Livingston Bike Tour: Promoting a More Bike Friendly Town

Cycle Craft Bike Check tent Credits: Eric Paragallo
Bikers prepare for Livingston Bike Tour Credits: Eric Paragallo
Bikers embark on the Bike Livingston Tour Credits: Eric Paragallo
Livingston Residents: Debra and Remi Marcus and Kelly and Jessica Reizun Credits: Eric Paragallo
Chris Clark, professional bike rider, preforms tricks Credits: Eric Paragallo
Transoptions Helmet Adjustment tent Credits: Eric Paragallo

LIVINGSTON, NJ - “See Livingston in a new way—from a bicycle seat” was the motto Sunday afternoon at Livingston’s first annual Bike Tour. An estimated 60 to 70 town residents made their way out to town hall with their bicycles in toe.

Hosted by the West Essex YMCA, the Bike Livingston Tour traveled the back roadways of Livingston. Two routes were mapped out for the event. A four mile child-friendly route covered flat terrain, and a more difficult seven mile trek journeyed through Littell People’s Park.

Arlene Johnson, former Mayor of Livingston, said the main priority of the Bike Tour was to promote a more bicycle friendly Livingston. After Johnson and the other bikers returned from the tour, she remarked how nice it was to see everyone riding bicycles along the roadways of Livingston. “It was a beautiful sight to see – 50 bikers stretched out across a stretch of roadway.”

Sign Up for E-News

Cheryl Francione, Chair of the West Essex YMCA shared similar sentiments when she stated her hope regarding the Bike Tour.  “We hope to show people that Livingston is a bikeable town and that they can ride bikes here very often.”

Art Altman, a volunteer from the YMCA, spoke about how a more bike friendly Livingston can help the environment. “Bike riding saves fuel, saves the environment, and, besides that, it’s just great fun.”

Prior to the tour, three promotional stations were set up around town hall’s parking lot to help prepare participants for the upcoming bike ride.

Transoptions, a non-profit organization that promotes bicycle safety, hosted a Bike Rodeo course. The Bike Rodeo is designed to teach kids and adults alike a number of bike safety rules, including how to control ones’ bicycle, the proper hand signals on the roadway, how to enter a street from a drive way, and how to cross rail road tracks. Bill Feeney, Bicycle Safety Specialist, said, “We teach everyone—kids and adults, too—to understand the rules of bike riding on streets and sidewalks.”

The Transoptions group also set up a Helmet Check tent where a Transoptions employee would teach individuals how to properly fit a bicycle helmet onto their head.

Cycle Craft, a bicycle supply store based in Parsippany, also set up a bike check tent. There, service manager Eric Paulson would repair any bike related concerns for those participating in the event. Paulson said he was happy to help out and support the Bike Livingston Tour. “We come out to the event for, more than anything else, to support the community.” Cycle Craft also donated to the event eight $$50 gift cards valid at Cycle Craft stores. The gift cards were raffled off following the Bike Livingston Tour.

Just before the bikers took off, Mayor Fernandez made a brief appearance, standing before the assembly of cyclists and giving a short speech. “We have to thank all our sponsors,” he said. “They did great job setting all this up. Unfortunately I can’t go with you – I’m not dressed in proper attire – but be safe, and have a great time.” Mayor Fernandez then stepped aside to let Cheryl Francione direct riders on how to proceed onto the roadways.

Following the tour, a bicycle stunt show presented by Dell was held. Chris Clark, a professional mountain bike rider and a former Livingston resident, explained that his shows are all about “encouraging everyone to find something they like to do, not necessarily mountain biking.” 

Clark made a joke to the audience regarding his relatively accident free history as a professional bike rider. “I’ve been at this for 15 years and haven’t broken any bones yet.” He continued on to say that his good fortune wasn’t all just sheer luck, though. “Part of it is being safe and wearing the right gear.”

In association with the YMCA, the Livingston Bike Tour and Bike Collection was sponsored by the Bicentennial Committee, Barnabas Health, Eastman Companies, CPG Interactive, and the Rotary club of Livingston.

“We have a great variety of sponsors that believe in Livingston as a bike-able community. We’re very thankful to them,” said Arlene Johnson.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Nutley Police Make Arrest In Instagram School Threat Case

February 25, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ — The Nutley Police Department made an arrest in the case of an Instagram video post. An 18-year-old resident was charged with Third Degree False Public Alarm.

Joseph Rafanello, a senior at Nutley High School, was arrested and taken to Essex County Jail. The arrest followed a full investigation by the police.

Chief Thomas Strumolo stated that ...

How Do I Decide Which College to Attend?

Now that college acceptances are rolling in, how do I decide which to attend?

Your hard work in high school has paid off. You took your SAT/ACT exams, got the best grades you could, and filled out as many applications as you needed to. Acceptance letters are starting to come in and you need to make a decision on where you will go in the fall. It's hard to decide!! Here are some tips and ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, February 25, 1:00 PM

CycleBar, Livingston

Cycle Red for Heart Disease to Benefit Heart ...

Giving Back

Mon, February 26, 1:30 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Monday at the Movies: WILD OATS

Arts & Entertainment


Mon, February 26, 2:00 PM

Burnet Hill Elementary School, Livingston

Livingston Public Schools Presents: PRIDE Open ...


NJ Acting Health Commissioner Cites Inglemoor as Example of Best Practices in Flu Prevention

February 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — With one of the worst flu seasons in recent history taking a daily toll across the nation, New Jersey Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal visited Inglemoor Rehabilitation and Care Center this week to meet residents and praise clinical staff for their success at keeping the flu at bay.

"There are best practices that Inglemoor has already implemented ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  


The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...