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News release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Summer Cycling: Trek the Trails Rolls into Season Six

(May 4, 2015) – The City of Fort Wayne Greenways Department is once again sponsoring the popular community bike rides, Trek the Trails. On Tuesday May 5, 2015, the first ride of season six will kick-off at Rockhill Park.

Mayor Tom Henry started the rides as a way for residents to explore parts of the trail that they may not be familiar with and to create social opportunities for families and friends to venture in a guided tour. The free, guided bike rides have attracted nearly 8,000 riders, since it started in 2010 — with 1,647 participating last year.

This year there are 23 Tuesday rides that average 8 miles and four Saturday rides that increase each month from 14-18 miles in length. The Saturday rides are once a month beginning in June and are designed for more experienced riders. See attached schedule

Trek the Trails will take bicyclists through all parts of the community – along the Rivergreenway, the Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Aboite Trails, and to New Haven’s Moser Park. Adults should accompany children and all riders are encouraged to wear helmets.

The event is co-sponsored by Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. a dynamic, not-for-profit [501 (c) (3)] corporation dedicated to enhancing our vibrant and healthy community through the development of an ever-expanding multi-use trail network.

Ride sponsors for the entire season include, Summit City Bicycles & Fitness, Faegre Baker Daniels.

 

About the Greenways Department
In 2005, the City of Fort Wayne Greenways Department was moved out of the Parks Department and into the city’s Transportation Department, in the Division of Public Works. It was clear that trails and greenways were no longer just for recreation. The push toward active transportation was important to growing the City’s trail network.

Since becoming part of the Transportation Department, the City’s trails experienced tremendous growth. The City maintains 74 percent of the 85 miles of trails in Allen County.

This year, the City of Fort Wayne is constructing an additional 4.6 miles of the trail network and, with additions in the County; the network will grow to more than 90 miles.

 

2015 Trek the Trails schedule

If there is unsafe weather such as heavy rain, lightning or extreme heat the ride will be cancelled. Cancellation notices will be posted on the Fort Wayne Public Works Facebook page and the City of Fort Wayne’s webpage.

 

Date

Location for Trek the Trails Tuesday Rides
6:00 PM

Length

5/5/2015

Rockhill Park Trailhead

Meet at the trailhead in Rockhill Park near 1400 Catalpa
St, which is just east of the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd and Freeman
St.

9
miles

5/12/2015

Historic Wells St Bridge / Fort Wayne Outfitters *Kick
Off Event -Trail Mixer*

Meet at 1004 Cass St near the Historic Wells St Bridge.
Parking is available at Lawton Park and Headwaters Park with a short ½ mile
bike ride to the Outfitters.

8
miles

5/19/2015

Deer Ridge Elementary School

Meet in the parking lot for Deer Ridge Elementary School
at 1515 S. Scott Rd.

7
miles

5/26/2015

Shoaff Park Trailhead

Meet at the parking lot near the Conklin Pavilion on the
south side of the park – near 6401 St. Joe Rd

8
miles

6/2/2015

Moser Park Trailhead

Meet in the trailhead parking lot near the baseball
diamonds – near 601 W. Main St, New Haven, IN

9
miles

6/9/2015

Foster Park Trailhead *Trail Mixer with TBD
Food Truck after the ride*

Meet at the Foster Park trailhead parking lot near
Pavilion #1. Foster Park is located at 3900 Old Mill Rd.

8
miles

6/16/2015

Indian Trails Park Trailhead

Meet at the very back of Indian Trails Park near 10300
Aboite Center Rd

8
miles

6/23/2015

Rockhill Park Trailhead

Meet at the trailhead in Rockhill Park near 1400 Catalpa
St, which is just east of the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd and Freeman
St.

9
miles

6/30/2015

Swinney Park Trailhead

Meet at the parking lot near the old swimming pool in
Swinney Park West – near 2200 W. Jefferson Blvd

8
miles

7/7/2015

Tillman Park Trailhead

Meet it the parking lot near the softball diamonds – near
7500 S. Hanna St

8 miles

7/14/2015

N. River Rd Trailhead *Trail Mixer with TBD
Food Truck after the ride*

Meet at the North River Rd Trailhead, commonly known as
the “boat launch” just west of Kreager Park. – near 7300 N. River Rd

8 miles

7/21/2015

Deer Ridge Elementary School

Meet in the parking lot for Deer Ridge Elementary School
at 1515 S. Scott Rd.

9 miles

7/28/2015

Headwaters Park East

Meet in the parking lot by the Headwaters East Pavilion
near 231 E. Superior St.

8
miles

8/4/2015

IPFW

Meet at IPFW in the parking lot on the east side of the
Venderly Family pedestrian bridge over the St. Joseph River. IPFW is located
at 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd

8
miles

8/11/2015

Moser Park Trailhead *Trail Mixer with food
after courtesy of New Haven Parks*

Meet in the trailhead parking lot near the baseball
diamonds in Moser Park – near 601 W. Main St, New Haven, IN

8 miles

8/18/2015

Swinney Park Trailhead

Meet at the parking lot near the old swimming pool in
Swinney Park West – near 2200 W. Jefferson Blvd

8 miles

8/25/2015

Johnny Appleseed Trailhead

Meet in Johnny Appleseed Park near Coliseum Blvd – near
1500 Coliseum Blvd E.

8 miles

9/1/2015

Tillman Park Trailhead

Meet it the parking lot near the softball diamonds – near
7500 S. Hanna St

8 miles

9/8/2015

Indian Trails Park Trailhead *Trail Mixer
with TBD Food Truck after the ride*

Meet at the very back of Indian Trails Park near 10300
Aboite Center Rd

8 miles

9/15/2015

Rockhill Park Trailhead

Meet at the trailhead in Rockhill Park near 1400 Catalpa
St, which is just east of the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd and Freeman
St.

9 miles

9/22/2015

Shoaff Park Trailhead

Meet at the parking lot near the Conklin Pavilion on the
south side of the park – near 6401 St. Joe Rd

8 miles

9/29/2015

Lawton Park Trailhead

Meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th
Street – near 250 E. 4th St

8 miles

10/6/2015

Foster Park Trailhead *Stargazing Ride* starts at
7:30PM

Meet at the Foster Park trailhead parking lot near
Pavilion #1. Foster Park is located at 3900 Old Mill Rd.

8 miles

 

Saturday Trail Rides

Join us on the third Saturday of each month at 10AM this
summer for longer trail ride excursions!  These rides will be 14-18 miles
in length. Please be ready to ride at 10AM.

If there is unsafe weather such as heavy rain, lightning or
extreme heat the ride will be cancelled. Cancellation notices will be posted on
the Fort Wayne Public Works Facebook page.

Date

Location for Trek the Trails Saturday Rides
10:00 AM

Length

6/20/2015

Towpath Trailhead on Engle Rd – Tour Aboite Trails

Lunch at Casa Ristorante

Meet at the Towpath Trailhead on Engle Rd at Statesmans
Way – near 7001 Engle Rd

14

7/18/2015

Lawton Park Trailhead – Ride to Shoaff Park & Back

Lunch at the 816 Pint & Slice

Meet in the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th
St near 250 E. 4th St

16

8/15/2015

Foster Park Trailhead – Ride to Towpath Trailhead on
Engle Rd & Back

Lunch after the ride at the Friendly Fox

Meet at the trailhead parking lot at the end of the main
park drive near Pavilion #1 – near 3900 Old Mill Rd

17

9/19/2015

Lawton Park Trailhead – Ride to Moser Park & Back

Lunch after the ride at Pembroke Bakery

Meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th
Street – near 250 E. 4th St

18

 

 

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