Trenton Cycling Revolution: Organized to Keep the Wheels Moving Forward
Over the course of 22 years, Trenton Cycling Revolution (TCR) has emerged as Trenton’s primary organizer of biking events for individuals, families, and groups. It has promoted safe biking for all, advocating at the local and county level for increased attention to bike lanes and the creation of more bike trails throughout the region.
In addition, TCR is known for its annual Tour de Trenton, the Ciclovia Open Streets event and Canal Path cleanups, as well as countless bike repair and bike giveaways focused on Trenton children and families. It works closely with the Bike Exchange of the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Mercer’s to help ensure that youth and adults who want to ride have a safe vehicle.
Seeking to build on its reputation and expertise, TCR recently formed itself as a separate corporation, elected a board of trustees, and recently was recognized by IRS as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. TRC trustees elected a slate of officers to help guide its activities and direction.
TCR’s officers include Jacque Howard, President; Kathleen Dieal, Vice President; Ed Adams, Treasurer; and Bernard McMullan, Secretary. Other trustees include Jim Simon, Helen Dudar, and Jun King. The board appointed Wills Kinsley as TCR Director of Operations, and Sonia Szczesna as TCR’s Outreach Coordinator in recognition of their leadership in leading TCR activities and initiatives.
“TCR has a goal of promoting policies and initiatives that encourage biking throughout the region while at the same time advocating for Trenton to become a model biking and pedestrian community. As a community, we need to see our streets and roadways as assets that safely meet the needs of motorists, bikers, and pedestrians,” said Board President Jacque Howard. “By making safe biking an option for all; by providing Trenton residents with bikes; by organizing events that allow resident to explore the many accessible trails and routes available to Trentonians; we hope to raise awareness of biking as a convenient, inexpensive, and safe method of transport to work, school, and social activities.”
TCR is already planning for Spring, Summer, and Fall programming.
● On April 24th, for the annual ‘Celebrate Trails Day’ members and supporters will ride the Delaware Raritan State Park Trail through Trenton to conduct a safety audit and rolling cleanup. Trail Survey forms can also be found on TrentonCycling.org to report issues and safety concerns [To participate in the riding audit please email TrentonCyclingRevolution@gmail.com – Information about additional community cleanups in Trenton on April 24th can be found at Facebook.com/TrentonCycling]
● TCR was recently awarded grants to install a biking information, tire pump, and repair kiosk in partnership with the Trenton Historic Development Collaborative. Input on the project was collected during a community meeting discussing the purpose and design with Trenton residents living near the Delaware Raritan Trail.
● TCR is planning kids bike giveaways in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club Bike Exchange and City of Trenton during the summer and is working with a local not-for-profit on a small garage shop space where bike repair clinics and diy repairs can take place.
More information about Trenton Cycling Revolution can be found at its website: TrentonCycling.Org
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