Close the Gaps Ride: A Celebration of the East Coast Greenway
From June 13-16, several members of the ECGA Board of Trustees, Advisory Board, and other friends of the ECG will take a 100-mile journey from Baltimore's Inner Harbor to the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Along the way, the group will meet with community officials and organizations working to close the remaining gaps in this section of the ECG. They will showcase a healthy lifestyle, destination vacation opportunities and alternative transportation options. Corporate sponsors are being invited to support this event (contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested).
Leading the group will be Chuck Flink, Chairman of the ECGA Board of Trustees; Mark Fenton, Vice Chairman of the Board and Chair of the Trail Council; Jeff Olson, Advisory Board member; and Robert Searns, Chairman of American Trails.
To learn more about the tour and how you can get involved, stay tuned to our website or contact Tanja Wiant
Broadneck Trail Phase II Will Begin Construction
Construction will begin this spring on phase II of the Broadneck Trail, on the Eastern Shore alignment of the ECG. ECG travelers will have two options through MD - one through Baltimore and the other around the eastern edge of the Chesapeake Bay. When complete, the Broadneck Trail will connect the B&A Trail to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It will also link Broadneck Park, Library, and High School together - setting a great example of a community trail making important connections.
MD DOT to Reissue State Bike Map
The Maryland DOT is reissuing the Maryland state bike map, which is a considerable improvement over the previous version. One of the improvements is the inclusion of the continuous route of the ECG (designated trails and on-road interims) as a line on the map and legend reference. ECGA's cartographer Eric Weis provided mapping data and Board Member Dave Dionne helped ensure the ECG made the final edit. Thank you to MDOT for including the EGC in the map!
2007 Greenway Sojourn - Washington, DC to Pittsburgh
On Dec 14th, 2006, the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage trail was completed when it connected to the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath, creating a 335-mile trail from DC to PIttsburgh. This trail, together a part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, is the first and longest continuous, multi-state, multi-user, completely road-separated trail in the country. Altogether, it took 20 years to complete.
From June 23-30, 2007, the 6th Annual Greenway Sojourn will lead 500 cyclists along the entire trail. Sojourners will ride the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath and the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage. The trip is organized by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in tandem with the Allegheny Trail Alliance. An ECGA contingent will join the Sojourn to applaud this accomplishment and highlight the connections between the ECG and the Great Allegheny Passage. Spots are filling up fast, so sign up today!
Visit the Rails to Trail website for more details.
The Great Allegheny Passage had a media day on May 16th so you'll probably see some stories about it for a while.