The Pennsylvania Delegation at the National Bike Summit on behalf of the Schuylkill River Trail Campaign.
There is still time for you to help complete the Schuylkill River Trail and have your contribution matched -- if you give before April 15. Join me and over 240 other bicyclists who have given to our campaign so far!
You pay every time you drive on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
or cross the Ben Franklin Bridge.
You pay every time you board a SEPTA train or bus. If you paid a $2.50 toll
every time you rode on the Schuylkill River Trail, how much would that add up
Are you willing to make a "trail toll" gift of $35, $50 or $120 to help us complete the trail? Make your gift before April 15 and it will be matched by Fuji Bicycles -- one dollar for every two you give!
It is time for Philadelphia
to fill the gaps in the Schuylkill River Trail. It is time that the premiere
trail in our region not require you to know secret map coordinates in order to
get in and out of the city. It is time to fix what's broken in Manayunk and
extend the trail down to Bartram's Garden and beyond. It is time that federal
transportation funds be used to complete the region's first green
Under the leadership of the Bicycle Coalition's trail
advocate Sarah Clark Stuart, the Bicycle Coalition has been instrumental in
gathering a coalition of trail and community groups who want to complete the
Schuylkill River Trail. We have met with a dozen city and state officials and
other community partners.
In February, 320 people came out to a forum to learn about
nine trail projects that, when completed, will connect and extend the trail.
We have begun the advocacy that will complete the trail. Last month in DC we took another important step towards securing the $22 million
needed to complete construction of the Schuylkill River Trail. But it is going
to take many more months of work, many more meetings with officials and
partners, and more research to find local funds to supply the required
match of federal dollars.
For Sarah to continue her work to complete the Schuylkill
River Trail, to build the needed coalition of community groups and individual
supporters like you, we need to raise $25,000
before April 15. We have a foundation grant to pay many of the campaign
expenses but we need support from you to put us over the top.
Please make a "trail toll" gift today!
PS If you have already given, please accept my thanks and consider forwarding this email to a fellow bicyclist.
Matching Your Gift
Make your gift before April 15 and your gift will be matched.
Last month, a generous donor offered to match the first $5,000 given to the campaign. With over 200 donations, we have gone over that $5,000 match.
Inspired by our members' zeal, Advanced Sports, Inc. (parent of Fuji and Breezer) has offered to match your donation with $1 for every $2 you give. Fuji understands the importance of completing the Delaware Valley's first green transportation corridor and is challenging you to make as generous a gift as you can.
If you make a $120 gift, Fuji will add $60 (up to a total
of $5,000). But you must make your gift before April 15.
Save the Dates
Speak up for the Schuylkill River Trail at these meetings.
Philadelphia Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Public Meetings
The first two of four public meetings have been scheduled -- you have a chance to say what you would like to see done for bicyclists in Philly. You can also take the online survey
Thursday, April 16 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Fels Community Center Auditorium 2407 S. Broad St.
Tuesday, April 21 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Municipal Services Building 16th Floor (1401 JFK Blvd)
Bicycle Coalition Annual Meeting
Sunday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
"Connecting to Our Rivers"Free dinner to the first 100 who RSVP
Founded in 1972, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia makes biking better through advocacy and education by promoting bicycling as a healthy, low-cost and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation.