Bike for the Bridge
May 21, 2017 9:30 am
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) will host the fourth annual Bike for the Bridge fundraiser on Sunday May 21, 2017. This charity bike ride raises funds for projects that eliminate trail obstructions on the D&L Trail.
This year’s event features a new route that is not part of regular commercially available tours. Guests and their bikes will be shuttled from Canal Park in Northampton to the Lehighton Trailhead by Pocono Biking. Guests then have the option of biking back 21 miles to Canal Park, or adding an additional 8 miles by following the towpath trail through Weissport for a total of 29 miles. Along the way guests will enjoy scenic views of the Lehigh River and Lehigh Canal, the Kittatinny Ridge (aka the Blue Mountain), the Appalachian Trail and Lehigh Gap on a forested flat gravel path.
The price is $39 per person if you register by May 11th, after that the cost is $44 per person. Don’t have a bike? You can also rent one through Pocono Biking for an additional fee of $10. Price includes shuttle ride, gift, and post-ride celebration with raffle prizes in Canal Park. Participants must register for this event by calling Pocono Biking at 1-(800) 944-8392. Space is limited so please register ahead of time.
We chose this section of trail because it is capped by trail obstructions that the D&L is working on closing. The trail above Weissport will be connected to Historic Jim Thorpe by the Carbon County Pedestrian Bridge that is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. The D&L Trail south of Northampton Canal Park is currently closed due to an overhead bridge project and obstruction at Dry Run.
Bike for the Bridge raises awareness about trail obstructions and the work local municipalities, the D&L, and others are doing to remove them
All proceeds of Bike for the Bridge will benefit the completion of the D&L Trail.
Volunteer to help with Bike for the Bridge! Contact Brian Greene: [email protected] or (610) 923 – 3548 x234.
This is a Tail on the Trail approved event – St. Luke’s University Health Network and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor are encouraging you to get out and get active! Sign up for the free program at https://tailonthetrail.org/. It’s FREE and when you log the miles you walk, run, or bike, you’ll earn prizes to help keep you motivated! Whether you’re training for this charity bike ride or getting out on the trails for some fresh air, your miles count! Join today to help us build a healthier community . . . one mile at a time.