Upcoming: The Schuylkill River Trail Shines

The Schuylkill River Trail encompasses 9 trail projects, adding up to over 67 miles worth of trail. It stretches from Delaware County to Montgomery County, providing a green corridor that connects urban and suburban neighborhoods to natural green spaces. And this weekend, all eyes (and wheels and feet) are on the Schuylkill.

This Saturday, June 19, the Bicycle Coalition and the Complete the Schuylkill River Trail Coalition will host a walk along sections of the Schuylkill River Trail that are under construction or "to be built" by 2012. Starting in Bartram's Garden, the walk will trace the future path of the trail over the Gray's Ferry Bridge to the newly constructed Dupont Crescent. There will be bus service back. For more information and to RSVP, click here. Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. in Bartram's Garden.

And on Sunday, June 20, Bike Freedom Valley has arrived! The ride follows the current Schuylkill River Trail from Lloyd Hall in Philadelphia to Valley Forge. Bike Freedom Valley—also sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition—is a fully supported ride with rest stops and snacks, as well as a commemorative Schuylkill River Trail map for all registrants. This is a non-competitive bike ride and is for all ages and levels.

If you already registered for Bike Freedom Valley, simply show up at Lloyd Hall to pick up your rider number. If you haven't registered, you can still do so online. Ride starts promptly at 7:45 a.m. at Lloyd Hall (1 Boathouse Row).