Shippensburg Revitalization Group

Volunteers with the Shippensburg Revitalization Group bicycle friendly Shippensburg initiative install the first of a series of bicycle racks at the University Grille in downtown Shippensburg.

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The Shippensburg Revitalization Group is installing new bicycle racks in an effort to foster community development.

SRG chairman Mitchell Burrows, a local businessman and alumnus of Shippensburg University, is spearheading the project.

“This is an exciting time to be living in Shippensburg,” Burrows said. “There has been a great deal of enthusiasm among friends and neighbors for revitalizing our downtown, and the bike racks are an important step toward that goal.”

The first rack was recently installed at University Grille and a second rack will be placed at Rita’s of Shippensburg.

The Bicycle Friendly Shippensburg initiative will also include the creation and distribution of maps showing the locations of all the bike racks in the community with a listing of the bicycle-friendly businesses participating in the program. Other plans include working with local officials to make the downtown more bike and pedestrian-friendly, the creation of a community bike share program, and the development of a multi-use performance space at the new trailhead of the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail at the corner of Fort and Earl streets.

“The extension of the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail into the borough provides a real opportunity to guide residents, students, and visitors to our local businesses,” said Allen Dieterich-Ward, an associate professor of history at Shippensburg University and author of “Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America.” “Just like the importance of riverfront trails in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, our trail provides a sense of place and identity that can serve as the cornerstone of community empowerment and economic development.”

Anyone interested in participating in the program can contact Burrows at volunteer@shiprevitalization.org or call (717) 530-1148.

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