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Old 03-22-22, 12:14 PM
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has anyone completed eastcoast greenway "trail"? is it worth it
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Old 03-22-22, 12:47 PM
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I can tell you that the ECG through the state of Pennsylvania has very little green about it. Lots of busy roads, including one in the Chester/Eddystone areas called (appropriately) Industrial Highway. Most of it through Philadelphia is on pretty busy roads.
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Heavy hitters are supporting this project. If you live in a place that could be improved and you live close by, call the people in your state to see if/how you can make a difference. ECG would be amazing if it was safe and easy to follow the entire way. With enough people supporting the project, it is more likely to get done. Follow the link to see who is a contact in your local area. https://www.greenway.org/about/our-team
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I have looked into it and while there are wonderful stretches, there are also horrible stretches with lots of traffic and no shoulders and I have a somewhat high tolerance for traffic for myself. For this reason, I have passed on it.
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I have looked into it and while there are wonderful stretches, there are also horrible stretches with lots of traffic and no shoulders and I have a somewhat high tolerance for traffic for myself. For this reason, I have passed on it.
Yeah. You don't have a bunch of unused land and abandoned rail corridors in places like the Philly metro area. South of the city along the Delaware River is still heavily industrialized. In the northeast part of the city the ECG uses at least one major city street that is not very bike friendly despite the bike lane. While some new trail mileage is coming on line, you still need to connect segments. That is going to require urban riding that will likely not be comfortable to people who are looking for the true trail experience. I live near "center city." The ECG passes about 4 bocks from my house. That part is not bad because it's very close to an area where a lot of people ride. But look at this random spot on Torresdale Ave. in the northeast:

5132 Torresdale Ave - Google Maps

The other fact of life with riding like that is that it's going to be slow going due to traffic and traffic lights.
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Old 03-23-22, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Yeah. You don't have a bunch of unused land and abandoned rail corridors in places like the Philly metro area. South of the city along the Delaware River is still heavily industrialized. In the northeast part of the city the ECG uses at least one major city street that is not very bike friendly despite the bike lane. While some new trail mileage is coming on line, you still need to connect segments. That is going to require urban riding that will likely not be comfortable to people who are looking for the true trail experience. I live near "center city." The ECG passes about 4 bocks from my house. That part is not bad because it's very close to an area where a lot of people ride. But look at this random spot on Torresdale Ave. in the northeast:

5132 Torresdale Ave - Google Maps

The other fact of life with riding like that is that it's going to be slow going due to traffic and traffic lights.
I followed the road a ways each direction with streetview. If that section is an example of the bad part it is better than I'd expect. Not really a terrible road to get through the city. Still the East Coast Greenway doesn't appeal to me that much as a concept given the location. It isn't really going to be a "greenway" much of the way and it isn't reasonable to expect it to be given the choice of riding through the east coast urban cities. Personally I am not that interested in riding through the east coast cities on tour. Not that others shouldn't . I commuted by bike in one for some years and that was fine, but it isn't my idea of a vacation.
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