For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH: HOP A CAT BUS, AND BRING YOUR BIKE ALONG!
(Photo courtesy the League of American Bicyclists)
(Harrisburg) — May is National Bike Month and it’s celebrated by bike enthusiasts in communities all around the mid-state. Every year Capital Area Transit (CAT) joins with thousands of cyclists and Club riders in support of CAT’s Bus N’ Bike program as part of National Bike Month. Each year the number cyclists who use a CAT Bus as part of their bike ride increases.
“We continue to see growth of more than 10% a year over the past couple of years,” Robert Philbin, CAT Director of Public Information, said today. “More than a thousand riders a month now use the bike racks available on CAT fixed route buses.”
Biking is a healthy, accessible and affordable mode of transportation. It offers a reduced environmental footprint with no fuel expenses or parking fees, low maintenance costs, along with a healthy cardiovascular workout. As bike ridership grows in urban areas, traffic congestion and pollution is mitigated, and a greater sense of belonging to a local community is achieved.
With thousands of miles of bicycle routes and increasing focus on improving bicycling safety and access in Pennsylvania, there are lots of local scenic spots where you can ride your bike. Check out the state’s designated BicyclePA routes and all of the wonderful trails and tourism options Pennsylvania provides for cyclists.
It’s also great to use your bike along with public transportation — riding to the local bus stop or train terminal and use public transit to access different communities with a wide range of biking options.
Capital Area Transit was incorporated in 1973 when Cumberland County and Dauphin County Commissioners and the City of Harrisburg organized CAT to provide mass transit Fixed-Route and Paratransit shared-ride services, which today conveniently and safely transport about 2 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region.