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New York Committee for the East Coast Greenway

East Coast Greenway New YorkThe New York Committee for the ECGA consists of volunteers who coordinate route selection and undertake our advocacy efforts to move the Greenway ahead in New York. By building support and partnerships with citizens, public agencies and organizations at the local and state levels, the New York Committee is helping to get the ECG on the ground, mile by mile. Stay up-to-date on the latest NY events and news! Send an email to to be added to the New York e-news list. Current Committee Goals, Committee Resources, Support the Effort in New York, and Contact Information.

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Wed. Sept. 28, 2016: New York Committee of the ECGA Quarterly Meeting. 4-6 PM NYC Parks Department’s Arsenal West, 24 West 61st Street, 4th Floor. (Closest subway: 1/ A/C/B/D to 59th St. Columbus Circle) Come greet our new Tri-State Greenway Coordinator, Bruce Donald and thank Andy Hamilton for his splendid service to New York over the last six years.


Sat. – Sun. Sept. 17-18, East Coast Greenway Winery Experience Tour in New Jersey. Details and to register:

Sunday, October 9, 2016: Ninth Annual Hudson Loop Ride, a 20-mile loop along both the Manhattan and New Jersey sides of the Hudson River, led jointly by the New York and New Jersey committees for the East Coast Greenway. Information and registration.

These rides are free for members of the East Coast Greenway Alliance. Non-members can join for a first-year, special-events rate of $20. Registration is required. For more about the rides themselves, email


FreeWalkers (, offers longer walks on the East Coast Greenway and beyond.

Paddle with the Bronx River Alliance on the Bronx River! Details available on their website.


Every day: Bike New York  

New York Committee News:

Spotlight: Trustee Catherine McCaw
East Coast Greenway Alliance Board Member Catherine McCaw

Catherine graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009 and currently is an attorney in New York County. She is an avid cyclist who first got her start cycling as a bicycle commuter in New York City.  She fell in love with the way that cycling allowed her to explore places both new and familiar and to get some exercise at the same time.  Catherine became interested in bicycle touring following a tour in France, where she was impressed by the the safe cycling infrastructure.  She enjoys serving on the ECGA board in order to help expand this kind of infrastructure at home.

New York Committee

The New York Committee consists of volunteers who dedicated their time and resources to advocate for the creation of local trails in New York. You to can help the Committee by volunteering your time, becoming a member or sponsoring a mile of trail. Recent accomplishments of the New York Committee include:

  • Actively supported a UN-land-swap plan that will (among other things) fund construction along the East River of a greenway to close the gap between E. 38th and E. 60th Streets. Advocated for parking-protected bicycle lanes on First/Second Avenues, Manhattan, to provide safe cycling in the interim.
  • Worked with NYC Department of Parks to blaze 9.5 miles of our route through parkland in the Bronx with our distinctive ECG route marker.
  • Successfully advocated for the placement of sharrow type pavement markings along portions of the ECG route in the Bronx.
  • Led the successful effort to pass “Merrill’s Law” requiring motorists in New York State to pass cyclists “at a safe distance.”
  • Persuaded NYSDOT to do a feasibility study of a bike/pedestrian pathway in the Hutchinson River Parkway right-of-way that would link the planned Merritt Parkway Trail in CT with White Plains and the Bronx River Pathway.
  • Supported White Plains efforts to implement bicycle facilities.
  • Persuaded the NYC Department of Transportation to mark the ECG route in NYC and NJ on its annually updated, free NYC Cycling Map.

The New York Committee currently needs volunteers to:

  • Write support letters to their public officials for various projects
  • Represent the ECGA at events
Sponsor a Mile of the ECG in New York

Mile sponsors will have their inscriptions posted on our website and eventually posted in a kiosk along the route in New York. Learn more.

Become a member of the ECGA

Your membership dues support our advocacy work in New York!

Contact Information:

ECGA Tri-State Greenway Coordinator: Bruce Donald:, (860)-707-2888.

NY Committee Co-Chair: Elizabeth Brody:, (212)-262-6880.

NY Committee Co-Chair: Carl Podwoski:

State Committee Technical Advisor for Route Planning and Design:Jackson Wandres : (212)-741-8090 x103, (718)-430-4635.

Staten Island Coordinator: Robert DeBiase

Bronx Coordinator: Claudia Ibaven, Greenway Director, Bronx River Alliance:,(718)-430-4618.

Westchester Coordinator: Duff Bailey, Executive Director, Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester & Putnam:, (914)-263-5034.   << To ConnecticutTo New Jersey >>

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