2900-Mile East Coast Greenway Includes Alexandria October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

CONTACT: Claire Mouledoux
CMouledoux@VisitAlexVA.com, 703-652-5367


2900-Mile East Coast Greenway Includes Alexandria 

Biking Equivalent of Appalachian Trail now 29% Complete 


Alexandria, VA - A group of over 40 bicycle riders rode to Alexandria on October 9 and 10, 2014, to raise awareness of, and funding for, the East Coast Greenway, a 2900-mile trail that will extend from Maine to Florida. Modeled after the Appalachian Trail for hikers, the East Coast Greenway is already 29% complete, with 850 miles of off-road path established. The Mount Vernon Trail section through Alexandria is one of the most popular parts of the Greenway.

The riders were participating in the "Week a Year" tour, which began three years ago starting at the Canadian border in Maine, and covers a 300-350 mile section of the route each year, heading south until they reach the Florida Keys. This year, over 40 riders pedaled from Philadelphia, PA, to Fredericksburg, VA.

Along the way, the delegation was meeting with city, state and community leaders. In Alexandria, they met with Yon Lambert, Acting Director of Transportation & Environmental Services, Tom Kaiden, C.O.O. of Visit Alexandria, and James Durham, Vice Chair of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

A working tour for staff and key volunteers, the ride also serves as an opportunity to demonstrate the important return on investment trails can have on tourism, economic development and increasing transportation options. The overnight stop contributed approximately $10,000 to Alexandria's economy.

The East Coast Greenway vision is for a long-distance, urban, shared-use trail system linking 25 major cities along the eastern seaboard between Calais, Maine and Key West, Florida. It will serve non-motorized users of all abilities and ages. A 3,000-mile long spine route will be accompanied by 2,000 miles of alternate routes that link in key cities, towns, and areas of natural beauty. This green travel corridor will provide cyclists, walkers, and other muscle-powered modes of transportation with a low-impact way to explore the eastern seaboard.

Visit Alexandria is a private nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to generate tourism and meetings that increase revenues and promote the City of Alexandria, Virginia and its assets. Tourism contributes both to the economic health of the city and quality of life for its residents. VisitAlexandriaVA.com