Dixie Crossroads Titusville

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Red Shrimp at Dixie Crossroads in TitusvilleEast Coast Greenway near  Dixie Crossroads in Titusville, FLMet up with friends for a fabulous lunch at Dixie Crossroads yesterday  - a Titusville favorite right on the East Coast Greenway.   Afterward I chatted with owner Laurilee, a great trail supporter and advocate, about the trail and the challenges of completing it.  As shown, a good portion is complete right near the restaurant but still more remains to be done.  By the way, Laurilee offers free fill-ups for cyclists who bring in a water bottle, so no need to bike thirsty, although you may not be able to resist those shrimp once you smell the cooking.

Bridging Volusia - connecting Florida's Trails

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Kudos to Pat Northey, Doug Little, and Herb Hiller for their tireless support of trails.

 

CONNECTING FLORIDA’S TRAILS

Volusia trails bridge over S.R. 415 opens in Osteen

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:28 p.m.

Another piece of the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail — a bridge over State Road 415 in Osteen — is now open.


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Two cyclists begin their ride up the eastern slope of the new bike trail bridge on State Road 415 in Osteen. Thirteen more miles of trails are under construction in Volusia County.

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The $2.2 million overpass is, for now, a “bridge to nowhere,” said Gerald Brinton, Volusia County’s director of engineering and construction. It’s the eastern end of a trail that now extends across Deltona and Enterprise all the way under Interstate 4 and through DeBary to Gemini Springs County Park and Lake Monroe Park at the Seminole County border.

Pat Northey, who served on the Volusia County Council until last year, has championed trail projects including the bridge and said she was the first one to ride across the new 415 overpass a couple of weeks ago.

“It’s beautiful,” Northey said. “It will become a major connection point for the statewide Coast to Coast Connector and it will bring visitors to town and tourism dollars to Volusia County.” 

The Amelia Island Trail

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The Amelia Island Section of the Florida East Coast GreenwayOne of the most stunning sections of the Florida Greenway is in North Florida along Amelia Island.  As you can see the trail heads straight for the beach and follows along A1A  (click on the image or link below for the maps of the Greenway in Florida.  Amelia Island is in the first section - 01. Nassau County.) 

As you approach the south end of Amelia Island, much of the East Coast Greenway lies along the beautiful Amelia Island Trail. This trail is overseen by the Friends of the Amelia Island Trail. So far 6.2 miles of 10 foot wide paved off-road trail have been completed.  This trail connects parks and watering holes through this bastion of good living between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway.  

Invitation to Join the Florida Committee of the East Coast Greenway

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We are on a roll - join us!   You are invited to join the Florida Committee of the East Coast Greenway.   We have already completed 200 miles of this landmark trail but we need your help to close the gaps. We're striving to complete the entire 600-mile Greenway that stretches from Fernandina Beach to Key West by 2025. 

Florida Committee Chair Paul Haydt leads rebound of Rose Bay

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Congratulations Florida Committee Chair Paul Haydt, whose leadership has led to the restoration of a Volusia County waterway hailed by a researcher as "a jewel of improvement."  So the Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted researcher Quinn Zacharias in a front page year-end report about Rose Bay, a 60-acre estuary between Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach, once f

Quote of the Day

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Here's a great quote from trailbuilder and new Florida East Coast Greenway member Ed Kessler.  

"It's my experience that, through recreational trails,

residents can create positive connections to their local environments,

Trail Advocacy Report: FL Continues to Lead

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A vital report just issued by the strongest voice for bike-ped/trail-sidewalk advocacy arrives like a Christmas gift in all of our stockings. Have a look at how governments at all levels are energetically investing in trail-sidewalk maintenance at a time when fiscal scolds call for refusing trail funding because it hardly ever comes with maintenance dollars. The report -- How Communities are Paying  to Maintain Trails, Bike Lanes.

Miami Trail Construction

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Robin Birdsong, Recreational Trails Coordinator, Florida Trails and Greenways
and Herb HIller, East Coast Greenway

A recently executed Florida Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant with the City of Miami Beach will fund construction of a critical link in the city’s Atlantic Greenway Network along one of the most popular oceanfront sections of the 15-state East Coast Greenway.

The 9,000 linear-foot corridor between 47th and 64th Streets will consist of a 15-foot-wide concrete multi-use trail known as the Middle Beach Recreation Corridor that will eventually connect from the foot of the Beach at Government Cut north to the municipal boundary of Surfside.

Existing portions of the Greenway run between 14th and 23rd Streets in South Beach, between 64th and 79th Streets in North Beach, and from South Pointe Park to MacArthur Causeway.  

ECG Navigation Now Easier Than Ever

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by Eric Weis, Trail Program Coordinator
East Coast Greenway Alliance

The East Coast Greenway Alliance is extremely proud to offer two tools to help people travel the Greenway: the ECG smartphone app, and our Trip Planner, found at map.greenway.org.

The smartphone app is a GPS-based tool which displays a map on your phone, noting your current position with an arrowhead icon, and showing the ECG route as a green (trail) and blue (road) line overlay. The user can simply follow the colored line, as the user's location is always in the center of the screen, updating every 65 feet or so. This app creates custom cue sheets too, displaying turn directions at the bottom of your phone’s screen.

Bike Florida's campaign to Restore "Share the Road" Memorial

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Bike Florida campaign tops $13,000 to restore Gainesville's Depot Avenue Share The Road Memorial sculptures

Ron Cunningham
Executive Director, Bike Florida

Following a year-long campaign, Bike Florida, a non-profit 501c3 corporation, announced that it has raised just over $13,000 to restore and enhance six sculptures erected on Gainesville's Depot Avenue in memory of a group of cyclists who were struck down by a distracted driver on the day after Christmas in 1996 as they were riding from Gainesville to St. Augustine. Two of those cyclists, Margaret Raynal and Doug Hill, were killed. The other four Lauri Triulzi, Jessica Green, Eric Finnan and Charles Hinson were severely injured. 

The sculptures, erected by friends and supporters of the cyclists in 1997, consist of six "rammed earth" structures embedded with bicycle parts salvaged from the accident scene in Clay County. The original information kiosk explaining the story of the sculptures has been removed and some restoration work is needed. In addition to new signage, funding will go toward landscaping, amenities such as a bench and water cooler, and an educational "call to action" exhibit intended to promote the Share The Road message. 

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