The road can be a dangerous place to ride a bike. I’m not telling you anything new. Sometimes, cyclists become an afterthought. Sometimes we are not thought of at all.
Oftentimes, road projects move forward without giving consideration to the needs of the cyclist. The reworking of RT 4 from RT 10 to the entrance ramp of Interstate 84 is an obvious example. Let me count the ways of how the state totally blew a chance at creating safer passage for two wheels on the way to West Hartford. Farmington will remain divided.
This event is not in the spirit of Critical Mass. Hogging lanes and breaking the rules of the road does nothing to endear others to the plights that we face daily. Public opinion can teeter as quickly as the shifting of gears. Our goal is not to enrage a public that is in the beginning stages of accepting us as equals. Instead, we need to portrait ourselves as ambassadors and caretakers to the notion of safe passage for all users of our roadways.
The intention of Firefly Bike Rides is to feel the living night from the seat of our bikes, to breathe the dark air and let it circulate inside because we can, and to show others that we are a passionate, if not slightly crazy sort of Pedal People.
Firefly Bike Rides will have the following requirements that must be followed in order to participate:
- Helmets must be worn
- Each rider must use a working headlight and taillight
- All rules of the road will be followed. Stop signs and traffic lights will be obeyed
- The group will ride single file and travel at an average speed of 10-12 mph
- Reflective clothing is recommended
Our first ride will leave from the bike racks across from CVS at Riversedge Plaza in Unionville on Friday, June 22 @ 8:30 pm. The route will take us on RT 4 towards Farmington Center and then right onto RT 10. We will proceed and turn right onto Meadow Rd. Then, right onto New Britain Ave and back to Unionville Center.
We can discuss stopping for an after ride cocktail or bite to eat.
Join us just to feel the living night.
This year, Bicycle Friendly Farmington is hosting the 4th annual bicycle ride in memory of Kevin Adorno with a different format — choose your ride at your own distance up to 100 kilometers (62.5 miles)! The ride is all on multi-use paved trails, and distances will be marked for every 10-mile segment — bring the whole family, challenge yourself, and then turn around when you’ve achieved your personal goal! A 62.5 mile road option has been added to the lineup for those wanting to avoid the constraints of the trail. Start times for various distances will be staggered. There is no charge for this event, but your donations are welcome. After your ride, enjoy some refreshments and live music courtesy of Downright Music of Collinsville.
Route Options and Suggested Starting Times (safety instructions will be presented every 1/2 hour) Plan to return between 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and players from Downright Music.
10 miles (10 a.m.) – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2051324413.
Turn at the RT 4 Farmington River Bridge in Unionville. (9.25 exact mileage)
Alternate 10 miler (10 a.m.) – includes new RT6 bridge http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2063861290.
Turn around at Northwest Drive
20 miles (9:30 a.m.) – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2051333500.
Turn at the Hartford Health Care (Helen and Harry Gray Center) in Avon. (19.21 exact mileage)
30 miles (9 a.m.) – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2051352400.
Turn around at Drake Hill in Simsbury
40 miles (8:30 a.m.) – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2063852551.
Turn around at Floydville Road, Simsbury. (at Peppermill Deli)
50 miles (8 a.m.) – http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2063857678.
Turn around at Phelps Road parking lot in Suffield.
60 miles (7:30 a.m.) – Tack on another 2.5 miles for an official Metric Century! –http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2051361442.
Turn around near Feeding Hills Road (RT 57) in Southwick.
62.5 mile road route (7:30 a.m.) – TBA
Bicycle Friendly Farmington’s Wednesday Evening Social Ride Series is ready to spin & roll! We’d love to have you join us!
Each Wednesday, cyclists of all ages and abilities meet at the bike trail parking lot on RT 4 (across the street from the mini-golf on River Rd) and ride on the Farmington River Trail or Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. Rides typically are 12-18 miles in length, but you are welcome to start the ride with us and turn around at anytime. We’ll pace ourselves to accommodate the entire group, so no rider is left behind.
We meet each Wednesday evening (except July 4th) at 6:15 pm for a pre-ride safety check and sign-in, and depart at 6:30 pm. Distance and direction for each evening’s ride is based on the desires of the group that assembles. We return by sunset and often convene for a post-ride frozen treat (c’mon, you earned it!).
In case of inclement weather, check the BFF page on Facebook for updates. We also appreciate it when you indicate your desire to attend a ride on our Facebook page so that we know to expect you.
See you beginning on May 30th!
Join us on Sunday, June 25 at 8 AM for a BFF Breakfast Ride. We will meet at the bike racks across from the CVS in Unionville at 8:00 am for a quick bike check, and be on the trail shortly thereafter.
At recent meetings, Bicycle Friendly Farmington, Inc., elected Anja Pennell, Ted Glanzer, Jim Glaspey, and Murdo Smith to its Board of Directors. Welcome to the team!
This August 21st, Bicycle Friendly Farmington (BFF) will become Beer Friendly Farmington (for a day)! Tidal River Brewing in Canton, CT, is the Farmington Valley’s latest addition to the growing craft beer scene in Connecticut. Join BFF for a ride to the brewery, with a tour and tasting led by Tidal River’s brewmeister, Geoff Mattheis.