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. We’re proud to have been a partner with Montclair Township in efforts such as Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, Bike- and Walk-Friendly Communities and more. This has been an award winning year and here is a list of some of the kudos we’re most proud of.
BRONZE Bicycle Friendly Community 2013
The League of American Bicyclists named Montclair Township a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) – the first community in Essex County and one of only five in the state to achieve the designation from the nation’s premier bicycle advocacy organization. The BFC designation, awarded to Montclair at the Bronze level, recognizes the Township’s commitment to improving street safety through education programs, street infrastructure, and pro-bicycling policies.
SILVER Walk Friendly Community 2013
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Montclair a Silver Level Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.
2013 NJ SRTS BRONZE Recognition
Three Montclair district schools and the township of Montclair received recognition from New Jersey Safe Routes to School for their efforts throughout the year. Edgemont Montessori earned a gold level recognition award, Bradford a silver award, Charles H. Bullock and Montclair Township bronze awards.
Complete streets Recognition 2013
The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University presented Montclair Township with a Complete Streets Excellence Award at the Complete Streets Summit held at Rutgers University on October 21. Montclair was one of five communities recognized for its leadership in making New Jersey’s streets safer through Complete Streets initiatives. Other recipients included Hoboken, Lambertville, Newark and North Wildwood.
NJ APA Great Places Awards
The American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ) has announced New Jersey’s 3 Great Downtowns and 2 Great Public Spaces for 2013 through the organization’s program, Great Places in New Jersey. The Great Downtowns of Freehold, Montclair and Westfield have overcome many challenges, even as other downtowns continue to struggle. Clearly beloved by their communities, these downtowns have benefitted from ongoing planning and investments by both the public and private sectors. As a result, they enjoy reputations for excellence that reach well beyond their communities’ boundaries. Church Street in Montclair also received APA-NJ Great Street Award in 2012.
2013-2014 Together North Jersey Local Demonstration Project Program (LDP).
Together North Jersey announced funding today for six projects through its Local Demonstration Project Program (LDP). These projects are being led by Bloomfield Township, the Borough of Glen Ridge, the Edison Greenways Group, Maplewood, Montclair Township, North Jersey Partners, Toms River Township, and Woodbridge Township.
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, over 500 respondents participated and more than half noted lack of a safe place to ride as one of the primary barriers to bicycling for transportation more frequently. Time and weather were noted as the primary reasons people don’t walk more. The most popular suggestions for making Montclair safer for bicycle riders were: more on-street bike lanes, more off-street bike trails/paths, and more bike racks.
Recognitions like these are important pats on the back for everyone who has worked to make a difference and to motivate us to keep it up. We look forward to working together to imagine and create the blueprint for a safer and healthier community for all of us. For more information on how you can be the change you want to see in Montclair, contact us at email@example.com and get involved!
Bike&Walk Montclair is a partner in the Eat. Play. Live… Better initiative to improve our community’s well-being where we live, learn, work and play.
We Are Bike&Walk Montclair
Published on Oct 28, 2013
by WingTip, inc.
Take a fun ride!… with a look at the mission, accomplishments and activities of Bike&Walk Montclair …on film!
Scott E. Moore & Claudine Ohayon created this wonderful film for Bike&Walk Montclair just in time to celebrate receiving our Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists. Learn more about this talented pair at their website, WingTip, inc.
“Our family has done the Tour de Montclair a few times and loved it. It’s one of those fun things that brought us together and reminded us why we love to live in this town. Like most people, we pretty much thought that’s what Bike&Walk Montclair was all about. (Wouldn’t it be enough?) But then we met some of the dynamic people behind it, and realized everything they’re actually DOING and have DONE! As a storyteller, you try to take someone somewhere they haven’t been, share something with the viewers that they may not know, to shine a light on something special. As a productive member of a community, you try to give something back to that which gives you so much. That’s why we made this little film, to be a part of something special, to give something back and to let people know what Bike&Walk Montclair is really about: diverse, talented and committed people using their skills, time and spirits to help make our town a safer, healthier and more vibrant place to live. We hope you enjoy it, learn something you didn’t know and lend your support in any way you can. See you out on the street!” – Scott E. Moore
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Check out what our members had to say!
Rika: “Wow! Love it love it love it!!!!! So fast — exceeds all wildest expectations. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!”
Laura: “This film is truly beyond all expectations! Thank you!!”
Tiffany: “Thank you both for your time, effort and professionalism in putting this together.”
Paul: “It’s great!! Super job! You all look great and it makes me feel proud to be part of Bike&Walk Montclair!
Norma: “We can’t say enough good things about the quality and content of this film! Thank you for being such a friend to Bike&Walk Montclair.”
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Historic Walking Tour of Upper Montclair Business District
Saturday, Oct. 26: HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF UPPER MONTCLAIR BUSINESS DISTRICT.What building in Upper Montclair displays the words of a 17th-century mathematician chiseled in stone? What parking lot was designed by the Olmsteds? Where did Margaret Sanger and Eleanor Roosevelt speak out? Discover the answers on this illustrated, two-hour walking tour of the historic Upper Montclair Business District this Saturday, which will chronicle the development of the area from rural settlement in the 1880s to burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s. The Anderson Family, donors of the land for Anderson Park, had a major influence on the development of the business district by building the Bellevue Theater and several other key structures. Starts at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 26. (Raindate, Sunday, Oct. 27, one hour later, at 11:30 a.m.) $5 suggested donation. Meet at the Upper Montclair Train Station south porch, 275 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair. Sponsored by the Montclair Historical Society & Friends of Anderson Park. www.MontclairHistorical.org
, (973) 495-9589
if rain looks likely; info@FriendsOfAndersonPark.com.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Bike&Walk Montclair is Participating in Heart Walk on Team Eat. Play. Live… Better
Join more than a million people in 300+ cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives! American Heart Association’s Heart Walk 2013-2014. It’s Easy! CLICK HERE For event information and to join the EAT.PLAY.LIVE…Better team
Pam and Liz at the Heart Walk 2013!
Suggested donation $10.00
1 ADP Boulevard, Roseland, NJ 07068
Need Directions? Click here for a map.
Registration Begins: 8:30 am
Walk Start Time: 10:00 am – 11:55 am
Tons of information, fun and activities for all to enjoy before and after the walk! Be prepared and dress warm it will be sunny but with only a high of 55 degrees! Thank you for helping to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke!
For more information, contact Liz Brady, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Diamond Cycle Halloween Ride
Come by Diamond Cycle at 409 Bloomfield Ave on Sunday, October 27th at 11 AM. Dress up your bike and yourself for some cool prizes. Spooky Riders are encouraged and we’ll be giving away cool gifts!
We’ll have Cider and Cider Mill Donuts. Bring the whole family and some treats to share too if you’d like!
Need a bike? No problem, use on of ours for free!
We’ll take a tour of Montclair and surrounding area to see decorated yards and houses! It’s a great way to meet new people and have some fun for the holiday you’ll always remember!
CLICK HERE for more information or contact Diamond Cycle http://www.diamondcycle.com/
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Montclair Bikery Presents the 1st Annual Turkey Ride
To Benefit the Human Needs Food Pantry
Come ride the first annual Montclair turkey ride! Challenge yourself on this chilly 15 mile ride while helping out those in need. We’ll stop at a local supermarket to buy frozen turkeys and ride with them in our backpacks or panniers to the Human Needs Food Pantry at 9 Label Street in Montclair. Turkeys will be distributed to families in need for Thanksgiving!
When: Sunday Nov 24
Registration: email Montclair Bikery at email@example.com with your name or register that morning at 9:30, ride starts at 10am
Who: All riders must be 18 or older and wear a helmet
Where: The route will be provided that morning and will start and finish at the Montclair Bikery. Distance will be 15 miles.
What to Wear: We highly recommend you dress for very cold weather. Don’t forget your helmet!
Cost: The ride is free, but bring $20/turkey to spend at the supermarket. You can buy and donate more that one turkey if desired
CLICK HERE for more information or contact the Montclair Bikery, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 17, 2013
Bike&Walk Montclair is proud to announce that Montclair became the first community in Essex County, and one of only 5 in New Jersey, to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists, the nation’s premier bicycle advocacy organization.
The Bike Friendly Community designation, awarded at the Bronze level, recognizes Montclair’s commitment to improving street safety through education programs, street infrastructure, and pro-bicycling policies.
Bike&Walk Montclair invites the public to join them for the presentation of the honor to the Mayor and Town Council at the Town Council meeting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 29th, at Town Hall. Montclair’s winning application reflects input from Kim Craft, Township Engineer, Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo of the Montclair Police Department Traffic Bureau, and others, and was compiled by Bike&Walk Montclair intern Axel Hellman.
“We’re really gratified that our town won the Bronze” said Norma Tassy, Executive Director of Bike&Walk Montclair. “It reflects hard work by so many parties to make Montclair’s streets safer, including the Township’s traffic calming and bike-friendly street designs, the bike racks at train stations installed by Partners for Health Foundation, and Bike&Walk Montclair’s Bike Education classes and Bike-Friendly Business Campaign.”
The application included detailed information about Montclair’s many bike parking spots (937!), and the Township’s Complete Streets policy (first in the state!), traffic calming measures, and Safe Routes to School program.
The League of American Bicyclists reports that “The BFC program is transforming the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness.”With this impressive round, there are now 291 BFCs in 48 states across America”, including 5 in New Jersey: Montclair, Princeton, Ocean City, Hoboken, and West Windsor.
“We have worked to integrate bicycles for transportation and exercise into our community to make Montclair a safer and healthier environment,” said Rika Alper, President of Bike&Walk Montclair. “This national award reflects a community-wide effort and success!”
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
Bike&WalkMontclair is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create a bicycle-friendly and walkable Montclair to improve our health, clean our air, make our streets safer and improve our overall quality of life. Bike&Walk Montclair eagerly seeks new members from Montclair and surrounding communities to help us with our mission.
Bike&Walk Montclair is a partner in the Eat. Play. Live… Better initiative to improve our community’s well-being where we live, learn, work and play.
Cycling and Walking for Sustainable, Healthy, and Socially Just Cities
Friday, October 4, 2013
Rutgers, The State University
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J
, Executive Director 8-80 Cities, and John Pucher
, Professor, Urban Planning and Policy Development Program and Research Associate, Rutgers, will be giving talks on Friday afternoon, Oct. 4, from 3pm to 5:30pm at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy on the topic of “Cycling and Walking for Sustainable, Healthy, and Socially Just Cities.”
Admission is free, and there will also be a free reception after the event sponsored by the NJ Bike Walk Coalition. The first 100 registrants for the conference will receive a free, autographed copy of the “City Cycling” book published by MIT Press, provided they actually attend the conference and the NJBWC reception which follows.
Bike&Walk Montclair has partnered with 3 more Montclair businesses, bringing the total number of Bike-Friendly Businesses to 14. hoppers can now receive a discount or freebie for riding their bike to Sweet Home Montclair, Fleet Feet Sports, and 3Sixty Cycling Studio, in addition to Amanti Vino, Diamond Cycle, Java Love, Le Salbuen, Montclair Bikery, Olive That and More, Sir Isaac bike.board.ski, Studio 042, Terra Tea Salon, Watchung Booksellers, and Yoga Montclair.
Sweet Home Montclair is a store on Valley Road in Upper Montclair that makes and sells sweets, chocolate, and other gifts. They sell delicious chocolate covered pretzels!
3Sixty Cycling Studio is located in Downtown Montclair on Lackawanna Plaza and offers many kinds of fitness and exercise classes, featuring an indoor cycling studio with 40 state-of-the-art stationary bikes. The first class is free, so there’s no reason not to try it out.
Fleet Feet sells running shoes, exercise apparel, and all sorts of merchandise relating to personal fitness at their store at the corner of Midland Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue. Fleed Feet also provides training and coaching for runners.
The Bike-Friendly Business Campaign has grown quickly since its kick-off early this summer. In June, there were 6 Bike-Friendly Businesses and in August, there were 11. We hope to team up with even more businesses in town to promote shopping by bike. If you are interested in making your store, restaurant, or service a Bike-Friendly Business, contact Bike&Walk Montclair President Rika Alper at email@example.com
Read more about the Bike-Friendly Business Campaign here.
Bike&Walk Montclair is pleased to announce that we have partnered with 5 more businesses in the Bike-Friendly Business Campaign, bringing to total number of business partners to 11. In addition to Amanti Vino, Diamond Cycle, Studio 042, Terra Tea Salon, Watchung Booksellers, and Yoga Montclair, we are also now partnering with:
Stay posted for updates about deals and discounts you can receive for biking to these businesses! As a customer, participating in the Bike-Friendly Business Campaign is easy:
- Ride your bike to a participating business and show your helmet or bike as proof that you rode your bike there.
- Receive your discount, deal, or complementary item!
- Scan the Bike Friendly Business QR code to accumulate points on the Bike Friendly Business website. You can exchange these points for prizes on the Bike&Walk Montclair website. (This phase of the Bike Friendly Business Campaign is still in development)
- And repeat!
If you are interested in encouraging Montclair residents to bike to your business, please contact Bike&Walk Montclair President Rika Alper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join our walking groups coordinator Liz Brady on Tuesday mornings at a new walking group for early risers. The walking group will meet every Tuesday at 6 am in the main lobby of Mountainside Hospital. Everyone is welcome (you don’t have to be a hospital employee to participate)! Thanks to a generous grant from the Partners for Health Foundation, Liz has been the shepherd of several successful walking groups. Walking is a great way to reduce stress, increase fitness and at 6am it is a great way to start the day. There will be prizes and incentives to keep the group motivated. Join Liz Brady for a healthy kick start to your day! For information about this group or any of our walking groups, please be in touch with Liz.email@example.com
On Thursday June 20th Bike&Walk Montclair hosted a fundraiser at Olive That and More! We want to thank everyone who said “YES!” to our event. We enjoyed the company of members, friends, volunteers, council people, and town officials.
Special thanks to our hosts, Steve and Jennifer, at Olive That and More! We enjoyed lovely ambiance inside and in the front courtyard as well as their delicious olive oil and balsamic vinegar varieties. Delicious sweet and savory treats were provided by The Devil Gormet and John Lee encouraged us to indulge! Tom Moloughney of Nauna’s Bella Casa donated a delicious bruschetta platter – yum! And Ken & Liz Brady poured the wine from their vineyard, Monte De Oro, and helped us taste and compare their delightful wine varieties. The whole evening was a bikey, walkey, foodie delight!
The highlight of the evening was the raffle. We had so many great prizes donated by local merchants. Below are the names of businesses that donated prizes. Please consider making a purchase from them.
Drumroll please…..This event helped us to raise $1300 and with that we are able to move forward on our 2013 goals. Thank you everyone who came to support our cause! We would also like to thank the Partners for Health Foundation and the Mazer Foundation for their ongoing support of Bike&Walk Montclair and our mission to put bikes and feet on every street.
But the most important thing about the fundraiser is that it was really really fun. Bike&Walk Montclair sincerely thanks everyone that participated in the evening’s success. We had a great turn out and a really great time.
Bike&Walk Montclair is a partner in the Eat. Play. Live… Better initiative to improve our community’s well-being where we live, work and play.
What are you doing for the 4th of July? Why not participate in a fun annual tradition and march in Montclair Township's July 4 Parade with Bike&Walk Montclair this year?
Bikes or Feet - you choose! Bling your bike, decorate yourself, bring candy to toss, water squirters to cool off with, and a smile! Wear a BWM tshirt if you have one.
It's all about FUN! Post a comment to this page and let us know if you're planning to attend!
Date: July 4, 2013
Location: S. Fullerton, in front of the Library/United Way Building “Serial 2”
Assemble Time: Assemble by 10:00am and be ready to march at 10:30.
Parade Start: 11:00 am sharp!
Be Prepared: Bring WATER, Wear Sunblock, comfortable shoes
*Cyclists Must Wear Helmets
**Parade participants assume all risks and responsibilities incidental to the participation in and of the conduct of the parade.
The route is 1.67 miles long and ends 50 yards beyond the reviewing stand at Edgemont Memorial Park. Stick around with us to watch the rest of the parade and then to participate in the festival in Edgemont Park.
Check out some photos from 2012!