Pop Up Bike Lane Demo at Bradford School in Montclair (Video)

The Pop Up Bike Lane at Montclair’s Bradford School was an example of how a good idea, a bit of planning, and a little sticktoitiveness can make change happen.

Along with NJ Safe Routes to School and Walk and Bike to School Day, Montclair Police Department and Bike&Walk Monclair showed how effective complete streets can be.

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A section of temporary protected bike lane

We are looking forward to more temporary demonstrations, working with schools and communities, that there can be safer, healthier, cheaper, and greener ways to get around town. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see more pop-up projects happening around town.

If you have an idea for a temporary demo — like a pop up protected bike lane or curb extension, we’d love to hear it! Send an email to info@bikewalkmontclair.org and we’ll talk.

The Montclair Bikery Presents the 4th Annual Turkey Ride to Benefit the Human Needs Food Pantry Scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

11225360_916844658362736_7752577278626659520_n11Following up on its huge success the last 3 years, the Montclair Bikery’s 4th Annual Turkey Ride to collect turkeys for the Human Needs Food Pantry will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.  Cyclists will meet at the Montclair Bikery at 145 Valley Road at 9:00 a.m. and ride a new, flat, 15-mile circuitous route to the Brookdale Shoprite on Broad Street, Bloomfield, where they will buy frozen turkeys, and deliver them (by bike) to the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair. The Human Needs Food Pantry will be distributing over 1000 turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast to their clients the week of Nov. 21.


Last year, 280 cyclists enjoyed beautiful warm temperatures and bought and donated 380 turkeys to the Human Needs Food Pantry, along with $9600 in donations.  This year, the Montclair Bikery is hoping to have 350 cyclists and collect 500 turkeys for our neighbors in need.  ““We are grateful to the Montclair Bikery and all those who organize and participate in the annual Turkey Ride. Last year our pantry gave out 850 turkeys to people in need in Montclair, Bloomfield and throughout Essex County. This year, we expect the need to be even greater as our numbers continue to increase. We now have approximately 1,000 households registered for food assistance. We thank each and every one of the charitable people who make this happen; the turkey ride truly exemplifies the spirit of “giving thanks” for all we have by sharing with others who are less fortunate”.12339068_940887905958411_9117565472991165018_o1

“I would have never imagined when we did the first Montclair Bikery Turkey ride four years ago that it would have grown so big. Every year we see more and more people embrace this great cause. It’s a fun way to give back to our community and I’m proud that the Montclair Bikery is a motivating force” says Dave Adornato, Owner/Montclair Bikery.

For those not able to ride on November 20, the Turkey Ride offers a new option this year.  Athletic Genius, the Montclair spin studio, will offer free spin classes at 1:00pm and 2:00 pm, with a $20 donation to provide for a donated turkey.  You can sign up at www.athleticgenius.com to reserve your bike.

Those who don’t want to bike or spin can still help out the Human Needs Food Pantry by making a contribution for turkeys at the Montclair Bikery.  Partners For Health will match all monetary donations made between now and Nov. 211147873_935214123192456_3298083658459228272_n10.  Checks should be made out to Partners For Health. “Funds raised during the Annual Turkey Ride help to address the persistent issue of hunger in our community, while incentivizing participants to be physically active.  We are proud that our matching grants program has contributed to the success of this wonderful effort,” said Pam Scott, Executive Director, Partners for Health Foundation.

Interested participants should register at www.bikereg.com  or in person at the store prior to the ride.  Riders may also sign up the day of the ride.  All riders must be 18 years or older and are asked to bring $20 to buy the turkey, which is being discounted by the Brookdale Shoprite.  Cyclists may buy additional turkeys and these will be transported to the Pantry as well.  The Montclair Bikery is grateful for the following sponsors who are helping to underwrite the event:  A&M Industrial, Amanti Vino, Athletic Genius, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Sharon Gill, Brookdale Shoprite, Corneal Associates of NJ, the DeSalvo Family/Fodera,  Egan & Sons, JAG Physical Therapy, Partners for Health, Sandler O’Neill & Partners, Saturn Wireless, SMART Integrative Massage Group, Speech & Hearing Associates, Temple Ner Tamid and Thomas Direct.

For more information, contact The Montclair Bikery Montclairbikery@gmail.com

Didn’t Make it to Yesterday’s Bike Swap? Here’s What You Missed.

October 22, 2016
By Stephane Mortier

Although we like to say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather,” this was our first bike swap on a blustery, rainy day. Not only did the temperature drop (to a seasonally 48 degrees) with a light but steady rain, but the gusts of wind caused quite a challenge. Although we had 3 tents available, we were not sure they would stay in place.

Luckily, there were no objections for us to setup inside with the general swap folks this time.

Photo credit: Boris Schaefer

The Bike Swap was part of the Hillside Community Swap, an event that both helps some clear out their closets and garages, and provides others with “new to you” items – for free! Bike&Walk Montclair has been partnering with the Hillside Swap’s organizer, Jane Marcus, for four years now and has redistributed hundreds of bikes to kids and adults!

It was a little tricky to organize the participant line at the entryway to the school. Our crowd management consisted of two announcements: “Bike swap on the left! Everything else swap on the right!”

Three adult volunteers and two kids picked up 15 bikes on Friday, which were stored in the cafeteria, as usual. Six more bikes were donated in the morning, for a total of 21 bikes. Mostly 16 & 20 inch wheels, 2 or 3 24 inch, and 1 beach cruiser (26 inch), in addition to a couple 12 inch units.

On Saturday, 4 adults and 6 kids volunteers rode slowly pushed the bikes through the school’s hallways to the swap area. (There is no riding bikes in the halls!)

The turnout of participants in the swap (general and bikes) was lower than usual due to the weather, and the swap started a little earlier than usual: the general swap at 8:50, we followed suit at 8:55.

By 9:05 we had satisfied all participants who had been in line, and still had half of the bikes on hand. Participants trickled in little by little, and by 9:45 we closed shop for lack of participants and a low quality of left overs.

Debbie represented Bike&Walk Montclair at the entrance of the bike pick-up area, and sold Tour de Montclair overstock Goodie Bags in addition to talking about Bike&Walk Montclair’s mission to our public.

Bike distribution:
1 North Arlington
1 Glenridge
1 Bloomfield
2 Jersey City
3 unknown
7 Montclair

Thanks to volunteers Simon & 2 kids, Jason & 2 kids, Ken & 2 kids, and Debbie!

Glenridge Avenue Parklet Calendar of Events

Now that a beautiful new public space has been created in Montclair Center, Montclair Center BID, Glen Ridge Avenue Area Merchants, and Bike&Walk Montclair will be holding a series of community events in our cozy parklet throughout the month of October. Come experience how this innovative use of public space encourages us to re-think our streets as Places for everyone!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARKLET(10/2)  Our parklet will be born at the Bike Walk Montclair & Montclair Business District Co-Sponsored Tour de Montclair Bike ride and open streets festival.
Contact: info@bikewalkmontclair.org

Parklet Beautification Party (10/6) – Volunteers,  Montclair artists and Glenridge Avenue merchants will meet up and collaborate on the sanding, staining, plantings and murals within the parklet.
Contact: israel@montclaircenter.com

Arts in the Park(let) (10/21) 6-9pm-Arts in the Park(let) (10/21) – Make your night shine a little brighter with poetry during Montclair Art Walk. Join Amy and Maya from Creativity Caravan for some pop-up poetry, music, hot apple cider and more!
Contact: dollymooproducts@gmail.com

PERFORMANCE IN THE PARK(LET) (10/22) 7-9pm- Dance the night away! Music is so fine under the stars and in a park(let)! Come on out for live jams!
Contact: joannmalave@yahoo.com

Parklet Pumpkin Patch (10/23) 2-4pm – Get into the fall spirit with some cider, doughnuts, halloween  games and pumpkin decorating!
Contact: israel@montclaircenter.com

BYO Jack-o-lantern and Light up the Street! (10/28) 6-9pm – let’s light up the night with Jack-O-Lanterns! Bring your own pre-carved pumpkin (and Candle) and we’ll light up the Park(let) and all of Glen Ridge Ave!
Contact: israel@montclaircenter.com

Performance in the Park(let) (10/29) 7-9pm- Come send our parklet off into winter hibernation with the warmth of live music and other performances from local artists and musicians.
Contact: joannmalave@yahoo.com

Parklet Take-Down Day! (10/30) 9-5 – Let’s put this puppy to bed. We need volunteers to disassemble the parklet and load it into storage until next spring. Please consider helping!
Contact: israel@montclaircenter.com


Fall Hot Chocolate Hike & Bike Tour – Sat 10/8


Fall Hike & Bike Tour  – Since April, Bike&Walk Montclair has been hosting a season of Guided Bike Tours and this month, we’ll keep rolling after the Tour de Montclair with a final guided ride and hike combination.

Join us on Saturday, October 8 to leaf peep through town then hike Mill’s Reservation to watch the hawks soar over the First Mountain cliffs. You’ll experience great views and have a chance to sip hot chocolate on a mountain top.

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

Thank you for your support!

This Hike & 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 is strongly encouraged. We rely on your donations and memberships to function so please become a member today.

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 info@bikewalkmontclair.org.

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
TdM 2016

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: www.bikewalkmontclair.org. 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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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.

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 info@bikewalkmontclair.org.


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 info@bikewalkmontclair.org.