This blog was originally posted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and reformatted here.

Back in October of last year, the Circuit Trails Action Team held the Rally for the Circuit Trails to announce the latest on the growing network of trails in the Greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey region. Each county held their Circuit Trails Virtual Evening Meetup where those who joined the call were informed on current trail status, what’s in progress and an overview of how they can get involved as a trail advocate by becoming a Circuit Citizen and Action Team Member.

This August, the Circuit Trails Action Team will be leading a Video Action Campaign by filming testimonies at the identified priority Circuit Trails throughout the region. In order to continue this effort to bring new connections along the trail network we need your help to urge County Commissioners and local governments involved for their support to receive federal funding. Below is a list of those events and where you can register to help advocate for trails in your county! Upon registration you’ll receive event details.

Missed the County Action Team evening meetup? See our Storymap presentations in the list below to see what we’ve been working towards to reach the short-term goal of completing 500 miles by 2025. Additionally, you can check out the recordings of the meetings to catch up on the latest actions by the Circuit Trails Coalition.

Bucks County

  • Event details: To help advance the growing network of trails join us in creating a short video that will highlight the importance of the Liberty Bell Trail and where we need support from the Bucks County Commissioners. By advocating for the Liberty Bell Trail’s advancement, we can take the connection from the Saucon Rail Trail in Lehigh County and the existing segment of trail from Veterans Park in Richland Township into Quakertown!
  • Register here for more details
  • Bucks County Storymap Presentation
  • Watch: Bucks County meeting

Burlington County

  • Event details: To help advance the growing network of trails in Burlington County you can enter our user-generated video contest that will highlight the importance of the Rancocas Creek Greenway Trail where we need support from the Burlington County Commissioners. By advocating for the advancement of the Rancocas Creek Greenway Trail, we can build the connection from the existing Pennington Park Trail across Rt 130 into Bridgeboro! 
  • Register here for guidelines on how to submit your video and enter the raffle to win a grand prize from a local bike shop
  • Burlington County Storymap Presentation

Camden County

  • Event details: To help advance the growing network of trails join us in creating a short video that will highlight the importance of completing the Burlington-Camden Trail in which we need support from local decision makers. By advocating for the advancement of Merchantville Trail, we can build new connections from Merchantville to Maple Shade! Plans to host a group bike ride are in the works. We will send a pre-planned route for those interested in participating in the group bike ride. Attendees are also welcomed to walk the trail if they prefer.
  • Register here for more details and a route update when the ride has been confirmed
  • Camden County Storymap Presentation
  • Watch: Camden County meeting

Chester County

  • Event details: To help advance the growing network of trails join us in creating a short video that will highlight the importance of the Chester Valley Trail in which we need support from the Chester County Commissioners and local governments. By advocating for the advancement of the Chester Valley Trail, we can connect the existing segment in Exton into the Chester Valley Trail Extension to Downingtown!
  • Register here for more details and a route update when the ride has been confirmed
  • Chester County Storymap Presentation
  • Watch: Chester County meeting

Delaware County

Gloucester County

  • Event details: To help advance the growing network of trails join us in creating a short video that will highlight the importance of the  Elephant Swamp Trail and where we need support from the Gloucester County Commissioners and local governments. By advocating for new connections to the existing Monroe Township Bike Path, we can bring additional connections from Monroe to Glassboro and into Monroeville!
  • Register here for guidelines on how to submit your video and enter the raffle to win a grand prize from a local bike shop
  • Gloucester County Storymap Presentation
  • Watch: Gloucester County meeting

Mercer County

Montgomery County

  • Event details: To help advance the growing network of trails join us in creating a short video that will highlight the importance of the Cross County Trail and where we need support from County Commissioners and local governments. By advocating for the advancement of the Cross County Trail, we can build new connections that one day will provide a seamless corridor through sections of Montgomery County!
  • Register here for more details and a route update when the ride has been confirmed.
  • Montgomery County Storymap Presentation

Philadelphia County

  • Event details: To help advance the growing network of trails join us in creating a short video that will highlight the importance of the Spring Garden Street Greenway in which we need support for design and construction funding. By advocating for the Spring Garden Street Greenway along the East Coast Greenway, we can build safer and more comfortable walking and biking connections in Center City from Pennsylvania Ave to Delaware Ave, linking the Schuylkill Banks to the Delaware River Trail!
  • Register here for more details and a route update when the ride has been confirmed.
  • Philadelphia Storymap Presentation
  • Watch: Philadelphia meeting

In addition to the overview of the Circuit Trails network for each county, DVRPC has a helpful map to show current status of trails in the region. Take a look at your neighborhood and see what trails can take you around the region. If you’re interested in getting involved become a Circuit Citizen for news and action alerts. As the Circuit Citizen community continues to grow we aim to inform those who are interested in supporting and advocating for the advancement of the Circuit Trails network.

For any questions for this event or information on how to get involved and next steps to build support for the trails contact: patrick@bicyclecoalition.org

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