The Bucks County Commissioners unanimously endorsed the long awaited Bucks County Bicycle Plan at its public meeting yesterday morning in Doylestown. The Commissioners also agreed to the recommendation that the Bicycle Task Force be kept in place to guide plan implementation. A few of the plan's priority recommendations dovetail nicely with the PA Highlands Trail Network conceptual routes, most notably the extension of the Saucon Rail Trail south to the Borough of Quakertown.
The Saucon Rail Trail is envisioned to extend to Quakertown
After the Commissioner's meeting I met with former Bicycle Task Force Chair Andy Hamilton (Mid-Atlantic Trail Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway Alliance), Steve Nelson (current Bicycle Task Force Chair), John Doyle (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia), David Johnson (Transportation Director of the Bucks County Planning Commission), Trevor Lewis of Homestead General Store & Coffee Roasters and his father Rick Lewis, store owner.
The Homestead General Store is a popular business along the D&L Canal in Upper Black Eddy. They signed on as a new PA Highlands Trail Business Partner and will help spread the word about our trail planning efforts. The store is a warm, welcoming gathering place that has excellent coffee, sandwiches, ice cream and a nice back patio by the canal. Trevor Lewis publicly thanked the County Commissioners for endorsing the plan and spoke eloquently about the importance of trails for local businesses like the Homestead General Store and Coffee Roasters.