Monday, May 13, 2013
Which is fastest: bikes, cars or mass transit?
As bicycles and vehicles learn to share the road together, one Morristown business is looking to put them to the ultimate test. Marty’s Reliable Cycle and TransOptions have set the third annual Alternative Commuter Challenge for May 23. Bikes will challenge cars and mass transit in this race where there are no losers, and this year members of the public can join in. The modes of transportation include: In 2011, Vance won through the NJ Transit and his Dahon-brand folding bicycle and in 2012, No. 1 was plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius from Toyota of Morristown The event kicks off at Drip Coffee at 34 Main St., Madison. Here's a look at how the day will go: The commuter challenge is being organized by Marty’s Reliable Cycle and TransOptions to …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Riders biked Sunday across Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon counties for second-annual event benefiting local charities.
Only would a bike ride encourage people to come to town and then ask them to leave, some as far as 100 miles. But, it's OK, they all came back. Participants in the second-annual Gran Fondo NJ bike ride traversed Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon counties Sunday with rides ranging from 18 to over 100 miles. Unlike last year's initial attempt—which got postponed due to a certain major late summer storm—the Fondo's second turn, once again organized by Marty's Reliable Cycle and benefiting Grow it Green Morristown, The Seeing Eye and Homeless Solutions, went off without a hitch on the very first try.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
1,400 riders have already signed up for charity fundraiser.
In less than two weeks, about 1,500 cycling enthusiasts are expected to ride from Morristown, bound for the twisted, turning, hilly roads of Morris County and beyond. The sophomore Gran Fondo NJ is scheduled for Sept. 9. Organized by Marty's Reliable Cycle and sponsored by Jamis Bicycles, the now-annual event will offer routes of 18, 44, 64 an 107 miles, with proceeds benefiting three area organizations—Grow it Green Morristown, Homeless Solutions and The Seeing Eye. Marty Epstein, owner of the Speedwell Avenue bike shop since 1978, said $5,000 was donated to each of the organizations last year. Everyone worked so well with each other, he decided to promote the same organizations for the event's second turn. "All the charities worked so …
Friday, May 27, 2011
Let us count the ways.
It is that time of the month again. The time when all manner of folks descend upon the Town Hall parking lot at 6:30 p.m. to gather in a showing of unity and love ... of bikes. Yes, friends, it's "Community Bike Ride" time again! Or, if you prefer, "Critical Mass" bike ride time again. Either one is acceptable. While last month's Zombies vs. Pirates-themed ride was Morristown Patch's first foray into this monthly community endeavor, it is by far not the first time those beautiful creatures on two wheels (and, we're not talking about the Derby girls, they have eight) have graced this site's virtual pages. So, in honor of the monthly ride (followed tonight by the Morristown Bike Fest: A Celebration of People and Pedals), we present some of …
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The folding bike/train method beats bicycle, electric car by minutes.
On Wednesday, May 25, Marty's Reliable Cycle and TransOptions organized a challenge ... a "commuter challenge." Three alternative modes of transportation–a bicycle, Chevrolet Volt electric car and a combination of train travel and folding bike–set out from the Madison Train Station at 8:05 a.m., with the ultimate destination the Hyatt Morristown, about four miles away. While Matthew Vance, the train/folding bike competitor, ultimately won out, he only did so by a few minutes. And, in the end, everyone that sought an alternative to their regular ways of getting around were winners. Check out Morristown Patch's video of the journey.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Many of us have one; how many actually use it?
While waiting for the 8:05 a.m. train in Madison, marking the start of the "Commuter Challenge" on Wednesday morning, Christine Wong, of Morristown, came up to the group of competitors and organizers of the Marty's Reliable Cycle/TransOptions event to ask about the new Chevrolet Volt electric-powered vehicle competing in the event. Speaking with Matthew Vance, the competitor riding the train and riding from the station to the Hyatt Morristown via his Dahon-brand folding bicycle, she noted she also had one of those types of bikes. "Oh, you're a folding bike rider," I asked. Wong laughed. "I'm a folding bike owner, I'm not a folding bike rider, at least right now." There are a lot of us out there that share Wong's ownership/ridership …