OHIO RIVER TRAIL COUNCIL

“Joining communities through fitness, recreation, heritage and transportation networks”

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How You Can Help!

The Ohio River Trail (ORT) is a project spearheaded by the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC), a non-profit volunteer-led corporation that is dedicated to bring individuals, organizations, communities, businesses, recreational users and all levels of government together to promote and protect a continuous corridor of natural and cultural resources along the Ohio River and its tributaries. The ORTC is serving as a unification tool by providing a resource and a forum for our local citizens, decision makers, and project managers to share knowledge in order to guarantee a bright future for our rivers, forests, and towns.

The ORTC is in support of a progressing state and national movement to develop greenways.

In 1987, President Reagan’s Commission on “American Outdoors” recommended establishing a national greenways network. Greenways are often accomplished and managed through partnerships between municipalities, counties, and non-profit organizations.

In 2001, Governor Tom Ridge established the Commonwealth’s statewide greenways program, entitled “Pennsylvania Greenways, An Action Plan for Creating Connections.” The vision is to create a network of trails throughout the Commonwealth, with a greenway in every community by 2020. Pennsylvania is creating an asset highly valued by Pennsylvanians and enhancing the quality of life for all. This network of greenways will connect Pennsylvania’s open space, natural landscape features, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites, and urban and rural communities. Greenways will become one of the Commonwealth’s most powerful tools to achieve sustainable growth and livable communities.

The ORTC is currently planning & developing a 41-mile multi-use land trail and a 56-mile water trail along the Ohio River and its tributaries, known respectively as the Ohio River Greenway Trail and the Ohio River Water Trail.

 

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Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There's something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym. 
—Bill Nye, The Science Guy
Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world. 
—Grant Petersen
[A] key factor in the development and planning of most trails is local, grassroots efforts: that is, the citizens who drive the local, state, and federal government to act. Everything from establishing the vision and need for greenways to defining specific trail corridors, to participating in the zoning process, to forming citizen coalitions, to developing guidelines for trail use and access should be within the abilities of each citizen. With broad-based support, the vision of a national system of trails can be realized. 
— American Trails, Trails for All Americans report, 1990
If there’s one essential ingredient to creating trails and trail systems, it’s people. All the land and financing in the world won’t blaze a trail if there aren’t people championing the project. 
–Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, In Support of Trails: A Guide to Successful Trail Advocacy, 1993
Bicycle facility planning is commonly thought of as the effort undertaken to develop a separate bikeway system composed completely of bicycle paths and lanes all interconnected and spaced closely enough to satisfy all the travel needs of bicyclists. In fact, such systems can be unnecessarily expensive and do not provide for the vast majority of bicycle travel. Existing highways, often with relatively inexpensive improvements, must serve as the base system to provide for the travel needs of bicyclists. Bicycle paths and lanes can augment this existing system in scenic corridors or places where access is limited. Thus, bicycle transportation planning is more than planning for bikeways and is an effort that should consider many alternatives to provide for safe and efficient bicycle travel. 
—AASHTO, Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 1991
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