Anyone who has experienced the distinct pain of driving through the traffic between Boston and Washington, D.C. knows that it can be a slow slog. On top of the that, the northern and southern sections of the Atlantic seaboard often feel like two distinct planets.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) has been working to bring about a consistent path since 1991. According to Curbed, the ECGA has already designated about 850 miles of trail on the Greenway. In the next five years, they are hoping to add another 200, bringing outdated sections up to code and revitalizing forgotten areas.
The Greenway winds through 450 communities in 15 states. It often utilizes old paths, unused trails, and forgotten sections of road to patch together a working trail.
Around 10 million people use the Greenway each year, according to CityLab. That statistic illustrates the shift from a car-oriented culture. Instead, people are looking for more eco-friendly alternatives to freeway traffic.
The Greenway lures in epic adventurers, such as bikers and long-distance runners, as well as local joggers, families, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Bob Spiegelman is the chair of the ECGA Board of Trustees, and he biked the entire length of the trail in 2012. It took him eight weeks at about 50 miles a day. In theory, you could do the whole thing in a month at 100 miles a day, if you really wanted to push through.
There is no telling how long it will take to piece together the remaining miles on the formalized trail, but it’s slowly coming together. Let’s hope some good memoirs come out of this epic bike trail once people find out it’s a thing.