What’s happening in Confluence and Meyersdale can be repeated in McKees Rocks and on Neville Island, according to bicycling advocate Mary Shaw.
Confluence and Meyersdale are among the “Trail Towns” along the Great Allegheny Passage that have gained new businesses serving bikers and hikers traveling from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.
McKees Rocks, Stowe, Neville and Coraopolis could benefit similarly from development of safer routes for cyclists and pedestrians through their communities, she said.
Stowe Commissioner Cheryl McDermott predicted business growth along both the main biking route as well as the proposed cycling and pedestrian loops within municipalities.
“This plan will bring more people into our communities to see what we are about,” she said. “It is the missing link.”
“Bicycles mean business,” Scott Bricker, executive director of Bike Pittsburgh, said. On-street bike lanes encourage people to stop and shop at local stores, he said.