|Pictures from Centennial Trail West Kick-Off October 16, 2015, more details here.
A project of Prickly Pear Land Trust
Centennial Trail Celebration Ride
For Immediate Release:
Join other Helena-area bicyclists on September 20, and celebrate the paving of several
segments of Helena’s Centennial Trail by cycling from its current beginning, immediately
northwest of Walmart, to its present western terminus at Montana Wild. A ribbon-cutting, a
delicious Big Dipper ice cream cone, and a free public showing of the film, Inspired to Ride,
follows. Everyone is welcome.
Here are the details:
The Centennial Trail Celebration Ride date is Sept 20, beginning at 6 pm. Anyone able
to cycle five miles at a moderate-to- relaxed pace (5-10 mph) is welcome to join the ride. The
ride should take about an hour. The trail travels along car-free paths and city streets. In places
the path is graveled; most road-, town-, or mountain-bike riders should be able to comfortably
negotiate the (few) uncompleted rougher sections of the trail.
Cyclists begin the ride at 6 pm at the corner of Billings and Blaine (NW of Walmart). For
those who wish to leave a car at Montana Wild, the ride’s finish, the Trail Rider Shuttle, Bike
Helena's bus and bike-trailer, will leave Montana Wild at 5:30 pm for the ride’s start-point near
Walmart. There’s room for about 30 riders on the shuttle.
After the ride, and after ice cream, cyclists are encouraged to stay and enjoy the
exciting, inspirational movie, Inspired to Ride. This family-friendly, 1 hour 28 minute long feature
film was released in 2015. It follows 45 cyclists competing in the first Trans Am Bike Race, a
self-supported sprint beginning in Astoria (OR) and ending in Yorktown (PA). This free showing
is in conjunction with the Helena Bicycle Club’s September meeting.
The Friends of Centennial Trail is a project of Prickly Pear Land Trust. FOCT supports
the design, construction, completion, and ongoing maintenance of Helena’s backbone non-
motorized trail, an east ̶ west pathway for walkers, runners, and bicyclists of all ages and
[Press Release from Friends of Centennial Trail; images from earlier post on this blog or taken by author]