Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.
Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.
—Bob Weir, Grateful Dead
The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
—William Saroyan, Nobel Prize Winner
The completed Great Allegheny Passage will bring in $100 million in tourism dollars.
—Linda McKenna Boxx, President Allegheny Trail, 2013
The proposed Ohio River Trail, when completed will enhance and further develop recreational opportunities for the communities along the Ohio River Trail corridors as well as the region, by linking existing and proposed pedestrian, bicycle, recreation, open space, and transportation facilities while protecting environmental and cultural resources and improving public access to the river’s edge. One of the major outcomes of the project will be to foster further recreation and cultural-based economic development within the local communities and the region, capitalizing on the synergy of ecotourism and the potential development of a larger recreation and parks system as a way to reposition all the evolved communities for the 21st century business and lifestyle needs.
—Sean Garrigan, Ohio River Trail Feasibility Study Principal
Blue Trails are an organizing tool that galvanizes citizen support for clean water and healthy riverside lands. They inspire people to protect important habitat and provide corridors for people and wildlife. While specific protections vary from community to community, Blue Trails are often associated with conservation easements, land acquisition, stream buffer requirements, stream flow protections, and higher water quality standards.