Shoreline Greenway Trail is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to building a 25-mile continuous path for bicyclists, walkers and hikers on the Connecticut Shoreline from Lighthouse Point in New Haven through East Haven, Branford, and Guilford to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.
Wanted: Rock to Rock Earth Day SGT Team Captain
As SGT Team Captain, you will:
- Coordinate SGT’s 3rd year participating in New Haven’s Earth Day Rock to Rock Bicycle Ride on April 22, 2017 – A fundraiser for SGT to benefit all of our towns
- Represent SGT at monthly meetings with local participating environmental organizations prior to
event. The first one is on December 5 at Common Grounds in Branford.
- Manage communications to recruit and organize team members Check out Rock to Rock website for ride details: http://rocktorock.donordrive.com
- Interested, feel free to contact Kristen D’Souza for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-623-0781
The new section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail in East Haven is finished! Construction wrapped up on Wednesday, November 16, and the trial is now open for use. The approximately 1/3-mile section crosses Farm River State Park to connect another segment of the Shoreline Greenway Trail at the former D.C. Moore School with Short Beach Road not far from the Branford line.
The majority of the new section comprises a crushed-granite-covered, packed stone trail, and two 9-foot-wide bridges with railings link trail segments within the park. The section has been walkable for years, but the trail is now also usable by bicyclists, wheelchair users, parents pushing strollers and others.
Construction of the new section was funded entirely by a $94,346 Recreational Trails Grant from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. It was built by Timber & Stone LLC of East Montpelier, Vermont. The East Haven Public Services Department provided in-kind services to ready the trail for construction.
Several hundred people packed the Community Center in Guilford on Tuesday night for a spirited and civil public hearing on the proposed, ¾-mile-long Route 1 stretch of Shoreline Greenway Trail. The section would run from Boston Street to the Madison line, where it could eventually connect with a section under development on the west side of Madison. It would serve primarily eastern Guilford and provide safe, off-road walking, biking and wheelchair travel for everyone alongside a dangerous stretch of Route 1.
The proposal is before the Guilford Board of Selectmen, who heard nearly three hours of comments from supporters and opponents. Several members of the SGT board spoke, as did SGT members, neighbors of the proposed trail and other Guilford residents. They made a strong case for the section and its benefits in safety, public health, clean air, economic vitality, quality of life and safe, active-travel connections between key destinations in Guilford and Madison.
Opponents appeared most concerned with future sections of trail, especially along Route 146 on the west side of Guilford, where no trail is currently planned. SGT’s Kimberly Schmid proposed that selectmen form a town-led committee to explore solutions to bike and pedestrian safety on 146, involving residents of the west side of town, the town engineer and representatives of bike- and pedestrian-interests, including Shoreline Greenway Trail.
The hearing broke up after 11 p.m., with selectmen making no announcement about when they plan to vote on the proposal. Here are links to some of the news coverage the hearing received:
New Haven Register (Shoreline Times ran the same story)
Stay tuned for updates on this project.
A $4,000 grant from The Guilford Foundation will enable the installation of shared lane markings on Guilford’s Whitfield Street between the town center and the harbor. Twenty reflective white markings, each depicting the outline of a bicycle with an arrow pointing in the direction of travel, will be painted in both directions on the roadbed from the Eagle Hose Company #2 firehouse south to the town marina.
The painting of the markings, facilitated by Shoreline Greenway Trail in partnership with the Town of Guilford, is among the ways the entities are working cooperatively to improve bicycle safety in Guilford. Their efforts also include the proposed stretch of multiuse, off-road trail beside Route 1 between Boston Street and the Madison line, which is before the Guilford Board of Selectmen for approval.
Whitfield Street is a heavily traveled cycling route between downtown Guilford and popular destinations such as the Shoreline East train station, the Guilford Yacht Club, several residential neighborhoods, Jacobs beach, the marina and restaurants. Whitfield Street was too narrow for a dedicated bike lane, and lane markings were the next-best solution, according to Shoreline Greenway Trail’s Kimberly Schmid.
“Painting shared lane markings on Whitfield Street is a small but important step in raising community awareness of the need to share the road while creating a more welcoming environment for cyclists,” she said. “Placing signage on the pavement increases the likelihood that drivers will be more careful and that bicyclists will safely ride with the flow of traffic. We appreciate the Guilford Foundation’s generosity and support of this commitment to public safety.”
The Guilford Foundation’s grant will cover the entire cost of the markings plus a kiosk on town land at the marina, showing a map for on-road cycling on Whitfield, Water and Boston Streets plus the future Route 1 Shoreline Greenway Trail section. Schmid expects the markings to be applied before winter.
For more information, contact Kimberly Schmid at email@example.com.