Heritage Ride cyclists to stop in New Milford
The Heritage Ride 2016 Bikeway Tour will pass through New Milford July 23 at 12:30 p.m.
Residents are invited to visit the bandstand on the Village Green to greet bikers.
The tour will begin that morning at Weir Farm in Wilton and end July 31 in Montreal, Canada.
The volunteer cyclists are riding the Western New England Greenway to Canada to highlight some of the best cycling roadways throughout western regions of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont
Cyclists will cycle along the Still River Greenway from Wilton to New Milford to meet Mayor David Gronbach and other officials at the bandstand and talk with residents and cycling enthusiasts about the Greenway’s highly scenic and history-rich Heritage Bikeway.
The cyclists will then journey along the New Milford River Trail, through Bull’s Bridge in Kent and Cornwall Bridge up to “Sculpturedale” next to Kent State Park on Route 7 to the private home of steel and bronze sculpture artist Denis Curtiss for a celebration party at 5 p.m.
The awareness-building tour will highlight the scenic and historic attractions along the Western New England Greenway, a highly-prestigious nationally-recognized U.S. Bicycle Route by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The grassroots greenway was created by a group of volunteer cyclists who wanted to highlight the many beautiful bike routes available western portions of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.
The multi-segment, multi-state Greenway bike route links New York City and Montreal and has been developed with supportive administration by the not-for-profit Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage), the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership in Burlington, Vt., and the National Park Service RTCA - Rivers, Trails and Conservation -Program which provides technical assistance.