PLAINFIELD, NJ - The city will host the New Jersey State Bicycle Championships for the third year in a row this Sunday, in conjunction with the Taste of Plainfield, highlighting a number of eateries in town.
According to advisories issued by the Plainfield Police Division, residents should expect delays and road closures in and around the downtown between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said, "We're excited about what will happen this coming Sunday. The city of Plainfield will be transformed into a race track for these bike cyclists, and it is something that we are very excited about, not only because of the bike race, but the other things that are going to be happening as a result of this race in partnership with other entities, such as the unveiling of the LimeBike, such as the opportunity for our young people, our kids, to be exposed to wholesome recreational activities by being encouraged to take advantage of cycling in the outdoors so that they can live a healthier lifestyle."
Listen to what Juan Pablo Jiminez, Vice President of Evergreen Elementary School, and a 2015 winner, said:
Donna Albanese of the Dairy Queen, in business for 43 years on South Avenue, said they will give away between 30 to 40 bicycles.
Greg Cordasco, owner of Liberty Cycle Bike Shop, said he is excited to see everyone on Sunday.
The city's Limebike initiative will also be launched at Sunday's bike races. Gil Kazimirov, the General Manager of LimeBike, talked about the benefits of the program. He added, ""This is our pedal bike. It's eight-speed, and you unlock it with smartphone."
The bike competition starts at 9 a.m. in front of Plainfield's City Hall at 515 Watchung Ave.