Biking Toward Awareness

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Scranton, Lackawanna County– Because bicycling is popular in downtown Scranton, one group is pushing to make the city more bike-friendly. The Anthracite Bicycle Coalition held a special event tonight to promote just that.

Bill Urzen’s enjoyed biking all his life. Eleven months ago he was hit by a driver while riding his bicycle. That’s one of the reasons he came out to the “Electric City 500 Event”.

“I like to support Scranton, and of course, bicycling. And just to have a good time”, said Urzen.

Friday’s event, organized by the Anthracite Bicycle Coalition, is to raise awareness about bicycle safety and laws. The rain didn’t stop people from spinning on.

“Oh man, I’m telling you, my feet and hands are numb. But it was such a good time!” added Urzen.

Anyone was invited to ride their own bike or rent one for free through “Bike Scranton”, a program hosted by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. Organizers are aiming for every bicyclist collectively to ride 500 miles.

The Anthracite Coalition says many people bike to work every day. That is one of the reasons they’re rallying to get bicycle lanes in downtown Scranton.

“If we had those, for example on Wyoming Avenue, we would have a lot more commuters. A lot more people coming in to town to work, play, go to the grocery store, things like that, or shop. Because they would have a safe means to do it”, said Thomas McLane of the Anthracite Bicycle Coalition.

Last week, city officials unveiled the first “Share the Road” signs on Wyoming Avenue.

“We need room on the road for cyclists and we have to make drivers more aware that hey, we’re a motorized vehicle in Pennsylvania”, said Rich Adams, owner of Around Town Bicycles in Wilkes-Barre.

“For Scranton I think it’s a really good idea. To help bring the city back to life a little bit and get more people out”, added Urzen.

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