Pop-up bike lane and free bike skills courses in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board, West Orange Police Department & EZ Ride have partnered to create a pop-up bike lane on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2, around Redwood Elementary School and along Woodland Avenue between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

By visually narrowing the roadway, drivers will slow down, creating a safer driving, walking and bicycling environment for students, seniors, residents and all who travel in the community. The temporary bike lanes will be installed by the West Orange Department of Public Works during the week of April 26 and the resulting 10-foot driving lanes and 5-foot bike lanes will conform to state standards. Bike lane symbols will be stenciled using washable paint. 

Organizers are looking for volunteers to assist with the event. Learn more and volunteer to help at http://bitly.ws/cy9B. Register your child for a free safe-biking skills lesson at http://bitly.ws/cxYQ; free helmets for youth who participate will be given away each day. 

This event is open to the community. Masks and social distancing will be enforced for safety. 

Additionally, the township of West Orange is finishing a Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety campaign in partnership with EZ Ride Transportation Management Association and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Take a five-minute online survey before June 3 at https://forms.gle/j375cNvqkH9JeCgK9 in English or at https://forms.gle/a1MJpzA5mkg1beuTA in Spanish. All who complete the survey will be entered in a raffle for a $100 gift card.