The Circuit Trails

PEC has been a key factor in the creation of The Circuit Trails as a policy leader and as an implementer of trails, particularly the building of the East Coast Greenway, a key trunk line.


Greater Philadelphia is the proud home of The Circuit Trails, a vast regional trail network, composed of hundreds of miles of interconnected trails, that is growing in size each year. One of America’s largest trail networks, The Circuit Trails is currently composed of more than 300 miles of completed trails with a vision of completing 750 miles of trails across the nine-county region in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Nearly 65 nonprofit organizations, foundations and agencies is working to advance the completion of The Circuit Trails. A premiere regional amenity, The Circuit Trails connect people to jobs, communities, parks and waterways. Learn more at circuittrails.org and connect with The Circuit Trails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out what is happening #onthecircuit.

Recreation The Circuit photo-Patrick

In June 2013, local children who rehabbed donated bikes and “earned” them to keep are the first official users of the 58th Street Greenway.

PEC is a driving force in The Circuit Trails’ creation, and our Executive Vice President, Patrick Starr, was elected Vice Chair for Pennsylvania of the Circuit Coalition Steering Committee in 2013. The Circuit was formally announced in May, 2012. Reflecting the broad consensus about the importance of this inter-connected network of trails, The Circuit Trails is included in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) comprehensive plan for the nine county two-state region.

The William Penn Foundation invested $10 million in the planning and implementation of The Circuit Trails by creating the Regional Trails Fund at the DVRPC. Now fully expended, that fund leveraged another $12 million in resources from agencies, local governments, and others. The Circuit Coalition continues to advocate for dedicated funding to support full build-out estimated at $250 million.

We have long held that getting Pennsylvanians outdoors to experience the Commonwealth’s rich natural resources is essential to cultivating environmental champions and stewards. PEC has been involved in the planning and implementation of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) for more than a decade, and the ECG is one of the trunk lines of The Circuit Trails. In 2009, we were instrumental in obtaining a TIGER grant (Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Opportunity) on the behalf of the City’s of Philadelphia and Camden, N.J., to build 10 segments of the Circuit. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provided $23 million to this very successful effort.

50: Miles built since the creation of The Circuit Trails in 2012.

2.3%: The rate of bicycle commuting in Philadelphia, the highest rate among the 10 largest US cities.

$69,000: The additional value to homes within a quarter mile of the Radnor Valley Trail attributable to trail proximity.

Projects

Pennsylvania's East Coast Greenway

PEC has built upon its trail work throughout the Commonwealth and shares the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources’ vision of a statewide greenway network.

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Delaware & Lehigh Trail Gaps

PEC identified and worked to resolve five key obstructions along the D&L Canal Trail to open up nine miles of critical off road path.

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Spring Garden Street Greenway

PEC instituted a plan for Philadelphia to best connect its region’s growing trail networks and two riverfronts on Spring Garden Street.

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Philadelphia Bike Share

PEC and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia collaborated to create the Bike Share Business Plan and promote bike share ahead of the spring 2015 launch.

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Explore the Circuit

PEC’s 12 itineraries reveal access points, trail destinations, and local history to help you plan your trip on The Circuit Trails.

Sometimes the Philadelphia trail network feels like a secret handshake, as it can be challenging to figure out how to start and where to go on The Circuit Trails. To help inform everyone who wants to get out on the trail, PEC developed 12 trail itineraries you can reference before and during your trip. The itineraries showcase diverse trails from every part of The Circuit Trails. Some trips take only a few hours, while others can be made into overnight adventures. Each reveals parking and transit access for the trail. They share cultural, historic, and environmental destinations along the routes, and they give an overview of the trail’s history and development. Every itinerary has a map specifically designed to help navigate the trail.

Greater Philadelphia is the proud home of The Circuit Trails, a vast regional trail network, composed of hundreds of miles of interconnected trails, that is growing in size each year. One of America’s largest trail networks, The Circuit Trails is currently composed of more than 300 miles of completed trails with a vision of completing 750 miles of trails across the nine-county region in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Nearly 65 nonprofit organizations, foundations and agencies is working to advance the completion of the Circuit Trails. A premiere regional amenity, the Circuit Trails connect people to jobs, communities, parks and waterways. Learn more at ConnecttheCircuit.org and connect with The Circuit Trails on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out what is happening #onthecircuit.

With these trail itineraries, The Circuit Trails will become more accessible to more people. Even long-time trail users can discover destinations they may have previously been unaware of. Click here to view the Trail Selection Chart.

Chester Valley Trail

Schuylkill River Trail-Schuylkill Banks to Manayunk

Schuylkill River Trail-Manayunk to Valley Forge

Schuylkill River Trail-Pottstown to Reading

Perkiomen Rail Trail

Route 202 Parkway Trail

The Pennypack Trail

Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail

Cooper River Park Loop

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