June is National Trails Month and there is perhaps no other place that’s better equipped to make the most of it than the greater Philadelphia region #onthecircuit. Organizations like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Friends of the Delaware Canal, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Friends of the Chester Valley Trail, Bartram's Garnden, the Schuylkill Center for Education and more are hosting rides, walks and events on the Circuit throughout the month of June in celebration. The month offers activities for community members, families and friends of all ages and experience levels – not just avid cyclists and runners. There will be bird watching, volunteering opportunities, a barbeque, art viewing and even an overnight camping event – among the bike rides, runs and walks. See the events page (click here) for a full list of activities. Get #onthecircuit in June!!
Last week 250 involved citizens, many of them arriving on bikes or on foot, joined together for the Better Mobility 2015 Mayoral Forum, organized by the Better Mobility Work Group. Mayor Nutter has long been a proponent for bike lanes and multi-use trails, support which has helped catalyze efforts to develop the Circuit in the region, yet the arrival of a new Mayor raises questions.
Will the new Mayor support cycling infrastructure, pedestrian accommodations, traffic enforcement and the other agenda items that make this city safe for cyclists and walkers alike? Will the new Mayor support "Vision Zero," the idea that traffic fatalities can be eliminated through better planning and design? Will the Circuit find support from the next Mayor?
The forum indicated that, perhaps, the new mayor will be forced by public demand to continue the trend of support for forward-thinking mobility efforts. While specific thoughts and opinions varied widely among candidates, overall every candidate pointed to mobility issues as important for the city (including the neighborhoods) and pointed to the bikability and walkability of the city as a key amenity.
Check out the Bicycle Coalition’s website to learn more about the forum and read the region’s press coverage of the event.