Montco unveils new bike trail plan to provide low-stress cycling option

Plan focuses on the recreational cyclist as well as the commuter

Jim Melwert
June 20, 2018 - 12:38 pm
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Montgomery County officials unveiled Bike Montco, a long-term plan designed to offer as many residents as possible a safe and low-stress cycling option. 

Montgomery County officials bragged about the trail network, but Matt Edmond, section chief of transportation for the Montgomery County Planning Commission, said like most residents in the county, if he wants to take his family for a ride on the trial, he has to load all their bikes into a car.

"If I and the residents of Montgomery County can simply leave their house and get to the trail without ever having to use their car, that would be the most ideal situation," he explained.

Edmond noted while the county has one of the best trails systems in the area, cycling on roads in the county can be nerve-racking.

"We know that we have people who like to ride in traffic and we have people who want to be as far away from traffic as possible," he added. "I think we've successfully made a plan that considers both of them."

He said one key focus of the Bike Montco plan is to identify roads where bike lanes would offer a low-stress connection to trails for the most residents. The plan also targets schools, transit and towns, as well as wealthy and low-income areas.

Edmund said in designing the plan, they made sure they focused on the recreational cyclist as well as the commuter. 

"In a county like ours where you have old homes near the roads and old villages and people have a lot of private property, there just isn't a whole lot of room to work with," Edmond continued. "So we want our plan to make sure it has other opportunities."