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ECGA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Lincoln Park in Jersey City

on Thu, 06/14/2012 - 20:00

I along with FreeWalkers David Asher and Corey Storch attended a ribbon cutting ceremony with DOT officials and Mayor Healy (shown here) last Friday to celebrate the improvements between Newark and Jersey City - sometimes known as no-man's land or as we like to call it, "Intersection Hell" which included walking along the guardrail and the two steel bridges that follow.

For FreeWalkers, and other adventurous souls, this means that there is new concrete sidewalk to follow from the intersection of Ferry and Raymond Blvd all the way to Lincoln Park.

Greenway Clears Gritty Hurdle

on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 17:17

East Coast Grenway Map of trail improvement in Newark and Jersey City
One of the grittiest stretches of the East Coast Greenway between Newark and Jersey City is the latest improvement in a two-decade-old series of roads and paths stretching from Key West, Fla., to Maine's Canadian border. For years planners struggled to find a route across an industrial section running through a spaghetti bowl of highways between Newark to Jersey City. After years of study and $1.3 million in state funding, the two-mile path is set to finally open later this month.

Click here for full Wall Street Journal article 5/9/12

FreeWalkers Invite Public to Walk “The Big Walk” along the East Coast Greenway

on Tue, 05/08/2012 - 16:09

In a Press Release from FreeWalkersJoin the 3rd Annual “Big Walk” from Metropark to New York City on Saturday, May 19th, 2012.  Paul Kiczek, founder of FreeWalkers.org, and resident of Morristown, NJ, plans to continue the annual tradition of walking 50 miles in one day through the suburban and urban wilds of New Jersey and into New York City.  With the support of the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECG), he will be leading 50 or more long distance walkers, on this year’s event (http://NJ2NY50.org).

Walking is a great form of exercise for everyone.

Towing A Message: Walk a Towpath for Health and Fun

on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 16:11

PRINCETON, NJ - In the early 1800’s, before there were railroads, a network of 1,000 miles of canals moved people and goods which helped build our vibrant northeast. Canals were built nearby with a towpath to enable horses to slowly draw canal boats and barges carrying coal from Pennsylvania to the booming metropolitan areas in New Jersey and New York. Now, plenty of people move themselves faster over these natural highways as pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists.

Locally, thanks goes to conservation efforts and the New Jersey State Park System, the Delaware & Raritan Canal

Union County Welcomes East Coast Greenway Walkers on “The Big Walk”

on Fri, 06/03/2011 - 16:17
Cranford, NJ - Union County Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski and Cranford Finance Commissioner Ed O’Malley, along with otherofficials, gave over 60 participants in “The Big Walk” event a rousing welcome at the Cranford Train Station on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The walkers, following the East Coast Greenway trail, passed through Cranford en route to the day’s final destination, New York City after starting the day at the Metropark Train Station in Iselin.

Log for NB2MP10 - 4/16/11 - The Tween Walk

on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 15:59

 

It was cold and damp enough at 8:15 a.m. when I joined our large group gathering in the New Brunswick train station. I and maybe 10 other FreeWalkers had come off  the train from Metropark where we had parked. The station provided some indoor shelter with a Dunkin Donuts and bathrooms within. I had my doubts about this station from the previous week when the station was closed at night.

After taking the obligatory group shot of about 35 of our estimated 40, we were soon on our way at about 8:40. The skies were gray and the wind blowing, but at least there was no rain.

The Tween Walk: The Walk Between Yesterday and Today

on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:43
The public is invited to walk along the East Coast Greenway Trail from New Brunswick to Metropark, Iselin on April 16th. The event encourages walking as common exercise for fun, fitness and as a means to support public trails. It’s an urban/suburban walk on sidewalk and park paths through the bustling towns and neighborhoods of Middlesex County, with a brief history lesson of this area and how this area has served the nation.

Hiking from Trenton to New Brunswick

on Sun, 04/03/2011 - 22:08
Morristown resident Paul Kiczek will join up with others Saturday in Trenton and begin walking. At the end of the day, they expect they will have walked 40 miles and reached New Brunswick. The Trenton to New Brunswick 40, or TR2NB40, is one of three walks planned this month and in May along the 100-mile, Trenton-to-Jersey City stretch of the East Coast Greenway. The Greenway is a nearly 3,000-mile multi-use path connecting Maine to Key West, Fla. It is known as the urban alternative to the Appalachian Trail...

Got Sneakers? We're Walking Across Jersey

on Sun, 04/03/2011 - 22:02
As a Jersey girl from way back, who remembers when Parkway tolls were a quarter and still reads the instructions on the pump when I get my own gas in other places, I've seen a lot of my home state. I hit Route 17 the day I received my driver's license in Lodi, and I've been behind the wheel ever since. The next several weekends will be different, as I've traded car keys (and beloved flip-flops) for serious walking shoes.

Walking to a deeper appreciation of NJ open spaces

on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 16:14
From THE STATE WE'RE IN by Michele S. Byers, Executive Director, NJ Conservation Foundation, March 4, 2011 Land is its own best advocate. Few indeed are those who can walk through the Garden State's spectacular natural areas and not want to see more land saved. This spring, let the land speak to you: Join the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge! The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge invites people to walk 100 miles across the state - from Trenton to New York City. The idea springs from a partnership between the FreeWalkers (www.freewalkers.org), a long distance walking group, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance (www.greenway.org). Accept the Challenge and you can join any - or all - of three group walks along different sections of the trail, or complete the 100 miles at your own pace and schedule. Each section of the Cross-Jersey Challenge has its own website, complete with routes, maps, descriptions and frequently asked questions.