March 2017

From Our Executive Director

We're building the People's Greenway

A great president once laid out the sacred compact for our government to be "of the people, by the people, for the people." That high standard, spoken so eloquently by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is a goal for us at the East Coast Greenway Alliance as well.

By its public nature, the Greenway is "for the people" — bringing communities together now at a time of political polarization. It's also "of the people" and "by the people": Our project is thriving because volunteers are becoming leaders in the greenway movement. Read more

Kevin Hicks: Youth mentor, Greenway ambassador

Kevin Hicks (pictured here, center) leads youth from the Chapel Hill, NC, area on two-week bicycle tours of historical sites. He also volunteers for bike events in the Raleigh-Durham area and serves on the East Coast Greenway's Advisory Board. Read more.

Love the Greenway? Join us as an ambassador!

Wanted: Fans of the East Coast Greenway who have a little time to give — tabling at events, offering information, online advocacy, leading bike rides, stewardship of local segments, and more. Tell us about you and your interests, and one of our coordinators will be in touch. Extra incentive: Brand-new ambassador swag!

Yes, I'm interested in serving
as an ambassador

             John Andrews on the Eastern Trail bridge over U.S. Rt. 1 that bears his name.

Farewell to John Andrews, a 'real trail champion'

John Andrews, who founded the Eastern Trail Alliance in 1997, died last month at age 79. Andrews was a tireless advocate and fundraiser for the 65-mile Eastern Trail, which stretches from South Portland to Kittery, Maine, and is a key segment of the East Coast Greenway. In 2012, a bridge on the trail over U.S. Route 1 in Saco was named the “John R. Andrews Bridge” in his honor. Read more.

Millstone Aqueduct & Footbridge, Princeton, NJ. Photo by Barbara Preston

March photo contest winner: Barbara Preston

Congratulations to Barbara Preston of Rocky Hill, NJ, who shot this scene of the East Coast Greenway crossing Lake Carnegie in Princeton, NJ. Preston walks the Greenway daily with Rory, her Australian Shepherd. Normally, she says, this bridge is full of fishermen, and she can watch Princeton's crew team practicing on the water. Read more.

We'll be choosing another winner soon for April. Send us your favorite shot from the East Coast Greenway — you might win Greenway swag and accolades! 
Submit photo(s) for contest
Reminder: Proposals sought for Southeast Summit

Share your expertise, insights, case studies, and more on how community leaders can advocate for greenways & trails at our first-ever Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit, taking place in Durham, NC, October 1-3. Deadline for submissions is April 7.  Submit proposals here

Also wanted: Proposals to build mobile version of Trip Planner. Read RFP

After tragic loss, Popper plans 450-mile Greenway walk 

Two summers from now, Jennifer Popper plans to set out from Nomahegan Park in Cranford, New Jersey, and walk close to 450 miles along the East Coast Greenway to Gouldsboro, Maine. It’s a remarkable goal and a fitting tribute to her husband, Michael Popper, who died last summer during a kayak accident in which Jennifer nearly died as well. With her walk, she's raising funds for the East Coast Greenway and FreeWalkers. Read more 

March Membership Madness!

Are you ready to show your support for the East Coast Greenway? Join as a new member at the $40 level or higher by April 30 and we'll send you an East Coast Greenway buff — it's a bandana, ponytail holder, sun guard, scarf, hat, neck gaiter, dust screen — as modeled here by Membership Manager Debbie West. 

Become a new member today!

Regional news: Greenway media coverage round-up

This winter's media coverage of the East Coast Greenway includes a great overview of trail development in Connecticut by the Connecticut Mirror and a mention by Bicycling Magazine in its story about New York State's plans to build a trail. Read more

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