The Tour de Montclair Returns on Sunday October 1!
Ride Begins & Ends at Open Streets Festival on the corner of Midland & Bloomfield Aves. RAIN or SHINE!
The Tour de Montclair, Montclair’s iconic community bike ride, will return this year at 10AM Sunday, October 1. The Tour will end at the Open Streets Festival to be held this year at Crane Park from 10AM — 3PM.
Pre-registration for the 2017 Tour de Montclair is strongly suggested and is available HERE. Registration includes a FREE branded performance t-shirt and a branded string sac (while supplies last), admission to the Tour, *and* a 1-year membership to Bike&Walk Montclair.
Registration will also be available on the day of the event from 9AM-9:45AM, but t-shirts and string sacs are not guaranteed. Riders will start lining up at 9:30AM and the Tour will officially begin at 10AM.
The Tour de Montclair, a family-friendly bike ride with 6- and 12- mile options, begins at Crane Park/Lackawanna Plaza and takes riders through the 4 wards of Montclair, highlighting parts of town not easily seen by car. Riders will cruise by the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens and Nishuane Park, pass the Montclair Art Museum and much more. Riders are invited to enjoy the sights at their own pace: fast, slow or anywhere in between! The ride ends back at Crane Park/Lackawanna Plaza where riders can celebrate at the Open Streets Festival.
“The Tour de Montclair is a great celebration of everything we love about this community,” said Israel Cronk, Executive Director of the Montclair Center BID. “Come and join the Open Streets celebration following the Tour with food, activities and music!”
“Bike&Walk Montclair is so proud of the iconic Tour de Montclair, which we’ve been organizing for over 12 years,” said Jean Lyons, Bike&Walk Montclair. “When you ride in the Tour you get to see the four wards of Montclair by bike and notice nooks and crannies, gardens and homes, stores and restaurants you’d never see whizzing by in a car!”
The Open Streets Festival is part of a national movement to “open” streets for walking, jogging, bicycling, dancing, and socializing, free from traffic. Montclair’s event will include music, children’s activities, food, sustainability displays and vendors.
The 2017 Tour de Montclair and the Open Streets Festival are made possible by Schumacher Insurance Agency and through a strong partnership between Bike&Walk Montclair, the Montclair Center BID and Montclair Township.
The event will be held rain or shine.
Location: the Tour will begin and end at Crane Park/Lackawanna Plaza
Check-in and late registration: 9:00 am
Ride: 10:00 am
Routes: there will be two routes: a 12-mile route going through all 4 wards and a shorter 6-mile loop going through 2 wards
Download last year’s map HERE (the route is the same, but Start/End are at Crane Park!)
Festival: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come prepared with the basics: properly fitted bicycle in good condition, charged cell phone, well-fitted helmet, full water bottle, and spare tube. Do an ABC check (Air, Brakes, Chain) before you come.
Bike&Walk Montclair is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for policies, programs and street designs that support biking and walking. Bike & Walk Montclair eagerly seeks new members and volunteers from Montclair and surrounding communities to help promote its mission.
The Montclair Center BID is directly responsible for the music performances, beautification projects including plants and decorations, banners, wayfinding signage and maintenance throughout the district. Working with the Township, local utilities and services and its renowned Ambassador staff, it ensures that the downtown Montclair area is clean, bright and in excellent working order. By encouraging dynamic collaboration, the Montclair Center BID also creates exciting events for shoppers and tourists, marketing opportunities for retailers and restauranteurs, and actively seeks to improve the area for businesses and residents.