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Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club Pumps Up Norwalk River Valley Trail

Jacqui Dowd, president of the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club; Charlie Taney, executive director of the NRVT; and members of the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club.
Jacqui Dowd, president of the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club; Charlie Taney, executive director of the NRVT; and members of the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Get ready to Ramble: The Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club has donated $2,500 to the Norwalk River Valley Trail’s campaign to create the trail plan for the first 2 miles of the NRVT in Ridgefield.

The NRVT is now up to $10,000, halfway to the $20,000 goal for the plan for the trail, which will be known as the Ridgefield Ramble,.

“We are honored to be a part of the NRVT in Ridgefield," said Jacqui Dowd, president of the Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club. "The Ridgefield Ramble fits perfectly into our club mission of creating a community of local athletes through fun, competition, advocacy, education, safety and the enjoyment of cycling, running and multi-sport.  We believe access to safe riding and running is paramount for a healthy community."

The Ridgefield Ramble will run for 2 miles from the intersection of Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7 to Bobby’s Court on the Redding Town line.

“It’s great to see how rapidly the Ridgefield community is embracing the NRVT. At this pace, we hope to get the trail plan for the Ridgefield Ramble completed this year,” said Charlie Taney, NRVT Executive Director.

The NRVT project aims to build 38 miles of multi-purpose trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Rogers Park in Danbury, passing through Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding on the way.

In addition to creating recreational opportunities for walkers, hikers, cyclists, kids, and pets, the NRVT will offer a green and healthy transportation alternative to reach rail stations, schools, offices, and businesses. For more information on the trail, which has completed segments in Norwalk and Wilton, click here .

In addition to the initial planning team of Ridgefield citizens, the NRVT has consulted with theRidgefield Board of Selectmen, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Ridgefield Conservation Commission, all of which are supportive of the planned first section.

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