LHT to Host Four Rides as part of the Hopewell Valley Come Out and Play Weekend

June 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Featured, News

Children elementary-aged and up, adults invited to participate

(HOPEWELL, N.J.) – As part of the Hopewell Valley’s Come Out and Play weekend, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail will again host four family-friendly bicycling rides on Saturday, June 11. The rides start at various places along the trail in Hopewell and Lawrence Townships and end at the Hunt House, headquarters of Mercer County Park Commission, located at the heart of Mercer Meadows.

“All children from elementary age and up are welcome to participate, along with their parents,” said Jill Young, co-chair of the LHT Programming and Public Relations Committee. “Parents with smaller children in trailers are also welcome, although we don’t recommend children riding bikes with training wheels at the ride-ins.”

Lindsey Bohra, the other Programming and PR Committee co-chair, said, “We encourage riders to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to be ready to roll at the scheduled times. All groups will have a ride leader, who will lead them to the Hunt House, where they will receive LHT maps and can explore the beautiful Mercer Meadows trails.”

The rides start as follows:

1.)    9:30 a.m. from the Brearley House at the end of Meadow Road off of Princeton Pike.
2.)    10 a.m. from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell entrance on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road. If the small lot is filled, participants will be directed to the construction entrance lot also on Rocky Hill-Pennington Road, across from Elm Ridge Road.
3.)    10 a.m. from Twin Pines Athletic Complex paved parking lot on Federal City Road.
4.)    10 a.m. from Village Park parking at the end of Gordon Avenue.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 20-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian recreational trail and transportation corridor through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, Mercer County, N.J. The idea for the LHT grew out of a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the region. The LHT supports an active, livable, and sustainable community with alternative forms of transportation to reduce reliance on automobiles. It also promotes health and fitness, recreation, and outdoor education.
The LHT’s board is made up of citizens who are committed to the development and use of trails. It started in 2002 when a group of community leaders met at Bristol-Myers Squibb to address concerns about diminishing opportunities for safe, off-road biking and walking. Hopewell and Lawrence Township officials, state and county government representatives and several private organizations including Educational Testing Service, joined the group, and an independent nonprofit organization was formed to build a biking and walking trail.
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Media inquiries:
• LHT Co-President Becky Taylor at 609.240.6886 or becky@btaylorpa.com
• LHT Co-President Eleanor Horne at 609.895.0813 or evhorne@gmail.com