The greenway spans almost 3,000 miles, running from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida. Although not a precise measure, Alexandria marks a midpoint of the bicycle and walking route.
Dennis Markatos-Soriano, Executive Director of the East Coast Greenway Alliance also gave prepared remarks. He touted the benefits of the trail, which include fostering healthy lifestyles, creating safe, accessible routes for people of all ages and empowering low-cost sustainable transportation.
Another speaker pointed out this part of the Mount Vernon Trail, which skirts the shore of the Potomac River, is the most widely used on the Greenway.
Still to be worked out is the routing of where cyclists will pass through the city. On the north side, the mostly abandoned tracks of a spur that runs past the shuttered Pepco Power plant has been targeted as a possible gateway passage.
On the south side, S. Royal Street has been looked at. Fierce opposition by residents there have put that idea in jeopardy.
The marker, located at the foot of Pendleton and overlooking Oronoco Bay, is attractive and will benefit from its placement next to a stop sign. There is, however, a bit of awkwardness.
Noting the wording of the marker, which says, “This plaque was unveiled at the inauguration of the East Coast Greenway on the National Mall National Trails Day, June 5, 2003," I asked Markatos-Soriano about the re-positioning.
The Alliance felt more eyeballs will fall upon the marker in this location.
As someone who has seen a marker or two, I agree. In this case, the marker will even serve as a traffic calming measure.