First Saturday Walk MAY 6th, 10AM MADISON:

Walk the beautiful Hammonasset section through coastal upland forest and along the shores of Long Island Sound. Weather permitting artists of the Madison Art Society will be painting en plein air along the trail– 2 miles round trip, pretty easy. Start at the eastern trailhead parking lot east of the entrance to Hammonasset Park. Exit 62 from I95. South to Route 1. Left on Route 1. First right into the trail parking lot.

Special guest For Oslander, Chair of the Rockland Preserve Committee, will join us to tell about the wonderful hiking opportunities in the Rockland Preserve.

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Guilford’s Whitfield Street to Get Shared Lane Markings

img_7151A $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 klarsen78@gmail.com.

July 13, 7pm – at Blackstone Library, Branford: Local educator Ted Braun will present his new book

Ted Braun, a Shoreline Greenway Trail Board member, an avid bicyclist and a retired educator,  has written a new book based on the diaries of his wife Deirdre’s great-grandfather, Llewellyn Barker, written from the age of 14 to 86, entitled  The Barkers of Branford: Life in America Through a Local Lens, chronicling the history of a family, of a town, of a nation.

Blackstone Library display case of family memorabilia for Ted's new book

Blackstone Library display case of family memorabilia for Ted’s new book

Ted welcomes you to join him in his presentation at the Blackstone Library sponsored by the Branford Historical Society on Wednesday, July 13th at 7 PM.  Ted will share from the following:

·       A Boy’s Life in the 1860’s
·       19th C Domestic Life
·       The Golden Age Of Bicycles
·       Prohibition Insights      
·       Women Step Forward
·       19th C Branford Education 
·       A Laborer’s View
·       Electrification & The Flush Toilet 
                                                               ·       The Great War
Of special interest to cyclists is his chapter highlighting bicycling in the last decade of the 19thcentury. Some excerpts from the chapter on “The Golden Age of Bicycling”:   ….Bicycling in the mid 19th century was more akin to a circus act than a means of transportation. It was both difficult and hazardous for the rider who was precariously perched above the enormous front wheel of the “high wheeler”.  Not until the 1880s, when the “safety bicycle” was invented, did bicycling gain widespread popularity.
…The later 19th century launched “The Golden Age of Bicycling” …. Mass production made it affordable for the average citizen.   A million bicycles were produced in 1897 alone. 

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7th Annual ‘Rock to Rock’ Bike Ride April 25 in New Haven – Join the fun!

At last, a biking event for EVERYONE  – riders and supporters – late in April!
     The exciting 7TH Annual “Rock To Rock” Bike Ride and Earth Day celebration will take place in New Haven on Saturday, April 25 – and we are forming a Shoreline Greenway Trail Bike Team for our members who want to participate in the ride.
Guilford 1st Saturday

Guilford 1st Saturday bike ride

     We know we have a lot of enthusiastic bike riding members from the many who have joined our First Saturday Bike Rides in all kinds of weather!
1st Sat bike ride at Hammonasset

1st Sat bike ride at Hammonasset

Madison 1st Saturday

Madison 1st Saturday bike ride

                                           Join our Bike Team, or, if you don’t bike, you can support our Team with a donation pledge for this exciting event. [Read more…]