300 miles are now complete
The Circuit grew in 2014 through the opening of the following trails:
Eleven Ribbon Cuttings/Trail Openings
Number of Viewers/Readers Reached:
**Huffington Post Viewership: 54,657,952**
Estimated Advertising Value:
**Does not include Huffington Post advertising value**
*All readership, unique viewers and advertising equivalency numbers are estimates based on the best available data
50 Miles in Progress
Circuit Trails in the 9 county region were awarded $13.2 million in federal, state and local funding.
400 Miles to Go
We expect the following trails in the coming years to open:
Periodically, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) issues a four year capital transportation budget (Transportation Improvement Program or TIP) for the five Pennsylvania counties. It provides detail on which transportation projects will be funded using a combination of federal, state and local dollars.
The Circuit Coalition has been urging the DVRPC to dedicate more funding to Circuit projects. In February 2014, the Circuit Coalition delivered 2000 postcards and petition signators who called for more funding of the Circuit.
The Draft Pennsylvania TIP does contain funding for nine Circuit trail projects. But, the amount of funding dedicated to those projects over a four year period is only 0.9% of the total TIP budget. DVRPC did commit an additional $1M toward the Circuit in Year 2018.
While DVRPC deserves to be commended for committing an additional funding toward the Circuit, we also need to encourage the region to make a larger investment in future years. There are 61 Circuit projects in the five Southeastern PA counties that need design and construction funding and many of them will need to be placed onto the TIP in the coming years. If the Circuit is going to be fully built out over the next 25 years, more funding needs to be dedicated for trail segments.
DVRPC is accepting public comments on the draft Pennsylvania TIP by June 30th. Please take a moment to submit a comment to DVRPC calling for additional funding in the future in order to successfully build out the Circuit by 2040.
Since May of 2012, 33 MILES OF TRAIL WERE CONSTRUCTED.
In 2013, the following trail segments were celebrated with ribbon cuttings:
There are at least 60 MILES OF TRAIL ARE IN PROGRESS. In 2013, over $7.5 million in new funding was announced for Circuit trails.
There are 407 MILES LEFT TO GO. In June, the Circuit Coalition launched the Circuit Commitment campaign to secure $10 Million (to be spent over a three year period) to replenish DVRPC’s regional trail fund.
The Circuit Coalition held two Circuit Caucuses in June that were attended by over 100 trail enthusiasts. Since then, the Coalition has garnered:
2013 CIRCUIT MILESTONES
LOOKING TOWARDS 2014
By Steve Tawa
November 10, 2013 4:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The William Penn Foundation’s $10-million grant to design and construct trails in the Philadelphia region has run its course. Now, advocates are looking to tap other resources to continue building out the network.
Dozens of non-profit groups that form ‘The Circuit Coalition’ are trying to make the case that the regional trail network is a worthy investment. The just expired Penn Foundation grant funded 40 different projects.
The Circuit is their grand plan for a 750-mile regional trail network in the five county Philadelphia area and four more in South Jersey.
Sarah Clark Stuart is policy director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
She says, “we would like the board of the Delaware Valley regional planning commission to consider putting a very, very small portion – .2 percent – of their capital funds into this dedicated trail fund.”
The coalition is asking decision makers at the DVRPC to set aside about $3 million a year for regional trail development out of the $1.4-billion the Philadelphia region spends annually on highways and mass transit.
Circuit Ribbon Cutting Events
Lawrence Hopewell Trail - October 1st
Port Richmond Trail – October 29th
Circuit Trail Meetings
East-West Park Community Vision Meeting – October 2
Tedx Phoenixville - October 5th
Kayak, Riverboat Tours & Movie Nights
Secrets of the Schuylkill Riverboat Tour (one hour) – October 5, 17, 19, 24
Schuylkill Riverboat Tour to Bartram's Garden (three hours) – October 6, 20
Rides & Runs & Walks
Cobbs Creek 5 K – October 12th
Historic Bristol Day & Bike Tour – October 19th
Get Your Tail on the Trail - October 26th
Safe Crossings for Eastern Pennsylvania – October 2nd
Trail Tuesdays on Cynwyd Trail – October 22nd
Haven't yet signed a postcard or lent your voice to trail advocacy? Here's where you can find Circuit materials this weekend.
As part of the Circuit Coalition's campaign to secure $10 million for trail planning and construction, we are going out to different trails around the region over the next few weekends to ask people to fill out a postcard with a brief comment about why they support building the Circuit.
We will be collecting postcards throughout September and then will deliver them to County Commissioners and Freeholders in each of the nine counties in the Delaware Valley region in October and November when we ask for their support to make an allocation of $10 million to a regional trail fund through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Cooper River Trail - September 7th (Camden County Boathouse - - time TBD)
Scenic Schuylkill Century (Lloyd Hall) - September 8th
Chester Valley Trail (East Whiteland Township) - September 21st (time TBD)
Route 202 - (September 28th time TBD)
A new plan adopted by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has big impliations for connecting The Circuit.
On July 30th the DVRPC Board adopted Connections 2040 Plan for Greater Philadelphia. Connections 2040 is the long-range plan for the future growth and development of the DVRPC region. The plan includes land use, environmental, economic competitiveness, and transportation strategies, and puts forth a vision for investing in our transportation system.
The DVRPC plan looks ahead 25 years, and by law it must update that plan every 5 years. A key component of these plans is the list of major regional projects, which are the plan's largest and most significant set of identified projects. To accommodate The Circuit DVRPC created a new sub-category called "major regional bicycle and pedestrian projects." According to the plan there is enough funding available (based on current projections) to pay for about 75% of The Circuit by 2040 ($128M for PA and $99M for NJ).
The inclusion of The Circuit in this group of projects is a big win; the long-range plan has in effect set a target for investment. This makes the goals for the Circuit Committment campaign ($10M over the next 3 years) seem quite modest. But in reality most of the "shovel ready" trail projects are already in the pipeline for development. What is needed now is a big project design push to accellerate trail development over the next decade.
Using some "Burma Shave" signs to help lure trail users over to our table, volunteer Glenn Davis and I got 40+ postcards signed last night at the Schuylkill Banks movie night! Thanks to Josh Nims, Zoe Axelrod, Danielle Gray and Joe Syrnick for their assistance and support. Glenn was a super volunteer; thank you Glenn! And a special thanks to Russell Meddin of Bike Share Philadelphia for helping me put the Burma Shave signs together. It was a great evening and a lot of fun to talk to people about the Circuit Commitment campaign. Anyone willing to volunteer to get postcards filled out or borrow the Burma Shave signs to use themselves some weekend on their favorite trail, please ! To see the images of the set up, check out this little gif animation.
In late June, two Circuit Caucus meetings were held in Harverford and Pennsawken to launch the Circuit Commitment Campaign. Over 70 people attended the caucus meeting in the beautiful Haverford Recreation and Environmental Center and over 40 attended the meeting at the Camden County Boathouse.
The purpose of this new campaign is to secure more funding for the Circuit. The Circuit Coalition is collecting signatures and letters of support, and distributing postcards, in preparation for meetings with county commissioners (PA) and county freeholders (NJ). In those meetings, The Circuit Coalition will ask for support in its request that the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) allocate $10 million to new Circuit trail projects.
This DVRPC funding is especially important because the $10 million allotted by the William Penn Foundation in 2011 for trails is running out this year. That allocation provided critical funding for over 30 trail projects in the region – trail projects most every regular trail user has enjoyed at some point in the past 3 years.
The beauty of The Circuit is that it goes everywhere, connecting what once was a fractured series of trails into a network. Local trail advocates and trail groups can help trails in their region by taking these actions to help The Circuit Commitment Campaign:
3. Secure a letter of support from a local business or a resolution from a municipality. We have sample letters of support drafted for each county and a sample resolution.
4. Publish this 400 word story about the campaign in your newsletter;
Diverse and demonstrated support from trail groups and users in many communities will be critical in securing the funding necessary to build more sections of The Circuit.