June 11, 2016: 12th annual World Of Wildlife Bicycle Tour set for Trumbull, Ashtabula

The 12th annual World Of Wildlife Bicycle Tour will occur at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 in Trumbull and Ashtabula counties.

The World Of Wildlife Bicycle Tour includes 20-, 40- and 68-mile routes.

Riders will use the Trumbull and Ashtabula County portions of the Western Reserve Greenway for most of their miles, especially the 20- and 40-miles routes. The first and last miles use public roads, and a three-tenths mile detour due to a bridge closing north of the Oakfield Trailhead rest stop is necessary for those riding north of Hyde-Oakfield Road.

The Greenway passes through large sections of premier wetlands, home to much wildlife and many species of rare and endangered plant life. Riders might see a groundhog, deer, river otter, beaver or, for those really observant, a bald eagle or native turtle, this year’s mascot.

Participants will pass through the Mosquito Lake Wildlife Area where an observation deck has been erected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy volunteers will mount interpretive nature signage at various points along the route. Food and beverages will be provided at rest stops along the route and at the conclusion of the ride.

Western Reserve Greenway Bike Patrol volunteers will assist riders along the route. Ride proceeds benefit the Trumbull County portion of the Western Reserve Greenway Phase Four, the unfinished section between Warren and Niles.

Event registration will occur at the Trumbull Campus of Kent State University in Champion, 7:30-10 a.m. Day-of registrations are welcome. 7:30 a.m.

For more information, visit http://trumbullmetroparks.org/parks-and-trails/wow-bicycle-ride, or phone 330-647-3666.

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