Guilford’s Whitfield St. Gets Sharrows for Safety

IMG_9005The Town of Guilford painted shared-lane markings, or “sharrows,” on Whitfield Street between the town center and the harbor on Tuesday, July 18, in an effort to improve safety for bicyclists and motorists! Funding was provided by The Guilford Foundation with facilitation by Shoreline Greenway Trail.

The markings are part of a traffic-calming effort by the town, especially on Whitfield Street, a heavily traveled route shared by drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on their way to and from some of Guilford’s most popular destinations. The speed limit is 25 mph, but according to the town, drivers regularly exceed that.

A sharrow (a condensation of the words “share” and “arrow”) is a painted icon that marks a lane shared by motorists and cyclists. Painting sharrows on Whitfield Street was an important step in raising awareness of the need to share the road while creating a more welcoming environment for cyclists. It’s been consistently shown that sharrows reduce car-bicycle accidents by encouraging cyclists to ride with the flow of traffic, and by raising drivers’ and cyclists’ awareness, caution and courtesy.

Shoreline Greenway Trail greatly appreciates The Guilford Foundation’s and the Town of Guilford’s shared commitment to improving bicycle safety in Guilford!

CANCELLED – First Saturday Walk August 5th in Guilford

 

*********DUE TO EXPECTED MORNING THUNDERSTORMS, THE 8/5 FIRST SATURDAY WALK IN GUILFORD IS CANCELLED**********

 

AUGUST 5th, SATURDAY, 10AM GUILFORD:

Meet at the statue on the Guilford Green for the Shoreline Greenway Trail First Saturday Event. The walk will begin at the statue and head down Whitfield St to the Town Marina and back (approximately 2 miles). Bring (or email) ideas to share related to bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Guilford! Contact Kimberly Schmid at klarsen78@gmail.com

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Whitfield Street, Guilford Ct

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Guilford Town Marina

 

 

Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride – Join Our Team!

Riding for Shoreline Greenway Trail at the Rock to Rock Earth Day ride on April 25, 2016 Chelsea Anderson & her dad, Rick Anderson, Bruce Simonds, Carol Grave, Peter Hawes.

Riding for Shoreline Greenway Trail at the Rock to Rock Earth Day ride on April 25, 2016 Chelsea Anderson & her dad, Rick Anderson, Bruce Simonds, Carol Grave, Peter Hawes.

Shoreline Greenway Trail is forming its team for the 2017 Rock to Rock Earth Day Bicycle Ride, scheduled for Saturday, April 22 in New Haven. Last year, our 21-member team raised nearly $3,625 for the trail.  The event, which attracted 1,135 cyclists, raised more than $165,000 for 28 environmental organizations, including Shoreline Greenway Trail.  The SGT riding team enjoyed a sunny day of pedaling through New Haven-area parks and neighborhoods plus tasty food, great music and camaraderie at the finish line. A fun day for a worthy cause. 

This year, there will again be courses for riders of all kinds and ages: eight-mile (police-escorted family ride), 12 mile, 20 mile, 40 mile to a 62-mile metric century for distance riders.  So, gather your friends and family, join our team and help raise funds for the trail!

Preparing to bike for Shoreline Greenway Trail at the Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride in New Haven on April 25. 2016.

Preparing to bike for Shoreline Greenway Trail at the Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride in New Haven on April 25. 2016.

Registration is open! Visit RocktoRock.org and sign up as a member of the Shoreline Greenway Trail team; donations from your sponsors will directly benefit the trail. Contact Ginny McParland at ginnymcparland2002@yahoo.com if you’d like more information.

 

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.