Friday, January 25, 2008

Can Reading become ‘Bike Friendly Community’? Yes!
By Darrin Youker
Reading Eagle

"But of all the sights, sounds and excitement from the race day— it was a brief conversation that I had with a fellow cyclist that stayed with me the most.
I interviewed Emily Weidner of Temple specifically because she was walking around with a bicycle.Weidner biked in that day from Temple to take in the event. I rode in from my house in Laureldale— one of the few times I can actually bike to work.Weidner was enjoying the competition— but she dreamed of what Reading could become— a city that embraces cycling year-round.
Turns out, there’s a program called Bike Friendly Communities run by the League of American Bicyclists which recognizes municipalities that have made steps to become bicycle friendly.That includes programs like motorist education— improved roadways, and even bike-only paths on busy roads.No city in Pennsylvania has been named a cycling-friendly city.
'Let’s be first!' Weidner said."

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