Pike 2 Bike
If you can imagine post apocalyptic America, this would be it!
Broken 4 lane super highway. Forest crushing onto the pavement, dark tunnels into the mountains.
Is this the past, or is it the future?
Trail 8.5 miles long, Ray's Hill Tunnel .7 miles long, the shortest tunnel on the PA Turnpike, Sidling Hill Tunnel 1.3 miles long, the longest tunnel.
Home of the world's first rumble strips and road reflectors.
The world's only Super Highway turned into a bicycle trail.
Movies and music videos have used the ruined remains as backgrounds.
A local church uses the tunnels for women's choir practice.
Used by the United States Army to train troops going to Iraq in ambush tactics.
Original Howard Johnson Menu from the Turnpike Service Plaza
Use of the Trail
Officially the trail is not open.
Those who ride, do so at their own risk.
Unofficially the trail is used by hundreds.
We ask that you follow these rules:
1. Wear a helmet.
2. Use lights in the tunnels
3. Don't disturb anything
The Pike 2 Bike is a non-motorized trail.
ATVs, dirt bikes, motorcycles or any motor vehicles are prohibited!
Pike to Bike Vision Statement*
Recreation is an essential activity that enhances the quality of life for Bedford and Fulton County residents and fosters personal wellness, strengthens the sense of community, prevents crime, contributes to a healthy economy and preserves the environment. The Pike to Bike will strive to provide a trail that:
Aspires to the highest standard of excellence through quality design and materials and through cooperative partnerships with diverse community organizations.
Fosters the need of the citizens for recreational pursuits within a natural and leisure environment.
Provides stewardship of the community's recreational, natural cultural and historic resources.
Project Mission Statement
Objective #1 Enhance Recreational Opportunities.
An improved recreational corridor will create linkages between disparate activities and promoted a regional recreation district. An expanded recreational district will serve as a recreational destination through the Mid-Atlantic region.
Objective #2 Stimulate Economic Development.
A regional Recreation corridor will attract visitors from a large surrounding area. Travelers will require services before, during, and after they use the newly created trail. The town of Breezewood and possibly the former Sideling Hill service plaza, serve as ideal locations to promote the trail and will directly benefit from the increased usage.
Objective #3 Improve wildlife Habitat
Any permanent preservation of land, especially corridors, promoted wildlife habitat. The creation of a governance entity is proposed to address land management practices and consequently to improve the overall quality of habitat found along the trail.
Objective #4 Capitalize on the Unique Historical Resource
Representing the only current example of a superhighway to trail conversion, the trail corridor will become a destination for history buffs and transportation enthusiasts alike. The ability to walk or bicycle through tunnels previously restricted to automobile traffic presidents a distinct marketing opportunity. the overlay of major historical natural, and recreational resources represent a unique interpretive opportunity, with the current trail project representation the next phase of a continuum for the resource corridor.
Objective #5 Total Trail Renovation
Total Trail Renovation speaks to the goal of having a plan of action which promotes the previous four goals and the means to execute this plan.
* From Gannet Fleming's Master Plan and Adaptive Re-use Study.
Original Turnpike postcard
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