FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Spring has sprung so it is time to ride! 

For the second consecutive year, Franklin High School will be the site of the annual Tour de Franklin Charity Bike Ride in April.

The bicycle ride, one of the first organized rides of the season, is a fundraiser for the Franklin Food Bank. This year’s ride will be the 28th and “it has grown into a community tradition,” said Doreen Clark of PMINJ, one of the event’s sponsors.

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Scheduled to take place April 30, the Tour de Franklin “signals spring for the Franklin community and provides an opportunity for everyone to help neighbors and fight local hunger,” Clark said.  

The day includes 62-mile, 40-mile, 25-mile, and 10-mile bike rides, as well as a 1-5 mile neighborhood ride or walk and 1-10 mile rides and walks along the scenic D&R Canal path, according to a release from the Franklin Foodbank. 

Attendees can participate in a free bike drawing and lunch will also be served. 

So if you are interested you can either register online or in person.

Participants can meet and the following places at the times below:

Wed, April 26, 3:30-7:30 pm, Franklin Food Bank (60 Millstone Rd).  Google maps link

Thurs, April 27, 3:30-7:30 pm, Franklin Food Bank 

Fri, April 28, 9am-noon, and 4-7pm, Franklin Food Bank

Sat, April 29, 10-noon, Media Room, Franklin Township Public Library (485 Demott Lane, Somerset)

It is not too late to raise funds for the Franklin Food Bank, so you can help out your neighbors in need. 

A Silver Rider is anyone who has raises $150 and a Gold Rider is anyone who raises $300.  All Silver and Gold Riders will receive a special t-shirt as a sign of the Food Bank's appreciation for their fundraising efforts.  If you raise $1000 for the Food Bank you will be a Titanium Rider and you will receive a one of a kind bicycle jersey with a Tour de Franklin logo on it.

If you have any questions, please email

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