Mayor’s ride pro­motes cy­cling

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Luca Mo­toc, 2, has a seat with a view as dad Mar­ius ped­als in the Mayor’s Fun Ride on Satur­day.

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