Trek the Trails celebrates 10 years

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Cyclists participate in a Trek the Trail ride on the Rivergreenway. CONTRIBUTED

FORT WAYNE — Trek the Trails community bike rides will kick off its 10th season April 30.

Fort Wayne 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, take place each Tuesday and have attracted 12,815 riders joining in during the first nine years.

This year, 22 rides, from six to nine miles in length are on tap. New trails including the Pufferbelly, Dupont Road and portions of Maplecrest will be part of Trek the Trails season for the first time and one ride connects to the new Promenade Park.

Trek the Trails 2019 Schedule

As they have done each year, Summit City Bicycles and Fitness will give away a bike at the end of the season. Attendees can enter a drawing each week they attend the rides. Summit City staff members also attend each ride to provide safety checks for bicycles.

In the first nine years of Trek the Trails, the rides are averaging over 1,400 riders per year. Those riders rode a collective 106,660 miles in nine years.

The rides are for all ages and multiple ride guides will be on hand to accommodate all levels of ability. Riders are encouraged to wear helmets. The City of Fort Wayne Facebook page will have updates if events are cancelled due to inclement weather.

The first ride of Trek the Trails will be April 30 beginning at the Engle Road trailhead. A kick-off party will take place in the barn at Eagle Marsh, located adjacent to the Engle Road Trailhead. The event is $10 per person or $20 per family and includes food and beverages provided by Halls Restaurants.

To view a complete ride schedule visit cityoffortwayne.org/trekthetrails.