State of the Greenway Weekend: Cross Triangle Ride and Summit, Oct. 25 and 26

Join us for our upcoming cross triangle bike ride and reception on Friday, October 25th, followed by our Fall State of the Greenway Summit in Raleigh on Saturday, October 26th (details below). Our State of the Greenway weekend is generously sponsored by REI, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Performance Bicycle, Parks Hospitality GroupSun BicyclesCabot Creamery Cooperative, and City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation.

Friday, October 25th – Cross Triangle Bike ride at noon
A 48-mile cross triangle ride from Durham to Raleigh on the East Coast Greenway. Thanks to great recent greenway progress, over 90% of the ride will be off-road! Two rest stops will be provided plus a reception at the end. An 18-mile option, starting at Godbold Park in Cary, is also available. Click for a detailed ride description, including map.

Cost: Registration closes Thursday 10/24 at 12pm EDT! After that, only on-site registration will be available. Free for members. Non-members can join at a special $20 rate for the event which includes a 1-year membership in the ECGA.

11am Check-in starts at American Tobacco’s Diamond View Park in downtown Durham (318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701)
12:00 – Main ride begins from Diamond View Park
5:45pm – Reception begins at Nature Research Center at NC Museum of Natural Sciences (121 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601)
6:00pm – Welcome speakers
6:45pm – Shuttle leaves to take riders back to Durham
8pm – Reception ends

Post reception social Hour (starting 8:15pm): Natty Greene’s Pub, 505 W Jones St. Raleigh.

Online Registration closes Thursday 10/24 at noon!

Saturday, October 26th – State of the Greenway Summit and Trail Council Meeting 9am-5pm
Walnut Creek Wetland Center 950 Peterson St., Raleigh, NC 27610. Please RSVP to if you wish to attend the Saturday Oct. 26 State of the Greenway Summit. We look forward to seeing you in Raleigh!

Draft Agenda – exact times subject to change prior to the meeting.

8:30 AM Coffee

9:00 Welcome: Dennis Markatos-Soriano (ECGA Executive Director), Eric Weis (ECGA Trail Program Coordinator), and Sherry Graham (Director, Walnut Creek Wetland Center)

9:15 Trail Program Progress Report: Eric Weis
9:30 Learning from Local Partners:

  • Sarah Worth O’Brien (Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Institute for Transportation Research and Education)
  • Kate Dixon (Executive Director, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail)

10:10 Learning from Statewide Partners:

  • Ann Browning (Carolina Thread Trail)
    Q&A from 10:45 to 11:00

11:00 Stretch Break

11:10 South Atlantic Region: Niles Barnes (South Atlantic Coordinator) & State Representatives 

11:35 New England Region report: Eric Weis and State Representatives

12pm Mid-Atlantic Region Report: Andy Hamilton (Mid-Atlantic Coordinator) & State Representatives

12:30 Lunch Break: on site, including 1-mile ECG walk on the Walnut Creek Greenway

1:40 Southeast Region Report: Herb Hiller (Southeast Region Consultant) & State Representatives

Annual Members Meeting
2:05 Election of Board members, financial report, member open forum: David Read (President, ECGA)

2:50 Stretch Break

ECGA Trail Council Meeting

3:00 Call to Order: Sue Ellen Bordwell (Trail Council Co-Chair)
3:05 Review of Minutes, November 2012 Trail Council Meeting
3:10 Trail Designations
3:45 ECG wayfinding report
4:00 ECG designation policy discussion
4:20 Addressing the ECG’s least safe roadway sections
4:30 Trail Council Membership Policy: Dennis Markatos-Soriano

4:50 New Business/Q & A
5:00 Adjourn

Dinner and Reception
6:00 Post-meeting social (& dinner to follow): 518 West Restaurant, 518 W Jones St. Raleigh, NC 27603


Hilton Doubletree Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, 27605.  Special ECG discounted rate of $99. Please call or reserve online using code GRE.


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