Ride the State - 2019Date: 6/29/2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Ride the State Bike Ride Showcases Connecticut’s Spine-Trail Network
56-mile ride on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail from New Haven to Southwick, MA
The Farmington Valley Trails Council, Farmington Canal Rail to Trail Association and the East Coast Greenway Alliance are teaming up to host a 56-mile bike ride to draw attention to the remaining gaps in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail on Saturday, June 29 from New Haven, CT to Southwick, MA; the majority of which is on the extensive trail system with only a few sections on carefully selected local roads.
Participants may sign up at: https://ridethestate.eventbrite.com a $20 donation is requested. Please note that the first 40 persons registered can get a bus ride back to New Haven for an additional $20.
On-site registration will start at 7:30 and the ride will begin just after 8:00 am -- at the southwest corner of New Haven Green Corner of Chapel and College Streets at the Pierre Lallement Memorial Stone. The ride is scheduled to end at 3:00 pm in Southwick, MA.
A press conference on the Plainville Gap Project will take place at 11:00 am, Town Hall, One Central Square, Plainville. Lunch, hosted by the FVTC, will take place at 12:20 pm, in Simsbury, at Ti- Trikes/Simsbury Free Bike, 19 Iron Horse Blvd.
The ride begins in at the New Haven Green and passes through 11 Connecticut towns before it reaches Southwick, MA. Most of the trail provides off-road travel providing a safe system of linear parks that can be accessed at multiple points. The trails serve multiple positive purposes for their communities and the surrounding region. Only two gaps remain – in New Haven and the Plainville area.
The trail passes through the following towns: New Haven, Hamden, Cheshire, Southington, Plainville, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, East Granby, Granby, and Suffield. Connecticut DEEP and Connecticut Department of Transportation are working together to expand the trail system making use of trails more attractive for residents and visitors to Connecticut. Please visit these websites for more information: