The East Coast Greenway Alliance is striving to complete the nation.s first long distance city-to-city transportation corridor for cyclists, hikers and non-motorized users. The project will connect all major East Coast cities, spanning 2,950 miles from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The project aims to provide scenic trips between local points of interest for short-distance travelers and a safe, connected route for long-distance travelers. Although the most direct route between cities is preferred, occasional off-the-beaten-path segments will provide a varied, interesting experience, which is essential to the project
The Greenway is a grassroots development project made up of locally-owned and managed trails requiring interstate coordination. The route will not be imposed by the Alliance but rather defined by people in each state, working through state committees, which are coordinating route selection and moving the agenda ahead within each state. A great deal of the proposed route is already in public ownership, so that costly and complicated acquisition is not needed. Because it will grow through the stitching together of locally owned and managed trail segments, implementation will be incremental and costs spread out to the many state and municipal agencies responsible for building their segments. These segments will retain their original identity along with the added title of East Coast Greenway.
As stated on the Alliance website, the trail "will contribute, both actually and symbolically, to advancing a number of agendas: increasing transportation options, improving air quality, reducing roadway congestion, encouraging ecotourism and adventure travel, local economic development, improving mental and physical health via recreation and exercise, helping to connect people and communities, and helping to create new public space..
To connect existing and planned trails that are locally owned and managed to form a continuous, safe, green route . easily identified by the public through signage, maps, users guides, and common services.