Peninsula - The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of Northeast Ohio's most popular bicycle paths by day. For 22 years, Century Cycles bicycle store in Peninsula has been showing people how to enjoy it in an entirely different way with their Night Rides on the Towpath Trail.
Century Cycles is partnering with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to help support all of the park's many trail systems.
The store will host their latest Night Ride on the Towpath Trail on Aug. 13, where bicyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to pedal together on the Towpath Trail for a casual 14-mile ride. The ride is free and open to the public, and no advance registration is required. Attendees must have their own bicycle, helmet, and headlight, and must sign a waiver before the ride starts. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
The ride begins at 8 p.m. from the parking lot of the Century Cycles store, located at 1621 Main St. (State Route 303) in Peninsula. Guests are encouraged to arrive earlier to have plenty of time to find parking, get themselves and their bicycles ready, and sign in.
Staff from the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be at the event to accept donations, sign up new memberships, and answer questions about the organization and its mission.
Any person who attends the event and makes a donation to the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's TRAILS FOREVER Fund (minimum of $1) will be eligible to win a NiteRider Lumina 550 rechargeable bicycle headlight (valued at $110). The drawing for the headlight will be held at 7:50 p.m.; winner must be present.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has over 100 miles of trails for hiking, running, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Funding from the National Park Service alone isn't enough to maintain these trails. The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park's TRAILS FOREVER Fund helps preserve our precious legacy of trails for future generations.
"The Conservancy is excited to partner with Century Cycles, and deeply appreciates the work they do to help people enjoy the trails in the park," said Katrina Haas, development director of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Scott Cowan, owner of Century Cycles, said, "Without the continued efforts of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, we would not have the Towpath Trail that is enjoyed by so many Northeast Ohioans, as well as by people from around the world."
For more information about the Night Ride on the Towpath Trail, call Century Cycles in Peninsula at 330-657-2209. Online, visit www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides, an informational page that includes videos and photos from past Night Rides and tips for first-time Night Riders.