Bike sharing is catching on in the Twin Tiers just in time for the summer. People who can’t afford to buy a bike, or don’t have access to a bike for some other reason, have at least three really great options to find bikes to borrow in the Southern Tier:
- Near the walking trail at Sperr Memorial Park in Big Flats, between Kahler and Hibbard roads.
- At the Water Street entrance to the Lackawanna Rail Trail in Elmira.
- At the Watkins Glen Village Marina Bar and Grill at 2 Seneca Harbor in Watkins Glen.
Bike shares are an awesome resource for riders from many different walks of life, including those who don’t have their own bikes; travelers who regularly ride but don’t want the hassle of dragging their own bikes along on their trips; and people who haven’t ridden bikes in years and want to try a short ride.
A bicycle is such a great way to explore a new area because you can quickly cover a much bigger area than you can walking and you can see more remote, quieter areas in a much better way than being trapped in a car on the busy main roads.
To learn more about bike sharing and how it works, check out the Southern Tier Bicycle League.
The Star-Gazette newspaper earlier this month featured the new Sperr bike share shed, which got a boost recently from Brendan Marshall of Big Flats, a junior at Horseheads High School who worked on the shed as his Eagle Scout project.
Brendan made many repairs, including painting the shed, replacing a wall and reshingling the roof.
“I used to ride my bike all the time before I got a car. This is one of the most useful things I’ve come across in my life,” Brendan told the Star-Gazette. “I believe it’s valuable for the community that everyone can have a mode of transportation that’s quick and easy. Everyone could use a bit of exercise.”
The bicycle shed has been at the park for about a year.
So go enjoy the ride. It is free and fun!
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