$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.

Join Hollow Oak Land Trust for #TrailLuvMondays at Montour Woods

If you are looking for a fun time and to meet great people while doing important conservation work, please join Hollow Oak Land Trust starting April 1st for #TrailLuvMondays at Montour Woods Conservation Area. Each Monday, volunteers gather to conduct trail maintenance and other projects. Details can be found on Hollow Oak’s Facebook Page. Also, check out Hollow Oak’s Instagram page for lots of cool pictures of the work by volunteers. Please dress for the weather and expect to get dirty. Refreshments follow all trail workdays.

Celebrate Opening of New Heritage Rail Trail Section

On May 2, the York County Rail Trail Authority, in partnership with York County and York County Department of Parks and Recreation, invites all rail-trail enthusiasts to attend the grand opening celebration for a new section of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. The new section stretches from Route 30 to N. George Street and adds more miles to the popular trail that stretches from York to the Maryland state line. Walkers, runners, cyclists, bird watchers, and anyone else who enjoys the great outdoors is invited.

When: May 2, 2019 at 1 PM
Where: Smalls Athletic Field, 31 Hamilton Ave., York, PA 17401

Philadelphia Trail Master Plan Released

The Philadelphia Trail Master Plan is the first of its kind in Philadelphia. Philadelphia2035 (the Philadelphia comprehensive plan) recommended that the plan should coordinate the planning and construction of trail systems. It inventories trails and prioritizes more than 60 proposed trail segments citywide. The implementation of the Philadelphia Trail Master Plan is an on-going coordinated effort between city agencies and nonprofit trail partners. The Philadelphia Trail Committee is the implementing body for the plan and meets quarterly to set city priorities, hear about new developments on trails citywide, rank applications for various trail funding programs, and guide the next steps and annual update for the plan.  The 2019 annual update includes a prioritization list for proposed trail segments as well as for rehabilitation of existing trails.