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Bill Kern, executive director; and Diana Dakey, publicity coordinator of the Countryside Conservancy are all set for the organization’s fifth annual “Go Green Bike Tour,” happening on Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Co., located on Rte. 407. The event will offer road and mountain biking for all ages and skill levels, as well as what the Conservancy is billing as the “toughest metric century” in northeast Pennsylvania. For more information or to register online, visit PHOTO STEPHANIE LONGO

John F. Kennedy once said that nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. In the spirit of Kennedy’s words, the Countryside Conservancy, headquartered at Keystone College’s LaPlume campus, is hoping that local bike enthusiasts will want to create some simple pleasures of their own and participate in the organization’s fifth annual “Go Green Bike Tour.”

The tour will be held this Sunday, Aug. 24. Riders of all ages and abilities will get the chance to pedal their way through Lackawanna, Wyoming and Susquehanna counties on a variety of trails. The tour will depart from the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Co., located on Rte. 407. Tours will depart from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and guided and unguided rides, as well as road and mountain bike tours are available.

“The Go Green Bike Tour is one of the planned outreach activities of the Countryside Conservancy,” said event publicity coordinator Diana Dakey. “The purpose of these activities is to bring our members together as well as members of the community who want to come out, join us, socialize with us, find out what we’re all about and have a good time.”

One way that bike riders will have a good time is by participating in what organizers are calling the “toughest metric century” in the area. A metric century corresponds to about 62 miles in distance.

“The more that people can get out and enjoy our properties in a responsible manner, whether it be hiking, running, mountain biking, bird watching or fishing, the more they will appreciate what we do and it will increase the likelihood of land donations for our future operation,” said Countryside Conservancy executive director Bill Kern. “Around here, we plan our trails out in a responsible, sustainable way. To that end, we just want people to come out and enjoy our properties.”

Registration for the tour is $40 and is available the day of the event. For parents, the $40 price includes up to two children younger than age 12. Parents must accompany their children on the mountain or road routes. For children riding on the fire grounds only, the registration fee is $12.

For more information or to register online, visit