This past May we helped unveil The Circuit. The Circuit 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 highway 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 connectthecircuit.org, an ambitious map and information website for our 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:
- The Gray's Ferry Crescent
- Bartram's Garden
- Lardner's Point Park
- Manayunk Canal Towpath
- Camden's Farnham Park
- The Lawrence Hopewell Trail
- The Route 202 Parkway
- The Connector Bridge in Schuylkill River Park
Trails which broke ground in 2012:
- The Port Richmond Trail
- The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
- Several Camden TIGER projects
In all it was a terrific year for bicycle and pedestrian trails in our region. We encourage everyone to visit connectthecircuit.org to learn how you can help the next trail segments get built and find a new trail to walk, run, or ride in 2013.