Hundreds of cyclists will descend on Hartford this Saturday for the 4th edition of of the Discover Hartford Parks Tour.
This is a scenic urban parks tour – not a race. Routes of approximately 10,15, 25, and 40 will be available. All routes start and end in Bushnell Park.
Bikers can register for the tour by going to www.hartfordbiketour.org. Registration on the day of the tour will run from 6:45 am - 8 am. Registration for Walking Tours will run from 8-9 am. Walk tour registration is day of event only.
After a brief opening ceremony, the bike tour itself will begin at 8:20 am. Riders taking the longest routes will start first. The tours are designed to showcase Hartford’s remarkable park system, from Keney Park in the north to Goodwin Park in the South. New trails along Hartford’s riverfront will also be featured in this year’s tour.For route maps, go to www.hartfordbiketour.org.
The walking tours will feature Hartford's historic, architectural, and natural attractions, such as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, the Ancient Burying Ground and the Phoenix “Boat Building.” All walking tours also start and end in Bushnell Park. The tours are guided by the Hartford Preservation Alliance. Two tours will leave at 9:30 am and two more at 11 am. Cost is $15 for one tour and $20 for two tours.
"I invite residents and visitors alike to explore and rediscover Hartford. By touring our treasured and historic parks system, it's easy to be in awe of the visionaries who founded our great city. It also inspires us today to continue implementing our One City, One Plan for conservation and development as Hartford becomes a greener, grander, and choice destination," said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
Bike Walk Connecticut's mission is to change the culture of transportation in Connecticut through advocacy and education by making bicycling and walking safe, feasible and attractive for a healthier and cleaner Connecticut. The 2011 Discover Hartford Parks Tour is sponsored by Bike Walk CT and the City of Hartford. Proceeds benefit Bike Walk CT and the City of Hartford, Hartford Parks Trust Fund.