Experiencing the East Coast Greenway, Seeing America

From our Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano
Over the last three weeks, I was privileged to visit many of our amazing communities and partners from DC to Maine. I wasn’t just escaping the summer heat in North Carolina, but had the chance to join the beginning of our successful Week A Year Tour bike ride, to talk to key media outlets in New York like the Huffington Post who made this inspiring video, and to share updates with key supporters including the Quimby Family Foundation of Maine and the Maine Community Foundation.
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Dennis with Maine Week a Year Tour riders in Calais, ME.

Every summer, I marvel at this opportunity to see America through the lens of the ECG corridor. Many of our cities are full of cranes as economic growth brings thousands of jobs to people who want to bike and walk to work and play. Many of our towns are thriving, teeming with tourists looking to connect with Eastern Seaboard’s abundant nature and culture. And yet some of our regions are struggling with empty storefronts and stagnant local economies. The potential for the East Coast Greenway to bring more people to those communities inspires me to accelerate progress. For instance, Down East Maine between tourism hot spots of Acadia National Park and Fundy National Park in Canada will benefit greatly as we complete our effort to host hundreds of thousands more bike rides and walks in their area during the years ahead.

I hope you too get to see America by bike and on foot on the East Coast Greenway. Our staff and volunteers are doing a great job developing the route as new greenway segments are completed every month. Check out the ECG’s status in your region and consider a ride or walk that fits your interests and experience.

See you on the Greenway!

– Dennis

This blog post appeared in our August 2016 E-newsletter. Click this link to read the entire newsletter.