Ride the State Bike Ride 2021Date: 6/26/2021
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Ride the State Bike Ride 2021 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 26, from New Haven, CT to Southwick, MA, the majority of which is on the extensive, flat trail system with only a few sections on carefully selected local roads. There will be two rest stops, sag support, and a police escort on RT 10.
Participants may sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ride-the-state-connecticut-2021-tickets-149316861753. $40 registration is requested which includes lunch. The first 50 persons registered can get a bus ride back to New Haven for an additional $20. COVID-19 vaccinations are required for the bus, to ensure the ride back is safe.
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.
Lunch, hosted by Bike/Walk Avon and the Brighenti Family, will take place at 12:00 pm, in Avon, at Riverdale Farms, 124 Simsbury Rd. (RT 10).
The ride begins at the New Haven Green and passes through 11 Connecticut towns before it reaches Southwick, MA. Most of the trail provides off-road travel. It is 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 contact Steve Mitchell, Ride Coordinator