Join SGT’s April 28, 2018 Earth Day Team

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Join SGT in New Haven’s 10th annual Rock to Rock Earth Day ride on Saturday April 28, 2018.

Rock to Rock is a bike ride dedicated to supporting environmental organizations in and around New Haven.  It is a bike ride and not a race, participants choose from 5 different routes:  8 mile family ride – great for kids, a 12, 20 or 40 mile ride as well as the metric century.  There is something for everyone!  Team members raise funds for the trail and then enjoy a great bike ride with over a thousand people also celebrating Earth Day and environmental organizations important to them.  If interested or you would like more information about joining our Rock to Rock team, please contact Kristen at kristen.dsouza@gmail.com.  This will be SGT’s 4th year and we have always had a great time so join us!!

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1st Sat November 4th Bike Ride – Carpe Diem!

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What a difference a month makes this time of year,  during last month’s 1st Saturday walk participants were in shorts and November’s 1st Saturday bike ride  required layers to brave the cold morning air.  Despite the cool temps,  13 cyclists joined the round trip bike ride led by SGT’s Kristen D’Souza and Peter Hawes from Guilford’s Harbor to Circle Beach in Madison.  It was a chilly start but once the group got moving, took on the few hills and arrived at Circle Beach, the group couldn’t help but comment on the beautiful views of the Sound and how fortunate we are to live in or visit the CT Shoreline.

The ride was also a birthday celebration kick off for one of the participants and her family.  We are happy they chose to join SGT as part of their celebration,  thank you to all who joined the bike ride!

It was a nice morning ride with views of beautiful fall foliage, Long Island Sound and of course the happiness of celebrating Kellie’s birthday.  Then when the group finished the ride back at the Guilford Harbor, Kellie and some family members jumped off the dock straight into the water!!  Carpe Diem!!

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Come Out and Support Nut Plains Pathway – Tues, Sept 26 at 7:30 pm

We urge supporters of safe and accessible bike and pedestrian infrastructure within Guilford to attend the Tuesday, September 26th Public Hearing.  The hearing will take place at the Nathanael Greene Community Center (32 Church St.) at 7:30 pm.  Come and show your support so town officials are aware that pathways, like Nut Plains,  are important assets to the Guilford community.

Guilford’s Board of Selectmen 9/5/17 Meeting

The Guilford Board of Selectmen recently voted on whether to hold a new public informational meeting on the proposed Route 1 Shoreline Greenway Trail section between Boston Street and the Madison line.

The vote was 2-2, with one selectman absent. Selectmen Charles Havra and Joe Mazza voted “yes,” Cynthia Carter and Gary MacElhinney voted “no,” and Carl Balestracci didn’t attend. According to town rules, a tie vote is registered as “no.” It means no action can be taken, and it appears that there will be no public hearing about that trail section in the near future. That leaves the Route 1 project in limbo, as it has been since the selectmen voted against the town’s design for that section in January.

A Vote Only On Setting a Date for a Meeting

As First Selectman Mazza emphasized to a local reporter, the Sept. 5 vote was only on whether to set a date for an informational meeting. It was not a vote on the trail or any specific project related to it. We’re concerned that, although a recent Zip06 article about the vote is accurate, the headline (Another ‘No” for the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Guilford) is potentially misleading.

A Wide “Sidewalk” from the Town Center to Madison?

From the quotes attributed to Mazza and Town Engineer Jim Portley, it’s apparent they’ve been seeking a way to address neighbors’ concerns about the original Route 1 plan while using the nearly $900,000 in federal and state funds allocated to build the Shoreline Greenway Trail in Guilford to meet an objective of a 2002 transportation study: a sidewalk from the town center toward Madison.

As Mazza said, “We were talking about extending sidewalks out from the center of town … all the way to the Madison line with the expectation that maybe in the future that Madison would have sidewalks, too.”

Seeking Residents’ Input on New Ideas

Portley said he wanted residents’ input on changes he was considering to the Route 1 design—including moving the trail closer to the road to minimize vegetation removal, narrowing it to eight feet and surfacing it with concrete to make it look like a sidewalk. Because the eight-foot width complies with the legal definition of a “trail” and not a “sidewalk,” abutting property owners would not be responsible for snow removal.

Committed as Ever to Bike/Ped Safety and Accessibility

The future of the Route 1 section remains uncertain, especially with a local election coming up in November, and the decision is up to the people and elected officials of Guilford. Shoreline Greenway Trail will continue to advocate for the values that guided our idea for a trail in the first place: safe, accessible walking and biking throughout the Shoreline; better health for the people who live, work and visit here and for our environment; and a more vibrant economy coupled with a better quality of life across the region.