While both counties have been developing robust trail networks within their borders (especially Monmouth). The long and vaguely defined Capital to Coast Trail has sadly been a low priority. Unlike the Monmouth Heritage Trail and the Delaware and Raritan Canal there is no abandoned right of way to to take advantage of. The construction of the trail will have to be tackled in small chunks. A strategy that has been used by the Lawrence and Hopewell Trail Corporation to piece together the nearby Lawrence Hopewell Trail.
Fortunately the corridor is blessed with a string of state and county open space lands and roads with very wide rights of way. A basic alignment has been mapped by both county planning departments and perhaps
most importantly the Mercer County portion connects directly with the Circuit. The Circuit is listed as a major regional bicycle and pedestrian project in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's Connectons 2040 Long Range Plan, which puts the regional trail network on the same high priority list as major major highway and transit projects.
What can you do?
The simplest and easiest thing to do is to "Like" the Friends of the Capital to Coast Trail on Facebook. This will show your support for the trail and keep you up to date on future development as well as informing you about exploratory walks, organizational meetings and trail maintenance events.
Secondly you want to help ensure that funding is readily available for planning and construction, in Mercer County this means supporting Circuit Commitment Campaign. The Campaign seeks to replenish the 10 Million Regional Trails fund that has helped build sections of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail among others in the Delaware Valley Region of South Jersey.
- Sign the online Circuit petition and post it to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- Educate yourself on The Circuit and the campaign with this narrated presentation.
- Help our postcard campaign by distributing postcards to your church, favorite coffee shop, bike club, or other public space. E-mail the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and they mail them to you.
For the Capital to Coast Trail will require a dedicated group of volunteers to take action and engage the community. The reward would be the ability to bike or walk across some of the most pleasant terrain in the state as easily as it is to drive through it on I-195 today.