By Craig Schill
Since early 2012, BikeErie has been devoted to the promoting and spreading of all forms of cycling, as well as equality for bicyclists. The Bike Erie Coalition was created with support from the Erie County Department of Health, as a result of an increased popularity of bicycling in Erie. Bike Erie supports and encourages transportation via bicycle as both enjoyable and healthy for the individual, and environmentally-friendly.
Two major objectives of Bike Erie are to create bike paths on or near every major roadway in the area and to install
bike racks at many public locations to encourage residents to use bicycling as a means of travel.
Making businesses more bike-friendly benefits everyone involved: employers, employees, visitors, customers, and the greater Erie community as a whole. Bike Erie has set an organizational goal of adding at least an additional four bicycle friendly businesses within Erie each year. They're seeking the economic support of employers to encourage employees to travel by bicycle. To encourage biking for recreation, they're also focusing upon increasing bicycle tourism to strengthen the local economy and environment at the same time.
There are many advantages to creating a bicycling friendly facility, some of which include:
First Photo Courtesy of Bike Erie.org
Second Photo Courtesy of Carolyn McIntyre.