Promoting Bike Trails, Florida-to-Maine Cyclists Reach Philadelphia

By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A trio of cross-country bicyclists stopped off in Philadelphia today as part of lengthy trip designed to promote community, volunteerism, and the development of safe bike trails.

They set out from Florida on May 12th, following the route of the East Coast Greenway, a system of trails connecting all the cities on the east coast.

Mid-Atlantic coordinator Andy Hamilton says the greenway is a bicycle enthusiast’s version of the Appalachian Trail.

“These guys are riding from Miami to Portland, Maine.  There are three people — Bob Speigleman, Miron and Cathy Skott. And they’ve been putting between 30 and 70 miles a day with just a couple days of rest,” he says.

Miron Skott has been riding all his life.  He believes you see a lot more — and make a more friends — when travelling on a bike.

“It’s enjoyable.  It’s great excercise, too, and all the benefits you might get.  All in all, it’s a fun way to travel,” he tells KYW Newsradio.

Their trip is scheduled to end with a big celebration in Portland, Maine on July 7th.

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