Celebrating the D&R

Tuesday, August 17 by silvia

Battle Monument, Trenton

On a perfect day for a bike ride, 75 people came out on Saturday, August 14 to celebrate the completion of the missing segment of the D&R Canal towpath between Trenton and New Brunswick ? representing New Jersey?s longest segment of the East Coast Greenway. ??Many members of the WWBPA rode, as did West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh and Council President Diane Ciccione as well as New Jersey Assemblywoman Grace Spencer. Lawrence Mayor Pam Mount was there for the start, and Congressman Rush Holt spoke (but didn?t ride), noting that he began championing this project when he first went to Washington 12 years ago. The 1.5 mile stretch of macadam belies the obstacles. Not only were there negotiations with Conrail but a number of other surprising obstacles came into play ? such as issues with billboards. But all of that is now dust under the wheels.

Riders took it slow, taking nearly an hour to ride the seven miles ?to reach the Battle Monument in Trenton. After a ?40-minute rest break hosted by the Trenton Cycling Revolution, the group returned along the same seven-mile route. The ride was capped off with sandwiches, salads and sodas at the Brearley House in Lawrence Township, provided by the East Coast Greenway and New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition.

The WWBPA thanks Don Pillsbury from the Lawrence Sustainable Transportation Committee for this report.

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Bike Ride History Tour

Sunday, August 15 by sandy

Griggstown Bridgetender's HouseD&R CANAL WATCH BIKE RIDE HISTORY TOUR
Saturday, September 4 ? 10:00 a.m. ? Griggstown
History bike rides on the D&R

Join canal enthusiast Bob Barth for a leisurely bike ride on the historic Delaware &?Raritan Canal towpath. We will stop at historic villages and canal structures, such as locks and swing?bridges, and talk about why the D&R was one of the most successful canals in the United States.

Helmets required. Bring water and snack. The ride will last approximately three hours.
Meet at the Griggstown Causeway parking lot.
Questions? Call Bob at 201-401-3121.

For independent rides along the towpath in the Millstone Valley,
see the National Scenic Byways suggested route:
Bicycle Ramble along the D&R Canal Towpath.

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Celebrate Bicycling and Walking

Monday, August 2 by silvia

D&R Canal Biking and Walking
East Coast Greenway logo

The WWBPA joins the East Coast Greenway, the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, and the Trenton Cycling Revolution on Saturday August 14 for a 14-mile family-friendly ride on a newly constructed section of the D&R Canal/East Coast Greenway.

The ride starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Brearly House in Lawrenceville along Princeton Pike/Route 206 (also a link to the Lawrence Hopewell Trail). Because the route is partially unpaved, hybrids or mountain bikes will work best.

Elected officials and their staff are invited, so this is a great chance to show how popular bicycling is in the Garden State (ranked the eighth most bicycle-friendly state in the nation by the League of American Bicyclists) and to encourage them to support bicycle-friendly projects.

More details: “Ride with Us” flyer

History and Nature along the D&R Canal
New York Times, July 30, 2010

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Big Step Forward in Towpath “Link”

Monday, July 5 by silvia

The asphalt has been poured for the 1.5-mile stretch of the D&R Canal Towpath/East Coast Greenway in Trenton that will fill the gap in the route that runs past West Windsor to create a 70-mile path from New Brunswick to Frenchtown for bicyclists, joggers and walkers. Signs, fences and gates still need to be installed, but the lion’s share of this $400,000 project is done.

The section connects with a path near Old Rose Street and uses an old railroad bridge to cross over Route 1 before continuing north to Mulberry Street. Read more in the Trenton Times.

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