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Exhibit Space Available at Camden Night Gardens

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP) is hosting the Camden Night Gardens (#CNG) on Thursday April 17, 2014 from 7pm – 11pm.

The Camden Night Garden (CNG) is a one-night festival that will engage the Camden community to showcase Camden’s rich cultural history through the use of large-scale, community-based light, sound, and projection instillations. The goal of CNG is to reimagine the underutilized waterfront trail for one night by “lighting up” the area and promoting the work of local artists, musicians, restaurants and bikers.  CNG facebook page is here.

We would love for your organization to be present at the Camden Night Garden in our Exhibit Space.

This is a great chance to reach out to a wide audience, including Camden residents, neighborhood groups, art lovers, bike riders and other visitors. 

To secure your spot in our Exhibit Space, please email or call Sue Brennan at  or (856) 757-9154.

For $35, we will provide a table, two chairs, a colorful table cover and a 10x10 tent. We want every community organization to participate in #CNG so if you cannot afford the cost, please just ask us for a fee waiver.

NJ DOT Announces New Round of Transportation Alternatives and Safe Routes to School Funds

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Programs.  The solicitation for these federally funded programs is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).
For more information about the SRTS grant, see the solicitation letter here

For more information about the TAP grant, see the solicitation letter here

NJDOT’s application guidance document for the SRTS program containing the necessary information for completing an application and answering questions regarding eligibility and program requirements can be viewed here.  The application guidance document for TAP can be viewed here
Applications for both SRTS and TAP are available through NJDOT’s online grant management system, SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically). The application deadline is May 15, 2014.
Visit NJDOT’s Local Aid and Economic Development website to learn more about both the SRTS and TAP grants.

Some key things to remember before applying - 

NJDOT has heard concerns about Technical Assistance and will be providing more technical support this year. Look for an upcoming webinar, local training/workshops and a tip sheet to improve you application. NJ Safe Routes to School already has developed a TIP sheet for SRTS

Program managers like to emphasize that both programs distribute funds for reimbursement.

DVRPC has control of about half of the TAP money allocated to the South Jersey counties in its jurisdiction and will be prioritizing these three categories:

  • Provisions of facilities for bicycles and pedestrians
  • Conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails
  • Stormwater management projects

Take Action - Please help New Jersey keep its federal Recreational Trails Program

New Jersey's Recreational Trails Program provides $2 million annually in trail funding. It is a component of the Transportation Alternatives Program authorized by Congress under MAP 21. Each year the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded $25,000 grants to help build, promote and maintain trails.
However the (DEP) just suspended the Recreational Trails Program for 2014, directing staff resources to the NJ Blue Acres program. And while that program is an important endevour for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, it means that no one at the NJ DEP will manage the 2014 allocation or award to funds to recipients of the 2013 program, which include the repair of trails that have been damaged by the storm .
Since the trails program began in 1993, more than $17 million has been awarded to state, county and local government agencies and nonprofits in New Jersey.
Please help New Jersey keep its federal Recreational Trails Program.
Send an email to Robert Martin, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and urge him restore New Jersey's Recreational Trail Program.
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Improvements to the Gloucester Township Bike Path, part of the Gloucester-Mt. Ephraim Trail is awaiting funding from the 2013 round of the Rec Trails Program.

To See the Potential of New Jersey’s Cooper River Trail, Just Look Across The State Line

The Tri State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) recently posted an article suggesting that Cooper River Trail stewards look at the Schuylkill River Trail as a model for a first class bikeway in Camden County.

"Pick any day to visit the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia and you will see a fully-functioning commuter corridor — women and men bicycling and walking to work, while, across the river, motorists sit in miles of gridlock on the chronically jammed Schuylkill Expressway. Over a million people use the trail every year. But what makes this multi-use trail so attractive to commuters and different from other trails in the region? And what lessons can the Schuylkill River Trail offer for trail planners and builders across the state line in New Jersey..."

Read More on TSTC's Mobilizing The Region newsletter

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. 

Flying Kite Covers Recent Camden GreenWay Development

Flying Kite covered the recent trail and bike lane openings in the Camden GreenWay. Quotes from the article:

A few weeks ago, leaders from all levels of New Jersey government held a ribbon cutting ceremony in Camden to celebrate the completion of three TIGER-funded trail projects. The paved segments are crucial to completing the long-envisioned regional system of interconnected greenways.
"They're essential projects," says Ian Leonard with Camden County's Department of Public Works. "They allow for the connection of 128 miles of already-completed trails."
That system, dubbed The Circuit, will include 750 miles of trails; more than 250 miles have already been built throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Planners also hope that the three Camden County projects will boost economic development opportunities and quality of life for local residents.They include new bike lanes, lighting, signage, and extensive street and sidewalk improvements throughout downtown Camden. Located along Martin Luther King Boulevard, Pearl Street and Pine Street in Camden, the trails connect to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, making it easier for Philadelphians to bike or walk into Camden, and then on to Collingswood or Cherry Hill.

You can read the full article here.

Great Turnout for Camden County Celebration of New Trails

There was a great turnout of elected officials at yesterday's ribbon cutting of the three new TIGER funded trails.  Senator Bob Menendez, Congressman Rob Andrews, State Senator Don Norcross, Assemblyman Gilbert Wilson, Mayor Dana Rudd, Freeholder Ian Leonard and several Camden councilpersons were all in attendance.  Kids from CYCLE (Camden Youth Cycling Learning and Exercising) were also in attendance to demonstrate how much fun it is to ride on a safe street.  The three projects were funded by a TIGER grant won by Camden County and the City of Philadelphia is 2010.

The event was covered by the Phila Inquirer, Courier Post; NJ.COM

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Downtown Camden Hosting Trail Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow

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Tomorrow (August 29th) Camden County cuts the ribbon on three new bicycle and pedestrian street improvements near the City of Camden's waterfront. The trail projects, funded by a 2010 U.S. DOT TIGER grant that Camden County shared with the City of Philadelphia, are transforming parts of Downtown Camden, with the addition of bike lanes, new signage and lighting and extensive streetscape improvements. Together these streets help link Cooper River Park to the Ben Franklin Bridge (and thus trails in Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania) and are an important part of completing the Circuit.

The ribbon cutting will happen Thursday, August 29th at 1:00 pm at Pearl Street between 3rd and 5th Streets. A ceremonial bike ride by youth from CYCLE will precede remarks from dignitaries including US Senator Robert Menendez, Camden Mayor Dana L Redd, Congressman Rob Andrews, Senator Donald Norcross, Cooper's Ferry Partnership CEO Anthony Perno, and Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard.

You can find these three projects on our website:


Let Us Pass Through on Alternative 2

Since 2005, advocates has been working to make the Ben Franklin Bridge more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2012, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) agreed to fund the design of a ramp.  

We are one step closer to get the best bridge ramp possible. In the near future, DRPA will decide on the final design for that ramp. This represents our last chance to influence the ramp's design.  Of the three proposed designs alternatives, the Bicycle Coalition is urging the DRPA Board to select the single continuous ramp, aka "Alternative 2." This option calls for a single continuous ramp that follows the slope of the bridge and widens a section of the existing walkway that currently narrows to 5 feet as it approaches the existing stair tower.
Those who enjoy walking or bicycling on the Ben Franklin Bridge (or wish to once the ramp is complete) are encouraged to e-mail the DRPA Board and urge them to select Alternative #2 for the ramp.

The other two options include switchbacks. A continuous ramp that does not switch back and improves the existing narrow section of the walkway would:
  • maximize user convenience;
  • allow for continuous eastbound travel to Pearl Street, downtown Camden, and points beyond;
  • further enhance transportation options for pedestrians, bicyclists and wheelchair users without busting the project’s budget.
Once completed, the ramp will be a centerpiece of The Circuit regional trail network and will connect to existing and planned street improvement and trail projects on both sides of the Delaware River.
Despite overwhelming support for Alternative 2, some DRPA Commissioners and staff members are concerned that the straight-ramp design might encourage speeding and create a safety hazard.
Any speeding issues could be addressed by minor design changes, such as creating a chicane – which is a kink in the ramp similar to the design of the CSX bridge in Schuylkill River Park. It should also be noted that the Philadelphia side of the bridge walkway is a already a straight ramp.

Please send a quick email today (use your own words) to the DRPA Board and urge them to choose Alternative 2. 

Introducing the Cooper River Trail Map

What is the name of that trail? For years the loosely connected paths surrounding the Cooper River suffered from an identity crisis. When you mentioned the bike trail at Cooper River Park most people thought of the loop between US 130 and Cuthbert Blvd. And for many the loop meant either bicycling on North Park/South Park Drive or the path between those roads and the river.

But there are some in the Camden County Park system who have a grander vision, of a unified and cohesive trail. There is movement on multiple fronts. On the west side of Route 130 a network of trails and bike lanes is coming together between the highway and the Ben Franklin Bridge. An organization called Friends of Cooper River Park West is working with the County to developed the long-neglected river section. And in Haddonfield a trail along the Cooper River down to Crows Woods Fields has been proposed and is in the County's draft trails plan.

And now we have a map! The Cooper River Trail map will be used to help identify the issues that need to be resolved to create a great regional trail. The laundry list of issues will be formidable but many can be resolved at a relatively low cost. Examples include posting navigational signage, construction of ADA compliant curb cuts, and painting bike lanes and crosswalks.

Still, some capital improvements will be required, not least of which is making the Route 130/Park Drive crossing safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Some trail gaps will have to be planned and programmed along with the rehabilitation of older path segments. Coordinating these improvements with improvements to adjacent roads and parks will help ease the financial burden and speedup the timeline of major projects.

With a vision and a pretty good head start, we are in a position to make the Greater Philadelphia Region's newest regional trail a reality.

TIGER Projects Completed In Camden - Now What?

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Camden County Public Works is putting the finishing touches on the Pearl Street Connector in Camden, creating a gateway from the Ben Franklin Bridge walkway and the Rutgers Campus to the Wiggins Waterfront Promenade. Pearl St is the last of three TIGER projects in Camden which included bike lanes and streetscape improvements on the Camden GreenWay segments of Martin Luther King Drive and Pine St.

Pearl St is the highest visibility project since it connects two existing segments of the Circuit. Pearl St features new lighting, sharrows bike racks, four way stop signs, marked crosswalks and curb extensions. Navigational pedestrian signage similar to the Center City District sign system have also been put in place.

Ribbon Cutting?

Camden County Public Works has done an admirable job on all three projects and the County should celebrate their achievement. The Circuit Coalition is currently working to convince Camden County officials to stage a ribbon cutting for the Camden GreenWay projects, perhaps at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge. In contrast Pennsylvania ribbon cuttings are almost becoming routine, with Mayor Nutter using the giant scissors on 3 Circuit Trail projects and in the fall another event will be held with the opening of the Port Richmond Trail

Complete Streets Policy

The other exciting news for Camden is the adoption of a complete streets policy by City Council resolution in early June. Many thanks to the Camden Green Team which worked hard to create the language and recommend adoption of a policy. Camden is the 58th municipality in New Jersey to adopt a policy and the second in Camden County.

What's Next For Camden?

The State Street Bridge project is nearing completion. The original historic bridge is being replaced by a new structure, however the old bridge is being preserved for bicycle and pedestrian use and in the future it could connect the Cooper River Trail with the proposed southern end of the Delaware River Heritage Trail at the Kroc Center in the Cramer Hill section of the City.

An existing park and trail that was never officially opened is Cooper River Park West or Gateway Park. Adjacent to the Admiral Wilson Blvd is in the process of an ownership transfer from the Delaware River Port Authority to the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The trail in Cooper River Park west is a key component of the Cooper River Trail which when completed will improve and extend the trail from the Ben Franklin Bridge to Haddonfield. If you are interested in updates to the status of the park then "Like" The Friends of Cooper River Park West  Facebook Page.

Finally design work on the Ben Franklin Bridge ramp continues. We are expecting a vote in the coming weeks for the final design of the ramp. The Circuit Coalition's prefers Alternative 2 which is a straight down ramp that will also widen a narrow section of the bridge walkway. Watch this blog for an upcoming campaign to endorse the straight down ramp in the coming days.

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To register for the Pennsylvania Caucus Meeting on June 17th, please click here!

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PA and NJ Trail Caucus Meetings Coming In June

On behalf of The Circuit Coalition, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia invites you to the launch of the Circuit Commitment Campaign.

We are bringing together trail enthusiasts and supporters like you for two informational sessions in June (one for PA, one for NJ). These caucus meetings are the kickoff to the Circuit Commitment Campaign.

The Circuit Commitment Campaign's goal is to replenish the DVRPC (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission)'s Regional Trail Fund, which is a competitive grant program established by the William Penn Foundation in 2010. The fund is distributing nearly $10 million in our nine-county region, and is helping plan, design and build nearly 40 miles of trail.

This grant program, if continued, could have a major impact on our trails! So we need people like you, who want to see The Circuit's unfinished trails built, to encourage County Commissioners (in Pennsylvania) & Freeholders (in New Jersey) to allocate a second $10 million for the years 2014-2016. This money will continue the momentum of that first grant cycle, moving us closer to realizing the vision of a region connected by a world-class network of bike-ped trails: The Circuit.

Get involved in creating new trails for your community by attending your state's trail caucus!

The Pennsylvania Caucus
June 17th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Haverford Community, Recreation & Environmental Center
Register to attend here

New Jersey Caucus
June 19th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Camden County Boathouse
Register to attend here

The Pennsylvania Caucus meeting will provide an overview of the next set of Circuit trails currently under development in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia Counties.

The New Jersey Caucus meeting will provide an overview of the next set of Circuit trails currently under development in Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties.

At each meeting, we will also discuss the campaign goal and how you can help get this trail funding secured.

Ben Franklin Bridge Ramp Public Meeting

          Stakeholders Invited to Provide Input on Camden Access Ramp 

          Tuesday, May 14, 2013 
          6:00pm until 8:00pm 

          One Port Center, 2 Riverside Dr, 11th Floor,
          Camden, NJ 

The Delaware River Port Authority is inviting bicyclists, walkers, advocates for people for with disabilities and other stakeholders to a public meeting to discuss design options for the access ramp proposed for the south side of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge's New Jersey landing.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 14 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the 11th Floor Board Room at One Port Center. A brief presentation will begin at 6:30 pm.

"The project will replace a stairway on the south side of the bridge in Camden with a ramp that meets all accessibility requirements outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act," said Dan Cosgrove, the project engineer. "We expect a completed ramp to encourage more commuter and recreational bridge customers to bike or walk between Philadelphia and Camden."

Participants will be able to examine several conceptual design options. DRPA engineers and design consultants will be on hand to explain the design concepts, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each and answer questions or address concerns.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Stakeholder feedback will be conveyed to the DRPA Board of Commissioners, which will make the final decision about which design to accept. Public inquiries or comments about the project can be emailed to the DRPA at [email protected].

The Circuit's Inaugural Year

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As 2012 winds down, a look backwards reminds us that we have much to be thankful for and proud of in the past twelve months.
This time last year, you could be forgiven for thinking that the cyclists concerned with trails in our region were mostly interested in doing hundred mile rides on five thousand dollar bikes. This year, by re-branding the region's trail network as The Circuit, the image of who trails served and their benefits was revamped.

This past May The Circuit was unveiled.  It is the name given to a network of 750 miles of bicycle/pedestrian trail in our region which, when complete, will serve as a parallel green transportation system. These network will connect residents in nine counties to commercial districts, to jobs, to waterfronts and green spaces, and to each other. We believe, along with a host of partner organizations, foundations, and agencies, that the choice to take a trip by bicycle should not be hampered by the inability to find a safe route to your destination. When The Circuit is complete, those defeating moments will be few and far between.

Part of The Circuit launch was the debut of, an ambitious map and information website for the region's trails. The site presents, for the first time in one place, a constantly updated map of both the built and unbuilt trails in The Circuit. You can use the map to plan a route (a la Google Maps), learn about new trails, and share favorite trails or routes with friends via social media.

There are currently 250 miles of The Circuit complete, and another 50 miles being built. In 2012 a number of trails celebrated ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings:

Trails opened in 2012:

Trails which broke ground in 2012:

  • The Port Richmond Trail
  • The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
  • Several Camden TIGER projects
Lastly, the Cynwyd Heritage Trail trailhead at Cynwyd Rail Station also opened.

In all it was a terrific year for bicycle and pedestrian trails in our region. Please use to learn how you can help the next trail segments get built and find a new trail to walk, run, or ride in 2013.

Circuit GIS Files Are Now Available

We have received several requests from organizations who want to add the Circuit trails to their GIS map data. While we have the ability to export the Circuit data it is not in a format that can be readily placed in most GIS mapping software programs. So we have released a GIS file that shows the current trails are officially designated as part of the Circuit.


GIS or Geographic Information System is computer mapping that is integrated with database technology. GIS files containing map data (i.e. roads) can be read by various GIS programs such as the popular ArcGIS family of software and the open source QGIS. If you just want to display the map data you can use a free GIS viewers such as web based (shown above) or ArcGIS Explorer. More readily available though are the .kml and .kmz file which can be displayed on Google Maps or in Google Earth.

NJDEP Accepting Recreational Trails Grant Applications

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants. The deadline for applying is February 15th, 2013

These grants are relatively small, the maximum allowable award is $25,000. But these grants can be combined with other funding sources and on their own can fund signage, trail maintenance/rehabilitiation or complete small sections of pathway in parks. RTP grants cannot pay for feasibility studies or land aquisition for non-motorized trails.

For details on the State Rec Trails Program go to

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Camden County Bike and Trails Plan Meeting

The people of Camden County will have a chance to have input on the future of multi-use trails in the county on October 25th.

The Camden County Bicycling and Multi-Use Trails Master Plan will guide the implementation of multi-use trails and on-road bicycle facilities in Camden County. The proposed routes will connect county residents to greenways and trails, as well as enhance opportunities to walk or bike to schools, parks, shops, and employment centers. The final plan should also better define the county's portion of the The Circuit regional trails plan.

The public can bring forward suggestions for the countywide plan during a public listening session on October 25th at 6PM in the Camden County Boathouse7050 N. Park Drive, Pennsauken, NJ. If you plan to attend please RSVP to Jane Meconi - . Bring your ideas on how to make Camden County a more bicycle-friendly community.

The plan is being developed in four phases. Phases I and II have been completed; work on Phases III and IV of this project is being done concurrently. When entirely completed, all four parts will be combined into a county-wide plan sometime next year. Before presenting the finished document to the Camden County Board of Freeholders for potential adoption, citizens will have an opportunity to comment on the plan in its entirety via an online mapping application.

To get a general idea of the work that has already been done on the plan, take a look at the Phase II draft.

Camden County Bikeway Trail Plan Phase II draft

Trail News Wrap Up: 2012 Ribbon Cuttings and Groundbreakings

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There are a number of trails under construction that are going to make an appearance soon.

Trails getting ready for ribbon cuttings in 2012

Connector Bridge -- The installation of railings on the prefabricated truss bridge and approach ramps is underway on the Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge project over the CSX tracks between Spruce and Locust Streets.  Work continues on the restoration of the Schuylkill River Park and Schuylkill Banks. The City hopes to have an opening ceremony in October, possibly in conjunction with Schuylkill River Park's Fall Festival. Some delays in the procurement of light fixtures may impact a complete opening of the bridge on that day. SRDC will have more information about the opening ceremony in its August newsletter.

Shawmont to Port Royal Avenue -- Construction of the portion of trail from Port Royal Avenue to Montgomery County line is complete. Work continues on the section from Shawmont to Port Royal along Nixon Street, including paving and completion of a retaining wall along the trail parallel to Nixon Street. Work is expected to be completed in Fall 2012. 

Walnut Street Bridge Gateway - The Walnut Street Bridge project is moving along smoothly. Decorative granite pavers were installed on the south sidewalk and the new pedestrian lights have been erected. Some of the “expressway-like” overhead signs have been replaced with smaller signs that are more in keeping with the scale of the bridge, and the rest will be replaced soon. The south sidewalk is finished, so the contractor has switched traffic patterns and is doing similar work on north sidewalk. When this project is completed in September, vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians should all enjoy a safer, and cheerier, crossing of the river.

Cynwyd Station & Cynwyd Trailhead -- Two projects are nearing completion and there is an October 28th date set for a ribbon cutting for both.  

58th Street Greenway -- The trail is being paved this summer. Trees, lighting, and pedestrian signage will be installed early this fall and a ribbon cutting to follow. Programming to celebrate the greenway is already underway through the Get Active 58th! program. 

Camden Greenway -- Three projects are under construction that will significantly enhance the Camden Greenway: Pearl Street (next to the Ben Franklin Bridge), MLK Boulevard Waterfront Connection, and Pine Street Connector

Tacony Creek - Trail construction of Phase 1 (I & Ramona to Whitaker Avenue) is underway as of July 2012. 

Trails expected to break ground in 2012

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Port Richmond Section of the East Coast Greenway

Penn Street Trail

Realignment of the Delaware Riverfront Trail between Pier 70 and Washington Avenue

Camden Quietly Unleashes Its TIGER

There was no golden shovel groundbreaking but a sign on Pearl Street and a few holes in the ground next to the Ben Franklin Bridge in Camden indicates that another TIGER project is underway.

On Pearl St next to the Ben Franklin Bridge
The 5.6 Million dollar project will include bikeway markings (bike lanes or sharrows), sidewalks and lighting on Pearl St, Pine Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Meanwhile an adjacent project on Martin Luther King Blvd includes Camden's first bike lanes. The short two block bike lane is between 7th St and Broadway near Cooper Hospital and the Walter Rand Transportation Center. The TIGER project will build bike lanes from the Camden Waterfront to 5th St, leaving a one block gap between 5th and Broadway.

MLK Blvd at Broadway
Port Richmond Trail Alignment at the Tioga Marine Terminal
In other TIGER news the Port Richmond Trail has been put out for bid with construction slated to begin in late summer or early fall. The project follows Allegheny and Delaware Avenues next to the Tioga Marine Terminal and will be part of the East Coast Greenway. This only leaves the complex Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk project on the drawing board.