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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Nov. 17, 2021, at 5 a.m. Eastern

CONTACT: Patricia Brooks, patricia@matchmapmedia.com, 202.351.1757 

 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Invests Over $300,000 to Support Community-Driven Efforts to Connect People and Places by Trail 

EVERGLADES BICYCLE CLUB AWARDED $1500 GRANT TO PROMOTE LOCAL TRAILS

Miami, FL - The Everglades Bicycle Club (EBC) is among the grantees included in today’s announcement by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), which shared that it has awarded a combined $308,500 in funding to 45 projects across 16 states. According to RTC, the grants are investments in community-led efforts to create more opportunities for people to connect with trails in their neighborhoods—either through activities and events or through improved, connected trail infrastructure. 

 

The focus for the Club will be the Miami Loop which includes the Underline, the Ludlam Trail and the Miami River Greenway, as well as the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway where EBC organizes an annual ride in March to highlight the importance of the trail as an active recreational and commuter link in the southern portion of Miami-Dade County.  

“We are seeing an increase in trail riding as many cyclists are becoming wary of close-calls on roadways.  The Everglades Bicycle Club is committed to serving these cyclists by organizing group trail rides and introducing them to what will one day be an entirely connected trail network spanning Miami-Dade County.”     Sue Kawalerski, Vice-President, Everglades Bicycle Club.

 

RTC’s Trail Grant Program emphasizes strategic investments that support significant regional and community trail development goals—often providing funding for projects that are small in scope and scale and can be hard to finance within traditional funding streams. These projects are essential to building, maintaining and managing the trails that communities rely upon for recreation, transportation and economic vitality.

“At RTC, we believe that trails have the power to transform communities and create joyful, vibrant public spaces that are equitable and inclusive,” said Liz Thorstensen, RTC’s vice president of trail development. “These grants are intentional investments in the partners and people who are working on the ground—in their neighborhoods and in their states—to establish the programming and the infrastructure necessary to invite everyone living in a community to enjoy their trails. Our partners are leading the way to a future where trails connect everyone, everywhere.” 

 

This round of RTC trail grants prioritized investment in RTC’s flagship initiatives, including RTC’s TrailNation™ initiative, which is designed to establish model trail networks across the country to prove what is possible when you equitably connect people and places by trail. Grants also fund those working to connect the Great American Rail-Trail™, the nation’s first entirely bikeable cross-country trail, which will one day link Washington, D.C., and Washington State.  The Underline, the Miami Loop, the Ludlam Trail and the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway are all TrailNation initiatives.

 

Since 2008, RTC has distributed $2,373,320 in trail development grants. For a listing of all grant recipients, visit railstotrails.org/grants. To learn more about TrailNation, visit railstotrails.org/trailnation. To learn more about the Great American Rail-Trail, visit railstotrails.org/greatamericanrailtrail

The Everglades Bicycle Club is South Florida’s premier cycling club since 1976, promoting safe cycling practices and cycling infrastructure such as protected bike lanes and off-road trails.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to building a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. Connect with RTC at railstotrails.org and @railstotrails on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


EBC Trail Rides!


Looking to get into Trail Rides? As in EBC's 40+ year road cycling tradition, EBC will help you learn to ride on trails with group, trail ride safety and etiquette.  We also give you a chance to socialize and stay fit on your trail bike.  EBC has trail rides every month.  We usually offer two rides with different distances.  A trail ride could be on a trail, path, gravel road, Levee, dirt road or all of these.

There are many other trail rides that EBC gets involved with.  You will be able find many of these
listed on the overall EBC Calendar and below under Upcoming Trail Events.

 Many thanks to the Rails to Trails Conservancy for their support. 

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy transforms unused rail corridors into vibrant public places — ensuring a better future for America made possible by trails and the connections they inspire.
  








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Upcoming Trail Events

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REMINDER OF RIDE CANCELLATION POLICY:

If there is inclement weather, a marathon or event scheduled at our ride start, or any doubt if any of our rides are taking place, please go to the  "Everglades Bicycle Club" Facebook Page for last minute announcements. We will post any updates there ONLY IF THERE ARE CHANGES to our routine. Otherwise, assume we are on schedule and at the regular ride start location.


EBC TRAIL RIDE CHECK LIST

Be prepared when you do a trail ride.  You need to be as self sufficient as possible.  Remember these rides may be in very remote areas. It could be miles to get to a paved road or convenience stores, bike shops, etc.
  • HELMETS ARE A MUST ON ALL EBC RIDES
  • Pick the right bike for the ride. (Gravel/Dirt specifics, mountain bike or fat tire bicycle).
  • Make sure that your bike is in good working condition. Regularly visited a mechanic for tune ups. You should check your bike before and after each ride
  • Check the condition (wear & tear) of your tires.  Make sure your tires are inflated to the correct PSI (usually listed on the tire sidewall)
  • Check the weather forecast. (EBC posts cancellations due to bad weather about one hour before the ride on the "Everglades Bicycle Club" Facebook Page).
  • Bring plenty of liquids to drink (water, Gatorade or a similar sports drink). Plan at least one 22oz bottle per hour or a hydration pack (like Camelbak)
  • Make sure you have the basic tools needed to replace flat tires--2 spare tubes for the size of your wheels, 2 CO2 cartridges with corresponding dispenser (check if canisters are threaded or unthreaded) or pump, and tire levers. Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzVF0YbkRtA
  • Bring gels, an energy bar, such as a Clif Bar or Power Bar, and electrolyte tablets, such as Endurolytes (made by Hammer Nutrition).  Other snacks are good too.
  • Other things you should bring:
    • Road ID
    • Health Insurance Card, ID, Credit Card, Cash
    • Phone in a waterproof protected case
    • Gloves
    • Eye ware
    • Basic tools
    • Gels, bar, snack
    • Small/Basic First-Aid Pack
    • Sunblock and Bug repellent
  • NO earbuds are allowed.  Wearing earbuds while riding a bicycle on public roadways is against the law. In the trails, being aware of yours surroundings is important for safety reasons.
  • When you ride:
    • Pick your distance based on your ability
    • Look ahead for slippery or loose surface and potential hazards
    • Have a plan and let others know where you headed and the approximate time you will return.  Apps like Road ID have great features like tracking notifications, check them out at RoadID.com
    • If riding on your own, we recommend that you don't ride alone.
  • #1 thing to bring is your COMMON SENSE!
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