Front row, from left: Rotarian Vito Gallo, Julia Persche, Zoe Tenny, Jane Rasweiler, Juliet Rowe, Will Freeman, Hammad Iqbal, and Rotarians Susan Haig and Paul Kieltyka.
Back row, from left: Rotarian Mike Kelly, Michael Martins, Will Przedpelski, Danny Kane, Jonathan Ollom.
SUMMIT, NJ - The first-ever Summit-New Providence Rotary Bike Safety Ride will take place May 3, beginning at 12:15 p.m., commencing at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) parking lot.
The free event, open to residents of Summit and neighboring towns, features a three-mile bike route that loops by City Hall, follows Norwood Avenue to the Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary School parking lot, crosses Euclid Avenue and Whittredge Road, to Hobart Avenue and Franklin Place, then back to LCJSMS via Summit Avenue.
The Ride will be escorted by Summit Police, and guided by 25 Summit High School Key Club and Rotary volunteers. Children ages 12-under should ride with an adult.
A Bike Safety Rodeo will be lead by Summit Police officers from 12:15 - 1 p.m. in the LCJSMS lot. Up to 100 bicycle helmets will be made available, free, for kids who don't have one or need a larger one, on a first-come, first-served basis.
"Summit's beautiful streets should be enjoyed by bicycle," said Summit Mayor and Rotarian Ellen Dickson. "This is a great opportunity for kids and parents to practice safe cycling, and for drivers to share the road."
Summit Police Lieutenant Dave Richel, who is in charge of traffic, added, "Bike Safety is a top priority, and everyone should know the rules of the road. The Rotary Ride blends safety awareness with recreation and fun. Plus, you get to know your town."
For more information on the May 3 Rotary Bike Safety Ride, visit SNPRotary.org. In case of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for May 17.