SOCIAL DISTANCING CALLS FOR THE 17th ANNUAL TOUR DE ELIZABETH TO BE HELD VIRTUALLY - ALL RIDERS WELCOME!

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Cyclists from all over Union County are preparing for Elizabeth’s 17th Annual Tour de Elizabeth. Due to the social distancing, hundreds of people are excited to keep the tradition and start their summer with a virtual tour of the City of Elizabeth. The physical ride is being pushed to the Fall of this year.

Each May for the past 16 years, after months of cold winter weather, nearly one-thousand cyclists of every skill level gather for one of New Jersey’s largest recreational bicycle rides - the annual Tour de Elizabeth. The State’s 4th largest city is filled with history, recreation, food, outdoor spaces, and is in the final stages of connecting Elizabeth to NY State via a new bicycle and pedestrian walkway joining the Elizabeth River Trail with a path built on the Goethals Bridge.

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the annual May event for 2020 will offer riders a safe ‘virtual’ approach to the annual tour. A video highlighting the Tour route and points of interest along the route is due to launch on May 17th on the Tour de Elizabeth Facebook page promptly at 9:00 am, its original ride time, at https://www.facebook.com/TourdeElizabeth. The theme for this year’s ride is “Superheros for a Supercity”, featuring Elizabeth’s hometown hero’s as they celebrate the frontline workers for all they are doing to help keep our city safe.

There is a great deal of community support for this new platform for the Tour, starting with Chris Bollwage, the City’s Mayor. “The weather is warmer, and the trees are blossoming, which means it’s that time of year that we come together for one of our most anticipated events, the Tour de Elizabeth,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “This year, however, is quite different due to the unprecedented times we are in but our residents and visitors’ health is our top priority. So, we are happy to present to you our first time ever, Virtual Tour de Elizabeth. Being the fourth largest city in New Jersey, we have a lot to show you - so join us on this Tour, check out the sites and amenities we have to offer, and come and visit us when the pandemic is over. Until then stay safe and stay healthy.”

To learn more about the Tour and to see photos of past rides, click https://www.facebook.com/TourdeElizabeth/, http://www.groundworkelizabeth.org, http://www.elizabethnj.org, or http://www.goelizabethnj.com/bike.

Contact Jonathan Phillips at Groundwork Elizabeth, 908-289-0262 ext 203, elizabethnj@groundworkus.org or Kelly Martins, Public Information, City of Elizabeth, 908-820-4124, kmartins@elizabethnj.org.

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