ELIZABETH, NJ — With the snow and cold weather in the past, cyclists’ thoughts are now turning to a signature annual event—the Tour de Elizabeth. On Sunday, May 17, the City of Elizabeth, in cooperation with Groundwork Elizabeth, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders HEART grant program, local representative governments, non-profit partners, and businesses, will host the annual “Tour de Elizabeth”, a 15-mile bicycle ride for riders of every skill level.
Registration is open via www.elizabethnj.org, www.groundworkelizabeth.com, or by mail. Special incentives of a cap and shirt are slated for those who register by May 10.
City of Elizabeth Police provide escorts and traffic control officers to a crowd that includes riders of all ages and skill levels, so that cyclists make it safely through the many road intersections. Although the tour welcomes both young and old, the safety portion of the committee led by the Police Department stresses that riders should have a basic level of competency and children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. And of course, helmets are a requirement.
This year’s theme is “Elizabeth’s Arches, Bridges, and Parks”, which will offer a view of open space architectural achievements. Mayor Chris Bollwage looks forward to the tour every year, saying, “from historic sites to new developments, this family friendly event is a great way to experience the fourth largest City in the State.”
The Tour starts promptly at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, but registrants are advised to arrive early. Riders can register by downloading the registration form at elizabethnj.org or groundworkelizabeth.com or by calling 908-289-0262. Forms are also available at bicycle stores and other venues across Union County.
Last minute registration on the morning of the ride beginning at 7:30 a.m. is also possible at the event site, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza. Those who sign up by May 10 will receive a free hat or T-shirt courtesy of tour sponsors Elegant Headwear and T-rific T’s.