We recently got an email from a trail enthusiast in our neighbor state, telling about efforts to build the New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway (NHSG), NH's segment of the East Coast Greenway (and which connects to the Eastern Trail at the ME/NH border). Read his message below:
"We recently set up a Facebook page for the
Our 12th annual Maine Lighthouse Ride was perhas the best ever! Around 1200 riders enjoyed a beautiful fall day, as well as the four great routes, the rest area support, and great food!
The new food additions - Portland Pie pizza, Friendly's Ice Cream, and Shipyard beer elicited glowing praise from thankful and satisfied riders.
We are excited to again offer a Maine Lighthouse Bike Jersey for 2016 - you can see the new jersey design to the left. You can order one or more jerseys and they will be shipped to you - these make great gifts as well.
This summer we are getting a lot of inquiries from vacationing visitors looking to use our great trail. We're getting a lot of requests about bicycle rentals - so we've created a new page with the rental resources that we know. Lets us know if you know of more available along the trail. And say "hi" to all our visiting friends!
From our wonderful colleagues at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine:
We are incredibly excited to announce a big victory at the State House for all bicyclists and pedestrians in Maine.
No surprise here - two sections of the Eastern Trail were among 6 trails recognized as family-friendly community bike trails in Maine, according to the 4/30 Portland Press Herald.
We want to remind trail users in the Scarborough Marsh areas of the leash laws that apply between April 1 and October 1. The policy is expressed on signs that are posted in that area:
"For the purposes of protecting important wildlife habitat, all dogs must be leashed on this portion of the Eastern Trail and marsh between Pine Point Road and Black Point Road"
"If you have questions about this, please contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 358 Shaker Road, Gray, Maine 04039, (207) 657-2345 ext. 110"
Communities across Maine are increasingly mindful of the enormous benefit of planning more pedestrian and bike spaces like the Eastern Trail, even as deep cuts have been made to federal funding for such projects. This has left the state with a backlog of projects waiting for planning and/or construction funds. A bill being considered by the Maine Legislature, LD 193, would help to clear the backlog, which can only help everyone who values greater pedestrian and bike access, as we hope you do. Our friends at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine have assembled some info about the bill, and reminders about the positive impact these projects have on their communities. Please follow this link to learn how you can let our state leaders know that you support funding these important projects.
In January Derek Sturtevant, Chairman of Kittery Trading Post’s Round-Up Committee, called the ETA office to report that his committee had voted to donate $1,000 to ETA. Carole asked Jim Bucar and John Andrews to contact Sturtevant to visit Kittery Trading Post to receive the donation.
They learned that Round-Up is a program that encourages customers to round-up their check-out amount to the next highest dollar amount with funds to be donated to non-profits whose goals are aligned with Kittery Trading Post’s core values. Each quarter, the company rounds up those funds to the next round thousand dollars.
Sturtevant, who is Specialty Sports Divisional Manager, chairs the employee committee that allocates the generated funds. ETA President Bob Hamblen, who is Saco’s City Planner, is proud of the recognition achieved by ETA that resulted in this contribution.