CENTRE COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) – Grab your helmet and join your Centre County neighbors this Friday, July 22 for Summer Bike Anywhere Friday.

Participants can register and ride anywhere of their choice in the Centre region.

“We live in a drop dead gorgeous part of the country and we’re very fortunate to have the infastructure,” said Ed Jenkins, treasurer of CentreBike.

If you are looking for places to ride, check out the interactive bike map at www.crcog.net/bikes (scroll down to Resources & Maps). The map includes information about existing bike facilities, public bike repair stations, and the Region’s public parks which are a great place to ride. 

There’s almost 100 miles of local bike infrastructure.

“It’s growing and growing and growing,” said Matthew Cox, president of CentreBike.

Over the past four years, Cox has biked almost 12,000 miles. Based on the monthly average gas prices, that’s saved him about $1,500.

He’s not the only one looking to save money by swapping out gasoline for bike gears.

“We’ve definitely seen an uptick in e-bike sales, electric bicycles,” said Grant Corman, store manager at The Bicycle Shop in State College. “A lot of people are using them for alternative transportation.”

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Those who register for Bike Anywhere Friday are entered to win a $50 Bicycle Shop (441 W College Avenue) gift card.

Bike Anywhere Friday is a partnership between CentreBike, State College Borough, Ferguson Township, Centre Regional Planning Agency, Centre Region Parks and Recreation, and Penn State Transportation Services.