Brilliant Branch Rail-to-Trail would connect Pittsburgh neighborhoods, and beyond

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Sarah Rafson,  July 17, 2017

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Imagine riding your bike across the Allegheny River on an old railroad bridge landscaped with wildflowers and shrubs, and dotted with art installations. The bridge connects you to separate trails running through Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, but it also invites you to linger high above the water on walkways overlooking Downtown.

Might this dream become a reality?

The city’s proposed “GAP to the Point” bike path is still under review, and an updated Bike Plan for Pittsburgh will debut this fall, but D.J. Bryant, a designer at AE7 Planners and Architects, proposes an ambitious new idea—the Brilliant Branch Rail-to-Trail—that would increase connectivity and access to safe, affordable transportation options for several communities in the city. After all, of the 1,298 miles of streets in Pittsburgh, there are only 40 miles of on-street bike infrastructure and 31.2 miles of off-street trails.

Check out Bike Pgh's BIKE PLAN and routes HERE.

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The timing could be just right for a project like this. With links to the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the U.S. Bicycle Route 50 underway, Pittsburgh is attracting some of the $71.3 billion dollars that bicycle tourism contributes to the U.S. economy annually, according to a 2012 study by the U.S. Outdoor Industry Association.



The Great Allegheny Passage ® (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking from Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh,PA.


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