The Chester County Commissioners have signed a resolution endorsing the completion of the Circuit Trails network, a connected system of multi-purpose trails located in the Greater Philadelphia area that, when complete, will comprise more than 750 miles of trails in the region.
Chester County is the first of nine counties in the region to formally endorse the initiative, spearheaded by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. This action helps to support the coalition’s short-term goal of 500 miles of trails by 2025.
Specifically, Chester County’s Resolution #14-17, approved during last week’s Commissioners’ Public Meeting, “endorses completion of the Circuit Trails comprising over 750 miles of current and planned trails in Chester County and the region, and supporting the designation of the existing Schuylkill River Trail, Chester Valley Trail, Struble Trail, Brandywine Trail, Uwchlan Trail, and other trails to be added to the network within Chester County as ‘Circuit’ trails.”
“The development of trails is something that my fellow commissioners and I feel very strongly about, not just to promote physical activity, but to also encourage connectivity and alternative transportation,” said Michelle Kichline, Chair of the Commissioners.
“By now, most people recognize that trails are a wonderful source of recreation, but we know that they also add value to the properties adjacent to the trails, and play an important role in Chester County’s economic development strategy.”
Sarah Clark Stuart, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Chester County, offered thanks to the commissioners and the Chester County Planning Commission.
“We applaud you for taking the lead and passing this resolution,” she said. “It is partners that make it possible for us to build out the Circuit Trail system that connects people to their communities and to their work, and having a completed circuit trail network in our region distinguishes us as one of the most completed urban and suburban trail networks in the country.”
The Chester County Planning Commission will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, May 31 to present a feasibility study and master plan to extend the Chester Valley Trail west to Downingtown, and link with the Struble Trail and the East Branch Brandywine Trail.
The meeting will take place at 6:30 PM at the West Whiteland Township Building.
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