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County Approves Bike Trail Plan

Bucks County's Bicycle Task Force now will help municipalities implement the county-wide comprehensive plan.

Imagine being able to hop on a ten-speeder in Bristol and work your way around Bensalem, up to Newtown, through Doylestown, detouring into Warminster and eventually ending up in Quakertown, all while traveling on either shared roadways or bike trails. 

This vision of an interconnected network of bike trails that weaves a web all around Bucks County gained the unanimous approval of the Bucks County Commissioners Wednesday morning.

"This would be a great asset for Bucks," said Rob Loughery, who was re-appointed chairman of the commissioners on Monday.

With the plan approved, it's now time to implement it throughout the county's 54 municipalities. That's where a Bucks County Task Force hopes to step in.

Formed in 2008, the 10 members of the Bucks County Bicycle Task Force formulated a comprehensive plan for a county-wide network of bike paths and facilities that would make bike travel around Bucks easier and more attractive.

According to the 200+ page master plan, the county came up with the blueprint, but it's up to individual townships or boroughs to put the pieces together at their own reasonable speed.

"To be able to achieve this long range vision," the plan says, "the foundation for the overall bicycle network will need to be developed by the local municipalities through defining and implementing their own municipal or multi-municipal bicycle master plan."

The members of the task force developed a toolkit, or guidelines and resources for the municipalities and their planning commissions to use while formulating development plans. Wider shoulders, more shared use signs and smoother paths are just a few of the recommendations that city planners are advised to keep in mind.

The trail plan created 12 major spines, or paths, that would serve as the backbone for the network, with smaller subdivisions, or spokes, sprinkled along the way. Of those 12, the task force identified three that they feel are high-priority projects:

  • A Doylestown/New Hope Connector that will provide a link between the end of the new Route 202 Parkway and New Hope, creating a cross country bike route in Central Bucks.
  • A Levittown/Woodbourne Connector that would link the Levittown and Woodbourne SEPTA stations, providing a critical bicycle route for Lower Bucks County.
  • Quakertown Trail which would connect to Lehigh County through the Saucon Rail Trail.

The task force also plans to forge partnerships with organizations that can help educate the public and generate excitement and interest in the bike trail network.

The study cites several bike groups that already exist in and around the county, including the Central Bucks Bicycle Club and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The economic, environmental and physical advantages of the activity has helped create more interest in recreational bicycling, the study says.

"If bicycling is to become widespread throughout Bucks County," the study says, "a move must be made to make the County a more bicycle friendly environment, including improved and additional facilities, additional bicycle amenities and increased education and safety opportunities."

the truth January 11, 2013 at 03:39 AM
DJ calm down , take a breathe, your last post was babble. I struck a nerve didn"t I .. perhaps you should let it out.. its ok to cry. we wont judge you
FRANK January 11, 2013 at 03:46 AM
Attn:cyclist please be alert for oversized loads, I Drive oversize loads throughout the county and always tap the horn to alert the riders that we are coming,We always need the whole road and shoulder , Most riders will pull of into a driveway and let us by. Others just keep going. Wear Bright safety clothing and move to a safe place far off the road when you see an oversize load. We have special permits and the right to be on the road just as anyone else. Be Safe Enjoy your sport! Thanks
Michael Rubillo January 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Frank, I know most of the riders in our group ride single file, try to stay off major roads, and stick to back roads but when it is necessary to ride on a more heavily trafficked road it is nice to know there are drivers that will work together with us to make both driving and cycling safer in general. So thank you for the warning when you approach.
Mike January 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Unless I'm missing something, it looks like Fran "Idiot" Kealy must have realized his insensitive, uninformed, troll-like comments were bad for business.
Carlos Depp January 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Good luck with that request Frank. And to you Mike my apologies not all of us are idiots but the few that are speak volumes for the rest of us (the douch bags know who thay are) Thay are the same ones that run the hammer lane 5 under and wont yield even though you flash your lights. Come on dude I know thay piss you off your human a? I do pedal in the woods as well as the road that makes me a bad person? Thing is I dont during deer season just not a safe or smart thing to do even though I have every legal right to be there. When I ride for exercise or pleasure and I dont ride to work as I doubt in reality many of us do I try to pick rides that are safe and challenging and there are lots of them in bucks that dont invite risk. My family deserves no less of me As for the paved trail VS the bike lane time will tell. I say the first fatality given the same visual profile will be the cyclists in the bike lane not the woman pushing the baby stroller in the crosswalk. Thay call them blind spots for a reason. Oh by the way Jole I think I read your book wasnt it called YO LOOK AT ME--->>> no over here
Bill C January 11, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Two questions. How much and who is going to pay for it? Tax payers. Why not have a referendum? Lets see how many tax payers in the county want to pay for this project.
NS January 11, 2013 at 01:56 PM
It will be a legacy for sure, in the form of unfunded obligations.
NS January 11, 2013 at 02:00 PM
My experience is that bikers do not feel obligated to move over and just wait till you cross over the double yellow to pass them. The roads in my neighborhood have no shoulders and are very dangerous for two cars sometimes, and having a group of 10+ bikers only exacerbates the problem.......stick to the tow path!
NS January 11, 2013 at 02:01 PM
$ rules, and we are the cheapest country to pass a law in........thank you PAC's....
ed weis January 11, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Fight $5 a gallon gas BIKE!
the truth January 11, 2013 at 09:45 PM
fight $5.00 a gallon. Are you crazy? Ed don't you realize most of the federal grant money for bicycling comes from the over inflated gas tax's. I thought this was taught in cycling 101. Gues I'm wrong again.
NS January 14, 2013 at 04:00 AM
7 jokers riding in two groups today on Brownsburg, two groups 3 across and the guy out front alone and in the middle of the road. Can you say roadkill?????
Jennifer Patterson January 14, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Why don't they look into using the old abandoned railways that sit unused as bike/walk trails. They are safer than riding on busy roads especially when you have children in tow.
submit.to.st.rep January 14, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Just a thought If ya want to ride with the big guys and have all the advantages of the road than perhaps its time to carry the nessary insurance , regestration , and pass a test as it pertains to biking. If I have to share a roadway with you you should pay for its upkeep and be prepared to pay for any violation or accident you cause
Jane January 14, 2013 at 08:02 PM
"If I have to share a roadway with you you should pay for its upkeep...." We all pay for the upkeep of roads and other infrastructure via taxes. If you're getting charged a fee every time you hop on 611, 202, 309 or other local roads, you're the only one. Maybe you are as dumb as this comment makes you seem...
Jane January 14, 2013 at 08:04 PM
That's why they call it Pennsyltucky I guess!
the truth January 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Jane I don' agree with your facts. most monies for biking comes from federal grants. these grants are funded by a gasoline tax, conveniently named transportation enhancements, or tea. these monies are taken out of each states federal highway funds. So If only around 1 -2% of the Pa residents ride a bike as their means of transportation, they are basically getting a free ride because they do not purchase gasoline licenses, registration, insurance inspection tolls etc.. Basically cyclist receive more than they put in. Hence my earlier posts referring to the 1%cyclists and the 99% everyone else.
Jane January 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM
The comment I responded to was in response to "roadway" upkeep, not "monies for biking" (whatever those are). An uncited assertion that 1-2% of PA residents bike without using an automobile, ever, seems astounding. I don't buy that by a long shot. Live up to your "name", and prove it. And if 1-2% do, PLEASE MORE! They're doing us a favor. Putting less crummy emissions in the air, requiring less highway upkeep (don't even try to tell me that a bike damages a roadway as much as a car, that's a joke of a thought!), increasing their overall health, etc. Hey, let's reduce the need to keep building bigger and bigger parking garages, how much did that ugly behemoth cost?
Jane January 14, 2013 at 11:29 PM
What is a gasoline license? Or an insurance inspection toll? I'm 10+ year driver and I've never paid either of those. Sounds like you're using the anatomy you sit on to read and respond in this dialogue, too much carbon monoxide in the brain. Go get some exercise!
the truth January 15, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Jane Jane Jane ,the truth hurts doesn"t it. Have you read the bucks county bicycle plan? . It was written by zealots like you and Its filled with facts like the 1-2 percenters. driving 10 years with out buying gas or having a drivers license or having your car inspected or paying road tolls or insurance? or, are you just correcting my grammer ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,lol
Jane January 15, 2013 at 01:37 AM
What truth? You haven't given any, or even answered basic questions.
the truth January 15, 2013 at 01:48 AM
try reading more and posting less you just may learn something. google the following bucks county bicycle plan map 21 bill tea grants the truth is there but it will require some work other than pedaling you brains out.
Jane January 15, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Try answering the question and changing the subject less and you might sneak by with a teeny squiggle of credibility. It might require some work other than talking out your rear end.
Jane January 15, 2013 at 01:53 AM
P.S., I don't even own a bike. I'm just allergic to your kind nonsense.
the truth January 15, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Jane please don' talk to me until your homework is done . Go to room
the truth January 15, 2013 at 01:57 AM
my bad, thats go to your room.
Jane January 15, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Guess that's a "no can do" on the credibility thing. I couldn't be less surprised! When you can't answer a question, infantilize the woman who backed you into a corner. Thanks for playing "Putz of the Day!"
the truth January 15, 2013 at 02:12 AM
word
DJ January 15, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Awesome way to make your point. Your word is stupid. Once again dazzled by the brilliance of the truth. Word.
amills4964 February 25, 2013 at 08:28 PM
glad that the county approved this. trails are good excercise. moneY is tight in many towns tho. cannt imagine much of this will go past planning stages. Doylestown/New Hope wood be very good.

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