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DVRPC low-stress connectivity, Norristown area

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce our newest initiative: Technical Assistance for Suburban Circuit Communities, aka “TASCC.” This strategic effort is being established to aid suburban local activists and decision-makers who want to connect their community to The Circuit, our region’s 800+ mile network of multi-use trails.

When The Circuit is complete, it will connect to communities all over our 9-county region. As extensive as it will be, most townships and boroughs will still lack safe routes connecting their residents to Circuit Trails.

The TASCC program seeks to remedy this situation by providing technical assistance to local communities so that they can identify “low stress connections” to the nearest Circuit segment. These interventions can vary from something as simple as signing and mapping an existing connection via side roads to more complex interventions involving bike/ped infrastructure improvements to key roadways and intersections.

When complete, each project will give its host community a viable proposal for a safe on-road connection that can be pursued either at the county, PennDOT District level (through resurfacing projects or capital projects) and state/federal levels (via multimodal, TAP applications and other funding sources). These new connections will increase access to nature and recreation, but also enhance the region’s vast bike and ped transportation network.

This program will be administered by our Regional Planner, Leonard Bonarek. If you’d like to learn more about how to better connect your community to The Circuit, reach out to him: leonard@bicyclecoalition.org.

In the coming weeks, we’ll have a launch party. Stay tuned to the BCGP or Biking the Suburbs Facebook page/group for details.

Bicycle Coalition

Author

A graduate of the Restaurant School, Director of Development Alan Spooner began his culinary career in Philadelphia and New York, and then cooked his way out west. In Colorado he began biking the Boulder Creek Path to his job at the Bistro Morgul Bismark. When he moved to California, he worked as a pastry chef at the renown restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley and became a motorcyclist. One motorcycle crash and career change later, he began working at a non-profit in support of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.