Harrisburg – October 14, 2016 –  Two popular cycling and outdoor recreation trail projects will receive more than $1.7 million in grant funds needed to improve safety for residents, state Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) announced today.

“It’s exciting when we have the chance to bring grant funds home that provide recreational opportunities for families and their children,” Farnese said.  “These projects are further evidence of our commitment to invest in the things that our residents enjoy and keep people coming back to Philadelphia.”

The funds are being distributed from the Multimodal Transportation Fund, which was established as a result of Act 89 – Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan.  The fund is designed to encourage economic development and a safer and more reliable transportation system and established dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

Projects receiving funding in the First Senatorial District include:

  • Schuylkill River Development Corporation, Schuylkill Banks South to Christian Trail Phase II — $911,637 for further construction of the trail, including trail and plaza paving, fencing, trail furniture installation, landscaping, irrigation, pavement markings and signage.
  • City of Philadelphia, Department of Streets, Make Way for Children — $811,682 to invest in pedestrian and bicyclist safety infrastructure along corridors to three public elementary schools that have been identified as “high child pedestrian crash schools.”

“While these trails are an important part of the landscape of our community, they also connect our children to their schools,” said Farnese.  When kids leave in the morning, parents need to know they’ll arrive safely at their destination.”

“These funds will do more than just provide a place for kids to ride their bikes – they provide a new, safer path for them to travel to school and offer parents peace of mind that their children are safe.”