Harrison Rail Trails (HRT) and Country Road Cyclists (CRC) are hosting a series of short rail-trail rides across the county to familiarize local cyclists with existing paths and trail connections. The series is also intended to educate people young and old about cycling skills and bicycle maintenance.

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The bike rides kicked-off last Saturday at Harrison North Rail-Trail. Cyclists had the opportunity to choose a 4-mile or 14-mile trail, depending on their skill and comfort level. The series will run each remaining Saturday in September and three Sundays in October. Here is a list of the scheduled dates, times, and trails remaining:

Date Time Location
Saturday, Sept. 17 10:00 am West Fork River Rail-Trail
Saturday, Sept. 24 10:00 am Harrison South Rail-Trail
Sunday, Oct. 2 2:00 pm North Bend Rail-Trail
Sunday, Oct. 16 2:00 pm Harrison South Rail-Trail
Sunday, Oct. 23 2:00 pm Harrison North Rail-Trail

Of the remaining trail rides, three of them will be designated a “Focus on Family Ride”. On September 24, October 2, and October 23, cyclists of all ages can arrive 30 minutes early to reserve a free rental bike and helmet from West Virginia University’s Science Behind Cycling program. There will be staff on hand to educate new riders about bicycles, maintenance, and beginner cycling skills. You can also bring your bike down for a free inspection and tune-up.

Focus on Family rides will be shorter distances completed at a more casual pace in order to accommodate for every skill level. Bike reservations are first-come first-served basis. A photo ID and credit card are required. Any cyclist under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present.

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Helmets are recommended for all riders, but are required for anyone under 18 years old. In the event of rough or muddy trail surfaces, HRT suggests mountain bikes over road bikes.

For directions or more information about the bicycle ride series in Harrison County, West Virginia, call Peggy at (304) 282 – 7464.