The event benefits the Essex County Greenbelt (ECGB), the champions of land conservation working to conserve the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes throughout the region. Chapter members urged ECGB to add a gravel grinder ride to the established event. With this addition, the Chapter consulted on the route and other elements, set up the course, and helped to promote the event. Many of ECGB's properties are open for trail riding and the Chapter expects the informal partnership with ECGB and the many shared interests to blossom into further collaborations in the future.
This Chapter is rather newly established and we are still laying the groundwork for our advocacy work and processes. We have established go-to advocates in most of our communities and we are working to provide them with information and advice for engaging with the Department of Transportation district and with their local Department of Public Works to ensure that cycling is taken into account in all roadwork projects.
One development in our area is that the city of Salem opened a new two-mile long multi-use path, dedicated to late mayor (and cyclist) Anthony Salvo.
Also this month the city released a draft of the Salem Bicycle Master Plan which includes an extensive review of the current state of conditions for bicyclists in Salem and provides an ambitious outlook for integrating bicycle transportation in the city's future infrastructure.
What's coming up in the month of October?
The Massachusetts organizing committee of the East Coast Greenway will be meeting in Salisbury, MA, on October 23 to review the status and progress of the Greenway with special focus on the Border to Boston section.
Questions? Concerns? Want to get involved? Email our chapter at [email protected] to get in touch!