September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance Visit’s Flight 93 National Memorial On April 15, a small group of cyclists came riding into Flight 93 National Memorial dressed in red, white and blue. The September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance Board of Directors led the first-ever complete bike ride connecting the three 9/11 memorial locations. The […]
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!
Original Article Found HERE Dahlgren Rail Trail Added to National Recreation Trail Program The Dahlgren Rail Heritage Trail in King George County has been named a National Recreational Trail by the US Department of the Interior. The trail was also added to the Potomac Heritage Trail Network at a ceremony held in King George, Virginia on June […]
Maryland’s WB&A Trail Posted 06/13/18 by Laura Stark in America’s Trails, Health and Wellness, Trail Use Maryland’s WB&A Trail | Photo by Glenn Gunter Trail of the Month: June 2018 “An interesting characteristic of this trail is that it touches everything.” —Jon Korin, chair of the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission The stars seem aligned for Maryland’s WB&A Trail, a […]
Montclair-To-Jersey City Bike Path Would Be Part Of 9/11 Trail Gill: The proposed Essex-Hudson Greenway would create a bike/walk path from Montclair to Jersey City, helping commuters to reach Manhattan. By Eric Kiefer, Patch Staff | May 21, 2018 9:00 am ET | Updated May 21, 2018 9:05 am ET Original Article Found HERE ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — If the long-heralded […]
Original Article Found HERE 11-mile railroad connecting Montclair to Jersey City could become a walking, biking trail https://www.northjersey.com/videos/news/essex/2018/04/06/old-boonton-line-essex-hudson-greenway/494010002/ Looking down from an overpass on Bay Street in Montclair, one can see through the protective fence to abandoned railroad tracks. The scene is desolate and uninviting. However, there are some people who have a different vision […]
For Immediate Release May 1, 2018 Freeholder President Gill Announces Major Development in Essex-Hudson Greenway Project New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance collaborate on cross-county greenway NEWARK, NJ – Today, Essex County Freeholder President and New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition (NJBWC) Board member Brendan Gill announced the collaboration between […]
Original Article HERE HOLLIDAYSBURG — With the temperature just above freezing and light snow falling Tuesday morning, members of the Sept. 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance gathered at Canal Basin Park to continue their journey. “I promised them a four-seasons tour. The ride is spectacular. I am looking forward to our ride today,” said Eric Brenner […]
Original Article Found HERE – By MARY ANN THOMAS | Monday, March 26, 2018, 2:18 p.m. A first-ever 1,300-mile bike ride April 11 through May 3 will connect all three national Sept. 11 memorial locations to promote a system of trails being developed to link the crash sites near Shanksville, Pa., Washington D.C., and New York City. In the works […]
PRESS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 3-21-18 September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance Announces First-Ever Complete Trail Ride, April 11-May 3, 2018 Starting on April 11 (at the Pentagon), the September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance will lead the first-ever complete bike ride connecting the three 9-11 memorial locations. The inaugural ride will encompass 23-days, […]
By Julie Grant February 28, 2018 | 9:13 AM FULL STORY HERE There’s a national storyline about West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania, and it goes something like this: As the steel and coal industries fade, small towns are dying out. But for the past twenty years, some entrepreneurs have quietly been working on a different […]