Parks for People
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park seeks to continue promoting and expanding the use of the park among densely populated and diverse communities as a close-to-home recreational resource. Once method for connecting with nearby communities and promoting use of the park is through the Bicycle Loan program, allowing visitors to check out a bike for up to 3 hours for use along the C&O Canal towpath. There is no cost associated with the program as all bicycles were acquired through grant funding or by donation. The Bicycle Loan Program significantly enhances the connection of visitors and communities to the park, by providing them with close-to-home recreation and increasing their access to explore the C&O Canal.
During 2012 the bicycle loan program has become quite popular in Williamsport, Maryland. When promoted during the 2012 Let's Move Outside C&O Canal Junior Ranger Day Camp, children were very excited to know they could come back and go for a bike ride with their families.
Did You Know?
Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.