PlanPhilly has the scoop on a slew of fancy new wireless counters that will debut along 12 area trails this spring. The goal is to get a better handle on how many people use the trails, and how the trails themselves are being used.
You may have looked at the sun-filled weekend weather forecast and already dreamt about your glorious long run on the Schuylkill River Trail (rocking out to our long-run playlist, of course), but note: There are a few sections of the trail that are still closed due to all the snow we’ve had this winter, with some unplowed, shaded areas potentially posing some issues.
No, it’s not remotely surprising, but it’s still super cool to see. According to a pretty new map, which aggregated running-route data collected by the app RunKeeper, the Ben Franklin Parkway, Art Museum, Schuylkill River Trail and Broad Street (hello, Broad Street Run) are the most-run (runned?) running spots in Philly.
I’m not entirely sure how much of an honor it is for a river to be named “Pennsylvania River of the Year,” but for what its worth: Our westerly waterway is up for the honor, as one of five statewide nominees in the running for the 2014 title. The others are Brodhead Creek and Watershed in the Poconos, West Branch of the Susquenhanna River in north-central PA, the Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh Rivers in southwest PA, and the Ohio River (blasphemy!) in the far western part of the state. The winner is determined by online voting.
The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, a nonprofit organization HQ’d in Harrisburg, runs the award process in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. They’ve been doling out River of the Year awards since 1983, an honor the Schuylkill has won only one time in 1999 (the nerve!). Last year, our fair Schuylkill lost to Southwestern PA’s Monongahela River by just 146 votes. Seriously, guys, we’re due for a home-turf win.
For the first time since 1999, several main Schuylkill River bridges have been re-lit, this time with natty new LED lights. Walnut, Market, JFK, and a SEPTA bridge all got upgraded last night. (The Chestnut Street span, which is undergoing upgrades, will have to wait a couple of years for its makeover.) Here’s what it looked like last night after the lights were flipped on.
— Schuylkill Banks (@SchuylkillBanks) September 27, 2013