THE NORTHERN STRAND COMMUNITY TRAIL
Our most recent project is to fund the part-time salary of an executive director who w...
communities cooperate the more direct the linkage is to the conservation areas along the shore line.
If this project is su...
APPLICANT PROFILE
1. The Bike to the Sea organization's primary mission is to advocate for the development of multi-use
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City Council member. He plans on running for Mayor in 2007
12. All five of the communities that the trail serves are urban...
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  1. 1. THE NORTHERN STRAND COMMUNITY TRAIL Our most recent project is to fund the part-time salary of an executive director who will oversee the construction phase of the first 1.5 mile section of the trail and build stronger relationships with local, state, and national constituents, and strengthen the public perception of the organization. We feel that at this crucial junction of the planning and construction phase, our organization needs the guidance and the experience of a non-profit professional with experience in land use campaigns to move our organization in a direction that will lead to the completion of the Northern Strand Community Trail. Rail-trails or greenways offer local communities new recreational opportunities and commuting options. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has accepted a proposal to use the eleven-mile Right of Way (ROW) of the Boston-Saugus commuter railway line for recreational purposes. For several years, The Bike To The Sea organization has campaigned to create a trail on this ROW beginning at the Everett-Somerville line on the Mystic River, and ending in Lynn, Massachusetts. When completed, it will be named the Northern Strand Community Trail. It would provide a greenway for six urban communities, and it would furthermore join the nature areas along the shore line to the urbanized areas of Boston Metro-North. The trail would also link communities to major public transportation nodes such as the MBTA Orange line mass-transit and commuter rail stations of Malden Center, Wellington, and Sullivan Square This project (the hiring of an Executive Director) addresses the challenge of advocating for a rail -trail that traverses five Boston Metro-North suburbs. These communities contain small groups of supporters, who on their own, have limited legislative influence over a multi-community effort toward completion of the entire 12 mile trail. The Boston Metro-North region is plagued by a reliance on the car for most forms of shopping and commuting. The Executive Director’s function is to educate the public and legislators of the need for such a trail. For many residents, the trail is perceived as a recreational space, and do not realize all of its other social benefits. For example, the existing ROW is adjacent to the section of existing greenway that leads to the dam across the Mystic River. When this crossing is upgraded for pedestrian use, a continuous link is created between four communities of Medford, Everett, Malden, and the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston. A novice bike commuter could conceivably ride to work in downtown Boston on a bike trail (see Bike-Paths map). Alternatively, a family in Somerville or Cambridge could use the trail to safely visit natural areas such as the North Shore beaches and avoid the major highways of Boston Metro-North. An Executive Director can also use daytime working hours to meet with local and state government officials. This direct communication would hold officials accountable to cities recreational and open-space agenda items and put pressure on officials to address concerns in a timely fashion. Our organization has many capable people who have nine- to-five jobs. A paid staff person would have the time to meet with city officials of the six Boston Metro-North communities, representatives to state government, and state cabinet officials. There is considerable awareness of the mission of our organization by the governments of Malden and Everett. This October, Malden city councilors recommended that Mayor Howard sign a 99 year lease for a 1.5 mile right-of-way with the MBTA. Everett has not yet made such a concrete commitment. However, having one city approve a lease offers an incentive for others to do the same: The more NEGEF Boston Grants Initiative Bike To The Sea 1
  2. 2. communities cooperate the more direct the linkage is to the conservation areas along the shore line. If this project is successful the first three mile section of the Northern Strand Community Trail, extending from the shore of the Mystic River to Main Street, Malden will begin construction. Many of the remaining environmental and liability issues will be resolved. This will permit easier acceptance and adoption of the entire trail by the towns of Revere, Lynn, and Saugus. A completed trail section will give all stakeholders a chance to see the path being used by local residents. An Executive Director would handle the necessary government and civic negotiations needed to acquire state and federal funding to begin construction, seek out new organizational partners, new sources of revenue, and provide the expertise to raise the public image of the organization. Time Line 9/1/2005 to 10/ 2005: Completion of a set of engineering plans of the first three miles of the rail trail from the Everett-Somerville line to Malden Center. 10/4/05: The Malden City Council recommended to the Mayor the signing of a lease for a 1.5 mile section of right-of-way between Medford Street and Main Street. Present to 12/ 2006: Signing of a 99 year lease of ROW from the Boston MBTA by the Cities of Everett and Malden.; Resolution of site contamination issues in Everett; investigate whether a Phase II Hazardous Materials Assessment needs to be initiated. The negotiation between the Coleman Manufacturing Co.; The Guilford Rail Co. and the MBTA must continue to resolve outstanding contamination issues. (Gilford Rail used this line for freight cars). The advocacy for and passage of a bill in the Massachusetts State House that would hold local communities blameless against lawsuits claiming damages from environmental contamination of right of ways used for rail-trail conversions and limit municipal liability for accidents on rail trails. 7/2006 to 1/ 2007: Preparation of an application to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and assignment of a MassHighway project number. Submission of the application for the 1.3 million dollar TEA-21 allocation secured by Congressman Edward Markey; Issue Environmental Notification Form; Outreach to all five communities impacted by the trail May 2007: Construction begins in Everett and Malden PROJECT BUDGET Expenses Income In-kind Services Salary of Executive Director 20/hrs week:$420/wk 8/2006 to 7/2007: $21,000 Suppl. $2500 NEGEF Boston Grants Initiative $2500. Major Indiv. Donations $ 5000 Foundation Grants: $13,500 Corporate gifts, 2500 Grant writing/research: $5000 Member advocacy: $5000 = $23,500 =$23,500 =10,000 Grants: REI 2005: $2000; NEGEF 2004: $1000; Mass DEM Rivers and Greenways Grant, 2000: $5,000; Trails Grant: 2001: $5,000; GE Corp. grant: $25,000; Essex Heritage: $7500 Donations: Preotle, Lane Associates 2004: $17,500 NEGEF Boston Grants Initiative Bike To The Sea 2
  3. 3. APPLICANT PROFILE 1. The Bike to the Sea organization's primary mission is to advocate for the development of multi-use trail from the Malden area to the North Shore beaches of Lynn and Revere Massachusetts. We also promote bicycling and bicycle safety in Malden, Massachusetts and surrounding communities in several ways: We sponsor social and pleasure rides along the New England coast, and we participate in local bicycle fairs held by schools and civic groups; In addition, we advocate for safer streets and more transportation options for local commuters. 2. The group was founded in 1992 3. At first, the group was primarily dedicated to leading rides from Malden, Massachusetts into the surrounding areas, especially to local beaches. The signature event, "Bike To the Sea Day", has taken place twelve times, drawing hundreds of families for a family ride to the beaches of Nahant Massachusetts. When the opportunity of developing a rail-trail in this area arose, members were enthusiastic because it would a safer way to travel to the beaches, and the Rumney Marsh. Several major highways have a North-South orientation across the Metro-North communities of Revere, Malden, Everett, and Saugus. The right of way created by a rail line permits much safer street and highway crossings. 4. It started out as a small group of fewer than 10 people. It has over 100 members today. 5. No. The group's founders have participated in Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club bike safety events. The “founders’ today have made numerous presentations to local political and civic organizations about the trail. The first “Northern Strand Community Trail Clean-Up Day” was held October 2005, with REI sponsorship. Some members have also made presentations at public schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. 6. The Executive Committee currently has 15 members. We are divided between three main groups: Membership, Finance, and Government Relations. 7. We have over 100 members 8. We have paid legal fees for legal services in regard to the ongoing ROW lease document between local communities and the MBTA. 9. In addition to our membership we are supported by members of other environment organizations such as The Saugus River Watershed Council, Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), and The Mystic River Watershed Council. Board members are from surrounding communities and have personal ties with local government officials. 10. The Bike to the Sea organization has always had a local focus, trying to reach residents in the Boston Metro-North area who want safe places for their children to ride bicycles, providing guided tours to local nature reserves, and serving as a social group for individuals and families interested in the physical and psychological benefits of outdoor recreation. 11. Steven Winslow Esq. worked for the Malden Redevelopment Authority in 2001, and ran for a Malden School Committee seat. He ran on a “safe routes to school’ platform. Dennis Robitaille was elected to the Saugus Town Meeting; Eileen Fay was a Malden City Council member; Former president Mike Kelleher ran for Revere City Council; Marty Gately is a Malden NEGEF Boston Grants Initiative Bike To The Sea 1
  4. 4. City Council member. He plans on running for Mayor in 2007 12. All five of the communities that the trail serves are urbanized suburbs. The latest state statistics show a total population of 256,788, and an average population density of 9000 people per square mile. This density is similar to Boston itself. The total land area of the adjoining communities is 44.06 square miles. Of the local towns, only Lynn and Revere have the significant park land as a result of the beaches that border the eastern edges of their cities. A rail trail not only offers more land for recreation, but it also provides a literal corridor across several major highways and ending in the only contiguous nature area in Boston Metro-North. In this area, while suburban in many respects, the average income has lagged behind other Boston suburbs. The latest figures (1988) show an average income of $25,200 per year. The town of Everett and Malden are particularly diverse. 13. The following groups have a direct interest in the Northern Strand Community Trail: Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment, Friends of the Mystic River, The Saugus River Watershed Council, Friends of the Fells, Friends of the Everett Waterfront, Friends of Lynn Woods, Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach, Revere Beach Partnership, Malden Rotary Club, and the Everett Rotary Club. The following groups have been resources and have provided advocacy and guidance to the organization: Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), The East Coast Greenway Alliance, and The Rails to Trails Conservancy. 14. Our primary reference point has been the long term development of the Minuteman Trail that traverses Somerville, Cambridge, Lexington, and Bedford. This trail took a decade to develop, but today enjoys considerable success as a bike trail, but also as a recreational destination for pedestrians, in-line skaters, and Nordic skiers. Bike To The Sea also sponsored a ride on the Providence East Bay Trail this fall. Stephen Winslow has considerable experience in environmental clean-up. 15. Our organization has tried to maintain interest in the Northern Strand Community Trail in local communities over the long term. Our most recent success was the award of a 2000-dollar grant by REI to implement a trail clean-up. Furthermore, Malden City Council passed a motion to recommend that mayor Howard sign a 99 year lease for the MBTA right. The organization has sponsored twelve consecutive “Bike to the Sea Days”, and distributed helmets to local school children. Please see our brochure for other organizational and fundraising landmarks. 16. The Boston Metro-North region does not have a strong base of supporters for environmental issues. This is partly a result of a deeply engrained view of the automobile as a necessity of life. Also citizens do not mobilize around concerns that do not directly affect their community. As the Northern Strand Community Trail is a regional initiative, fewer people feel strongly about the benefits to themselves. 2) In Massachusetts, half of all adults are estimated to be either overweight or obese. The main causal factors of these figures are nutrition and exercise. The lack of adequate recreational areas in the communities of Malden, Revere, Everett, Somerville, Medford and Lynn contribute to these health risks. 3) The Boston Metro-North area has significant traffic congestion even though there are important mass transportation nodes in this area that connect to Boston. 17. The organization has a need right now of an experienced non-profit leader who can organize the diverse information from many different sources and be able to respond to requests for financial and legal information promptly. Furthermore, a non-profit leader can create new partnerships with other organizations that share our organizations goals. Grassroots organizing require a continuous effort to unify public interest around critical social issues. Bike to the Sea needs assistance in communicating a unified message to its local constituents, sending a clear message to local and state governments on the importance of recreational corridors like the Northern Strand Community Trail. NEGEF Boston Grants Initiative Bike To The Sea 2

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