The 14th Annual DCFT Community Ties Bicycle Tour promises to build on the break-out success of previous years, with well-marked routes through scenic Delaware County, multiple snack stops featuring homemade cookies, and another delicious and healthful, locally grown and made lunch provided by the Glass Rooster Home Cannery under a large outdoor tent.
Date: July 23, 2016
Time: 7 - 9 a.m. (10 a.m. for Family Ride)
Location: Northside Fellowship Church
6841 Freeman Road Westerville, OH
All proceeds from the ride support multi-purpose trail development in Delaware County connecting with the statewide Ohio to Erie Trail. The ride features options of 31, 62 and 100 miles as well as an 8-mile Family Ride, and includes scenic areas, rare bird habitats, parks, new sections of the Ohio to Erie Trail, well-marked route maps and SAG vehicle. Registration is from 7 - 9 a.m. for the 31, 62, and 100 mile riders and 10 a.m. for the Family Ride.
The ride will start/end at Northside Community Church, northeast corner of S.R. 3 and Freeman Road in Westerville, site of the homemade lunch. Pre-registration cost is $25 per rider, or $35 for day-of registration. Eight-mile Family Ride pre-registration is $30, or $40 for day-of registration.
Past participants share what they love about the Community Ties ride:
"I must compliment you on your tremendous bike tour. This spring, at age 57, I decided that cycling was going to be my new fitness endeavor. I have participated in 5-6 organized rides and I have to say that I enjoyed your ride the best. All of your volunteers were as welcoming, friendly and informative as could possibly be. The many water stops were much appreciated. The lunch back at Northside Fellowship Church was homemade and perfect and delicious and the women that served the meal were awesome and so much fun to talk to."
"Thanks for a great ride! The food was fabulous! The best I've tasted in decades."
Registration includes a one-year membership to the Delaware County Friends of the Trail. Click on the green button below for online registration or print the mail-in brochure by clicking PDF here.
Below are the routes from 2015. Routes for 2016 will be posted as soon as they are available.
Meredith State Trail - This 1.6 mile trail opened in October of 2015. It runs from the N.County Line Road to Meredith State Road.
Two segments of rail bed trail in Sunbury were acquired by Preservation Parks in November 2015. One is near the skating rink and the other is the north end of the Big Walnut Community Trail.
Hoover Scenic Trail
The Hoover Scenic Trail opened October of 2010. It starts at Plumb Rd in Delaware County between Old 3C Hwy and SR 3. The trail runs through the Hoover Nature Preserver and features a pedestrian bridge, overlook of Hoover Reservior, and incredible bird watching. Click here for pictures of the grand opening and bridge raising.
Walnut Creek Trail and Kanes Crossing bridge
This project involves decking a pedestrian bridge over Big Walnut Creek which will link Harrison Street on the north edge of Galena with the Joe Walker Road trail in the Morranda Homes subdivision. The project was completed in February 2010. The second phase of this project was conpleted in August 2010 and included the paving 820 feet from Harison Street to the bridge.