Harvest Moon Expected to Draw Hundreds to Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s Annual Full Moon Ride

Grab your bike light, hop on your two-wheeler and join bicyclists from throughout central New Jersey to bask in 2016’s one and only harvest moon at the Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s annual Full Moon Ride on Saturday night, September 17.

“This year’s Full Moon Ride should be particularly special,” said Jay Watson, LHT board member and curator of the event. “As the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, it’s what’s known as a Harvest Moon, and we’re expecting an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. The six-mile ride through the meadows and woods of Mercer Meadows should be breathtaking.”

Adults and youngsters aged 12 up are invited to the third annual LHT Full Moon Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission. The ride, postponed from August because of thunderstorms, will start at 8:30 p.m. at Rosedale Park, but riders should give themselves time to sign in for the event. Pre-registration at the LHT website, www.lhtrail.org, is strongly recommended and will speed up the preliminaries, Watson said.

Those who previously registered for the ride will be automatically registered for the September 17 ride. Those who can’t attend and who have already paid the registration fee of $10 per person, $20 per family, can be reimbursed by requesting reimbursement at info@lhtrail.org. Registrants who cannot attend may also choose to donate fees already paid to the LHT, which is a nonprofit community group supported by generous donations from individuals and groups. Funds collected from the registration will go directly toward offsetting the cost of the event, continued construction of the LHT as well as ongoing trail maintenance.

Registration for the ride, which is open to adults and youngsters aged 12 and up, is possible through September 17 at http://lhtrail.org/2016/07/super-moon-ride-2016-registration/. Registration online is highly recommended!

The ride will begin at Rosedale Park parking lot off Federal City Road will take cyclists through Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail and then back to Rosedale Park. The ride is expected to take about 45 minutes to complete.

Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes to add to the fun. There will be limited number of glow sticks available to participants to light up their bikes and bicycle headlights are recommended for additional safety. Helmets are required. Ice cream vendors will be on hand selling their frozen concoctions.

If you have any questions regarding the event please email info@lhtrailorg.com.

About the Lawrence Hopewell Trail

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) is a 22-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 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, 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 will take 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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