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!

Annual Meeting Highlights New Haven Connections

New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn speaking at the Shoreline Greenway Trail annual meeting in May.

New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn speaking at Shoreline Greenway Trail’s annual meeting in May.

Shoreline Greenway Trail held its 2017 annual meeting on May 5 at the Tabor Lutheran Church in Branford. Unfortunately, heavy rains cancelled a planned walk of the Tabor property, where we expect to complete our next section of Branford trail, but we were pleased to have an excellent turnout for the meeting itself.

            We were especially gratified that Branford First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and Branford Parks and Recreation Director Alex Paluzzi attended.

            A brief formal meeting to elect members of our Board for 2017-2018 was followed by a presentation by New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn. Zinn discussed the successful effort to make New Haven a Bicycle-Friendly Community (it currently has Bronze-level certification) along with the benefits and possibilities inherent in connecting the Shoreline Greenway Trail with New Haven’s network of bike routes, the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway and the East Coast Greenway.

            Working in partnership with Zinn and the city, SGT plans to extend its trail into the heart of New Haven. We previously had planned Lighthouse Point Park to be the trail’s western terminus.

            Zinn has been New Haven’s city engineer since 2014 and has led or participated in many projects focused on sustainable and livable infrastructure. He has encouraged alternative transportation (including walking and cycling), promoted green building principles and worked to reduce the city’s carbon footprint through aggressive energy reduction.

            After Zinn’s presentation, attendees enjoyed refreshments and good conversation. It was a great evening!

 

Ribbon-Cutting for New SGT East Haven Section Scheduled for May 11

The newest section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, at Farm River State Park in East Haven, will officially open to the public for walking, cycling and other activities on Thursday, May 11. A ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring state and local officials and representatives of Shoreline Greenway Trail (SGT) will take place that day, beginning at 10 a.m. at the park’s Pevetty Drive entrance.

The scenic new section traverses Farm River State Park and, at 1/3 mile in length, extends the East Haven section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail to approximately one mile in total. It connects a previously completed section of trail on town property at the former D.C. Moore School with Short Beach Road not far from the Branford line. The town of East Haven is considering a number of possibilities for extending the trail westward from D.C. Moore; possible connections with SGT trail in Branford are being explored to the east.

SGT finished work on the new section in November, thanks to a grant from Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; the support of town officials including Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr., Town Engineer Kevin White and Public Works Supervisor Charles Coyle; in-kind services contributed by East Haven Public Works; land clearing by Boy Scouts Troop 401; and design and construction by Vermont’s Timber & Stone LLC.

SGT to Hold Annual Meeting May 5 in Branford

Hiking to Branford's Ecology Park from a soon-to-be-completed section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail

Hiking to Branford’s Ecology Park from a soon-to-be-completed section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail

Shoreline Greenway Trail will hold its 2017 annual meeting on Friday, May 5, at the Tabor Lutheran Church in Branford. The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a walk on the Tabor property, site of an SGT section that is expected to be fully surfaced and open by the end of the year. A brief meeting will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation by New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn. All events are open to the public; refreshments will be served.

 Zinn will discuss the successful effort to make New Haven a Bicycle-Friendly Community (it currently has Bronze-level certification) along with the benefits and possibilities inherent in connecting the Shoreline Greenway Trail with New Haven’s network of bike routes, the Farmington Canal Greenway and the East Coast Greenway. Working in partnership with Zinn and the city, SGT plans to extend its trail into the heart of New Haven. The trail had previously been planned to end at Lighthouse Point Park.

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New Haven City Engineer Giovanni Zinn

Zinn has been New Haven’s city engineer since 2014 and has led or participated in many projects focused on sustainable and livable infrastructure. He has encouraged alternative transportation (including walking and cycling), adopted green infrastructure and worked to reduce the city’s carbon footprint through aggressive energy reduction.

Tabor Lutheran Church is located at 45 Tabor Drive, just south of Branford center off Route 146/South Montowese Street. For more information, contact info@shorelinegreenwaytrail.org.