Photo by Alan Olson Cyclists come out to support the Ohio Valley Trail Partners at the bike tour Monday. WHEELING — Hundreds turned out to enjoy the beautiful Memorial Day weather and to participate at the 15th annual Wheeling Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour.
Tour director Doug Wayt said the event draws visitors from several states to participate and serves both as a celebration of wellness and outdoor activity and as a fundraiser. Over the last 15 years, Wayt said the tour has raised more than $30,000 to maintain and provide upgrades to the trail, including the bicycle stations at Heritage Port.
Wayt said the ultimate goal is to see a trail span from its beginning in Benwood to Pittsburgh, a goal now within sight once construction clears up on the bridge near Wellsburg. From Pittsburgh, he said, a series of trails — and a few streets in south Pittsburgh — link the Ohio Valley to Washington D.C.
“We need six miles to finish from Wellsburg to Weirton, and you can ride a bicycle from Weirton to Washington D.C. right now,” Wayt said.
“Our goal is to promote wellness, and biking and walking trails are perfect for that. Our people are great, there’s all kinds of locals and riders.”
Wayt said the city of Wheeling had been a fantastic partner in helping maintain the trail, describing the Ohio Valley Trail Partners as a sort of informal, “adopted” agency for the city.
Wayt estimated that around 275 people turned up Monday for the event.“Come out and support […]