As a rainy morning gave way to a bright, sunny and unseasonably warm afternoon 20+ riders gathered in front of Hamilton Park for the inaugural Bike Weehawken community ride. Weehawken residents were joined by neighbors from all over Hudson County including Union City native and Hudpost journalist, Mona Islam. Mona wanted to join the ride but she does not own a bicycle. However, this being Weehawken, a friendly neighbor was found and a bicycle was secured for her. She has since published an article on HudPost about Bike Hudson County’s efforts to support a plan for a protected cycle track on JFK Boulevard East.
Perfect riding weather set in so we headed north on scenic Blvd East and made a quick stop to say hello to our friends at El Frondoso Bicycle Shop in neighboring town West New York. After which we turned south onto Palisade Ave where we were joined by a friendly gang of e-bikers associated with Inspire Bicycles in Jersey City. Upon crossing the Marginal Highway we joined the only painted bike lane in Union City, Thank You Mayor Stack. Thank you also, Mayor Turner, as the corresponding northbound bike lane on Palisade Ave is in Weehawken.
We next turned east onto Oak Street and arrived at our final destination, Oak Street Liquor and Deli. Having earned it we enjoyed some beers, sandwiches and good conversation with our neighbors. Because that’s how we roll.
Our next ride will be along Weehawken’s scenic waterfront in April. We hope to see you there.