ELIZABETH, NJ - Cyclists of every skill level are readying their bicycles in anticipation as the 15th annual Tour de Elizabeth that will roll through the city.\ this coming Sunday.
This year’s ride, which is titled “Destination Elizabeth,” will begin and end at City Hall, is a family-friendly, 15-mile recreational tour of the City of Elizabeth’s historic neighborhoods.
Registration is still open online at www.groundworkelizabeth.org and www.elizabethnj.org. For those needing a bicycle, arrangements have been made by the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization, which include a helmet, at www.goelizabethnj.com/bike/.
Walk up registrations are $25 each and also welcome. The registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the ride begins promptly at 9 a.m.
The Tour is open to all ages if the participant can keep a moderate pace of 10 miles per hour and is able to ride 15 miles, there is a bail-out at the halfway mark. Helmets are required for all riders. Members of the Elizabeth Police Department will also be on hand to escort cyclists on a route with rolling intersection closings and assist where needed.
Elizabeth is a destination City which boasts of great history, cuisine, and diversity. Groundwork Elizabeth and the City help to organize the Tour, assisted by the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization, the Bicycle Committee, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders are all working with the City to promote the theme and the Tour.
The event site is also home to vendors, nonprofit organizations and for the first time, it will feature a Wellness Center on the plaza in front of City Hall, courtesy of the City of Elizabeth’s Health and Human Services Department.
City Hall, which is located at 50 Winfield Scott Plaza in New Jersey’s 4th largest City. The event will go on rain or shine.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit organization Groundwork Elizabeth, whose mission is to build more sustainable communities. For more information, contact Groundwork Elizabeth at 908-289-0262.
Sponsorships, along with the commitment by Energy partner Elizabethtown Gas, help fund the Tour. Sponsors include: Elberon Development Group, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Brounell and Kramer Realtors, Harbor Consultants Inc., T&M Associates, Rotary Club of Elizabeth, State Farm Insurance office of Angel Rodriguez, Investors Savings Bank, Universal Peace Federation USA, Atalanta Corporation, BJ&M Auto, Tropicana Diner, the Gateway Family YMCA, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, the Election Fund of Carlos Torres, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, Infineum USA LP, the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, the Historic Midtown Special Improvement District, the Elizabeth Housing Authority, Donald T. Alosio, Jr. DC, Hilton Newark Airport Hotel, Residential Home Funding, Stanley J. Appraisers. In-kind supporters such as Rock ’n’ Joe, IKEA, Gargiulo Fruit, Navy Veteran Printing, NJ American Water, and others add to the base of supporters who make the day a special event.