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I did the ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC about 3 or 4 years ago, and it was a lot of fun. At the time, of course, you had to do portions on the road. I suppose some might be a little squimish about doing some of the road portions, which is why this is good news - it makes the ride more accessible for more people (even if the accessibility is more self-imposed than real). I remember seeing portions of the trail under construction, and it sure looked like there were some spectacular vistas from some of those high railroad trellises.

There's another article about the trail in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06349/746358-140.stm, as well as positive editorial here: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06352/746932-192.stm. Among other things, the editorial states that the trail "is a project that is all about fitness, health and vitality -- and is nothing if not cool. It would seem a natural ally to the city's efforts to keep and attract young people."

I'm really digging this idea that bike trails are a viable part of economic redevelopment.

For anyone who cares, I've posted further random musings on this subject on my team's blog: http://www.racingunion.org/CommentView,guid,67b594ce-557f-46ac-998c-31259e170055.aspx

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