October 2013

In This Issue...

Greetings from the Director

  • Nothing Spooky Here

National News

  • State of the Greenway Summit Brings Nationwide Advocates together in Raleigh, NC
  • 3rd New England Bike & Walk Summit the Most Successful Yet
  • 2013 Fall/Winter Print Newsletter Now Available
  • ECGA Director to Speak at TEDx Talk Nov. 2nd

Spotlight

  • 15 New Trails Designated as ECG

ECG In the News

  • Great Newspaper Articles, Radio Interviews, and More




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Greetings from ECGA Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Nothing Spooky Here

Dear East Coast Greenway teammates,

When writing on Halloween, I feel I should focus on the scarier aspects of the East Coast Greenway -- the trolls under the bridges or alligators waiting for greenway users to stroll by slowly enough...

But October has been such a great month it's hard not to stay jolly like a later Holiday. We hosted the biggest ever New England Bike & Walk Summit in Providence a few weeks back, and then followed that up with a wonderful State of the Greenway weekend in the Triangle of North Carolina. Both events had involvement from the local Mayors as well as regional and state leadership from the public and private sectors.

We even hired another staffperson who we will introduce in our November e-news! While we may have scary state and federal budget cuts we'll have to fight in the months and years ahead, we can all enjoy our candy corn with confident smiles tonight!

Together, we can achieve a Healthy & Sustainable Future,

Dennis Markatos-Soriano

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National ECGA News
NC Welcomes ECG Advocates for State of the Greenway Weekend

Last weekend ECGA staff, Board, Trail Council, volunteers and members travelled from across the East Coast to Raleigh, NC, for our Fall State of the Greenway Summit. Events included a bike ride on the ECG, a wonderful reception at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and inspiring meetings that helped move our project forward.

75 Cyclists Ride From Durham to Raleigh on the ECG

Cross Triangle Greenway Ride

The group before the ride start in Durham, NC. Photo by Dave Read.

To kick off the weekend, we hosted a bike ride on Friday afternoon from Diamond View Park in downtown Durham to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Featuring 48 miles of beautiful scenery, the ride was over 85% on greenways. Cyclists from Maine to Florida (and even Portland, OR) participated. The sun was shining, but with a high of only 55 degrees, it was a brisk day. Two rest stops, one sponsored by REI, helped to keep riders fueled before arriving to the celebration reception in Raleigh.

rest stop

At a rest stop in Cary's Godbold Park. Photo by Tim Pflaum.

Friday Evening Greenway Celebration Reception

Held at the Nature Research Center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, riders joined with other greenway advocates including the Mayor of Raleigh, Nancy McFarlane; NC state senator Mike Woodard; and other business, foundation, non-profit, and government leaders to celebrate progress and momentum for greenways across North Carolina.

Local greenway leaders were recognized and given ECG tiles as a thank you for supporting the organization's mission and vision. Recipients included ECGA Advisory Board Chair Chuck Flink of Alta/Greenways, Sig Hutchinson of the Wake County Open Space & Parks Advisory Committee, Jasmine Smith and Mark Dessauer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and their foundation, Paul Harwood and Jacob Dolan of REI, and Lauren Blackburn of NCDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Division.

Chuck Flink Sig Hutchinson

Mayor McFarlane

Raleigh's Mayor Nancy McFarlane speaks to the reception crowd (above). Greenway leaders Chuck Flink and Sig Hutchinson are honored with ECG tiles (left). Photos by Tim Pflaum.

State of the Greenway Summit Brings Partners from Across NC

Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Wetland Center was a beautiful setting for our fall meetings on Saturday, October 26. In the morning we held our biannual State of the Greenway Summit, which featured updates on East Coast Greenway trail development and regional reports on groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, events, and other advances from Maine to Florida.

In addition, valuable North Carolina allies gave excellent presentations on their projects. Thank you to Sarah Worth O’Brien of NC State University's Institute for Transportation Research and Education; Kate Dixon, who leads the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail; and Ann Browning, who led the Carolina Thread Trail until her recent retirement, for your inspiring work.

We hosted our Annual Meeting in the afternoon, highlighting the strong health of the project and organization. Trustee elections followed - congratulations to Elizabeth Brody of NY, Paul Haydt of FL, and Al Nierenberg of MA who were re-elected, and to Dale Allen of FL who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board.

Kate Dixon

Kate Dixon of the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail speaking at the State of the Greenway Summit in Raleigh, NC

Trail Council Meeting

During our Trail Council meeting, 15 new trail sections were designated into the growing ECG trail network. They included 33 miles of spine routing and an additional 17 miles of alternate routing in Florida. 

The Trail Council also approved a clarification to the definition of what can be considered "completed" East Coast Greenway. This confirms that standard bicycle lanes are a welcome improvement but not considered completed ECG, while cycletracks (separated from motor vehicles by firm, fixed structures such as curbs or planters) when paired with sidewalks will be considered completed ECG, on par with shared-use pathways.

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the weekend a great success, and to our generous sponsors: REI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Performance Bicycle, Parks Hospitality Group, Sun Bicycles, American Tobacco Historic District, The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation, and Cabot Creamery!


ECGA Hosts Largest Ever New England Bike & Walk Summit

The 3rd New England Bike-Walk Summit, held in Providence, Rhode Island, on October 4th, was a sold-out show, with 600 people attending throughout the course of the day. Andy Clarke, President, League of American Bicyclists and Keith Laughlin, President, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy inspired conference attendees with speeches that provided insight from the local to the national level. The speakers; detailed presentations on engineering, design, planning, and advocacy strategies; a diverse poster session; and other networking opportunities all combined to make this the best New England Summit yet! 

NE summit speakers
ECGA's Board Chair Dave Read, Keith Laughlin, Andy Clarke, and Dennis Markatos-Soriano at the New England Bike Walk Summit in October, 2013

The ECGA is proud to produce this conference as a service to the region's bike and walk stakeholders every other year. We are grateful to all of our sponsors, especially underwriters the Sarah Hancock Fund and Tom's of Maine. A full sponsor list can be found here - thank you to everyone who supported this important event!

The day ended with the 3rd annual New England Builders' Ball, an exhibition and celebration of bicycle framebuilders in the northeast. Twenty-two exhibitors put their wares on display, and hundreds of people queued up to see their amazing work, accompanied by live music in the elegant setting of the Providence Biltmore's Grand Ballroom. The Ball will return to Providence next October, and the Summit will return in 2015. We hope to see you at both events!


Fall / Winter Newsletter Now Available

Read all about our Week a Year Tour, enjoy a first-person account of an ECG end-to-end rider, and more! Our latest "print" newsletter is now available for download, or please email debbie@greenway.org if you'd like to receive a hard copy version. Download the newsletter here!


ECGA Director to Speak at TEDx Raleigh

Dennis Markatos-Soriano will be speaking at the almost sold-out TEDx talk on Saturday, November 2nd in Raleigh, NC. Read more about the event and purchase tickets here: http://www.tedxraleigh.com/

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ECG Spotlight - New Trails Designated as ECG
15 New Trails Designated as ECG
At the Trail Council meeting October 26th in Raleigh, the ECG Trail Council approved fifteen additional trail segments for designation as East Coast Greenway. These trails range from important urban connectors, to beautiful rural sections, to scenic waterfront greenways. Now 29% of the overall East Coast Greenway is on trail! Thank you to our Trail Council and everyone who helped get these new trails designated.
Border to Boston Salisbury

Border-to-Boston Trail (Salisbury connector), Salisbury MA, 0.25 mi; new phase of existing designation.

This short piece loops under busy US Route One, eliminating the hazardous crossing that northbound users contended with.

Border to Boston Trail

Border to Boston Trail (Danvers section), Danvers, MA, 4.3 mi.

This beautiful stone dust trail provides access to the Swamp Walk, a destination for nature lovers all over the North Shore region.

Norther Strand, Malden

Northern Strand Community Trail (Malden section), Malden, MA, 3.1 mi.

Smooth asphalt trail provides connections to schools, playgrounds, and other local destinations.

Air Line Trail

Air Line Trail (Windham), Windham CT, 0.6 mi; new phase of existing designation.

This section extends from State Route 218 to the Chaplin border.

Hop River Trail

Hop River Trail section, Andover, CT, 0.1 mi; new phase of existing designation.

This short piece includes the famous covered bridge which carries the trail over Route 132.

D&L Canal

D&L Canal Trail, Rt. 13 passage, Tullytown, PA, 0.1 mi; new phase of existing designation.

The Canal had been cut off by US Rt. 13 decades ago, and a new underpass now allows trail users to bypass this obstruction.

Port Richmond Trail

Port Richmond Trail, Philadelphia, PA, 1.6 mi.

Running alongside busy North Delaware Ave. within sight of the iconic Philadelphia skyline, this trail takes walkers and cyclists away from truck traffic.

Penn St. Trail

Penn Street Trail, Philadelphia, PA, 0.25 mi.

Alongside N Columbus Blvd and adjacent to the Delaware River, this beautiful new facility features elegant plantings and numerous connections to  adjacent neighborhoods.

58th St. Connector

58th St. Connector, Philadelphia, PA, 0.7 mi.

A combination of cycletracks and sidewalks as well as traditional shared-use pathways, this facility is an engineering marvel, with connections to on-street bike lanes and athletic fields in a traditionally underserved neighborhood.

American Tobacco Trail

American Tobacco Trail (Durham), Durham, NC, 3.8 mi. in three pieces.

These sections run by multiple shopping centers, residential developments, and wooded areas with dramatic beaver lodges, turtles, and Great Blue Herons.

Amelia Island Trail

Amelia Island Trail, Nassau Co., FL, 6.2 mi.

This trail extends from Crady Bridge in the south to Peters Point, a public beach, in the north.  Running through canopied woods and alongside busy roads, this trail provides a nature experience as well as opportunities to do some shopping.

Halifax River Trail

Halifax River Trail, Daytona Beach, FL, 1.4 mi.

Winding along the Halifax River (part of the Intracoastal Waterway), this trail provides wonderfully scenic viewpoints as well as access to local amenities including Manatee Island Park and  the News-Journal Center, a performing arts theater.

Halifax River Trail Holly Hill

Halifax River Trail, Holly Hill, FL, 1.3 mi.

Adjoining Daytona Beach’s section of this trail, the Holly Hill portion provides scenic water vistas and access to waterfront parkland.

Overseas Heritage Trail

Overseas Heritage Trail, Monroe Co., FL, 9 mi; new phase of existing designation.

The Overseas Heritage Trail, when complete, will extend 106 miles from Key West to Key Largo. (About 70 miles are now complete.) The three most recently completed sections, together nine miles long, are in Layton, Lower Sugarloaf Key, and Big Coppitt Key.

Spring to Spring Trail

Spring-to-Spring Trail & East Central Regional Rail Trail (Alternate Route), Volusia Co, FL, 17.4 mi.

The five sections of trail that together form this designation are in Deltona, DeBary, and Deland.  As sections of the St. Johns River-to-the-Sea Loop, all are part of a tourist facility of growing significance to Volusia, Putnam, and Flagler Counties.

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ECG In the News

Rails to Trails Conservancy Winter Magazine: NJ Freewalkers 'From "Soft Americans" to Hard Walks'

Radio Show on WUNC's The State of Things: Bike Fatalities Raise Concern about Road Safety

The Midweek Wire: Happy Trails Coming to Montgomery Co. MD

Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester & Putnam NY: Westchester Co. Approves Complete Streets

Seacoast Online: Biddeford Savings Funds Trail Maps

Delaware Online: Potential Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails being Studied

North Raleigh (NC) News: Greenway Links to Ampitheater

Providence Journal: New England Bike Walk Summit

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