Glen Ridge artist Lori Loebelsohn, whose BlueWaveNJ posters and mugs can be seen throughout liberal households in Baristaville, has a new piece of art that you may be seeing a lot of soon. An avid cyclist, Loebelson has created a poster for Bike Montclair, which will soon be offered for sale on its website. All proceeds, after her costs, will go to the advocacy organization.
She explains the concept of the poster in an artist’s statement:
“Safe Streets” is a main goal and in keeping with the concept of “complete streets” (more about “complete streets” in the mission statement on the Bike Montclair website). The second illustration “fun events” represents the “tour de Montclair”, which this year had over 1000 riders! And other organized and fun rides that we have planned. The third illustration “Human Power” represents our goal that if the streets were complete and more people were doing their local chores by bike, in addition to getting healthier, one would also be reducing their carbon footprint.
Prices for the poster, which comes in various sizes, start at $20 and can be purchased directly from Loebelsohn.
Bike Montclair’s big push this year is to get the town to adopt a “complete streets policy,” which would address the needs of all street users — including pedestrians. In keeping with that initiative the group is also considering a name change. It might become Bike/Walk Montclair. “That option is certainly out there as a possibility,” says Bike Montclair chair Laura Torchio.
Despite a Cops in the Crosswalks initiative last year, there were three local pedestrian fatalities in the past six months: one on Valley Road in December, one on Bloomfield Ave in January and one in front of the Diva Lounge in February.