Hundreds of bicyclists ages 12 and up are expected to participate in a 6-mile, late-night ride through open meadows and dark woods lit by a nearly full moon on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Mercer Meadows.

The moon ride, sponsored by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail and the Mercer County Park Commission, is set to kick off at 9:30 p.m., with riders being encouraged to allow extra time to sign in for the event. Registration will open at 9 p.m.

The ride will take cyclists through Mercer Meadows via the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, which serves as the backbone of an extensive trail system in the park.
From the starting gate at Rosedale Lake, riders will head to the Maidenhead Trail, on to the Twin Pines Trail, then back to Rosedale Park. The ride should take most riders about 45 minutes to complete, organizers said.

This is the fourth year for the Full Moon Ride. Helmets are required and cyclists are encouraged to use bicycle headlights and creatively decorate their bikes with glow sticks to stand out in the dark. Ice cream vendors will be on hand at the ride start and end of the trail loop.

The participation charge is $10 per cyclist. Riders are encouraged to complete and print the registration form in advance of the ride. Riders may also register on the evening of the ride, availability depending, and should factor in extra time for registration.

Any questions about how weather might impact the ride will be addressed at the LHT website beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 9. The LHT will post information regarding cancellation, should that be necessary.

Mercer Meadows consists of more than 1,600 acres. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a more than 22-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and transportation corridor through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation is a nonprofit organization that depends on the community for support. It is not supported by local tax dollars.

The LHT is a member of the Circuit Trails, a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region.