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City of Lenoir North Carolina - Neon Night Ride draws large glowing crowd 16 June 2022 ( news )
City of Lenoir , state North Carolina ( By Press Release office)
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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 .
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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Everyone gets ready to roll at the Neon Night Ride .
Mountain bikes , street bikes , all bikes were welcome .
A family decorates their bicycles with glow sticks .
A family shows off their bikes .
These riders decorated their wheels with LED lights .
Chick - fil - A in Lenoir donated cookies for the event .
Look mom , no hands!
Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir donated fruit for the event .
A family waits for the ride to start .
Volunteers from First Baptist Church in Lenoir donated water and water bottles .
The City provided a couple thousand glow sticks to help riders decorate their bicycles .
Riders get ready to hit the greenway .
Glow sticks? Check . LED lights? Check . Helmets? Check .
A boy shows off his bike .
Light sabers and skateboards were welcome at the Neon Night Ride .
The Neon Night Ride is a family affair .
Matthew Anthony shows off his LED glasses and vest .
This mom and daughter would have won the most colorful bike contest .
Was the Neon Night Ride fun? Yes it was .
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