Bicycle Coalition

If you’re a cyclist who enjoys riding on Kelly Drive (and, really, who doesn’t?), then you know how annoying it can be to continue along the Schuylkill River Trail through Manayunk. That could change soon.

Currently, people who use the Schuylkill River Trail and Kelly Drive for commuting or recreation run into an awkward spot between where Kelly Drive ends and the Manayunk Towpath begins.

The awkwardness means either riding on the sidewalk for a short period (this is actually largely inevitable), or waiting at the crosswalk on Ridge Avenue, then taking a lane of traffic to get onto Main Street Manayunk before turning onto the Towpath. As I’ve been told before about this transition, it sucks. (Disclaimer: I agree with this assessment.)

Well, help may be on the way.

On Monday, October 30, there will be a public meeting to discussing what’s being called the Wissahickon Gateway Project which, if all goes accordingly, could create a situation where cyclists do not have to ride on the street – at all – to get from Kelly Drive to the Manayunk Towpath and continue on the Schuylkill River Trail, among a list of other improvements to the area.

Monday’s meeting will be about the Wissahickon Gateway Plan, a 12-month study to coordinate immediate and long-term improvements in the area. The project will consider new development, transportation, safety upgrades, trail connections, waterfront access, and environmental constraints.

The meeting will be held at the Gustine Recreation Center at 4868 Ridge Avenue at 6:30pm.

Interested in attending? RSVP on Facebook here.

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