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Released: 9/20/2010 

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 30th Annual MS Bike Ride to the Shore benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  For the past 21 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, September 25th, at approximately 6:15 a.m. from the parking lot of PATCO’s Woodcrest Station in Cherry Hill and return Sunday, September 26th.  Proceeds from the event will support medical research and community service programs in the fight to cure MS, a disease of the central nervous system.

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

DRPA CEO and PATCO President, John J. Matheussen, plans to ride in the event along with Vice Chair, Jeff Nash.  According to Matheussen “PATCO and the Multiple Sclerosis Society have been partners  for three decades and we are pleased to continue that arrangement.”  Matheussen adds “this is just one the many ways PATCO and the DRPA strive to be a good neighbor by assisting non profit agencies with their fundraising efforts.”

Riders and volunteers are being asked to ride PATCO to the Woodcrest Station which would free up parking spaces in Cherry Hill.  Riding PATCO would also help alleviate some of the traffic congestion early Saturday morning.  Portions of the Woodcrest parking lot will be closed from 2am, Friday, September 24th, until 5pm, Sunday, September 26th.  Diagrams are posted at Woodcrest to assist PATCO customers with parking availabilities.  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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