Season four of Fort Wayne's Trek the Trails offers a "tasty" fare! Free, guided community bike rides are still the main course of Trek the Trails, with 27 rides planned through October 1, but new offerings are sure to whet your appetite.
Five of the events will incorporate Trail Mixers with food available after the ride offering a chance to grab a bite to eat while getting to know other trail users who have similar interests in our trails. This season will also offer a 1-2 mile walk on the trail at the same time as the bike ride.
"The trails are inviting – they're for all ages and I'm glad to see them being used throughout the community. The addition of the mixers will offer residents a chance to socialize with old and new friends.
Trek the Trails is a great way to explore our 70 mile trail network that winds through urban and rural areas around the City," said Mayor Tom Henry.
Trek the Trails is jointly planned and organized by the City of Fort Wayne Greenways Department and Fort Wayne Trails Inc. and offers rides at 6pm every Tuesday beginning next week. The rides are 6-8 miles long. There are also longer Saturday rides for more experienced riders. Walks will be included on each event that includes a Trail Mixer.
Walk, Ride and Dine Kickoff
The kickoff event was on Tuesday, May 7th at 6:00 PM it included a walk and a ride followed by a Trail Mixer at the Salomon Farm barn with food catered by sponsor, Don Hall's Catering. The first ride and walk was sponsored by Fred Toenges Shoes and Pedorthics and Summit City Bicycles & Fitness.
All rides are free but as a fundraiser for the first Trail Mixer a $10 donation to Fort Wayne Trails Inc. was suggested for food after the event.
Four additional mixers will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, two with a Food Truck available and one sponsored by the New Haven/Adams Township Parks & Recreation Department.
Win a Bike
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. The winner will have the bike fitted to the proper height for them.
Trek the Trails will take bicyclists through all parts of the community – along the Rivergreenway, the Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the Aboite Trails, the Pufferbelly Rail-to-Trail and the Salomon Farm Trail and even to New Haven's Moser Park.
Helmets are strongly encouraged for participants.
If there is unsafe weather, such as lightning, the ride or walk will be cancelled.
Tuesday Trail Rides – 6pm:
Foster Park Trailhead
Meet at the trailhead parking lot at the end of the main park drive near Pavilion #1 – near 3900 Old Mill Rd.
Trail Mixer and 1-2 mile walk at this event.
Sponsors, Three Rivers Velo Sport, Visit Fort Wayne.
Food available for purchase following the event from Ragin' Cajun Food Truck
North River Rd Trailhead
Meet at the North River Rd Trailhead, commonly known as the "boat launch" just west of Kreager Park – near 7300 N. River Rd.
Johnny Appleseed Park Trailhead
Meet at the tank on H.W. Baals Drive near Coliseum Blvd.
Saturday Trail Rides 9am
For those interested in longer rides, the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM will begin in June.
The first Saturday ride will be 14 miles and will gradually build up to 20 miles in September.
These longer trail rides are intended for intermediate bicyclists.
Saturday 9:00 AM rides
Lawton Park Trailhead -Meet at the gravel parking lot on the south side of 4th Street – near 250 E. 4th St.