PEC's regional trail efforts:
Did you know these biking facts?
- Secured $23 Million in federal transportation funding to construct seven urban multi-use trails and bike lanes in Philadelphia and three streetscape enhancement, bike lane and trail connection projects in Camden, adding 7.25 miles to the regional trail network.
- Raised an additional $1.9 Million in design, planning and construction
for 21.3 miles of the East Coast Greenway since 2006.
- Led the community-driven design of the 58th Street Greenway in Southwest Philadelphia that will connect the Schuylkill River Trail to the Cobbs Creek Trail and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Ribbon cutting scheduled for Spring 2013.
- Conceived the North Delaware Greenway along Philadelphia's
northeast Delaware Riverfront – four miles of trail are under construction and will be completed in 2014.
- Hosted the Active Transportation Summit in 2011 with Keynote
Speaker Mayor Nutter to galvanize political support for completing the regional trail network
- Co-Chair of the Circuit Coalition – an umbrella organization launched in 2012 to promote development of the Circuit, the region's 750 mile trail network
- Philadelphia has the highest rate of bicycle commuters of the ten largest cities in America - nearly double that of second place Chicago.
- The number of Philadelphia bicycle commuters increased 76%
between 1990 and 2006 – bicycling is the fastest-growing mode of transportation in the region
- Through the use of Southeastern Pennsylvania's parks and trails,
the region avoids a total of $199 million per year in direct medical costs.
- Over 800,000 people use the Schuylkill River Trail every year and support local businesses with $3.6 Million in local spending.
- In 2008, Western PA's Great Allegheny Passage (a trail that connects Pittsburg to Washington D.C.) generated $40.7 M in revenue for local businesses and attributed to $7.5 M in wages.
- More than 100 miles of trails are in development throughout