By Mark Zalewski
The U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame, headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey since its founding, is in search of a new home. The hall was recently relocated to a temporary space when its original location was sold for redevelopment.
William Brunner, chairman of the search committee, told Cyclingnews that the redevelopment of the old space is an opportunity to find a new space that can handle the growing exhibits. "We were founded in Somerville and are part of a space that is going to be redeveloped," said Brunner. "Through that process we got bumped into a temporary space. So we decided to take a step back and think about what [the hall] should be."
"We've gotten inquires in the past from towns that want to host the hall of fame, or part of it - like at the ADT velodrome in Carson, California - they have a case of memorabilia right now," he added. "So we developed a request for proposal and sent it to the ones we think have the infrastructure - but we are also putting it out to other communities that might be interested."
The decision to find a new home is not a signal of trouble, said Brunner. This means the search committee is going to move slowly in order to find the best fit. "We're not in dire straights - we really need to get this out there and get some feedback from parties other than what we know about," he said. "That will determine our timeline."
More information about the hall and contact information for the search committee can be found at: www.usbhof.com