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Ride along the Schuylkill River Trail at this week’s Mercury Mile

John Strickler - The Mercury Secretary of the D.C.N.R Cindy Adams Dunn pedals a Bike Pottstown bicycle as a group of officials ride to Memorial Park for the opening of the Pottstown Rumble grass volleyball tournament Thursday June 25, 2015 to announce a five year plan for outdoor recreation for Pennsylvania.

John Strickler – Mercury File Photo
Secretary of the D.C.N.R Cindy Adams Dunn pedals a Bike Pottstown bicycle as a group of officials ride to Memorial Park for the opening of the Pottstown Rumble grass volleyball tournament Thursday June 25, 2015 to announce a five year plan for outdoor recreation for Pennsylvania.

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

POTTSTOWN >> The community is invited to bicycle along an award-winning trail as part of The Mercury Mile noon Wednesday.

This year the Schuylkill River Trail won a Reader’s Choice online contest between 20 trail systems nationwide. Experience some outdoor fun this week on the nationally recognized trail. People will ride bicycles along the path starting from Riverfront Park in Pottstown. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is hosting the community ride and asking the public to join the 2.5 mile journey.

John Strickler - The Mercury Brittney Yanchek took her nephew Keegan Bessemer along the Schuylkill River Trail for a bicycle ride through Riverfront PArk in Pottstown Friday. The Schuylkill River Trail was named the best urban trail in the United States.

John Strickler – The Mercury
Brittney Yanchek took her nephew Keegan Bessemer along the Schuylkill River Trail for a bicycle ride through Riverfront PArk in Pottstown Friday. The Schuylkill River Trail was named the best urban trail in the United States.

Participants are to meet at 140 College Drive noon Wednesday. People can bring their own bikes to ride or borrow one of the free Bike Pottstown cruisers by visitingwww.eventbrite.com/e/mercury-mile-bike-reservations-tickets-18885285397. The reserved bikes will be at the heritage area building, right next to the park, ready for pickup noon Wednesday.

Bike Pottstown and Bike Schuylkill are free community bike share programs managed by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. The cruisers are available to rent free for anyone who’s at least 16 and with a valid driver’s license or state ID. There are locations in Phoenixville, Hamburg and Pottstown. Most of the bikes in Pottstown can be found at Tri County Bicycles on High Street. To find out more about the free bike programs in the area visit bikeschuylkill.org and for the hours of Tri County Bicycles, visit www.tricountybicycles.net.

The Mercury Mile is weekly and promotes walking and other fitness activities as a free exercise. It also gives the community the opportunity to talk with area organizations. Usually each week, different businesses or organizations will host The Mercury Mile. The walk will travel from one organization to the next encouraging staff to walk at lunch and inviting the community as well. Walkers are asked to bring business cards or contact information to exchange. Find out what’s going on in the area and form new partnerships.

Businesses that host The Mercury Mile will be featured in our “Businesses in Motion” section online and in the print newspaper. Organizations interested in hosting the walk should email Michilea Patterson at mpatterson@pottsmerc.com or call 610-850-0282 to schedule a time.

To find each week’s location, visit the Fit for Life website pottsmercfit4life.wordpress.com and like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Mercfit4life. Walkers can also be added to The Mercury Mile email list by contacting Michilea Patterson at mpatterson@pottsmerc.com. Send your name from the email you would like to use, and each week the mile’s location will be sent to you as well as other healthy living events coming up in the area.

If there is inclement weather on Wednesday then the bike ride will be cancelled and The Mercury Mile will resume next week. Please check the Fit for Life Facebook by 11 a.m. Wednesday to check the status of that day’s ride.

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