The future seems both safe and smooth for seasoned bicyclists and those looking to start pedaling. On Monday, March 14, Mayor Nutter announced his Fairmount Bikeway Improvement Project. By this June, significant improvements are set to be made for the Fairmount Bikeway trail, which connects Kelly Drive to the lower Wissahickon and the Schuykill River Trail to Valley Forge, according to a report on City of Philadelphia.
Some details on the enhancements include: a widening of the existing recreation path to improve access along the Schuylkill Trail, upgrades to the existing parking area and safety improvements that will separate pedestrians and bicyclists from traffic that accesses the parking lot.
The plan will be somewhat costly ($1.1 million) but will be well worth the investment. According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, bicyclists travel 260,000 miles a day in Philadelphia on 75,000 bike trips, and over the years, bicycling has become an increasingly popular choice for transportation.
We can get around easier and get healthier in the process -- Just another reason we all can’t wait for summer!