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Media Contact:
Dennis Markatos-Soriano, ECGA Executive Director
Phone: (919) 622-1760  Emaildennis@greenway.org

Niles Barnes, ECGA Trail Coordinator
Phone: (859) 904-9634   Emailniles@greenway.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DURHAM, NC – The East Coast Greenway Alliance is hosting a 48-mile public bicycle ride on October 9 to highlight greenway progress in the Triangle region and to promote healthy and active transportation.

The East Coast Greenway Cross-Triangle Ride from downtown Durham’s Diamond View Park to Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences features nearly 48 miles of creeks, curves, and beautiful scenery. It takes place almost entirely on greenway trails and passes through 10 public parks in Durham, Cary, and Raleigh.

Leaders and champions at the local, state, and regional levels have forged significant trail progress in the Triangle region, where the East Coast Greenway’s 2,900-mile trail route from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida, includes more than 90% of traffic-separated trail for over 70 miles.

Of 25 metro areas in the East Coast Greenway’s Maine to Florida corridor, the Triangle is the most developed in terms of percentage of traffic-separated greenways.

One pivotal improvement for the region was the 2014 installation of the American Tobacco Bridge over I-40. Prior to the bridge, residential and commercial centers were cut off from each other north and south of I-40 because there was no safe bicycle or pedestrian crossing.

The bridge is already making dramatic impacts on public health, sustainable transportation, and economic development. According to a study by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education, which states:

Direct annual expenditures on groceries, retail, and restaurants related to trips on the trail rose from approximately $2.4 million pre-bridge to $6.1 million post-bridge – an increase of $3.7 million.

A project to bridge the two-mile gap between the American Tobacco Trail and Cary’s White Oak Greenway is expected be completed in 2017.

Local cyclists will be joined on Friday’s Cross Triangle Ride by a group of 35 touring cyclists arriving as part of a 325-mile ride from Fredericksburg, VA, to Raleigh, NC. An annual fundraiser for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the Week A Year (WAY) Tour is an annual ride, steadily working its way south since the first WAY Tour launched from Calais, Maine in 2011. Riders have been covering one section of the East Coast Greenway each year. They are on target to complete the 2,900-mile route in Key West in 2019.

Raleigh cyclist and Director of Health Services at Meredith College, Sherri Henderson, is participating in this year’s WAY Tour. “The East Coast Greenway is a wonderful resource that runs through the ‘front and ‘back yards’ of Meredith College. It’s was part of the reason that in 2012 our Health Center chose to use funds purchase two bikes for students, faculty and staff to check out from the library. To date, the bikes have been checked out of the library over 250 times – 237 of those times by students.  Meredith College is so fortunate to have the Capital Area Greenway and the East Coast Greenway on our campus!”

Ride partners for Friday’s East Coast Greenway Cross Triangle Ride include the American Diabetes Association, American Tobacco Campus, REI and SAS.

The Durham-based East Coast Greenway Alliance is heading into its 25th year, creating a national treasure for all Americans to enjoy for generations to come. You can learn more about the East Coast Greenway at www.greenway.org.


 

The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) is the non-profit organization leading the development of the East Coast Greenway (ECG), a 2,900 mile trail route from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. Based in Durham, NC, the Alliance promotes the vision of connecting local trails into a continuous route; provides strategic assistance for states, counties, and municipalities that build local trail sections; officially designates trails as part of the ECG trail system; posts signage; and makes maps and guides to facilitate use of the Greenway. The ECG passes through 15 states, connects 25 major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, and creates a safer environment for active-transportation users of all ages and abilities.

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