December 2009

In This Issue...


National News

  • Greetings from Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano
  • Your Donation will be Matched!
  • Holiday shopping that supports the East Coast Greenway!
  • Newest Trail Designations
  • Board of Trustees Election Results

Regional News: New England

  • Down East Sunrise Trail update
  • Latest News from the Eastern Trail
  • Border-to-Boston Trail progress
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
  • Big News on the Merritt Parkway Trail

Regional News: Mid Atlantic

  • 2nd Annual Hudson River Loop Tour a Success
  • Hutchinson River Parkway Path
  • ECG Joins East River Path Effort
  • Closing a Gap in NJ, and a new kiosk too!
  • More Money Floods the Schuylkill River Trail
  • Coming Attractions: Maryland ECG Trail Guide

Regional News: South Atlantic

  • Virginia Capital Trail update
  • North Carolina State Committee in action!
  • NC members: prize drawings each month!
  • Myrtle Beach: Much More than Golf (in case you hadn't heard)
  • News From the Lowcountry

Regional News: Southeast

  • Scores, Website, and Kudos
  • Cello Concert on the Cumberland Sound Ferry!
  • Recent Newspaper Coverage of the ECG in FL & GA


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East Coast Greenway Alliance, a national non-profit membership organization spearheading the development of the East Coast Greenway. The ECG is a developing 3,000-mile, traffic-free, firm-surfaced route linking cities and towns between Maine and Florida.

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Dennis Markatos-Soriano: Executive Director

Steve Bevington: South Atlantic Regional Trail Coordinator

Kitty Carter: Office Manager / Membership Coordinator / Bookkeeper

Herb Hiller: Southeast Region Consultant

Kelly McClintock: Donor Program Coordinator

Dolores Newman: NJ Program Consultant

Mike Oliva: Mid-Atlantic Regional Trail Coordinator

Eric Weis: Trail Program Coordinator & New England Regional Trail Coordinator


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National ECGA News

Greetings from ECGA Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Getting to know the East Coast Greenway

Dear ECGA members,

Thank you all for the amazing welcome. I've enjoyed hundreds of miles of the East Coast Greenway from Rhode Island to Florida -- meeting the wonderful people that have made this organization so effective over the years (Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts - I'll visit you very soon). I have experienced a truly inspiring reception. From volunteers in North Carolina to the Mayor of Jacksonville, FL, to the Deputy Secretary of the federal Department of Transportation in DC, support is growing quickly to complete our safe and accessible 3,000-mile route for cyclists and pedestrians.

And we are making progress quickly! We just designated over 40 miles of greenway at our national Board meeting last month in Savannah, GA. We even see the potential to designate more than 100 new miles in 2010.

One of the highlights of the last couple months was a week-long bike tour along the lovely St. Johns River in northern Florida, facilitated by our partner Bike Florida. Riding over 200 miles with eighteen of our biggest supporters, I witnessed first-hand what a difference it is to enjoy the greenway and well-marked bike lanes on our route rather than compete with motorized vehicles for space.

We still have a long way to accomplish our dream of a fully off-road greenway. But our efforts are already paying off as newly-closed gaps connect neighborhoods to workplaces, schools, and parks in every state.

Along with most other nonprofits, the Great Recession has taken its toll on our organization. We unfortunately had to let someone go who has helped us behind the scenes for many years in the Wakefield, RI, office - Kathy Klinger. Thank you Kathy, for your service. We also lowered overhead costs - reducing our office rent costs by $750 per month through consolidating our space. Your support at the end of 2009 would help us return to financial health and achieve major greenway progress in 2010!

I hope you are all having Happy Holidays and I look forward being with all of you in the months ahead.

Onwards to a healthy and sustainable America!

Dennis


Dennis, desperately seeking a hill to ascend in Florida. Photo by Bob Spiegelman


Donor will match your end-of-year donation

As Dennis mentioned above, our finances our tight right now. And while we are cutting costs to adjust to the sluggish economy, we need to raise additional funds to achieve financial health.

We are lucky to have a donor in New York willing to match up to $10,000 given by the end of 2009. Please help us take full advantage of this opportunity by giving this December. Gifts of all sizes are welcome and appreciated. They can be given online here or checks can be sent to our Wakefield office at 27B North Road, Wakefield, RI 02879.

A huge thanks to the thousands of members who have contributed in 2009! Together, we can lay a solid foundation for our staff to make a strong impact through 2010 and beyond!


Cool Gifts for Bicyclists!

Yes, it's that time of year again! But don't head to the mall quite yet - you can buy cool stuff for friends, family, and yourself, while benefitting the Greenway!

Our friends at the Pedal Pushers Club are giving a great offer to ECG fans: order cool bike-related t-shirts, hats, and other goods using the coupon code "greenway", and you get 10% off of your purchase, plus an ADDITIONAL 10% comes to the ECGA as a donation!

Check out this great design - a "school" of bikes devouring a Humvee!

Check out the rest of their bike-related goods here at pedalpushersclub.com! (And don't forget: coupon code "greenway" gets you a discount and ECGA a donation!)


New Trails Join the ECG!

At the latest ECGA meetings (Savannah, Georgia, Nov. 7-8), over 40 miles of new trail were brought into the East Coast Greenway!

  • Down East Sunrise Trail, 32 mi, Washington County, Maine
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, 2.4 mi, Hamden, CT
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, 0.4 mi, New Haven, CT
  • Long Wharf Nature Preserve Trail, 0.3 mi, New Haven, CT
  • Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, 0.5 mi, Hoboken, NJ
  • Hudson River Waterfront Walkway (Long Slip Bridge), 0.1 mi, Hoboken-Jersey City, NJ
  • Virginia Capital Trail (Charles City Courthouse phase), 7.2 mi, Charles City County, VA
  • The East Coast Greenway Alliance sends BIG thanks to all of its partners up and down the eastern seaboard who are building multi-use trails and helping to create the East Coast Greenway!


    ECGA Board of Trustees Election

    The election of members to the ECGA Board of Trustees was held on November 7, 2009 during the ECGA Annual Meeting in Savannah. Two new members were elected, and five current members were re-elected to new terms.

    Tyson Slocum, Director of the Energy Program at Public Citizen, newly joins as the Washington, DC representative. Jim Langford, President of the Board of Directors of MillionMile Greenway, joins as our Georgia representative.

    Four members were re-elected to new terms: Tony Barrett of Maine, Elizabeth Brody of New York, Steve Mitchell of Connecticut, David Read of Massachusetts, and Aron Sotnikoff of New York.


    Regional News: New England

    Down East Sunrise Trail Progress


    The East Coast Greenway Alliance has officially designated the first 30 miles of the Down East Sunrise Trail (DEST), near the northern end of the ECG. The DEST will ultimately be 87 miles long, extending from north of Machias to Ellsworth, the gateway to Acadia National Park. Currently the longest single completed trail on the ECG is the D&R Canal Trail in central NJ, 37 miles (it will be extended soon - see the news below in the Mid-Atlantic section). The DEST will bypass it in 2010.



    Latest News from the Eastern Trail


    More great news from southern Maine about the Eastern Trail!

    The Maine Turnpike Authority has announced that it will fund a $1.3 million bridge for the Eastern Trail over the turnpike (I-95). It will go to bid in 2010, with construction in 2011.



    Border to Boston Trail Progress


    The Border to Boston Trail, planned to run from the New Hampshire border to Danvers (possibly a bit further, to Peabody), has seen a great deal of progress this year. Construction underway in Salisbury and Newburyport (the two northernmost towns along the trail) will lead to 2010 ribbon cuttings in those towns. Topsfield, a bit further south, opened a short stretch of the trail in its downtown earlier this year.


    Ribbon cutting for the Border to Boston Trail in Topsfield MA; locally it is known as the Topsfield Linear Common. ECGA Trustee David Read is at far right.

    Farmington Canal Heritage Trail


    This autumn saw the completion of Hamden's 9.5-mile section of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT), connecting the town to Cheshire (to the north) and the City of New Haven (to the south). New Haven also built more of its portion of the FCHT, north to the Hamden line, and design work is underway by engineering firm VHB for the southern end, which will lead all the way to Long Island Sound. Further north, the Town of Plainville is making progress on its own portion of the FCHT. Plainville faces special challenges in building the trail though town, as it is the only town in CT where the railroad right-of-way used for the trail is still owned by the railroad company (part of it is still in use). A creative plan devised by the engineering firm Milone & MacBroom proposes a route using a combination of rail-trail, path through existing parkland, and on-street connections. We'll pass along news on all of these projects as we learn more. For specifics on the FCHT, visit these sites: Farmington Valley Trails Council, Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association, and Plainville Greenway Alliance.


    The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, where New Haven (l) meets Hamden (r).



    Nutmeggers: please take this survey (only 1 short page of questions!)


    As mentioned above, the City of New Haven is working on extending the Farmington trail all the way to the Long Island Sound waterfront. One of the firms involved, Dean Sakamoto Architects, would like the input of Connecticut residents to help shape the signage that will be installed along the trail in New Haven.

    We'd all be much obliged if you'd take a moment to answer the questions in this very short survey. Thanks!



    Big News on the Merritt Parkway Trail!


    Late October witnessed a landmark moment in the development of the East Coast Greenway. At the Fairfield County/East Coast Greenway Bicycle & Pedestrian Summit, ConnDOT Deputy Commissioner Albert Martin announced that the Department of Transportation would no longer oppose development of a Merritt Parkway Trail!

    While there were the expected provisos about funding, department policy on fencing, etc, the switch of ConnDOT from roadblock to partner in development of this long-fought-for trail is the biggest step forward we've seen in years.

    The Merritt Parkway, built in the 1930s, was originally designed with a bridle path in the extra-wide (300 feet!) right-of-way. The trail was never built, however. What was initially designed to be a road for pleasant Sunday driving has since devolved from being a PARKway into just another commuter highway, an alternative to Interstate 95 in southeastern Connecticut.

    Click here to read a bit more about this announcement. Click here for the website of the Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance, to learn more about the trail project, and the history of the roadway.



    The Merritt Parkway then... and now.
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    Regional News: Mid Atlantic


    Hudson River Loop Ride in NY & NJ a Success!


    On October 13th, the East Coast Greenway hosted a 20-mile bike ride starting at Fort Lee Park near the George Washington Bridge. The ride took people southbound on trails and roads which parallel New Jersey's Hudson riverfront. Riders took the NY Waterway Ferry from Jersey City to Manhattan and continued their ride up the Hudson River Greenway and back across the George Washington Bridge to the starting point. Over 70 riders took part on a perfect fall like day. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped put this ride together!



    Hutchinson River Parkway Path


    On November 24th, East Coast Greenway Mid-Atlantic Coordinator Michael Oliva and NY ECG State Committee Chair Jackson Wandres met with NY State DOT Region 8 officials James Rapoli and Lisa Mondello, along with Westchester County Planning officials Patrick Natarelli and Lukas Herbert, to discuss future development plans for a 3.5-mile multi-use trail along the Hutchinson River Parkway ROW from I-287 north to the CT-NY border. DOT stated they would support such a plan but currently do not have the resources to devote to the project right now. This positive development is similar language to which was announced from Connecticut DOT one month ago (see the story in the New England news, above).

    This section of the Hutch is a critical connection for the East Coast Greenway and would also be an important public recreation and transportation path for the local communities of Rye Brook, Harrison and Port Chester, which all lack sufficient public park facilities.

    DOT stated that the way to move this project forward would be to get local, county and state political support for the project. A local coalition of residents supporting the project would also be very effective. Money is need in the short term for preliminary design plans and in the long term for construction costs. In the near term a hiking path could be blazed at minimal cost while we wait for funding to come through for creation of a multi-use pathway.

    ECG Joins Effort to Build a Walk/Bike Path Along Mid-Manhattan's East Riverfront

     

    New York City's Manhattan Waterfront Greenway around the island's rim still has some glaring gaps, among them the gap along the East River between 38thand 61st Streets that forces cyclists to detour inland along hazardous stretches on First Avenue and Second Avenue. See a description of the present conditions at www.greenway.org/ny1.php, then scroll to the second item under "ECG NY News."

    A concerted effort to close this gap is being launched because the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has given New York City a January 2010 deadline to use or lose the caissons in the East River. The caissons are pylons leftover from a former detour around One Sutton Place South built when the FDR Drive's tunnel beneath that building was reconstructed. The caissons could be altered to support an esplanade over the water --termed an Outer Detour Roadway -- to bypass and placate neighboring objectors, the United Nations and One Sutton Place South. (A similar outer roadway is being built on the west side of Manhattan, along the Hudson River between 83rdand 91st Streets; this "Riverwalk" is due for completion by next spring.)

    Among the groups working together to build support for closing the gap on the East River Esplanade/Greenway are Community Board 6, Transportation Alternatives' East Side Manhattan Volunteer Committee, Vanderbilt YMCA's America on the Move Initiative, and the New York Committee for the East Coast Greenway. The East Coast Greenway's eastern route through New York runs along the eastern edge of Manhattan. Because the New York State Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over the FDR Drive, the New York Committee for the ECG recently urged NYSDOT Region 11 Director Phillip Eng to assist with finding a solution for closing this gap. You can demonstrate your support by signing Transportation Alternatives' petition. A second petition circulated by activist Scott Baker is posted at http://greenway.org/ny1.php; scroll to "ECG NY News."

    by Beth Brody

     


    Trenton, NJ Closing Gap in D&R Canal Path; Also, Another ECG Kiosk

    Bulldozers have begun clearing the way to open a missing link in the Delaware and Raritan Canal path through NJ's capital. The project, slated for completion next spring, will fill in a 1.5-mile gap in the D&R Canal towpath -- the East Coast Greenway's first official off-road segment, designated in 1996. ECG signs were recently posted through Trenton, so now the Greenway is completely signed between the Delaware River and Newark's Penn Station.
    Further north in NJ, on November 28th, NJ ECG volunteers installed a kiosk in Merrill Park, which is located in Middlesex County. This is the fourth East Coast Greenway kiosk installed in the Garden State. Many thanks again to Mike Kruimer and Tommy Rowe for leading the way and helping direct the many ECG volunteers who showed up to support this installation!

    Bikes Belong Coalition helps build the ECG!

    A $10,000 grant award from Bikes Belong will help the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia work with a coalition of trail groups to fund and build nine segments that will complete the popular Schuylkill River Trail network, part of which is the ECG. This high-profile campaign has also received funding from the William Penn Foundation, and will leverage more than $22 million in trail construction costs when the network is complete.

    Maryland ECG Guide to Bicycling & Walking

    The East Coast Greenway received funding from Maryland's Recreational Trails Program to produce an East Coast Greenway guide to bicycling and walking which will be similar to the ECG guides which have been produced in NJ, PA and DE. These guides provide detailed maps and cue sheets to the route and are excellent for taking on trips. Click here for an example of the guide produced for NJ. We will be looking for volunteers to help check cue sheets in Maryland so if you are interested please contact Mike Oliva.
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    Regional News: South Atlantic


    ECG Grows in Virginia with the Virginia Capital Trail


    A 7.5-mile trail segment on the ECG Historic Coastal Route has been completed and is open for business. This newest section of the Virginia Capital Trail starts at the Charles City County Courthouse Visitor's Center and ends near the Edgewood Plantation 28 miles northwest of Williamsburg VA. This trail will soon be connected via the Sherwood Forest phase to another 8-mile completed section of the Virginia Capitol Trail that brings travels to Jamestown Settlement, the Colonial Parkway and historic Colonial Williamsburg. This trail was formally designated as an ECG segment at our most recent Board meeting in Savannah.

    The rapidly growing Virginia Capital Trail is just one part of an exciting ECG bike route that connects Richmond VA to Coastal North Carolina. After the 55-mile Virginia Capitol Trail, travelers can take a free ferry to Isle of White County where delightful county highways provided excellent biking. After passing through Suffolk VA, the ECG historic coastal route makes its way down to North Carolina on the Dismal Swamp Canal Path, an 8.5-mile section of old Highway 17 that is closed to motor vehicles.

    Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer (bottom left), Executive Director of the Va. Capital Trail Foundation Beth Weisbrod (standing left) and East Coast Greenway trustee David Brickley (standing, holding sign) were among those present for a ribbon cutting for the latest ECG segment to be completed in Virginia.


     


    Inaugural Meeting of New North Carolina - East Coast Greenway Committee (NC-ECG) Held November 4th in Raleigh


    Eighteen planners, government officials and trail advocates met in Raleigh NC last month at the offices of Stewart Engineering for the inaugural meeting of the newly re-constituted NC-ECG. The charter of the new NC-ECG Committee is composed of representatives from each of the NC metropolitan and rural planning districts (MPOs and RPOs) through which the ECG passes, trail advocates and non-voting advisors from NC Department of Transportation and NC State Parks. Sig Hutchinson and Bethel Paris represent grass-roots advocates from the Piedmont and Coastal Regions. NCDOT was represented by both Jim Westmoreland, Deputy Secretary for Transit, and the Director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Tom Norman. Darrell McBane, Coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, also participated as did Chuck Flink, Dennis Markatos-Soriano and Steve Bevington of the ECGA.

    After member introductions Jim Westmoreland, Tom Norman and Darrell McBane each gave their perspectives on NC trails and how ongoing programs can and will support the ECG. Secretary Westmoreland stressed how important it is to participate in the development of the Transportation Reauthorization process and to develop plans and projects through the TIP system. In order for NCDOT to help build trails in North Carolina they need clear definition projects identified in the TIP. He feels that there are significant funding opportunities for alternate transportation modes if states and communities have a voice in Reauthorization and can articulate their needs.

    Bruce Drees of the Virginia Committee for the ECG then spoke about his experiences in his neighboring state and his successful interactions between State officials, local governments and advocacy groups. Chuck, Dennis and Steve then provided an overview and history of the ECG to the newly seated Committee.

    Iona Thomas, NC-ECG Committee Chair charged the Committee with identifying the best ECG route through North Carolina for both its Spine and Historical Coast routes. She also outlined how the charter allows for the Committee to evolve as the ECG moves from planning to implementation in North Carolina. It was determined that the NC-ECG Committee will meet quarterly and that the meeting may take place in the Piedmont or Coastal areas. The next meeting of the committee will focus on the status of trail building along potential corridors and funding opportunities.

    Judging from the enthusiastic participation at this first meeting, the ECG is off and running in North Carolina.

    Joshuah Mello of the Wilmington MPO discusses the ECG in North Carolina.


     


    Monthly Raffle for NC ECG Members


    With the help of some very generous friends, the East Coast Greenway Alliance is conducting monthly drawings for members in North Carolina. Among the prizes are gift certificates and a weekend camping or paddling rental package from REI.

    For complete information, including how you can enter, visit this ECGA blog entry. And good luck!


     


    Trails Afoot in Myrtle Beach


    The City of Myrtle Beach continues to be a national leader in trail development.

    Construction should begin in January on the 1.65-mile extension and final phase of the Harrelson Boulevard Trail of the East Coast Greenway. This will complete the connection between the existing Grissom Parkway Trail and the proposed segments of trail along Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. It will also provide enhanced access to the new Myrtle Beach International Airport terminal from the most densely developed hotel district along the South Carolina coast and will complete access between the oceanfront hotels and the Freestyle Music Theme Park.

    In the northern part of the city, Myrtle Beach has been making improvements to Bob Bell Path, another segment of the ECG. Recently new signage and landscaping were installed along the trail. Local children have participated in planting wildflower seeds and small trees.


    Photo: Mark Kruea, Public Information Director, City of Myrtle Beach.


     


    Trail Progress in the Low Country!


    Progress is being made in the South Carolina LowCountry between Charleston and Savannah.

    A two mile long off road ten foot wide multi-use pathway will soon be open to the public between Gardens Corner and River Road in northern Beaufort County. When fully completed in 2010 or 2011, this path will run nearly ten miles long from Gardens Corner to the Combahee River.

    Further south in Beaufort between the town of Port Royal and Yemassee a twenty-five mile long corridor has just been railbanked by the Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority. Beaufort County is applying for a TIGER grant to fund 6.7 miles of paved, multi-use pathway on this future rail trail between Port Royal and the entrance to the Marine Corps Air Station. Beaufort County remains committed to making this railway corridor a future linear park for local residents and as part of the East Coast Greenway.

    In southern Beaufort County six miles of ten foot wide off-road multi-use pathways along SC 170 from Tidewatch Drive north of US 278 south to SC 46 have been funded and are in design stage. Unless postponed for economic reasons, this pathway will be completed in 2011 or early 2012. This section is also planned as part of future East Coast Greenway.

    Two East Coast Greenway Alliance members, Karen Heitman and Dave Kimball, representing Greater Bluffton Pathways and Sun City Cyclers attended the annual East Coast Greenway meeting in Savannah last month to report this great news!


     
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    Regional News: Southeast


    Scores, Website, and Kudos


    Scores Fast past turkey, no pause for Claus, the Greenway Alliance ramps into 2010 like Supertrail, up, up and away. All moves now rise toward formation of our first Florida Committee as intro to the annual Pro Bike/Pro Walk Florida Conference in May, followed by the Trail Summit that's part of the St. Johns River Summit in fall next year, and the inaugural two-week-long tour of the Florida Sunshine Greenway - the East Coast Greenway in the Sunshine State -- set for late fall or early winter 2010/2011. That event will travel Fernandina Beach to Key West, destined to become the most popular tour in America, especially twinned to the return from Miami to Jacksonville by Amtrak. The Alliance is again partnering with Bike Florida, the touring company that in November this year fully outfitted and led ECGA's Major Donors tour along the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop.

    Website December 7th, leading Florida trail not-for-profits lock down content for the new trails-tourism website in development with the state's official tourism marketing company, Visit Florida. Plans call for the site in place tied to next fall's National Trails Month. ECGA Southeast Region Program Consultant Herb Hiller chairs the effort that also includes Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Florida Trail Association, Florida Paddling Trails Association, Florida's Office of Greenways and Trails, Visit Florida, Bike Florida, Florida Bicycle Association, Florida Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus and others.

    Kudos Trail Council member Steven Davis ASLA for helping revive Florida's First Coast Trails Coalition chaired by City of Jacksonville Recreation and Community Programs Chief Shorty Robbins. . . Partner attorney Jeffrey Lynne with Akerman Senterfitt, Fort Lauderdale (newly named to the board of League of American Bicyclists) for captaining a string of resolutions meant to lock in rail-with-trail for the East Coast Greenway as part of the tri-county South Florida East Coast Transportation Corridor Study. . . Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization Bike/Pedestrian and Greenways Coordinator Bret Baronak for producing the first PBC resolution.


     


    Afloat, with Music, on the ECG


    Cellist/cyclist (cyclo-cellist?) Ben Sollee is making a bicycle tour, dubbed "Pedaling against Poverty," with a cello on his back on the ECG from Wilmington, NC to Jacksonville FL! On Saturday, December 12th, The Cumberland Sound Ferry (an official link in the East Coast Greenway) will host a one-time impromptu acoustic performance by Ben Sollee, cellist and cyclist during his coastal southeast tour to Pedal for Poverty with his cello on his back.

    Ben will perform a 30 minute set with his drummer, Jordan, while ferrying from St. Marys, Georgia to Fernandina Beach, FL, as part of his coastal southeast tour to raise money to combat poverty. A limited number of passengers will be given the opportunity to purchase a $15 roundtrip ticket to sail on the 11 a.m. ferry out of St. Marys, Georgia and hear a preview of what Ben will perform the next evening in Jacksonville, Florida at Jack Rabbits. $5 of each ferry ticket purchased on Saturday, December 12th, will be donated by The Cumberland Sound Ferry to Ben's cause.

    Passengers have the option to sail out of Fernandina Beach, FL at 10 a.m. to return on the performance ferry at 11 a.m. or to sail out of St. Marys, GA at 11 a.m. for the performance and return on one of two later ferry trips out of Fernandina Beach, FL. 16 cyclist spots are available and an overall capacity of 70 passengers (including cyclists) will be allowed on this trip.

    Besides being a phenomenal musician who has garnered adoration from Paste, NPR, No Depression, and a gaggle of bloggers, Ben also practices what he preaches. His sensible environmental activism will be featured in the upcoming documentary Wooden Box, and in keeping with that ethos, Ben plans to launch his second bike tour, and will be raising awareness and buying a bike for Oxfam America Unwrapped program at every performance along the way.

    You can make a donation here: oxfamamericaunwrapped.com/Bicycle-charitable-gift.html

    The tour kicks off on December 4th. You can read more about his endeavors from last summer here.

    The Cumberland Sound Ferry is an 80 passenger, bicycle and pet-friendly ferry service that connects two historic, waterfront towns of Fernandina Beach, FL and St. Marys, GA. We are handicap-accessible and bathroom-equipped.

    Due to limited seating, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP!!! Please contact Marketing Coordinator, Lori Hoerl, at 904-491-7617 or via email at this address. Visit them on the web at ameliarivercruises.com.


     


    ECG In the News


    Three nice newspaper articles recently hit the presses in Florida:

    From the Florida Times-Union, this article on a rail-trail (future ECG) being developed in southern Georgia

    Also from the Florida T-U, this interview of ECGA Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano

    Finally, from the Miami Herald, this article on the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail


     
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    ECG News Online is a publication of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a national not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting the establishment, preservation, sound management, and safe use and enjoyment of the East Coast Greenway, a 3000-mile, continuous route linking seaboard cities and towns from Maine to Florida. It aims to be 100% traffic-free.

    ~ Support the Greenway by becoming a member of the ECGA or sponsoring a mile of trail today.

    ~ Get Involved! Volunteer, write a letter, help spread the word...learn about all the ways you can help create the ECG.

    ~ Comments? Suggestions? News? Contact the ECGA at info@greenway.org.

    ~ Learn more about the East Coast Greenway by visiting our website, or call us at (401) 789-4625.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

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