ELIZABETH — Due to the steadily growing interest in the Tour de Elizabeth by the public, sponsors, and businesses, the 2012 Tour de Elizabeth Bicycle Committee has announced a new location for the annual 15 mile recreational bicycle ride through the City of Elizabeth. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and finish at Winfield Scott Plaza directly in front of Elizabeth City Hall within the Historic Midtown Elizabeth Special Improvement District, on Sunday, May 20.
The 9th Annual Tour theme is “Elizabeth’s Architecture: From Founding to the Future.” Established in 1664, Elizabeth has been shaped by its rich architectural history. Samples of this influence are the 1st Presbyterian Church on Broad Street, which was burnt to the ground by the British in 1770, and the new site of the Tour at Winfield Scott Plaza, which was once the location of Elizabeth’s City Hall.
Early support for this tour theme has been made by a Union County HEART grant (History, Education, Arts, Reaching Thousands), which funds educational and cultural projects and programs to assist non-profits which enhance the City and County quality of life. Last year nearly 500 riders and their families gathered at the start/finish point at Union Square in the Elizabeth Avenue Shopping District of the State’s fourth-largest city.
The Annual Bicycle Tour is hosted by Mayor Chris Bollwage, the City of Elizabeth, The Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, the Elizabeth Development Company, the Elizabeth Avenue Special Improvement District, the Historic Midtown Special Improvement District and Groundwork Elizabeth. Riders are escorted throughout the Tour by the Elizabeth Police Department, which closes intersections, as riders pass.
The cost of riding the tour is $15 for pre-registration, and includes a free raffle ticket for a drawing directly after the ride. Goody bags, hats, and t-shirts are available for early registrants. Riders should either contact Tour Headquarters at 1-908-289-0262, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Groundwork Elizabeth and City of Elizabeth websites at www.elizabethnj.com, and www.groundworkelizabeth.com and the Tour de Elizabeth Facebook page.
Sponsorships are available as the Winfield Scott Plaza event center presents new opportunities for businesses and organizations to arrange for presentation booths. Paper application forms and brochures are forthcoming. For the 9th Tour, NJ 101.5’s “Big Yellow Van” will be present before the Tour start, with prizes, games and giveaways. Funds raised for the event assist Groundwork Elizabeth, a 501c3 non profit which works in the City and Union County in programs with the mission of “changing places, changing lives”.
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