Pedaling through Binghamton's history

By Scott Sasina

July 5, 2014 Updated Jul 5, 2014 at 7:02 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 80 of cyclists biked through Binghamton Saturday morning to learn some history about the city.

"There were kids who were six, there were people who are in the eighties. It's a really great multi-generational way to be together, get good exercise and explore the city," said Susan Sherwood, Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation.

The 2014 Binghamton Bridge Pedal gave curious people a ride around Binghamton to look into its past. The ride started at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and was a 9.2 miles long.

The ride began at TechWorks, located on Water Street in downtown Binghamton. The trail then took the riders up to Otsiningo Park, where they stopped and learned about some of the history behind it.

The ride continued through the twists and turns of downtown Binghamton, and stopped at the Lackawanna Railroad Company, who were the ones to start a railroad service through Binghamton.

Later on the ride, the cyclists passed over several bridges that connect Binghamton, such as the South Washington Street Bridge and the East Clinton Street Bridge.

The South Washington Street Bridge is the longest triple-parabolic bridge of its kind in the United States.

Next, the ride lead the cyclists straight back to where they started, at TechWorks.

Cyclists said they enjoyed the ride because it brings a lot of people together in a fun way.

"It gets more awareness around the city, it gets the riders grouped up, so you know you're not the only one going around in the city riding. You see a few every once in a while, but a lot of them grouped up today and it was really good," said Binghamton resident Jeff Kovac.

After the race, bikers were given free ice cream from local shops.