$3.7 Million Approved for 22 New Circuit Trails Projects

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) recently announced a new round of funding for trails in the Philadelphia region.

Notably, DVRPC approved funding for Upper Darby Township to design two bridges over Darby Creek. One of the bridges will cross the creek at a lovely spot where the image above was taken.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia gushed in the past about how great the Darby Creek Trail is, and what a great potential it has for connecting lower-income communities to recreation and transportation. This is why the Coalition met with Mayor Micozzie and senior staff from Upper Darby Township to encourage them to apply for Regional Trails Program funding. The Coalition applauds Upper Darby Township for not only meeting with representatives from it, but for making significant changes in the trail alignment to maintain a fully accessible trail. These changes necessitated two creek crossings (at considerable additional cost), but also allowed for making better connections to the Township’s open spaces on each side of the creek.

There were several other notable awardees, including:

  • Cobbs Creek Connector in Philadelphia, the second highest scoring Circuit trail in terms of community impact
  • Parkside Cynwyd Trail in Philadelphia, which will connect to the Cynwyd Trail extension across City Line
  • Tookany Creek Trail in Cheltenham
  • Road crossing improvements to the Chester Valley Trail
  • Two projects on the Lawrence Hopewell Trail in Mercer County, NJ

This article was originally published on the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s blog on March 28, 2019. 

Help Stop Illegal Activity on Neversink Mountain Preserve Trails

This spring has brought some illegal activity to Berks Nature’s Neversink Mountain Preserve in the form of ATV and dirt bike users. Berks Nature preserves and trails are open to many, but not motorized bicycles/vehicles of any kind. This type of behavior destroys the habitat, upsets the wildlife and most importantly provides a safety threat to our more passive users like hikers and mountain bikers.
IF YOU SEE ATV/DIRT BIKES on Neversink Mountain or any Berks Nature preserve:

  • Call the police at 911 and note the time and location.
  • Give a specific description about what you saw, how it made you feel (unsafe, threatened etc.).
  • Do this every time you see the illegal activity.
  • Tell everyone you meet on the trail to do so as well.
  • If you notice a pattern of behavior and/or an entrance/exit point for these vehicles please share that with the police and us at [email protected].

Hopefully together, we can populate the mountain with positive, passive users of this beautiful natural resource and eliminate those few who have little respect and wish to destroy the habitat.