The President's Corner

Dear PHOC Members:

Autumn is a great time to be outdoors. I am thankful for all of the hiking, bicycling and paddling opportunities in this issue of the Trailmarker.

If you have been on our watershed hikes, you know that several routes use parts of the Atlantic and Yadkin (A&Y) Greenway. You may have noticed how bumpy it has become over the years, so much so that it has become a tripping hazard, and sometimes individuals or families now walk or bike beside the Greenway instead of on it. You may ask, what plans are in place to fix the A&Y? And that is a reasonable question.

The leaders of several athletic groups have formed a coalition called Triad Friends of the Greenways (TriFROG) to bring awareness and support to our city and county officials in getting the funding needed for maintenance and capital improvements. Individually the progress has been one step forward, and then sometimes one step back. We are hoping that by the collective TriFROG effort (including PHOC, Fat Tire Society, Bicycling in Greensboro (BIG), Transit Alliance of the Piedmont (TAP), Major Taylor Cycling Club, MS Team Canterbury, and more) we can help the momentum move forward towards a smooth surface for the A&Y Greenway.

If you have any questions please email  

If you know already that you would like to get involved or stay informed on the updates, please fill out the Google form:

We are putting in the extra effort to try to keep our trails wonderful for our current and future PHOC members.

Now, back to hiking, biking and paddling. Enjoy the cooler weather when it arrives. See you out there!

Gail L. Dempsey, Ph. D. 

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