Regional News: June 2016

Southeast

Florida: Titusville, Hub of Trails

Titusville, Florida, a city of 45,000 in N. Brevard County, is known as a gateway to the Kennedy Space Center and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. It is also becoming a hub of trails as the ECG, St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop and Coast-to-Coast Connector all pass through. The community recently celebrated the opening of a new bike-ped bridge across busy Garden Street. A proposed new Sand Point Park event center and ballpark would feature direct access to all three trails. Chief advocates for the event center include BOCC District 1 Commissioner Robin Fisher and Titusville Mayor Jim Tulley, both Greenway champions.

Photo courtesy of City of Titusville

Regional media:  A Wise Investment in Florida Trails Can Transform Our Lives  (Article by Herb Hiller)


South Atlantic

South Carolina: Ashley River Bridge Project Passes Final Test!

A new study determined that the bicycle and pedestrian path across the Ashley River in Charleston, SC, will have a negligible impact on automobile commute times. The report, commissioned by Charleston County, was completed by the engineering firm HDR Inc. The study included a 45-day test period of the proposed lane changes to assess the impacts of the new bicycle and pedestrian path. This project will fill a key gap in the ECG route and will more safely connect the West Ashley Greenway to the Charleston Peninsula. See the full study report here. 

Read more from the Charleston Post & Courier: Ashley River bridge bike lane study finds a minute delay

Virginia: ECGA to be Charity Partner on RVA to DC Ride
The ECGA is an official charity partner on the Richmond to Washington, D.C. bike ride being hosted by Sportsbackers on July 23 – 24. While the ride will be primarily on roadways, developing a fully off-road, safe and accessible greenway in this corridor is a key goal of the East Coast Greenway in Virginia.


Mid-Atlantic

Maryland: Hatem Bridge Opens to Bicyclists July 1
The East Coast Greenway Alliance has long sought a way to cross the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace and Perryville. In response, Maryland DOT Secretary Pete Rahn declared that the Hatem Bridge will be open to bicyclists for transportation and recreation starting July 1. (Read our previous blog post on this topic.) This is a huge step forward in connecting communities in Maryland along the ECG.

To enhance safety, the bridge will have warning lights to alert drivers when a cyclist is on the bridge. Bicyclists must ride in the right traffic lane in both directions, and there is a toll of $8 for those cycling eastbound. The bridge is open to bicyclists certain times of day, and may be closed to cyclists due to inclement weather or other conditions. Read more here.

Celebrate with the East Coast Greenway, Bike Maryland, and others at both sides of the bridge during the July 4th weekend! We will have information booths to educate riders on how to cross the bridge in the safest manner. Read more here about the opening celebration.

Also, on July 1 the East Coast Greenway will give the first 50 riders who stop at our booth on the west (Havre de Grace) side of the bridge $7.00 toward the $8.00 toll. Due to anticipated holiday traffic, the bridge will be open to bicyclists between 9 AM and noon on July 1.

Pennsylvania: One Day, Two Groundbreakings

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The East Coast Greenway had a banner day in Pennsylvania on June 9, with two groundbreakings! Phase one of the Kensington and Tacony (K&T) Rail Trail kicked off in Philadelphia. This 1.15-mile greenway will connect the Frankford Boat Launch and Lardner’s Point Park and is also part of the Circuit. (Read more in this article.)

Tinicum Groundbreaking_smThe Tinicum Township broke ground on a .7-mile trail in Delaware County. Not only will this be a nice recreation amenity for residents, but “It provides a safer passage from one side of town to the other,” says township Manager David Schreiber. The Tinicum trail is also part of the September 11 National Memorial Trail. (Read more in this article.)

With these trails breaking ground, there are currently three ECG projects under construction in Pennsylvania.

New Jersey:REI_D&R_Bridge Volunteers Repair Bridge over D&R Canal Towpath
The REI Princeton Store sure knows how to support their community. On June 13th employees of REI, our Board of Trustees Vice Chair Bob Russo, and volunteer extraordinaire Cole Hamilton worked together to re-deck the D&R Canal Towpath bridge over the Millstone River in Princeton NJ. REI provided a generous grant for construction materials. Thank you REI for your support, and your wonderful employees!

 

Upcoming Events
Sunday, August 14, 2016: Manhattan Loop Ride, join the ECG New York committee for the ever-popular 32-mile ride around Manhattan’s rim, with a new view at every turn! The ride uses greenways along the Hudson and East Rivers except for the “east side gap.” Information and registration.

Regional Media: The K&T Trail is Officially Underway on the Delaware | Ground Broken for K&T Trail Along the Delaware


New England
Maine: ECGA Workshop Series Looks to Close Gaps

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ECGA staff and volunteers have begun an innovative campaign in Southern Maine to increase participation and close ECG gaps in the most densely-populated area of the state. In early spring, we launched a series of four workshops called “Finish the Job: Completing the East Coast Greenway.”

Each session included a field tour of a section of ECG followed by an interactive discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities each community faces in completing the ECG. The series wrapped up in early June with a final meeting of all ECG stakeholders from the NH/ME border to Lewiston, where we developed a list of steps and goals for the region. ECGA staff and the ME State Committee will work with these stakeholders and use the final workshop report to guide our efforts to close the gaps in the years ahead.

Upcoming Events:
July 23-29, 2016- Freewalkers Providence to Boston Expedition – Join the Freewalkers for this 7-day walk along the East Coast Greenway, walking approximately 110 miles in six days from Providence, RI, to Boston, MA. Read more and register here.

Regional Media: Final Push for Trail Bridges FundsNew Haven Hopes Long Wharf Makeover will Draw More People to Waterfront | Governor’s Greenway Council Presents 17th Annual Greenway Awards – Congratulations to ECGA member Barbara Amodio!


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

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