Parklets are Coming to Montclair Center!

BYOP – Build Your Own Parklet – on Sunday, October 2, 2016 during Montclair Center’s Open Streets Festival. The festival is part of a national movement to “open” streets for walking, jogging, bicycling, dancing, and socializing, free from traffic.  BYOP demonstrations will be a key feature. Also – yes, it’s true – the Tour de Montclair is back and will begin and end at the festival! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged!

But, wait. “What the heck is a ‘parklet’?”, you ask?

A parklet is a sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. And Montclair Township is taking a bold step to improve the flexibility of its streets by testing a modification to the zoning code to allow alternative uses in parking spaces called “parklets” with a Pilot Parklet Program in Montclair Center on Glen Ridge Avenue.

What’s really exciting is this Pilot Parklet Project will allow the Glen Ridge Avenue Area Merchants (GLAM) to test different ideas to define Glen Ridge Avenue as a flexible street and place-destination similar to Church St and S. Park St.

Bike&Walk Montclair’s own John Sullivan, crafted this great visual description including clips from Montclair Township Plannning Dept.,  Montclair Center BID, San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks Program, The Better Block, and GLAM business owners themselves!

Still not sure what we’re talking about? Here’s more from Together North Jersey’s “Beyond The Curb” publication:

  • Parklets are extensions of the sidewalk from the curb into the street: they are installations of public seating, art, plants and other elements, typically located in one or more parking spots and protected from traffic.
  • They are places to gather, eat and drink, celebrate and create, work, play, and build community. With numerous placemaking benefits, these public spaces can make downtowns a more desirable place to live and work, and a more attractive destination.
  • Parklets will not only increase public space, but will support walking and biking opportunities and foster creative community interaction in places throughout New Jersey.
  • Underutilized parking can be reactivated seasonally to support downtown activity and placemaking.
  • As installations of art, parklets can support local artists, ranging from craftsmen and designers to painters and musicians.
  • Through use of locally sourced materials and plantings, parklets can be demonstrations of sustainable practice.
  • Encouraging people to socialize and linger in downtown locations, parklets can also provide a customer boost to nearby businesses.
  • When located nearby to bus stops or train stations, parklets can offer riders a more pleasant place to wait.
  • If well-programmed, parklets can become places for spontaneous and creative community interaction, and when coupled with bicycle parking, may foster reduced car usage for short trips.

BIke&Walk Montclair’s role in supporting this project is in line with our mission to support policies, programs, and street designs that make walking and biking easier.

The 2016 Tour de Montclair and the Open Streets Festival are made possible through a strong partnership with Bike&Walk Montclair, the Montclair Center BID and Montclair Township.  Generous event sponsors include Schumacher Insurance, Partners for Health and Mulvey Custom Contracting.  The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Public Library and Montclair State University will be providing activities at the festival.


August 26, 2016
Bike&Walk Montclair Announces the Return of the Tour de Montclair
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registerBike&Walk Montclair is pleased to announce that it is bringing back the Tour de Montclair. The organization’s signature event will be held on Sunday, October 2, in Montclair Center. This family-friendly bike ride will have 12- and 6-mile options, taking riders through the 4 wards of Montclair, highlighting sights that are difficult to notice by car. The Tour de Montclair will begin and end on Glenridge Avenue.  The ride’s finish will be celebrated at an Open Streets Festival presented in partnership with the Township of Montclair, and the Montclair Center BID.

Bike&Walk Montclair is responding to an outpouring of requests from the community for the ride’s return. Over 1,000 participants have participated in prior years, and this year’s Tour de Montclair promises to be a memorable celebration. The ride’s theme is “Streets Are for Everyone,” showcasing BWM’s belief that biking and walking should be easy and safe choices for all.  “I love the community-building that comes from so many bikes on the streets,” says BWM’s President Paul Mickiewicz.   “Although some may not feel comfortable riding in the streets alone, there is safety in numbers. The Tour helps people learn how achievable it is to bike around town and why it is almost always better by bike!”

This year’s Tour will be part of an Open Streets Festival, presented by Schumacher Insurance, to be held from 10am-3 pm on Glenridge Avenue in Montclair Center. The Festival will include music, food, community partners and parklets—mini urban public spaces– for the community to enjoy.

The 2016 Tour de Montclair and the Schumacher Insurance Open Streets Festival are made possible through a strong partnership between Bike&Walk Montclair, the Township of Montclair, and the Montclair Center BID.  Event sponsorships are still available.

Registration for the 2016 Tour will soon be available at: Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Registration will include a FREE commemorative t-shirt, entrance to the Tour and a one-year membership to Bike&Walk Montclair.  Current BWM members who renew membership will also receive the t-shirt and Tour entrance. The event will be held rain or shine.

Come prepared with the basics: 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.



August Staycation Bike Ride – Since April, Bike&Walk Montclair has been hosting a season of Guided Bike Tours and this month, we’ll visit local gardens and farms right in our backyard. Take advantage of Montclair in August when many are out of town for vacations (and the streets have less traffic!).

Join us on Saturday, August 20 for a nice ride around town to visit community gardens, small suburban farms, edible landscapes and outdoor classrooms. Hear from local farmers and beekeepers and celebrate sustainable transportation and food systems. Yummy tomatoes and other treats to be had!

Where: Montclair Farmers’ Market (86 Walnut Street, 07042)
When: Meet 7:45am, Ride 8am – 11am

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No Free Lunch

This Garden & Farm Bike Tour is being offered by volunteers and is free of charge. However, a donation of $10 per person to benefit the Bike&Walk Montclair, Montclair Community Farms Coalition, and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is strongly encouraged. We rely on your donations and memberships to function so please become a member of these indispensable community organizations today.

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Be Prepared

Come prepared with the basics: helmet that fits, a full water bottle, spare tube, and a charged cell phone. Do an ABC Check (Air, Brakes, Chain) before you come.

For more information, contact


National Night Out and 4Ward Bike Tour

Join Bike&Walk Montclair in Celebrating National Night Out on August 2, 2016!

Montclair Police Community Service Unit will host a National Night Out festival on Montclair’s flexible public space – South Park Street on Tuesday, August 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

National Night Out 2016

Members of the community are invited to come out and spend time with Montclair’s first responders. In addition, information and activities and will be provided by local organizations and the business community – don’t miss it!

As part of the festivities, Bike&Walk Montclair will lead a bike ride beginning and ending at the corner of South Park and Church Streets, visiting each of Montclair’s #4WARDs!

For more information about the bike ride, please contact



Trip to Duke Farms to Bike the Living Habitats – July 16, 2016

Bike&Walk Montclair has been hosting a season of Guided Bike Tours and on July 16, we’ll meet at the lovely Duke Farms Living Habitats in Hillsborough, N.J. We’ll go for a ride along the multi-use paths to see butterflies, waterfalls, and sculptures and end the trip with a group picnic! We’ll get to experience riding in a shared space – very different from street riding!

Duke Farms is all about environmental stewardship and experiencing multiple habitats – this visit is sure to inspire! And, BONUS: we’ll be joined by friends from Bike Walk Morristown and awesome NJ bicycle education professionals who, not only know and love Duke Farms, but might know some secret spots to share!

Check out for FAQs and info about parking, food, and bike share opportunities.

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We ask that everyone plan to meet at the Duke Farms Orientation Center at 9 am. When you RSVP, we will try to match you with others who live near you so you can arrange carpooling if you wish.

Duke Farms Orientation Center
1112 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough, N.J. 08844
Phone (908) 722-3700

The Duke Farms Orientation Center has a nice cafe, bathrooms, an Eagle Cam, and water fountains for easy fill-ups.


Park in the Orientation Center parking lot.  A word of caution: the parking lot will close when it is filled to capacity, so try to get there at the 8:30 opening if you can.  We encourage carpooling if possible.

Bike Share Opportunity

Duke Farms has 60 “adult-size” bicycles available from 9 am to 5:30 pm for 2 hour sessions. If you would like to take advantage of Duke Farms’ Bike Share Service, please make those arrangements on your own.

Be Prepared

Come prepared with the basics: helmet that fits, a full water bottle, spare tube, and a charged cell phone. Do an ABC Check (Air, Brakes, Chain) before you come.


Please complete the RSVP form and let us know if you’re coming!

Strut Your Stuff with Bike&Walk Montclair in July 4 Parade!

7507368692_98827cbaca_oWhat 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? This year’s theme is “Bring Back the Tour!”  because, guess what? The Tour de Montclair is back!  (Save the date for October 2, 2016!)

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!

Date: July 4, 2016

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 10:30.7507374660_151b33a43b_o

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 after the parade for a quick Tour de Montclair status update and lots of volunteer opportunities to help make it happen!

Exercise Your Mind and Body This Summer: #MPLsummerreading #BikeWalkRead

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bike&Walk Montclair is thrilled to partner with Montclair Public Library (MPL) and Watchung Booksellers in MPL’s Summer Reading Program with an emphasis on exercising our minds and our bodies.


Summer reading themes revolve around fitness, health, and sports and people of all ages and abilities can participate. The gist of the program is that the more you read, the more you exercise  your mind (and the better your chances are to win prizes including gift cards to Watchung Booksellers or even a FitBit)!

But there’s a twist!

You can also earn points for being physically active!  For example, if you exercise your body by participating in Bike&Walk Montclair’s Bicycle Education Program, Guided Bike Tours, or Walks, your activity will earn you extra points toward your goal!

MPL_logo2Registration opens June 24 and the program runs from June 24 – September 9.

Get social and tag your accomplishments with #MPLsummerreading  and #BikeWalkRead

For more information, check out MPL Summer Reading Program online or stop into the Montclair Public Library at 50 Fullerton Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042.


Highlights of May’s Tour des Fleurs

May 29, 2016

What a way to kick off the holiday weekend! Yesterday, forty people came out to ride in Bike&Walk Montclair’s Tour des Fleurs! With no pre-registration, we had no idea what to expect but were delighted as person after person rolled up smiling ready ride and smell the roses!

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Bike&Walk Montclair’s Guided Bike Tours are not only a fun way to experience the Montclair area on two wheels, but they are part of our Ride Right! Smart Cycling Program designed for novice to street savvy cyclists. All classes follow the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling guidelines.

TdF pic 1Beginning at the Montclair Farmer’s Market, riders and the Bike&Walk Montclair Team assembled in the shade, learned about Bike&Walk Montclair, and prepared to pedal. We visited Freeman Gardens in Glen Ridge, Avis Campbel Gardens, Van Vleck Gardens, Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, and the Brookdale Park Rose Garden.  We are grateful to the garden keepers who gave us guided tours of the blooms and answered our questions. We learned that it’s important to keep your garden tools clean and sharp and bike chain lube is a good snipper cleaner!

Some participants hadn’t ridden a bike in years and really didn’t think they’d be able to do it. One such person –  we’ll call her “Liz” – was so thrilled to have ridden 13 miles, she had to stop to post her success on facebook! Another participant – fictional name, “Johanna” – just got a new bike and was happy to have these types of rides to practice “clipping in” her pedals. And riders came from all over – Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Verona, and Madison.

Our former Executive Director, Norma Tassy recalled, “A woman whose name escapes me but whom I have seen at spin classes at the Y said ‘This ride is making me feel more confident; now I know what it means to take the lane!'”

And so that’s what it’s all about. Empowering more people to ride bikes more often – for fun, for work, for eggs and milk, or to smell the flowers. Bike&Walk Montclair advocates for policies, programs, and street designs that support safe biking and walking and every membership makes a difference.

Paul Mickiewicz, Bike&Walk Montclair’s president said, “As the bike train was leaving the station, a man came running up to ask what the group was about. I handed him the postcard of rides and he and his wife said that was exactly what they were looking for.  Not to take the analogy too far but I feel like [these] rides represent the 99%. [Bike&Walk Montclair makes] it possible for everyone to ride. And if we can educate and mobilize this crew to support policy change, we will be successful!”

Here are some highlights from the Tour des Fleurs. Remember, it’s almost always ‪#‎BetterByBike‬!

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A pleasant ride on Pleasant Ave
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Freeman Gardens, Glen Ridge
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Avis Campbel Gardens and The Montclair Garden Club
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Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
Brookdale Park Rose Garden
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Save the Date: Magical History Bike Tour – 6/18/16

School’s almost out, summer plans are made, and the days are perfect for BICYCLING! Time to straddle that saddle and see the world from two wheels. Bike&Walk Montclair is hosting a season of Guided Bike Tours you won’t want to miss. These rides are for adults and teens who are comfortable with street riding and have mastered some basic bike “driving” skills. Come prepared with the basics: helmet that fits, a full water bottle, spare tube, and a charged cell phone. Do an ABC Check (Air, Brakes, Chain) before you come. Let’s Ride!

History Tour 2016 posterNext up: Magical History Bike Tour – 6/18/16

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coming to take you away. Away to times long ago when Crane was the name and mills, quarries, and dairies were the game. Bike&Walk Montclair has partnered with the Montclair Historical Society, Friends of Anderson Park, and Presby Memorial Iris Gardens to bring you this special tour of our town – by bike. On Saturday, June

18, the tour will begin and end at the Israel Crane House at 110 Orange Road and have brief guided discussions at places like historic Anderson Park, Presby Gardens, Montclair’s “Little Italy”, Avis Campbell Garden and a private Trustee’s Tour of the Israel Crane House. Bring some cash and a back pack for surprise bakery and market stops. Saturday, June 18, 2015, Start 7:45am, Israel Crane House, 110 Orange Rd., 07042. This Magical History Bike Tour is being offered by volunteers and is free of charge. However, a donation of $10 per person to benefit the Montclair Historical Society, Friends of Anderson Park, and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is strongly encouraged. Bike&Walk Montclair, Montclair Historical Society, Friends of Anderson Park, and Presby Memorial Iris Gardens rely on your membership to function. Please become a member of these indispensable community organizations today.

ICYMI: Another Amazing Bike Swap at Hillside

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Bike&Walk Montclair would like to thank all who donated and participated in the bike section of the April 30 Hillside Swap! We are happy to partner with the community to give good bikes new homes and see the smiles that go with them!

Video courtesy of Jerry Fried.

We began by collecting donated bikes on Friday evening – we had 3 volunteers receive the dswap 3onations (Jason & Sidney, Jerry) and check the tires. Some late comers dropped 4 more bikes after volunteers had left. Thank you Norma for returning to put them away!

On Saturday, the Savitch family (Jen, Jon and sons), Jerry, and Stephane set up the Bike&Walk Montclair Swap Tent and prepared the bike display.  We are grateful to the 2 young client/volunteers who lined up early to get bikes but also offered to help us out!

Bike&Walk Montclair is a facilitator between people in the community that have a bike to give and people in the community that want or need a bike. ~Stephane Mortier

We received a total of 16 bikes for the swap this time, with a very nice one being dropped after all had gone (9:15 ish). We did not expect to distribute it as all participants had gone inside the building by then. Until aswap 1 young lady arrived in an outfit of the same green and white as the bike, and of the right size… a match made in bike swap heaven!  It was so amazing we didn’t think about taking a picture of the princess and the bike!

We usually have more kid-size and teenager-size bikes, and the quality is stacked on the lower end. Not this time! This time, the bikes were in very good shape, and the sizes were distributed on the 16 inch to 26 inch spectrum.

The bikes went mostly to Bloomfield, and Montclair, with some outliers in Irvington and swap 6Bayonne.

Please consider donating used bikes in good condition to Bike&Walk Montclair to be reused by people who need them.

To inquire about future Bike Swaps at Hillside, or if you’d like to host one at your own school community, please contact Norma Tassy at