Sunday, May 26, 2013
This challenge tested different modes of transportation to see which is fastest during rush hour traffic
Marty’s Reliable Cycle and TransOptions' Third Annual Sustainability Challenge was held Thursday morning amid the morning rush hour, slight rainfall and overcast skies. The challenge was to see which form of sustainable transportation could easily take a commuter from the Madison train station to the Hyatt Hotel in Morristown, during rush hour, and is there a significant time difference to traverse the 5.5-mile course. At exactly 8:40 a.m. the starting signal was given and the seven participants sprang into action. And the winner is … Eric Noonan riding the electric assist Bicycle who finished the course in only 17 minutes by arriving at the Hyatt at 8:57 a.m. All were treated to coffee and snacks by the Manager of the Hyatt and his staff …
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 …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Bike and Walk Morristown teamed up with TransOptions to host Morristown's first ever adult learn to ride class. Second session is Saturday, May 4, 10 am-noon.
Monday, May 14, 2012
TransOptions, Marty's Reliable Cycle-organized event held on May 9.
Call it a sophomore slump. At last year's inaugural "Commuter Challenge," a bike, folding bike and Chevrolet Volt competed against each other to see which would get from Madison to Morristown the fastest. In the end, Matthew Vance's Daikon folding bicycle beat the rest. But, in this year's follow-up, the rules were a little altered to better mirror real-world situations. Instead of everyone starting from the Madison train station, they started from Drip Coffee on Main Street. That meant Vance would have to take his bike over to the train station first. Also new this year was the addition of several other riders, including Marty Epstein of Marty's Reliable Cycle, Paul Miller of Sustainable Morristown and a pair of electric bike riders, Eric…
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 …
Marty's Reliable Cycle, TransOptions organizing Madison to Morristown event May 25.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Marty’s Reliable Cycle and TransOptions are hosting a "Commuter Challenge," where four different modes of sustainable transportation will be displayed in a race where nobody loses. "The real winner of the race is the public, as these sustainable methods reduce the negative impact standard automobile travel has on air quality and the environment," according to a event press release. The event begins with the 8:05 a.m. train at the Madison Train Station on Wednesday, May 25. The event ties in with National Bike to Work month and TransOptions’ goal of promoting alternative ways to commute to and from work. Commuters will be able to see first-hand how effective various alternative modes of transit are. Together, Marty’s Reliable Cycle and …