There will be a Schuylkill River Trail Watch meeting on Thursday at 6:00 to 7:30pm at Lloyd Hall to discuss the future of a watch group that patrols the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia.

The idea for a watch meeting came about after four teens were arrested after allegedly assaulting someone near the trail last week.

Physical and verbal attacks have gone up in the last year or so, and have been a big problem for people trying to use the trail for recreation. The Bicycle Coalition was involved in talks last fall amongst many community groups, the Philadelphia Police, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose districts covers the Schuylkill Banks.

Runners and cyclists recently told ABC News that the attacks went down after police “beefed up patrols” in the fall.

The meeting, co-hosted by the Bicycle Coalition, Councilman Johnson, Run215, Town Watch Integrated Services, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation and the Center City Residents’ Association, will be an informal gathering where we will discuss how walkers, runners, and cyclists can join the newly-created Schuylkill Trail Watch Program.

The combined goal: Improve safety and eliminate fear and harassment on the trail.

The Bicycle Coalition’s presence will be, in part, to inform and sign up Bicycle Coalition members for the Trail Watch.

Check out the flier from Councilman Johnson’s office, pasted below:


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