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Guest Opinion: Newtown Rail Trail is a Win-Win for Newtown and Other Area Bike Riders

Guest Opinion: Newtown Rail Trail is a Win-Win for Newtown and Other Area Bike Riders | Newtown News of Interest |

[Opinion ofJohn Lahner, a resident of Bensalem.]


According to a report prepared by the Delaware Department of Transportation, “The majority of studies indicate that the presence of a bike trail either increases property values and ease of a sale or has no effect. Studies have shown that neighbors of many trails feel that the quality of life in their neighborhood has been improved, that the trails were a good use of open space and were an improvement from before the trail went in. There is definitely a large portion of the population that sees bike trails as an amenity and will seek out residences near trails. ...”

In addition to the conclusions of this report, there are other local advantages. It will get some bicycles off the roads. It will provide a safe place for young children to ride their bikes without having to worry about car traffic. You will be able to ride from Newtown to Philadelphia parks without going on the streets. The trail will also permit township residents to access shopping and other activities in Newtown without going on the crowded road in this area, thus lessening pollution and making for safer travel.

This looks like a win-win situation. I can’t wait, even though I live in Bensalem.

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