Petition update

Susquehanna River Crossing: first taste of victory!

East Coast Greenway Alliance

Feb 23, 2016 — Dear Friend,

As a supporter of our petition calling for a safe crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians across the lower Susquehanna River, we wanted to let you know that Maryland DOT has heard our call!

On February 10, 2016, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn announced that the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge – one of the four connecting Perryville and Havre de Grace – will open to bicycles beginning July 1, 2016. This first step toward access is a result of our years of advocacy and the nearly 10,000 people who signed our petition. Thank you very much!

Between now and July 1, the ECGA will provide input to help the managing agencies develop and implement a plan for maximizing the safety of non-motorized bridge users. We are optimistic that a good plan will be implemented. If we are concerned that bridge conditions will put bicyclists at high risk when the bridge opens to them on July 1, we will weigh options, communicate them clearly with East Coast Greenway users, and continue working toward improvements. The safety of ECG users is paramount.

While we will continue to campaign for a future traffic-separated facility spanning the Susquehanna River for pedestrians and bicyclists, we now celebrate this first victory in moving non-motorized access forward. Please join us in thanking Maryland DOT Secretary Pete Rahn by sending him a quick thank-you note. His address is To read more about the Susquehanna River Crossing please visit our blog.

Thank you,

East Coast Greenway Alliance


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