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On a mild winter Saturday morning, Bicycle Coalition staff and volunteers met with an engaged group of local advocates, Steve Beckley of the Delaware County Planning Department, and Delaware County Councilman Kevin Madden to explore the future southern section of the Chester Creek Trail in Aston Township.
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We started at the southern terminus of the Chester Creek trail in Middletown Township, crossing several abandoned rail bridges and innumerable fallen trees and other obstacles to get a sense of where the new section of trail will go in Aston Township.  The trail alignment mostly follows the Chester Creek and has one road crossing (Dutton Mills Road).  This current segment will end where Bridgewater Road meets Creek Road.

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You can see the trail’s segment and its place on the Circuit at

This project is a result of the hard working non-profit, Friends of the Chester Creek Trail Branch, initiated by visionary founder Mike Fusco, which started in 1994 to advocate for the conversion of the unused Chester Creek Branch rail line (destroyed by Hurricane Agnes in 1972) into a multipurpose trail.  After many years, the first section was opened in late 2016, though sadly Mike did not live to see its completion.  Delaware County Planning Department is the trail development sponsor and recently signed a contract with Wilson Consulting Group to design the nearly 2-mile trail segment that will extend the current trail.
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To view all of the photos from our great trail walk, click here.

Sarah Clark Stuart


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.

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