Mayor Luke Ravenstahl led a pack of bikers onto the Junction Hollow and Eliza Furnace trails today, after unveiling the final trail-finder sign, and called on Pittsburghers to take advantage of the City's 22 miles of riverfront trails.
The 89 trail-finding signs, paid for through a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant secured by Congressman Mike Doyle at a cost of $52,000, will direct cyclists and trail-goers to riverfront trail entrances and motorists to free trail-head parking lots. A similar set of signs will direct cyclists from Schenley to Frick Parks, connecting two of the City's major recreational assets.
"Our beautiful riverfronts are one of our Citys most valuable assets, and arguably, one of the most underused assets," Mayor Ravenstahl said. With signs reminding them of the healthy outdoor activities that exist in Americas Most Livable City, I hope to see more families on the trails this summer."
The unique, circular shaped signs were designed through a collaborative public/private partnership between the City, the Friends of the Riverfront, and the Riverlife Task Force.
Friends of the Riverfront, primary stewards of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, have worked tirelessly on Pittsburghs riverfront transformation.
Through intense collaboration with community partners, government officials, and a diverse volunteer base, our rivers and riverfronts have been transformed from industrial wastelands to international examples of environmental renewal, said Tom Baxter, Friends of the Riverfront executive director. Whether you bike, hike, rollerblade, or paddle along our beautiful shores, we encourage everyone to take advantage of these assets.
Bike Pittsburgh, the Citys largest advocate in encouraging environmentally-friendly bicycling as a mode of transportation, helped to decide where the signs would be best placed.
"I think it's fantastic that the City is investing more in our trails by making them easier to find and access," said Scott Bricker, Bike Pittsburgh executive director.
Monday, April 21, 2008
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