With spring in the air, the Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee and the League of American Bicyclists, the national organization of bicyclists, announce that May is National Bike Month and Friday, May 20th is Bike to Work Day. Riding a bike is a fun way to get exercise, save money commuting to work, run errands around town or can simply be a healthy and enjoyable family activity.
The Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee invites area citizens to participate in several rides organized in celebration of National Bike Month. Pre-registration is required for all rides.
Mountain Bike Ride, Lily Pond Preserve
When: Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am
Location: Lily Pond trailhead, 150 High Street, Bath, Maine
On Saturday May 7th, Lawrence Kovacs, founding president of the Six Rivers local chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association will lead an hour and a half ride at the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust’s Lily Pond Preserve in Bath. Bath is home to more than twenty miles of fun and challenging single track mountain bike trails. This is a ride for folks with at least intermediate skills.
You must be comfortable riding on single track trails that have some roots and rocks. We will be riding on the less challenging trails in Lilly Pond, but they are still narrow and uneven in spots. This will be a “no-drop” ride, so don’t worry about keeping up! We will not leave anyone behind. You should have a mountain bike in good working condition and a helmet is required. We will be carrying some basic tools and a pump in case there is a mechanical issue.
The ride will depart at 10:00 am from the Lily Pond trailhead, located at 150 High Street in Bath. Rain date is May 14th.
Round Trip from Bath to Wild Oats in Brunswick
When: Saturday, May 14, 2022 @ 8:30 am
Location: Bath Parks and Recreation Department Office, 4 Sheridan Rd, Bath, Maine
On Saturday, May 14th, Bath Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee members Kevin Shute and Tim Blair will lead a 22 mile round trip ride from Bath to Brunswick, with a stop at Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe for a snack and rest stop. In one direction the ride will follow a portion of the East Coast Greenway north of Route 1, and in another direction the ride will follow a route south of Route 1. Riders must wear a helmet, highly visible clothing, and have a bike in good working condition. Departure is from the Bath Parks and Recreation Department office at 8:30 am.
Bath Bike Tour
When: Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 7:00 am
Location: Bath City Hall, 55 Front St., Bath, Maine
On Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20th, Kevin and Tim will also lead a ride promoting bicycling in Bath. The 8 mile ride will highlight new and proposed pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects in the city. Following the ride participants are invited to join members of the bike/ped committee for a coffee at Cafe Creme’ and share ideas on how to improve bicycling in Bath. Riders will depart from Bath City Hall at 7am.
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