April 10, 2022
Despite chillier than hoped for weather conditions, a crowd of people on two wheels gathered along the shores of the Hudson River for the inaugural Bike Weehawken community ride. This ride is part of a series of 6 rides to be held on the third Sunday of every month. Ryan Emge, chair and founder of Bike Weehawken, introduced himself. In order to make sure everybody knows how serious he is about bike safety in Weehawken, he gave away a bike helmet to one lucky, previously, the unhelmeted rider. We were joined by Ane Roseborough-Eberhard who is running for NJ congressional district 8. She is an avid cyclist and walks at least 10K steps a day. She is very keen to make those 10K steps a day safer and so are we. Please check out her platform here.
After freezing our butts off for picture taking we rolled north along the waterfront. For the most part, the route was car-free enabling us to relax and enjoy the view. There was one exception to this. On Port Imperial Blvd between Baldwin Ave and the Weehawken Waterfront Park Access Road a narrow sidewalk with no barrier services large numbers of runners, walkers, cyclists and last but not least dogs. There is no barrier between these vulnerable road users and cars. We are asking the county to consider widening the sidewalk and adding a bike lane on Port Imperial Blvd/River Road. In the meantime, we will approach the county and Weehawken about closing to cars the right lane of the northbound Port Imperial Blvd. up until the Park entrance.
A midway stop was made at Steven’s Cafe. Here many of us picked a much-needed hot cup of java. We road south from Steven’s Cafe and ended the ride where it began at Hamilton Cove.
We hope to see you next time for the Skyline route beginning at Hamilton Park, May 17th, 11 AM. And remember as the song goes, “Life is better on a bicycle.”