9/11 Trail – level 3

15-09-2020 07:00

Roughly 1,300 miles in length, the 9/11 trail system connects three 9/11 memorial sites in New York, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Just days after the attacks 19 years ago, David Brickley pitched the idea of creating a trail system that would link the three locations of the 9/11 attacks. Brickley is the founder of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, and he said that he had to find a way how to meld the Americans’ love for trails and greenways with recognizing the horrific event.

According to Brickley, the biggest challenge was to find ways to connect the 9/11 trail with existing trails and to make it safe for cyclists, runners and hikers who wish to travel the entire length of the trail. Right now, approximately 51% of the trail is off-road, and Brickley and his team hope to create an entirely off-road trail.

Difficult words: pitch the idea (to try to persuade people to accept an idea), meld (to combine), off-road (away from the road).

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