after his hometown in Flemish Brabant. It says here
bakerboy examples [...] are Impanis, Hugo Koblet, and Ferdi Kubler. Former butcher boys, 
grocery shop boys and newspaper delivery boys include Merckx, Maertens, VanLooy, Coppi.

Daniel Mangeas, the long-time voice of the Tour de France, worked as a baker for 10 years.

Robert Förstemann, German track specialist, isn't a roadie. He's also been a producer of toast.

A delivery bike featuring a heavy-duty rack over the front wheel is known as a porteur. It's a
type of freight bike, a lightweight alternative to the "cargo" bike. The porteurs of Paris
provides an interesting background. An up-to-date example is the Runwell Porteur model by
Shinola of Detroit.  How many baguettes can the Runwell accomodate ?  Shinola's president
Jacques Panis probably knows the answer.