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Doylestown Bike and Hike Cuts The Ribbon on Two Trails

    • Destination Peace Valley Ribbon Cut
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A blustery wind did not deter an enthusiastic group of Bucks County residents and public officials who cut the ribbons on two trails this afternoon in Doylestown Township and New Britain Borough.

Attendees departed by bus from Covered Bridge Park in New Britain to the newest segment of the Neshaminy Creek Greenway located off Upper State Road in Doylestown Township. The .7 mile trail parallels the creek and connects the 202 Parkway Trail. After the ceremony the group was bused back to Covered Bridge Park for a second dedication for the 1.1 mile long Destination Peace Valley Trail along Pine Run.

Both trails are included in the 24 mile Doylestown Community Bike Hike System. The Bike Hike System is a cooperative project of Doylestown Borough, Doylestown Township, New Britain Borough, New Britain Township and Chalfont Borough.

DVRPC Approves $3.9 Million for Circuit Trails

On Thursday, September 26th, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Board approved 13 projects for funding from the final phase of the Regional Trail Program, which was created and funded by a $10 million grant from the William Penn Foundation.  

The Regional Trail Program aims to provide funding for targeted, priority trail design, construction and planning projects that will promote a truly connected, regional network of multi-use trails (the Circuit) with Philadelphia and Camden as its hub. 

Phase III of the program provided capital funding for trail design and construction projects. Approximately $4 million was available for Phase III grants. Individual grant awards are capped at $500,000 and all projects require a 20 percent match. A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued in March and 31 proposals were submitted by the deadline in mid-April. The proposals were evaluated by a Selection Committee composed of Foundation representatives, PennDOT and NJDOT, DVRPC staff, and regional trail funders and advocates.

Based on Committee review and subsequent follow-up, the following 13 projects were recommended for funding and approved on Thursday by the DVRPC Board.

  1. Kinkora Trail - Mansfield Community Park Connector – Burlington County, Department of Resource Conservation – Grant request: $500,000 Total project cost: $1,440,000
  2. Ben Franklin Bridge Walkway Bicycle and Pedestrian Ramp – DRPA – Grant request: $400,000 Total project cost: $3,600,000
  3. Lawrence Hopewell Trail Carter Road East and West – Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation – Grant request: $250,000 Total project cost: $625,000
  4. Route 13-Green Lane Trail Connector – Bucks County TMA – Grant request: $249,000 Total project cost: $917,679
  5. Neshaminy Creek Greenway Design and Engineering (Chalfont and New Britain) – Chalfont Borough – Grant request: $188,768 Total project cost: $235,960
  6. Phoenixville Schuylkill River Trail Phase 2 – Phoenixville Borough – Grant request: $365,000 Total project cost: $457,000
  7. Darby Creek Stream Valley Park Trail – Delaware County – Grant request: $500,000 Total project cost: $700,000
  8. Newtown Square Rail Trail (Haverford) – Haverford Township – Grant request: $340,000 Total project cost: $425,000
  9. Tookany Creek Trail - Phase III – Cheltenham Township – Grant request: $400,000 Total project cost: $500,000
  10. Lansdale Liberty Bell Trail – Lansdale Borough – Grant request: $160,840 Total project cost: $201,050
  11. Tacony/Holmesburg Gap Waterfront Trail Design and Engineering – DRCC – Grant request: $300,000 Total project cost: $500,000
  12. Manayunk Bridge Trail Construction Engineering Services – Philadelphia - MOTU – Grant request: $60,000 Total project cost: $3,060,000
  13. Cobbs Creek Connector Trail – Philadelphia Parks and Recreation – Grant request: $275,000 Total project cost: $595,000

Total grant request amount for all 13 Phase III projects is $3,988,608.  The total match amount is $9,318,081 and the total cost of all the projects is $13,306,149.

Phase III represents the final amount of funding available from this program.  Future funding depends on the DVRPC board.  This is why the Circuit Coalition currently is running the Circuit Committment campaign, seeking a decision from the DVRPC Board to replenish the fund with $10 Milion over a three year period. 

Leaf Peeping On The Circuit

While leaf weary Vermonters wait for Killington to start up their loud and icy snow guns, peak foliage has come to the trails of the Circuit. This year it appears that the peak is perfectly aligned with Indian Summerso now is the time to get on the path and enjoy a windshield free view of the Autumn color.

Since much of the Circuit trail system runs through parkland almost any segment of the network will do, however I do have a favorite lists of trails that I consider to be especially scenic and worth a visit.
1. Tyler State Park - The park has a 10 mile criss-crossed network of paved trails, the east side of the park has a flat path that follows the Neshaminy Creek, but it is the hilly west side trails that are most interesting with great views and an abundance of not so shy deer.At  the far north end of the park is Schofield Covered Bridge.
2 - Perkiomen Trail - The terrain around the northern half of this 19 mile trail is rural and rugged, there is even a moderate trail climb around Spring Mountain. And while the PA Live Steamers model RR is no longer open to the public you can still get a good view of the action from the trail. 
3 - D&L/D&R Trails - These trails follow scenic canals with interesting wooden bridges on both sides of the Delaware, unfortunately on the Pennsylvania the D&L Canal has been dewatered north of New Hope due to required trail repairs, so you will be riding next to a trench instead of a watercourse. Still it's worth riding north to see the impressive Nockamixon Cliffs on the River.
4 - Brendan Byrne State Forest - This may be the anti foliage trail, Pitch Pine and Cedars dominate the landscape. While the Pine Brendan Byrne's 2.7 mile Cranberry Trail is the only multi-use path in the core of the pines, For a more substantial ride try the 10 mile bike loop which uses low traffic park roads.
5 - Forbidden Drive and the Wissahickon Bikeway - Great scenery and just over 30 minutes by bike from Center City Philadelphia via the Schuylkill River Trail. Stop at Valley Green but make sure continue to travel north the Thomas Mill Bridge. On weekends through October ride about a mile up Northwestern Ave to the Morris Arboretum, where bicyclists can gain admission for half price.
More Than Honorable Mentions - These trails are just as scenic as the featured ones above, but I don't have all day to talk about them.
Tell us about your favorite autumn Circuit Trail ride.
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