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The Circuit Trails are gathering steam! The Circuit Coalition has launched a new campaign to gain support for reaching 500 completed miles of Circuit Trails by 2025.  Since late 2016, over twenty communities in the nine counties that are home to Circuit Trails have adopted public resolutions expressing support of the goal of completing 500 miles of trails by 2025.

This week, Haverford Township and the City of Chester were among the latest in the region to adopt a resolution praising the public benefits of trails and backing the goal of filling out the Circuit network with an additional 180 miles over the next eight years. With 320 miles currently built, the Circuit Trails are already forming the backbone of an alternative transportation network for the region. 500 miles by 2025 would be a major milestone toward the ultimate goal of reaching 750 interconnected trail miles by 2040.

The following municipalities have adopted resolutions:

  • Camden County:
    • Stratford
    • Audubon
    • Somerdale
    • Laurel Springs
    • Magnolia
    • Lindenwold
    • Haddon Heights
    • Clementon
    • Hi-Nella
    • Merchantville
  • Bucks County:
    • Chalfont
    • Doylestown
    • Bensalem
    • Perkasie
  • Delaware County:
    • Radnor
    • Upper Darby
    • Marcus Hook
    • Haverford
    • Chester
  • Montgomery County:
    • Upper Dublin
    • Upper Providence

A team of volunteers from partner organizations of the Circuit Coalition throughout the Delaware Valley are working in their communities to increase public support for the Circuit and bring the voices of trail lovers into meetings of local governments.   If you have connections to community groups or municipal government in your town, why not try to make yours the next community to adopt a pro-trails resolution? A sample resolution is available for use and modification, along with a sample cover letter to municipal government, at the Circuit Trails Resource Library.  Are you interested in joining them? Send us an email at intern2@bicyclecoalition.org if you are interested in becoming involved.

We will be posting updates on this campaign in the coming months.

Sarah Clark Stuart

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Sarah’s foray into trail and bicycle advocacy began in 2004 when she became involved in the “Free Schuylkill River Park” campaign to preserve public access to the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City, now known as Schuylkill Banks. Since joining the Bicycle Coalition in 2006, she has been a key player in the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments: the $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects; Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and coordinating research and analysis of several reports on bicycling in Philadelphia.