Cumberland Valley Rail Trails will be participating in "Match Madness" again, the program where Partnership for Better Health in Carlisle has committed $50,000 to a 'stretch' fund to benefit small non-profits like Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. Money donated in March will get matching support from the Partnership.
CVRT had a great 2017 with two bridges, the Rt.233 underpass, CVRTC Boxcar, restroom facilities at Shippensburg Station and almost two additional miles added to the trail. Right now, CVRT has a construction company under contract to extend the trail two miles further east from Rt.233 in Newville. They also have funding committed to add two more miles of trail late this year or next year in the center of the county.
Bottom line is we still need your support!
Money must pass through the Partnership to us....we will get 100% of what you donate plus matching funds.
If you want to donate by check: Make the check out to "Partnership For Better Health" and be sure to put CVRTC on the front of the check in the 'for' or 'memo' line. Here's the address:
If paying by Credit Card or PayPal: Go to the http://www.forbetterhealthpa.org/ web page, scroll down and click the "Donate, Match Madness 2018 button." At the next page you will find directions. Please specify Cumberland Valley Rail Trail to receive the gift. If using PayPal you will have an opportunity to do this in the second PayPal screen under: “Add special instructions to the seller.” This should be done before you click on the Donate Now button.
South Mountain Trolley Greenway
Would you like to have a trail between Mechanicsburg and Dillsburg? Eight miles of right-of-way exist between these two towns and a rail trail could lead to future growth and prosperity just as it has in many other "Bike-Friendly" towns like York, State College, Franklin and Philadelphia. A feasibility study to help determine if a walk/bike trail can be built can become a reality with your support.
Completed in 1872, the Mechanicsburg & Dillsburg Railroad (alsoknown as the Dillsburg Branch of the Cumberland Valley Railroad) extended eight miles and connected the vital rail network at Harrisburg with the ore fields of South Mountain which surrounds Dillsburg. Passenger service to both communities later helped both Mechanicsburg and Dillsburg to prosper and the annual Granger's Picnic at Williams Grove attracted tens of thousands of train passengers each year during the one-week event.
In the early 20th Century the branch incorporated into the larger Pennsylvania Railroad system and was electrified in 1906. Trolley service between the towns begain and trolleys became a common sight across the farmlands of Monroe and Carroll Townships.
As the automobile grew in popularity here and across America replacing railroads for moving people railroads here faded into history and by the 1970s all trains had ceased running on the line. Finally, the tracks were removed by 1980.
Learn more at the "South Mountain Trollley Greenway" Facebook.
Can you imagine a continuous recreational path, connecting communities along the Conodoguinet Creek from the Susquehanna River to Carlisle and beyond? The path will follow quiet roads and off-road multi-use trails.
This is the vision of a grassroots volunteer organization made up of volunteers who would like to see this happen. And by the way, “Carlisle and beyond” could stretch all the way to the source of the Conodoguinet … 104 miles as the water meanders past woodlands and farmlands through mostly Cumberland County and beginning in Franklin County … a few miles East of Fort Loudon.
Learn more at the “Friends of the Conodoguinet Greenway” Facebook.
Camp Hill, PA
We are returning to the Finger Lakes area to enjoy the pleasant riding, spectacular scenery, historic points of interest and the many wonderful wineries and local craft breweries. This is the 11th annual trip. Wow!
Most of us grew up in a mobile world based on private cars and interstate highways for fast connectivity to just about everywhere worth going but anyone who drives any distance today … our local Harrisburg transportation network is a good example … will find far more congestion and traffic than ever. And we all know that the infrastructure on which our transportation network is built is fast falling apart and will continue to do so unless a magic solution is found and soon.
It all started in 1956 with the Interstate Highway System which cost $25 billion and a decade to complete and it drove our culture of owning a car which represented freedom. But even the best built highways take bushels of money to maintain and last at best 50 years before having to be completely rebuilt. Want to know the cost to build a new highway today? “Bikenomics” has the answer to this and many more questions of interest. Many millions per square mile and in one case (Boston) more than a billion per mile. Yikes!
Bike Harrisburg, HBC, Harrisburg Bike Party and Recycle Bicycle are joining forces to have a bike unit in this year’s St. Patty’s Day parade in downtown Harrisburg. Not only is it fun to be in the parade, but it helps promote the recognition and use of bicycles in the Harrisburg area. Wear your green and plan to ride your "green" bike to the start point on Commonwealth Avenue by 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. Watch for more details at http://www.harrisburgstpatricksdayparade.com and on the Bike Harrisburg and HBC Facebook pages. We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!