FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Season five of Fort Wayne’s Trek the Trails begins on May 6, giving riders an opportunity to explore the city’s trails and the chance to win a bicycle.
Dawn Ritchie, the Trails and Greenway Manager for Fort Wayne joined NewsChannel 15’s Gina Glaros and Rob Lydick Sunday to discuss the upcoming season.
The free, guided community bike rides were created by Mayor Tom Henry as a way for people to explore parts of the trail system they may not be familiar with. Some of the past Trek the Trails tours have had more than 100 riders. In all, more than 1,900 riders took part in 2013.
Trek the Trails will take bicyclists through all parts of the Community trails network – along the Rivergreenway, the Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Aboite Trails, the Pufferbelly Rail-to-Trail, the Salomon Farm Trail and to New Haven’s Moser Park.
The kickoff event on Tuesday May 6th at 6 p.m. will include a 2 mile trek for walkers and an 8 mile trek for riders followed by a Trail Mixer at the Salomon Farm barn with food catered by sponsor Don Hall’s Catering, and music by the band A Night to Remember. The event is free but Fort Wayne Trails is accepting $10 donations from those who might want to contribute to further projects.
Four additional mixers will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, including two with a food truck available and one sponsored by New Haven – Adams Township Parks & Recreation.
Helmets are strongly encouraged for safety.
Trek the Trails is organized by the City of Fort Wayne Greenways Department and the non-profit organization, Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. Each Tuesday at 6 p.m., riders can enjoy a 6- to 8- mile ride in different geographic locations throughout the community.
Beginning in June, on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m., there will be a longer ride for more experienced riders.
Each week during the season, participants can enter a drawing to win a bike from well-known bicycle manufacturer, Trek, and Summit City Bicycles & Fitness. The winner will receive a Trek FX 7.2 bike. Participants can register for the drawing at each ride they attend and the drawing will be held at the end of the season. Trek the Trails 2014 schedule