I’m Lucky to Live Along the Greenway

by Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Family just came into town yesterday, and what better way to welcome them to Princeton than a nice walk on the East Coast Greenway! I admit I’m lucky to live so close to the greenway, an amenity a growing number of people want in their backyard.

In fact, recent studies have found that people love greenways so much that their proximity helps homes retain their value and appreciate – a crucial benefit these days of uncertain home prices. And I have to agree that it’s a joy to be able to bike to soccer, canoeing and other destinations along the greenway, which is locally the D&R Canal Towpath. The East Coast Greenway utilizes the towpath for more than 35 miles of traffic-free trail from New Brunswick all the way to a couple blocks from the Delaware River in Trenton.

The walk not only worked up our dinner appetite, but it gave us a chance to see 3 rabbits chewing next to the path, a turtle soaking up the evening sun, some fish swimming in the canal, and colorful flowers and dragonflies flowing in the breeze. And I was happy to see a good mix of walkers, joggers, and cyclists also enjoying the greenway along with us.

To see a bit of this stretch for yourself, feel free to join our bike ride on Saturday, August 14th from 9:30am to lunch!

Onwards to greenway progress-

Dennis

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  1. Nice post. Best wishes from Mt. Pleasant, SC, where the Greenway runs through our Historic Old Village and the delightful Pitt Street Pharmacy which still has a lunch counter.

  2. Nice post. Best wishes from Mt. Pleasant, SC, where the Greenway runs through our Historic Old Village and the delightful Pitt Street Pharmacy which still has a lunch counter.

  3. Silvia says:

    Welcome to the neighborhood! We’re glad to have the Greenway and the D&R too, plus all these trails that should link to it (eventually) in Mercer County, NJ.
    For those looking for a route to the train (New Jersey Transit + a few Amtrak trains) at Princeton Junction, the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance (wwbpa.org) is working to get designated bicycle lanes along Washington Road from the towpath across Route 1 (that’s a U.S. highway with an intimidating traffic circle — make yourself visible in the meantime! Traffic does slow there, much better than using Alexander Road) to the station.
    Please get involved with your local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, make your local officials aware of cyclists and educate both cyclists and motorists about their rights and responsibilities. Together we can create not only the East Coast Greenway but a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly America. (And yes, it works. I’m convinced I am seeing more cyclists on the road in West Windsor and surrounding communities.) The WWBPA is reachable on the web at wwbpa.org and at wwbikeped@gmail.com

  4. Silvia says:

    Welcome to the neighborhood! We’re glad to have the Greenway and the D&R too, plus all these trails that should link to it (eventually) in Mercer County, NJ.
    For those looking for a route to the train (New Jersey Transit + a few Amtrak trains) at Princeton Junction, the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance (wwbpa.org) is working to get designated bicycle lanes along Washington Road from the towpath across Route 1 (that’s a U.S. highway with an intimidating traffic circle — make yourself visible in the meantime! Traffic does slow there, much better than using Alexander Road) to the station.
    Please get involved with your local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, make your local officials aware of cyclists and educate both cyclists and motorists about their rights and responsibilities. Together we can create not only the East Coast Greenway but a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly America. (And yes, it works. I’m convinced I am seeing more cyclists on the road in West Windsor and surrounding communities.) The WWBPA is reachable on the web at wwbpa.org and at wwbikeped@gmail.com

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