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Ditch The Dodge: Fairfield Offers Full Slate Of Bike/Walk Tours

The Town of Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee 2017 members are (left-right): Karen Secrist, William Pollack, Laura O'Brien (vice-chair), Linda Lach, Keith Gallinelli (chair), Edward Lane (secretary), Don Hyman, Nate Rex and Ann Katis.
The Town of Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee 2017 members are (left-right): Karen Secrist, William Pollack, Laura O'Brien (vice-chair), Linda Lach, Keith Gallinelli (chair), Edward Lane (secretary), Don Hyman, Nate Rex and Ann Katis. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — With more town residents leaving the car keys at home and stepping — or cycling — out, Fairfield announced a series of bike and walk events to cater to every interest.

“Since we were established by the Fairfield Board of Selectmen in 2014, our committee has seen steady growth in cycling and pedestrian events in town whether they’re organized by ourselves or others,” said Keith Gallinelli, chair of the town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.

“The warm weather season ahead will offer what we think is an exciting schedule of events we sponsor plus many others that bubble up from the community.”

Residents can celebrate National Bike Month with Ride Around Fairfield, which begins at 9:30 a.m. May 20 at Southport Beach. The ride marks the debut of town-installed air pumps and bike repair stations at strategic locations on the official town bike routes.

The rain date is May 21.

MIlan Bull, senior director of science and conservation at Connecticut Audubon Society, will lead Marshland Meanderings: Birds and Beasts along the Frank Rice Trail System on June 3. Families and friends can meet at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities parking lot and the walk steps off at 9 a.m.

The rain date is June 10.

The Clean Energy Task Force is sponsoring a Clean Energy Walking Tour on June 10. Starting at 10 a.m. at the Sherman Green Gazebo, the walk will include brief discussions at five of the major solar energy generation stops now in operation. The walk concludes at the Fairfield Recreation Center on Old Dam road and will take about two hours roundtrip.

The Historic Southport Heritage Walk will take place at 9:30 a.m. on July 22. Explore the history of this scenic section of Fairfield in a walk led by master storyteller Walter Matis of the Fairfield History Center and Museum. Walkers should meet at the Pequot Library parking lot.

The rain date is July 23.

Cyclists can join Fairfield’s Great Graves and Ghosts Ride at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21. Just ahead of Halloween, this ride will focus on a course bringing cyclists to notable graves in different locations of Fairfield.

Matis will provide the narrative, focusing on history, ghosts, legends and tales of macabre from Fairfield’s past.

Cyclists should meet at the Fairfield Museum and History Center parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The rain date is Oct. 22.

All events are open to the public.

For more information on cycling and walking in Fairfield, visit the committee’s website .

http://fairfieldct.org/bikeped

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