40 Cyclists Join Guilford-to-Madison Ride

SGT Guilford Bike 1

Pam Bisbee-Simonds, far right, organized the ride and welcomed cyclists to the starting point at Guilford Harbor.

SGT Guilford Bike 2

The boat launch at Madison’s Circle Beach, where riders shared conversation before setting off for their 4th of July weekends.

Some 40 bicyclists of all ages came out on a beautiful holiday-weekend morning for a Shoreline Greenway Trail-sponsored ride from Guilford Harbor to the boat launch at Madison’s Circle Beach on Saturday, July 2.

The 7.5-mile (one way), course took us from the harbor up Whitfield Street to Stone House Lane, where we turned eastward to pass the Guilford Fairgrounds via Lovers Lane to Boston Street. As we reached Boston Post Road, we noted the site of the soon-to-be-built first section of Guilford trail and picked up Route 1, crossed the East River Bridge at the Madison line and rode to Neck Road, where we turned south for the rest of the trip to the boat launch. Because a number of riders were from Madison, we parted company there and rode in small groups back to our original destinations. We made many new friends!

The event was the latest in SGT’s First Saturday series of walks and bike rides, intended to encourage people to get outdoors and get some exercise, and to promote safe biking and walking and environmentally beneficial transportation. The next First Saturday event, scheduled for August 6, will be a 1.5-mile walk on the Shoreline Greenway Trail in East Haven, featuring a scenic hike into Farm River State Park. It starts at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the D.C. Moore School.

Your Dog Will Dig Our August ‘First Saturday’ Walk


Chelsea Anderson and Bella at her first parade, celebrating Guilford's Centennial (2014).

Chelsea Anderson and Bella at her first parade, celebrating Guilford’s Centennial (2014).

Saturday, August 1st, 9:00 am, Guilford.  (Please note SGT walk postcard listed incorrect date.)  Hike with your dog!  Grab your best four legged friend and join us for a hike at the East River Preserve, a 583-acre conservation area purchased by the Town of Guilford in 2009. We’ll hit the Blue Trail, which goes through open meadows and tree covered trails. Dogs must be on leash and socialized to walk with other animals. Please bring water for you and your pet and don’t forget poop bags. Meet by the bridge at the end of Sullivan Drive. Parking is limited so please car pool. Contact: Jo-Anne Basile, jbasile06437@gmail.com.


* TODAY BIKE RIDE CANCELLED- Nov. 1st, in Guilford due to winds and rain

Staying cool, cyclists on the way to Lake Quonnipaug on a Shoreline Greenway Trail's First Saturday Bike and Hike, July 6Join us on Saturday, November 1st at 10 am for a bike ride from the Guilford town green to Lake Quonnipaug. SGT leader Terry Maguire will lead an easy, mostly flat 18 mile round trip ride up State Street past historic homes, along Little Meadow Rd and South Hoop Pole Rd to loop around the lake, with two route options, and a short stretch on narrow Route 77.  Helmets required; waivers will be provided to sign. Parking available around the Green. Meet on east side of Town Green across from Town Hall. For info call Terry at 203-214-4744

Calling All Guilford Trail Supporters — Please Attend August 13th Public Hearing on SGT!

To our valued Guilford members and supporters of Shoreline Greenway Trail:
We are writing you each in haste.  We are asking as many of you as possible to attend a very important Public Hearing about Shoreline Greenway Trail’s first section in Guilford, just scheduled by the Town for next Wednesday August 13 at 7:30PM, at the Guilford Community Center. 
This hearing will solicit public feedback about our very first proposed one-mile Trail section in Guilford, on the south side of Route 1, completely separate from the road, from the East River bridge up to Boston Street!
Our Guilford SGT Team member Milton Charlton has been working over the past couple years with Guilford Town Engineer, Jim Portley, and his assistant, Mark Damiani, to develop the route and a preliminary design plan for this segment that will be presented at this Public Hearing. The plan has been given a preliminary review by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. 
This is our first public opportunity in a long time to demonstrate to the Town officials that many, many residents of Guilford support our Trail and are anxious for us to get started with our first section in Guilford at long last.  
There is strength in numbers!  Even if the meeting goes well, and is brief, your supportive presence will be very important in confirming to the Town leadership and to the State Department of Transportation that this is a project that should go forward . . . as a major asset for the Town and our residents.
So, please help build the first Trail section in Guilford . . . . .  by attending Wednesday night!
Thank you!   
Milton Charlton, co-chair, Guilford Team, Shoreline Greenway Trail
Pam Bisbee Simonds, new co-chair, Guilford Team, SGT
        (since Milton is away, if you have any questions, please email or call Pam at 203-453-2271)