Here's the 2021 Archive for the Norwottuck Network's 
Free E-Newsletter about Trail Development in the Northeast.

Rail Trail Newsletter #60 - October 2021

  • MCRT's Belmont Community Path section 25% Design hearing on Zoom-Nov 4, 2021

  • Steven Hawk in Ware and how much he loves his accessible STONEDUST trail there.

  • Baker Admin Commits Funding for Proposed Mystic Greenway Bridge

  • Plogging for the planet: Swedish pastime combines jogging with collecting litter, waste

  • BFRT in Sudbury nearing final design and construction is FINALLY on the horizon

  • Fundraiser letter from Protect Sudbury PS is fighting the plan to put a more robust and resilient electric grid in their locale

  • East Bay Bike Path faced plenty of opposition in the 1980s.

  • Memo to cranky Providence residents: Real cities have bike lane, bike riders aren’t destroying the fabric of the city

  • FINALLY underway in Mass. A nearly 25 year long project to restore a pedestrian Truss bridge outside of Boston, nears completion

  • Just GETTING UNDERWAY in NY. A similar project. But this one involves TWELVE (12) ped bridges. 

  • Bicyclist dies after being struck by car near Northampton High School

  • Connecticut towns along rail trail look to make road crossings safer.

 

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #59 - September 2021

  • Great Story in the Commonwealth Mag by Galen Mook and Josh Ostroff.

  • Donated Rail Trail benches honor Unified Sports, beloved Hudson community members

  • What do Rail-Trails Do? Nothing but Good, Swamp Rabbit's Neighbor's Say

  • Volunteer of the Week: David Mark, of Maynard, spruces up the Rail Trail

  • Ribbon-cutting on the developing New Haven & Northampton Canal Greenway in New Haven, CT

  • Bay Circuit Trail: Thru-Hiking Boston’s Emerald Necklace

  • Bridges for Animals to Safely Cross Freeways Are Popping Up Around the World

  • We Are Going to Need a Lot More Electric Delivery Bikes

Rail Trail Newsletter #58 - August 2021

  • Daily Hampshire Gazette Guest columnist Mary Carey: Forest bathing on the Rail Trail

  • The new Columbia Greenway Rail Trail bridge at Main Street.

  • Sugar Maple Trailside Inn that sits 8' from the rail trail, was was featured on a site about local businesses. 

  • Construction started on the Farmington Canal Trail in New Haven 

  • Auburn, Maine considers getting on board with a plan to connect a rail trail to Portland

  • How a 21-mile rail trail holds the key to happiness, health, and prosperity for Manchester, NH residents 

  • COVID sparked a bike boom across America

  • Metro West, an area just west of Boston, has lots of exciting projects nearing completion

  • Explore the Coastal Trails Network on the North Shore

  • Community Compass: Exciting steps forward on Merrymeeting Trail in Maine. 

  • NH State Rail Trail Plan update underway

  • Representative Trahan talks Track Road support in Stow

  • Developer Plans to Transform Abandoned Kansas City Rail Bridge Into a 'Destination'

  • Decades-long private encroachment along Burke-Gilman Trail finally cleared to make small lakeside park

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #57 - July 2021

  • Belmont Community Path Section of the Mass Central Rail Trail Moves Forward

  • EQLT was awarded funding from DCR's MassTrails Grant Program to expand the Mass Central Rail Trail in Ware and Hardwick

  • Mural on the Mass Central Rail Trail will expand "tunnel vision"

  • ANOTHER $300K Grant for the Belchertown Greenway section of the MCRT

  • Could scenic Taunton River Trail soon become a reality? $4.8M tantalizes 30-year advocate

  • Long-awaited construction begins on Lowell Connector Trail Project

  • Acton installs automated sensors at intersections along rail trail

  • The East Coast Greenway is hosting a fund-raiser ride from NYC to Philadelphia 

  • Concord, NH is about to join the ranks of proud cities that have paved rail trails.

  • MassDOT is conducting a survey to learn more about why and when Massachusetts residents ride a bike.

  • Governor Baker In Sandwich, Mass Announces $4M Trail Grants

  • NH Rail Trail system offers 380 miles to keep you moving

  • NATIONAL GRID BUILDS 1st MILE OF THE WAKEFIELD TRAIL

  • The Lynnfield Rail Trail project is alive and well.

  • A best-kept secret: How 230 miles of hiking trails connect the suburbs of Boston

  • OPINION: Still time to rethink the Swampscott rail trail

  • A best-kept secret: How 230 miles of hiking trails connect the suburbs of Boston

  • MBTA and Town of Medfield Sign Medfield Rail Trail Lease

  • State Agencies Seek to Transform the Lynnway With New Bike Path and Bus Rapid Transit STREETSBLOG MASS

  • After 34 years, the popular Katy Trail across Missouri is finally complete. 

  • Several hundred residential units proposed along East Boston Greenway

 

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #56 - June 2021

  • The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has released a decision in the case of Sudbury vs the Energy Facility Siting Board.

  • Our Amicus Brief which helped the SJC to see the greater context.

  • Sudbury Dealt Blow In Transmission Line Case After SJC Ruling

  • Another loss of an important advocate in the rail trail world. Paul Penfield of Weston, Mass 

  • Clinton Tunnel to close until renovation design and construction begins.

  • ‘I can do everything using the bike path’: Trail links cities north of Boston to the sea

  • Public comment heavily favors latest Neponset Greenway link

  • CPA $$ Restore the Upper Charles Rail Trail & Historic 8-Arch Bridge

  • Walkway Over the Hudson turns 10: How the project spurred change, and improved the region

  • ‘Greenway Stimulus’ Could Bring Boom in Bike and Walking Trails The Hudson River Greenway,

  • New England has one of the 6 most rewarding rail trails in America, according to The Wall Street Journal

  • Newburyport celebrates newest rail trail stretch

  • The Path Well Traveled: Coast through the history of South Kingstown, RI's bike path

  • Rail trail inches its way toward downtown Pittsfield, MA with plans to extend to Merrill Road

  • Another Great Bridge Story. NEW LIFE for an old bridge - The Bison Bridge 

  • Bridges, rail corridors find new life as urban trails

Rail Trail Newsletter #55 - MAY 2021

  • Did you know that for over 20 years, there has been an occasional Golden Spike Conference?

  • Another new Bike-ped bridge by MassDOT nears completion SALISBURY

  • Town meeting in Northfield approves MassDOT's requirements to build a new bike-ped bridge over the CT River.

  • NORTHFIELD

  • MassDOT installs yet ANOTHER NEW Bike Ped BRIDGE over the marsh in Saugus, Mass on the Northern Strand Trail

  • Mayoral candidate Yang puts NYC's stalled ‘Queens-Way’ rail-to-trails project at center of public park platform

  • Did you know of an effort to rebrand the N-S trail from New Haven to Northampton with a unified name?

  • Beautiful Art on the Trail in Florence, MA

  • The American Society of Landscape Architects recently published an interesting interview with Jennifer Toole,

  • Engineers Should Not Design Streets

  • Did you know that for over 20 years, there has been an occasional Golden Spike Conference?

  • Another new Bike-ped bridge by MassDOT nears completion SALISBURY

  • Town meeting in Northfield approves MassDOT's requirements to build a new bike-ped bridge over the CT River. NORTHFIELD

  • MassDOT installs yet ANOTHER NEW Bike Ped BRIDGE over the marsh in Saugus, Mass on the Northern Strand Trail

  • Mayoral candidate Yang puts NYC's stalled ‘Queens-Way’ rail-to-trails project at center of public park platform

  • Did you know of an effort to rebrand the N-S trail from New Haven to Northampton with a unified name?

  • Beautiful Art on the Trail in Florence, MA

  • The American Society of Landscape Architects recently published an interesting interview with Jennifer Toole,

  • Engineers Should Not Design Streets 

Rail Trail; Newsletter #54 - April 2021

  • Weston students aim to brighten rail trail with mural art

  • ORAL ARGUMENTS IN THE CASE BEFORE THE SJC, SUDBURY VS ENERGY FACILITY SITING BOARD ON MARCH 1, 2021

  • A boost for rail trail expansion in Southampton

  • Columbia Greenway Rail Trail bridge installed across Main Street in Westfield 

  • South Coast Feasibility Study - Fall River to New Bedford by Bike

  • More Pathway Buildout Coming to NYC

  • Keene to buy a bridge for rail trail expansion

  • Dream of Connected NYC Greenway Re-Envisioned as Path to COVID Recovery

  • Visit the Peabody Bikeway

  • New map of Troy, NY trails offers guide to adventures

  • Riding The Rails: Canalside Rail Trail

  • Millerton, N.Y.: Unspoiled Beauty With a New Youthful Energy

  • Framingham could become MetroWest trail hub by linking many of its walking, biking paths

  • Hudson River Valley Greenway announces $636,000 available for planning, trail grants

  • Area canalway trail usage increased in 2020

  • Shared use paths—also called trails, multi-use paths, greenways, or bike paths—bring many benefits to their communities.

  • The Border to Boston Trail is a 70-mile shared use trail that links 20 communities

  • Streets that put people first, not cars. Cities around the world are reconfiguring their urban grids to support local communities and economies.

  • 60 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP. Hit the roads less traveled.

Rail Trail Newsletter #53 - February 2021

  • This Mass. camping spot--near the MCRT-- is ranked among the best outdoor stays in the U.S. in 2021

  • There is the big court case delaying the MCRT buildout in Sudbury.

  • Heritage Trail: How a group of neighbors in Manchester NH helped reclaim prime recreational real estate for all to enjoy

  • Springfield seeks state funds to advance plans to convert abandoned railroad into a walking and bicycle trail.

  • RTC did a nice high altitude story about the growing network here in New England.

  • A tunnel connecting two rail trails in downtown Lebanon, NH

  • Gov Cuomo is building another Ped Bridge in New York. New Bridge to Cross Iconic Erie Canal

  • Historic bridges in NYC to have cycle paths

  • A follow up to the story about a series of historic bridges in the Hudson River Valley.

  • After virus delays, Southington, CT continues design work on final trail section

  • Bay Colony Rail Trail comes together in bits and pieces.

  • Progress made on Twin Cities Rail Trail project. (Yes. It involves yet another huge bike-ped bridge.)

  • Here's another great, iconic ex RR bridge to explore. Rosendale Trestle.

  • Peabody Mass Rotary Club celebrating their 100th anniversary by doing some betterments on their city's trail network.

  • One of the most memorable trails I toured while doing my first book was the Airline Trail in CT

  • Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway--Site of the first Bike Path in the U.S.

  • From steel city to bike city: Wollongong pins hopes on becoming world-class cycling destination

 

 

Rail Trail Newsletter #52 - January 2021  

  • A trail transformation in Maine - Once opposed to the construction of a multi-use trail adjacent to his home, Ellsworth, Maine

  • Three New Trails in Mass To Look Forward To in 2021 -Construction activities have slowed down considerably for the winter

  • Transformational Bike Path to Montclair, NJ Advances

  • A New York State of Trail - After years of effort, 750-mile Empire State Trail is complete

  • 58 Projects Completed by State and Local Partners to Build Nation's Longest Multi-Use State Trail

  • Boston Channel 5 Chronicle show host Ted Reinstein's favorites: Rail trails a great escape in 2020

  • 7 Raised Crossings Greenlighted in New Haven and Hampden, CT

  • Years ago, opponents used German shepherds, cars and fear-mongering in attempt to block construction of popular East Bay Rail Trail

  • Tunnel at Rotterdam Jct! Finally. SCHENECTADY NY

  • New Life for Old Bridges - Scenic Hudson is working to save

  • Historical signs add to appeal of the Springfield Mass Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway

  • ATTENTION MAP GEEKS OUT THERE! Here's two resources for antique maps.

  • As local groups in SW NH improve rail trails, public input is sought

  • Active Transportation is an Easy Win. An op-ed in CT News Junkie by John Hall

  • The US wasn't equipped for 2020's cycling boom. Its failures stem from a century of leaving bikes behind.

  • How Madison keeps its bike paths clear through the winter

  • Can Detroit’s Joe Louis Greenway avoid gentrification?