August 23, 2007
By Ken Krayeske • 11:05 PM EST
The official CCBA Discover Hartford logo.
Just my luck - the best bicycling event to hit Hartford in five years and I will be out of town.
But don't let that stop you from riding to the Discover Hartford Bicycle and Walking Tour on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, organized by the Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance (of which I used to be a board member, so this is a shameless plug for you to ride your bicycle, stop your carbon emissions and support this ride).
You can register online at Hartfordbiketour.org to do either a 10 mile loop, a 25 mile loop or a 2.5 mile walking tour. Register early, because costs go up from $37 to $42 after September 2. (Actually, it is less expensive if you are a CCBA member, so join and get the discount).
On event day, registration starts at 7 am, and the tour first leaves Bushnell Park at 9:15 am, and waves will continue depart every quarter hour or so until 10:30, according to website.
For those who are expecting the old Hartford Parks Bike Tour, think different. At first glance, the route passing through Colt, Keney, Pope, Elizabeth, and Goodwin Parks, as well as Riverfront Recapture makes it seem similar. But any bicycle tour has to include those because those are the gems of Hartford.
Tour organizer Allan Williams has changed the order, and thrown in some new twists and sights that showcase the bicycle friendly nature of the city of Hartford. For instance, he put riders in front of the redeveloped Colt building, the Learning Corridor and then Trinity College and its new hockey rink.