Glen Osborne man pushes for bike-path study
John Orndorff hopes bicycling enthusiasts and municipalities will support a plan to study extending a proposed bike trail through the Beaver Valley and into the Sewickley area.
Backed by a matching donation of up to $2,000 from the Sewickley Valley Community Fund, the study could determine the feasibility of a bike path that could connect the Ohio River Trail Council's path along the Ohio River from Monaca to Coraopolis, said Orndorff of Glen Osborne.
The proposed extension would connect from the Ambridge-Aliquippa Bridge into Ambridge, Leetsdale, Edgeworth and Sewickley. It would continue over the Sewickley Bridge into Moon and Coraopolis, where it would link with the Montour Trail.
The study would cost $8,500, Orndorff said.
“To have a bike route established — even if it's just simply signs reminding motorists that this is a road that is shared with cyclists — provides a safer corridor for cyclists and, perhaps, for runners and others who would … use this bike route for exercise,” he said.
Orndorff said other communities are establishing connections to larger bike trails, which increase quality of life for those nearby.
“People are becoming more and more conscious of their lifestyles, and having a bicycle route provides a safe corridor for them to cycle (and) would encourage that kind of lifestyle,” he said.
If completed, the study would produce a route map detailing areas for signage, recommend improvements to existing roads and intersections, and provide information on construction costs, Orndorff said.
He said a bike route into Sewickley would boost retail possibilities.
“When you do create bicycle routes, the retail outlets experience an increase in business,” he said.
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