, Salem, MA

June 12, 2013

Letter: Danvers Bi-Peds disband

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

As of May 13, the Danvers Bi-Peds voted to take steps to dissolve the organization. We thank all those who supported the organization since its founding in March of 2002. You were all a part, whether in a big or small way, for getting the Danvers Rail Trail open in Danvers.

All available funds left in the treasury will be donated to the rail trail, $6,500 of it going to fund installation of a crossing light on Poplar St. (Rt. 62) where the trail crosses. The remainder will help to fund a solution to the wet area north of Wenham Street. Those of you who have paid dues to the Danvers Bi-Peds can feel good about helping to make these improvements happen.

The Bi-Peds couldn’t have accomplished what they did without some dedicated folks who hung in there year after year, such as treasurer Pete Maddocks, who kept us legal with the IRS and our bylaws. Larry Tormey, our membership secretary, encouraged and cajoled us into paying our dues. Laura Cilley was always ready to “festoon” and lead us on walks at various open spaces. Lew and Marge Hathaway and Tom Barry could be seen at most every meeting and volunteer effort as we partnered with YMCA Safety Day, the Kiwanis bike rodeo, town recycling, Smith Elementary School and others. In years past, there were other folks who helped for extended periods, but the list is too long to include.

We hope all of you will continue to work in your own way for safer biking and walking in Danvers — be that by keeping your sidewalks clear, riding your bikes following the rules of the road, driving your cars with full attention to the road and all its users, etc.

Ingrid Barry

President, Danvers Bi-Peds Inc.