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September 2016
 
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This Weekend Is All About Gran Fondo NJ

11 Tips to Keep You Safe This Fall

Biking News Around the World

From Seattle to Morristown, NJ: Bike Racks & Bike Shares

 

This Weekend is All About Gran Fondo NJ

If you love biking, then you know this weekend will be huge! Gran Fondo NJ is providing a weekend of fun to celebrate biking in northwestern New Jersey. The 4th Annual Kid’s Fondo is this Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Vail Mansion in Morristown. There will be handling skills practice,  bike decorating, a group ride & lunch. TransOptions will be there to provide helmet fittings and help participants decorate their helmets. This event is free but advance registration is encouraged.

The Gran Fondo rides and festival will be on Sunday, September 11. Riders will be conquering distances from 18 to 108 miles. While advanced registration is closed, you can still drop by to cheer on participants and visit TransOptions at the post-ride expo. TransOptions will be providing information on safety and commuting. The expo will be just off the Morristown Green starting late Sunday morning.

We hope to see you there!

11 Tips to Keep You Safe This Fall
 
Although it is still technically summer and temperatures this week underscore that point, fall weather is fast approaching and so are fall biking dangers. To help keep you safe, comfortable and riding all season, we have a few tips to share!
 
  • Drivers traveling westbound can be suddenly blinded by the earlier setting sun during the evening rush hour. Anticipate this by riding carefully, predictably and always using appropriate signals. 
  • Always use a white light in the front and a red light in the back. NJ law requires this!
  • Even if you have the lights mentioned above installed on your bike, it's also encouraged that you use a reflector in the back (usually under the seat).
  • Try riding in the dark wearing typical riding clothes and have a friend record you to see how visible you really are. What you discover may surprise you!
  • If the above experiment showed you that you are not as visible as you thought,look for athletic attire with reflective details.
  • Budget-friendly tip!: Try using reflective tape on your clothes, backpack, pedals, helmet, etc. instead of buying overpriced accessories.
  • Consider adding mud-guards.
  • Ride prepared with bright, breathable and waterproof layers for those sudden storms when visibility can take a nosedive.
  • Watch out for wet leaves! Treat leaf piles as debris if you can't clearly see the roadway. You never know what sharp objects or potholes may be hidden underneath.
  • When temperatures drop, so does your tire pressure. Be sure to check your tires weekly but more often if you ride regularly.
  • Keep a hat, gloves and a scarf handy for those unexpected chilly autumn winds.
And as always, ride friendly!

Biking News Around The World
Featured above is Pronto Cycle Share, Seattle's bike share system. Pronto Cycle Share makes 500 bikes available, at 54 stations, to residents and visitors in Downtown, Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square, International District, South Lake Union and the University District. 
Check out this great idea to help promote bicycle riding safety! Featured above is a helpful bicycle helmet dispenser located near a Pronto Cycle Share station in Seattle, WA.

If you're ever riding your bike through Morristown, here's a nice spot to park it! You can find these fun, bright red bike racks in front of the CVS Pharmacy along Speedwell Avenue. It's also a great spot to stop for a rest! You can refill your water bottle here and also recharge your phones at the nearby solar-powered charging stations as you rehydrate! 
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