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Many articles about the Eastern Trail are organized on this news archives page.  The most recent articles appear immediately below, with the first part of each article displayed. Click on any article title, or the "Read More.." link to read the full text of that article. A list of additional article titles appears at the bottom of the page.



Leg Work: Press candidates to foster pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly towns and cities

And as the days grow shorter, remember to make yourself visible in the dark if you're walking or biking.

By SHOSHANA HOOSE - Posted October 25

[Ed. note: Be sure to read this entire article - the Eastern Trail is specifically mentioned near the end]

You can do two things in the next week and a half to improve bicycling and walking in Maine.

First, vote for the $85 million state transportation bond on the November ballot. A small portion of that money will pay for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Read on to learn details.

Second, ask those running for office in your city or town where they stand on bicycling and walking issues. For example:


Discover Maine’s Eastern Trail

By Cathy Genthner - Published in Activity Maine - Connecting You to the Best Maine Adventures since 1984.

The 65-mile long Eastern Trail extends from the Piscataqua River in Kittery to Bug Light in South Portland on Casco Bay and includes eight lighthouses along the way. The Eastern Trail (ET) is part of the 3,000 mile long East Coast Greenway that stretches from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine. It is open to all kinds of recreational use, such as biking, hiking, bird watching, photography and even fishing along some spots. It consists of urban, remote, and suburban sections winding through the woods, along rivers and marshes, as well through towns and cities. However, less than three miles of the trail takes you on urban streets.


Enjoy the Foliage!

Opinion - - A service of - Posted Oct. 14, 2015

A review of great places to go and things to do to enjoy the colorful fall foliage in southern Maine, including on and around the Eastern Trail!

Ah, October. That time of year is finally here again. Time to take in the bold and beautiful colors of fall. There’s plenty to do in our area during the fall season, but if you’re looking for a relaxing, leisurely adventure, take a drive and enjoy the foliage.


Team In Training - Iowa Chapter LLS with 60 riders in the Maine Lighthouse Ride

This year's Maine Lighthouse Ride will feature some very special guests. More than 60 riders from Team In Training - Iowa Chapter LLS, benefitting the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will join us this coming Saturday. Notice their custom team jerseys!


Audio tours provide historic view of tri-city area

By LIZ GOTTHELF, Staff WriterA new local initiative, Treetops & Rooftops GIS, is bringing on demand tours of local points of interest.

Treetops & Rooftops, an initiative of Saco Bay Center for Civic Engagement and created by volunteers, has developed a pilot program with three audio tours – historical tours of Pepperell Park in Saco and The Pier in Old Orchard Beach and an audio drama that takes place at a segment of the Eastern Trail in Biddeford behind Southern Maine Health Care.


New Eastern Trail spur nears completion in OOB

By LIZ GOTTHELF, Staff Writer
OLD ORCHARD BEACH — A nearly completed new spur trail leads pedestrians and bicyclists from the Eastern Trail to Veterans Memorial Park downtown.

The Eastern Trail, when fully completed, will provide 65 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails from Kittery to South Portland along the former Eastern Railroad Corridor.

The Eastern Trail was conceived in the 1990s as a “linear park” providing 12 southern Maine communities with a route for bicyclists and pedestrians without motorized traffic, according to a press release from the Eastern Trail Alliance.


Be Cool, It's a Bike Path

Image of sign on a bike path

Multi-use paths are being added to cities across the country at an exciting rate and more people are using them. That's a great thing. But crowding can lead to conflict. To stay safe, and make the experience more enjoyable for everyone, here are a few guidelines for blisfully sharing bike paths with fellow cyclists, joggers, dog walkers, and everyone else.

1. Get out of time-trial mode, duh. It's fun to go fast, but a bike path isn't the place to seek a KOM. Yes, you can crank things up a bit if you have clear sight lines and few other users but, as a general rule, keep it under control.

2.  Ride right, pass left. Act like a car in these situations. Right for travel, left for passing. And, of course, obey all traffic signals.


The Best Bike Paths on the East Coast Greenway

By Marc Chalufour
AMC Outdoors, September/October 2015

The ambitious effort to create the East Coast Greenway (ECG)—an uninterrupted network of bike paths, some preexisting and some newly constructed, from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Fla.—began in 1991. Today, the off-road portion is nearly one-third complete, with designated roads connecting the dots. These eight segments highlight the best of the ECG in AMC’s region, from urban bike paths to rural rail-trails.

South Portland, Maine
The Eastern Trail will eventually connect South Portland with Portsmouth, N.H., via 65 miles of bike path. About a third of the project is now complete, including a dedicated bridge in Biddeford that crosses over the Maine Turnpike and the Eastern Trail’s northernmost section, in South Portland. To ride the latter stretch, begin at Bug Light, which overlooks Portland Harbor at the mouth of the Fore River, and pedal west. The trail skirts the river and, after a brief on-road connection, continues on to the Wainwright Athletic Complex.
DISTANCE: 10.8 miles round trip
INFO: AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast (AMC Books);

Read the entire article online here

In From the Outdoors: Q&A with Paul Schumacher and Lee Burnett, trail advocates

SPRINGVALE — A year ago Paul Schumacher and Lee Burnett began brainstorming over a question local business owners repeatedly asked: Could York County have more connecting trails?

Schumacher, the director of the Southern Maine Planning and Economic Development Commission, said the requests made sense: Trails help tourism, improve quality of life and increase the value of real estate.

So he got together with Burnett, project director at Forest Works!, which conserves forestland in York County, and began to examine the possibility of a large, interconnecting trail network.


Next stop, Kennebunk

Amtrak’s Downeaster welcomed as seasonal economic boost

By Faith Gillman Staff writer |  Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014

KENNEBUNK -The last time a train stopped at the station on Depot Road in Kennebunk, Lyndon Johnson was president. That same year “Downtown” by Petula Clark, and The Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” were at the top of the Billboard charts. 

Fifty years have passed since riders were able to hop on a train in Kennebunk. But now that a seasonal stop on Amtrak’s Downeaster line has been approved for the town, passengers will soon be able to ride the rails and visit downtown and neighboring areas from Kennebunk once again – providing, supporters hope, a welcome seasonal economic boost.

Plans to bring the train back are well under way, according to Mat Eddy, Kennebunk’s economic development director. 

“We got the green light from Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (in May 2014) and hired Sebago Technics to do a conceptual drawing,” said Eddy. “We will have a 300-foot platform (that) will allow for bicycles to be loaded and unloaded at the stop.


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