Pedal power designed to protect Brandywine

For nearly 50 years, the Brandywine Conservancy has been safeguarding water and land resources in the region. It now holds more than 458 conservation easements and has protected more than 62,000 acres in Chester, Delaware and New Castle counties.

Bike the Brandywine will debut on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The Brandywine Conservancy's Bike the Brandywine will debut on Saturday, Sept. 17.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, area residents will have an opportunity to help fund that effort by participating in the inaugural Bike the Brandywine. As open space becomes scarcer in the area, participants will be able to gain insight into the importance of the conservancy’s mission by exploring the creek’s scenery and experiencing its history firsthand.

The exciting, scenic ride will consist of an 80-mile or 40-mile loop in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway. The Brandywine Creek is a major source of drinking water for nearly half a million residents, including those in Downingtown, Coatesville, West Chester, and Wilmington.

The Brandywine Conservancy has worked for decades to preserve water quality as well as quantity in the region. Proceeds from the ride, which is a rain-or-shine event, will benefit the Brandywine Conservancy’s clean water programs.

Advance online registration, which closes on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m., is $45 per rider. On-site registration on the day of the ride, or at the packet pick-up on Sept. 16 will cost $60 per rider. To register, visit



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