Wednesday, September 15, 2010

UPDATE! Fahrrad fahrt zum Biergarten

We will be meeting in front of Newark City Hall at 6pm THIS Friday September 17th (not at 5pm as previously mentioned in the previous post about this ride). This is the only change to how this ride will be organized. Complete details below.

The sign of a truly civilized society. An actual bicycle way-finding sign
in Bamberg, Germany showing bicyclists the best way to the biergarten.

We will be riding with members of the Brick City Bicycle Collective from Newark to the Biergarten at the Deutsche Club of Clark, where I'm a member. The plan is to meet in Newark, in front of City Hall at 6pm and ride the 15 or so miles to the Deutsche Club at a fun, casual, 3-speed and family friendly pace using mostly quite residential streets.

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Approximate route from Newark to the Deutsche Club of Clark.

Besides having the greatest bier culture in the world, Germany is also host to one of the world's finest 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 biergarten 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 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.

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. There will be police on site to enforce this!

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