Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State Canal Corporation has announced the release of the 2019 “Bicyclists Bring Business Workshop Report.”
This report provides recommendations as to how Glens Falls and the surrounding area can use the upcoming completion of the Empire State Trail in 2020 to capitalize on the growing bicycle tourism market.
The workshop report summarizes the annual 2019 Bicyclists Bring Business roundtable, which was hosted by the Queensbury Hotel on September 10th, and the community bike-a-round, held on the streets and trails of Glens Falls the following morning.
The report provides five major recommendations, each with a set of underlying strategies:
1. Identify opportunities to attract cyclists and enhance the Glens Falls area’s reputation as a cycling destination.
2. Collect local data to demonstrate need, evaluate economic impact, and showcase user experience.
3. Improve existing bicycle facilities to ensure that cyclists can easily access businesses and attractions from the Feeder Canal and the Warren County Bike Trail.
4. Improve youth bicycle and pedestrian safety education.
5. Secure funding to complete recommendations.
The full report can be accessed on the PTNY website.
The 2019 Bicyclists Bring Business event was presented by Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corporation and sponsored by the Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Organization, Warren County Tourism, City of Glens Falls, Town of Queensbury, Feeder Canal Alliance, The Queensbury Hotel, Dunham’s Bay Resort, Grey Ghost Bicycles, The Hub, Mahoney Alarms, Rick’s Bike Shop, Reliable Racing, and West Mountain Bike Park.
Trail visits and cycling tourism received a significant boost in 2017 with the announcement of $200 million in funding to complete the Erie Canalway Trail, and to connect it to New York City and the Canadian border through construction of the Empire State Trail.
The new trail system will be the nation’s longest. The Empire State Trail will stretch 750 miles, running from the tip of Manhattan to the Canadian Border. The Trail will run along the historic Canalway Trail System from Lake Champlain to the Hudson River in Albany and from Albany to Lake Erie in Buffalo.
The trails system is expected to link parks, historic sites, and communities.