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Edison and Metuchen Mayor’s Bike Tour, Rolling Success

Cyclists Ready for Tour Credits: Indra Nayee
Unicyclist before startig the Edison and Metuchen Bike Tour   Credits: Indra Nayee
Metuchen Mayor Thomas addresses bicyclists before they begin their 24 mile tour. Credits: Indra Nayee
Cyclists Ready for Tour Credits: Indra Nayee
Unicyclist before startig the Edison and Metuchen Bike Tour Credits: Indra Nayee

EDISON, NJ – More than 100 bicycle enthusiasts, families, kids, local neighbors and out-of-towners joined the 2014 Mayor’s Bike Tour through historic Edison and Metuchen on Sunday morning.

The event was organized by the Edison Recreation Department, Metuchen Recreation Department, East Cost Greenway and Middlesex Greenway Coalition. Cyclists of all ages from 6 months to 80 years showed up in the Edison Municipal parking lot with their bicycles, tricycles and unicycles and nothing was going to deter these hardy avid cyclists.

The organizers were assisting the cyclists with registration and route map. All registered cyclists received the t-shirt and water bottle.

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As participants lined up to roll their wheels, Metuchen Mayor Thomas Vahalla, the Edison Recreation Department Supervisor Joyce Fircha, Edison Recreation Department Director Denise Halliwell-DeSantis and Metuchen Recreation Department Director Nancy Goldberg welcomed and cheered everyone.

“I am very excited to see everyone here today. It is a great day to experience Edison and Metuchen on the wheel,” said Mayor Thomas.   

“We are very happy to see you all here. Hope you all enjoy the ride through Edison and Metuchen,” added Joyce Fircha, Edison Recreation Department Supervisor. 

William Holloway and Raphael Lasar were the center of attention as the  only unicyclists. “Unicycling is good for people’s lives and it helps them to be balanced and stay in control,” said Holloway. “It is easier to ride as the pressure is balanced between your seat and your feet.”

“I have been riding the unicycle since I was 16. The French high wire artist Philippe Petit inspired me to learn to unicycle,” said Laser. “It is a great exercise with lots of fun.”

Metuchen Mayor Thomas kicked off the bike ride with high-fives and cheering on the riders as the began their 24 miles tour..

Beginning and ending at the Edison Municipal Complex, the bike tour was leisurely 24-miles with a police escort  through Edison and Metuchen’s diverse neighborhoods, showcasing sculptures and architecture. As a part of National Bike Month, the tour aims to highlight the two towns, promote healthy lifestyles and raise awareness of bicycle safety throughout the region

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