Cherry Blossom Ride with Tim from Newark!

21 Mar

Hey you guys, on Sunday April 7 I am hosting a bike tour through Newark Branchbrook Park’s famous cherry trees. Come see the largest collection of cherry trees in the US in full bloom. April 7, 1pm. We’ll be meeting at the Prudential Concert Grove between the lions. If you can look across the lake and see the cathedral, you’re in the right place. The course is about 8 mostly flat leisurely miles long, and we’ll be walking our bikes through cherry groves at the halfway point. It’s easy for beginners and kids.

The park is closed to cars that morning for a 10k run. The roadblocks should be lifted by noon or 12:30. You can park anywhere inside the park along the side of the road. If you get there early and the roadblocks are still up, park in the cathedral parking lot. The closest entrances are on Clifton Avenue and Park Avenue. It’s just off I-280 and only a few blocks from Broad Street Station (NJ Transit). From Penn Station head straight up Raymond Blvd which runs into Nesbitt which dead ends into the corner of the park right next to the I-280 entrance. Piece of cake!

Afterward we’ll head down to the Ironbound (just east of Penn Station) for some food and sangria! I know all the back street spots that are cheap and dee-licious!

There is no fee, so we’re not giving out t-shirts. Wear pink if you want.

Park map / local map:

Rain or shine!

See photos from 2011 here:

Qs?: Tim Sullivan, 973-997-6461,


2 Responses to “Cherry Blossom Ride with Tim from Newark!”

  1. Tim from Newark April 2, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    Folks, the last few frigid weeks have shocked the cherry trees and the blooms will be coming out a few weeks later than expected. So I’ve added an additional date…Sunday April 14 @noon. The blooms will be much better and you’ll get to see the official blossom festival in the park. Please come on the 14th instead! Pass the word!

  2. Tim from Newark April 16, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    Thank you guys for joining the ride! It was great to have you here.

    If you enjoyed the urban terrain element of it I’d be glad to create a few very interesting, scenic, challenging, hyped up urban rides for us. For instance, I know the scenic JC -> GWB Hudson River bikescape very well. I can ask SOMBike’s expertise to design a Montclair ->Maplewood upscale hillside slide. I can string together the greatest hits in the long downhill from Summit ->Short Hills ->Millburn ->Maplewood ->Irvington then dropping straight into the heart of Newark ->sangria. We could do 20 miles in Newark and surrounds as well. You tell me what mix of scenic views, waterfront, architecture, history, terrain change, distance, traffic challenges, danger factor you want and I will put together the right ride.


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