1,300 mile route of the September Eleventh National Memorial Trail
The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance today announced its official interim trail alignment across Pennsylvania, which it will celebrate with an inaugural bicycle ride from western Pennsylvania to New York City beginning on September 10.
The ride will begin at the Great Allegheny Passage, Berlin, PA, join commemorative events on September 11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial, and then continue across Pennsylvania making numerous informational stops before concluding at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City on September 21.
On September 15, members of the Trail Alliance participating in the ride will meet with state officials in Harrisburg on the steps at 3:00 on September 15th to discuss how the new trail can support recreation, tourism and commemorative opportunities in Pennsylvania, which has more designated rail-trail conversions than any other state.
The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 1,300-mile commemorative trail linking the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA. The Trail is envisioned as a multi-use corridor for hiking and bicycling and features an accompanying back-road motor route for driving, motorcycling and public and tour transportation.
David Brickley, President of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance said, “This will be an historic ride to inaugurate the September 11th National Memorial Trail, a unique tribute to those who so tragically perished on September 11, 2001. The Trail serves as a symbol of the resiliency and character of the communities in which the victims and their families lived and worked. It also has been designed to link historic points of interest along the route where these fundamental traits of American character have shone throughout our history.”
Eric Brenner, September 11th National Trail Alliance board member and chairman of the Maryland Bicycle /Pedestrian Advisory Committee, said: “I’m honored …knowing how many others will enjoy and learn from this route in the years ahead.”