I’m back from another productive and fun National Bike Summit in DC put on by the League of American Bicyclists. It is an annual pilgrimage made by many of our allies and supporters from the local to the federal level. For our organization, the excellent networking and strategic conversations are tremendously valuable.
For example, it was great to have lunch with ECGA Advisory Board member and Rails to Trails Conservancy President Keith Laughlin to catch up and discuss ways we can continue to support each other in the coming year.
This year, the ECGA also enjoyed substantive meetings with leaders at the National Park Service (NPS) and Amtrak, whom we plan to work with more in the future. Bob Ratcliffe, NPS Division Chief of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation, even called the East Coast Greenway “my model” for long-distance trail development during our meeting focused on ways we can bring our organizations closer together. We’ll share updates from these strengthening relationships in the months ahead.
The Alliance continues to distinguish itself as an integral part of the national biking and walking movement. Thank you for helping us keep this momentum going as we grow these collaborations for the health and sustainability of our communities.
To Greenway Progress,
Dennis Markatos-Soriano, ECGA Executive Director
This blog post appeared in the March 2016 E-Newsletter.