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Linglestown Gazette: Hoofing it around Linglestown

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Hoofing it around Linglestown

Walking is my favorite form of exercise these days. I like to leave my trusty Saturn station wagon in the driveway and walk around the village and surrounding areas. Many Gazette readers have seen me – whether you realize it or not – walking my dog Buddy, a tan-colored lab mix, during the afternoon around Koons Park when it's not raining or extremely cold.

As a fan of walking, it goes without saying that the Greenway Plan that the Lower Paxton Township supervisors most likely will approve tonight looks like a good idea. The plan for the Linglestown area includes on- and off-road bikeways and walkways.

I have several questions related to the plan:

What would be done along Mountain and Linglestown roads, if anything, to make them township on-road bikeways?

Would sidewalks be constructed on streets marked neighborhood bikeways and walkways? Some kind of path is sorely needed along Blue Mountain Parkway and sections of Balthaser Street. Also, Linglestown Road east of Blue Mountain Parkway has a very narrow shoulder for riding bicycles.

Does the recommendation to improve the intersection at Linglestown Road and Blue Mountain Parkway take into consideration improvements already planned in the village improvement project slated to start construction this summer?

It looks like the plan will take many years to get close to being fully implemented. Will the numerous greenway improvements planned throughout the township be funded with monies other than state grants?

Developing story …


At 6:39 PM, Blogger B said...

The Greenway plan is pretty exciting news. I have always wondered why there were not more sidewalks and bike paths in LPT.

I do have a concern regarding a bike path on Mountain Road. How will the township ensure a safe path? Traffic up and down Mountain Road has been out right crazy over the last 5 years. It's a 35mph zone and there are constantly cars that are traveling well above that speed. The hill in front of the Turkey Hill is actually marked as a 25mph section yet I see cars almost come off the ground as they go over that hill everyday! It's scary to think what it would be like riding a bike right next to that.


At 7:46 PM, Blogger BB said...

I share your concern about Mountain Road – a similar question was posed in my post.

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a comment on the photo in your post...it is gorgeous!

At 8:48 PM, Blogger BB said...

Thanks! The photo is looking out over a field at the eastern edge of the village with Blue Mountain in the background. It was taken last fall.

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question regarding these trails. Are they planning on placing any of these trails through people's property? I know a few years ago there was a plan to put a bike/walking path through the middle of my back yard and my neighbor's yard.


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