Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

INTRODUCING THE LINK  - November 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

It is 125 miles of multimodal trails that snake into most every corner of the Lehigh Valley, serving as recreation for some and commuting corridors for other, and another 100 miles of trails waiting to be added soon.

To this point, it’s been called the Lehigh Valley trail network, but now it is simply known as THE LINK.

A host of partners that included the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Discover Lehigh Valley, Lehigh County, Northampton County, the LVPC, Lehigh Valley Greenways, PennDOT, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Wildlands Conservancy announced a major effort to raise awareness, community interest and money to enhance and grow the region’s trail network.

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NEW SAFETY FOCUS TAKES AIM AT TRAFFIC DEATHS, INJURIES  - November 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Every year more than 50 people are killed in traffic accidents in the Lehigh Valley and another 150 are seriously injured, but regional leaders are now increasing efforts to bring both of those numbers down.

Some of that new safety push will involve state-of-the-art designs to make the road, trail and transit infrastructure safer, but the biggest impact can be made by changing dangerous behaviors that leave drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and children at risk.

That was the message from traffic safety experts in Lehigh and Northampton counties last week during the LVPC’s Multimodal Working Group meeting.

“Transportation safety is an enormous issue in the Lehigh Valley,” said LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley. “When people think about traffic, they think of only cars, but pedestrians and cyclists are part of traffic, so if we’re going to tackle this issue, we need to consider safety globally.”

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MACUNGIE BOROUGH IS OUR 2018 COMMUNITY OF DISTINCTION  - November 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Macungie Borough’s municipal neighbors have added thousands new homes and millions of square feet of warehouse space in the past decade.

That left borough leaders with a dilemma: Continue on their own track and hope the impact of thousands more trucks and cars didn’t overwhelm the borough, or get proactive in protecting the borough’s quality of life and historic character.

The borough chose the proactive approach by taking steps to insulate its historic downtown and make Route 100 – its literal Main Street – safer, while partnering with five neighboring communities in southwest Lehigh County to construct a roadmap for the future.

For those reasons, Macungie Borough was named the LVPC’s 2018 Community of Distinction, Wednesday during the 5th Annual Lehigh Valley Gala + Awards at DeSales University.

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BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP'S DISTINCTION IS BALANCE AND COOPERATION  - November 2018

Matt Assad, Managing Editor

Look across the horizon from many sections of Bushkill Township and you’re likely to see rolling fields of farmland or large swaths of wooded area. That more than 40 percent of the township is agriculture or undeveloped land is a source of pride for residents.

But that hasn’t stopped township leaders from partnering with neighboring communities more receptive to land development.

That willingness to balance its focus on preserving the township’s rural character with the needs of its neighbors made Bushkill Township the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s 2015 Community of Distinction, and earlier this month the LVPC gave the borough a way to share its honor with people entering the borough.

During a ceremony at the October Board of Supervisors meeting, LVPC Executive Director Becky Bradley and Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure unveiled steel signs emblazoned with the “Community of Distinction” title and logo, to be placed along borough roads and in parks.

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