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2016 Bike for the Bridge to Support Construction of Jim Thorpe Pedestrian Bridge

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COURTESY OF GUEST BLOGGER, TERRY MONSERRAT. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L).

CLICK HERE To learn more about the Bike for the Bridge event.


The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) is hosting Bike for the Bridge on Sunday, May 1. Participants, and their bikes, will be shuttled from downtown Jim Thorpe to their starting destination by Pocono Biking. Participating cyclist will have the option to ride from the D&L’s Black Diamond Trailhead to Jim Thorpe (36 miles) or from the Rockport Trailhead in the Lehigh Gorge to Jim Thorpe (15 miles). The price is $39 per person or $49 with a bike rental until April 24. The price increases to $44 per person or $54 with a bike rental on April 25. Price includes shuttle ride, t-shirt and post-ride taco party at Pocono Biking.   To register for this event call  Pocono Biking at 1-(800) 944-8392.  

The bridge is a ‘golden spike’ connection that will link all five counties of the D&L Trail. Groundbreaking is slated for summer 2016.  When complete, the bridge will create 130 miles of continuous trail. All proceeds of Bike for the Bridge will benefit the completion of the D&L Trail and the pedestrian bridge in downtown Jim Thorpe.

In 2014, Carbon County was awarded $2.1 million to install a prefabricated pedestrian bridge across the Lehigh River at Jim Thorpe. This will connect the D&L Trail from the Lehigh Gorge and downtown Jim Thorpe to Weissport and the Lehigh Valley beyond.   While this is a huge step forward, this project requires complex engineering and will cost more than $3.1 million to complete.

The span will also help reduce traffic congestion around Jim Thorpe and create a commuting alternative across the Lehigh River. Its installation will help keep pedestrians on public property and safely away from trains and traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to further explore the D&L Trail and surrounding towns.

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserves historic pathway that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia. Today, the D&L Trail connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage.


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