September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance Announces Route Alignment Across Pennsylvania and Inaugural Bicycle Tour from Flight 93 National Memorial to New York City at the National September 11 Memorial.

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1,300 mile route of the September Eleventh National Memorial Trail

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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 to be leading this inaugural bike ride, knowing how many others will enjoy and learn from this route in the years ahead.”

September 11th National Memorial Trail Map:  

https://www.911trail.org/trail-map/september-11th-national-memorial-trail/

Trail Map Tour with historic sites of interest:  

http://dcnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=621c3168fa1d4761a282ef8c19ecb1aa&webmap=e677b70818fe40759081e824278195ef

Below is a link to the draft report that resulted in the current alignment:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/99vz8cr0ztqm15e/AAAOCQ1ikptTms-YinA05hKxa?dl=0

Informational sessions and overnights are planned in September as follows:

10th    Berlin, PA 16th    Womelsdorf, PA

11th    Windber, PA 17th    Pottsville, PA

12th    Cresson, PA 18th    Allentown, PA

13th    Huntingdon, PA 19th    Delaware Water Gap, PA

14th    Mifflintown, PA 20th    Morristown, NJ

15th    Harrisburg, PA 21st    Tour ends in New York, NY

 

You can meet the riders to learn more about the trail at the following locations.

Friday, Sept. 11, 6:30pm, Windber Hotel, 502 15th st., Windber 15963, 814-467-6999

http://www.thewindberhotel.com/

Saturday, Sept. 12, 6:00pm, Station Inn,  Cresson , dinner locale TBD

Sunday, Sept. 13, 5:00pm outdoor dinner/reception   Portstown Park in Huntingdon

Monday, Sept. 14, 7:00pm, The Red Zone Sports Bar and Grill, 34 Envision Dr., Miflintown)  http://www.redzonepa.com/  i

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 3:00pm, Pennsylvania State Capitol steps, Harrisburg,4:30pm Firehouse Bar & Restaurant, 606 2nd St., Harrisburg.

Friday, Sept. 18, 1:30pm Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 2pm Slatington, 5pm Coplay (Ironton Rail Trail), 7:00pm Allentown Brew Works 812 W. Hamilton St., Allentown 18101 610-433-7777 http://www.thebrewworks.com/allentown-brewworks/

Saturday, Sept. 19, 12:30pm Gap Theater, 47 S. Broadway, Wind Gap., 6pm, Delaware Water Gap dinner (Fellowship House, behind the Presbyterian Church of the Mountain, Main St., 18327)

Anyone interested in participating in this event, or in meeting with members of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance’s Board and supporters along the route should contact David Brickley at 911trail@comcast.net or Eric Brenner at ericbrenner@starpower.net.

For further information on the press release, please contact: andyhamilton911nmt@gmail.com or 267-236-3407

You can find our map located on our website:

https://www.911trail.org/ Scroll on the home page until the map comes up, then click on it for an interactive process, showing some of the key places that the trail connects.

One Response Comment

  • Linda Lester  December 17, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I just read about this trail and am so excited to share it with friends. Is there an anticipated complete date for the full 1,300 miles? Is the inaugural ride (or 2nd, 3rd, etc. rides) going to happen each year? I am already a member and thank you all for your continued work.

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