New Montco bike tour takes riders through hilly Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Montgomery County added a second COVID-19 bike tour for avid cyclers, covering a small community near Valley Forge.

The tour, called “The Bridgeport Hills Will Test Your Cycling Skills,” spans 6.6 miles, beginning along the Schuylkill River. It was organized in cooperation with borough officials.

Rachel Riley, communications manager for the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, said it’s designed for fit riders who can handle a few hills.

“The tour actually starts on the river just over the border at Upper Merion Boathouse Park,” Riley said. “It winds through the borough. It climbs up to more than 220 feet for a 20-mile view that’s to the west at Bridgeport Memorial Park.

“Then, it travels along the quiet residential streets to the Norristown High Speed Line, DeKalb Street Station.”

Cyclers can also extend the ride.

“The Schuylkill River Trail, which is less than a mile away, can also be added to this if folks want to make it a longer route — 8, 10, 12 miles — either to start or to end the tour,” she added. 

Riley said the routes are on low-stress, lower traffic streets, though some portions couldn’t avoid regular traffic.

She also reminded riders that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. 

“Strap on your helmet and, of course, bring your mask and make sure you’re social distancing,” she said. “While we want people to get outside and get that great exercise — good for your mental and physical health — we also want to make sure people are being safe and healthy, too.”