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CT Folk Rides: In Partnership with Elm City Cycling & Newhallville Learning Corridor

This year CT Folk, Elm City Cycling, and The Newhallville Learning Corridor are ecstatic to offer a 2-hour bike tour excursion on the day of the CT Folk Festival & Green Expo! The route has been designed to accommodate both beginner and experienced riders, and is open to ages 16 and up (approx. 4.3 miles)

The group will leave Edgerton Park at 1:00 PM, and be led by Paul Hammer and Newhallville Youth Ambassadors. They will take riders on a beautiful tour of the city on the way to Newhallville’s Learning Corridor.

Doreen Abubakar, founder of The Newhallville Learning Corridor, will offer a 45-minute tour of the space and share the wonderful environmental work going on in the community. Riders will return to the Festival and Expo by 3:00 PM to continue enjoying the festivities.





If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at ctfolkfestgreenexpo@gmail.com.

Please note: You must provide your own bike. Helmets are required.
The Learning Corridor is an outgrowth of the Community Placemaking and Engagement Network (CPEN), founded by Doreen Abubakar in 2012 as a catalyst for neighborhood stabilization, leadership development and public health awareness in the low-income Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven. Focusing on family fitness and community building as positive vectors on the social determinants of health, the Learning Corridor is centered around the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, a linear park and designated section of the East Coast Greenway. The Learning Corridor features a resident-maintained public greenspace and Audubon-certified pollinator garden, access to the linear park, a space for festivals and community gatherings, and a bicycle storage facility where community members can access bicycles for use on the trail and in the community. The Learning Corridor features annual programs such as the springtime Pedometer Challenge for walkers, weekly maintenance work-days in June and July, the Harvest Festival in October, holiday sing-along in December, and in 2019 will also feature a “mobile farmers’ market” to bring fresh fruits and vegetables into Newhallville, where access to high-quality produce is limited. Installation of new exercise equipment, play structures, security cameras, improved lighting, and other amenities is currently being completed. The Learning Corridor is directed by Doreen Abubakar, with assistance from New Haven Friends of the Farmington Canal Greenway, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Bradley Street Bicycle Cooperative, and numerous other community partners.