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Workshop On Bicycle Tourism Planned Thursday

March 13th, 2019

Area tourist promoters are looking to cash in on the growing popularity of bicycling by steering more pedalers to U.S. Rt. 6 through the center of Potter, McKean and Tioga counties. They’re also working to divert cyclists onto roads and trails that will carry them into other local communities. A free public workshop and luncheon for business operators and community leaders interested in supporting the plan will be held on Thursday, March 14, at the Deane Center in Wellsboro. For details, call 814-435-7706. The Galeton-based Pennsylvania Rt. 6 Alliance is spearheading the plan, following a successful effort to have the highway designated as a U.S. Bike Route last spring. Studies show that cyclists are using Rt. 6, despite safety hazards and the lack of wide berms across much of its expanse through the region. Russ Roca, an expert in bike tourism, will share strategies that his organization, A Path Less Pedaled, has used to help other regions to develop their tourism programs. Roca will provide attendees with clear strategies that can be implemented in a short period.

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