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PennDOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan


PennDOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan 



PennDOT Announcement:

PennDOT’s updated statewide Master Plan update will utilize your input and feedback to outline a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania. Your participation throughout 2018 is crucial so the plan can be finalized in 2019. The public will be continuously engaged during the Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan update through the project website, the public input survey, and several online webinars.
The project website features milestones, links to additional resources and a way to sign up for project updates via email or contact a team representative with questions.
All Pennsylvanians are encouraged to take the brief, 22-question public input survey regarding your feelings towards bicycling and walking. The survey takes approximately 3 minutes to complete.
Thank you for your interest in the Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan update project. 

Please click here to take the survey.




2016 Pennsylvania Bicycle & Pedestrian Policy Study

2007 PennDOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan

Woodlawn P&LE RR Station

Woodlawn Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (P&LE) Railroad Station, Aliquippa

The Aliquippa Station, which is located adjacent to the Ohio River Greenway Trail, is a former railway station located 111 Station Street in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States. The station was constructed and used by the now defunct Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad. Constructed in 1911, the station has also gone by the name of Woodlawn Station because of the former town of Woodlawn that was merged with Aliquippa in the late 1870s. After the station closed to passengers, it was used for several years by the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company as an office building. Today, the structure sits vacant just outside the city of Aliquippa. The station was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.


Aliquippa's Beginnings by Denver Walton

Milestones Vol 17 No 1 Spring 1992

Why is West Aliquippa northeast of Aliquippa? Was Aliquippa named for an Indian Queen? No, despite the fact that every history of the town starts with Queen Aliquippa, who met with George Washington near McKeesport.
The Aliquippa story starts with the completion of the P&LE Railroad through Beaver County in 1879. Iidian names were used for stations at rural locations where there were no towns or villages. There were, from the south, Shannopin station (South Heights today), West Economy (connected by ferry to Economy village), Woodlawn station at Woodlawn village, Aliquippa station at Jones Run, Kiasola station at Moon Run. Monaca station at what is now called Colona, and Philipsburg station (today's Monaca).
Within a few years an amusement park was built near Aliquippa station, and was called "Aliquippa Park". The park operated for 25 years. A village grew up near the park and in l891, the Russell Shovel factory was located there. In 1894 the village was incorporated and the new borough was called, of course, Aliquippa.
Aliquippa's closest neighbors were the village of Woodlawn, about a mile south on Logstown Run, and the village of New Sheffield, about 2 miles west at the headwaters of Logstown Run. (Both of these villages were named for their post offices.)
In 1906 the world changed for these villages. The Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation bought up all the flat riverside land between Aliquippa and Shannopin, including all the land between Woodlawn and the Ohio River. The amusement park site was part of the purchase. (J & L moved the park dance hall to Woodlawn to serve as the main office building.)
The new steel plant was called the Aliquippa Works of J & L, with headquarters at Woodlawn. This village began to grow swiftly as houses and stores were built in the valley of Logstown Run. The main street up the valley was called Franklin Avenue. Woodlawn was incorporated in 1908. In 1928, a drive commenced to merge the two boroughs under the name of the much smaller town, Aliquippa. J&L backed this merger, wanting their Aliquippa Works to be located in a town named Aliquippa, not Woodlawn. Voters approved the merger, and the Aliquippa of today was born, almost. One more step was needed. In 1929, the new Aliquippa annexed a large section of Hopewell Township, including New Sheffield village. Now, Aliquippa was complete.
The railroad station at Woodlawn had to be changed to Aliquippa, of course, and the former station was changed to West Aliquippa, because it was west of Aliquippa on the east-west, Pittsburgh to Youngstown, P&LE railroad. Soon the old town of Aliquippa was being called West Aliquippa, as it is today. This was the second time this town was named for a railroad station..
So much for the Queen Aliquippa legend. There is no record that she ever set foot on the land in the town that bears her name.

USA Track & Field Sanctioned & Certified 5/10K Road Races


USA Track & Field Sanctioned & Certified 5/10K Road Races

The Ohio River Trail River Run Race is sanctioned event that is being run according to applicable competition rules. The race is part of the USATF Three Rivers Territory located in the State of Pennsylvania west of Potter, Clinton, Centre, Huntingdon, and shared jurisdiction of the counties of Marshall, Brooke, Ohio, and Hancock in the state of West Virginia. However, the event brings runners from the tri-state area - Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia!
The Ohio River Trail Race route is a USATF-certified course, which is a road race course whose distance has been certified for accuracy. Courses must be certified for any road running performance to be accepted as a record or to be nationally ranked. Furthermore, running a race on a certified course allows you to accurately compare your time to performances run on other certified courses because you can be sure the distances were the same. No one can truly establish a personal best if the course distance is not accurate. In addition, a sanction is required for a record to be set. There are some exceptions to this rule, however.
The Ohio River Trail Council will be hosting a series of USATF certified and sanctioned 5/10K road races annually.
Ohio River Trail Council "River Run" Road Race Series

Event: 5 & 10K ● Race ● Run ● Walk ● Wheelchair




Six prizes for the complete spring, summer, and fall race series

(must participate in all three 5K's or 10K's):


  1. 10K First Place Overall - $100 cash

  2. 10K Second Place Overall - $75 cash

  3. 10K Third Place Overall - $50 cash

  4. 5K First Place Overall - $100 cash

  5. 5K Second Place Overall - $75 cash

  6. 5K Third Place Overall - $50 cash 

Rules: Fifty runners minimum PER RACE in order for CASH prizes to be awarded.  There is no separate men's and women's division for the cash PRIZE.




Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: 100 Water Street, Rochester Riverfront Park, Rochester, Pa.

Dates: Spring, Summer, and Fall

  1. April 8, 2018

  2. July 8, 2018

  3. October 7, 2018

Online registration: Available for the series and each race on Run Sign Up.

  1. Spring

  2. Summer

  3. Fall



Paper Registration

Same Day Registration & Packet Pickup: Begins at Flag Park at 7:20 am
Men & Women Awards Age Groups

14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-24, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, and 90 and over. 


Timing Services provided by the Wolf Creek Track Club.

Click the logo above for the race results.
Course Photos


Course Specifications

Name of USATF Course: Ohio River Trail 5K & 10k

USATF Certification Code for the Ohio River Trail 5K: PA17009NP 


Elevation (meters above sea level): Start 209m ● Finish 209m ● HIGHEST 213M ● LOWEST 208M ● SEPARATION 3.48%

recognized by the road runners club of america

ApproximATE 5K Start: GPS 40.698080, -80.285965; FOUR FEET EAST OF UTILITY POLE





Rochester Riverfront Park Unofficial Route Map - Google Earth


Rochester Riverfront Park Unofficial Route Map - Google Maps


Rochester Riverfront Park Unofficial Route Map - Map My Run

The Ohio River Trail Council Road Race is is a 3.10 mi out and back route. The route has a total ascent of 7.59 ft and has a maximum elevation of 698.82 ft. Click here to visit Map My Run.


Finish Line River Fest




River Run Finish Line Festival Professional Services Vendor Opportunity

Please click here to learn more about the River Run Finish Line Festival Professional Services Vendor Opportunity.


Vendors & Exhibitors

River Run Parking

USATF/RRTC Position on GPS used by runners

Effective June 6, 2014
GPS devices work by receiving signals from satellites. The quality of different GPS units can vary, but all of them can be affected by conditions such as buildings in urban environments or heavy overhead tree cover that interfere with reception of the satellite signals and can cause them to be inaccurate.
Race courses Certified by USATF are measured by a proven method that incorporates the calibration of measuring devices against a steel tape and are verified by multiple measurements.
Race courses are measured along a well-defined path called the “SPR”—the Shortest Possible Route that a runner can possibly run. Most runners don’t actually run the SPR, so the distance recorded by their GPS device will usually be longer than the certified length of the course, even though the course was properly measured along the SPR according to USATF rules. 



Spokes People

Spokes People

Spokes-People is PennDOT's quarterly bicycling e-newsletter. The purpose of Spokes-People is to help educate bicycle riders about safety, laws, and issues affecting cyclists in Pennsylvania. Feel free to forward the newsletter to other bicycling enthusiasts and encourage them to subscribe on PennDOT's website. Any comments on these articles, including ideas for topics you’d like to read about, can be directed to the PennDOT Press Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Great Allegheny Passage

Great Allegheny Passage 

The Ohio River Greenway Trail is the proposed connection between Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway in Ohio and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) in Pennsylvania. Presently there is no off-road bike path through Beaver County to the Montour Trail and the GAP. Below are some suggested on-road routes to the Great Allegheny Passage through Beaver County from the state of Ohio.  The ORTC makes no claims as to the safety of these directions.



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