This blog is part of our year-end “Why We’re Thankful” series, highlighting the Bicycle Coalition’s—and your—accomplishments of 2014.
Opened to the public on October 2, the Schuylkill Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long concrete pathway along the Schuylkill River shoreline from Locust Street another four blocks south to connect to the South Street Bridge.
Great cities build great pieces of infrastructure and Philadelphia should take great pride in the Schuylkill Boardwalk. The Boardwalk could not have happened without a TIGER grant the Bicycle Coalition and Pennsylvania Environmental Council helped the City win in 2010. That grant contributed $10 million toward making the construction possible. And that’s not all: We’re really excited for what the future holds on the Boardwalk. The eventual plan there is to connect the trail all the way down to Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia.
Construction also began on the closed Manayunk Bridge, with the eventual goal of turning it into a pedestrian and bicycle path, connected Manayunk to Montgomery County.
But wait, there’s more! Here’s a handy list of trail groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings and non-ceremonial openings the Coalition has been part of this year:
Chester Valley Trail
Schuylkill River Trail West*
Lawrence Hopewell Trail
Chester Valley Trail (2)
Neshaminy Creek Trail
Destination Peace Valley Trail*
Poquessing Creek Trail*
*Not official Circuit segments
Kinkora Trail Springfield section (Burlington County, NJ)
Baldwins Run Trail (Camden)
Yellow Springs Trail (Valley Forge)
The Bicycle Coalition and the people of the Greater Philadelphia area couldn’t have made these accomplishment happen—or any of our accomplishments, for that matter—without your help. We need your participation to continue our work in 2015 and beyond. So, if you’re not yet, consider becoming a member of the Bicycle Coalition by clicking the below button.