At 9:45am on Saturday, May 7th, the East Coast Greenway Alliance celebrated its move to Durham with a 28-mile ride touring the Bull City’s developing greenway system!
The ride started and ended at the Diamond View Park lawn across Blackwell Street from the American Tobacco Campus and beside DPAC. Ride leader and Durham resident Dave Connelly will share this followup to our outstanding intercity ride last October. The ride map and cue sheet are available at:
To register for the ride, RSVP to [email protected] and send in a $5 donation to help cover ride costs (payment options available here) or become an East Coast Greenway Alliance 2011 member and enjoy the ride for free.
The ride route is fully paved, so road tires are good. It is 57% greenway, with the safest roads we could find for the rest. There are a few hills in the first 21 miles, and then the last 6.5 miles on the ATT are a kind, flat homestretch. The route takes us north by wonderful Durham landmarks from the bustling Farmer’s Market to the old ballpark to the Museum of Life and Science to the NC School of Science & Math to the new Third Fork Creek Greenway before a visit to the East Coast Greenway Alliance’s new office near the intersection of 54 and the ATT!
Speakers including US Congressman David Price welcomed riders at 9:45am and we got rolling by 10am. Bike mechanic Adrian Fletcher of Seven Star Cycles will provide support for riders at the start and at rest stops.
We will have a novice- and child-friendly ride between Solite Park and American Tobacco (4.25 miles one-way). Trips for Kids will meet us at Solite Park ~12:30, feeding in to the larger ride for the homestretch.
Rough Estimate of Ride Schedule (will vary depending upon riders’ pace):
Leave DPAC lawn @ ~10am
Reach 1st Rest Stop (Indian Trail Park) @ ~11am
Reach 2nd Rest Stop (ECGA Office) @ ~12:15
Reach Solite Park @ ~12:35
Reach American Tobacco @ ~1:20pm
Feel free to join us at any of these locations. You can follow us on Twitter @ECgreenway to hear our location in real time.
Check back here for further ride developments.
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