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History of the
GIL Feasibility Study
What is it?
The Gettysburg Bicycle System effort started when seeds were planted in 2003, as individuals of the Adams County Physical Fitness Task Force chose a goal of creating safe bicycling in Gettysburg. In 2004, PennDot made technical help available from URS Corporation to develop the Gettysburg Bicycle Connection Planning Study. URS finished their report in May 2005. That report inspired the Gettysburg Inner Loop Feasibility Study, which commenced in late 2007.
The Gettysburg Inner Loop Feasibility Study (GIL) effort was a partnership between Gettysburg Borough and Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI). The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program did the technical work. Grateful thanks are owed to their staff person, David Lange, who did a wonderful job. Additionally, the Adams County Office of Planning and Development graciously contributed quite a bit of in-kind work.
HABPI was the workhorse of the effort, having offered its assistance to the Borough. Kick off community meetings with business leaders, elected officials and Borough citizens were held in November 2007, and continued throughout the process. Working in harmony, Borough and HABPI identified a potential alignment, which was approved in August 18, 2009.
The effort enjoyed tremendous community support. In June 2010, The Adams County Health Summit featured the GIL, as over 50 community leaders warmly welcomed the release of the GIL Feasibility Study Executive Summary. Presentations were made by nationally known health advocate, Mark Fenton; Gettysburg Borough Councilperson Susan Naugle; and HABPI Board Member, Tom Jolin.
Appendix A1-A22: Letters of Support
Appendix B: Gettysburg Bicycle Ordinance
Appendix C: Owner and Property Address Along
The Executive Summary from June 2010 provides key details about the project including projected costs and the proposed route.
The complete Feasibility Study was published in September 2010. The 5.7 MB file provides 53 pages of information including street and aerial views of the proposed route. The 101 pages of Appendices are available as follows-
Appendix D: Campbell/Thomas Cost Estimate
Appendix E: GIL Parking Deck Alignment by
......................Steinwehr Business Alliance
Appendix F: Toole Design Group Bicycle
Appendix G: URS 2005 Gettysburg Bicycle Study
Appendix H: Gettysburg National Military Park
......................Alignment, May 8, 2009
Appendix I: Gettysburg College Support of GIL Press
Appendix J1-J18: Newspaper Articles
Appendix K: Gettysburg Inner Loop Project Fact
Appendix L: Study Survey/Results
Appendix M: Project Benefit Analysis
IMPORTANT: The GIL Feasibility Study was not meant to a book of pages that just took up space on a shelf. Implementation resulted.
Check out: GIL-What's done?
Above is the cover of the GIL Feasibility Study
with a rendering near Broadway by Julie Regnier
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