Montgomery County, PA – To continue to enhance Montgomery County, PA’s already thriving bicycle culture, a second tour in the Bike Montco series has been announced.
Montgomery County has some of the best biking trails and routes around, and this initiative (a partnership between the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, and the Montgomery County Planning Commission) offers an opportunity to improve the Montco experience by getting people outdoors to exercise – while safely social distancing – and experience a wide variety other things to do along the way. VISIT VF APP, available VFTCB website valleyforge.org
The “Bridgeport Hills Will Test Your Cycling Skills” route focuses on the tightknit borough community, located in the heart of Montgomery County, that has an industrial past, and steep hillsides on the southern banks of the Schuylkill River. The town has 4,600 residents in just .8-square-miles, so there’s a lot to see.
The 6.6-mile Bridgeport tour starts on the river, just over the border at Upper Merion Boathouse Park, then winds through the borough, climbs up to more than 220 feet for a 20-mile view to the west at Bridgeport Memorial Park, and travels along quiet residential streets to the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) DeKalb Street Station. The Schuylkill River Trail can also be added since it’s less than a mile away.
Cyclists can also head to several places on Main Street, and nearby spots including, Workhorse Brewing Company, Taphouse 23, Puddlers Kitchen & Tap by Conshohocken Brewing Co., Frosty Falls, and Suzy Jo Donuts.
Like the “Homes and Gardens of Main Line,” route, this trip avoids major highways and most arterial streets to minimize exposure to heavier traffic, but some busier streets couldn’t be avoided. The Bridgeport tour is also recommended for fit cyclists who aren’t afraid of climbing hills, or steep declines.
Riders are strongly encouraged to ensure their bicycles are in top working order before embarking on the routes, with particular attention given to brakes and tires. There are numerous bicycle shops (a PA essential business) in Montgomery County that can help with this. Riders are also strongly encouraged to wear a helmet, and all are reminded that Pennsylvania Law requires all cyclists 13 years and younger to wear one at all times.
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