More than 50 cyclists and biking enthusiasts gathered in Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park in Camden on August 12, 2017, to participate in the inaugural “I Bike Camden” – a fun, family-friendly bicycle ride and community event showcasing the beauty of the City and its growing network of biking trails.
“This unique event showcases the beauty of our city from an entirely new perspective – the seat of a bicycle,” said Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd. “Camden’s beautiful bike trails attract cyclists from all over the region – we are proud these trails can be used to explore and discover, while also encouraging people of all ages to get up and enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.”
The community event kicked off with an easygoing, social 10-mile ride (see map attached) around Camden along the city’s Circuit Trails – Greater Philadelphia’s Regional Trail network and one of America’s largest trails networks that currently includes more than 320 miles of completed trails.
The ride both started and ended at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park, and allowed participating cyclists to get familiar with the trails and have firsthand experience riding the different routes throughout the City of Camden.
The ride brought together residents, city representatives and members of the greater community. “The enthusiasm of Camden becoming the next biking community is growing,” said Camden City Council President Francisco “Frank” Moran. “I was happy to dust off my bike today for this great event that demonstrates that Camden is serious about health, wellness and connecting our families to their parks, trails and open spaces.”
During and following the ride’s conclusion, all were invited to enjoy a variety of free, fun, family-friendly activities in the park along the Delaware River. Open to ride participants and non-participants alike, activities included youth bike lessons, music, face-painting, a bounce house and healthy food and refreshments.
“Cooper’s Ferry Partnership is honored to work alongside great partners to bring high-quality events to Camden,” said Anthony Perno, CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. “This event was a joint partnership between two city initiatives – Connect the Lots and Get Healthy Camden. ‘I Bike Camden’ demonstrates the importance of quality and safe open spaces, bringing family-friendly arts and cultural activities to the city to promote a culture of health in Camden”.
To learn more about “I Bike Camden” or any of the upcoming Connect the Lots programs/special events planned for the remainder of the 2017 season, visit www.connectthelotscamden.com.