Wednesday, September 01, 2010

UPDATED! Fahrrad fahrt zum Biergarten!

UPDATE! The only change to the biergarten ride will be the meeting time. We will be meeting in front of Newark City Hall at 6:00 pm, NOT 5:00pm as previously stated.

Translation - Bicycle ride to the biergarten!

A few months ago I made a casual remark to Zoe Baldwin of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Brick City Bicycle Collective that we should join forces and organize a bike ride from Newark to the Biergarten at the Deutsche Club of Clark, where I'm a member.

An actual bicycle way-finding sign in Bamberg, Germany
showing bicyclists the way to the biergarten.

Well it looks like we are going to try and make this happen. The next and last biergarten of the season at the Deutsche Club will be on Friday, September 17th. The plan is to meet in Newark, possibly in front of City Hall at around 6pm and ride the 15 or so miles to the Deutsche Club at a fun and casual, 3-speed friendly pace using mostly quite residential streets (exact details on the meeting location and time will be forthcoming).

Besides having a great if not the greatest bier culture in the world, Germany is also host to one of the world's best bicycle cultures. When I visit Germany I will often go for a ride with with friends and/or family on the country's spectacular bicycle infrastructure. On some evenings our final destination would be the biergarten. As such, this is something fun of German culture that I would love to share.

As for the beirgarten itself, German biergartens are fun and family friendly environment so children are welcomed. There will be live music at the event along with German foods and plenty of bier (note - vegetarians will have some but limited options). Last call is at 10pm but festivities typically go longer. At the end of the evening people I will escort people to the 3.3 miles to the Rahway Train Station so they can take the train back to Newark (and I back to New Brunswick). People also have the option of taking the train from Westfield on the Raritan Valley Line which is slightly closer at 2.7 miles. Either way you will be going home at night so a proper assortment of front and rear lights are a must if you wish to participate.

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Tentative route from Newark to the Deutsche Club of Clark.

Don't miss out on this opportunity for a fun filled ride with New Jersey's largest and most authentic German Biergarten as your final destination. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to "ajbesold at yahoo dot com" so I have an idea how many wish to attend.

And while bikes and bier are some of the greatest things that make life worth living, it should go without saying, but drunk bicycle riding
IS DWI and will not be tolerated on the ride back to the train station.

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