Bicycle Friendly Farmington’s Wednesday Evening Social Ride Series is ready to 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 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!).
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
The ride will leave from the bike racks across from CVS at Riversedge Plaza in Unionville on Friday, May 17 @ 8:45 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. ROUTE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Afterwards, we’ll be stopping at Taprock for an after ride cocktail or bite to eat.
A bicycle rodeo is a fun way for kids from 5 to 18 years old to learn skills required to safely ride a bicycle. BFF’s team of certified cycling instructors has put together a program that can be held at your school or organization to make sure that your young folks know the rules of safe bicycling.
May is National Bike Month, and BFF plans to celebrate by riding our bikes around Farmington. We hope you’ll be riding around town, too! Snap a picture, post it and it’s that easy – you’re celebrating with us! Prizes and glory available! You can read more about our program here:
Bicycle Friendly Farmington Accomplished Much in 2015. Will You Join with Us in 2016?
Dear BFF members and supporters,
When I moved to Farmington in 1997, I was already a frequent bicycle commuter and pedaling through town on my way to Simsbury or Bloomfield. Like most towns in the area, Farmington presented cyclists with an array of hazards and obstacles, and many motorists could not relate to a bicycle rider with the backpack and flashing lights. In recent years, bicycle advocacy has changed how others view cyclists, and how towns and cities structure their communities. Being “bicycle friendly” is now an asset to local businesses and employers. Linear parks (bike paths) now connect neighborhoods, towns, and states.
You have the unique opportunity to become a part of this movement, and a part of something that is taking place in your own community.I wanted to take a few moments to review all that Bicycle Friendly Farmington (BFF) has recently achieved in hopes that you will join our renew your membership in BFF.