Walk 21-Hudson Loop Ride-Bike & Boat the ECG in Philadelphia

I attended the Walk 21 conference last week in New York City (www.walk21.com) Over 700 professionals from all over the globe gathered to discuss their experience’s in creating more livable cities and communities. The event was hosted by the NYC Department of Transportation. As part of the event the East Coast Greenway held a charrette which gathered input from professionals on how best to design and make connections to a long term portion of the East Coast Greenway called the 6th Street Embankment in Jersey City, NJ (www. embankment.org) . Mike Dannemiller (RBA Group and NJ ECG Volunteer), Maureen Crowley (President 6th St. Embankment) and myself presented to an audience of 100 people about the East Coast Greenway project and the specific challenges faced with specifically the 6th St. Embankment. Professional s then gathered at a hotel to share ideas on how to best design and connect the 6th St. Embankment to the community and beyond!

On Sunday the NJ ECG Committee hosted the 2nd annual Hudson Loop Ride. This ride explores the ECG route from the George Washington Bridge along newly constructed portions of the Hudson River Waterfront Pathways and takes a ferry to explore the Hudson River Greenway on the NY side of the Hudson. Over 70 riders attended and the ride was a huge success! Thanks to all the NJ Committee volunteers for putting this ride together and leading this ride.

I also wanted to ask you to join or pass on the info about a very important Boat & Bicycle Fundraising tour in Philadelphia to benefit the ECG.

Tickets are now available for a fundraising bicycle tour / boat ride of the East Coast Greenway and Schuylkill River Trail from Center City through Southwest Philadelphia.  On Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., a bike tour led by bicycle trail planning expert Bob Thomas will include stops at Bartram’s Garden, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, and Fort Mifflin.  Riders will return by boat navigating the rarely-seen lower tidal Schuylkill River.  Tickets for this special guided tour are limited.  Tickets cost $100 and may be purchased here: https://www.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=219718 .

Michael Oliva

Mid Atlantic Trail Coordinator

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