EVENTS

FEATURED EVENT

 

THE 6th ANNUAL FULL MOON BIKE RIDE

SAT SEP 14, 2019 – 7 to 11:30 PM
MERCER MEADOWS PARK
$20 PER PERSON / $15 EARLY REGISTRATION
 

Stay tuned for registration info!

Join us for one of our biggest events of the year!  The Lawrence Hopewell Trail and Mercer County Parks Commission will host the sixth annual Full Moon Bike Ride in Mercer Meadows. The event runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m., starting in the picnic pavilion area of Mercer Meadows Park.

The six-mile ride on the LHT and other Mercer Meadow trails will offer a magical experience, with a pond lit by floating lanterns, twinkling lights under a tree canopy, live music and a movie, among other activities.

Before the bike ride, attendees are invited to bring a picnic dinner, decorate their bikes, watch a movie on a huge, outdoor screen or enjoy a campfire.

Adults and children of all ages are welcome at the activities prior to the bike ride, with the expectation that adults supervise their children at all times. The full moon bike ride itself is open to adults and children aged 12 and above. For riders under 18, helmets are required by law. The LHT encourages helmets for all riders for safety reasons, and also suggests the use of bike lights.

EVENT FAQ

Q:  HOW DO I REGISTER?

A:  Coming soon!  Everyone must register whether you ride or just enjoy the other fun aspects of the evening.

Q:  WILL THERE BE ON-SITE REGISTRATION?  

 A:  There will be on-site registration beginning at 7:00 p.m.  However, registration for the ride is limited to 500 people so we urge participants to register in advance to guarantee a space.  Participants who do not ride must also register.

Q:  HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?

A:  The fee is $20 per person for riders. Early bird registration for riders is $15 through August 15. There is no fee for non-riders, but a donation is requested.

Q:  WHY DO I HAVE TO REGISTER IF I AM NOT RIDING?

A:  We ask everyone to register so that we can plan for the number of participants, whether they are riding or not.  We also need to have all guests sign the waiver.

Q:  HOW SKILLED A RIDER DO I NEED TO BE TO PARTICIPATE?

A:  The Full Moon Bike ride is suitable for all experience levels.  You must be able to complete the six-mile route.

Q:  WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE ROUTE?

A:  The ride generally follows a flat route on wide paved and packed gravel paths for six miles. It takes, on average, about 45 minutes at a casual pace if riders do not stop to enjoy some of the events planned along the route.

Q:  IT IS GOING TO BE DARK OUT.  IS IT SAFE TO RIDE?

A:   The moon will light our path.  The LHT and the Mercer County Park rangers have done everything they can to make sure riders are safe.  The trail will be checked for twigs and other debris before the event.  Rangers and volunteers will be posted along the way to keep the riders moving safely and to address any issues that might arise, such as a broken bike chain, etc.  Of course, we need your help in making sure that you are safe.  That is why we ask that you prepare your bike before coming, wear a helmet and have front lights on your bike.

 Q: WILL THERE BE PARKING?

A:  There will be parking in the lot near the Mercer Meadows Dog Park and Picnic Area. We encourage carpooling because parking is limited.

Q: MERCER MEADOWS PARK IS A BIG PLACE, ARE THERE DIRECTIONS TO THE REGISTRATION AREA?

A: The event starts and ends at the parking lot at Rosedale Lake.  The entrance is located along Federal City Road, between Blackwell Road and Old Mill Road in Pennington, New Jersey.

You can find the location using google map locator – https://goo.gl/maps/5L9CrQcMuj82

Q:  WHAT IS MAGICAL OR DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS YEAR’S RIDE?

A:  A lot has been added.  First, you are encouraged to make a full evening of the event.  Bring a picnic dinner.  Before the ride enjoy the music of Sounds of Sandstorm, a band with a broad contemporary, blues, and jazz repertoire.  Along the route enjoy beauty of “Firefly Lane” (twinkling lights in the trees), lanterns floating on the pond, and a serenade by classical musicians.  Other experiences that take full advantage of the awesomeness of Mercer Meadows Park and the LHT are planned.  After the ride enjoy ice cream provided by the Purple Cow and Mister Ed and a showing of a theme-related movie on a huge, outdoor screen.

Q:  WILL FULL MOON RIDE TEE SHIRTS BE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR?

A:  Quality tee shirts with the 2019 Full Moon Ride logo will be available for sale for $15 each when ordered online and $18 at the event.  Shirts are available each in unisex adult sizes small to 2X large. The shirts are awesome!  You are going to want one! The proceeds from tee shirt sales will be used to support the activities of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail.

Q:  SHOULD I DECORATE MY BIKE?

A:  We encourage bike decorating.  It makes the event more festive and fun.  Light em’ up! Glow sticks will be available at the event for bike decorating.

Q:  May I POST ABOUT THE FULL MOON BIKE RIDE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT THE EVENT?

A:  Yes! Please post away, before, during and after the event! Please use #LHTMOONRIDE when tagging.

Q:  WHY ARE YOUNG CHILDREN NOT PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE?

A:  We understand that some children under 12 are accomplished riders, but we have no way of knowing that.  Some children under 12 cannot keep up with the pace or ride the length of the course and might want to turn back.  The route is not conducive for that.  For the safety of children, as well as all others, we have made the decision to exclude those under 12.  Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Q:  WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN IN CARRIERS?

A:  We leave it to parents to decide whether to bring children in bike carriers. Children under 12 cannot be on their own bikes.

Q:  IS ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED?

A:  No special equipment is needed.  We ask that all riders wear helmets and that bikes have front lights.  We also suggest that you check your bike to make sure it is in good condition.

Q:  WHAT IF MY BIKE MALFUNCTIONS?

A:  There is no need to worry.  We have volunteers and representatives of local bicycle shops on hand to help out with unexpected repairs.  Volunteers will be available along the route for the duration of the ride.

Q:  THE EVENT GOES UNTIL 11:30 p.m DO I HAVE TO STAY THE ENTIRE TIME?

A:  No. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities until the end, however, you may leave any time you wish.

Q:  IS THERE A RAIN DATE?

A:  The rain date is TBD.  Check our website, www.lhtrail.org beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the day of the ride for the decision to hold the ride or to reschedule.

Q:  YOU SAY IN YOUR MATERIALS THAT THE LHT IS A FREE, PUBLIC AMENITY. WHY DO YOU CHARGE FOR THE EVENT?

A:  The LHT is definitely a free amenity open to everyone.  However, the Full Moon Ride is a special event.  The fee of $20.00 a person for riders helps to cover the costs of the event.  Remember that the LHT is designed, built, and managed by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation, a nonprofit organization.  Most of the work associated with creating and maintaining the trail has been, and continues to be, done by volunteers who raise the funds to make the trail a reality.

Q:  HOW WILL THE FUNDS RAISED BE USED?

A:  First the funds raised from the Full Moon Ride will be used to cover the costs of the event.  Any remaining funds will be used to support the construction and maintenance of the LHT, programming that brings the community together, and the expenses associated with running any nonprofit organization.

Q:  HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR THE FULL MOON RIDE OR THE LHT?

A:  The LHT will soon announce a number of ways that fans of the trail can volunteer to help with maintenance, public relations, and a variety of other ways.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at info@lhtrail.org and tell us about your skills and availability.

LHT WALKING CLUB

SAT AUG 10, 2019 – 9:30 to NOON
LOCATION – TBD

 

Join the LHT community on our monthly walking club.  We meet every second Saturday of the month to explore different parts of the trail. 

Another walk is scheduled on August 10th.  Stay tuned for future locations or follow us on social media.  #LHTWalkingClub

TRAIL & TREAT

SUN OCT 20, 2019 – 3 to 5 PM
VILLAGE PARK
Stay tuned for details

Join us for our fifth annual Trail & Treat event!  Last year, more than 200 kids participated.  Check out last year’s photos.

Children 12 and under and their families are welcome for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s pre-Halloween celebration on the trail. 

OUR LOCATION

Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534