Saturday, July 03, 2004

Future of trails focus of Upper Merion meeting (King of Prussia Courier)

UPPER MERION - Last Tuesday, the township held a meeting that provided preliminary information plans for bike and walking trails.
The meeting incorporated interaction with local residents culminating in physically highlighting streets and areas on maps that prompted their concerns for walking and biking in Upper Merion.

Robert P. Thomas, architect and trail designer of Campbell, Thomas & Co. in Philadelphia, began the meeting with an overview of the intentions and concerns of the bike and walking trails.

"We have a lot of sidewalks; they're just not all connected," said Thomas, the architect who, in several months, will produce a $56,000 report concerning the bike trails in Upper Merion Township.

Many major roads, such as Route 202, Henderson Road and Allendale Road, pose problems for future bike paths. Measures like possibly building a bridge over 202, might be the answer; however, plans at this stage are preliminary and subject to change.

Some other activities to encourage bicycling in the Township will be a bike trip across Upper Merion Township Sunday, July 18, and Bike ED Road 1 bike safety classes to be held in the fall, consult David Broida at 610-265-1071 or by e-mail at

the township will hold a bike ride at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 18, starting at the Upper Merion Township Building.