This is a relatively quiet community that has a growing cycling presence. Sitting on Lewisville Lake and out of the way of most major bike routes, most cyclists outside the city don't even know its there. Shawnee Trail Cycling Club has discovered the good streets, wonderful views of the lake and growing cycling infrastructure. As promised, we'll give you just a snapshot of what this city has to offer to those on the bike.
Accomplished under the radar of general cycling news, The Colony has done some very unique things with its on and off street bike routes. It is impressive that the city has used a combination of city side streets, new off street trails and sharrows to make a complete and usable system. Generally around the country, cities will either tear up these side streets, find a way to build new bicycle routes, or just put the bike trail implementation on hold. The Colony has made some major strides. Take a look!
Recreation and fitness "By the Lake"
The Colony offers a special perspective for outdoor activities when given its lengthy shoreline along Lewisville Lake. Access to Stewart Creek Park is free, yes FREE, to those entering on foot or by bike. We've made this a regular part of our 3 Cities Novice Ride (see the map below) in The Colony. Scenic and cooler most times of the year. The smell of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill as you ride by makes you want to stop and meet new friends.
The Shoreline Trail
The Shoreline Trail is a 3.5 mile trail of crushed granite and concrete that follows the shore of Lewisville Lake. The views of the water, wildlife and protected wetlands make your bike ride something to remember. This is a great place to take the family or just get out for a solo ride and relax.
The Tribute Shoreline Trail
This trail, an eventual extension of The Shoreline Trail, is currently under construction. It will eventually be a 2.5 mile, 10 foot wide trail that winds through the Wildlife Habitat Area of the peninsula SW of the Old American Golf Course. Great care has been taken with trail routes and materials to have minimal impact on the wildlife and terrain, making for another great opportunity for cyclists, walkers and runners to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
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