On the Southern Horizon: ECGA Fall State of the Greenway Summit Nov. 13 & 14 in Miami

South Miami's M-PathWe’re getting ready for our ECGA Fall State of the Greenway Summit this November 13 and 14 in Miami, Florida! This year the ECGA has the unique opportunity of hosting our Summit, Annual Membership Meeting, and Trail Council Meeting in conjunction with WHEELS, an inspiring active-mobility conference and series of events being held from Nov. 11 – 15 in South Miami.


WHEELS is a five-day celebration of Miami’s bicycling, walking, transit, and trails. During WHEELS, more than 10,000 people are expected to access South Florida’s transit system and trails and participate in a series of corresponding activities from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach Counties. It’s designed to elevate awareness of green mobility and South Florida’s transportation and transit issues. WHEELS events will include free bike rides, walks, and a Bike-in Street Party on Saturday, Nov. 14. (See the full WHEELS schedule here.)

WHEELS Florida LogoThe inclusion of our ECGA Fall Summit in the WHEELS conference is fitting and timely, with South Florida’s roadway congestion driving the need for transportation solutions that support regional health, sustainability, and economic growth.


The ECGA Summit will kick off on Friday, Nov. 13, in conjunction with WHEELS speakers, and will be followed by a reception that evening. Our Summit and WHEELS speakers continue Saturday morning, and our Annual Membership and Trail Council Meetings follow on Saturday afternoon. To read a detailed schedule and find out how to RSVP, please see below.

Friday, November 13

12:30 PM: ECGA Summit / WHEELS Conference Part I – “National Leaders Speak Out on Green Mobility,” held at Baptist Health South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73 Street, South Miami, in the Victor E. Clarke Education Center.

Speakers include Ryan Gravel of the Atlanta Beltline; Dan Burden of Blue Zones; Andy Clarke, past President of the league of American Bicyclists; and the ECGA’s Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano and Advisory Board Member Kevin Hicks. (See full schedule of speakers here.)

6:30 – 8 PM: ECGA Evening Reception, held at Doc Thomas House / Tropical Audubon Society, 5530 Sunset Dr., South Miami. Join us as we celebrate greenway and green mobility progress in Miami! Co-hosted by WHEELS. All are welcome, please RSVP here.

Saturday, November 14

8:30 AM – Noon: WHEELS Conference Part II – “Regional Issues in Green Mobility,” held at Baptist Health South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73 Street, South Miami, in the Victor E. Clarke Education Center.

Speakers include South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, Meg Daly of Friends of the Underline, and many more. There will also be a facilitated discussion on extending the reach of green mobility. (See full schedule of speakers here.)

1 PM – 5 PM: ECGA regional reports, Annual Membership Meeting, Trail Council meeting, held at South Miami Hospital. This informative session will include trail designations, regional trail reports and presentations from ECGA Staff and Trustees as well as elections of new Trustees.

The Summit and Meetings are free and open to the public. If you would like to purchase a boxed lunch, you can do so here.


Attendees flying into Miami International Airport can take Metrorail or walk to all ECGA meetings and festivities without the need for a car.


Courtyard Miami Dadeland, 9090 S. Dadeland Blvd, Miami, FL 33156. 305-670-1220 (Walking distance to the Metrorail and only 2 stops from the Summit and reception locations.) 4.5 star hotel. Airport shuttle $10 each way.

There is a discounted group block available of $149/night before tax. Click the link below (you may need to copy and paste in a new browser window) to reserve or call 305-670-1220. Group name is East Coast Greenway Alliance – reserve by 10/23/15 for this rate. Link: Book your group rate for East Coast Greenway Alliance

The Best Miami Hotel, 5959 SW 71st St, South Miami, FL 33143. (305) 667-6664. (Half a mile walk from the Summit and reception locations.) 2 star hotel. Airport shuttle available. There is a discounted block available for $72/night before tax. Call the hotel at 305-667-6664 and give the group code “greenway.”

This is going to be a tremendous ECGA Fall Summit – we hope you can join us!