Open Streets MTC Brings Traffic-Free Fun to Montclair’s Streets

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Martel Catalano, BIke&Walk Montclair Open Streets Coordinator

Open Streets MTC — a free, public, recreational event — will take place on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Montclair Center. Sponsored by a partnership between Bike&Walk Montclair, the Montclair Center BID, the Montclair Police Dept. Traffic Bureau, and Montclair Township, this traffic-free event will open a mile of downtown streets to all kinds of family-friendly fun: strolling, biking, hula-hooping, yoga, skateboarding, dog-walking, etc., along a route filled with shopping and dining options.

Open Streets is an international initiative that originated in Latin America (as Ciclovia) and now takes place in over 100 cities in North America as well as hundreds worldwide. On September 27th, it’s Montclair debut will transform South Park Street, Church Street and part of Glenridge Avenue into public spaces for play. Participants making their way along the route can enOSMTC 3joy free activities such as dance and exercise classes, live music, art projects, bicycle workshops, and more. Moving, shopping and eating at businesses along the streets will be fun in the re-invented space.

Through the Open Streets MTC event, Bike&Walk Montclair hopes to foster community well- being and active lifestyles.

“Having people interact with public space in this way is new in Montclair. Emphasizing the use of the streets for walking and biking is something Bike&Walk Montclair is passionate about. We hope that this event will illustrate how easy and fun it can be to access dining and retail while leaving the car at home,” said Norma Tassy, Executive Director of Bike&Walk Montclair.

The event takes place in Montclair Center, which this year won the award for being one of three Great American Main Streets.

“We are known for our vibrant streets, and this project with Bike& Walk Montclair should turn things up a notch!” said Luther Flurry, Executive Director of Montclair’s Business Improvement District.OSMTC 4

In coming years, the organizers hope to expand Open Streets MTC to other parts of Montclair, creating a longer car-free route where people can move freely between different parts of town.

To get involved with Open Streets MTC or to volunteer at the event, please visit www.openstreetsmtc.com or email openstreets@bikewalkmontclair.org.

For more information on Open Streets events and resources, visit the national clearinghouse website: http://openstreetsproject.org/.

 

 

 

 

BikeWalk Montclair, Business Improvement District, and Montclair Township announce Montclair’s first Open Streets Event, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

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Open Streets MTC is an exciting and inclusive event focused on promoting physical activity and exploring Montclair’s downtown in healthy and fun ways. Currently in over 100 cities across North America, Open Streets events temporarily close streets to car traffic and open them up to people to socialize, play and shop, while promoting active lifestyles, recreation and transportation.

Oh, What a Night! Let’s Walk! 5:30 Let’s Ride! 6:45

Bike&Walk Montclair encourages walking and biking for recreation, transportation, socialization and fun!  Put the pep in your step and a little fun between your legs and get on out while the days are long.

Let’s Walk! 

Join a Walking Group Today!  All the info is on the Bike&Walk Montclair – Eat. Play. Live… Better MEETUP page!  For more information, contact Bike&Walk Montclair’s Walking Group Coordinator, Liz Brady <liz.brady13@gmail.com>

Brookdale Park Walk  Today 5:30pm

We meet at Brookdale Park – Enter the Park from Bellevue Avenue.  Park in the first parking lot on the left – near the soccer fields & bleachers.

Early Morning Walks

We meet at 1 Bay Avenue, Montclair, NJ at the front lobby of Mountainside Hospital.  Come join us. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes!

Healthy Evening Walks

End Your Day With A Healthy Evening Walk Where: Panera Bread Parking Lot located at  15 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ – meet in front of Panera Bread

Montclair Public Library Walks

Look for this very social group in front of the Montclair Public Library on Wednesday mornings.  The walk will be led by Grace.

Fleet Feet Walks

This end of the day walk will be led by Reena.  The group will meet in Front of Fleet Feet located at 603 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042.

Let’s Ride!

Friday Night Fun Rides are Back! Still working out the details on holding regular Friday Night Fun Rides.  For more information, contact Bike&Walk Montclair’s Bicycle Education Coordinator, Paul Mickiewicz <paulmickfit@gmail.com>

Brookdale Park Night Ride – Today 6:45pm

Friday Night Ride, June 20th! We will circle Brookdale Park from about 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm and head out shortly after that, down Ridgewood Ave. towards Church Street and South Park. After a couple of laps through the Bow Tie we will move on, ending up somewhere we can sit outside and enjoy a beverage.

This is a casual ride, not a workout. You need to be comfortable riding in traffic. Be visible, (bright clothes and lights), be predictable, (ride right!), be courteous, (model good behavior)!

This is almost the longest day of the year! Are you with us?

Almost Longest Day Friday Night Bike Ride

Friday Night Ride, June 20th! No Set Meeting Spot. Arrive at Brookdale Park and catch the group riding the loop road. We will circle Brookdale Park from about 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm and head out shortly after that, down Ridgewood Ave. towards Church Street and South Park. After a couple of laps through the Bow Tie we will move on, ending up somewhere

we can sit outside and enjoy a beverage. This is a casual ride, not a workout. You need to be comfortable riding in traffic. Be visible, (bright clothes and lights), be predictable, (ride right!), be courteous, (model good behavior)! This is almost the longest day of the year! Are you with us? Let us know on our Facebook Event Page HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/611561988943142/ And it’s FREE!      

Bike&Walk to Music Under the Stars! June 22

Bike&Walk to Outpost at Van Vleck for Discounts, Prizes, and SWAG!

Some car trips are necessary, but many are not.  You might be surprised how easy it is to run errands, go out to eat, or to see a show by bike or on foot.  These long days of summer are the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

Bike&Walk Montclair is partnering with Outpost in the Burbs and Van Vleck House & Gardens for a fun night of music, mingling, and more.  Ride your bikes or walk to the event for a discount.  Bike&Walk Montclair volunteers will secure your rides by providing a free monitored bike valet during the show.  We’ll give you lights to get you home!

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Register early at full price to secure a seat.  Walk or bike to the event and receive a refund of $3 for the Bike&Walk discount at the door after checking in with Bike&Walk Montclair.  If you wait to buy tickets at the door, the show might be sold out.  You don’t want that.

Also, bring a small blanket for outdoor seating.

REGISTER HERE at the Outpost Ticket Leap
http://outpost.ticketleap.com/bern-hest-2014/

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Bike or Walk to the show for discounted admission!

Solstice Benefit & Concert – Tuscan Style Garden Party 6/13

Join Bike&Walk Montclair for a Summer Solstice party, set in a Tuscan-style garden in Montclair!

Friday, June 13, 2014.

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We’ll celebrate biking, walking, summer, and our community with music by the sultry soul band, The Deep Dig, and with tapas and sushi (from Montclair restaurants and kitchens), homemade and California wine, beer, and lots of laughter.  Shaking your thing will ensue!

This fundraiser will support Bike&Walk Montclair’s education and advocacy programs. We will be auctioning a new bike, generously donated by The Montclair Bikery, and having a tons of fun. Please join us and bring a friend or two!

Say YES! to a warm evening with cool entertainment. We can’t wait to see you!

Register on line here- $20 for BWM Members $25 for non-members. http://bikewalkmontclair.org/bike-edu/learn-to-ride-classes/

As soon as we get your reservation(s) we’ll send you the party location, hard copy by mail.

More on Bike & Walk Montclair:

This bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group is nationally recognized for its efforts, bringing about $1 Million in grants to make the town a model community for health, commerce, urban planning and more.

Check out this short film – we are so much than bike riders!

More at www.BikeWalkMontclair.org

More on The Deep Dig:

When not blowing off some sweltering steam with The Deep Dig, these music pros keep themselves pretty busy: Drummer Ray Levier is a session player, clinician, and internationally touring jazz-funk drummer with KJ Denhert & The NY Unit and others; Scott E. Moore is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, award-winning filmmaker and composer; Bassist Hank Skalka is a session player and hi-tech entrepreneur; and guitarist Rich Tozzoli is an award-winning/Grammy-nominated composer, producer and author. They can be heard – together and apart – in various incarnations, including all over your TV set on shows like “Pawn Stars,” “Duck Dynasty” and many others.

There is No Such Thing as a BLF – Why Bike&Walk Advocacy Matters – April 17

When: Thursday, April 17 – 7:30pm
Where: Montclair Fire Department Headquarters 1 Pine Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

Its spring and bikes and feet ARE on every street with people choosing their own power to get around.  Advocating for people on foot or on bike takes more than a Bike Lane Fairy – it takes YOU and it’s FUN!

Bike&Walk Montclair has been front and center in advocating for safe streets and promoting policy and infrastructure changes to help make biking and walking easy choices in daily life. This has been an award winning year and some of the kudos of which we’re most proud are our Bike Friendly Community and Walk Friendly Community recognitions.

But these designations are just the beginning, and are our collective call to action to prioritize biking and walking in Montclair because it’s what our community wants.  According to a community survey conducted in 2012 by MSU’s Center for Research and Evaluation the most popular suggestions for making Montclair safer for bicycling and walking were: better lighting and sidewalks, more on-street bike lanes, more off-street bike trails/paths, and more bike racks.

Join us next Thursday, April 17 at our monthly public meeting where we focus on the importance of Bike&Walk Advocacy.  Communities change when WE make it happenwe are ALL Change Agents/Advocates/Zealous Nuts.  And we’re not crazy – we’re right, and we have truth on our side.

It won’t happen without YOU.  Say YES and be the change you want to see in Montclair!

This meeting will also be a great opportunity to support Bike&Walk Montclair by becoming a member.  Membership allows us to share education, advocacy, and fun events with our community.

*Challenge: We’re challenging all of our members to come to the meeting and bring a friend who is new to the organization. Each new “friend” will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win a prize at the conclusion of the meeting.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Light refreshments will be served.

“Never ever feel like bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is ‘fluff.’  Every time you enable people to be physically active, you are helping to prevent chronic illness, disease and premature death. It is appalling that our culture is in denial about that fact.” ~Janet Heroux, NJDOH