Urge Park to Keep Mountain Bike Trails Open

Target: Nancy Goldenberg, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman

Goal: Stop the mountain bike trail closures at Pennypack Park in Philadelphia

Mountain biking is an excellent form of exercise for many people: it entails being outside, can be a social activity, and is great interval training because of the hills. Historic Pennypack Park, a popular park in Northeast Philadelphia, is shutting down its single-track bike trails.

Cities offer few opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Philadelphia is known for road biking, but traffic can be dangerous and many people prefer the park scenery. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission cites environmental effects as the main reason for shutting down the bike trails, but mountain bikers are proven to cause little more pollution than hikers.

The Pennypack Park Trail Alliance is already petitioning to keep the lanes open. The lanes are closing as part of the Land Restoration Project, which is supposed to create more space for wildlife. This project has been going on for years and little has been accomplished so far.

Pennypack Park has been around since 1905, and is a valuable asset to the city. Urge PPRC chairman Nancy Goldenberg to ensure the popularity of the park by continuing to allow mountain biking.


Dear Ms. Goldenberg,

We would like to ask you to keep the mountain bike trails at Pennypack Park open. Mountain biking is an excellent form of exercise, especially for people who love nature. We know Philadelphia encourages road biking, but a lot of people find mountain biking safer and more peaceful.

Pennypack Park has been around since 1905 and is a steadfast community attraction. Mountain biking brings a lot of people through Philadelphia, and closing the bike trails could hurt tourism. Also, mountain biking requires little preparatory work and no supervision, meaning it costs less to provide a place to mountain bike than it does to provide, say, public pools. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation has 70 pools.

The lanes were closed to make the land into a conservation area, but this conservation project has been underfunded for years and Pennypack Park already is a wonderful place for wildlife.

Please allow mountain bikers to continue to enjoy Pennypack Park, for the benefit of the park as well as the people.


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One Comment

  1. No project should happen without making sure it is beneficial and will meet it’s purpose. All we were asking for is to be heard and for a compromise, to find a way to have the trails environmentally friendly that will coexist with their surroundings. Bikers have less impact then hikers anyway. Prejudice feelings only have you failing to see the point we tried to make. We are not asking for an athletic field or a play ground, pool or a parking lot. We love the woods and the wild life. This is why we enjoy the forest and Volunteer for the park to keep it healthy and beautiful.

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