Hiking and Biking

Learn to Ride – Adults – Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10AM to 1PM

A free class for Adults. If you never learned to ride a bike as a child, our Learn to Ride class is for you. It doesn’t matter if your 18 or 80, we’ll get you rolling in no time. With our safe, easy, effective method, you will learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit.
​Class Location: Wapping Parks & Recreation Facility, 91 Ayers Rd. Class Size: 6 adults
​Equipment: Bicycles and helmets are provided to those who register Instructors: Certified League of American Bicyclists Instructors

​Bicycling Basics – Adults – Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10AM to 1PM A free class for Adults. Did you just graduate from our Learn to Ride – Adults class? Are you coming back to cycling after a long absence and feeling a little shaky? Not comfortable using gears? Don’t feel like you are ready to mix with traffic yet? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, then Bicycling Basics is the class for you, as long as you are able to mount, balance, pedal, start, and stop a bicycle.
​Class Location: Wapping Parks & Recreation Facility, 91 Ayers Rd. Class Size: 6 adults
​Equipment: Bicycles and helmets are provided to those who register Instructors: Certified League of American Bicyclists Instructors

​National Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 18, 2018 Have you ever thought about riding your bike to work in the Hartford area but weren’t sure of the best route or wanted company on the ride? Join us for a guided ride from South Windsor to Hartford. A few of the SW Walk & Wheel Way members make the trek regularly and can answer questions about bike commuting and help you with route selection. We will join the regional Bike Walk CT celebration of National Bike to Work Day in downtown Hartford. The route is less than 10 miles with some hills and on street riding. Bring a helmet, water and a spare tire tube. We will meet at the Colonial Point Christian Church parking lot at 855 Chapel Rd. at 6:30AM. Ride departs at 6:45AM. Check cancellation hotline if weather is questionable, 860-648-6349

​Connecticut Trails Day – Sunday, June 3, 2018 Come visit the Michael Donnelly Preserve on Sunday, June 3, 2018. SW Walk & Wheel Ways will be showcasing the park from 1 to 4PM to celebrate Connecticut Trails Day. Meet us at the parking lot off of Sullivan Ave. All ages are welcome! Rain cancels the event. For more information on trails in Connecticut, visit WalkCT.org. Questions: contact South Windsor Parks & Recreation Department, 860-648-6355.

​Sunset Walk at Nevers Park– On Friday, July 27, 2018, come out and enjoy beautiful Nevers Park at sunset, walk the trails and bring your own beverage to enjoy by the fire pit. Meet at the Rotary Pavilion at 8PM. Check cancellation hotline if weather is questionable, 860-648-6349

​Wanted: Volunteers for the 4th Grade Bicycle Education Program Orchard Hill Elementary School – May 7, 8, 10 & 11 Eli Terry – May 21, 22, 24 & 25 If you enjoy riding your bike, spending time outdoors and working with children eager to ride bikes, then join us in May in assisting students in mastering bicycle safety skills at Orchard Hill Elementary School and Eli Terry Elementary School. Members of South Windsor Walk & Wheel Ways and volunteers assist the PE teachers with teaching basic safety skills such as wearing a helmet correctly, checking your bike before each ride, proper bike fit, the power start, learning hand signals, scanning, changing gears, fixing a flat, rules of the road and so much more. Some students even need a little one-on-one time to learn to ride a bike. We have seen children overcome their fear of falling, build their confidence, improve their balance, and increase their awareness of their surroundings as they progress through the program. The last day of the program involves riding in the neighborhood so the students can try out their new skills. The bicycle education program is both fun and rewarding for the volunteers as well as the students. To get involved, contact Ken Sek at kensek@cox.net.