Join Us Dec. 10th for the ECG’s 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebrations!

Manhattan skyline

Join us in NYC to kick off the East Coast Greenway’s 20th
Anniversary!

The idea of an East Coast Greenway for safe biking and walking
along the eastern seaboard emerged in November 1991. Just after Thanksgiving
that year, a group of 10 visionaries involved in bicycle and pedestrian
advocacy, urban planning, and parks and recreation met at the Amsterdam Youth Hostel in Manhattan to brainstorm the idea of an off-road trail that would go through cities from Boston to DC.

Since then the vision has grown to a 2,900 mile route spanning from the Canadian border in Maine to the tip of the Florida Keys, which has been available end-to-end since 2004. A dream only 20 years ago, the East Coast Greenway is now available to over 40 million people in communities throughout the Eastern Seaboard.

We currently have over 750 miles of off-road trail, with more coming online every year. We have signage on over 500 miles of our route, with the goal of doubling that in the next year. We have a network of over 14,000 members, supporters, friends, and volunteers. And every day, tens of thousands of people enjoy walking, biking, exercising, commuting, or traveling on the East Coast Greenway.

It’s time to celebrate 20 years of outstanding progress toward our vision! We will kick off a year of 20th Anniversary events on December 10th, in New York, the city of our founding. Please join us! The day’s events include:

Kickoff 8.5-mile bike ride to the site of our founding, 1-2 PM, FREE, from Pier 84 Bike And Roll (near 42nd St & 12th Ave) crosstown to see the new East Side bike lanes then bicycle through Central Park to the American Youth Hostel – Hostelling International NYC (Upper West Side, Amsterdam Ave & 104th Street).

Photos & Words at the site of our Founding Meeting 2:30-3, FREE, American Youth Hostel (Upper West Side, Amsterdam Ave & 104th Street)

We’ll hear a few words from current ECG leaders and our founders who were at
the original meeting before completing the loop on our bike ride enjoying different ECG segments in New York City.

Bike Ride on Hudson River Greenway, 3-4 PM, FREE, starts from HI/American Youth Hostel, Amsterdam Ave & 104th Street

Join us for a fun, relaxed-paced, five mile bike ride from the site of our
founding along the Hudson River Greenway segment of the ECG to the High Line in
Chelsea (with bike renters dropping off their bikes back at Pier 84). Rain or shine, dress for the weather, ride will last approx. an hour and meet up with the High Line Walking Tour for anyone who wants to do both events.

Sunset Walking Tour of the High Line, 4-5 PM, FREE, meet at 30th St. and 10th Ave. in Chelsea

We’ll enjoy an evening walk along the High Line, down to Gansevoort St. and
back up to 24th, and watch the sunset. Bring your cameras! Walk will last
approx. an hour.

After dinner at your favorite downtown restaurant, join us at 8 PM
for our kickoff celebration!

20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration, 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM, SoHo REI in the Puck Building, 303 Lafayette Street, $20 minimum donation, registration
required (SOLD OUT for 8-9:30 program, but tickets available for 9:30-11 music)

Join us as we celebrate in style with ECG founders and current leaders, climate
scientist Michael Oppenheimer (who was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
in 2007), and Academy Award Nominated Actor, Michael Shannon. Mingle and enjoy
complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and hear from ECG founders and Michael
Oppenheimer. At 9:30, we’ll hear a set from two bands: Bandana Splits and Michael Shannon’s band, Corporal. (Read more about our special guests below.)

Space is limited for this event, click here to register now!

We hope you can join us for some of our 20th Anniversary kickoff events in NYC! Look for other events in other cities in 2012.

Thank you to our current sponsors! They include REI, the Anderson-Rogers
Foundation, Jeffrey L & Ileen Doppelt, Masha Mimran, Koenig Russo Associates, Bike and Roll, Andy & Alice Hamilton, and Hostelling International-NYC.
More sponsorship opportunities are available; contact us at info@greenway.org if you’d like to sponsor our kickoff event or join our 20th Anniversary Giving Circle and be recognized at all 20th anniversary events.

More about our special guests: Renown climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in Science in 2007 – see him on Colbert Report.  He is the Director of Princeton University’s program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP).

The band, Corporal, will be providing our music that evening. The band is made up of Michael Shannon on vocals and guitar, Ray Rizzo on the drums and guitar, and Rob Beitzel on the guitar. Acclaimed actor Michael Shannon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role Revolutionary Road. His acting takes him on stage, to TV (Boardwalk Empire), and film (Take Shelter in theaters, Premium Rush and Superman coming out in 2012 and 2013).

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