The Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market helps Trenton residents to lead healthy lives by providing nutritious food choices. Recognizing that health and physical activity are critical to healthy lives, the farmers market partners annually with the Greater Mercer Transit Management Association (Greater Mercer TMA), the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and other organizations to hold Bikefest, an event that encourages Trenton residents and students to bike safely and more often, during one of its weekly markets.
The goal of Bikefest is to grow more confident bike riders in Trenton. Young bicyclists participated in a bike rodeo facilitated by Greater Mercer TMA to learn a variety of techniques for safe riding. The bike rodeo consisted of a course marked by chalk, safety cones, and traffic signs. Using bikes, tricycles and scooters provided onsite if children did not have one, participants passed through four stations to learn about stopping, yielding, weaving to avoid obstacles, and using hand signals.
Trenton Bikefest had other activities to teach kids to be safer and more confident bicyclists. In addition to the bike rodeo, there was a helmet fitting station where kids could receive a free helmet that was adjusted to the correct size. Kids also received free bike bells and lights, and a bike inspection and repair station was available. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County Bike Exchange program had bikes for kids and adults to purchase at a reduced price. Participants could also enter into a raffle to win a free bike donated by REI.
Trenton Bikefest is an annual event held at the farmers market and is the result of a partnership between a number of organizations, including NJ Safe Routes to School, Greater Mercer TMA, Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County, REI, NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids, YMCA of Trenton, Isles (a community development non-profit), and The College of New Jersey.
Watch our video about Trento BikeFest. If you are interested in walk and bike to school events in your community, Find and contact your Regional Safe Routes to School Coordinator to get started.