Cyclists pedal the route Washington took

“The General” (John Godzieba) and his “troops” depart Trenton’s Mill Hill Park at the start of the Historical Society of Princeton’s “Chasing George” bike ride. Photo by: Michel Serieyssol.

Princeton’s fourth annual Ciclovia was held on Sunday, May 21. The free annual event promotes healthy, active living. Quaker Road is closed to vehicles and opened for people to exercise, play, and learn. Families can run, walk, skate, and ride bikes along the route.

New this year was “Chasing George,” a 10-mile bike ride along the D&R Canal State Park path in the spirit of the route Washington took the morning of January 3, 1777 to fight what became known as the Battle of Princeton. Participants departed from the Douglass House at Mill Hill Park in Trenton and followed a George Washington reenactor to Quaker Road in Princeton along the D&R Canal State Park trail. Historical talks by Jeff Laurenti and Roger Williams anchored the start and end of the ride.

A longer, 40-mile “Chasing George All Around” bike ride, organized by the Princeton Free Wheelers Bicycle Club and Greater Mercer TMA, started at REI and included historical talks at Lawrenceville, Pennington and Washington Crossing State Park, courtesy of Paul Larsen of the Lawrence Historical Society and Larry Kidder of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

The events were made possible by the Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee, Greater Mercer TMA, the East Coast Greenway, the Princeton Freewheelers, the Princeton Battlefield Society, the Crossroads of the American Revolution, and Washington Crossing Historic Park. Business partners were Hart’s Cyclery and REI.