The Delaware County Bicycle Plan identifies how the engineering of roads, provision of bicycle facilities, education of road users, and enforcement of road rules can be improved to encourage bicycling.
The County has been assisting with the creation of the Chester Creek Rail-Trail. This proposal would convert the inactive Chester Creek Branch rail line into a biking and hiking trail from Wawa to Upland. The Friends of the Chester Creek Branch, a nonprofit organization, has been working to achieve this objective. A feasibility study established the legal and financial feasibility of the trail, assessed the demand for and potential use of the trail, compiled a physical inventory and assessment of the right-of-way, developed a trail concept plan, and made recommendations for trail operation, maintenance, and security. SEPTA has leased to the County its railroad right-of-way for Phase I of the trail, from Lenni Road to Chester Creek Road in Middletown and Aston Townships. The County then leased the right-of-way to the Friends, so that they could begin to develop the trail. Engineering of this phase of the trail should be completed in 2014, with construction occurring shortly thereafter. For the latest on this project, visit the Friends of the Chester Creek Branch website.
Staff has been working with the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) to map out a route for the Greenway through Delaware County. The Greenway will be a continuous, paved, mainly off-road, bicycle route from Maine to Florida connecting major urban areas. The ECGA has chosen for the Delaware County section of its route on- and off-road portions of Route 13 and Route 291 between the Delaware State line and Essington. DCPD supports municipal funding requests to beautify this corridor and construct a multi-use pathway. Portions of the East Coast Greenway through Marcus Hook, Chester, and Tinicum have received Transportation Enhancement grants. The portion of the Greenway through Trainer received Delaware County Revitalization Program funds. DCPD completed the Darby Creek Bridge Feasibility Study, which recommended reserving a portion of the road surface on the Route 291 bridge over Darby Creek for a multi-use path; PennDOT agreed to construct this facility when the bridge is repaired in 2011-2014. The Trainer Borough portion of the ECG (bicycle lanes) was completed in 2012.
DCPD, with the assistance of Menke & Menke and Kise, Straw & Kolodner consultants, completed the Delaware County Industrial Heritage Parkway, Route 291/13 Beautification and Greenway Plan in 2002. This report makes recommendations for beautifying the corridor and constructing a multi-use path along Route 291 from the Philadelphia line to Trainer (portions of Front Street in Chester) and Route 13 from Route 291 to the Delaware State line. Landscaping, directional and interpretive signing, and banners and murals are some of the strategies to make this corridor more attractive. The multi-use path will carry the East Coast Greenway through Delaware County. The County, municipalities, property owners, PennDOT, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance will be working toward implementing the report’s recommendations.