Touring Newark by Bike and Boat

This Saturday, lots of people (including Mayor Cory A. Booker) will take to the streets and waterways of Newark to see the city from a different perspective.

2010 Newark Bicycle Tour: Mayor Booker will be out on his bicycle to lead riders on a 25-mile (non-competitive) rolling tour through all five of Newark’s wards, starting at 9 a.m. from the steps of City Hall.

The mayor and his team will escort participants past major landmarks and will finish the course in the city’s downtown. There will also be a 5-mile Family Ride through Newark’s Downtown, which is suitable for children aged 8 to 14, accompanied by an adult. Both events are free and open to the public. Please note that bike helmets are mandatory and minors need adult accompaniment.

“Newark has a long and celebrated history as a center of cycling. We are restoring that tradition as we revitalize Newark,” Mayor Booker commented.

For more information and to register, click here.

Newark Riverboat Tours: While traveling seven miles along Newark’s riverfront, passengers on Saturday’s historical boat tour will be privy to nature (egrets, cormorants, and herons), active industry (metal recycling to mattress manufacturing), monumental structures (Pulaski Skyway and the “Little Orphan Annie” bridge), as well as views of Downtown Newark and various other neighborhoods.

Tour leaders Captain Bill Sheehan, from  Hackensack Riverkeeper, and Damon Rich, Newark’s Urban Designer and Waterfront Planner, discuss the riverfront’s past and future, including recent construction of the first section of Newark Riverfront Park – a three acre space that will ultimately feature a walking and biking trail, a floating boat dock and a riverfront boardwalk. Sheehan will also talk about the recent public acquisition of 12 acres of riverfront land in Newark’s Ironbound section, which brings the city a step closer to a network of riverfront parks stretching through the Ironbound, Downtown, and up into Lower Broadway and the North Ward.

“Our city exists because of its river,” said Mayor Booker. “It is the reason that people came to this place: Native Americans, European Puritans, American Industrialists, and the Great Migration of African-Americans. But for too long Newarkers have been alienated and blocked off from their riverfront. My administration is dedicated to bringing Newark and Newarkers back to the water.”

The eco-cruises, which ran throughout the summer, will conclude in October. As of this posting, there is still room on the 10/16 trip. For more information, call the City’s Division of Planning at (973) 733-3917, click here, or email newarkriverfront@gmail.com. Seating is limited.  Boats can accommodate up to 15 people per trip. River Cruise tours are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (which reduces a $20 per person cost to a $5 ticket).

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