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                                                                                                          March 2018

From Our Executive Director

Stepping up our national engagement

While many of our team members were in Washington D.C. last week to attend the National Bike Summit, we learned the outstanding news that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a critical $12 million grant to help complete the Greenway in Pennsylvania (see story, below). We also held meetings with federal officials and regional advocates, partnerships that should complement our work with state and local leaders. 
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Artist rendering of the proposed Schuylkill River Trail addition in Philadelphia

$12M grant awarded for Schuylkill River Trail

Pennsylvania Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey recently announced the awarding of a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund an addition to the Schuylkill River Trail from Center City to Southwest Philadelphia. The grant will go toward connecting the trail, one of the most-used segments of the East Coast Greenway, at its southern end at Christian Street with the Grays Ferry Crescent and eventually with Bartram's Garden.

“In the next six years, we’ll see amazing improvements on the Schuylkill River Trail,” says Daniel Paschall, East Coast Greenway Mid-Atlantic coordinator. “The Christian to Crescent segment is the last major piece of the trail to be funded." Read more


Celebrating in Florida: Local and state officials gathered in Titusville, FL, late in February to dedicate the 12.8-mile final phase of the 15-mile Florida East Central Regional Rail Trail, which aligns with three regional trails: the Coast to Coast Trail from St. Petersburg to Titusville, the St. Johns River to Sea Loop connecting five counties, and the East Coast Greenway. (Lisa Hamel/Hometown News photo)

New Trustee Andy Clarke (left) will speak at the Southeast Biking Symposium in Hilton Head, SC, March 22-24. Brent Buice (right), our South Carolina/Georgia coordinator, is also a featured speaker.

Andy Clarke, longtime bike advocate, joins trustees

Andy Clarke, director of strategy with Toole Design Group, has joined the East Coast Greenway Alliance Board of Trustees for a three-year term. Clarke's career spans three decades in national and international bicycle and pedestrian policy, planning, and program experience, including 12 years as president of the League of American Bicyclists.

“What I love about the East Coast Greenway is that it’s both visionary and totally practical, aspirational and very hands-on,” says Clarke. Read more

Register to attend New England Bike-Walk Summit
Success stories, innovation, best practices
Learn, share, connect at New England Bike-Walk Summit

Learn more about the Summit, register, and book a room at the Boston Park Plaza with our group rate: New England Bike-Walk Summit   •    See schedule overview

March means membership madness! 
Join now and boost your state's piece of the pie 

Thank you to all of our 2017 members! You hail from all 15 states and Washington D.C. on the East Coast Greenway as well as from 24 other states and 3 foreign countries — even New Zealand!

In 2017, Massachusetts took the lead for most members from Connecticut. Join now, tell your bike and running partners, your neighbors and friends so your state can claim a larger share of East Coast Greenway fans.

March special: All new members who join this month will receive a classic East Coast Greenway t-shirt or embroidered ball cap as our thank you! Join today!  www.greenway.org/donate

  

Sale! Last chance for River Relay jerseys, t-shirts

The East Coast River Relay celebrated our nonprofit's 25th birthday with events in the fall of 2017 all along our route, from a Passamaquoddy blessing in Calais, Maine, to a state park cleanup in the Florida Keys.

Our limited-edition River Relay bike jerseys and t-shirts will soon become collector's items — get them on sale for $10 (t-shirt) and $55 (men's and women's jerseys) while supplies last.

Order River Relay gear

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