Distance: Approximately 29 miles (loop)
Surface: Closed streets
(2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
Update 2007 - The 2007 tour was expanded to include the borough of Metuchen. There were
tee-shirts given out again, and the route was slightly different to include Metuchen, the Metuchen
police and public works also provided support and a stocked rest stop (granola bars!). The route
was about 29 miles, unfortunately I didn't have my GPS to get a more accurate route and
EdisonTownship runs a 25 mile police “enveloped” tour on
local roads in mid May (May 21 in 2006) around the township, of particular note
is the stop at the Edison tower, a large
monument erected on the site of Thomas Edison’s laboratory, where he invented
the light bulb. This historic site is surprisingly quite, located among
residential streets and set back off the road. Blocked from view by the
neighborhood’s tree lined streets, the huge tower goes unnoticed until you are
its base. This country owes much to Edison for
his inventions, yet few people outside the local area know about this site.
The ride is generally slow as are most enveloped rides with
the lead pace running between 12-15 MPH; however at certain points (critical
intersections, etc.) the lead is held to allow the envelope to consolidate into
a single pack. This is a kid friendly ride, with more than one tuckered out
little-one riding the SAG at the end. Besides SAG support the ride provides 4 predetermined
rest stops with water, two of which contain real restrooms.
In 2006 there was a $5.00 registration fee, and they gave out free tee shirts.
The ride runs about 4 hours, and starts at .
Kudos to Edison for taking safety seriously, the SAG
contains not just an equipment truck, but a bus, and First Aid vehicle, in
addition both bike EMT’s and “bike cops” are imbedded in with the riders, at
one point I counted at least 13 police cruisers participating in traffic