I’ll be on live television this afternoon, talking about the East Coast Greenway. It’s not a network show, or even basic cable, just local access in greater Providence. But when it comes to spreading the word about the ECG, every little bit helps.
In New England we have what we call the ECG Ambassador Program. We have a team of specially-trained volunteers in CT, RI, MA, NH, and ME who bring exhibits to events around the region to tell people all about the ECG. We provide them with the materials and information they need, and they bring their own enthusiasm and gregariousness. One person at a time, they are spreading the Greenway gospel.
Over the last year we have had booths at 3 auto shows (!), 2 national bicycle trade shows, and numerous smaller events, such as farmers markets, community fairs, and the like. Later this month we will have a booth at a bike race in Connecticut. There is no event to big or too small, or too unrelated to trails, cycling, or walking, at which to tell interested folks about this amazing trail being developed to link communities from Maine to Florida.
The point here is that we want everyone to know about the ECG. We go to car shows as well as bike shows, street fairs and farmers markets as well as bike races. If you’re interested in helping us spread the word by putting out a stack of our literature at an event or on the counter at your local bike shop or library or other location, please let our volunteer coordinator know. Her name is Linda and she’s just about the nicest person you’ll meet.
And if you live in Rhode Island and have basic cable, tune in to watch me embarrass myself! The program (I think it will be called “Bicycling Rhode Island”) actually runs live in Pawtucket (Cox Channel 18) 5 to 6 pm today, and a taped version later runs several more times in Pawtucket and on Statewide Interconnect (Cox 13).
– Eric Weis