Regional News: May 2016

Southeast

FL: The final round of SUN Trail nominations due June 20 will determine which trails will share in $40+ million funding from the Florida DOT starting in 2017. Nominations expected from Florida’s East Coast Greenway counties include at least three from Miami-Dade, two from Palm Beach, three from Martin, four from St. Lucie, and one each from Brevard, Duval and Nassau.

Two other multi-county trails have each been awarded $40+ million, one of which, the 260-mile five-county St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, includes four counties of ECG spine route and one of complementary route. Read more here.

Forbes mentioned the East Coast Greenway in a story on Miami’s Underline, an innovative makeover of the M-Path, a designated ECG segment. The 10-mile trail and public park space in-the-making runs under Miami’s MetroRail transit system. Construction on the Underline will begin in 2017.

Other regional media: Trails will help Titusville Recruit Aerospace (article by Herb Hiller) | Titusville Bridge Grand Opening May 20 |


South Atlantic

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NC: The 2016 Benchmarking Report on Walking and Bicycling in the United States, published by the Alliance for Biking and Walking, includes a special case study on greenways, including the ECG, in the Triangle region of North Carolina. The case study, “Booming Greenways in North Carolina’s Research Triangle” was contributed by John Pucher, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University and ECGA Advisory Board member. This case study is part of the larger 200-page report, the 5th in a series of biennial reports on walking and bicycling policies in all 50 states. You can download the full report here.

Regional Media: Ashland Town Council Approves Strategic Plan for Trolley Line | Ashley River Bridge Bike Lane Test Ending


Mid Atlantic

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NJ: On a recent day of service, 20 employees of REI in Princeton, NJ, rallied to re-deck 80 feet of the bridge across the Millstone River on the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath. REI is one of our major corporate partners, and they provided a generous grant for the construction materials. Everyone worked extremely hard, and we look forward to doing another work day with them soon to complete the project. Thank you, REI and congratulations to the REI Princeton store for becoming a League of American Bicyclists Gold level Bicycle Friendly Business!

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PA: Comcast Cares Day  was a great success for the East Coast Greenway at Lardner’s Point Park in Philadelphia. Fifty Comcast employees and family members spruced up the park by removing invasive species, picking up trash, and planting a garden. We really appreciate Comcast’s focus on the East Coast Greenway and their hard work to keep the park beautiful for ECG visitors and our partners at Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Delaware River City Corporation!

NY: In mid-May, our New York State Committee led its largest bike ride yet! More than 80 people attended the 5-Island ride, which explored Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Randall’s Island and Roosevelt Island. See a video of the ride by Gotham Bicycle Tours, and read a blog article by Scott Baker, one of the ride leaders.

UPCOMING MID-ATLANTIC EVENTS:

Saturday, June 4 – National Trails Day Bike Ride on the D&R Canal (NJ). Join the ECG for a free, 8-mile, family-friendly bike ride to celebrate National Trails Day! The ride will begin at 2 p.m. at Turning Basin Park and continue 4 miles to the historic Brearley House in Lawrenceville. Read more and register here.

Sunday, June 5 – Stroll & Roll 2016 (NJ). Join the FreeWalkers, ECGA, and Union County Parks and Recreation for the perfect event for you and your family: a FREE Sunday stroll along the beautiful trails of Echo Lake Park and Lenape Park! Read more and sign up here.

Saturday, June 11 – National Parks Ride (NY). The ECG NY Committee is leading a 25-mile one-way bike ride to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service. The ride will go from Lower Manhattan to St. Paul’s Church, a Revolutionary War site in Westchester County. After enjoying Colonial Day re-enactments, we’ll return by Metro North or the 5 line. Read more and register here.

For a complete listing of all the exciting events coming up in New York, please visit the ECG NY State Committee website.

Regional Media: Former NOAA Chief Gives Climate Change Talk | Open Letter to Cecil County Citizens | Port Chester: Resumes for Millennials | 100 Miles of Happy on Philadelphia Region Trails 


New England

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At the Opening of the Willimantic River Trail. Photo by Laurie Giannotti, CT DEEP.

New Willimantic River Trail Links Three Trail Systems
On a Saturday afternoon in mid-May, the quiet Town of Willimantic, CT, welcomed hundreds of cyclists, pedestrians, strollers, dogs and river paddlers in celebrating the much anticipated opening of the Willimantic River Trail and new boat launch. The 1.4 mile paved trail closes a key gap for the East Coast Greenway by linking the Air Line Trail North with the Hop River Trail. The new section also connects a third trail system, the Air Line Trail South, which is not part of the ECG route but a very important connection for the eastern Connecticut region.

Among the many project partners, both the Commissioners of Connecticut DOT and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, James Redeker and Rob Klee, were there to mark this special occasion, with Commissioner Redeker sporting his ECG cap. Read a Hartford Courant article about the trail opening.

Photo, L – R: Susan Johnson (CT State Representative, House District 49), Mark Jewell (VHB), Molly Henry (ECGA), James Redeker (Commissioner, CT DOT), Rob Klee (Commissioner, CT DEEP), Bruce Donald (Chair, ECGA CT Committee), Linda Orange (CT State Representative, House District 48). 

UPCOMING NEW ENGLAND EVENTS:

Saturday, June 11 – Rescheduled Bike-Walk-Run in Support of the Merritt Parkway Trail (NY). Join our friends from the Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance for a family friendly event on the North County Trailway in Elmsford, NY – an example of what the future Merritt Parkway Trail could be! Click here to learn more and please sign the petition while you’re at it!

Saturday, June 25 – Ride the State (CT). The Farmington Valley Trails Council, Farmington Canal Rail to Trail Association and the East Coast Greenway Alliance are teaming up to host a 56-mile bike ride to draw attention to the remaining gaps in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail from New Haven, CT to Southwick, MA, the majority of which is on the extensive trail system with only a few sections on carefully selected local roads. Please click here to learn more and to sign up for the ride!

Regional Media: Final Push for Trail Bridges Funds | Town Leads Effort to Raise $1 Million to Complete Trail | $100 Billion “Let’s Go CT” Funds Trickle Down to NE CT | Portsmouth Council to Consider Transportation Corridor | Push to Complete the Eastern Trail in Scarborough (video) |

This blog post appeared in our May 2016 E-Newsletter – click this link to read the newsletter in full.