Kingston Land Trust to Partner with O+ Festival For Cycling Events

O+Fest_BikeLogo_Transparent The O+ Festival, being held from October 10th-12th in Kingston, is a great opportunity to enjoy the Fall season and observe firsthand the abundance of artistic and musical talent . The Kingston Land Trust is proud to partner with the O+ Festival for several planned cycling events.

Since its 2011 launch, the O+ Festival has made a name for itself in its abundance of of art, music, and creativity all for the common goal of helping to strengthen the bridge to access health care for artists.

With exhibitions from approximately 30 accomplished artists, such as internationally–known street artist Gaia, there will be murals and art installations all over Kingston. The  O+ Festival will also be showcasing a multitude of musical acts throughout the weekend. The festival will also have a large array of wellness centered activities from Kundalini Yoga with Hariprakash to Dance X Cross Fitness with the Center for Creative Education.

On Sunday October 12th there will be a series of cycling events in partnership with Recovery Ride founder Tour de Kingston as well as YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County, HealthAlliance Foundation, Kingston GreenlineRevolution Bicycles, Famous Bike Brothers, Overlook Mountain Bikes, Kingston Land Trust and Nace Promotions.The rides kick off at 9:30 a.m. with 18- and 28-mile rail trail rides, and a 50-mile road ride.

At noon, the whole family is invited to get on their bikes for a guided 4.5 mile Mural-to-Mural RecO+very Ride that begins at Forsyth Park and stops at murals throughout Uptown Kingston as well as the YMCA in Midtown. Many O+ artists will be on hand to give talks in front of their murals. At the YMCA, riders are encouraged to stop and visit the recovering artists exhibit in the YMCA lobby.

At 1 p.m., as an optional 6-mile extension of the mural-to-mural ride, the Kingston Land Trust will lead a tour of the future Kingston Greenline. The tour route, which follows the planned system of trails, bike lanes and complete streets, will stop at the Trolley Museum of New York, on the Rondout Creek, and in Midtown near the hub of Ulster County’s once-vital railroad system. Tour guides will be on hand to share recent progress updates on the design and construction of the Kingston Greenline.Helmets are mandatory for all four rides. A map of the planned Mural-to-Mural and Kingston Greenline tour routes is available here.

The Kingston Land Trust and Bike Friendly Kingston are also partnering with organizers of the O+ Festival to provide a free bicycle parking tent for festival goers during Friday and Saturday night and from 10am-2pm on Saturday. Stop by and give us a visit while you’re enjoying the festivities and get a chance to network with other rail trail and cycling advocates while you visit.

Admission to the festival is $35.00 , and that gives you access to all the music, art and wellness for the entire weekend. Tickets can be purchased online here. For a more detailed list of musical acts, art exhibitions and wellness clinics, visit the O+ webpage

The Kingston Land Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in and around the City of Kingston.  As the area’s only urban land trust, the KLT fills a unique role that places it in close partnership with other organizations, agencies and individuals who are working to strengthen Kingston’s quality of life through creative strategies related to land use, infrastructure, the environment, historic preservation, and community and economic development.

The Kingston Greenline is a proposed system of trails, bikeways, promenades, paths and “complete streets” that provides residents and visitors with healthy, active, non-motorized ways to connect to the City’s vibrant commercial, cultural, historical and recreational assets and weaves together the County’s emerging trail network via an amenity-rich urban trail hub. More information is available at kingstongreenline.org or facebook.com/kingstonrailtrails.

The O+ Festival is a celebration of art and music that creates a bridge to access health care for artists. O+ fosters complete physical, mental and social well-being by connecting artists directly with a coalition of health care providers and health resources, in a shared vision to nurture the individual and the community.

 

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