By ALAN KARMIN
WOODBRIDGE – In 2020, the Township of Woodbridge achieved “Healthy City” designation from the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign.
And, recently, the Township continued its movement towards a healthier community by launching a bicycle-sharing program for residents.
The township purchased and placed 20 bikes at three locations: Tanzman Park, Downtown Woodbridge; Ferry Street Park, Sewaren; and East William Street Park, Fords.
Bikes can be rented free of charge from dawn to dusk and must be returned without damage within 12 hours, using the Movatic app.
Woodbridge Township Councilor Gregg Ficarra is the Chair of the Woodbridge Mayor’s Wellness Campaign. Ficarra said the committee was excited about his appointment and that efforts will continue to deliver new health-focused programs to residents of the community.
“We are very proud to be a healthy city,” he said. “It’s a tedious process and we worked hard to make it happen. We are one of the first to obtain this designation.
Ficarra said the new bike-sharing program is part of the municipality’s commitment to its alliance with Sustainable Jersey and its efforts to provide a better community for residents.
Sustainable Jersey is a network and movement of municipalities, schools and school districts working collectively to create a sustainable New Jersey. Acting with state agencies, nonprofits, foundations, academia and industry, Sustainable Jersey researches best practices for what communities could and should do to contribute to a sustainable future, according to its site. Web. The mission is to “empower New Jersey communities to build a better world for future generations with the tools, training and financial incentives necessary to pursue critical sustainability initiatives.”
“We are in a geographic location where we are surrounded by wonderful healthcare facilities – JFK Medical Center in Edison, Raritan Bay Hospital in Perth Amboy and Robert Wood Johnson (University Hospital) in Rahway,” said Ficarra. “And in partnership with them, we will do our part to provide opportunities for improved health and well-being within our community.”
Ficarra added that various events are planned for the coming months – including a cycling event soon to be announced in September – which are motivated by health and wellness.