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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Neon Night Ride draws large, glowing crowd

A mom and daughter at the Neon Night Ride

More than a hundred riders came out earlier this month for the first Neon Night Ride on the City of Lenoir Greenway.

Community Engagement Coordinator Matthew Anthony organized the event to celebrate World Bicycle Day. The ride was held on Friday June 3, 2022, and one goal of the event was to highlight the City's greenway.

"The Neon Night Ride had an amazing turn out," Anthony said. "Around 150 people came out with bikes all a glow. The comment I kept hearing over and over was, 'That was a lot of fun!'"

Attendees starting gathering at the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex around 8:15 pm to decorate their bikes and helmets with glow sticks. Quite a few riders showed up with LED lights already installed on their frames, wheels, and helmets.

After having some cookies and fruit donated by Chick-fil-A and Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard, the group rode on the greenway from the soccer complex to the Powell Road parking lot. Volunteers were stationed at street crossings along the way to make sure everyone could safely cross. 

After a short break, the Neon Night Riders headed back to the soccer complex where they were met with a surprise glowing nighttime foam party. The children and several adults played in the foam before heading home.

"The foam party by Hype Nation Events was a surprise at the end," Anthony said. "Several parents said that when their kids rounded the last turn and could see the foam blowing on the soccer field, they took off in a race to get there. The kids had a blast at the foam party, and so did a lot of parents."

Anthony said he definitely plans to do another Neon Night Ride on World Bicycle Day 2023.

"I was asked multiple times when were we going to do the ride again," Anthony said. "I've already started cooking up ideas for next year's ride."

The City of Lenoir Greenway offers more than 9 miles of path and trails for outdoor activities including running, walking, cycling, and mountain biking. These trails include the main greenway, the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, and the greenway on Morganton Boulevard. The Zacks Fork Bike Trail offers nearly 3 miles of off-road trail for mountain biking. Click the following link for more information about the greenway, City of Lenoir Greenway.

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The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Everyone gets ready to roll at the Neon Night Ride.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Mountain bikes, street bikes, all bikes were welcome.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

A family decorates their bicycles with glow sticks.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

A family shows off their bikes.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

These riders decorated their wheels with LED lights.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Chick-fil-A in Lenoir donated cookies for the event.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Look mom, no hands!

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir donated fruit for the event.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

A family waits for the ride to start.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Volunteers from First Baptist Church in Lenoir donated water and water bottles.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

The City provided a couple thousand glow sticks to help riders decorate their bicycles.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Riders get ready to hit the greenway.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Glow sticks? Check. LED lights? Check. Helmets? Check.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

A boy shows off his bike.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Light sabers and skateboards were welcome at the Neon Night Ride.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

The Neon Night Ride is a family affair.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Matthew Anthony shows off his LED glasses and vest.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

This mom and daughter would have won the most colorful bike contest.

The group gets ready to ride at the Neon Night Ride

Was the Neon Night Ride fun? Yes it was.

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