May 2013

In This Issue...

Greetings from the Director

  • Stronger in the South Will Make Us Stronger Throughout the Seaboard

National News

  • Inspiring ECG Greenway Summit in Baltimore
  • We're Hiring! South Atlantic Trail Coordinator
  • Check Us Out on Social Media!
  • Apply for TIGER Grants by June 3rd


  • Over 28 Miles of New Trail Designations

ECG In the News

  • Great Newspaper Articles and More

Regional News: New England (ME, NH, MA, RI, CT)

  • Call for Presenters for New England Bike Walk Summit
  • Upcoming Bike Rides in New Haven, CT

Regional News: Mid Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC)

  • Starlight Park Ribbon Cutting, Bronx, NY
  • Upcoming Events in the Mid-Atlantic

Regional News: South Atlantic (VA, NC, SC)

  • Help Conduct Trail Counts on the ECG in Durham, NC
  • ATT I-40 Bridge Placement

Regional News: Southeast (GA, FL)

  • ECG Route Signs on St. Johns River Ferry in Jacksonville
  • Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail Designation Ceremony

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Greetings from ECGA Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Stronger in the South will make us Stronger throughout the Seaboard

Dear East Coast Greenway teammates,

Our growing donor base has put us into a great position to make a hire I've been hoping to do for a while: a South Atlantic Region Coordinator. Thanks to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation of NC, REI, and others, we are able to bring the energy needed to develop a safe and accessible ECG through Virginia and the Carolinas. This move will strengthen our work throughout the corridor, as Trail Coordinator Eric Weis will have more time to spend wherever duty calls from Maine to Florida.

We'll celebrate this step at our national State of the Greenway Summit on Saturday, October 26th in Raleigh, NC, and with a big Triangle bike ride from Durham to Raleigh the Friday before. We'll share details on that weekend full of events in the months ahead.

The fall gathering has a tough act to follow as Baltimore put on a great spring Summit! You can see details in the pictures, descriptions of trails and speakers below. US Senator Cardin's talk was inspiring and gave me hope that we can team up with strong federal leaders ready to think big and be bold by investing in the East Coast Greenway for a healthy and sustainable America.

Let's keep up the momentum,

Dennis Markatos-Soriano

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National ECGA News
Inspiring ECG State of the Greenway Summit in Baltimore

Thank you to everyone who attended, participated in, or volunteered for our State of the Greenway Summit and Trail Council meetings in Baltimore at the end of April! The weekend was a great success, and we really enjoyed celebrating the release of our new Maryland / DC guide, the City of Baltimore being fully signed, and great progress in the region!

Reception at Mad River Bar

Celebrating the new MD/DC guide at our Friday reception in Baltimore, MD.
Photos by Terra Edenhart-Pepe

On Friday of the weekend, our MD State Committee Chair Greg Hinchliffe led a bike ride and a walk on the ECG in the afternoon - thank you, Greg! The walk ended at a reception to unveil the new Maryland/DC guidebook at the Mad River Bar & Grill, which was a fun event attended by more than 30 people. Some of our group attended the Bike Prom put on by Bikemore later that evening and had a great time! (Check out some awesome pics. from that on our Facebook page.)

On Saturday at the Greenway Summit, a number of great speakers highlighted progress in Maryland, including Baltimore's Bike Ped Planner, Nate Evans; Carol Silldorff of Bike Maryland; Jennifer Jones of MD Dept. of Tourism and Economic Development; Michael Jackson from the MD Department of Transportation; and Eric Brenner from the Maryland governor's office. Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists gave a fantastic keynote address, and our special guest speaker Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland gave an inspiring message about the importance of bicycling and walking in our communities.

In the afternoon, our Trail Council voted to add 16 new greenway sections, adding 28.3 miles of spine route and 9.3 miles of alternate routing (in FL and NC) to our route. (Read all about them in our Spotlight section below!) They also discussed some problem areas of the route, and best practices / suggestions for improving those areas. We'll provide more about that in a future e-news.

Andy Clarke addressing ECG Summit

Andy Clarke of the LAB giving the Keynote address.

Our Trail Council and Board of Trustees come from Maine to Florida to attend our spring and fall meetings, all on a volunteer basis and at their own expense. We truly appreciate the incredible service they give to help develop the East Coast Greenway. And thank you to our staff who worked really hard on the weekend, especially Andy Hamilton who did most of the logistical planning, along with key Maryland volunteers Greg Hinchliffe and Eric Brenner. Thank you, everyone!

We are already planning for a great fall Greenway Summit and Trail Council meeting in Raleigh, NC - we hope you can join us October 26th!

Now Hiring: South Atlantic Regional Coordinator

We are thrilled to be hiring a trail coordinator for the South Atlantic (VA, NC, SC)! This person will work out of our headquarters office in Durham, NC. They will work with grassroots advocates, agency professionals, and key nonprofit partners to develop key sections of the 2900-mile East Coast Greenway, connecting cities from Maine to Florida for bicyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users. Help us build healthy and sustainable communities from the Potomac River to the Savannah River!

The closing date is June 5th, and we aim to have our new team member start on August 1. See the full the job description and how to apply here:

Find Us on Social Media!

The East Coast Greenway Alliance is into Social Media! Find yourself, your friends, and local celebrities in our pictures on the East Coast Greenway Alliance Facebook page! We invite you to tag photos, converse, read milestone news of ECGA progress, and check-in frequently for your chance to win ECGA gear in upcoming contests!

Join our news network on the ECGreenway Twitter page, the best source for events updates, local trail news, and interesting national stories.

And you won't be able to resist jumping on your bike and riding away after seeing our ECGreenway Pinterest collections of inspiring cycling and trail photos. Please visit us soon!

Apply for TIGER Grants by June 3rd

The US Department of Transportation recently released a call for proposals for TIGER grants, a discretionary multi-modal grant program that began several years ago as an economic stimulus measure. The deadline is June 3, 2013.

TIGER funds support projects of national or regional significance. Projects that will enhance multi-modal transportation networks, including filling strategic gaps in trail and active transportation systems, are likely to be most competitive. (Several new sections of the ECG were funded by the last round of TIGER grants.)

The call for proposals can be found here. Good luck!

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ECG In the News

Travel New Looking for a Off-Road Bike Ride?

Simsbury, CT Patch: Bike Sculpture Plaque and Landscaping Unveiled

Wicked Progress Report on the Border to Boston Trail

Philanthropy NC: American Tobacco Trail a Boost for the East Coast Greenway (originally published in the Triangle Business Journal), Fayetteville, NC: Greenway Plan Creates a Path from Fayetteville to Greenville

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ECG Spotlight - New Trail Designations
Over 28 new Miles Added to ECG

At our Trail Council meeting in late April, we designated 16 new trails as part of the ECG in eight different states! These 16 new segments added 28+ miles of trail on our spine route, which now includes over 830 miles of completed greenway!

The new trail segments represent the wide range of landscapes on the East Coast Greenway - rural and urban, scenic vistas and industrial/cultural heritage, and a critical waterway ferry crossing. We have new designations in each region of the ECG - see locations below. Way to go, everyone who helped get these new sections designated!

Border to Boston Peabody Tr

Border to Boston Trail, Peabody section, Peabody, MA, 0.75 miles

This southernmost section of the Border-to-Boston Trail includes a tunnel beneath I-95.

Lynn Beach

Lynn Beach Promenade, Lynn, MA, 1.5 miles

This lovely beachfront promenade offers views of Massachusetts Bay, Nahant, and the Boston skyline in the distance.

Lynnway Sidepath

Lynnway Sidepath, Lynn, MA, 0.9 miles

This utilitarian pathway offers cyclists and walkers a safe way to travel alongside the busy, congested Lynnway. It includes a bike-ped bridge over the roadway.

North Point Park

North Point Park, Boston & Cambridge, MA, 0.6 miles

This path is a connector between the Charlestown Navy Yard and the Museum of Science. A signature bridge - one of the most beautiful on the entire ECG - brings users over multiple railroad tracks and a boat ramp.

Lincoln Park Path

Lincoln Park Path, Jersey City, NJ, 1.1 miles

This pathway through Lincoln Park park serves as the segue between historic Jersey City and the ECG's Meadowlands crossing.

Chester Riverwalk

Chester Riverwalk, Chester, PA, 1.35 miles

This trail along the Delaware River south of Philadelphia connects remarkable industrial relics with a sparkling new soccer stadium.

churchmans Sidepath

Churchmans Road Sidepath, New Castle Co., DE, 1.1 miles

Churchmans Road can feature high-speed traffic and congestion (though rarely at the same time). The sidepath allows cyclists and walkers to avoid both!

Route 4

Route 4 Sidepath, New Castle Co., DE, 4.25 miles

The Route 4 Sidepath provides cyclists and pedestrians with safer access along busy Route 4.

Jones Fall Trail

Jones Falls Trail (phase 2), Baltimore, MD, 2.4 miles

Jones Fall is a great example of an urban trail. It was built partly by reclaiming excess roadway for use by cyclists and walkers, and now brings people to/from the Inner Harbor.

Black Creek Greenway

Black Creek Greenway (new phase), Cary, NC, 1 mile

Winding through neighborhoods and open space, the Black Creek Trail is both a critical local resource and a memorable section of our trail system. (We love the "East Coast Greenway" imbedded in the plaza around the kiosk!)

Neuse River

Neuse River Trail (Raleigh section), Raleigh, NC, 9 miles

This amazing trail follows the Neuse along the outskirts of Raleigh and also through undeveloped areas southeast of the city.

Cross City Trail

Cross-City Trail (new phases), Wilmington, NC, 0.85 mile

The new sections include sidepath along busy roads, new lakeside trail through open space, and improved roadway crossings.

St. Johns River Ferry

St. Johns River Ferry, Jacksonville, FL, 0.4 mile

This critical and historic ferry crossing is key to the local economy and tourism. Without the ferry, cyclists and walkers would be forced onto a detour of nearly 40 miles.

Mickler Tr.

Mickler Trail, St. Augustine Beach, 1.5 miles

Neighborhood sidepaths along Mickler Road and Pope Road allow you to enjoy the scenery! (By the way, it's pronounced "Mike-ler.")

Palatka to St. Augustine

Palatka-St. Augustine State Trail, St. Johns County, FL, 8.5 miles

This section of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop connects several historic Florida towns.

Seabranch Trail

Seabranch Trail (new phase), Martin County, FL, 2.0 miles

Running by housing as well as through undeveloped coastal lands, this trail is a great place to view native flora.

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Regional News: New England
New England Bike Walk Summit - Call for Presenters!

Your faithful conference planners have been hard at work assembling another great program for the 2013 New England Bike-Walk Summit, which will be held on Friday, October 4. Twelve important subject areas have been selected as breakout session topics, and now we seek your involvement! We have 27 slots to be filled for presentations - take a look at our Call for Presentations, and submit proposals if you wish to participate. Email with any questions.

CT Environmental Commissioner Bikes on ECG in Simsbury, CT

On May 14, Commissioner Daniel Esty of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection rode with a group on the ECG in Simsbury, CT. (Commissioner Esty is 4th from the right in the photo below.) ECGA Trustee Steven Mitchell of Simsbury led the ride (center of the photo). Connecticut is in the forefront of greenway progress and we appreciate working with our state, county, and local government partners throughout the state!

bike ride simsbury

Upcoming Bike Rides on the ECG in New Haven, CT

These bike rides are on the East Coast Greenway in Connecticut as part of the New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas. We hope you can check them out! (Advanced registration is not required for these rides.)

Saturday June 22, 2013: New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas -- discover the East Coast Greenway north from the New Haven Green. Travel north from New Haven to Cheshire and learn about plans to connect the former rail trail to Northampton, MA. Visit historic lock 12 in Cheshire before returning to New Haven. An ECGA representative will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trail. Helmets & signed waiver are mandatory. Approx. 25 miles. Starts at 9 am on the New Haven Green.

Saturday June 29, 2013: New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas -- discover the East Coast Greenway south from the New Haven Green. Travel south on the East Coast Greenway and ride the Vision Trail to New Haven Harbor, Harborside Trail, continuing on to the Long Wharf Nature Preserve into West Haven on the Savin Rock Trail, travel streets along the shore ending at Silver Sands State Park in Milford then return to the start at New Haven. An ECG representative will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trail. Helmets & signed waiver are mandatory. Approx. 30 miles. Starts at 9 am on the New Haven Green.

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Regional News: Mid Atlantic
Starlight Park Celebrates Trail Opening, Bronx, NY

Starlight Park in the Bronx officially opened with a ribbon cutting on May 10th! It was a wonderful, clear day and the park was full of school children, members of the public, and dignitaries.

Speakers included Congressman Jose E. Serrano, Bronx Borough President Ruban Diaz, Jr., and New York City Parks Commissioner Veronica White. This park represents a starting point for creating this neighborhood of the Bronx into a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly place to work, play and live.

NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica White receiving ECG tile.

NY Parks Commissioner

Upcoming Events in the Mid-Atlantic

June 8th, Philadelphia: Join us for the 58th Street Connector Ribbon cutting! At the Myers Recreation Center, 58th and Kingsessing, festivities start at 11:30 AM.

June 8: Hudson Loop Walk, a 30-mile walk along the Hudson bordering NYC and NJ, by our partner the FreeWalkers. See here for more info. and to register.

Upcoming New York ECG bike rides:
Sunday, June 9:  Bronxville to Battery Park ride, with the Bronx River Alliance. To register:

Sunday, June 30: Circle Manhattan by Bike ride, with Common Ground-NYC
To register:

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Regional News: South Atlantic
Help Conduct Trail Counts on the ECG in Durham, NC
Friends in the Triangle of NC, want to help with an important project to document use on the ECG in the area? The Institute for Transportation Research and Education is doing a study and needs volunteers to do trail counts on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham. There are a number of dates and times to choose from in June. You can sign up to volunteer here: or contact Sarah O'Brien at or 919-515-8703. Thanks for your help!
Key ECG Bridge in Place, Durham, NC

The American Tobacco Trail bridge installation over Interstate-40 in Durham, NC went beautifully! The freeway was shut down from midnight to 7AM on Sunday, April 28th while a team of workers led by prime contractor Blythe Construction placed the bridge, which had been pre-assembled along the side of I-40.

Here's a time lapsed video by the City of Durham of the installation (seen from both sides of the bridge):

The ECG hosted coffee and snacks (sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina) for those on hand to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event. Read an article about the bridge placement here.

Bridge Placement Photo

Photo (c) Jerry Markatos, Markatos Photography

Crews are now working to complete the bridge (decking and fences) and the remaining trail sections on either side. The work is scheduled to be complete in July.

Congratulations to Blythe, and all the bike/ped advocates, city staff, and non-profits in Durham who worked to get this bridge in for over 20 years. It'll be ready to walk/ride soon, and we're excited to celebrate at the Grand Opening on August 10th!

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Regional News: Southeast
ECG Signs on St. Johns River Ferry, Jacksonville, FL

Following designation of the St. Johns River Ferry in Jacksonville as official part of our route, Hornblower Marine affixed the ECG logo fore and aft to the wheelhouse of the ferryboat Jean Ribault. More than a half-million riders a year cross by ferry between Mayport village and Fort George Island.

The event followed the posting of route signs through Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach that lead to Mayport. Thank you to everyone in Florida who had a hand in getting these signs placed along our route!

St. Johns Ferry signCyclist Steve Tocknell giving a bike salute for the sign placement! Photo by Val Bostwick.

Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail Designated as Part of ECG

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection celebrated the Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail becoming part of the East Coast Greenway, with sign unveilings and other events.

The trail will stretch 19 miles from Palatka to St. Augustine when it is finished. Currently, 8.5 miles are complete. Eleven more miles of trails will be built, with multiple access points. The Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail is also part of the 260-mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop that travels through St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler, Volusia and Brevard counties. Read more about this trail.

sign unveiling


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