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!
http://bit.ly/1nICbJM

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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!
http://bit.ly/1tR9kYy

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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.
http://bit.ly/1tRalQa

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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!
http://nyti.ms/1hsdJWO

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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!
http://on.nyc.gov/1nPFhdR

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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.
http://bit.ly/1mhajHy

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!
http://bit.ly/1qxiVzQ

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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

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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

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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!
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Trail of Tributes: September 11 Memorial Trail Honors America’s Fallen Heroes Posted 09/08/16 by Maureen Hannan in Building Trails, America’s Trails  (DIRECT LINK) Inaugural September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance ride, Liberty State Park, Sept. 10, 2015 | Photo by Gail Zavian This article is from the Fall 2016 issue of Rails to Trails magazine, which is hitting mailboxes in late […]

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THE 9/11 NATIONAL MEMORIAL TRAIL FLIGHT 93 to JOHNSTOWN TRAIL FEASIBILITY STUDY A SEGMENT OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH NATIONAL MEMORIAL TRAIL DATE: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 TIME: 5:00PM – 7:00PM LOCATION: The Windber Hotel, 502 15th Street, Windber, PA 15963 Somerset County and the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance are working with Campbell Thomas […]

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ADVISORY WHAT: September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance to Unveil First Trail Blaze in Morris County on the September 11th National Memorial Trail WHEN: Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. WHERE: Patriot’s Path Entrance at Dolly Bridge Ridge Randolph, NJ 07869                         The unveiling is open to the public and will be taking place […]

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SEPTEMBER 11 TH NATIONAL MEMORIAL TRAIL ALLIANCE TO HOLD RIBBON CUTTING EVENT AT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL, SHANKSVILLE, PA. Click HERE to see photos from the event! On September 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Flight 93 National Memorial, the September 11 th National Memorial Trail Alliance will cut the ribbon on a 21-mile segment of the […]

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SEPTEMBER 11 TH NATIONAL MEMORIAL TRAIL RIBBON CUTTING FLIGHT 93 TO THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE September 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM Dear Friends, The September 11 th National Memorial Trail Alliance with support from the Flight 93 National Memorial, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Somerset County, and a host of other partners […]

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DAVID BRICKLEY NAMED TO CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK COMMISSION August 19, 2016 Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell has appointed David G. Brickley of Woodbridge, Virginia and president of the September 11 th National Memorial Trail Alliance, to a 5-year term as a member of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission. The Chesapeake […]

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Ultra distance runner Jan Walker began her Rise Up for the Fallen: Run Across America on March 1 in Oceanside, CA, and will arrive at the Pentagon Memorial this summer. Jan is making the roughly 4-month trek to raise awareness and donations for The September 11th National Memorial Trail, an 1100-mile network of multi-use trails […]

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