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Friends of the Trail plan 11th Delaware bike tour

The Delaware County Friends of the Trail will host its 11th annual Community Ties bike tour July 27.

The bike tour, which boasts 31-, 62 and 100-mile routes from Westerville through Delaware, Sunbury and Galena, is meant to showcase the scenic views from Delaware County's bike trails while raising money to complete the Ohio to Erie Trail through eastern Delaware County and develop multi-use trails in local communities.

There also will be an 8-mile family fun ride on the Genoa and Hoover Scenic trails.

The tour will feature homemade cookies at each stop and a post-ride lunch of fresh, healthful, locally sourced food from the Glass Rooster Home Cannery in Sunbury.

Tour organizers said they anticipate 350 riders this year.

The rides will begin at Northside Fellowship Church, 6841 Freeman Road, between 7 and 9 a.m. The family ride will begin at 10 a.m.

The cost of the tour is $25 per rider in advance or $30 the day of the ride. Cost for the family fun ride is $25 per family in advance or $30 day-of-ride.

Participants can register online through the Delaware County Friends of the Trail website, dcft.org, through July 26 or at the starting location on the day of the ride.

The Delaware County Friends of the Trail focuses on increasing the health and safety of residents through the promotion, planning and building of multi-use trails for recreation and transportation in Delaware County.

The group currently is working to create a 16-mile stretch of multi-use trail between Westerville and Knox County through or near Galena and Sunbury, envisioned as part of the Ohio to Erie Trail.

The most recent trail additions include the Hoover Scenic Trail along Hoover Reservoir between Genoa Township and Galena, and the Kane's Crossing Bridge Trail across Big Walnut Creek in Galena.