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Released: 9/29/2009 

PATCO To Host Start/Finish Of Bike Ms City To Shore Ride

An estimated 7,000 bicyclists are expected to take part in this weekend’s 29th Annual MS Bike Ride to the Shore benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  For the past 20 years PATCO and the Delaware River Port Authority have hosted the start and finish of the two day ride from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, NJ, and back.  Riders leave Saturday, October 3, at approximately 6:15 a.m. from the parking lot of PATCO’s Woodcrest Station in Cherry Hill and return Sunday, October 4.  Organizers hope to raise over $5 million this year.

The ride is rated by Bicycling Magazine as the “Best Cycling Getaway in New Jersey.”  Cyclists are taken thru the blueberry fields of Hammonton, South Jersey’s Pine Barrens and into Ocean City.

PATCO and DRPA employees volunteer and assist in the two day event.  In the past the volunteer efforts have included registering cyclists, loading luggage for cyclists bound for Ocean City, assisting cyclists along the route, performing basic bike repairs, distributing pizza slices and snacks as well as making sure the event runs smoothly.

Riders and volunteers are being asked to ride PATCO to the Woodcrest Station which would free up parking spaces in Cherry Hill.  PATCO will be running a special schedule for the event with information available at www.ridepatco.org/bike_ms_tips/.
 
The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, PATCO and the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.


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