Newsletter Feature - June 2013
Each month learn about a local project being funded through the Susquehanna Greenway Mini-Grant Program that is helping to build the Greenway and connect people to the Susquehanna River. The program is funded in part by the PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The City of Wilkes-Barre, in Luzerne County is one of the larger river towns along the Susquehanna River. A recent levee raising project has provided the City and surrounding communities with a restored urban riverfront park—the River Common—and the Susquehanna River Levee Trail, over 12 miles of paved trail in 4 distinct reaches, linking a number of natural and recreational spaces over five municipalities. Two important large-scale trail systems are planned to come together at the River Common—the Susquehanna Greenway, and the terminal node of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
The Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre, in partnership with businesses and organizations such as the Luzerne County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Luzerne County Bikes and Walks, an advocacy organization and a program of Live Well Luzerne, which is housed at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, started the Wilkes-Barre Bike Share program in spring of 2012. This program provides free bicycles to people interested in bicycling in and near downtown Wilkes-Barre. The bicycles are housed at the Best Western Genetti Hotel and Conference Center downtown, and the hotel helps administer the program. Bicycle users provide a driver’s license or other identification to hotel staff, and receive a key to unlock one of the sturdy beach cruisers available to borrow.
In order to let people know about the Wilkes-Barre Bike Share, a brochure describing the program was printed. The brochure also provides a map of downtown and of the Susquehanna River Levee Trail to make using the trail easier for bicycle users. All 1000 copies of the brochure were distributed by the end of the summer of 2012.
Luzerne County Bikes and Walks applied for and received a Susquehanna Greenway Partnership mini-grant to enhance and reprint the Wilkes-Barre Bike Share brochure and to continue promoting the Bike Share Program. As part of this application, Luzerne County Bikes and Walks received free photography services worth $500 to provide pictures of the Susquehanna River Levee Trail and River Common for the revised Bike Share brochure and to promote bicycling and the Levee trail. A number of photos are attached with this article.
“We are happy to have received this grant, because it will help us and our partners continue to let people know about the Wilkes-Barre Bike Share program, giving residents, workers and visitors to the City access to the joy of bicycling and to the Susquehanna River’s amazing beauty” says Michele Schasberger, a coordinator of Luzerne County Bikes and Walks and employee of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.
Download a copy of the brochure, click here.
For more information about the Bike Share program see www.wilkesbarrebikeshare.com.
The Susquehanna Greenway Mini-grant program is funded by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.