THE 6th ANNUAL FULL MOON BIKE RIDE
SAT SEP 14, 2019 – 7:30 to 11 PM
MERCER MEADOWS PARK – GPS ADDRESS
$20 PER PERSON / $15 EARLY REGISTRATION THRU SEP 2
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 7:30 to 11:00 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 an Out of this World experience with an “Asteroid Alley” under a tree canopy, live music along the trail, and other surprises.
Before the bike ride, attendees are invited to bring a picnic dinner, decorate their bikes, 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 the use of bike lights.
Enjoy 6 miles of magic on the LHT under a full moon and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Delight in the “Asteroid Alley,” a classical serenade and some good old country / western and pop.
Connect – enjoy the Full Moon Ride with friends.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the evening even if you do not ride.
– RULES OF THE RIDE –
Pre-registration recommended here. $15 per rider through September 2 online. Registration after September 2 and on-site is $20 per rider.
Participation is free for non-riders. Registration and a donation are requested.
Riders must be at least 12 years old. Anyone under 18 must be supervised by an adult.
Helmets required for all riders. Front lights are strongly recommended.
Bike share / rental program will be available.
Full Moon Ride – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: HOW DO I REGISTER?
A: Registration is easy. Click on www.lhtrail.org/fullmoonride and register through Eventbrite.
Q: WILL THERE BE ON-SITE REGISTRATION?
A: On-site registration beginning at 7:30 p.m. on September 14. However, registration is limited to 500 bike riders, so we urge participants to register in advance to guarantee a space.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
A: There is a nominal fee of $15 per person when registering on line through September 2 and $20 after September 2 and on site.
Q: HOW SKILLED A RIDER DO I NEED TO BE TO PARTICIPATE?
A: The Full Moon Bike Ride is suitable for all experience levels.
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 through Rosedale Park and Mercer Meadows. It takes, on average, about 45 minutes at a casual pace.
Q: IT IS GOING TO BE DARK OUT. IS IT SAFE TO RIDE?
A: The moon will light our path and we suggest that your bike have front lights. 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, have front lights on your bike, and wear a helmet.
Q: MERCER MEADOWS PARK IS A BIG PLACE. ARE THERE DIRECTIONS TO THE REGISTRATION AREA?
A: The event starts and ends at the picnic pavilion/parking lot at Rosedale Lake. The entrance is located along Federal City Road, between Blackwell Road and Old Mill Road in Pennington, New Jersey. GPS Address
Q: WILL THERE BE PARKING?
A: Parking is available in the lot near the Mercer Meadows Dog Park and Picnic Area.
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. Riders between the ages of 12 and 18 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 small children in bike carriers. Children under 12 cannot be on their own bikes.
Q: IS ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED?
A: We ask that all riders wear helmets and that bikes have front lights. No other special equipment is needed. 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: ARE RESTROOMS AVAILABLE?
A: Yes, restrooms are available.
Q: WILL FOOD AND BEVERAGES BE AVAILABLE?
A: With the exception of delicious ice cream from the Purple Cow, food will not be available for sale. Consider bringing a picnic dinner. Beverages will not be available for sale. There is a water fountain, but we encourage you to bring your own water. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Q: WILL PHOTOS BE AVAILABLE?
A: A professional photographer will be on hand. Select photos will be posted on the Full Moon Ride webpage a day or two after the event. We encourage you to take photos and share them with us by sending them to email@example.com.
Q: IS THERE A RAIN DATE?
A: The rain date is September 21. Check our website, www.lhtrail.org beginning at 6:00 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 Bike Ride is a special event. The nominal fee of $15 a person 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 ride. Any remaining funds will be used to support the construction and maintenance of the LHT, programming that brings the community together, and to cover the expenses associated with running the LHT as a nonprofit organization.
Q: WILL FULL MOON BIKE RIDE TEE SHIRTS BE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR?
A: Quality tee shirts with the 2019 Full Moon Ride logo will be for advance sale during online registration for $15 each in unisex adult sizes small to 2X large in smoke gray. They will be available on site for $18. You can pick up shirts ordered on line at the event. 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. Glow sticks will be available to decorate bikes. Light em’ up! But do not limit your creativity to glow sticks. There will be a prize for the best decorated bike.
Q: HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR THE FULL MOON BIKE 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, click HERE to fill out a quick form to and tell us about your skills and availability.