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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.



Sell-Out Crowd for 10th Anniversary Maine Lighthouse Ride

[Note: This article appeared in the Late Fall 2013 Newsletter. The full newsletter can be viewed in this pdf document]

Century Riders Waiting at Start of MLRCentury Riders Waiting at Start of MLRAfter ten years, the word is out— the Maine Lighthouse Ride is one of the most popular bicycle rides in New England! Of course it’s hard to argue with miles of beautiful Maine coastline, great weather, and plenty of friendly volunteers. Having capped the ride at 1,000 riders due to concerns from our host communities, the Maine Lighthouse Ride was a complete sell-out three weeks before the ride. Yes, we must be doing something right!

Sunrise at Start of RideSunrise at Start of RideThis year, we were ready for the crowds with a tent at Southern Maine Community College to accommodate the overflow from the dining room, lots of additional police assistance in Portland Head LightPortland Head LightSouth Portland and Scarborough, and even more Porta-Potties and volunteers than last year. We are happy to report a very safe ride, with only a few minor scrapes and bruises, and lots of smiling faces.


Community feels 'whole again' with Memorial Bridge opening

By Charles McMahon
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August 09, 2013 2:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH — They came on foot and by bike, Segways, motorized carts, kayaks, Jet Skis, boats and even antique cars. Some brought their dogs, others brought their babies. Many carried cameras, hoping to capture the historic moment.

The opening of the Memorial Bridge on Thursday, a moment nearly two years in the making, drew a few thousand people to both downtown Portsmouth and Badger's Island in Kittery, Maine.

And by all accounts, from transportation officials to local elected officials to civilians and veterans alike, the sentiment was much the same.


Portsmouth, Kittery, two states celebrate new Memorial Bridge

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August 09, 2013 2:00 AM

KITTERY, Maine — The sense of anticipation was palpable Thursday morning on Badger's Island. This was the day. This was the moment Memorial Bridge would open. People were smiling. Hugging. Slapping each other on the back.

What a day!

It was a day to celebrate one state, New Hampshire, working with its sister state, Maine. It was a day to commemorate the bond of the city of Portsmouth, N.H., with the town of Kittery. It was a day of community and pride, a historic day for a 21st-century bridge.


Saco youth take to two wheels

Bikes for Kids celebrates success with 25 new bicycles, helmets

By LIZ GOTTHELF, Staff Writer

Published:Friday, July 26, 2013 12:05 PM EDT

Children with the Saco Parks and Recreation summer camp ride newly donated bicycles on the John R. Andrews Eastern Trail Bridge in Saco Thursday morning.Children with the Saco Parks and Recreation summer camp ride newly donated bicycles on the John R. Andrews Eastern Trail Bridge in Saco Thursday morning. (LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune)SACO — Saco Parks and Recreation participants are now riding the Eastern Trail in style.

The Saco Bikes for Kids campaign, a local effort to promote use of the Eastern Trail and healthy lifestyles among youth, debuted 25 shiny, new bikes and helmets Thursday morning. Local parks and recreation summer campers took an inaugural ride on the Diamondback trail bikes at the John R. Andrews Eastern Trail pedestrian bridge.

The bikes and equipment, which will be used by children in the city’s parks and recreation program, were purchased from funds collected over the past year from 46 contributors, as well as a penny fundraiser organized by the children at Saco Parks   and Recreation.

Read the entire article online here.

LD 16 Trail Bond - Can You Help?

bcmlogoOur good friends at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine have allowed us to publish the contents of an email alert they sent out on June 24 to generate support for LD 16. Please read their information below and please help where you can!

Additional information on LD16 and resources to help you express your support is on the Bicycle Coalition's website.

The information below was sent by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine:

Subject: We're counting on you to call your legislators in support of a Transportation Bond that includes dedicated funding for biking and walking projects


You can't get there from here:


You Can't Get There from Here: Eastern Trail connection between South Portland, Scarborough remains elusive, expensive

SCARBOROUGH — If the "Bridge Out" sign is not enough, the drop down to the Nonesuch River from where a bridge used to cross the river is a vivid reminder of the obstacles blocking the off-road linkage of the Eastern Trail to South Portland.

But as a $150,000 study funded by the Maine Department of Transportation progresses, Town Planner Dan Bacon and Eastern Trail Alliance President Bob Hamblen are aware the water crossing may be the easiest part of constructing a 1.5-mile trail section to the Wainwright Field Athletic Complex in South Portland.


Eastern Trail Alliance eyes expansion

Group’s goal is to extend trail south from Kennebunk to Kittery

The Kennebunk Post - By Alex Acquisto,Staff Writer

The Eastern Trail Alliance and Southern Eastern Trail Alliance have begun to set new plans for expanding into motion.

Optimally, the off-road trail will continue from South Portland through Wells, North and South Berwick and Eliot, all the way down to Kittery. The alliance held an informational meeting Tuesday, March 26 in North Berwick to discuss expansion plans and feel out any opposition.

Formally designed in 1998 to follow the abandoned Eastern Railway, the Eastern Trail was constructed for runners, hikers, bikers and other general outdoor enthusiasts.


North Berwick to host community forum on the Eastern Trail

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — An informational presentation, “The Eastern Trail: A Trail and a Vision” will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 26 at the North Berwick Community Center, 264 Lebanon Road in North Berwick. Anyone interested in learning about the Eastern Trail is invited to attend.

Have you driven I-95 through Kennebunk and seen the beautiful span over the highway that is part of the Eastern Trail? The off-road Eastern Trail currently ends at the Kennebunk Elementary school, but the vision of trail enthusiasts in southern Maine is for the off-road trail to continue through Wells, North Berwick, South Berwick, Eliot, and Kittery.

The Eastern Trail Alliance is the focused effort to vision, build, promote and use the trail. The Alliance includes many supporters from throughout southern Maine, hikers, bikers, X-country skiers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts dedicated to creating, enjoying and maintaining the Eastern Trail.


Spring 2013 Newsletter - Eastern Trail Alliance

Eastern Trail Informational Meeting - North Berwick, March 26, 2013


Held Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Included a slide show covering Vision, Successes, and Challenges

And an Eastern Trail Experts Panel:
Eastern Trail Founder, President Emeritus John Andrews
Eastern Trail Alliance President Bob Hamblen, Saco Planner
Eastern Trail Management District President Tad Redway, Arundel Planner

Why was this meeting held in North Berwick, a town that has not supported the ET for ten years? Last year, Kennebunk and Wells asked Maine DOT to fund a final design, ready-to-bid, package for the ET from the end of the off-road section in Kennebunk all the way south as far as their towns allow. That would have meant ending at Perry Oliver Road in Wells. MDOT's informal response has been that the ET must provide connectivity between major locations. In other words, if the design and construction does not extend all the way to Pratt-Whitney in North Berwick, the project is not fundable.

Some possible outcomes from the meeting:

  • Convince NB to return to ET support.
  • Convince MDOT that because NB will never support the ET, that another non-NB option must be accepted.
  • End the off-road ET in Kennebunk.

Click here to read a news article about this meeting (3/19, Foster's Online).  Click here to read another news article about this meeting (Kennebunk Post). Click here to view a video of the meeting.

Click here to view a document that described route options through North Berwick, and includes color maps(this is a large pdf file, it may take some time to download).

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