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A Bike Path for the Entire East Coast

One organization is working to connect cities and towns from Maine to Florida with protected trails.
A section of the East Coast Greenway in East Bay, Rhode Island.
A section of the East Coast Greenway in East Bay, Rhode Island.East Coast Greenway Alliance

From northern Maine to the tip of Florida, the East Coast of the United States stretches 3,000 miles. It’s a diverse, expansive route, cutting through wooded hills and rocky coastlines before hitting the sun-drenched beaches of the South. And all of it can be traveled by bicycle.

The East Coast Greenway Alliance has been working since 1991 to connect the whole geography of the Atlantic seaboard with protected bike paths. So far, 850 miles of trail have been designated as Greenway. The project is about 31 percent complete, says Dennis Markatos-Soriano, the executive director of ECGA. By 2020, the ECGA hopes to add another 200 miles.