Regional News: August 2016

New England

freewalkers PVD to BostonRI – MA: Three Freewalkers Trek from Providence to Boston. Congratulations to the three Freewalkers who recently completed their 120-mile trek along the ECG from Providence, RI to Boston, MA. The seven day trek was part of a larger goal for Freewalkers Ken, Nancy and Loredana to walk the ECG from NYC to Canada. Freewalkers founder Paul Kiczek recently interviewed the three about their walk and writes about it in this blog article.

ME: Week a Year Maine Tour Rolls from Calais to Portland. Read more on our Spotlight.

RI: Blackstone River Bikeway will Soon be Under Construction. Good news! The next phase of the Blackstone River Bikeway will go into construction very soon. This segment will connect ECG users to Rhode Island’s beloved India Point Park, where our Spine and Old Colony routes meet and the well-used George Redman Linear Park, which links the East Bay Bike path to downtown Providence. Catch a glimpse of the construction project at our 25th Anniversary celebration weekend in Providence, November 11 & 12th. Read more in this news article.

CT: Working to Close the Gap in Plainville. In late July, members of the Plainville Mobility Tour_smpublic, the Town of Plainville, the East Coast Greenway, and the Farmington Valley Trails Council rode with the consultants for the Plainville Gap Plan: VHB, Blue Zones, and Mobycon. They toured likely sites for the last 4.5-miles of gap in the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, a key part of the East Coast Greenway in Connecticut. Plainville is unique in this spine trail system, as the trains still run through town. Negotiations with the railroad have not yet resulted in permission to use the right of way. The next series of public meetings will be held in October, and the ECGA will be very active in planning and outreach until then. Read more in this article.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 20, 2016 – 3rd Annual ECG Lewiston Bike Fest Ride. This is a fun, festival-hopping ride intended for beginner/moderate cyclists (experienced cyclists are welcome, but be warned that we will be traveling at touring speed). Activities include a 36 and 60-mile loop option along the ECG route between Lewiston, Lisbon and Brunswick, Maine with stops at both the Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival and the Great Falls Balloon FestivalRegistration is now open! For more information please visit the event Facebook page!

Mid Atlantic

Upcoming Events

Saturday & Sunday, September 17-18: East Coast Greenway Winery Experience Tour in New Jersey. Our friends at Gotham Bike Tours are leading another winery tour on the ECG in New Jersey. A percentage of the proceeds will go towards the development of the East Coast Greenway. Read more and register here.

Sunday, Oct. 9: Hudson Loop Ride. Led jointly by the New Jersey and New York ECG Committees, this popular, friendly-paced, 20-mile ride acquaints cyclists accustomed to the long-established greenway on the NY side of the river with the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway on the NJ side. Read more and register here.

Regional Media: Jersey City Part of Continuous 3,000-mile East Coast Bike Path

South Atlantic

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Proposed ECG route in Awendaw, SC

SC: Awendaw Awarded Recreation Trails Program Grant. The Town of Awendaw received $100,000 from South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s State Trails Program to move forward with developing a 2-mile section of the East Coast Greenway. This segment of trail will be the first in a planned 12-mile trail system.

SC: State Steering Commitee Meeting 8/24. On Wednesday, August 24th at 10am, join South Carolina committee leaders for the 2016 SC-ECG Steering Committee Meeting at the Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center in Awendaw. The meeting will feature a community highlight on Awendaw and will include presentations by Bill Wallace, Awendaw Town Administrator and Dr. Herman Blake, Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. If you are interested in attending, please email our South Atlantic Coordinator, Kathryn Zeringue (kathryn@greenway.org) for more information. See the meeting agenda here.

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Southeast

Breward Co MeetingFL: Brevard Co. Commissioners Authorize Bond Referendum to Support Lagoon Restoration. At their August meeting, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners authorized a November ballot referendum on a half-cent sales tax increase to raise $303 million toward restoration of the algae-plagued Indian River Lagoon system. The ECGA’s Herb Hiller spoke about the importance of restoration for East Coast Greenway users. The ECG crosses the lagoon at several points and elsewhere runs alongside. Read more here.

This blog post appeared in our August 2016 E-newsletter. Click this link to read the entire newsletter.

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