Fitness

Annual Bike to Work Day to promote clean, sustainable transportation

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Gene Walsh — Digital First Media Bicyclists navigate around the crowd of visitors crossing Sullivan’s Bridge which spans the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge Park August 19, 2016.

By Michael Sneff, The Mercury

Today, members of the community are asked to leave their car keys at home and strap on their helmets to go to work.

May 19th, 2017 is the 6th Annual “Bike to Work Day”, an event hosted by the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA). The event is meant to celebrate National Bike to Work Day and will be just one of the many biking events taking place all over the country.

The transportation assoiciation is hosting two seperate riding sessions. The meeting spot for Montgomery County residents will be at the Norristown Transportation Center at 7:15 a.m. Chester County riders will meet at Phoenixville Borough Hall at 7:15 a.m.

Not only will there be groups of riders but riding with them will be Commissioners from each respective county. Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh will be joining bicyclists in Norristown while Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline will be joining the bike ride in Phoenixville.

Both groups will be following the Schuylkill River Trail to Valley Forge National Park, where the press event will be held. At the press event, both Arkoosh and Kichline will speak in addition to commissioners Joseph Gale and Ken Lawrence Jr.

“It’s really about promoting biking as a healthy, clean way to go to work,” said Stacey Henrich, Transportation Demand Management manager. 

According to National Geographic, The U.S. Census estimates that about half of all Americans live within five miles of their workplace. Those who decided to bike those five miles every day rather than driving an average car could reduce total household emissions by six percent.

“Even if you do not live in Montgomery or Chester Counties, we still encourage as many people to come out as possible,” Henrich said.

 

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