An uninterrupted bike path spanning 2,900 miles down the entire East Coast is about 31 percent complete, CityLab reports. Since 1991, the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) has quietly designated nearly 850 miles of new and existing trails as 'the Greenway' and looks to add another 200 miles by 2020.
The Greenway starts just minutes from the Canadian border in Calais, Maine and runs down to the very tip of the United States in Key West, Fla. "Efficiency is not the point," says Eillie Anzilotti, an editorial fellow for CityLab. "Instead of cleaving to interstate routes, the Greenway mostly follows the rivers and old train tracks connecting the cities and towns along the coast." The trail passes through 15 states total.
A new stream of funding gives hope to those interested in taking a ride down the Eastern seaboard anytime soon. The ECGA's budget has doubled in six years, from $470,000 in 2010 to nearly one million dollars today. “It’s not a question of when the Greenway will get done," says Dennis Markatos-Soriano, ECGA executive director, "it’s a matter of how fast.”