Why Participate in the Ride?
As a statewide non-profit, PEC is a leader in trail planning and development across the Commonwealth. The Environment Ride supports PEC’s trail work.
Overview: On the Ride
This year’s ride will highlight water issues – specifically Pennsylvania’s role in improving water quality in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. For something different, we selected the Eastern Shore of Maryland as our destination.
On Friday, October 8th, we will meet at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to board a train for the first leg of our journey. Upon arrival in Wilmington, we’ll hop on our bikes and begin our trek on the Jack-Markell Trail from Wilmington to Newcastle and on to our lunch in Delaware City with a view of the Delaware Bay. After lunch we bike to Chestertown, Maryland.
Day-2 will be spent on the Eastern shore of Maryland, exploring small towns, bingeing on local crab, and enjoying scenic routes along the bay as we head back to Wilmington. On day two, riders have the option to complete a full century (100+ miles) ride. We’ll celebrate our long ride with a leisurely dinner along the Christina River.
Sunday will reprise last year’s Day-3 ride. We will ride through the Brandywine River Valley to Valley Forge National Historic Park, stopping for lunch at the Rushton preserve in Edgmont. From there, we’ll “coast” down the Schuylkill River Trail to Philadelphia.
We’ll celebrate our accomplishments with family and friends at the Historic Fairmont Waterworks.
As we head back to in-person events and responses to COVID-19 continue to evolve, PEC will be monitoring guidance from the CDC and others in order to have appropriate safety protocols in place at our events. These may vary based on the type of event and other factors and may include masking and social distance requirements, proof of vaccination, and/or other precautions. Please stay tuned as the event(s) approach and we will keep you updated. Thanks so much for joining us!
Crew & Volunteers
Volunteers are welcomed in many capacities: to support the riders with logistics, safety, and fun! Crew travel with the Ride, enjoying meals and overnight accommodations. Volunteers may also raise money for PEC without riding!
Share the love for Pennsylvania’s environment – form a team! Being part of a team is a great way to build support! Any group of three or more can ride together and share the experience from start to finish! You will have both an individual as well as a shared team fundraising account.