HEBRON – More than 50 riders rolled out of Hebron’s Canal Park last Saturday afternoon for the first ever Bike Buckeye Lake ride.
The approximately 16-mile ride was a cooperative effort with SycLicking, created by the Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS) and the Licking County Planning Commission (LCPC) to promote multi-use trails throughout the county. Now in its third year, SycLicking has organized numerous rides and hosted hundreds of riders to promote multi-use trails and highlight the area’s culture and history.
Saturday’s ride started and finished at Hebron’s Canal Park. The first stop was at Liebs Island State Park, then on to the North Shore State Park and finally returning to Canal Park.
Bike Buckeye Lake is a group of lake-area residents that formed out of the dam update meetings last year at the Buckeye Lake Winery. The group wants to create a bike trail around Buckeye Lake that would be connected to other area bike trails. They also envision connecting to Columbus area trails.
Bike Buckeye Lake believes these connections will help make area residents and the local economy “healthy and vibrant,” with the natural beauty of Buckeye Lake attracting visitors to use the multi-use trails.
Saturday’s ride included a bike giveaway drawing at the end. Registration was free to win one of the four donated bikes. Bikes were donated by Vicki Glover, Robbco Marine, Buckeye Lake KOA Kampground and Jeff Ritter of Thrivent Financial.