FLEMINGTON, NJ - More than 40 commuters will leave their cars behind at some point this week and bicycle to work as part of Hunterdon's Bike to Work Week 2017. The event kicks off today, Monday, May 15.
The free annual event is coordinated by HART Commuter Information Services, the local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation.
“We often forget that bicycling is a form of transportation," says Tara Shepherd, HART executive director. "In countries and cities around the world, bicycling is the primary way to get around.”
There are 26 men and 16 women who have registered to participate in this year's Hunterdon Bike to Work Week. The majority of participants will ride directly to their worksite, while a smaller number will bicycle to meet a bus or a train.
Commuters will be cycling to 29 Hunterdon work sites, including several popular destinations: Hunterdon Central High School, Merck & Co., Energy Kinetics and Hunterdon Healthcare.
Participants will track their rides throughout the week. They may ride one or more days. As an added incentive, each ride will serve as an entry into a drawing for prizes provided by sponsors.
HART has provided event participants with information on bicycling safety and requires that all bicycle commuters wear helmets. Motorists are asked to be aware of the potential of cyclists on the roads during early morning and evening hours this week. HART offers the following tips to motorists to share the road:
- Reduce speed when approaching a bicyclist.
- Allow at least 3 feet of passing room when overtaking a bicyclist.
- Do not honk or yell at bicyclists.
- Watch for bicyclist hand signals, which will indicate if they are stopping or turning.
For more information on bicycle commuting or bicycling in Hunterdon, visit HART's website.