Philly Running Community,
In lieu of recent events regarding commuter safety on the Schuylkill River Trail, the city has received our proposal to enact a community trail watch. Thank you to Councilman Johnson for being incredibly responsive, as this has all developed in less than 24 hours.
We believe that a strong city can only exist with a strong community. We do not believe that relying solely on the City of Philadelphia to fix all of our problems is realistic, pragmatic, or ethical. As trail users, it is our duty to advocate for safety and positive use of the incredible resources that we are so fortunate to have.
So, the City of Philadelphia, through the endorsement of Councilman Johnson, will be working together with multiple stakeholders to solidify our efforts and get a community trail watch organized as early as March. All of those who are interested are encouraged to sign up to RUN215's community outreach component, #SoleSquadPHL.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE COMMUNITY WATCH:
1. Participants MUST be available for training by Town Watch Integrated Services (to be conducted early March)
2. Participants should expect VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME to be scheduled (within their stated availability) for patrol throughout the week
3. Participants will be required to not only be a set of eyes on the trail, but to contribute to an overall culture of positivity on the trail including but not limited to:
- Helping users with directions,
- Picking up litter
- Conflict resolution
- Recognizing potential criminal activity
- Actively USING the trail (biking, running, walking, etc)
4. Participants will be outfitted with specific clothing and walkie talkies to be identified by trail users
5. Participants will be required to conduct themselves in a way that sets a positive example for all trail users.
This is an exciting time to be a Philadelphian. With each pitfall comes an opportunity to show our resolve.
If you are interested in joining this amazing opportunity, please sign up HERE to receive correspondence from RUN215.
Author: Jon Lyons
Founder of RUN215. Fitness Activist. Father. Self-diagnosed running addict.