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Bike With Us Mercer and Ocean County!

14 Apr

Registration is now open for all Bike to Work Week events! May is National Bike Month, and GMTMA is celebrating with another Bike to Work Week event to promote bicycling as a viable transportation option.

“Bicycling is practical and joyful, good for your health and good for the environment.  Bike Month and Bike to Work Week celebrates the unique power of the bicycle,” said Cheryl Kastrenakes, GMTMA’s Executive Director, “and we encourage everyone to get on a bike and participate in our bike month activities.”

GMTMA’s biggest event is its annual Bike to Work Week event, which is May 15-19. Bike to Work day is May 19th. Registration for the event is open on GMTMA’s website, www.gmtma.org. The first 150 registrants will receive a free Bike to Work t-shirt. After the week is up, all registrants who log their miles on GMTMA’s website will automatically be entered in a drawing to win one of the terrific prizes provided by Bike to Work Week’s sponsors: Kopp’s Cycle, REI Princeton, Greater Mercer TMA, St. Lawrence Rehab Center, Sourland Cycles, and Whole Earth Center.

Other GMTMA promotions during Bike to Work Week are the Employer Bike Challenge for groups of fellow employees, the Visions of Bicycling photo contest, and Bike to Food and Friends for people who can’t bike to work, but replace as many car trips as possible with bike trips – taking your kids to school, to the post office, to the store, going out to eat with friends and family, or any other errands. Participants in these promotions are also entered in prize drawings.
And don’t forget to check out the Bike Commuter Journal series on our blog at gmtma.org, and email us  if you’d like to share your bike commuting experiences or if you have any Bike to Work Week questions.

Happy bicycling !

Swap-a-Ride Re-branded as Bike to Food & Friends

24 Mar

All together – spring is coming, spring is coming, spring is coming! If we repeat that often enough, the snow will melt and spring will really be here, and along with spring comes – Bike to Work Week!

But what if you work at home? What if you no longer work? What if you haven’t yet started your working career?

Great news – you can still participate in Swap-A-Ride, now re-branded as Bike to Food and Friends!

Swap-A-Ride might sound like our Ride Provide program, where instead of driving your car we give you a ride in one of ours. It might also sound like our carpool program, where you swap turns driving, like giving your neighbor a ride this week, and they give you a ride next week.

Bike to Food and Friends clearly says you drive your bike instead of your car. You might go to the train station, maybe to dinner and a show in the city.

You might go to the grocery store.

You might go to the library for a study group session, or to donate used books.

You might go for a ride in the park with friends.

These are just examples – if you would have driven there in a car, but bike there instead, it counts as Bike to Food and Friends.

Now, aren’t you looking forward to spring even more? Stay tuned for how to sign up for Bike to Food and Friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Almost Made It To Vegas!

10 Jun

At least based on the number of miles our participants biked during Bike to Work Week.

We would like to thank everyone for participating in this year’s GMTMA Bike to Work Week; together we have pedaled more than 2,200 miles, 400 miles more than last year, and eliminated 300 car trips.

Many of you are regular bike commuters as it turns out from these comments:

“I do this from April to October. The best part is passing the cars in the traffic on Alexander Road.” John F.

“I often bike to work. It was great to be able to share the road with more bike commuters last week! I hope that some of them become regular commuters too.” Bob W.

“I love riding to work.  I ride in 4 days a week in the summer after the kids are out of school for the year, and I don’t need to worry about picking anyone up from aftercare.  It helps me start the day invigorated once the blood gets flowing and it helps with my overall wellbeing.  I feel mentally and physically healthier when I ride to work.” Michael O.

While others seem to have enjoyed it enough to become regular bike commuters, as some of you said:

“It was great to have a kick in the pants to forgo the car for the bike.   I’ve been meaning to get back to riding to work, but riding to work still takes more thought and organization than jumping in the car.  This was a great incentive for me to take those extra steps.” Mark G.

“I enjoyed it quite a bit. I biked more miles the previous week than I did during bike to work week. I plan on continuing the bike commute on a regular basis.” Andres A.

“I feel more awake and happier all day on the days that I rode in. Unfortunately, project deadlines prevented me from riding Wednesday Thursday and Friday, but I plan to ride as much as possible for the rest of the summer and possibly next winter! “Anthony I.

And we are sorry to hear this Jessica D., hope you are better now and enjoying the ride “I look forward to this week every year! I used to commute by bike in all kinds of weather. But we just moved, and my commute is now 12 miles one way. I am trying to keep riding as often as possible. Unfortunately, this particular week I injured my quad and only got to bike on Monday.”

And Michael B. we hope you are feeling better and enjoying the ride “Unfortunately I was sick on BTW week and could not ride the bike.  I plan to resume regular biking to work …”

This year we had over 130 participants and 14 won in the prize drawing. Congratulations to all the winners:  Juan C., Chris T., Jenny M., Joanna B., Gareth M., Silvia A., James A., Debbie A., John F., Aaron A., Jim S., Brian C.,  Michael M.

Elizabeth M. biked the most miles, 160, during bike to work week and won the prize for the most miles. You can see why she says “Who needs spin class when you can get outside and bike to work. Work those quads and glutes!”

REI Princeton is the winner of the Employer Wheels Prize

And the Visions of cycling photo contest winner is Jim S. who submitted this photo:

Jim Simon

Congrats Jim and thanks to everyone who shared their pictures. It was hard to pick just one!

And finally, we hope you all agree with Jenny M. when she says”  “I thought it was great, but I’m not done yet!”

Stay tuned for the 2016 Bike to Work Week report, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and keep in touch. In the meantime if you have a commuting story you would like to share with us, please contact us, your story could be our next blog post.

Many thanks to our Bike to Work Week sponsors:

Hart’s CycleryMcCaffrey’s SupermarketWhole Earth CenterKopp’s CycleSt. Lawrence RehabREISourland CyclesHalter’s Cyclery.

Bike to Work Week Registration is Open!

8 Apr

REGISTER NOW!  Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) and Bike Month events registration is now available at gmtma.org. Registrants that log in their miles at the end of the week are entered to win great prizes offered by the following sponsors:  Kopp’s Cycle, Whole Earth Center, St. Lawrence Rehab Center, Hart’s Cyclery, McCaffrey’s Supermarket, Halter’s Cycles, Knapps Cyclery, Sourland Cycles, and REI. First 150 registrants get a free sports grey t-shirt with the Bike to Work Week logo!

Photo Credit: Deniz Dagci

Photo Credit: Deniz Dagci

GMTMA is also sponsoring the following Bike Month events:

Swap A Ride:  For those of you who don’t or can’t bike to work, replace as many car trips as possible with bike trips and enter to win prizes!

Employer Bike Challenge: Form a group of fellow employees to participate in Bike to Work Week. Enjoy the camaraderie and the great outdoors with co-workers by commuting to and from work together, compete with other employer teams, AND get a chance to win our EMPLOYER WHEELS award.

Visions of Bicycling: To celebrate Bike Month and the beauty of bicycling, GMTMA holds a photo contest (last year’s winner shown above). Bike to Work Week participants are welcome to submit their photographs.

And for those of you who want to express the beauty of bicycling in words, check out the Bike Commuter Journal series on our blog, and email jibara@gmtma.org if you’d like to share your bike commuting experiences. You could be featured on our blog.

And of course, GMTMA offers information and safety tips for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and can provide onsite bike safety and pedestrian education programs for schools and camp programs, businesses, as well as seniors. GMTMA can also help your community do a walkability audit and identify concerns for pedestrians related to the safety, access, comfort and convenience of the walking environment. An audit can also help identify potential solutions such as engineering treatments, policy changes or education and enforcement.

Remember to log in your miles at the end of the week and win great prizes from these generous sponsors:
Halters Cycles, Hart’s CycleryKnapps CycleryKopp’s CycleMcCaffrey’s SupermarketREI Princeton St. Lawrence Rehab CenterSourland CyclesWhole Earth Center 
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