“He stated that when he began biking in Might that the paths had been packed, extra so than he had ever seen them within the two years now we have lived right here,” Litterst stated. “There have been much more bikers, but in addition individuals usually, strolling, working and on bikes. I feel individuals who had been cooped up for a few months had been simply eager to get outdoors and do one thing.”
Jennifer Ayres, who lives alongside the Nickel Plate east of Edwardsville, has seen extra individuals pedaling by her home. On Wednesday, she and her daughter, Isabella and Adelin, rode bikes to Dairy Queen.
“When the shutdown first occurred, it was loopy (on the path), however then it died down, and now college has began,” Ayres stated.
Lisa Zamfir, a member of Belleville Operating Membership, has seen extra cyclists on the MetroBikeLink Path, in addition to streets and sidewalks in her west Belleville neighborhood. That features kids driving bikes with their dad and mom, a uncommon sight earlier than COVID-19.
Josh Hubbard, a contractor who does landscaping and upkeep for St. Clair County Transit District, stated use of district trails has steadily elevated the previous a number of years, however there was an enormous bounce this yr.
Ken Sharkey, the district’s managing director, welcomes the information.
“(The path system) is supported by taxpayer cash, and we prefer to see it used to its fullest extent,” he stated. “We do a number of work sustaining it and retaining it in good situation.”