OHIO RIVER TRAIL COUNCIL

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

We Believe in Cycling

We Believe in Cycling

The Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) believes that great things happen when people ride bikes. We believe that our communities are healthier, safer and better connected — and that our nation is economically stronger and more energy independent. Moreover, we believe that, together, we can build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. 
 
The ORTC’s goal is to promote and protect a continuous corridor of natural and cultural resources along the Ohio River and its tributaries. Just imagine a multi-use trail along the Ohio River! The ORTC is a 501c3 non-profit, volunteer-led, public benefit corporation comprised of community residents, interested property owners, elected officials, business and civic leaders. 
 
The ORTC is committed to excellence, with a clear vision and a passion for delivering outstanding results. We ask you to form an alliance with us to capitalize on our strengths in order to guarantee a bright future for our rivers, forests, and towns. 
 
The evidence to support the development of greenways is compelling, especially given the investment compared to other endeavors with comparable objectives. The ORTC is dependent on your exemplary interest in your community, healthy lifestyles, and conservation to make our vision a reality.
 
If you have previously pledged your support, thank you for your assistance to the ORTC and the community residents it serves. If you have not, please consider a contribution to bring better bicycling to life in 2015 and beyond.  
 
Please forward your tax-deductible gift through PayPal or join us and become a member by completing the membership form found here.
 
Here's to the ride together, 
 
 
Dr. Vincent Troia
Executive Chairman
 
 

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In down times I do things like go for a long bike ride or run. The other thing I'm doing in that quiet time is just observing.
—Robin Williams
Riding a bike is the best antidepressant drug and only has good side effects. 
—Gunnar Rempel
People need immediate places to refresh, reinvent themselves. Our surroundings built and natural alike, have an immediate and a continuing effect on the way we feel and act, and on our health and intelligence. These places have an impact on our sense of self, our sense of safety, the kind of work we get done, the ways we interact with other people, even our ability to function as citizens in a democracy. In short, the places where we spend our time affect the people we are and can become. 
—Tony Hiss, The Experience of Place, 1990
As a kid I had a dream–I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. 
—John Lennon
The [Great Allegheny Passage] Trail is already attracting a lot of people, and were just starting to market it. It’s a major asset for our region, not only because of the tourist dollars it’s attracting, but also because it’s a piece of our economic rebuilding efforts.
—John P. Murtha, U.S. Congressman (D-Penn)
Blue Trails are an organizing tool that galvanizes citizen support for clean water and healthy riverside lands. They inspire people to protect important habitat and provide corridors for people and wildlife.  While specific protections vary from community to community, Blue Trails are often associated with conservation easements, land acquisition, stream buffer requirements, stream flow protections, and higher water quality standards.
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