The weather on that Sunday couldn't have been better and I was pleasantly surprised to find a very well run event, worthy in every way of the spirit and planning of much larger Cyclovia events all over the world. Admittedly, New Brunswick and the event organizers had plenty of time to refine the event by the time I got to experience it but that only reinforces my admiration of those in charge as it would have been really easy to just give up after one or two possible mediocre events.
What was really wonderful to see was how the Latino community has come to embrace Cyclovia. Joyce Kilmer Avenue in the heart of Spanish speaking New Brunswick was the center of activity and as a long time resident of the area it was great to see the people in the neighborhood truly embrace the event. Unfortunately, the University community hasn't embraced the event quite as much but they are working on trying to get to college kids out and on the streets.
|Great (Samba?) music!|
Overall, I was super impressed at the quality and success of this event. It was clear to see Cyclovia acting as a elegant bridge between the communities and cultures that reside in the city. As someone who has become very jaded at seeing one too many poorly executed bike and pedestrian projects here in New Jersey, this event and all the new bike projects going on in New Brunswick giver me hope that we might be turning the corner as to what is expected when planning and building for those who walk and bike here in New Jersey.
Anyway enjoy the photos. There are many more after the break.