Wednesday, September 12, 5:00 PM
Friday, September 21 - Sunday, September 23 & Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30
Rail Trail Safety Survey – From the RTAC - Please help us identify problem areas! The Danvers Police Department recently received a $3,000 grant from the state to provide additional enforcement and enhance awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety in Danvers. The Department has very kindly offered to use a portion of these funds to improve awareness and do some enforcement along the Danvers Rail Trail. Please take the brief survey by clicking on the link below by next week. Your comments will help the Police determine which are priority areas and allow them to target their activities accordingly. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V2PTBSM
Saturday, August 11, 2012, 8:00 to 12:00 - Help Install the Interpretive Trails Signs - (From the RTAC) The Rail Trail Advisory Committee cordially invites you to a (work) PARTY to get the bases installed for the four beautiful interpretive signs funded by Essex National Heritage Area. These will be mounted on actual sections of rail – these sections are now reposing in a backyard on Cabot Road, cut in 7’ lengths weighing 170 lbs each. We need a couple of teams of people to help us get these in the ground, both heavy lifters and strong supervisory types . We’ll start early to beat the heat, meeting at the Hobart Street parking lot at 8 a.m. Ice cold Rail Trail beverages will be provided, and we hope to be done shortly after 12 noon. Lobster roll lunch at the Cherry Street Fish Market can be arranged to complete the day. A pre-work PARTY will be held the preceding evening (August 10th ) at Lori Dupont’s house to get the rails in our trucks and plan for Saturday’s installation. Refreshments and a light dinner will be provided. Heavy lifters are especially encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Kate Day at the address below and she will send you Friday night details – we hope you can join us for one or both of these gatherings! Dress is casual attire and very sturdy shoes. Please feel free to bring a guest to either event. Kate Day, AICPSenior Planner, Town of Danvers, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923(978) 777-0001 X firstname.lastname@example.org www.danversrailtrail.org
Saturday, August 18, 2012, 9:00am - Explore Trails at Ferncroft Pond - This month the Danvers Bi-Peds monthly walk will explore the trails at Ferncroft Pond. Meet at the trail head at 80 Ferncroft Rd. (north of NS Comm College and south of where Ferncroft Road takes a sharp left).
Join us to explore the many trails in this Danvers Open Space. Meet new friends and enjoy one of Danvers' Open Spaces. One to two hours on easy to moderate trails. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring bug spray. Refreshments provided. For Information, call Laura at 978-777-4661.
Salem News Letter Thanks the Many Helpers - Charles Lincicum, RTAC chairman and Bi-Peds member wrote a letter printed June 27th to the Salem News to thank those who made the June 2nd Rail Trail kick off possible. He stated ‘We have a grant in the works to complete the trail surface — you will see sections of the hoped-for final stone-dust surface now installed at the Hobart Street parking lot, Tapleyville and the Brooksby Village/Danvers Indoor Sports entrance at the southern tip of the trail.
These sections were generously donated by the Danvers Bi-Peds, who also provided startup funding for our mileage marker sponsorship program. For more information about our “Fund-a-Foot” program to complete the trail, mileage marker sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.danversrailtrail.org. To read the entire article, go to Many helped with kickoff for Danvers Rail Trail
Cycling along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway of the North Shore - Want to go for a bike ride along the Byway? Check out these cue-sheets from the North Shore Cyclists for tips!
The City of Beverly Works to Improve Pedestrian Sidewalk Access - Reported in the July 13th Essex Happenings Blog by Thomas Leonard, ‘The City of Beverly recently received some federal funding to improve the accessibility of the city’s sidewalks. The mayor has made a commitment that the deficiencies will be corrected over the next couple of years. A plan and a consultant hired by the city will be focused on the improvement issues to ensure that accessibly compliance is achieved. Anything that improves the walkability of the city is good.’ (Who is watching out for accessibility compliance in Danvers?)
Boston Globe Columnist Laments Lack of Youth Bike Riding - Thomas Leonard, President Emeritus of Essex Nat’l Heritage Commission, also reported in the same blog - In a recent issue of the Boston Globe, John Paul Dupont lamented that the youth of today are no longer riding bikes as they did in previous generations. He indicated that adults are riding everywhere, but youth are not riding their bikes as much as in the past. Having adults riding more certainly is more healthful for that generation, but I hope that the region’s bike trials the Essex Heritage is helping to get in place will be an incentive to get youngsters back to riding their bikes when they can as that activity is helpful in the ongoing fight against childhood obesity. Organizations like the Bi-Peds in Danvers is advocating bike safety on the road, and that may also get some youth back onto bikes.’
Sidewalks - As always, help spread the word - sidewalks are for people, not vegetation or cars. Sidewalks should not be overgrown by bushes and weeds. This is the homeowners responsibility. With more and more folks out enjoying the rail trail, they need a safe way to reach it from their neighborhood. Now is a great time to check for sidewalk safety by your home and in your neighborhood.
Membership - If you have gotten a reminder about your dues, please send your money to Larry.
If you know someone who is currently not a member, go to www.danversbipeds.org/ to join or print out a membership form and send it in to Larry. Check with your company to see if they match funds as GE does. Almost all the money taken in by the Bi-Peds goes toward the rail trail and other concerns leading to safer biking and walking in Danvers and you get a 15% discount at the Western Cycle bike shop on everything except bikes. For more information, contact Larry Tormey at email@example.com
Donations - If you wish to donate to the Bi-Peds but don’t wish to become a member, donations are accepted.
Visit the web site for more news - www.danversbipeds.org
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