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Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance Advocates For First Mile of Trail in Stamford


1,000+ Show Support by Signing Change.org Petition

Bike-Walk-Run Family Event June 11 at North County Trailway



STAMFORD, CT (June 3, 2016) – Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance has launched an online petition on the world’s largest petition website Change.org to build support for a future 37-mile multi-use public trail and greenway stretching from Greenwich to Stratford, Connecticut. Specifically, the petition, which has over 1,000 signatures, calls for the approval of the construction of an initial one-mile section of the trail in Stamford. The proposed trail would run through the woods within the 150-foot wide right-of-way on the south side (northbound) of the beautiful and iconic Merritt Parkway. The right-of-way is owned by the Connecticut’s Department of Transportation. The petition will remain live on Change.org and as supporters sign, their signatures will be delivered to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker, and Stamford Mayor David Martin.


View the Change.org petition: http://bit.ly/SupportMerrittTrail


The future Merritt Parkway Trail would create a safe and efficient route for bikers, runners, and walkers to travel through congested southwestern Connecticut. The wheelchair accessible paved trail would connect residential, commercial, and recreational areas as well as employment centers, train stations, a university, and schools. Studies show positive economic, health, and transportation benefits for all who live and work along the planned trail route. The trail would also connect a network of existing and proposed trails and would complete a missing section of the East Coast Greenway, a nearly 3,000-mile multiuse greenway/trail from Maine to Florida. See studies: http://bit.ly/TrailStudies


On Saturday, June 11 the Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance will host a family friendly Bike-Walk-Run event at the North County Trailway in Pleasantville, NY. Advocates for the future trail say the best way to understand the recreation and transportation benefits of a dedicated multiuse trail is to experience it first hand. The North County Trailway is an example of what the future Merritt Parkway Trail could be. This free event is for cyclists, casual riders, runners, walkers, triathletes, nature lovers, and trail advocates.

Learn more at the Facebook Event: facebook.com/events/560487140796279/


JUNE 11 EVENT DETAILS

Bike-Walk-Run with friends and family on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. on the North County Trailway in Pleasantville, NY. Attend to show support for the future Merritt Parkway Trail. The event will include a free raffle with prizes from Danny’s Cycles and Pacific Cycling & Triathlon, and free bike safety checks by Danny’s Cycles. Learn more: facebook.com/events/560487140796279/


ABOUT THE MERRITT PARKWAY TRAIL ALLIANCE

A group of volunteers advocating for a proposed 37-mile multi-use public trail and greenway stretching from Greenwich to Stratford, CT, through the woods within the 150-foot wide right-of-way in the middle of the woods on the south side (northbound) of the beautiful and iconic Merritt Parkway. A safe and wheelchair accessible paved trail for recreation and transportation to be enjoyed by families, runners, walkers, cyclists, cross country skiers, dog walkers, and nature lovers. Learn more: merrittparkwaytrail.org


SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: MerrittParkwayTrailAlliance

Instagram/Twitter: @MerrittTrailCT | #MerrittParkwayTrail


PRESS CONTACT

Casey Fitzpatrick, press@merrittparkwaytrail.org


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