BLOOMFIELD, NJ--Today the Bloomfield Parking Authority unveiled a large art mural called “Love and Family On the Road” in the Bloomfield Bike Depot, adding aesthetic beauty to the structure that provides safe, covered storage for members of the Bloomfield Bike Depot. In attendance were Mayor Michael Venezia, Councilwoman Wartyna Davis, Councilmen Carlos Pomares and Nicholas Joanow, New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition (NJBWC) Board Chair Brian Stolar, VELO Bloomfield Co-Founder Lark Lo, and the mural artist, Bloomfield resident Papa Tall.
“The redevelopment of Bloomfield Center in recent years has created more opportunities for local businesses, but also opportunities for alternative forms of transportation, especially biking,” said Mayor Venezia. “Commuters recognize that biking to and from the train station before and after work not only saves time and money, but also helps reduce traffic. This mural by Papa Tall adds an aesthetically pleasing component to the commuter’s experience.”
The Bloomfield Bike Depot opened in January with a ribbon cutting. The glass enclosed depot provides safe, secure, weather, theft and vandalism protection for bikes for a monthly or annual fee. Tall began work on the mural in June, through a collaboration between the NJBWC and VELO Bloomfield.
“I like to paint murals that bring happiness to viewers,” said Tall. “Commuting can be a stressful experience, and I find that colorful murals like “Love and Family On the Road” help cyclists relax, and transition into their train or bike ride.”
“Bloomfield was one of the first towns in New Jersey to pass a complete streets ordinance, back in 2011,” said Councilwoman Davis. “Encouraging residents to bike rather than drive makes our township more diverse, and this mural adds aesthetic beauty to the cycling experience in Bloomfield.”
The Bloomfield Bike Depot is on the ground floor of the Glenwood Avenue Parking Garage. Residents of Bloomfield and others may sign up to use the Depot on NJBWC's Bloomfield Bike Depot page.