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!

Great Turnout in East Haven for the First Sat Walk

35 participants came out on a bright and sunny July 1st morning to walk the East Haven SGT. It was a great group which made it a successful First Saturday Walk!

Great day in East Haven!

Great day in East Haven!

Walkers enjoying the trail on the First Saturday Walk in EH!

Walkers enjoying the trail on the First Saturday Walk in EH!

 

International Festival of Arts and Ideas group tours EHSGT

It was a lovely day on June 14th as the International Festival of Arts and Ideas group took a ride through the East Haven SGT. After the trail ride the group wrapped up the afternoon with an ice cream social at a favorite local spot overlooking the beach!

Great day for a bike ride on the EHSGT!

Great day for a bike ride on the EHSGT!

Sun is out and group is ready to ride!

Sun is out and group is ready to ride!

They earned an ice cream break!

They earned an ice cream break!

Madison’s Newest Eagle Scout

FullSizeRenderCaleb Isaacson, shown here in full Eagle Scout regalia, was the honoree at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held May 20 at the American Legion Hall in Madison. Caleb’s project was the beautiful trail kiosk and landscaping at the Webster Point Road end of the Hammonasset trail section. Caleb’s mentor for the project, Madison Trailmeister Perry Rianhard, commented, “Caleb’s carpentry skills are amazing for one so young. I learned a lot from him, and he was a delight to work with.”

Caleb is the fourth Eagle Scout and third member of Madison Troop 491 to work toward the Eagle Scout designation with a project for the trail. Eagle Scouts have completed trail projects in East Haven and Branford as well, and younger scouts have helped a great deal with trail clearing, building, and clean-up. Their creativity and hard work enhances the trail immeasurably.

photo courtesy of Cathy Marsh