From July 13-19, Capt. Robert Steel, G6, U.S. Army Cyber Command and many fellow bicyclists rode the 336 miles from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C. for the 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) charity bike ride. Sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the riders raised $50,000 while traveling along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal trail and Great Allegheny Passage to the Capitol. The money raised will go towards scholarships for STEM students and three high schools the group visited along the way. http://bit.ly/1zc5vwg
Connecticut is home to a number of easily-accessible and beautiful hiking, biking, and walking trails. Trails include the Farmington Canal Trail, Blue-Blazed Trails, and our very own East Coast Greenway! The Greenway travels approximately 200 miles through CT, with around 28% off-road and completed so far. Go check it out! http://cour.at/1orGaee
In 2011, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy presented David Brickley – CEO and president of the September 11 National Memorial Trail – and Bob Thomas – noted architect and board member of the Trail – with Rail-Trail Champions Awards. This award is presented to the top 25 Rails-to-Trails leaders in the United States.
In the spring of 2015, Philadelphia will join New York City, London, Washington, D.C. and other major cities by adding a long-awaited Bike Share program! 60 stations are expected to be available for use in April of next year, serving an area from the Delaware River to West Philadelphia and the Naval Yard to North Philadelphia. Projected to allow for nearly 2 million trips each year, the Bike Share program will give city-travellers enhanced access to destinations throughout the city, encourage alternative modes of transportation, promote active and healthy lifestyles, and bring an economic competiveness to the city. Congratulations to Philadelphia as we look forward to traveling the East Coast Greenway throughout the city on the new bikes!
After anticipation for more than a decade, the previous Turtle Creek Industrial Railroad Line will soon be purchased in its entirety through a rails-to-trails effort connecting Trafford, PA to Export, PA. The addition of a $130,000 grant from Allegheny County’s redevelopment authority completes the $1 million necessary for purchasing the rail line and preliminary engineering. The 9.5mi corridor is anticipated to connect to the Great Allegheny Passage at the Trafford end. Very exciting news!
This October, bicyclists and pedestrians will no longer have to detour from the C&O Canal in crossing the Potomac River from Maryland to West Virginia. The State Highway Administration and the National Park Service will create a 0.3 mile long, $350,000 bicycle and pedestrian path leading up to the bridge and opening in October. The new trail will be built in conjunction with a resurfacing project along Route 51.
On August 4th, David Mickley will lead a group of 12 riders on the Bike 4 Life ride from West Newton along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal to Washington, D.C. The 6th annual ride, which raises money for the American Red Cross, hopes to raise $50,000 by traveling the beautiful trails, including a stop through the Eastern Continental Divide. To support the riders, please see the link below! http://bit.ly/1z4PGHC
As we all know, trails can bring terrific health, lifestyle and economic benefits to the regions they travel through. Connellsville is on the verge of experiencing such an economic opportunity as a result of the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage through the small town. In addition to the trail completion, residents are also looking forward to a number of new businesses, including a hotel and country store. http://bit.ly/1pfsPSE
More than six million people visited and enjoyed national parks in Maryland in 2013, including 4,119,315 non-local recreation visitors to the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park alone! The visitors spent $80,603 and supported 1,086 jobs along the 184.5 miles of C&O towpath. National parks provide areas of recreation for all user types, from day-trippers to week-long vacationers, and we are so glad to hear of Maryland’s great success! http://bit.ly/1qColw1
On July 23, 2014, five bicyclists from our team set out in an effort to determine a route from the Pentagon Memorial to the start of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal. Riders included Bruce and Linda Dwyer, Tom and Julia Heidenberger, and David Brickley. This will be the first portion of the trail leg running from the Pentagon Memorial to the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania.
Announcing some exciting news!! US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced six winning proposals of HUD’s “Rebuild by Design” competition. Spanning New York, New Jersey, and New York City, these proposals aim to create communities that are more resistant to inevitable future natural disasters. East Coast Greenway wrote a letter in support of Hoboken’s proposal called, “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge”, focusing on storm surges and flash flooding in the area. Congratulations to all the winners!
Keep yourself up-to-date with progress in the connection between Newark and Wilmington with this thorough trail study. This is of great interest to the September 11 National Memorial Trail as this connection between the two cities includes the main portion of the East Coast Greenway in Delaware, which compromises the leg of the 9/11 Trail from NYC to the Pentagon. Be sure to check it out!
Congratulations to Newark, Delaware for being awarded Bronze Recognition by the League of American Bicyclists! Newark Bicycle Committee Chair Mark Deshon highlighted a number of improvements the city has made of late, but recognizes changes that will hopefully raise the city to the Silver level in the future. Newark and its wonderful main street is a wonderful destination along the East Coast Greenway.
Apartment hunting in the Big Apple and interested in bicycling? “No MetroCard Needed” highlights the increasing number of advantages the house-hunter will enjoy by using your bike in the city. The article notes the decrease in travel time otherwise spent on public transit, the versatility in bike transportation (from work to drinks with friends), and the decreased cost of housing. The East Coast Greenway allows for accessible inner-city commute as well as beautiful views, especially along the Hudson River Greenway. Check it out!
The Cabot Community Tour wrapped up on Saturday, June 21st in Central Park, NYC as the incredible Myron and Kathy Skott completed a nearly 3,000 mile ride from Jacksonville, FL to the Big Apple traveling via the East Coast Greenway! They will be received in conjunction with Adventures NYC – a free, rain-or-shine celebration of the great outdoors with thousands expected to attend. All are invited to join in the festivities!
Announcing some very exciting news! The Delaware General Assembly unanimously voted to approve a bill that will include $3.6 million for “Bike and Pedestrian Improvements” as well as $2.7 million for “Statewide Trails and Pathways”, totaling a $6.3 million “commitment to cycling”. Expected to be included in these improvements is the completion of the 7-mile beautiful Wilmington-New Castle Greenway, which will be part of the East Coast Greenway! Excellent news for us all.
“Ringo” by Japanese artist Reina Kubota along the East Coast Greenway on the Hudson River Greenway overlooking Hoboken, NJ.
On June 22, 2014, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy hosted the annual Greenway Sojourn bike ride from Weirton, W. Virginia to Cumberland, MD. The nearly 300 bicyclists traveled 191 miles through three states, riding the last portion on the Great Allegheny Passage. An excellent us of a beautiful piece of trail! http://bit.ly/1iutoLx
The “Dusty Trail Duathlon” was held on a portion of the beautiful Great Allegheny Passage in August of 2013. This run-bike-run event raised $4,000 for “regional cancer related endeavors” through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. The event was held in honor of Gary Fulton who succumbed to brain cancer in early 2012. A wonderful use of a wonderful greenway. http://bit.ly/1mLBwqJ
Have you ever seen America’s national bird? In late June, 2014, visitors of the Great Allegheny Passage had the opportunity to see a young Bald Eagle leave its nest for the very first time near Pittsburgh, PA. Just another awesome reason to explore this neat trail! http://bit.ly/1oI2goK
The Trail Town program officials hosted a meeting with local trail planners near McKeesport, PA in late June, 2014 to discuss signage improvements to the local portion of the Great Allegheny Passage. Attendees highlighted the need for additional signs leading motorists and pedestrians from local town centers to the trail. For more information on the happenings of the meeting and additional suggestions, please follow the link! http://bit.ly/WaF7EA
Construction will begin fall of 2014 to open the Pinkerton Tunnel near Markleton in Somerset County, PA along the Great Allegheny Passage! Abandoned in the 1970’s, this historic tunnel will be restored under control of the Somerset County Rails-to-Trails Association and will hopefully reach completion by summer of 2015. An excellent restoration for the Passage! http://bit.ly/WaF8Zq
Need inspiration to get out on the trail? Bill Hendricks, 67, trekked 350 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. in a 28-day hike along the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath. Noting his desire to “slow down”, Hendricks enjoyed the beauty of the great outdoors while also meeting various hikers and walkers along the way. What an incredible story! http://bit.ly/U9V50e
After collecting food donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, folks in Pittsburgh, PA rode the contributions on an 11-mile bike ride along the Great Allegheny Passage to the Community Center. Amy Camp, organizer of the “Bike to Feed Families” ride, says, “”I was convinced the bike-riding community could do something that had never been done before — a food drive delivered by bike. It’s unique, it’s fun, it raises awareness and it saves the Food Bank from having to come and collect the donated food.” Neat!
The Trail Town Program is running a survey on portions of the Great Allegheny Passage in attempt to estimate the economic impact of the trail. Beginning July 19 and running through the fall, the Program is asking for volunteers to devote two hours at each of the 11 chosen trail towns to survey users of the trail. Survey questions include how much money the user intends to spend while traveling the trail, specifically food purchases and overnight accommodations. The numbers will then be compared to those taken back in 2011. http://bit.ly/1t3uwq7
Jessica Terry, 23, and Amber Hill, 25 of Dallas, TX quit their jobs and left home to complete a monumental bike ride down the East Coast Greenway to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer. Starting in Calais, Maine, the duo traveled down the Greenway, documenting their shared experience via a blog along the way. Two incredible women! http://bit.ly/1sF7Mjz
On July 19, 2014, the World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 3rd “Adventure Team Challenge” will take place in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. 16 teenagers with developmental and emotional disabilities will be paired with 20 able-bodied teens to complete a cycling, hiking, and canoeing challenge. World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Van Brinson remarked, “The terrain around the C&O Canal gives us a great variety of challenges to work with in creating this event and is always enjoyable for all involved.” An excellent way to make use of an awesome trail!