Season five of Fort Wayne's Trek the Trails -- the free, guided community bike rides -- begins May 6 with 28 rides planned through October 7.
Mayor Tom Henry started the rides as a way for residents to explore parts of the trail system that they may not be familiar with and to create social opportunities for families and friends to venture out in a guided tour. Last year, nearly 1,900 area riders participated in the program.
The kickoff event will start at 6 p.m. and will include a two-mile trek for walkers and an eight-mile trek for riders, followed by a mixer at the Salomon Farm barn with food catered by sponsor Don Hall's Catering, and music by A Night to Remember. The event is free, but Fort Wayne Trails is accepting $10 donations from those wishing to contribute to further projects. Sponsors include business partner, Summit City Bicycles & Fitness, along with Carson's department store, the Downtown Improvement District (DID), Lake City Bank and Visit Fort Wayne.
Four additional mixers will be held on the second Tuesday of each month, including two with a food truck available and one sponsored by New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Each Tuesday at 6 p.m., riders can enjoy a 6-to8- mile ride in different locations. Beginning in June, on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m., there will be a longer ride for more experienced riders.
Each week during the season, participants can enter a drawing to win a bike from Trek, a manufacturer, and Summit City Bicycles & Fitness. Participants can register for the drawing at each ride, and the drawing will be held at the end of the season.
Created in January 2011, the non-profit Fort Wayne Trails Inc. works with the city to develop an Fort Wayne's expanding trail network. For information or to donate to Fort Wayne Trails, visitwww.fwtrails.org.