Surge in Biking Popularity During Pandemic Yields Massive Uptick in Usage of Chester Valley Trail

Mark Hostutler
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Image of the Chester Valley Trail via East Whiteland Township.

With the sudden jump in biking popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, local trails have been seeing a significant increase in use, writes Patricia Madej for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bikes have proven to be ideal during this period of social distancing, not just with essential workers using them as an alternative to SEPTA, but also for exercise enthusiasts keeping fit while the gyms remained closed. They have also been used by those who want to do something safe that allows them to leave the house.

As a result, the Chester Valley Trail recorded a 63 percent increase in usage from March 1 to May 31 this year, compared to the same period last year. Other trails in the Philadelphia area also saw a significant uptick during the same period, including the Schuylkill River Trail at Spring Mill, which recorded a 28 percent increase and the Delaware River Trail at Port Richmond, which saw a 187-percent jump.

The growth in popularity has also had an effect on local bike shops. They have been struggling to satisfy the increased demand at a time when their supply chains have been interrupted.

Read more about the Chester Valley Trail in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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