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MEDIA ADVISORY: GVF and Lower Merion Township Celebrate Main Line Greenway Connection as Part of the “Bike More Drive Less” Project


GVF, a not-for-profit with over 34 years of transportation planning experience, is partnering with Lower Merion Township on the Bike More, Drive Less Project.


GVF works with communities or organizations to improve climate, equity, and overall quality of life through transportation demand management (TDM) programs and policies. TDM are strategies that help to reduce single-occupancy vehicles through education, legislative policies and/or ordinances.


Bike More, Drive Less is an innovative project that supports bicycling as a travel option. The project supports Montgomery County’s bicycle plan, Bike Montco, and is funded by a Travel Options Program (TOP) grant from DVRPC.  GVF conducted a study to identify “pinch points” on the existing Main Line Greenway.  The intersection of Montgomery and Woodbine Avenues was identified as a critical area for improved safety. GVF worked with Lower Merion to restripe the crosswalk. In addition, the property owner purchased bike racks for this location, which were recently installed.   

 

The Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners officially adopted the eastern part of the Main Line Greenway (MLG) as a Township bicycle network. The eastern part of the MLG extends from Manayunk Bridge to Haverford College through Bala Cynwyd, Merion, Narberth, Wynnewood North Ardmore and South Ardmore. The Commissioners allocated funds for 2024 to design and install wayfinding signage. Planning staff is working with local civic associations, institutions and Haverford Township to extend the MLG to Penn Wynne and from Haverford College to Villanova.


GVF and Lower Merion Township are hosting a bike ride and press event to celebrate the completion of the project on Friday, May 3. The “Bagel to Bagel” ride will begin at Spread Bagelry in the Wynnewood Shopping center and end at Kismet Bagels at the corner of Woodbine and Montgomery Avenues. The ride is approximately 1.5 miles. The press event will begin at the completion of the ride.


Media are invited to ride or meet at Kismet Bagels for the press event.


Full event schedule:

9:30 am: Meet at Spread Bagelry (Wynnewood Shopping Center)

9:45 am: Cyclists Depart

10:00 am: Arrive at Kismet Bagels (Woodbine and Montgomery Aves)

10:15 am: Press Event Begins

 

Press Event Speakers:

 

  • Welcome: Maureen Farrell, Deputy Executive Director, GVF

  • PA State Senator Amanda Cappelletti

  • PA State Representative Tim Briggs

  • Neil Makhija, Vice Chair, Montgomery County Commissioner

  • Todd Sinai, President, Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners

  • Louis Rossman, Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners

  • Jean Burock, Narberth Borough Council member

  • Michelle Detwiler, President, Penn Valley Civic Association

  • Jacob Cohen, Owner, Kismet Bagels


Founded in 1990, GVF is a not-for-profit organization inspiring mobility choices for ALL. For more information about GVF or to learn about the benefits of partnership, visit www.gvftma.com.

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