I am incredibly saddened to hear about the incident on the Schuylkill River Trail that occurred last night, and are so thankful that the man and woman involved were left physically unharmed.
These incidents, although they have been few and far between, are unacceptable and create a palpable sense of fear on a trail that should be known instead for it's beauty, innovation, and accessibility to anyone - no matter who they are or where they are from.
With these incidents come the sad statements that they are "part of living in a big city." We reject this notion. No one should be the victim of such awful crimes, and RUN215 (with the amazing support of Councilman Johnson and the SRDC) have grappled with different solutions to protect the trail from these types of incidents. On top of increased patrols by the Philadelphia Police Department, improved lighting and signage on the trails, and other efforts, we organized a community based watch called the Schuylkill River Trail Watch. While fervor was massive in the beginning, we failed to gather enough people interested in volunteering to make this a reality. We are extremely disappointed that this is the result of the incredible efforts of The City, SRDC, PPD, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Town Watch Integrated Services, and multiple city agencies.
We thank the volunteers that DID sign up to patrol the trail, and hope that with time there will be enough momentum to give this initiative another shot in the future.
- Jon Lyons
Founder // Run215
Author: Jon Lyons
Founder of RUN215. Fitness Activist. Father. Self-diagnosed running addict.