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June 5, 2004 | By Don Sapatkin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Riding the Schuylkill River Trail is like taking a trip by rail. Just add the sweat. Over its 23 miles (and growing), the paved bike path travels from woods to suburbia, town to city, meandering in and out of eyesight of the river that at one time symbolized great industrial power. The trail largely follows old rail lines, which themselves followed old canals dug to haul coal to port. Even when the river is hidden from view, that loading-dock feeling comes from cycling past a steel mill and sewage treatment plant, big construction projects and crumbling warehouses.
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June 20, 2009 | By Liz Wagner INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Though the welt on cyclist Brenda Miller's right cheek has healed since she was attacked two weeks ago, her confidence in the Norristown stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail will take longer to mend. "It will be a long time before I feel OK riding by there," she said. Miller, 49, was riding the path alone at 7:30 p.m. June 3 when five to seven red-shirted youths, estimated to be 16 to 18 years old, spread across the path as she approached. When she picked up speed to try to ride through them, one stepped into the trail and punched her. She rode to the Norristown Transportation Center and called police.
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August 12, 2013 | BY JESSICA GLAZER, Daily News Staff Writer glazerj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5915
CONSTRUCTION ON the eagerly awaited boardwalk extension of the Schuylkill Banks trail is chugging along, with its slated completion date of August 2014 mostly intact. Weather delays this winter, however, could add a month or two to the contraction timeline, said Lane Fike, director of capital programs at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. "They have to pour the concrete on the deck, and that is dependent on weather," he explained. "We're pretty happy with the progress.
NEWS
December 7, 2011
THE NATION'S railroad and highway systems are the arteries of the nation's economy, and they drive, so to speak, civilization as we know it. Both were built in such a different age, it's hard to imagine any transit networks left to create. Unless, that is, you own a bike or like to walk, and then you know that a growing system of trails throughout the country -as well as this region - has a similar potential to change life as we know it by connecting communities and cities, with new ways for people to get from points A to B. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission recognizes this and is trying to give a common identity to the many trail systems here, including the Schuylkill River Trail, the Cooper River Trail and the East Coast Greenway, with a cash-prize contest to name the trail network.
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June 12, 1996 | By Louis S. Hansen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Cyclists with large lungs and iron legs will have a new challenge to pedal in Montgomery County. The county commissioners expect to approve plans tomorrow night for the construction of a 17-mile bike path from Pennsburg to Oaks, where it will connect with the Schuylkill River Trail and complete a continuous 50-mile run from Center City Philadelphia to the borough of Pennsburg. The cinder trail will wind north along the bed of the dormant Perkiomen Rail Line, on the banks of the Perkiomen Creek.
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February 13, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County commissioners said yesterday that they support a $16.4 million plan that would build 29 more miles of recreational trails in the county over four years. The plan features links to existing trails, city-suburb connections, and creation of trail loops. Construction is expected to begin this spring. Steven L. Nelson, the county's deputy chief operating officer for policy planning, presented the plan, which shows future trails jutting from and circling the Perkiomen Trail and Schuylkill River Trail.
NEWS
June 3, 2010 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid panoramic vistas and sultry air thick with the scent of honeysuckle, officials Wednesday celebrated three projects related to the preservation of the Schuylkill Highlands, a premier Southeastern Pennsylvania landscape. The addition of nearly 300 acres to French Creek State Park will facilitate the construction of a hiking and biking trail that connects to the Schuylkill River Trail, ultimately linking Philadelphia to Berks County and beyond. Calling the Highlands area "a jewel," Molly K. Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust, said the acquisition of two farms, one of which had been slated for development, would not have occurred without multiple state and local agencies "pulling at the oars.
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March 17, 2005 | By Larry Fish INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the advent of better weather, bikers and joggers can begin enjoying the first segment of one of Montgomery County's most difficult-to-build links in its ambitious trail program. The first mile or so of the Cross County Trail has opened in Plymouth Township, mostly along Chemical Road and through an area dominated by Ikea and other big-box retailers. When completed, the $6.3 million Cross County is designed to link the much longer Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek trails.
NEWS
July 30, 2009 | By Liz Wagner INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County authorities found what they called a bicycle chop shop at the home of a teenager whom they charged with assault after a confrontation on the Schuylkill River Trail last week ended in gunfire. The boy, a 17-year-old from Norristown who was not identified, was charged yesterday in juvenile court with simple assault and was held pending a disposition hearing. A week earlier, police said, Joseph James DePaul Jr., 27, of Norristown, reported firing six shots from a semiautomatic pistol at two teenagers who he said had harassed and assaulted him on the trail in Plymouth Township.
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February 13, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
The popular Schuylkill River Trail, which over the last year has suffered occasional spikes in crime, winds about 10 miles through Philadelphia. "It's a long stretch," said Capt. Ray Convery, commander of the Ninth Police District in Center City. "We can't be everywhere. " So city officials are looking for vigilant trail users to help improve safety conditions. At a meeting Thursday on Boathouse Row, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson sought volunteers to join a new Schuylkill River Trail Watch.
NEWS
February 7, 2016
The Schuylkill River Trail reopened from Chestnut to Locust Streets earlier this week as the water portion of a diesel-fuel spill cleanup has concluded, authorities said Friday. U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen said 1,300 gallons of oil were vacuumed up from the Schuylkill. He said some oil was also cleaned up by "absorbent pads" and "booms" in the river, but that amount is hard to quantify. Cleanup efforts are now shifting to the land, particularly from the source of the oil spill, a generator at 2400 Market Street, to the area by the CSX railroad tracks.
NEWS
February 7, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Police said Friday that they had arrested two teenagers in connection with an armed robbery this week on the Schuylkill River Trail, and are investigating whether they were responsible for other assaults on the popular pathway. The boys, 16 and 17, are facing charges that include aggravated assault, robbery, theft, and related crimes in Wednesday night's attack on a 38-year-old man, police said. The victim told police he was walking north on the trail just before 9 p.m. when four teenagers on bicycles approached him near Paine's Park, pointed handguns at him, and demanded money, his cellphone, and his bag. He handed over the phone, but was beaten and punched when he refused to unlock it, police said.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Manayunk Bridge dominates the view from the outdoor deck behind Gaily's Crazy Cow Cafe. The nearly 100-year-old bridge reopened Friday as a pedestrian and bicycle throughway connecting Lower Merion and Philadelphia. "I'm hoping they'll see me from the bridge and come down here," said Gaily Moore, the owner of the restaurant on Manayunk's Main Street. She is among business owners looking to the bridge to bring new customers. The proximity of Main Street shopping to the bridge has some envisioning Manayunk as the go-to shopping and eating destination for Lower Merion's Bala Cynwyd community.
NEWS
October 25, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Runners, cyclists, or just people enjoying a stroll or taking their dog for a walk along the Schuylkill River Trail have just one water faucet available to them north of Boathouse Row, and that one is way up there, near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge. That's about to change. The Philadelphia Water Department announced Friday that next spring, it will install four water stations on that popular stretch on the east side of the river, from Boathouse Row to East Falls. And these will not be your typical water fountains: They will be high-tech affairs, even if they will only dispense tap. The water stations will hold a traditional fountain, two spigots for refilling water bottles, and a bowl at ground level for pets.
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October 3, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THE $18 MILLION Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk opens today, so Philadelphians and their leashed dogs can "walk on water" from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Bike on water, too. Built out into the river parallel to the east bank, the 2,000-foot boardwalk experience is a heady mix of ducks and trucks, trees and breeze, cityscape and landscape, roadway and waterway, industrial and pastoral, trains and turtles, big sky and big city. Strolling along the city's newest people magnet yesterday, Joseph Syrnick, president/CEO of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, who has spent eight years guiding the project from drawing board to boardwalk, talked about the romance of the river.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
With a glistening river beside him and a lush treetop canopy above, Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, was in his nature-loving glory atop his Zurich LeMond road bike one spring day a couple of years ago, breezing along the Schuylkill River Trail, when two things of beauty caught his eye. They were signs on the fence of a restaurant on the other side of Kelly Drive, just west of the Route 1 overpass, in...
NEWS
February 19, 2014
What was once the site of a tank factory and a School District office building may soon be home to a 23-story research center for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. But the plans have raised good questions about how the neighborhood tucked on the Schuylkill's eastern bank below South Street should evolve. This is about more than one neighborhood, however. The broader issue is how development in any community should complement the city's comprehensive strategy to restore vitality to areas flirting with decay.
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November 15, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pedestrian ramp for the Ben Franklin Bridge, a former rail bridge over the Schuylkill in Manayunk, and a Burlington County trail are among 13 trails getting $4 million for design and construction, local officials said Wednesday. The trails are part of a 750-mile network being built for pedestrians and bicyclists in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. About 285 miles of trails in the network are built, and an additional 50 miles are in development, leaving about 415 miles to go. Trail advocates hope to complete the network within 20 years at a cost of $250 million.
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