Studio B Art Gallery is proud to announce a $1,000 donation towards the Secret Valley Trail Feasibility Study. The 6+ mile trail will travel through Boyertown, Colebrookdale Township, Douglass Township and possibly Amity Township in Berks County.

Studio B’s recent Secret Valley Bike Tour generated the funds toward the donation through the riders’ registration fees.

Susan Biebuyck, Gallery Director, fine artist, and coordinator of the bike tour, presented an $800 check recently to the Building a Better Boyertown Board of directors. Yet, learning of a donation by Walmart, in the amount of $1,000, the studio’s directors decided to join the retail giant and offered an additional $200.

“It’s our David and Goliath story,” noted Jane Stahl, Director of Community Relations, but we’re collaborating, not fighting. When would the ‘little gallery that does’ have the chance to perform at the same level as the retail mammoth? We couldn’t resist matching their effort!”

The bike tour was the culminating event in the gallery’s community project entitled “Wheels” supported by a grant from Berks County Community Foundation. The project included a fine art exhibit featuring all types of wheels, coupons for reduced or free rides on the Colebrookdale Railroad and Pottstown Carousel, free admission to the Museum of Historic Vehicles, a caricature by cartoon artist Alan MacBain, and wheel-related activities at Boyertown Community Library and the Boyertown Area Historical Society.

Biebuyck and her husband Gavin, owner and air quality management expert of Liberty Environmental, headquartered in Reading, PA, are avid bicyclists and protectors of the environment who spent hundreds of hours designing three routes for riders of varying skill and endurance, coordinating volunteers, and stocking feed and hydration stations along the paths. Each rider was presented with a Secret Valley Bike tour water bottle and encouragement to continue supporting the Schuylkill River Trail feasibility study through additional donations.

“The Schuylkill River Trail is a favorite among hikers and bicyclist enthusiasts—once they hit the trail in Pottstown,” explained (Susan) Biebuyck. “It will be wonderful for cyclists to be able to ride a dedicated trail from the Boyertown area to Philadelphia. And I think that drivers will be happy they do not have to share the road!”

“Plus, think of all the traffic we could eliminate on 422 if enthusiasts like Gavin and me can bicycle our way to work in Oaks or King of Prussia, for example. Love your cyclists! Please!” she encouraged.

The Family Fun Ride took bicyclists on a scenic ride for 10 miles; the ½ metric offered others 31 miles of biking through Berks County. Riders in the full metric logged 62 miles on country and urban roads.

Building a Better Boyertown and Boyertown Borough have been awarded a matching grant of $35,000 by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Campbell Thomas and Company in collaboration with Gilmore and Associates, Inc. are performing the $70,000 trail study.