Wednesday, June 02, 2004
The New Jersey Department of Transportation in partnership with the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the nonprofit organization developing a 2600-mile trail connecting cities of the eastern seaboard for non-motorized users, has unveiled the new trail route for the East Coast Greenway through northern New Jersey.
NJDOT’s study identified a 64-mile route through 5 counties and 22 municipalities connecting the existing Delaware and Raritan River Canal Towpath, the Middlesex Greenway and Jersey City’s Historic Harsimus Cove Railroad Embankment and onto the Hudson River Walkway which will provide access to New York City via multiple water ferries.
The recommended route accomplishes the ECGA’s goal that at least 80% of the Greenway be off-road, with safe on-road and sidewalk connections for walkers, runners and bikers.
According to Karen M. Votava, ECGA Executive Director, "The Newark-Jersey City area was the only major urban center along the east coast not on the ECG route. We’re pleased that NJDOT enabled us to find a feasible off-road route that will allow these cities to become destinations along the Greenway."
Local area attractions will benefit from the off-road access provided, including Rutgers and Princeton Universities, The Meadowlands State Wildlife Preserve, Newark Riverfront Stadium, Liberty State Park, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
"Trails are important for public health", says Karen Votava. "In this time of expanding waistlines, it is important that Americans have convenient and safe facilities for recreation and exercise. Trails fit the bill, whether you’re walking, cycling, skating, or even cross-country skiing. The East Coast Greenway, because it passes through so many urban centers, will be used by millions of Americans."