In celebration of National Trail Month, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be hosting several guided trail rides during the month of June. Tickets for each event range from $10 to $18, depending on the particular event and time of purchase, and include a post-ride lunch. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/pecnationaltrailmonth.
Sunday June 8, 2014, 8:30 AM to 1 PM: Cooper River Trail Ride
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 10 AM to 2 PM: Schuylkill River Trail Ride
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 8:30 AM to 2 PM: 202 Parkway Trail Ride
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10 AM to 1 PM: Cobbs Creek Trail Walk (on foot)
PENNDOT has developed a new map of the US 202 Parkway Trail which has appeared online via the Montgomery Township website. The bi-county trail map is similar in some ways to Schuylkill River Trail and Perkiomen Trail maps put out by Montgomery County Parks.
An interesting feature of the map is the connecting trail network showing the local sidepath and road connections to Doylestown, Delaware Valley College and the Montgomery Mall and future connections to Chalfont and New Britain. Trailhead parking lots are shown along with a mileage chart. The back of the map offers trail etiquette and on road bike safety information which was lifted from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's Bicycle Education library. Unfortunately public transportation access points, such as the bus hub at Montgomery Mall or the SEPTA rail station at Del Val College were not included.
This map is the first official trail guide that features the Circuit logo along with a regional map that features future connections. Placing the Circuit brand on paper maps and trail signs is a powerful tool which will raise awareness of the Circuit among casual trail users much like the Atlanta Belt Line and Velo Quebec's La Route Verte (the Green Route).