Our most fun single-day fundraising event is the annual New England Builders’ Ball, the one-night gala celebrating and exhibiting hand-built bicycles, components, accessories, and bike-themed original artwork. This year the show is moving to the historic Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT, and will be held on Friday, September 30, beginning at 7 pm. Admission is still only $5! Visit the Facebook invitation to let us know you’re coming!
Rhode Island’s Green Economy Bond
This fall, Rhode Island voters will be presented with a ballot measure for the Green Economy Bond which would invest $35 million to support our parks, bikeways and other recreational areas; preserves, green spaces; and help to clean waterways and contaminated land for redevelopment. Of these funds $10 million is dedicated to expanding the state’s bikeway network, including the ECG. If you are a resident of the Ocean State or have friends who are, please remember to Vote Yes on 6! Learn more about the bond here.
Trail Building in Connecticut
We have been working for years with the Connecticut DOT, the Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection, and many municipalities. We are thrilled that a number of greenway projects in Connecticut are slated to be completed this and next year. These projects could not have happened without the perseverance of local partners, including members of the Connecticut ECG Committee. This year we plan to designate:
- 4 miles of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Cheshire
- 0.5 miles of the FCHT in Southington
- 1.8 miles of the Charter Oak Greenway in East Hartford
- 1.4 miles of the Air Line State Park Trail in Windham
- 0.4 miles of the Quinebaug River Trail in Putnam
Thanks to everyone who is working hard to help complete these important projects along the ECG!
Connecticut: Input Needed on Future Greenway Projects
Want to help with future greenway development in Connecticut? Our friends at the Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) needs input on multi-use trails in Plainville, Southington, and New Britain, CT. There are two collaborative planning workshops scheduled on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 – please read more and participate if you can. For more information, please contact Timothy Malone of CRCOG at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delaware: Contract Awarded for Construction of Major Greenway Project
Fantastic news for the ECG in Delaware – the state awarded a construction contract for completing the Wilmington – New Castle Greenway! The $22 million project will include a bridge across the Christina River that will be a centerpiece to the trail. When completed, this greenway will connect the ECG between New Castle and Wilmington. Thank you so much to our partners in Delaware who have worked hard to support this key investment in non-motorized infrastructure. Read more in this article by Bike Delaware.
Pennsylvania: Record Number of ECG Projects under Construction
There are currently ten ECG projects under construction in Pennsylvania right now – the most we’ve ever had at once in any state! Closing key gaps in each county, these projects range from a few hundred feet to several miles — several are part of larger greenway networks. Most will be completed within the next year.
Pennsylvania’s ECG projects under construction right now:
- Marcus Hook Bike Lanes, Delaware County
- Tinicum 291 Side Path, Delaware County
- John Heinz Visitors Center Connector, Philadelphia
- Bartram’s Mile, trail and bridge across the Schuylkill River (Schuylkill River Trail), Philadelphia
- Boardwalk Extension trail from South Street to Christian Street (Schuylkill River Trail), Philadelphia
- Sugarhouse Casino (North Delaware River Greenway), Philadelphia
- K&T Rail Trail (North Delaware River Greenway), Philadelphia
- Baxter Trail (North Delaware River Greenway), Philadelphia
- Green Lane (D&L Canal Towpath), Bucks County
- Route 13 (D&L Canal Towpath), Bucks County
Thank you to all the Pennsylvania entities involved in the development of ECG projects, including Marcus Hook, Tinicum Township, Delaware County, the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Knight Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, PennDOT and the Delaware River City Corporation.
Maryland: New Schedule for Bicyclists using Hatem Bridge
The Hatem Bridge schedule changed in early September due to anticipated heavier traffic from schools being in session. Starting on September 6th, the new schedule allows bicyclists to cross the bridge from dawn to dusk on weekends and on national holidays (weather permitting). During weekdays, the Harford County transit system provides transportation for up to two bicycles and their riders per bus. Bus Schedule
To ride between Havre de Grace and Perryville bicycle across the Hatem Bridge. You must be 18 or older, or have a valid drivers license to cross the bridge on bicycle. The bridge can close to bicycling due to weather and other issues. Additionally there is an eastbound toll of $8.00 for bicycles. Learn more about the Hatem Bridge at this MDOT website
Maryland / DC: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Section of Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Opening Soon
A key part of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail will open soon. The 4-mile Kenilworth Gardens Section is part of the ECG’s complementary route in Maryland and Washington, DC. This new section connects Benning Road in the District with Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland, providing an important connection between these communities, while increasing access to transit and decreasing bicycle commuting distances. Read more about the project here, and we’ll post information about the ribboncutting ceremony to our Facebook page when it is announced.
New York / New Jersey: Hudson Loop Ride, Sunday, Oct. 9
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. Ride size is limited so registration is open to ECGA members only. Read more and register here.
Regional Media: In Focus: East Coast Greenway – TV interview with ECGA staff Andy Hamilton, Trustee Larry Silver, and volunteer Terra Edenhardt-Pepe on PHL17 | NYC Plays Key Role in Maine to Florida Bike Route | Hatem Bridge Bike Riders Limited to Weekends, Holidays | A Pilgrimage Route: 9/11 Trail Segment Opens
South Carolina: Myrtle Beach will Complete Trail in October
Myrtle Beach will become the first fully connected city along the ECG to complete its trail network. The final 0.4 mile section of greenway along Kings Highway is currently under construction. Once complete in early October, Myrtle Beach will boast 12.5 miles of continuous trails. The City of Myrtle Beach will host a ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of the local ECG route on October 8th, which will coincide with the final day of the 2016 ECG Week A Year Tour. Read more.
North Carolina: Ales for Rail-Trails 5K Run/Walk, Oct. 9
We are really looking forward to the Ales for Rail-Trails 5K run on Oct. 9 in Durham, NC! Led by Bull City Running, the event benefits the East Coast Greenway! Register today or sign up to volunteer.
Regional Media: Sharing the Road | Myrtle Beach Rolling Toward Bicycle Friendly Community Award | Carolina Forest Bike Path Project Gains Traction | Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Aims to Preserve Entire Culture
Florida: Miami Commits Up to $5o Million to The Underline Trail
The Miami Herald reports: “Miami Commissioners voted to fund about 40 percent of the $120 million project. In a 4-0 vote, commissioners chose to designate up to $50 million in development fees to the 10-mile linear park, designed by one of the firms that envisioned Manhattan’s successful High Line. The money would be generated by projects built in the city limits within 1,000 feet of the rail line, which stretches from Brickell Station south to Dadeland South.” Special thanks to the Friends of the Underline and all of the leaders and groups helping to secure this critical funding! Read more.
Georgia Bike Summit, Oct. 21 – 22
We can’t wait for the 7th annual Georgia Bike Summit – Georgia’s only conference dedicated to fostering bicycle friendly communities! The conference takes place on October 21-23 at the Westin Jekyll Island, 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA. Be sure to attend the workshop on Friday October 21, when Jo Claire Hickson, Executive Director of the Coastal Georgia Greenway and ECG’s Georgia State Committee Chair, and Dr. Herman Blake, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and ECGA Advisory Board Member, will be presenting on the work to successfully implement and complete the Coastal Georgia Greenway and East Coast Greenway in the state. Register today!
This blog post appeared in our September 2016 E-newsletter. Click this link to read the entire newsletter.