Posts Tagged ‘bicycles in Ocean Grove’

Labor Night. September 6, Sunday, 2020. OG North End, in the mountains. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor. Blogfinger.net

It is my impression that this summer has seen more bikers than ever before in Ocean Grove.  Perhaps there is a need for diversion in the face of the COVID stranglehold on our lives.

This is born out by the fact that local bike shops are short on inventory.  A popular design for the folks are the new “step through” models which resemble “girl’s” bikes, but the step over bar is even lower, and gender has been abolished by the bike industry.  Men can now be seen riding bikes with those low bars.  But having studied anatomy, I can tell you that both genders need low bars.

The bikers especially like to pedal around the Grove at dusk or at night, as in our photo above.  They enjoy traveling  in small groups of 2-6 bikers.

The Tour de France types are not interested in our town.   They need a place to stretch out their spandex and their $5000.00 racing bikes.  But those types do wear helmets unlike the OG bikers (as above.) Every biker should wear a helmet–not only the kids.

OG is a lovely small town where it’s fun to bike as a social activity, and thus it is easy to be distracted and to make mistakes like failing to pay attention to one way streets and stop signs.   Cars in the Grove tend to make quick turns onto tiny streets.  Yesterday we saw a car race eastward on Main.  I estimated his speed at 50 mph.  Another hazard is when a driver opens his door when parallel parked, creating an instant collision.

“The Top of the Hill” from the Broadway show Zorba. It’s the original show cast album recording.

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Bikers/law breakers on the OG Boardwalk on Thursday morning, 11 am. Sept. 6, 2018. Blogfinger photo. They are in violation of Neptune ordinance #1120. Click to enlarge this image.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

By Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger.net

Personally, I wouldn’t care if the Tour de France came down our boardwalk today.    It is a perfectly fine day to cycle, and the dangers of summer crowds are over.  In fact, we should have a Lance Armstrong look-alike contest on the boards this Saturday to make sure that every inch of the Grove is filled on Giant Flea Market day.

The Neptune ordinance  #1120 says no bicycles on the Boardwalk from 10 am to 3 am. from May 1 to October 1.  But no one gives a rat’s tuchus about that law once Labor Day is over.  Bicycles were all over the Boardwalk this morning.  And that’s great.  Why not petition Neptune Township to change the law to allow bikes 24/7 after  Labor Day?  Change it now and declare all today’s bikers as innocent.

In fact, all summer long the police specials on Segways were absent because no one would pay to hire them, so who would enforce the bike ordinance anyhow?  Evidently the badge checkers were deputized for that.   Shouldn’t Neptune pay to enforce their ordinances?  How does that relationship work between the CMA and Neptune?  Is there something in writing that spells out how ordinance #1120 should be enforced?

As for the criminal bike riders on the OG boards today, they are correct to assume that no one will enforce the law. So knock yourselves out.

And why not have a meeting of all the shore towns around here and settle on a time schedule for bikers that is consistent from town to town.

Here is a link to a popular BF post about cycling around this part of the Jersey Shore.

biking on the boardwalk

JUSTIN HURWITZ    “Epilogue” from the movie soundtrack of  La La Land.  This soundtrack won a Grammy.

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Founders’ Park. They probably rode the train to found the town in 1869. Here someone found the town and left their bike. Blogfinger photo © Summer 2018. Click to shift gears.


Close the gap with a bicycle and share the breezes.     JOHN DENVER:

“It’s funny how you sound as if you’re right next door
When you’re really half a world away
I just can’t seem to find the words I’m looking for
To say the things that I want to say
I can’t remember when I felt so close to you
It’s almost more than I can bear
Though I seem a half a million miles from you
You are in my heart and living there”


Take your bike and get closer.





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Ocean Grove. Auditorium Square Park. summer 2015.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove. Auditorium Square Park. July 3, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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