Mercer County offers bike share, Bike Nature Tours

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HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — The County of Mercer, the Mercer County Park Commission and Verve have launched a bike-share program now available to the public in the County Park System. Bikes are located at Mercer County Park and at Rosedale Park and the Red Barn in Mercer Meadows.

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Ten bikes are at each location and can be rented by downloading the Verve S app. Park patrons are encouraged to create a Verve account, where users can rent a bike from one the County’s three locations: Mercer County Park near the 9/11 Memorial, and Mercer Meadows at Rosedale Park on Federal City Road and at the Red Barn at Keefe and Cold Soil roads. Users pay $1 for activation of the bike and 18 cents per minute. Riders must be 18 years or older to rent a bike. Rentals must be returned to one of the three County park locations.

The bike-share program will allow park users, families and friends the opportunity to explore more in Mercer County, opening access throughout the park system and the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT). Bikes will be available for rental beginning Friday, June 25.

To celebrate the bike-share program, the Park Commission’s Environmental Education Department will also be offering Bike Nature Tours from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, July 7 and 21. In August, Bike Nature Tours will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 11 and 18. This guided nature tour is open to 10 people and costs $10 for in-county residents and $15 for out-of-county residents. Participants are welcome to bring their own bike or take advantage of the bike rental program for an additional fee. Ages 12-17 will need to bring their own helmets and bikes. To register for this program, click here.

“With our experienced educators and Naturalists, Bike Nature Tours will be a great introduction to our trails and natural areas throughout Mercer Meadows and the LHT,” said Aaron T. Watson, Park Commission Executive Director. “We are excited to welcome Verve to the park system and encourage new and returning park users to take advantage of this amenity.”  

Technical support regarding rentals and accessibility to bikes can be found on the Verve S app.

The Mercer County Park Commission has diverse recreational activities and natural resources for all ages to enjoy with more than 10,000 acres of parks, facilities and preserved open space. For up-to-date information on programming, recreation and events, please visit or follow the parks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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