670 CYCLISTS TURN OUT FOR 2nd ANNUAL FULL MOON RIDE AT MERCER MEADOWS
Nighttime bike ride hosted by Lawrence Hopewell Trail & Mercer County Park Commission
(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As a beautiful full moon inched its way higher in the darkening sky Saturday night, the bicyclists began arriving for the 45-minute ride along a six-mile route along the Lawrence Hopewell Trail through Mercer Meadows. The estimated turnout for the second annual Full Moon Ride, co-hosted by the LHT and the Mercer County Park Commission, was 670 cyclists from Mercer County and beyond.
“Without a hitch,” was the way Mercer County Park Commission Executive Director Kevin Bannon described the night.
“An awesome adventure,” said Jay Watson, the LHT board member who conceived of the unique event celebrating cycling, the outdoors and astronomy. He noted that with the enthusiastic and generous support of the park commission leadership and rangers, as well as dozens of volunteers from the LHT board and its friends, the ride along Rosedale Lake, under tree canopied park sections and over to the Pole Farm, was safe and enjoyable.
Local bike shops and ice creameries were on hand to tend to cyclists’ every need from a quick bike tune up to a sweet reward at the end of the ride.
About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail
The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20 mile + bicycle and pedestrian trail and transportation corridor through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all of those who work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce the reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation and outdoor education. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Coalition, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information about the LHT, please visit www.lhtrail.org
About Mercer Meadows
The Mercer County Park Commission manages diverse offerings within its more than 10,000 acres of parks, recreational facilities, and open space throughout Mercer County. Mercer Meadows, where the Full Moon Bike Ride took place, consists of more than 1,600 acres, divided among five separate districts. Miles of mowed and gravel trails provide visitors and their families with scenic walking and biking routes through the meadows and woodland. Fishing is a popular activity at the park’s four water bodies. For more information, please visit www.mercercountyparks.org.
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