Since the news broke last Friday that more than 100 SEPTA Silverline regional rail cars were being pulled due to a defect in a stabilizing system, riders have been looking for ways around an overcrowded, slowed-down rail system that may take months to be nursed back to health.
Cycling enthusiasts, however, are seizing the moment as one in which riders of trains may become riders of bicycles — at least for the time being — and possibly beyond.
“The region is blessed with a really diverse public transit system,” Sarah Clark Stuart, the executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, said. “Plus, it is blessed with a regional trail system and pretty good roads.
“We think it’s important for people to know they could use their bike to ride to a bus stop or to a trolley,” she added, “and either take the bike with them — all buses have bike racks on them — or park their bike at a bus or trolley stop.”
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