According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadephia, more than half of the Delaware River bridges between Lambertville, NJ and Wilmington, Dela. do not allow bicyclists or pedestrians, severely limiting access across the river, particularly in urban areas. A planned replacement for the I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge could continue this pattern, denying bicycles and pedestrians access even though doing so would create a connection between two popular trails, the Delaware Canal in Pennsylvania and the Delaware & Raritan Canal in New Jersey, which parallel the river for miles. The nearest Delaware River bridge which allows non-motorized access is about 3 miles from the I-95 bridge.
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has conducted a significant public outreach program and according to the consultant, the top request for the Scudder Falls Bridge project is the inclusion of a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. The DRJTBC includes bike/pedestrian access on 75% of its bridges, according to a spokesperson, but it has not committed to building a pathway on the Scudder Falls Bridge.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has authored a petition calling for the inclusion of a pathway in bridge plans. TSTC and over 850 others have signed the petition, which interested readers can view and sign here.
Image: Cyclists on a trail in Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park, NJ. (Via Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission.)
- Post corrected 9/2/08.