HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Looking for a new way to excercise or enjoy the weather with friends and family?   You can now cruise around Mercer County parks thanks to the new bike-share program launched at the end of June under a partnership between the County of Mercer, the Mercer County Park Commission, and Zagster.

“One of my goals is to make Mercer County more bike-friendly, whether it is on our county roadways or in our parks,” said County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “The bike share provides our park users with a recreational activity that promotes both fun and fitness.”

The program provides bike-share rentals to the public at 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 Road. 

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There will be 10 bikes available at each location that can be rented by downloading the Zagster app and creating an account. Users can pay $1 per 30 minutes or sign up for a $20 annual membership that includes two free hours per trip, then $1 per 30 minutes thereafter. Rentals are available up to eight hours. There is a $30 late fee for rides lasting more than 24 hours. Users must be 18 years or older to rent a bike and rentals must be returned to one of the three county park locations.

“I would like to thank the County Executive, Mercer County Planning Department and Central Maintenance Department for making this amenity available to residents of Mercer County and beyond,” said Aaron T. Watson, Park Commission Executive Director. “Zagster opens the opportunity for families and friends to explore more in our parks system and throughout the Lawrence Hopewell Trail.”

The Mercer County Park Commission offers diverse recreational activities and natural resources for all ages to enjoy with more than 10,000 acres of parks, facilities and preserved open space.  Zagster currrenly has bike-share programs at universities and in cities and communities across the country and brings an affordable activity to users.