Coronavirus put more cyclists on Metro East trails | Local News

“He mentioned 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 we have now lived right here,” Litterst mentioned. “There have been much more bikers, but additionally folks basically, strolling, operating and on bikes. I feel individuals who had been cooped up for a few months had been simply eager to get exterior and do one thing.”

Jennifer Ayres, who lives alongside the Nickel Plate east of Edwardsville, has seen extra folks 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 mentioned.

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 youngsters using 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, mentioned use of district trails has step by step elevated the previous a number of years, however there was a giant bounce this yr.

Ken Sharkey, the district’s managing director, welcomes the information.

“(The path system) is supported by taxpayer cash, and we wish to see it used to its fullest extent,” he mentioned. “We do a whole lot of work sustaining it and holding it in good situation.”