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Admiral Wilson Boulevard Bike Path © Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Admiral Wilson Boulevard Bike Path is part of a potential regional network that RTC
has helped identify.

 

Project Information

This project is part of RTC's Urban Pathways Initiative.

Latest Project Updates

Funding
William Penn Foundation (2006-2007); F.M. Kirby Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; Campbell Soup Foundation

Contact
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Northeast Regional Office
northeast@railstotrails.org
717.238.1717

 

Camden Regional Trails
Years: 2006 to present

This project is part of RTC's Urban Pathways Initiative. Learn more about this work.

Location
Camden, N.J.

Prepared for
Coopers Ferry Development Association

Partners
Camden Greenways, New Jersey Conservation Foundation; Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Coopers Ferry Development Association

Project Deliverables
Brand development and communications; trail surveys and promotional event; trail development assistance

Open a brochure produced by RTC showing the Camden Regional Trail system

Project Description
Southern New Jersey is an underserved region. But the Camden area is the historical hub of southern New Jersey's railroad system, making it a prime candidate for the hub of a future rail-trail system in Camden and Gloucester counties. The region has several short open trails of two miles or less, with many others in the planning stage, but without a regional plan these trails will continue to be short, isolated segments.

The goal is to quicken the pace of trail development by showing local leaders and residents the region's opportunities. RTC anticipates that this project will provide the foundation to bring these 70 miles of rail-trails and many miles of other accessible trails and greenways into full development in the next 10 years. The trail system will also link to such resources as southern New Jersey's Wild & Scenic Rivers, the N.J. Coastal Heritage Trail and the Pinelands region.

A second phase for this project, which began in October 2008, shifts from identifying the regional trail network to beginning implementation and trail construction. The focus is on roughly 25 miles of trails within Camden that will connect to Philadelphia via the Ben Franklin Bridge. Additional funding from The Kresge Foundation has allowed RTC to expand the reach of its work in Camden to include broader community outreach and engagement to foster ownership of the trail system concept.

RTC's work on this second phase is included as part of its Urban Pathways Initiative. In 2010, RTC's Northeast Regional Office was able to expand its Youth Bicycling Scholarship Program to Camden and form the Camden Youth Cycling, Learning and Excercising program (CYCLE). Sixteen students from a public charter school received training and completed a weeklong 250-mile bicycle trip through Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 2011, eight more students participated in the program.

RTC has also been able to provide technical assistance to two high priority corridors—the New Jersey Transit corridor in Pennsauken and Camden and the Gloucester Township corridor, containing two open trail segments (Blackwood and Runnemede) disconnected by 2.1 miles of undeveloped corridor. In 2009, RTC conducted a trail user survey on the Blackwood trail, which will be used to guide future trail development efforts.

On February 10, 2012, RTC hosted a one-day regional UPI forum in Camden where trail practicioners from ten states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic gathered to hear about the remarkable trail development story in the Camden-Philadelphia metro region, where trail building partners have secured $23 million in TIGER funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and another $10 million from the William Penn Foundation for building and connecting trails within the region.

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