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The Revolutionary Ramble Bicycle Tour is MAFF's feature event.

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Registration Open! Revolutionary Ramble X:
Sat, June 9, 2018

The Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation is dedicated to safe cycling for fitness, fun, touring and transportation.

We work to educate cyclists and motorists alike about their responsibilities through event rides, bike clinics, cooperative projects with local police departments and emergency squads, and other educational programs. We are a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

Read About our Mission and Goals to educate cyclists and motorists about safety issues, as well as the fun and value of cycling.

Help out by donating or volunteering. Share your knowledge with other cyclists to benefit the community.

REVOLUTIONARY RAMBLE ROLLING TOWARDS 10th ANNIVERSARY

The Foundation’s primary fund-raising and safe cycling education event will celebrate its tenth anniversary on June 9, 2018 with a gala anniversary tour leaving from Drew University in Madison.

Last June, the Ramble again welcomed over 1,000 riders from New Jersey and several other states. The Ramble included a 10-mile novice and family tour with stops at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center and Seton Hackney stables plus tours of 25 miles, 35 miles, 50 miles, 65 miles and 100 miles.

“Our tenth anniversary will be a milestone and a tribute to all our volunteers who have made the Ramble a marquis event on the East Coast bicycle calendar,” said Jim Hunt, Foundation Vice Chair and the founding Ramble Ride Director.

In 2018, the Ramble will again tour the scenic roads of the one of our country’s most scenic and historic areas where Washington and the Army endured a bitter winter, the telegraph was invented, Gilded Age mansions lined the hillsides, and the nation’s first national wildlife preserve – the Great Swamp—halted construction of a jetport that would have destroyed both the natural and historic ecosystem.

For Ramble IX last June, riders received pre-ride safety briefings from Foundation volunteers, as well as on-road coaching from volunteer marshals. For younger cyclists, TransOptions provided a bike helmet fit check and handed out replacement helmets when defective helmets were found.

Each year, proceeds are donated to local volunteer ambulance squads and used for the foundation’s bike safety programs. Cumulative squad donations for the nine years since the Ramble’s inception total almost $200,000.

The Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation works to educate cyclists and motorists about their mutual safety responsibilities through event rides, bike clinics, donations of safety signage and bike racks and cooperative projects with local police departments. Recent grants have underwritten a bike-on training program for local police, safety programs for children presented by Trans Options, bike racks for the Morris County Parks, Morris Township and Mendham, and bicycle safety surveys and meetings for the NJ Bike & Walk Coalition.

E-BIKE SURVEY

Survey results released at the 2016 N.J. Bike & Walk Coalition Summit show confusion, but increased interest, in bicycles equipped with electric motors (e-bikes) for use on roads and in bicycle lanes. Read more...

IF YOU have first-hand experience with riding an e-bike in NJ, please contact Foundation Vice Chair Jim Hunt, freewheeljim@gmail.com

CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH GRANTS

The Foundation in 2015-2016 supported work in three Morris and Somerset county communities that will make it easier and more enticing to bicycle instead of drive.  The communities — Morris Township, Mendham Borough and Bernards Township—encourage cycling through their planning and work of local advocates. The Foundation’s support provided funds for bike racks in key locations such as parks, pools and downtown streets so that residents who elect to cycle know they’ll have a place to park. Read more...

SHARE THE ROAD...SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY

In 2015, the Foundation partnered with Morris County Parks Commission to place Share the Road/Share the Responsibility signs in 21 locations throughout the park system. Palisades Interstate Park Commission also accepted signs for display at park entrances and exits.

Please help us spread the word that we can all responsibly share the road. Donations welcome. For donations of $5 or more, we will send you information about our activities and a decal just right for your car window.

Please contact us at info@maffnj.org if we can help your group add safety talks and materials in support of your next charity or fitness-focused event ride.