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Cumberland Valley Embraces Trend in Options & Amenities for Cyclists

Sep 02, 2015 09:14AM ● By Erica Shames

Money Magazine recently named Carlisle number 5 in the Best Places for Walking and Biking category, compared to their database of 1,900 U.S. towns.

According to the article, "The Alliance for Biking and Walking found in its 2014 Benchmark Report that increasing these activities has a positive impact on job growth, individual transportation costs, retail sales, traffic congestion, air quality, property values and stability, health and worker productivity, and events and tourism."

Carlisle, and the surrounding Cumberland Valley, has developed into a cycling mecca over the past few years, with the community placing importance on projects like the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail and making the town of Carlisle bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Both of these popular projects continue to grow and plan for the future.

The Carlisle Borough Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail was completed in 2013; the long-term vision is to use it to help promote an active lifestyle for residents, provide safe connections to trails and attractions, and provide a safe alternative to motorized transportation.

The Rail Trail and downtown Carlisle aren't the only spots for cyclists in the Valley. The collection of rail trails, mountain trails, scenic back roads and bike-friendly downtowns allow visitors and residents to explore the unique combination of urban and rural that Cumberland Valley offers. also features a variety of bike routes developed by Chastek and others in the cycling community. These routes were created for residents and visitors to explore the charming downtowns, beautiful scenery and back roads of the destination.

In conjunction with these routes, the tourism arm of CAEDC also developed an online trip idea focused on rail trails, scenic biking in state forests and parks, and the routes that lead you through the communities that make up the Valley. A complementary rack card is also in the works and will be placed at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center and other strategic locations for residents and visitors to be inspired to learn more about all the biking options in the area. 

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