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Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: To strengthen the sustainability and effectiveness of the lackawanna heritage valley.

Programs: Colaborative initiatives with lackawanna heritage valley authority include:bike share program: in may 2015 heritage valley partners and lackawanna heritage valley authority launched bikescranton, a free bike share program. Bicycles are available at six locations: the weinberg library at the university of scranton, marywood university, hilton scranton & conference center, strive bike store, radisson hotel, and lackawanna heritage valley headquarters. With photo id, adults age 18 and older may borrow a bicycle for a short time, or an entire day, at no charge. Between may 2015 and october 1, 2017, approximately 635 bicycles were borrowed by primarily scranton residents (86%) for the bike scranton bike share program at five different sites in the city of scranton. The average age of participants was 35. In 2017, a $20,000 grant was awarded by the nepa health care foundation that provided funding to develop the current program to include accessible bikes, including recumbent and hand cycles. Partnerships with the physical therapy department of the university of scranton, geisinger commonwealth medical college, and members of iaim (individual abilities in motion) have guided the program. While the opening of the carbondale riverwalk was delayed due to installation of a gas pipeline, the bike carbondale bike share was developed and partners with the carbondale ymca and the anthracite hotel. The program's opening to the public is planned for spring 2018. Olive street pavilion: with the growing number of community walk, runs and events focused on the lackawanna river heritage trail, it began necessary to have a central organizational point. Many events and educational instruction were too dependent upon the weather and the lack of a large meeting place that could accommodate the attendees. A pavilion was constructed at the center of all the activities and open for public use. The pavilion was financed through foundation, corporate, and local county government grants. The pavilion was opened to the public in november 2017 and naming rights were granted to the major sponsor, the scranton half marathon. Multimodal street crossings: in 2017, the project moved from the design to implementation phase to update six intersections in the city of scranton which the trail users utilize. The project will aid in the safety of all trail users and motor vehicle drivers.

workshops and conferences - heritage valley partners conducted public education conferences on heritage trails and economic development.

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