A trail circuiting the region? That’s the goal of a 500 miles by 2025 campaign

December 26, 2020 WHYY
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As the new year approaches, plenty of people will probably resolve to exercise and get outside more often. For those who live close to greenways like the Schuylkill River Trail, or who can jog along the Pennypack and Perkiomen creeks, that’s easy. For those who don’t have access to parks and paths, it might demand more.

But what if you could run from Trenton to Philadelphia? Or scooter from Philadelphia to Reading? Or bike from Allentown down to the Atlantic City Expressway in South Jersey?

That’s the goal of the Circuit Trails Coalition, which is campaigning for 500 miles of walkable, bikeable trails in and around this region by 2025.

Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and vice chair of the Circuit Trails, said it’s a plan that’s “more than the sum of its parts.”

“Every community and every organization is enthused about their little piece of the world, but when you connect those pieces into an 800-mile metropolitan system of multi-use trails built to a common standard, that’s really big,” Starr said.


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