Ribbon-Cutting for New SGT East Haven Section Scheduled for May 11

The newest section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, at Farm River State Park in East Haven, will officially open to the public for walking, cycling and other activities on Thursday, May 11. A ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring state and local officials and representatives of Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) will take place that day, beginning at 10 a.m. at the park’s Pevetty Drive entrance.

The scenic new section traverses Farm River State Park and, at 1/3 mile in length, extends the East Haven section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail to approximately one mile in total. It connects a previously completed section of trail on town property at the former D.C. Moore School with Short Beach Road not far from the Branford line. The town of East Haven is considering a number of possibilities for extending the trail westward from D.C. Moore; possible connections with SGT trail in Branford are being explored to the east.

SGT finished work on the new section in November, thanks to a grant from Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; the support of town officials including Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr., Town Engineer Kevin White and Public Works Supervisor Charles Coyle; in-kind services contributed by East Haven Public Works; land clearing by Boy Scouts Troop 401; and design and construction by Vermont’s Timber & Stone LLC.

SGT to Hold Annual Meeting May 5 in Branford

Hiking to Branford's Ecology Park from a soon-to-be-completed section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail

Hiking to Branford’s Ecology Park from a soon-to-be-completed section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail

Shoreline Greenway Trail will hold its 2017 annual meeting on Friday, May 5, at the Tabor Lutheran Church in Branford. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a walk on the Tabor property, site of an SGT section that is expected to be fully surfaced and open by the end of the year. A brief meeting will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation by New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn. All events are open to the public; refreshments will be served.

 Zinn will discuss the successful effort to make New Haven a Bicycle-Friendly Community (it currently has Bronze-level certification) along with the benefits and possibilities inherent in connecting the Shoreline Greenway Trail with New Haven’s network of bike routes, the Farmington Canal Greenway and the East Coast Greenway. Working in partnership with Zinn and the city, SGT plans to extend its trail into the heart of New Haven. The trail had previously been planned to end at Lighthouse Point Park.

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New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn

Zinn has been New Haven’s city engineer since 2014 and has led or participated in many projects focused on sustainable and livable infrastructure. He has encouraged alternative transportation (including walking and cycling), adopted green infrastructure and worked to reduce the city’s carbon footprint through aggressive energy reduction.

Tabor Lutheran Church is located at 45 Tabor Drive, just south of Branford center off Route 146/South Montowese Street. For more information, contact info@shorelinegreenwaytrail.org.

SGT Holds Public Meeting in Branford

Shoreline Greenway Trail held a public meeting in Branford on March 26 to update the community on plans for the town’s newest trail section and introduce the leader of a nascent bicycle-and-pedestrian advocacy group. About 20 people attended the event, held at Branford’s Blackstone Library, with many offering support and suggesting ways to make the town more bike-friendly.

SGT's Jack Wood displays maps of the new Tabor section of trail (Branford Eagle photo).

SGT’s Jack Wood displays maps of the Tabor section of trail, scheduled to open in the fall (Branford Eagle photo).

SGT Chair Judy Miller provided an overview of the Shoreline Greenway Trail project, noting benefits to walkers, cyclists, the community and region. “Biking brings economic vitality into the centers of towns,” she noted.

Miller updated the audience on the nearly ¾-mile-long Tabor section, while SGT’s Jack Wood showed maps and engineering plans for that section, which is scheduled to open in the fall and provide a 1½-mile link connecting downtown Branford with Pine Orchard and Stony Creek.

Frank Gasparro, a Branford newcomer, described Branford in Motion, which will advocate for safe walking and cycling and explore ways to increase biking opportunities in town. The group’s initial work includes assessing the interest in bike lanes and the installation of more bike racks and stands throughout town.

Route 1 Guilford SGT Section Back in Town’s Hands

The Guilford Board of Selectmen voted on Tuesday, January 17, not to support the proposed design for a three-quarter-mile section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail from the Madison line to Boston Street. The issue now rests with the town to consider alternate designs for the Route 1 project on the east side of Guilford. No timeline has been set for a next step.
             In the meantime, we’re going to continue advocating for safer and better facilities for bicyclists, pedestrians and others who use non-motorized transportation in Guilford and throughout the Shoreline—including off-road trail where appropriate. We look forward to contributing our expertise and our effort to a constructive solution that’s right for the people of Guilford.