For 31 years riders and walkers have come out to raise funds and awareness for mental health and addiction recovery in support of Bridges Healthcare services.

Mark your calendars for October 1 to ride or walk in one of CT’s longest-running events and most scenic courses to create a healthier future for individuals and our community!

Ride or Walk for Mental Health – October 1, 2023

Participate in Folks on Spokes & Step Forward 2023 to raise funds for community mental health and addiction services.

There are two ways to participate: Ride in one of Connecticut’s longest running charitable bike rides or Walk to support mental health and recovery and to honor lives lost to addiction and suicide. Come solo or join as part of a team.


When: Sunday, October 1, 2023 8:00 AM

Where: Fowler Field, 1 Shipyard Lane Milford, CT

Folks on Spokes

Join the Folks on Spokes 2023 ride for mental health and addiction recovery. Cyclists of all levels can enjoy the scenic, mapped routes around the Connecticut shoreline.

Distances are 5, 10, 20 and 40 miles or any combination of these routes for a longer ride. The rest stops along the route offer water, fruit and snack bars. Restroom facilities are also available at several points along the ride.

All riders must wear a bicycle helmet and follow safe cycling practices throughout their ride.

Tentative ride Check-In and Start Times:

7:30    Check-In  & Registration Opens for Rides

9:00    Check-in and Registration Opens for Walk

8:20    Welcome, Line up, & Instructions for 40 Mile Ride

8:30    40+ Mile Ride begins

8:45     Welcome and Recognition Awards, Line up for 20 Mile Ride

9:00     20 Mile Ride begins

9:30     5 and 10 Mile Family Fun Rides begin

9:45     Remembrance Ceremony

10:00   Walk begins

11:15    Lunch to Go

2:00     Event Closes

Ride Maps and Directions

Below are documents containing the maps for each ride or walk distance.

Click on any PDF below to view / print maps:

The Walk scheduled for October 1, 2023 supports those struggling with their mental health or addiction recovery. It also honors the tragic end to lives lost to addiction, overdose, suicide or other mental health related issues.

To honor and remember loved ones who were lost to suicide and overdose, or any mental health and addiction related disorder, a Remembrance Ceremony will be held at Fowler Field @ 9:45am before the Step Forward Walk.

The Step Forward Walk event offers understanding and compassion to those who may feel isolated in their grief. We will be there to support you as you honor your friends and loved ones. Please join us to be part of a healing community. We walk together in remembrance.

Ceremony:    9:45am

5K Walk:     10:00am  View 5K Route Map

Sponsor the upcoming Folks on Spokes Ride/Step Forward Memorial Walk and give health, hope, and recovery to those in need in our community. Your contribution makes a difference!

Give your business exposure to over 300 participants while supporting community mental health services—contact Allison Csonka in Bridges Development Office at or 203.878.6365 x337. 

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please complete this form and return it by August 31, 2023.

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