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Thousands Expected for 25th Sea Gull Century


SALISBURY, Md.- Organizers expect at least 7,000 cyclists to take part in the 25th Annual Sea Gull Century beginning Saturday morning at Salisbury University.  It is the largest single day tourism event in the county bringing an economic impact to the area of about $2.5 million according to SU.

Organizers of the event say it provides cyclists with three ride options to choose from.  Two of them total 100 miles with the third totaling 64 miles.

"We're also very flat, as you can imagine, on the Eastern Shore.  The only little hill is the one in Assateague that they have to get up and over to the island so it is great for training as a new cyclist," said Amy Waters, the Chairperson for Sea Gull Century.

But for cyclists new or old, safety is a top concern on the ride or during every day cycling life.  Lauren Stevens is a student at SU and an avid bike rider.  She said it would be nice for the area to make some more improvements to make things a little better for cyclists.

"Around when you are off campus, it is not because it is so congested it is really hard to find a safe place to bike.  There are so many cars, so many people.  It is not the safest area to ride a bike," Stevens said.

Waters believes the Lower Shore has taken strides to becoming a more bike friendly community, particularly in the downtown Salisbury area.  She also said that safety is a top priority on the Sea Gull Century.

"We do have many, many law officers in the towns, the county and the city as well as state troopers, so that is kind of a big help for us," said Waters.

Organizers ask that both cyclists and drivers have some extra patience on the road Saturday morning because that extra patience could go a long way in keeping everyone safe.


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