NEWARK, NJ - Cyclists will take a tour through Branch Brook and Weequahic parks, the Ironbound community and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart this Sunday.
Brick City Bike Collective, a cyclists advocacy group, will host the 16-mile ride, including a shorter loop through the Ironbound for families. An optional 11-mile route will head towards Weequahic Park and back for riders who can handle the longer the trek.
“It’s a great way to see Newark,” said Brick City Bike Collective President Aimee Jefferson in a statement, “and it’s a demonstration of Newark residents’ support for cycling as transportation and recreation that’s healthful, safe, sustainable, environmentally friendly, and affordable.”
The tour starts at Washington Park at 11 a.m. Riders of the full 16 miles will finish back there around 2 p.m. The ride will be escorted by members of the Newark Police Department and take a relaxed pace for riders of all abilities.
The Newark Bike Tour has previously been called the “Tour de Newark” and was held sporadically over the years. It was revived in 2015 by the Brick City Bike Collective to become an annual event.
More than 100 cyclists rode in the tour last year despite heavy rains. As of this morning, 232 cyclists have registered online for the event.
Registration is required and free, but a $5 donation is suggested. To register, visit NewarkBikeTour.org.
Limited in-person registration will be at the starting line after 9 a.m. on the day of the tour. For more information, visit Brick City Bike Collective's Facebook page.