Cranberry Gears Up for Bike Traffic
As part of the CycleCT program, the township will begin implementing "Share the Road" signs and pavement markings this month.
Cranberry is issuing a sign—make that several—of things to come for local bikers.
The township this month will begin to implement its Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections Plan, which the township's board of supervisors adopted in December of 2010.
In the next several weeks, residents will begin seeing "Share the Road" signs and pavement markings on the roads as part of the township's new CycleCT program. The plan encompasses a variety of bicycle-related efforts within Cranberry, a statement from the township said.
The first segment of signage and markings will begin at the northern end of Graham Park and continue south along Graham Park Drive through BelleVue Park, down Haine School Road, across Freedom Road to LaPorte Road, Greenwood Drive, and Rolling Road before ending on Thorn Hill Road at the border with neighboring Marshall Township.
The total length of the segment is about 3.5 miles.
The plan puts together a cohesive network of bikeways, primarily along local roads. The paths would link together key sites in the township, as well as provide for safe recreational bike riding, a township statement said.
Cranberry's bike/ped plan is an offshoot of the township comprehensive plan adopted in 2009. During that plan's development, residents consistently cited the need for improved connections foot and bicycle path throughout Cranberry.
In early 2010, an advisory group of township residents used information previously developed for the comprehensive plan to identify a specific series of routes for bike trails and sidewalks, the township said.
The list identified walking routes in all three municipal parks as well as along Freshcorn Road, Powell Road, Marshall Road, Route 19 and Haine School Road. Proposed sidewalk installations included Freedom Road, Powell Road, Peters Road and Rochester Road.
The goals of the bike/ped plan include promoting bicycle and pedestrian mobility, improving safety and increasing access to sites in and around the township such as workplaces, stores, schools and parks, the township said.
In addition to owning more than 600 acres of park lands, the Cranberry rights-of-way which could eventually become available for pedestrian use include more than 100 miles of locally-owned roadways and more than 15 linear miles above buried sewer lines.
More information about the township's bike/ped plan and its CycleCT program is available online at by clicking here.
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