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Cyclegram: Brand New Trails and Trails Yet To Come

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June 21, 2012
Two Trail Ribbon Cuttings On The Lower Schuylkill
Grays Ferry ribbon cutting2
The Gray's Ferry Crescent trail ribbon cutting on June 11th
Two new segments of The Circuit trail system enjoyed long-awaited ribbon cuttings in the past two weeks.

Gray's Ferry Crescent (see it on The Circuit website)
This greenway along the east bank of the Schuylkill from 34th Street to Wharton Street provides long-awaited access to the river for neighborhoods in South and Southwest Philadelphia. This segment of Schuylkill Banks features a 3,700 foot-long bicycle and pedestrian trail, plus several walking trails totaling another 1,600 feet. Other amenities include meadows of native grasses, lawn areas, benches, lighting, and trash receptacles.

Currently the access points are all on-road: the south side of the 34th Street Bridge, 36th & Grays Ferry Avenue, and Wharton Street & Schuylkill Avenue.

Schuylkill River Trail at Bartram's Garden (see it on The Circuit website)
Bartram trail - artist rendering
Artist's rendering of Bartram's Garden trail
This section of the trail is running ahead of its connectors. At the time of its ribbon cutting (today, June 21st), it does not connect to the Schuylkill River Trail at either end.

However, it will connect to the 58th Street Greenway
when that project is complete this fall. When The Circuit is complete, this 0.5 mile path will be a natural highlight, winding through Bartram Meadow and past the historic Bartram House and Garden.

Help Complete The Circuit By Paying Your Trail Toll
The trail segments above are lovely on their own, but they take on a whole new significance when they connect to one another. Connecting The Circuit means connecting us through trails to jobs, green space, shopping districts, and new adventures.

In bridge tolls and SEPTA tickets we pay each time we use the other transportation systems in our region. You can help construct a new, healthy, efficient transportation system by paying your trail toll. Your donation will help connect Bartram's Garden to Bucks County, and West Chester to Cherry Hill.
Trail Toll bumper sticker
Donate and you'll get this in bumper sticker form!
Pay your trail toll and in addition to your new or renewed Bicycle Coalition membership, you will receive the above bumper sticker in the mail. Place it on your car and proudly show that your other car is your two legs!
Reminder: Suburban Bicycling Advocacy Forum On Saturday
Interested in getting your county or suburban community more bike friendly? It's not too late to sign up for the Suburban Advocacy Forum happening this Saturday!

Saturday, June 23rd

Easttown Library

720 First Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312

Cost: free



Morning: Bike Lane 101 (10:30 AM-12:30 PM)

This workshop will cover best practices for advocating for improved bicycling facilities in your town or county. Topics covered include: finding money, talking to the right elected officials, and how to make things happen.


Afternoon: Connecting The Circuit (1:00 PM-3:00 PM)

This workshop covers The Circuit, the newly-named 750-mile trail system connecting our region. Learn what trails are being considered near you, and how you can help get them built and keep them maintained.

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