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Rutgers-Newark Students Will Pedal Through The Petals During Annual Cherry Blossom Bike Ride

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MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE WELCOME TO RIDE ALONG ON APRIL 9 OR APRIL 11

WHO:  The Commuter Transit and Parking Services will be hosting Rutgers-Newark’s third annual Cherry Blossom Bike Ride to and through Branch Brook Park.  Rutgers-Newark participants, who have signed up in advance, will be provided bicycles, lunch and various giveaways.

WHAT:  Students will be introduced to some of the scenic amenities of Newark, New Jersey, namely Branch Brook Park.  The bike ride is intended to encourage use of the University’s Bike Program and to encourage students to commute ‘green’, as Rutgers-Newark seeks to establish an environmentally friendly commuting culture.

WHEN:  Monday, April 9, 2012, 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Riders will meet at the new Rutgers-Newark Bicycle Park, located at 150 University Avenue, Newark, New Jersey on the Rutgers University – Newark campus.

BACKGROUND:  The State of New Jersey and Rutgers University-Newark promote environmentally conscious behaviors.  “Green” commuting is one way in which the entire Rutgers University – Newark community can get involved to support those initiatives.  The Cherry Blossom Bike Ride is designed to encourage “green” commuting behavior in addition to enlightening the Rutgers-Newark students on the recreational possibilities that the City of Newark has to offer.

CONTACT:  Jasmine Gendrano, program coordinator, 973/353-3746, or jasg@andromeda.rutgers.edu