Thursday, August 7, 2014

Easy Group Rides In Princeton This Weekend (August 9-10)

If the wonderful weather has got you in the mood for a bike ride, there are two great options this coming weekend around Princeton. They're not official Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee events, but are still worth checking out.

First, you have the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail 'Supermoon Bike Ride'.  It's on Sunday evening, August 10, starting at 8.30 p.m. from Mercer Meadows Park. The ride will take advantage of the full moon and the Perseid Meteor Shower. It should be a unique experience! For over 12s- remember to register and bring a helmet and lights.

Second, we have the first in a series of 'Fun Rides' around Princeton. These rides are going to be led by me, Sam Bunting (as seen in the photo above at the 5 Boro Bike Ride) - because I like a nice gentle group ride and I want to give others the opportunity to join me in a safe, social tour of Princeton. Recently, I have been doing some rides with Princeton Free Wheelers, our excellent local bike club. They have rides for all abilities, but not many really easy rides in Princeton itself. The 'Fun Rides' are going to be every 2 weeks, and are intended for all ages and abilities (helmets required, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult). It's going to be an official Free Wheelers event, but you can ride once without joining the club. Hopefully you will like it and decide it's worth joining up for more! (It's only $25 / individual or $35 / family to become a member).

The first 'Fun Ride' will be this Saturday, August 9, at 5.30 p.m. starting from the plaza in front of the Princeton Municipal Building at 400 Witherspoon St. The route will be 7.1 miles taking in the sights of the University & surrounding neighborhoods, with a stop half-way for ice-cream. If you can't make it this time, there will hopefully be many more, including one on Sat, Aug 23. Email me for details ( or visit our event page on Facebook.

Finally, the next official PBAC ride, in association with Princeton Police Department, will be "The Mayor's Ride of the Falling Leaves" - a repeat of our popular event from last fall. It will happen this year on October 19.

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