Bike Pedestrian Trails
Clean Air Council is interested in trail development across the Mid-Atlantic region and the East Coast as a means to promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce air pollution caused by other forms of transportation. The Philadelphia network of trails will provide expanded opportunities for close-to-home recreation, fitness activities, environmental education, and open space preservation. Connecting neighborhoods in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, the trails will serve as an alternative transportation corridor and a stimulus for business revitalization and new business formation.
The Cobbs Creek Connector Trail (CCC) project is the current focus of the Clean Air Council's trails program. The CCC is the priority segment of the Tinicum-Fort Miflin trail which will eventually connect the Schulkyl and Delaware Rivers--wrapping through the bottom of the city, past the airport and through the Heinz Wildlife Refuge.
The CCC will extend the Cobbs Creek Bicycle path, which currently runs north/south along Cobbs Creek Park. The CCC trail will be built as a separate bicycle and pedestrian path running five and a half miles, extending the current trail and creating an uninterrupted stretch of over nine miles--from 63rd and Market Street in Philadelphia to Route 420 in Tinicum Township. The trail would connect West Philadelphia and the neighboring boroughs of Yeadon, Darby, Colwyn and Essington with the natural beauty of the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, the Delaware River and Cobbs and Darby Creeks.
The Cobbs Creek Connector Trail is a designated part of the East Coast Greenway (ECG) in Pennsylvania. The ECG is the nation's first long-distance, urban trail system: a city-to-city transportation corridor for cyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users. The East Coast Greenway links 23 major cities in 15 states along the Atlantic coast, from Maine to Florida, to form a continuous route.