Last February, after a long overdue visit to my Grandmother in Southern New Jersey, I drove North, over to Bayonne, NJ, to meet a couple friends at an indoor skatepark known as “The Bridge”. A 5,000 square foot park built out of concrete and wooden ramps, the “Bridge” serves dozens of skaters and bikers a day, alongside graffitied walls and stickered doors. Since its opening in 2011, the bridge, whose owner lives in the back room of the skatepark, is open 7 days out of the week, allowing anyone through its doors for only $12 a session. With street-like set-ups within the park, the Bridge is not only designed for park riders, but street riders as well, which as we can all agree, requires more creativity and a tech style.
Up and coming NYC street rider, Martin Ochoa, best known for tech skills, tries to get out there every Tuesday and Thursday, as the park is open to bikers on these days. Company riders and crews, such as the Animal Bikes crew, heads out to Bayonne’s finest indoor park when they can, especially during the brutal winters that often create silence within the sport. Magazines such as Dig often shoot riders there, as they did earlier in December with the Animal crew.
Though a tough ride from the city if car-less, the Bridge is definitely worth a stop at, at least for Instagram jibs.