December 2010

In This Issue...

National News

  • Greetings from the Director
  • ECGA Board of Trustees news
  • 2011 Hike the Hill and National Bike Summit: ECGA can help you attend!

Regional News: Southeast

  • Year-end news from the frosty far south

Regional News: South Atlantic

  • Chance for progress in SC's Lowcountry: your help needed!
  • Fun ride being planned for NC's Triangle region

Regional News: Mid Atlantic

  • ECG Guide to Maryland & DC coming in 2011!
  • More long walks in NJ - don't miss out!
  • Improvements for the Newark-Jersey City corridor
  • Another trailside kiosk in NJ!
  • New partnership in Pennsylvania

Regional News: New England

  • East Coast Greenway holiday party - don't miss it!
  • Eastern Trail unveiling televised - see it here!
  • New Bit O' Trail in Providence
  • New bike & walk leadership in New England

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National ECGA News

Greetings from the Director

Celebrating The Past Year, Revving Up for 2011

Dear ECGA Members,

The past year couldn't have been better to the East Coast Greenway.

Your support helped us designate over 100 new miles of trail, a giant leap toward completing our 3,000-mile system. And our events attracted record crowds of participants enjoying the greenway. We now find ourselves amidst the Holidays -- a time to celebrate such accomplishments and recharge our batteries for even more in 2011.

Much of the Holidays are spent with family and friends. I'm happy to share that our growing East Coast Greenway family just grew another baby step. My wife and I welcomed our new son Leonidas to the outside world last week!

I hope you'll join me in making the whole East Coast Greenway safe and accessible for him and all of his peers by the time they are ready for long bike rides and hikes with us.

If you are still looking for stockings gifts, please consider making the gift of East Coast Greenway Alliance membership. You can call Kitty at (401)789-4625 to make such a gift that supports sustainable and healthy communities from Maine to Florida.

Happy Holidays!

Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Photo by Steve Rosenbaum

Leonidas is already dreaming of bike
rides and hikes on the ECG!

Board of Trustees news

At the annual members' meeting in Durham, NC this past October, the ECGA membership elected two new members to the Board of Trustees.

Andy Hamilton is a landscape architect at Carter van Dyke Associates. He is recognized for his sustainable design, including smart growth initiatives, community design, street design for all users, Transit Revitalization Investment Districts, transit-oriented design, and neo-traditional and urban planning, along with bicycle-related planning and advocacy. He is a graduate of Temple University where he served as adjunct professor from 2000 to 2003. Andy serves as the Chair for the Pennsylvania Committee of the East Coast Greenway and the Chair of the Bucks County Bicycle Task Force.

Megan Desrosiers is Assistant Director of the Coastal Conservation League, in Charleston, South Carolina. A land use specialist, she brings to the ECGA considerable expertise on numerous pertinent issues. Megan is a graduate of Allegheny College and has a Masters degree from Brown University.

New Board officers were elected as well. Dave Read (MA) is the new Chair, with Paul Haydt (FL) now the Vice-Chair and Beth Brody (NY) now Secretary; Bob Russo (NJ) is staying on as Treasurer. We thank outgoing Chairman Chuck Flink (NC) and outgoing Secretary Tony Barrett (ME) for their leadership, and are glad that they are remaining on the Board.

2011 National Conferences & ECG presence

The American Hiking Society and the League of American Bicyclists have announced the dates for their annual conferences, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance can help you attend! We're planning to have a strong presence at both Hike the Hill (Feb 12-17) and the National Bike Summit (March 8-10); both conferences are in Washington, DC. We are seeking representatives from each state to carry the ECG flag. Let us know if you'd like to be an ECG rep, and we can help subsidize your registration fee! Interested? Contact our Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano.

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Regional News: Southeast

Year-end news from the frosty far south

by Herb Hiller

Coastal Georgia Greenway Executive Director Jo Hickson is back from a mid-year leave of absence and right away cooking on all burners. Welcome back, Jo!

Assisted by Savannah College of Art and Design architecture graduate Benjie Morillo, Jo has produced new brochures for the Coastal Georgia Greenway, a portable display (first in use at the recent Georgia Bike Summit), and a three-year action plan booklet. Jo has also finished a trail concept plan from South Carolina to Richmond Hill for which she is writing new implementing grants. She's particularly hopeful about grants to build organizational capacity and new trail development.

Meanwhile, Jo and her CGG board of directors are working with East Coast Greenway Alliance Southeast Region Program Consultant Herb Hiller in organizing the second Savannah-Northeast Florida Workshop on Wheels (SNF-WOW2) scheduled for early 2012.

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Florida looks toward designating at least another 30 miles of trail to the Greenway during 2011 that would bring total miles through the state almost halfway toward completion. New sections include bridges along the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, the gorgeous beach-lining Hollywood Broadwalk in south Broward County, extension of the Green River Parkway south from St. Lucie County to the Martin County seat of Stuart, and a first section of trail in St. Johns County just below St. Augustine.

In Brevard County, congratulations to new TPO trails coordinator Leigh Holt, who has come up with $1.3 million to plan our route through the Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge; also to finance a vision that includes the Greenway for the Highway A1A corridor south from Titusville through Patrick Air Force Base, a distance of almost 20 miles.

Our partner Bike Florida will run its final seasonal weeklong luxury tour of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop from St. Augustine February 26-March 4, and its annual weeklong camping tour through "Florida's Eden" - Gainesville and Alachua County - March 26-April 1. Details:

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Regional News: South Atlantic

South Carolina: Chance for progress in the Lowcountry region

SCDOT plans to widen US Rt 17 from the Georgia state line to the junction with State Route 170, a distance of about 11 miles. The current proposal (download PDF) shows two 12-foot car travel lanes in each direction, with just a two foot shoulder. However, they have quite a bit of right-of-way to work with along this road, which is also (tellingly) called Speedway Boulevard.

The East Coast Greenway Alliance asks for your help to call for a safer option. We invite you to contact the SCDOT manager heading up this project. Brent Rewis can be reached at (803) 737-7903, by email at, or by mail at SCDOT, 955 Park St rm 401, Columbia SC 29201. Please tell Mr. Rewis that you'd like to see a multi-use trail constructed in the right-of-way of this portion of US Rt 17, so that bicyclists and pedestrians will have a safer option when traveling this corridor, a potential segment of the East Coast Greenway. And please let us know that you've reached out, and if you get a reply.


Fun ride in the Triangle (NC)

Our NC Committee is planning a fun ride - probably for April - in the Triangle region. To join the organizing committee, email Dave Connelly at

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Regional News: Mid Atlantic

ECG Guide for MD & DC

We are looking forward in 2011 to producing a Maryland-DC Bicycling and Walking Guide to the ECG. It will follow the same format as our DE-PA-NJ user guides. We also will be updating and reprinting the NJ Bicycling and Walking Guide to the ECG. This NJ guide will include new routing in Jersey City and Newark. We aim to release both of these guides by late summer 2011.

Take a (long) walk on the ECG!

Save the dates for next year's long walks in New Jersey. NJ member Paul Kizcek is at it again and will be organizing two walks in NJ in 2011. Paul will once again lead a 50 mile walk from Metropark to New York Penn Station. This walk was a huge success last year and is scheduled for May 21st, 2011. Paul will also be hosting a second walk this year. This walk will start in Trenton and go to New Brunswick all on the ECG. It will be about 35 miles and is scheduled for April 9th. Stay tuned to our website for more details.

Route improvements in NJ

In November, NJDOT completed 1.4 miles of brand new sidewalks along routes 1 & 9 in Kearny, between Newark and Jersey City. This helps close a major gap in the ECG (and for the Liberty Water Gap Trail too). When the remaining .75 miles are completed by late 2011, the entire connection between Newark and Jersey City will be complete. Hats off to NJDOT for a job well done!

Another trailside kiosk

On December 11th, ECG volunteers led by NJ Committee Chair Mike Kruimer installed NJ's 6th kiosk in Lincoln Park, which is in Jersey City. Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up on a chilly December day to take part in this effort!

New partnerships in Pennsylvania

The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor has organized four towns as the Landmark Towns of Bucks County. The towns are Bristol Borough, Morrisville, New Hope, and Yardley. All four of these towns are connected by the Delaware Canal, and Bristol Borough and Morrisville are destinations along the East Coast Greenway. The Landmark Towns have recently hired Carter van Dyke Associates with Andy Hamilton, Campbell Thomas led by Bob Thomas, along with Brown Dog Design, to develop a marketing campaign to promote biking in the towns. This is an excellent partnership between the East Coast Greenway and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. It will elevate the number of bicyclists on the East Coast Greenway and will be the genesis of bicycle related events and bicycle friendly businesses in these towns.

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Regional News: New England

East Coast Greenway Holiday Party!

Join us in Providence, RI on Wednesday, December 29! All of the details can be found on the facebook page. Hope you can make it! Big thanks to our friends at Harpoon Brewery.

Eastern Trail makes the news! (again)

The Eastern Trail ribbon-cutting announced in last month's issue of ECG News received broad media coverage. This particularly nice television news spot can be seen until the end of December only. Check it out now! Link is here.

Short bit of trail in Providence

As part of the re-alignment of Interstate 195, RIDOT has built a short connector trail on the right-of-way where an exit ramp used to be. This short path - 0.2 mi, give or take - connects at the north to the India Point Park Pedestrian Bridge and will in the future connect to a to-be-built piece of the Providence Riverwalk. One by one, all of the puzzle pieces are falling into place!

New Leadership for Bike-Walk CT and Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Bike-Walk Connecticut and Bike Coalition of Maine, two of ECGA's most important allies, have each hired new Executive Directors!

Georgette Yaindl, who headed up the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition (now defunct) before moving to Hawaii and getting a law degree, has returned to the Nutmeg State to take up the reins once again. Further north, Nancy Grant of Portland has been named as the new Executive Director of BCM. The East Coast Greenway Alliance looks forward to working with Georgette and Nancy, while we thank MaryEllen Thibodeau and Allison Vogt, outgoing directors, for their fine work and productive partnerships.

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