Warren Bike Trail
By Matthew Canby
Warren Cycle Shop
Along the Allegheny River, there is a beautiful bike path that connects North Warren to downtown Warren. I drive every day up Market Street which runs parallel to the bike path and there’s always a lot of traffic on the path, whether it’s people running, walking, or riding their bicycles. The path is relatively flat, which is great for beginners, families, and those looking to add some exercise in their daily routine.
Through our bike shop in downtown Warren, we use the bike path quite a bit. During the summer, we host group rides on multiple weeknights for just about any skill level. We have a beginner group that usually goes from our shop to the end of the path and back, which ends up being about seven miles. Our more advanced groups use the bike path as well, to get from downtown to anywhere north of Warren on their rides. The path is a safer alternative to the four-lane Market Street, which has a small shoulder, cars going 40-45 miles per hour, and lots of traffic. The path runs along the Allegheny River, offering beautiful, scenic views while you ride up the path.
In my personal opinion, I think there should be more bike paths in Warren. With the new 46-mile mountain bike trail system being constructed at Jake’s Rocks (a 20-minute drive from Warren), the town is becoming more bicycle-friendly and more bike paths like the North Warren Bike/Hike trail will be necessary.