Congratulations to all of the 2017 Ward Tour riders!
The Ward Tour had over 2,000 participants, and the rain held off just long enough that we made it through the ride without getting soaked this year. That must mean that next year's ride will have only sunshine! Thank you to everyone who came out to ride and made this year's event so successful. We will post photos and links to event coverage as we get them, and we look forward to seeing you again next June for the 2018 ride!
Some initial photos from the ride are now up on the nj.com website
Online pre-registration for the 2017 Jersey City Ward Tour is now CLOSED!
We will offer limited in-person registration at the start at City Hall on Sunday, starting at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive by 9:30 to give us time to process your registration. We can’t guarantee you will get registered in time to ride, so the earlier you arrive, the better chance you have!
Ward Tour sign-in and bib pickup begin at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall, located at 280 Grove St. in downtown Jersey City. Please arrive early enough to wait in a line or two, pick up your bib and pin it on. We recommend arriving no later than 10:00. We will all line up for the start at 10:45 and begin riding promptly at 11:00 a.m., in one large group. Helmets are required for all participants. Only riders 12 and over are allowed to ride individually in the Ward Tour. Younger riders can ride on an adult's bicycle (in a seat, trailer, etc.). Adults, please register all kids coming with you too!
We'll ride about 15 miles on streets closed to traffic, with a police escort. We'll make a clockwise loop around the city, at a relaxed pace (10 mph), taking breaks, and returning around 1:00 p.m. to the finish. There we'll continue to celebrate cycling all afternoon at our Finish Line Festival in the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, featuring live music, food and drinks, vendors and other attractions.
Please read all of the information in the Ward Tour Waiver Form when you register and fill in all required fields.
You must agree to the terms of the waiver and conditions on the registration page to participate.
Registration is free, with a $5 suggested donation to fund our year-round efforts to make cycling better, safer, more accessible and more fun in Jersey City.
PLEASE NOTE: For the first time, this year’s Ward Tour & Festival is officially a rain-or-shine event.
We’ve realized it’s just too big and complex to organize it twice, and we can’t get permits twice, get a police escort twice, etc., for a rain date.
So we will ride June 4 even if it’s raining, in any weather that’s not dangerous, or simply cancel till next year for any that is (e.g. lightning, hail, very high winds, plague of frogs …). There will be no refunds, because it’s free! But as we’ve mentioned elsewhere, if you gave us, or plan to give us, the suggested $5 donation (or $5 million or whatever), those are non-refundable. And thank you!!