For green transportation nothing beats a bike. Since 1991 the East Coast Greenway has been in the works and recently has been declared completed. What is the East Coast Greenway you ask? The East Coast Greenway is a 3,000 mile network of bike trails and bikable roads that runs along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida. The East Coast Greenway one of the longest bike trails in the world.
The overall goal of the East Coast Greenway is have the system of trials operate on completely automobile traffic free; currently about three quarters of the trail runs on light traffic roads. The East Coast Greenway works in partnership with local groups in fifteen states to connect the trails and currently connect twenty five major U.S. cities ranging from New York City to Miami.
The idea for the project came in 1991 when a group of cyclists and outdoor trail enthusiasts met and formed the national nonprofit group called the East Coast Greenway. In 1992 the group began exploratory cycle tours on routs that would eventually become the East Coast Greenway. In 2000 a bottle of sea water was transported from Key West Florida to the Canadian border traveling solely along the East Coast Greenway.
If you live on the east coast and have a passion for biking than, odds are, fingers of the East Coast Greenway are not far from you. Visit the official site here, check out the maps, and go for a ride.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison