June 2013

In This Issue...

Greetings from the Director

  • Have a Safe Summer on the Greenway

National News

  • Remembering Terry Benjey
  • I Care I Cure I Cycle to Complete Final Segment of ECG
  • New Annual Report Shows Strong Financial Progress

ECG In the News

  • Great Newspaper Articles and More

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

  • Bike with the ECG "Bike Train" to Riverfest July 20
  • Northern Strand Trail Continues to Grow
  • Upcoming Events in New England

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

  • 58th Street Connector Opens in Philadelphia
  • New Castle Industrial Track Trail Phase 3 Progress
  • Upcoming Bike Rides

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

  • Charleston's Legare Bridge will Get Bike/Ped Lane

Regional News: Southeast (GA, FL)

  • Seabranch Trail to be Dedicated this Summer

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Greetings from ECGA Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Dear East Coast Greenway family,

As we celebrate the life of Terry Benjey, co-founder of Cape Fear Cyclists in Wilmington, NC (see below), I want to take a little time to focus on safety. Our outstanding Florida and Georgia Consultant, Herb Hiller, also had an injury while cycling, and we all wish him a swift recovery.

We are grateful for everyone in the East Coast Greenway family, and I look forward to working with all of you long into the future. Let's all stay safe as we bike, run and walk throughout the East Coast.

We are building the East Coast Greenway so that everyone can enjoy the lovely communities and natural areas of the Eastern Seaboard safely, separated from vehicle traffic. We also encourage safety while biking and walking the ECG and beyond - slowing down, looking out for others on the greenway around you, and bringing water in the summer heat.

Here's to enjoying every mile of our adventures, whether solo or with friends and family. Millions of bike rides and walks take place on the ECG every year, and we want them to be safe and enjoyable for all!

See you on the Greenway,

Dennis Markatos-Soriano

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National ECGA News
In Memoriam: Terry Benjey, NC Cycling Advocate

The East Coast Greenway and cycling community in North Carolina lost a great friend and advocate with the passing of Terry Benjey of Wilmington, NC on June 17th. An avid cyclist and bicycling advocate, Terry was a founding member of the Cape Fear Cyclists bicycle club, which began in Wilmington in 1972. He joined the ECGA in 2005, and through the years participated in many ECG rides and events and was a friend to many in our organization. In 2010, he and Trail Council member Bethel Paris led a North Carolina bicycle tour of the ECG.

Between club rides and bicycle tours, Terry rode thousands of miles each year. In the past year, he cycled a third of the ECG, riding with the Cabot Community Tour in parts of North Carolina and from the Canadian border to Hartford, CT, in conjunction with our Week A Year Tour.

Terry, we miss you, and we thank you for all your support for cycling and the ECG through the years. (Read a tribute to Terry in the Wilmington Star News.)

Terry Benjey

Terry in Durham, NC during the Cabot Tour in 2012.
Photo by Sarah Powell.

Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Foundation Completing ECG in August

Over the past few years, Glenn Hirsch has been cycling the ECG from Florida to Maine one section at a time, in the memory of his nephew Ian. Raising funds for the I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation (www.icareicure.org), Glenn will complete his ECG journey in 8 days of riding this summer, covering the final leg from Rye, New Hampshire, to Calais, Maine. He will reach the northern gateway on August 10 (just before his 40th wedding anniversary!) where he will be greeted by his wife and all of his children and grandchildren. Follow Glenn's ride and learn more about his charity at http://icareicureicycle.blogspot.com/.

New Annual Report Shows Strong Financial Progress

Each year after our financial audit is complete, we publish an Annual Report. 2012 was a record year of greenway progress, driven by strong revenue growth. Members and individual contributors were our biggest source of revenue, though foundations and corporate partners contributed an increasing share. You can download the annual report here, or email debbie@greenway.org if you'd like a hardcopy sent to you.

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ECG In the News

Wicked Local.com: Progress on the Border to Boston Trail

University City Review, Philadelphia, PA: 58th Street Greenway Opening

Adventure Cycling Blog: Virginia Bike Federation Comes for a Visit!

Encore Online, NC: Gary Shell Cross-City Trail Celebrates with 8-mile Tour

Beaches Leader: Palatka-to-St. Augustine Trail Now Part of ECG

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Regional News: New England
Ride the ECG "Bike Train" to Woonsocket Riverfest!

Come celebrate the Blackstone River Bikeway and the historic City of Woonsocket, RI at Riverfest, on July 20!  Join ECG Trail Coordinator Eric Weis as he leads a bike "train" on the ECG from downtown Providence to Woonsocket for the event (40-miles round trip), with stops to pick people up in towns along the way.  RSVP for the bike train: eric@greenway.org, and learn more about this fun event here!

riverfest flier

Northern Strand Community Trail Grows in MA

The ECGA has always been about inspiring local initiatives to create a long-distance trail. Such is the case north of Boston where numerous communities have come together to create the “Northern Strand Community Trail” that will ultimately shift the ECG route north from Boston from well-used urban roadways to a system of community trails.

This summer the Cities of Everett and Malden will pave over 4 miles of gravel trail with asphalt. The Town of Saugus will also be completing 2.5 miles of stone dust trail through the woods and marshes located there. The City of Revere has committed to build their one-mile section. Bike to the Sea has applied for a Recreational Trails grant to fund construction of the Revere section in 2014 while fundraising for the match.

The Massachusetts DOT is completing one bridge project that links the on-road ECGA route to Everett and will be initiating another bridge project that will create off-road connections between Everett and Medford. This will take the ECG on a new riverfront trail in Somerville to Boston. We will provide more updates in the e-news as these projects move forward.

- by Steve Winslow, ECGA Member and former MA State Committee chair

Upcoming Bike Rides in New England

Join Connecticut's Environment commissioner and other state leaders on an East Coast Greenway ride from New Haven to Simsbury, June 29!  See the flier here for details.

Eastern Trail Alliance's 10th Annual Maine Lighthouse Ride, September 7. Enjoy Maine's beautiful coast and scenic lighthouses, with 25, 40, 60, and 100-mile ride options. See here for more information and to register!

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Regional News: Mid Atlantic
58th Street Connector Now Open in Philadelphia
The new 58th Street Connector officially opened on June 8th, with a community celebration at the Myers Recreation Center in Philadelphia. The 1.5 mile new trail segment creates a link between the Schuylkill River and the Cobbs Creek watershed. The Connector utilizes both bike lanes and traffic-separated greenways.

The ribbon cutting event was well-attended by community members, and many Philadelphia groups were there with booths and activities. Volunteers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia measured people for bike helmets, and Neighborhood Bike Works rode in on their kinetic sculpture bike and raffled off a kids' bicycle. Community members were given commemorative greenway ribbons for helping to facilitate the project, and everyone enjoyed cake and fun activities such as zumba dancing and a children's choir. (See our Facebook album for more great photos from the event!)

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Children's choir performing at the ceremony.

Thank you to the city of Philadelphia and the William Penn Foundation for your support of this important project! Read an article about the opening here.

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Patrick Starr of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council speaking at the opening celebration, June 8th.

Photos by Terra Edenhart-Pepe

Progress Continues on New Castle Industrial Track Trail, DE

Completing the one-mile Phase 3 of the New Castle, Delaware, Industrial Track Trail will require a new bridge over the Christina River and a boardwalk over wetlands to link the existing Wilmington Riverwalk and Industrial Track Trail Phase 2.

Funding is now in place to move Phase 3 into concept design. This will allow the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to nail down costs and other critical issues needed to seek design and construction funding. Governor Markell and Secretary Bhatt have directed DelDOT staff to move forward with the project as quickly as possible.

In addition, DelDOT and the Delaware River and Bay Authority will host a Public Meeting on July 8 to get community feedback on Phase 2b of the New Castle Industrial Track Trail. The project includes the installation of a tunnel under U.S. 13 to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The tunnel will complete the 4-mile route from the south bank of the Christina River to the historic city of New Castle. The tunnel is expected to be completed in 2015. Learn more about the meeting here.

Upcoming Events in the Mid-Atlantic

We hope you can check out some of the excellent bike rides put on by our New York state committee!

June 30:  Circle Manhattan by Bike (32 miles).  See here for information and to register:  http://manhattanloopride2013-eorg.eventbrite.com.

July 21:  Van Cortlandt Park to Kensico Dam ride (25 miles).  See here for information and to register:  http://vcptokensicodam2013-eorg.eventbrite.com.  

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Regional News: South Atlantic
Charleston's Legare Bridge to Get Bike/Ped Lane

A difficult river crossing on the ECG is going to get much more friendly, thanks to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and the great advocates at Charleston Moves. Keep an eye on the Legare Bridge project, in which a motor vehicle lane will become a 2-way bicycle and pedestrian lane, with barriers installed to provide separation from cars and trucks while crossing the Ashley River. Read more here.

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Regional News: Southeast
Seabranch Trail will be Dedicated this Summer, FL

Martin County, Florida staff is developing a dedication ceremony to recognize the opening of Phase II of the Seabranch Trail.  The Phase II portion of the trail, which is approximately 2 miles in length, was officially designated at the ECG's Spring meeting in Baltimore.  

As part of this dedication ceremony, the County will be placing official ECG signage on both Phase I, (previously designated) and Phase II – 3 total miles.  The event is anticipated to take place in July. Our Florida Consultant Herb Hiller and other Florida ECG representatives will take part in the ceremony. When the date is set, we'll post the details on our Facebook page.

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