May 2012

In This Issue...

Greetings from the Director

National News

  • National Meetings in Maine a Huge Success
  • Cabot Tour in Full Swing!


  • New ECG Trail Designations

ECGA In the News

  • Our Biggest Media Hit - the Wall Street Journal!

Regional News

  • Cabot Bike Rides in PA and DE
  • Volunteers Needed for Virginia ECG Guide
  • Cabot Bike Ride and Event in NC June 2nd
  • GA Trail Ribbon Cutting June 2
  • St. Johns Ferry Update

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Dennis Markatos-Soriano: Executive Director

Andy Hamilton: Mid-Atlantic Coordinator

Herb Hiller: Southeast Region Consultant

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Greetings from ECGA Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Becoming a Trail of Global Significance

Dear East Coast Greenway teammates,

I'm always inspired when I see the people who follow East Coast Greenway progress. They include thousands of local leaders in all 15 of our states and beyond. E-newsletter readers come from over 25 countries on every continent but Antarctica. We're so glad to bring you good news of greenway progress as people all over the world decide when the time is right for them to experience America's rich history and culture by bicycle or foot.

This month has been one to remember. For the first time ever, we hosted our international partners from the Trans-Canada Trail at our Spring National Meetings in mid-May. CEO Deborah Apps and Trail Director Jane Murphy shared inspiring stories of progress with our team and a packed crowd of local trail advocates gathered in Portland, Maine. We plan to connect the ECG and the TCT during the years ahead - establishing an international trail network that spans over 15,000 miles (even more kilometers :)!

The East Coast Greenway really is becoming a trail of global significance thanks to partnerships from the local to the international level. We had a record number of trail designations at the meetings and hope to bring many more trails online in the months ahead to achieve our aggressive goal of 65 new miles in 2012. And in the past month, our project was featured in two top global newspapers: the Wall Street Journal and the London Financial Times.

As our route continues to improve and become more accessible, we are so happy that the Cabot Community Tour has made it safely to North Carolina - having just had a warm welcome from Wilmington (NC) Mayor Bill Saffo and over 50 Cape Fear Cyclists! The three cyclists are almost at the midway point of their ride to Portland and are in excellent spirits - enjoying the company of many day-riders and regional riders along the way.

Together, We Are Building a Sustainable & Healthy World.

Dennis Markatos-Soriano

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National ECGA News
National Meetings in Maine a Huge Success

The weekend of May 18 - 20th, the ECG held its national Trail Council and Board meetings in beautiful Portland, Maine.

The weekend started with the 31-mile Spring on the Eastern Trail bike ride sponsored by the Eastern Trail Alliance (ETA). The weather couldn't have been better, and over 100 people enjoyed the ride from Kennebunk to Bug Light Park in Portland. The ride went over the Route 1 Bridge, which was dedicated to ETA Founder John Andrews. Thank you Eastern Trail Alliance for putting on the ride!

Bike Ride on the Eastern Trail

The group is ready to ride!

ETA Bike ride

Riding over the new bridge!
Photos by Eastern Trail Alliance

The Trail Council meeting on Saturday, May 19th was one of the largest in recent memory, with more than 50 people attending. Deborah Apps, President of the Trans Canada Trail, delivered an inspiring keynote speech. We look forward to linking up the ECG with the TCT - it's so exciting to be part of a growing international network of trails! Look for an article with more detail on the TCT in a future e-news.

We had a dozen local trail partners attend the meeting and provide information about their organizations, and it was fantastic to see everyone's enthusiasm and dedication. Thanks to everyone who attended for making it such a great meeting!

Thank you to the hardworking volunteers who made this weekend happen, especially Sue Ellen Bordwell and Tony Barrett who coordinated the weekend. Other excellent volunteers included Bob Barrett, Cheri Juniewicz, Bill Richards, and Dave Wood.

We had a number of generous sponsors who supported the meeting, and we truly appreciate their support! Thank you so much to:

Apogee Adventures
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Cabot Cheese
Coffee By Design
Eastern Trail Alliance
Flatbread Restaurant
Portland Trails
Summerfeet Bicycle Tours
Zoom Buses

Thank you to everyone who attended! We hope to see you in Richmond, Virginia on November 9th and 10th!

Thank you to the generous sponsors who supported our weekend's events!

Cabot Tour In Full Swing!

The Cabot tour kicked off in Miami on May 12th, had a great event in Charleston, SC last weekend, and the tour and three through-riders are currently in North Carolina! They've been joined by a number of other riders for short rides, such as over the St. Johns Ferry in Florida, or for multiple days. So far everyone's having a great time, and except for taking a day off due to Tropical Storm Beryl, the weather has been great!

Cabot Tour in Miami

Starting The Cabot Tour in Miami, FL

Cabot will have five more major events along the tour route. In the next month they'll have events in Durham, NC June 2nd; Fredericksburg, VA June 9th; Wilmington, DE June 16th; and NYC June 23rd! You can see the overall Cabot tour website here. And if you want to join the tour for a bit, registration and details are available here.

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ECG Spotlight - New ECG Designations
Record Number of New Trail Designations
We had twenty new trails designated at our Spring Trail Council meeting! We are really excited to have these new sections as part of the ECG.

Eastern Trail

Eastern Trail (new phase), Saco-Old Orchard Beach, ME, 4.4 miles

This latest section of the Eastern Trail includes a bridge over US Route 1, dubbed the John Andrews Bridge. John Andrews (of Scarborough, Maine) is considered the father of the Eastern Trail which, when complete, will extend from South Portland to Kittery, about 60 miles.

Border to Boston Trail

Border-to-Boston Trail, Wenham MA, 1.1 miles

This section of the Border to Boston Trail is a lovely woodland experience, and includes access to a wooden boardwalk extending over the Wenham Swamp. When complete, the Border to Boston Trail will extend from the New Hampshire line to Peabody, Mass., over 28 miles.

Moosup Valley Trail

Moosup Valley Trail (new phase), Sterling, CT, 0.5 mile

Moosup Valley State Park Trail is on a railbed that extends all the way to Providence, RI. This section, in the town of Sterling, CT, provides a rustic woodland experience.

Quinebaug River Trail

Quinebaug River Trail (new phase), Killingly, CT, 2.25 miles

The new section of the Quinebaug River Trail connects the existing trail (running south from downtown Danielson, CT) to ballfields and neighborhoods along the beautiful Quinebaug River.

Hop River Trail

Hop River Trail (new phase), Columbia, CT, 1.2 miles

The Hop River State Park Trail is a rail trail which is also the ECG from Bolton to Windham. This latest section is in the Town of Columbia, which recently added a new compacted stone-dust surface.

Founders Bridge Path

Founders Bridge path, East Hartford/Hartford CT, 0.55 miles

The Founders Bridge path provides a separated promenade on Founders Bridge, with outstanding views of the noble Connecticut River and the striking Hartford skyline. The promenade is also home to several pieces of public art.

Middlesex Greenway

Middlesex Greenway, Middlesex County NJ, 1.5 miles

The Middlesex Greenway trail allows for safe passage through a section of the ECG corridor rich in high-speed roadways, including US Route 1 and I-95. It passes beneath I-95, and over US 1 with a new bridge.

Kensington and Tacony

Kensington & Tacony Rail-Trail, Lardner's Point Park section, Philadelphia, PA, 0.1 mile

This piece of trail, while short, is the critical first section of the larger K&T Trail which will extend for 2 miles north of downtown Philadelphia, on the scenic Delaware Riverfront.

Belle Island Bridge

Belle Isle Bridge (Swinging Bridge), Richmond, VA, 0.25 mile

This bike-ped bridge is suspended beneath the US Route 1 bridge which runs over the James River. The Belle Isle Bridge runs only halfway across, dropping cyclists and walkers on beautiful and historic Belle Isle, in the middle of the river. (Another bridge carries people from Belle Isle to the south bank of the James.)

Downtown Durham Trail

Downtown Trail, Durham, NC, 1.3 miles

This trail goes past the Durham Bulls ballpark and through the scenic downtown to connect the American Tobacco trail and the Ellerbee Creek trail in Durham.

Pullen Park Trail

Pullen Park Trail, Raleigh, NC, 0.33 mile

This path connects our route with one of the top destinations for families around the region: Raleigh's historic Pullen Park.

Raleigh Trail

Central Raleigh Trail, Raleigh, NC, 0.58 mile

This trail runs near Dorothea Dix grounds, which is the anticipated location for a large park within a few years.

Chavis Way Sidepath

Chavis Way Sidepath, Raleigh, NC, 0.27 mile

This lovely path alongside Chavis Path in Southeast Raleigh connects to the Little Rock Trail.

Little Rock Trail

Little Rock Trail, Raleigh, NC, 1 mile

This trail connects historic Chavis park to Walnut Creek Wetlands Center.

Walnut Creek Trail

Walnut Creek Trail, Raleigh, NC, 1.95 miles

This beautiful trail in South Raleigh extends the ECG toward the emerging Neuse River Greenway system.

Jacksonville Rail Trail

Jacksonville Rail-Trail, Jacksonville, NC, 2.6 miles

This trail is part of the ECG historic coastal route from Wilmington, NC to Virginia. When complete, this trail will be 8.3 miles long. It runs through Camp LeJune Marine Corps base thorough a partnership with the city and the DOD.

Belles Ferry

Belles Ferry, Savannah, GA, 1.4 miles

This ferry service over the Savannah River connects Savannah's historic riverfront with Hutchinson Island. Some say that the best views of the Savannah riverfront are from Belle's Ferry!

Woodbine Riverwalk

Woodbine Riverwalk (new Liza Rudolph phase), Woodbine, GA, 1.5 miles.

This new section of the Riverwalk extends the trail south to the historic Liza Rudolph community of Woodbine, and gets the ECG off of US Route 17.

Jupiter Riverwalk

Jupiter Riverwalk (new phase), Jupiter, FL, 0.4 mile

This new section connects hotels to commercial areas while providing great views of the Intracoastal Waterway and wild riverbanks.


M-Path (new phase), Miami-Dade Co., FL, 0.7 mile

The final section of the M-Path runs 30 miles from Miami to Florida City. This important newly completed section closes a midway gap, providing safe passage over Snapper Creek and the Snapper Creek Expressway via a new bike-ped bridge.

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ECGA In the News

We have had some exciting media about the ECG lately, including an article in the Wall Street Journal - the nation's largest newspaper - and mention in the London Financial Times in May!

Wall Street Journal, Article about new the ECG trail section in New Jersey

London Financial Times, Hottest Homes are next to Greenways

WLBZ News, (Video) Eastern Trail Bridge Dedicated to John Andrews

Journal Tribune, Maine's Eastern Trail Bridge Dedicated to Founder

The Daily Times, Delaware Co., PA, DVRPC Receives $12,000 trail planning grant

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Regional News
Cabot Bike Rides in the Mid-Atlantic

There are several opportunities in the next few weeks to ride with the Maine-to-Florida riders! For information on these rides please contact Andy Hamilton at or call 267-236-3407.

June 16th - DE: Newark to Wilmington and back to Newark, depart at 9:00 AM

June 19th - DE to PA: Wilmington to Philadelphia, depart at 9:00 AM

June 19th - PA: John Heinz National Wildlife Preserve to Schuylkill Banks, Depart at 12:30 PM

June 22nd - NJ: Edison to Jersey City, Depart at 7:30 AM

June 25th - NY: New York City to Greenwich, Depart at 9:00 AM

ECG Virginia Guide Coming Soon!
The first draft of the Virginia East Coast Greenway guide is here! We are looking for volunteers to help edit the cue sheets and to identify amenities to be shown on the maps. Contact Eric Weis at if you would like to help.
Cabot Bike Ride and Event - Raleigh and Durham, NC, June 2nd

This weekend the Miami-to-Maine riders come through the Triangle! You can join them on their bike ride from Raleigh to Durham! We have four ride options from 4 to 48 miles - free for ECGA members. Read more here and register for the bike ride here.

Then from 11am to 3pm, join us at the American Tobacco Campus in Downtown Durham for a family-friendly festival with music, a cheese-making presentation, and many other fun activities - see the event Facebook page here. We'll have ECGA gear and bicycle powered smoothies at the ECGA booth! Come say hello!

The ECGA and REI are holding a service project at 2 PM cleaning the local greenway segment and its neighboring creek. You can sign up at our booth at the Co-Op-A-Fair, or email We hope to see you June 2nd!

Greenway Ribbon Cutting in Woodbine, GA, June 2nd

The City of Woodbine, Georgia will dedicate the Liza Rudolph section of the Woodbine Riverwalk and Nature Trail as the newest addition to the ECG and the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail systems on Saturday, June 2 at 9:00 AM at the West 11th Street Trail Entrance, behind the Old Theater.

This is a wonderful way to celebrate National Trails Day! In addition to dedicating the trail, the City will officially open the Woodbine Mountain Bike Course. Loaner bikes will be provided by the Camden Bicycle Center of St. Marys and Monkeywrench Bicycles of St. Simons Island.

St. Johns River Ferry Update

In mid-May, The Jacksonville City Council passed an ordinance that creates the St. Johns River Ferry Commission to take ownership of the ferry, oversee its operations, and seek grants to help pay for it. Save-the-Ferry Task Force leaders hailed the move in light of the Jacksonville Port Authority’s decision to mothball the ferry the end of September.

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation awaits results of a survey of some 3,000 passengers during a recent four days of operations. Governor Rick Scott has said he will consider using state money to continue the St. Johns River Ferry, but will let the FDOT report guide his decision. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has said the city cannot afford to subsidize ferry operations, but he did not rule out a city contribution.

The ferry connects Florida A1A, a state road, by crossing the river between Mayport and Heckscher Drive on the north shore. The ferry is critically important to the East Coast Greenway. The ferry provides cyclists and pedestrians with a safe 0.9-mile crossing. The alternative would be a less safe 30-mile on-road route. (Some information for this report came from the Florida Times Union newspaper.)

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