Bikeout Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Bikeout 2019 (photo: Tim Tiebout)

(photo: Tim Tiebout)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2024

Contact: Josh Raulerson, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (412) 481-9400

Bikeout Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Registration now open for fully supported 38-mile bike adventure and summer camp experience

Philadelphia — Cyclists are invited to experience a hassle-free overnight bike camping trip over the Memorial Day weekend on the next Bikeout group ride. The popular event, hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, promises a weekend of adventure and outdoor fun along Greater Philadelphia’s Circuit Trails network.

Riders will gather near the Art Museum in downtown Philadelphia and travel approximately 38 miles along the scenic Schuylkill River and the Perkiomen Creek before spending the night at Camp Kweebec and riding back to Center City the following day. Staff will transport all gear, leaving participants free to enjoy the ride with guidance from Bikeout volunteers and mechanical support from Keystone Bicycle Co. The event is open to cyclists of all skill levels, ages 14+.

A celebration of the 400-mile Circuit Trails network, the route follows the Schuylkill River Trail along old canalways and historic railroad corridors offering scenic views in a natural setting. Riders will pause for a rest at Valley Forge National Historical Park before continuing north on the Perkiomen Trail to Schwenksville. After a short distance on-road, the ride rolls into Camp Kweebec, a charming summer camp where participants can look forward to an afternoon of games, swimming, relaxing by the lake, a hearty meal, and a campfire under the night sky. Riders can choose to sleep in a cabin or a tent in a large open field, with restrooms and showers available for both options. Sunday morning will begin with breakfast in the dining hall and fresh-brewed coffee provided by Reanimator Coffee Roasters before cyclists begin the journey back to the Art Museum.

While Bikeout intends to provide an enjoyable and fun experience for its participants, the event also aims to increase awareness of the Circuit Trails network and the outdoor recreation opportunities right here in the Philadelphia region. Proceeds will support the Circuit Trails Coalition Community Grant Program, which currently funds 16 organizations working to make the Circuit Trails more welcoming and inclusive spaces, particularly within historically disinvested communities and among marginalized groups.

To join the ride and be part of Bikeout 2024, register online at bikeout.org.

About PEC: Founded in 1970, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)’s mission is to protect and restore the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. We work closely with government, business, nonprofit, and community stakeholders to advance our shared goals in energy and climate policy, trail development and outdoor recreation, watershed protection and restoration, reforestation, and conservation-focused economic development. PEC is active throughout Commonwealth, with regional offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, State College, and Dallas, PA. Learn more at www.pecpa.org.

About the Circuit Trails: The Circuit Trails is a vast regional network of hundreds of miles of multi-use trails throughout Greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey. The Circuit Trails network connects our local communities, providing endless opportunities for getting around, getting outside, and getting together with loved ones and fellow community members. The network is growing every year. For more information and to plan your next trail adventure, visit www.circuittrails.org.

EVENT DETAILS

  • WHAT: Bikeout is a bike camping adventure connecting residents of Philadelphia to the abundant natural and civic resources in surrounding communities.
  • WHEN: Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26. There is no rain date.
  • ORGANIZERS: The event is organized by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Keystone Bicycle Co.
  • QUESTIONS: contact Jen Torman ([email protected])
  • MORE INFO AND TICKETS: https://www.bikeout.org/trips/philly-schwenksville-2024
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