New National Bike Trails


In the last week I have found out about two new national bike trails in the US.  This is big news for us, and these kind of endeavors span multiple states and require a lot of collaboration. 

Both of these trails remind me of the Sverigeleden - a bike trail through Sweden.  In 1994, my brother Martin and I followed parts of this route on a bike trip through Sweden.  There were also other regional bike trails in Sweden, all well marked with signs. Maybe we are just 15 years behind Scandinavia?

East Coast Greenway

(From their website) "The East Coast Greenway is a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. Over 21 percent of the route is already on safe, traffic-free paths."

It does not seem to be complete, but they are working on it.  Find out more about it here:

Mississippi River Trail

(From their website) "The Mississippi River Trail, coursing along America’s backbone, the Mississippi River, from its headwaters in Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, offers approximately 3,000 miles of on-road bicycle trails and pedestrian pathways for the recreational enjoyment, health, conservation and tourism development of river communities, river states, and the nation.