By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The William Penn Foundation’s $10-million grant to design and construct trails in the Philadelphia region has run its course. Now, advocates are looking to tap other resources to continue building out the network.

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Dozens of non-profit groups that form ‘The Circuit Coalition’ are trying to make the case that the regional trail network is a worthy investment. The just expired Penn Foundation grant funded 40 different projects.

The Circuit is their grand plan for a 750-mile regional trail network in the five county Philadelphia area and four more in South Jersey.

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Sarah Clark Stuart is policy director at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

She says, “we would like the board of the Delaware Valley regional planning commission to consider putting a very, very small portion – .2 percent – of their capital funds into this dedicated trail fund.”

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The coalition is asking decision makers at the DVRPC to set aside about $3 million a year for regional trail development out of the $1.4-billion the Philadelphia region spends annually on highways and mass transit.

(credit: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)

(credit: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)