Cruising through downtown Erie on two wheels was the theme for the Lake Erie Cyclefest “Bike Erie Slow Roll.”
“Think of our winters, 198 inches, why won’t you get out and enjoy this beautiful weather that we have in Erie PA,” said Beth Seibert, Erie resident. This was Seibert’s first “Slow Roll” but she says she will definitely be signing up for it next year.
There were a couple of familiar faces in the huge biker group like: Mayor Schember, County Executive Dahlkemper and State Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Leslie Richards. “Just so much outdoor resources here and beautiful scenery wherever you turn,” said Secretary Richards. “So, it’s nice if you can walk it, if you can bike it.”
During the “Slow Roll”, bikers went through downtown neighborhoods and stopped at some Erie attractions along the way. “When you’re on a bicycle versus in a car, you see more,” said Eric Brozell, Erie resident. “You experience everything much more on a bicycle.” Cyclefest wasn’t the only thing happening in downtown Erie, a block party took over West Perry Square. “Traditionally after a slow roll, the bicyclists come back and hang out and listen to some live music and have a few beverages,” said John Buchna.
Buchna from the Downtown Erie Partnership says this is a perfect opportunity for multiple Erie organizations to work together. “This is about bringing our community together and in this case raising awareness of literally how we make our community more bicycle friendly,” said Buchna.
To check out other rides and events, visit the Lake Erie Cyclefest website.