Philadelphia Steps up Bike Path Plans

Posted: Nov. 23rd, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Planned bike trail extension location
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In a move meant to increase the interconnectivity of the Philadelphia region's bike paths, a new 1.1-mile addition to the scenic travel routes has been proposed. The addition would simultaneously resolve several issues not the least of which is biker convenience: the new route is expected to increase visitors to Bartrams's Garden on top of increasing the exposure and therefore risk of using of an until now hidden away spot frequently used for illegal dumping.

Standing in scruffy grass at the water's edge, you can see Center City skyscrapers stretch toward the clouds, while farther south, massive oil-storage tanks loom like metallic moons.

Not many people get to see the city this way, but that may be about to change.

Mayor Nutter and Parks Department officials are proposing a 1.1-mile trail to be known as Bartram's Mile that would link the east side of the river to the west and continue on that side of the Schuylkill.

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