12th Annual Tour de Elizabeth rolls to a Sunny Success
Elizabeth, N.J., May 26, 2015 — On a sunny Sunday, May 17th, the 12th Annual Tour de Elizabeth, which is a 15-mile recreational bicycle Tour for all skill levels, attracted 1,000 riders, guests, and volunteers. The ride both kicked off and ended at Elizabeth’s City Hall, located at 50 Winfield Scott Plaza.
The theme for this year’s ride was “Arches, Bridges and Parks,” and as part of a completely new route, cyclists traveled through Union County’s Warinanco Park and the newly renovated Elizabeth Waterfront. Back at the finish line, a free raffle was held and tons of prizes including a 21-speed Hybrid Schwinn Bicycle and a 32 inch flat screen television were awarded to some of the lucky riders.
The Tour is supported by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and the City of Elizabeth, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders HEART grant, Elberon Development Company, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, the Suburban News, Investors Savings Bank, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, the Tropicana Diner, T&M Associates, Infineum USA LP, Elizabeth PBA #4, WAWA, the Elizabeth Rotary Club, Villani Bus Company, Investors Savings Bank, Harbor Consultants, the 20th Legislative District’s Senator Raymond Lesniak, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and Assemblyman Jamel Holley, the Local Source, La Voz, TAPinto.net, Brounell and Kramer Management Company, Navy Veteran Printing, Historic Midtown Special Improvement District, the Gateway Family YMCA, Rock 'n Joe Union, Doctor's Care Pain Relief Center, the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, BJ&M Auto, Elizabeth Development Company and State Farm Insurance Rodriguez Office. Elizabethtown Gas Company partners directly with Groundwork to help with the event.
“In one of the most attended yet, this year’s Tour de Elizabeth attracted visitors from all over to participate and navigate our historic streets and take in the City’s rich history,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I would like to thank the committee and the dedicated partners who work so hard to put this day together; without you this day would not be possible.”
In anticipation for next year’s event, the Bicycle Tour Committee has scheduled the 13th Tour for May 22, 2016.
Part of the proceeds of the Tour help Groundwork Elizabeth in its quest to work with Government, the business community, and the community at large to “change places, change lives”. For more information about Groundwork Elizabeth, log onto www.groundworkelizabeth.com. For more information on the wealth of cultural activities and events held in the City of Elizabeth log onto, www.elizabethnj.org.