Bike path receives Community Transportation award

The Bike Path Project, a collaboration between Penn State Altoona, the City of Altoona, and PennDOT, received a 2013 Community Transportation Excellence award from the 10 Thousand Friends of Pennsylvania, an alliance of organizations and individuals committed to land use policies in the state. A small ceremony was held at the path on July 11 in recognition of the award.

The pedestrian and bike path was officially dedicated in 2010. The six-tenths of a mile stretch is part of an approximately 2.7-mile route connecting the Ivyside campus to the downtown campus. It runs along Juniata Gap Road from West 14th Avenue to Chestnut Avenue.

The city of Altoona, through the Department of Transportation's Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative, was awarded $300,000 to install the path between the two campuses for safety purposes and to promote walking and biking as alternative means of transportation.

The award recognizes projects that "catalyze community investment" and reflect responsible land use, according to a letter from the group.

Last Updated July 16, 2013