5/5/2017 Biking Erie

 Erie is a very unique city for many reasons, but did you know that our biking community is one of them? Bicycling is an activity that holds interest across all ages and is a great way to see your city from a new perspective.  You will encounter many situations and environments that would go unnoticed if you chose to travel in a motor vehicle instead.

Erie County is actually the only county in PA that has three official national bike routes as well as three BicyclePA state routes!

The national bike routes include:

1.       The Northern Tier (4,265 miles in length)

2.       The Underground Railroad (2,008 miles in length)

3.       Underground Railroad Spur(153 miles in length)

Presque Isle State Park also provides a multi-purpose trail that locals and tourists often utilize for biking and roller blading. The Bayfront Bikeway is also available for use, a 9 mile multi-purpose path that connects many destinations along the lake including the Penn State Behrend campus and the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF.)

Bike Erie is an organization worth checking out if you are new to the bicycle scene in Erie or if you would simply like to find some like-minded company. The Bike Erie movement began when people recognized a lack of health promoting transportation opportunities in the area. The Bike Erie effort does continuously positive work to transform Erie communities and streets into safe and accessible places for people to promote active transportation.  Check out their website! (See attached link.)

Also for the public’s use are artistic bike racks that have been donated by Erie Arts and Culture! Don’t hesitate to take advantage of them-they’re everywhere! Most of them have a unique shape and color that reflects a historical or industrial aspect of the area of Erie in which it is located. How cool is that!?

While biking remember to keep safety first while you enjoy the scenery and the fresh air.  Many places in Erie now have bike-friendly paths that you can take advantage of instead of riding as a part of traffic. Let us know which trails you check out, what you like most about them and why! Enjoy our Erie summer weather while getting your 60 minutes in.


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