Bike tours part of Great Lakes Experience event

The Great Lakes Experience Festival will return to the City of Dunkirk Harbor Front on Saturday, June 21. The festival will be in Memorial Park in Dunkirk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A new event this year will feature two bicycle rides both beginning at 10 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel pavilion in Dunkirk.

The first bicycle tour is for those who wish to bicycle 3 to 4 miles around a portion of the city of Dunkirk Bike Path going around Point Gratiot and the Lake Erie Shoreline. The ride will be led by Paul Gavin.

This ride is suitable for adults and youngsters. Children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult if they are between the ages of 8 and 12. All riders are required to wear a helmet. The ride should be finished within an hour of departure and will return to the Clarion pavilion.

A bicycle tour of approximately 15 miles will leave at the same time from the Clarion Hotel Pavilion. Les Johnson of Hollyloft Bike and Ski Shop will lead the ride. This ride will be approximately two hours in length and will travel along the Lake Erie shore, through some of the wine country adjacent to Route 20, and then return to the Clarion Hotel. Riders must be 18 years old to participate and are required to wear a helmet. Participants should have a bicycle in good working condition.

Any individual who wishes to take part in one of these rides should be at the Clarion Hotel pavilion by 9:45 am. June 21. There is no pre-registration and no fee to participate in either of these tours. Riders are encouraged to attend the Great Lakes Festival in Memorial park upon their return from the tour.