LIVINGSTON, NJ - The West Essex YMCA and the Bike Livingston Committee are holding the third annual “Bike Livingston” event on Sunday, June 7, a family-oriented bike tour through some of the town’s neighborhoods. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to ride on one of three routes: a four-mile loop through the Collins and Mt. Pleasant School area for younger or leisurely riders; an approximately seven-mile loop that also includes the area around Hillside Elementary School, by the mall and back to Town Hall; or a longer, self-guided route planned for those who want more of a challenge.
The routes were strategically laid out by the Bike Livingston Committee in consultation with the Police Department, with an eye to safety and traffic patterns. The tour will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the parking lot behind Town Hall, with mandatory registration, packet pick-up, bike safety check and a safety talk at 8:30 a.m. According to the Bike Livingston Committee, pre-registration is encouraged, and comes with a free commemorative Bike Livingston T-shirt, but participants may also register on ride day and purchase the shirt on site.
“The Y focuses on healthy living and we are quite happy to host this event with our community partners,” said West Essex YMCA Executive Director Helen Flores. “It’s a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together, while enjoying the outdoors and getting some exercise.”
The West Essex YMCA and the Bike Livingston Committee are also offering a free bicycle stunt show following the bike tour courtesy of professional mountain biker Chris Clark. Over the past decade, Clark has competed all over the world and performed his stunt show in front of thousands of people at a time. The show will be an approximately 20-minute display of balance and agility as Clark maneuvers his bike over custom-built ramps and obstacles.
The West Essex YMCA and the Bike Livingston Committee are also looking for volunteers to help with their event. The organizers are specifically looking for help with registration to assist in checking in riders and handing out T-shirts, providing water to riders at the three water break locations, Assistant Ride Leaders to ride with the group and guide them through the routes, and people to help set up and break down the Chris Clark bike show. Volunteers can contact Helen Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-992-7500.
Organizers ask all participants to adhere to the following terms and conditions: all adults and children must wear a helmet in order to participate, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, riders must follow ride leaders and their directions and riders must also follow the basic rules of bike safety. Some of the bike-safety rules include riding on the right side, riding in a straight line, being courteous to drivers and using hand signals to warn motorists.
“Bike Livingston is an exciting day for the community to celebrate time with the family, while experiencing some of Livingston’s most beautiful neighborhoods through exercise,” West Essex YMCA Health Enhancement Director Barbara Santola said. “Our mission is to encourage Livingston’s youth to be active and appreciate the outdoors in a safe and responsible manner.”