Capital Region Trails Summit

Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail 2017-July v2

The Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail.

There's a Capital Region Trails Summit at the Capitol May 10 to talk about a bunch of issues related to walking and bike trails. Event blurbage:

Panelists will include state and local leaders, and pedestrian and bike advocates highlighting walking and biking trail expansion and development across the region, including the Empire State Trail, Albany County Rail Trail and numerous on and off-road bike and pedestrian paths in between! Panelists will discuss the serious economic impact, tourism and health benefits of the present and future multi-use trails; share information on financial and regulatory barriers, and promote and coordinate the efforts underway.

The agenda topics include trail expansion, waterfront access, bike lanes, sidewalks, business growth and infrastructure. The event is being hosted by Assembly member Pat Fahy.

It's Thursday, May 10 from 8-10:30 am (program starts at 8:30 am) in the Assembly Parlor at the Capitol. It's free, but you must register because of limited seating.

+ High traffic spots on the area's walk/bike trails
+ Looking ahead on the future of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail
+ The plan to connect two major bike paths at the Albany waterfront
+ The Albany-Hudson Electric Trail


Bikers with helmets, i.e. Tour de France-rs, are still ignoring the diversion erected at the Adams St. & Hudson Ave location on the Rail Trail! There is car traffic crossing the Rail Trail quite a bit. I bike on the Rail Trail myself and would remind the other bikers that they do not have the right of way. These people are the ones that force me to avoid the Rail Trail on weekends.

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