Deb White and her husband, Thomas, used to love riding their bikes together, but when he passed away almost four years ago, Deb couldn’t bear the thought of riding without him.
So she put her hybrid bicycle in her basement where it continued to gather cobwebs, she said.
But when the West Reading woman heard about the community bike ride planned for Saturday along the WYOways trail connecting the borough with Wyomissing, she felt like it was a sign for her to get back on two wheels.
So White joined about 100 others who took part in either the 5-mile or 10-mile rides that started in Wyomissing and were designed to bring attention to the official bike and pedestrian route of the two communities.
It was an emotional day for White, who said it felt good to get back on her bike. She plans to get back into the habit of riding, especially since the WYOways route is so convenient for her, she said.
“It was awesome,” she said. “It was a great experience.”
There are still too many local cyclists and walkers who don’t know how good the trail is, so the event was held to help change that, said Michele Bare, Wyomissing’s assistant borough manager.
She’s hoping that people who noticed the procession of bikes Saturday morning are motivated to give the trail, she said.
The route links neighborhoods within Wyomissing and the commercial district, and connects to Spring Township, Shillington and Cumru Township, in addition to West Reading.
An access point on the north leg of the route connects to the Gring’s Mill Recreation Area, and the West Reading extension of the route connects to the Schuylkill River Trail via the playground.
Source: Berkshire mont