Branford’s September 2nd First Saturday Walk at 10am

Walk through Branford’s Young’s Park and along the Birch Road section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail

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When: Labor Day Weekend (9/2/17) at 10am

Where: Branford, CT..Meet at Young’s Park parking lot, off Blackstone Ave (Route 146). From I95 exit 55, go east on Route 1, turning right onto Featherbed Rd; take this to end, then turn left onto Damascus. Where road splits, bear right (sign: to Pine Orchard). After you pass UNDER railroad tracks, bear right onto Blackstone Ave and look for park entrance past ball field on right.

Questions: Please contact Leo Cristofar 203-214-5824

Shoreline Greenway Trail Takes Part in Trail Census

The Shoreline Greenway Trail at Hammonasset Beach State Park is one of 15 trails participating in a study intended to help the state, trail organizations and towns better understand who’s using trails and why, what economic impact trails have on their communities, what amenities users want, and how trails can be most soundly built and maintained. IMG_9027 Crop for SGT

Information from the Connecticut Trail Census, which will be conducted through the end of 2017, will be made public. It is expected to provide trail advocates with data to help promote the value of trails in their communities.

Data is being collected around the clock by an infrared counter at Hammonasset, with analysis done in waves throughout the year. A team of trained SGT volunteers is assisting the project by monitoring and calibrating the counter and by conducting face-to-face surveys on the trail. The raw data collected to date suggests that the Hammonasset section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail is one of the most heavily used in the state.

The sites participating are all paved or crushed stone, multi-use trails. They were chosen for the program based on their leadership, volunteer participation, ability to administer counters and collect data, connections to other trails and amenities, trail length, and demonstration of how trail managers plan to use and communicate the data collected.

The census is being conducted in a partnership involving the Connecticut Greenways Council; Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments; UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources’ Department of Extension and the Center for Land Use Education and Research; and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

If you’d like to be part of the project, especially by helping conduct on-site user surveys, contact Ginny Raff, chairperson of the Shoreline Greenway Trail’s Madison team.

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