Bike Jersey City
First sign up, and then join up with the leaders at City Hall in Jersey City (at Grove and Montgomery Street, a short hop from the Katyn Memorial and Path at Exchange Place). Registration is free (a mere $5 donation is suggested), but do not wait until the last moment, like, the night before! Of course this begs the question: why Bike JC's sister organization in New York City charges $92 not including a $22 "processing fee." We'll not ponder the "too big to fail" logic previously applied to our banking system during our most recent economic crisis, but, instead, we'll groove on the populist vibes and join hundreds of other happyfaced trippers along a JC Police-escorted route (and one of the friendliest police escorts we've seen) exploring the ins and outs, the byways and inways, of this lovely sixth borough (along with Hoboken, of course) that spans the majestic Hackensack and Hudson rivers.
Feeder Ride, graciously hosted by Ed DeFreitas, meets up at 9AM, in Manhattan, at City Hall. Once in Jersey City, sign in; ride begins promptly at 11AM.
At the end, live music, beer, and kielbasa.
Bike JC is a citizen-based advocacy organization that aims to make Jersey City streets safe and welcoming for bicyclists, by promoting traffic law enforcement, bicycle lane creation, additional bicycle rack placement, education, and group rides. A Jersey City Bike Share with Citibikes is now in the works at several locations. More at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTIONS: The easiest way to get to Exchange Place from Manhattan is the ferry at World Financial Center (no schlepping up and down Path stairs). The ferry begins running at 10AM on the weekend so you may be able to get to the line up by 10:45. The ride begins at 11AM. The alternative is the Path at WTC, which has an elevator, fortunately. We recommend, though, taking the ferry on the return as well.