Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Event Review, and, Welcome To Our New Cycling And Walking Friends!

Since joining the Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycling Committee earlier this year, I have taken part in four separate events aimed at bringing together local walkers and cyclists!

Our first event this year, the 'Fireflies Ride', was an amazing occasion. PBAC fitted synchronized lights to 40 participants, who rode around Community Park South in the dark to create a cycle-powered light show! The event was a great addition to Princeton's 'Pi-Day' festivities.

Communiversity was a big success, when PBAC joined with Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association and the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Assocation for a united front of green transportation! It was great to meet many members of the community who were interested in cycling and walking in our town.

Princeton's first 'Ciclovia', when we set Quaker Road aside for non-motorized transportation, was a huge step for PBAC on May 4. Despite showery weather in the morning, it turned into a beautiful day, and everyone who was there was able to take in one of Princeton's most scenic areas undisturbed by cars. The only downside was when a large gust of wind destroyed our PBAC tent! (see photo above, taken just before the calamity!) Long-time committee member David Cohen was lucky not to be injured as the tent sailed away toward the Princeton Battlefield.

Finally, most recently, PBAC participated in the 'Wheels Rodeo', an educational event for local kids to help them learn how to cycle safely. The PBAC booth focused on checking helmets, and we even gave out some free cycle helmets to kids who didn't have one.

Thanks to all the municipal representatives, advocates, and members our police force for all their assistance with our events this year so far! We are now taking a break until the fall, when we hope to repeat "The Mayor's Ride of the Falling Leaves". We held this even last fall, and it was a big success, so we hope you will join us again later this year!

In the meantime, I'd like to welcome the 74 people who have newly signed up for our email list. Spread the word among your friends! You can contact us with comments or suggestions any time by emailing pjpbac@gmail.com. Also check out our blog at pjpbac.blogspot.com. And I'd also like to take a moment to thank Karen Jezierney, who is stepping down from our committee to pursue other community-oriented activities! Thanks for your service Karen!!

PBAC regular public meetings are usually on the fourth Thursday of the month (next one is June 26 at 400 Witherspoon, starting at 7.30 pm). You can always check the municipal calendar at this link for our next meeting. The minutes from our last meeting are available here. Please get in touch if you have any questions!

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