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GETTYSBURG BOROUGH INNER LOOP
In June 2007, the Gettysburg Borough Council voted unanimously to attempt to identify an Inner Loop Bicycle Trail. Technical assistance was provided by Dave Lange of the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program as well as the Adams County Office of Planning and Development. HABPI was the work horse of this effort, having offered its assistance to the Borough. Kick off community meetings with business leaders, elected officials, and Borough citizens were held in November 2007. Working in harmony, the Borough and HABPI identified a potential alignment, which was approved on August 18, 2009. Here is a map of the proposed route to view.
Throughout the process, many public meetings were held to gather citizen, business and elected officials input. In June 2010, The Adams County Health Summit featured the Gettysburg Inner Loop. Over 50 community leaders warmly welcomed the release of the GIL Feasibility Executive Summary, with presentations from nationally known health advocate, Mark Fenton; Gettysburg Borough Council Person, Susan Naugle; and HABPI Board Member, Tom Jolin.
The Executive Summary provides key details about the project including projected costs and the proposed route.
The complete Feasibility Study was published in September 2010. The 5.7 MB file provides 53 pages of information including street and aerial views of the proposed route. The 101 pages of Appendices are available as follows-
As of October 2010,
22 letters of support (Appendix A1-A22) were received from: Adams County Commissioners, Gettysburg College, Healthy Adams County, HACC, Gettysburg National Military Park, Rep. Todd Platts,Senator Terry Punt, Gettysburg Tourist and Convention Bureau, Adams Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce, Gettysburg Area School District, Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saint Francis Xavier Church, Main Street Gettysburg, Adams County Office of Planning and Development, Gettysburg Hospital, Unitarian Universalists of Gettysburg, Gettysburg Fire Department, the YWCA, Adams County Office for Aging, Inc., and Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc.
To implement the GIL, the Borough established the Gettysburg Healthy Communities Advisory Committee, chaired by Borough Council Vice President, Susan Naugle.
Tom Jolin and Patti Lawson represent HABPI on that committee. As of January 2013, considerable progress has been made on the actual development of the GIL.
-The Adams County Transit Authority has installed their portion of the GIL by a new bus hub.
-Steinwehr phase II was funded, which will result in bicycle improvements in that area in 2014.
-The Gettysburg School District included plans for a shared use bicycle path along Lefever Street if they build a new Middle School there.
-Gettysburg Borough was funded for trail widening at the Rec Park. Gettysburg Hospital provided vital matching funds to the South Mountain Partnership award. Elm Street and Habpi also contributed funds.
-A curb cut was installed where Reynolds St. meets West Middle St., paid for by Habpi. This was done when West Middle Street was shut down for rehabilitation work, saving a lot of money and inconvenience.
-A field survey was done on West Race Horse Alley, part of North Washington St. and West Railroad St., all essential segments on the GIL. It was funded by the PA Department of Health.
-A Greenway Master Plan Study was conducted to determine how part of Race Horse Alley could be converted into a greenway. The study also looked at how the GIL would function on Railroad Street, Buford and Reynolds' Streets.
The completed GIL Greenway Master Plan (15MB) includes photos and drawings of the proposed greenway and some sections of the GIL along with information about connector trails and alternate alignments. The plan also has detailed information about design requirements and cost estimates.
-The North Gettysburg Trail opened in November of 2011, which connects Gettysburg High School to the GIL.
The health, environmental, community and convenience benefits of the GIL will be incredible. Our projections are below.
A. Here are realistic impacts for Gettysburg area residents using the Inner Loop:
A 190 pound person rides his bicycle for work, school, church and errands etc. for 30 weeks per year (May through Nov.) for 5 days per week at 10 miles per day for these various trips. That takes into account bad weather days. Then that person uses their bicycle for 1,500 miles per year for daily living, not including pleasure trips.
Weight loss: 345 calories/hour X 150 hours = 51,750 calories or 14.79 pounds/ year.
(actual weight loss depends on personal eating habits)
Gasoline savings if car gets 25mpp = 60 gallons or 2.14 barrels of crude oil per year
Money savings: @ $3 gallon of gas = $180
Carbon Dioxide reduction: 60 gal. X 19.564 pounds/gal = 1,174 pounds CO2/year
Plus, immeasurable convenient, hassle free transportation
Suppose about 10% of the Gettysburg area (or 1,000 people) did that, then:
Gasoline saved if car gets 25mpg = 60,000 gallons of gasoline/year
Crude oil saved per year = 2,143 barrels of crude oil
Carbon Dioxide reduction = 1,173,840 pounds of CO2/year
B. Here is a scenario for tourists impacting Gettysburg roads and the environment:
Suppose Gettysburg has 2,100,000 tourists per year and 80% (1,680,000) come between May and November and they average 3 people per car load. Then, that's 560,000 car loads of tourists from May to Nov. If 5% see Gettysburg on bicycle, averaging 20 miles per day for only one day on their Gettysburg stay, here is the annual savings:
Reduced cars on Gettysburg Streets May through November = 28,000 less cars
Gasoline savings @ 25mpg = 22,400 gallons of gas annually
Reduced carbon dioxide emissions = 438,234 pounds
C. Combined gasoline, crude oil and CO2 emissions saving if 10% of locals and 5% of tourists used bicycles May through November, using the above A and B scenarios:
Gasoline savings: 22,400 + 60,000 = 82,400 gallons of gasoline (EQUALS: 10 large tanker trucks of gasoline)
Crude oil savings = 2,943 barrels (EQUALS: 15 large tanker trucks of crude oil)
Carbon Dioxide emissions reductions = 1,612,074 pounds or 731 metric tons
The Gettysburg Inner Loop will link vital borough areas including:
- Downtown commercial, REDDI, and history
- Renovated Railroad Station
- Franklin/West Street commercial
- Gettysburg Rec Park
- Gettysburg College
- Middle School
- Lincoln and Eisenhower Elementary Schools
- Gettysburg High School
- Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center
- Harrisburg Area Community College
- Lutheran Theological Seminary
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