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Cycling gains favor in Columbia

Bike rider in Columbia enjoys her cruise on the MKT Trail (KRCG)
Bike rider in Columbia enjoys her cruise on the MKT Trail (KRCG)
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On a beautiful afternoon it is hard not to grab your bike and go for a spin

"(It's a) beautiful day," bike rider Brian Kramer said. "The bike trail is flat, and you get some good energy out here."

"It gets me exercise, and gets your mind right just to be out in nature," Brandon Hawkins said.

Many along the MKT Trail in Columbia are choosing to unwind and go for a cruise. The stay at home order allows cyclist to ride their bikes in public as long as they follow social distancing orders. Some on the trail have seen an uptick in riders.

"I'm amazed at how crowded it is," Melissa Kuseliauskas said. "As a biker you try to make sure you're avoiding people and there is a lot of people to avoid today."

But riders on the trail say that the exercise is a great social distancing activity to pick up and it may be a promising trend amid the pandemic.

"Just try not to be in their line of coughing or sneezing or whatever they might be doing or talking," Kuseliauskas said. "Other than that you know on a bike it is pretty easy to keep your distance."

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"With the outbreak of COVID-19 everybody is just a little tied up in the house, Brian Hawkins said. "They want to get out and blow off some energy. I just hope when we get back to normal people still feel the need to get the exercise and enjoy the sunshine."

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