Mayor’s ride promotes cycling
Sitting in a special seat on his father’s bike, 2-year-old Luca Motoc was riding in style as dad Marius pedaled in the third-annual Mayor’s Fun Ride on Saturday.
“This little guy had so much fun,” mom Raluca said. “He was smiling the whole time.”
“It’s a great event,” added Marius.
The Motocs were just a few of the more than 50 people who participated in the community bike ride event, which began at Newark Shopping Center. Two cours- es – a 2.5 mile family fun ride and an 8.5-mile ride for more advanced cyclists – took riders on a tour of the city.
Mayor Polly Sierer founded the event in 2015 as a way to promote cycling in Newark.
“For me, it’s important to raise awareness about getting on a bike, getting exercise and biking safely,” said Sierer, who led the longer bike ride.
The event raised $14,000 through sponsorships and rider fees, and the money will be used for various cycling-related improvements, including bike repair stations along the city’s trails and a covered bike parking canopy at Newark Shopping Center.
Though attendance Saturday was affected by chilly, damp weather, BikeNewark Chairman Mark Deshon believes the event will continue to grow in the coming years.
“It’s got a real potential to bring in hundreds of bikers,” he said.
With bike-related enhancements to Cleveland Avenue, Casho Mill Road, Delaware Avenue and possibly Main Street coming within in the next couple years, it’s an exciting time to be a cyclist in Newark, Deshon said.
“We’re trying to help make this community more multimodal,” he said.
Luca Motoc, 2, has a seat with a view as dad Marius pedals in the Mayor’s Fun Ride on Saturday.