The same path that was named the Best Urban Trail in the nation by a USA Today poll earlier this year hasn't exactly been living up to its title. In just the past three weeks, three women have been assaulted while running along the Center City section of the Schuylkill River Trail. The incidents follow after multiple bike robberies were reported in the summer on the same stretch.
Now, city, police, and park officials are working with residents who frequent the trail to address the safety precautions that the trail currently lacks. A public discussion yesterday with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson resulted in four proposed changes to the Schuylkill River Trail: 1) Adding more mile markers to the trail; 2) improving the lighting system; 3) installing cameras; and 4) adding more police presence along the trail.
Want to weigh in? Officials plans for another public discussion in a month.
·These photos from the Schuylkill River Trail will make you want to take up running again [Curbed Philly]
·City officials work to put stop to reported groping on Schuylkill River Trail [6 ABC]
·Why are people being assaulted along the Schuylkill River Trail? [BillyPenn]