Circuit Trails

Format
Brief

City
Philadelphia

State/Province
PA/NJ

Country
USA

Metro Area
Philadelphia

Project Type
District/Corridor/Community

Land Uses
Off-Road Trails
Open space

Keywords
Active transportation
Bike-friendly
City network
Coalition-built
Commuter paths
Fostering economic development
Healthy place features
Pedestrian-friendly development
Public-private partnership
Recreation

Date Started
2012

Date Opened
2012

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The Circuit is a growing regional trail network that connects destinations across Greater Philadelphia. Consisting of paths that link city centers, transit hubs, parks, and recreational destinations, the Circuit allows pedestrians and bicyclists to travel among urban, suburban, and rural destinations without having to use a motor vehicle.

With 300 miles (483 km) in place and ongoing progress toward the goal of reaching 750 miles (1,200 km) of trails before 2040, the Circuit is emerging as a key component of the overall transportation system in Greater Philadelphia. The real estate community has taken notice. Developers building near the Circuit have noted trail access as a key amenity for residential and commercial properties, and homeowners close to Circuit trails are experiencing increased property values.

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Format
Brief

City
Philadelphia

State/Province
PA/NJ

Country
USA

Metro Area
Philadelphia

Project Type
District/Corridor/Community

Land Uses
Off-Road Trails
Open space

Keywords
Active transportation
Bike-friendly
City network
Coalition-built
Commuter paths
Fostering economic development
Healthy place features
Pedestrian-friendly development
Public-private partnership
Recreation

Date Started
2012

Date Opened
2012

Organizational Leads
Circuit Trails Coalition
William Penn Foundation
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Funding
William Penn Foundation
Federal, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and local transportation funds
Private Companies
Donations

Maintenance and Upkeep
Various state, county, and municipal governments
Trail development and volunteer organizations

Principal Author(s)
Rachel MacCleery, Ed McMahon, Matthew Norris

Source
Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier
http://uli.org/report/active-transportation-real-estate-next-frontier/