“Pedal and paddle” along and in the Schuylkill River – theporteronline

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On Thursday, June 2, there’s a chance to see the Schuylkill River from a different perspective at the Schuylkill River Greenway Association’s first Pedal & Paddle event of the 2022 season. Participants will cycle part of the way and paddle the return trip by kayak.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoor experience,” said Miica Patterson, director of communications for the Schuylkill River Greenway Association. “It’s a completely different perspective from the river – it’s a different perspective when you’re in the water than when you’re on land.”

Pedal & Paddle participants will cycle approximately four miles before moving to the river for kayaking. (Photo credit: Schuylkill Greenway Association)

Anyone 16 and over is welcome to register for a spot, and all skill levels are encouraged to participate in the round-trip adventure that begins at 4 p.m. and lasts approximately three hours.

“It’s designed for beginners who haven’t used a kayak or ridden a bike in a while,” Patterson said. “There is a brief training before each activity.”

Expert guides are included on the Pedal & Paddle Outdoor Adventure.  (Photo credit: Schuylkill Greenway Association)
Expert guides are included on the Pedal & Paddle Outdoor Adventure. (Photo credit: Schuylkill Greenway Association)

The $43 per person cost includes a bike for the trip, plus expert guides, a kayak, and a flotation device provided by Take it Outdoors Adventures. There is also a restaurant section.

“Each ticket includes a meal and a drink,” she said. “This pedal and paddle includes dinner at the JJ Ratigan Brewing Company and a beer for anyone 21 and over.”

The departure of this particular Pedal & Paddle takes place at Riverfront Park in Pottstown. Participants will cycle four miles to Ganshahawny Park where they will take a break before returning by kayak to Riverfront Park.

Patterson said the appeal for many who attend their Pedal & Paddle events is the ease with which they can do outdoor activities, especially in instances where they don’t own a bike or kayak.

“You don’t have to come with anything — just come as yourself and bring a friend or two,” Patterson said. “You don’t have that extra stress of having to take a bike or a kayak – we take care of everything for you.”

About six pedaling and paddling events take place each year on different sections of the river and trails. The underlying goal of the event is to connect people to the Schuylkill River and the trails.

“Our hope is that people use the trails for fun, fitness and social interaction, and if they use these resources in their daily lives, they will want to protect them,” Patterson said.

Kayaks, bikes, flotation devices, expert guides and a meal are included in the cost of participating in Pedal & Paddle.  (Photo credit: Schuylkill Greenway Association)
Kayaks, bikes, flotation devices, expert guides and a meal are included in the cost of participating in Pedal & Paddle. (Photo credit: Schuylkill Greenway Association)

A desire to protect can translate into action and inspire a greater sense of awareness.

“It’s about the river as a resource and being more aware of what that means,” she said. “It’s about thinking about things like the impact litter can have and water quality.

You can translate this care and concern for the river and trails into planned activities organized by the SRGA that focus on their care and maintenance.

Cyclists and kayakers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend the Schuylkill Greenway Association's Pedal & Paddle event.  (Photo credit: Schuylkill Greenway Association)
Cyclists and kayakers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend the Schuylkill Greenway Association’s Pedal & Paddle event. (Photo credit: Schuylkill Greenway Association)

“It’s about participating in trail and river cleanup days and being aware of environmental activities and what you can do in your daily life to benefit the river.”

Pedal and Paddleboard in Pottstown

The round-trip adventure combines biking and paddling. Equipment, guides and food included.

Registration is required in advance, places are limited.

Thursday, June 2

Start time 4:00 p.m. (dinner around 6:30 p.m.)

Cost: $43 per person

To register and for more information, visit the Schuylkill Greenway Association website: www.schuylkillriver.org

For more information

Take it Outdoors Adventures Canoe and Kayak Rentals

www.takeitoutdoorsadventures.com

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