• Cyclists pedal Schenectady like tourists

    Albany Times Union

    Parks & Trails staff participated in a Bike-a-Round through the streets of Schenectady as part of this year's Bicycling Brings Business event. The ride intended to provide a feel of what tourists will experience while riding through the city.

  • Eight-Day, 400-Mile Bike Tour Ends In Albany (VIDEO)

    Time Warner Cable

    An eight-day, 400-mile bicycle tour along the Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo wrapped up this weekend in Albany. More than 500 cyclists began the 16th annual statewide trip last Sunday, covering between 40 and 60 miles a day. The trip came to an end Sunday at the Albany Visitors Center. Cyclists making the trip ranged in age from 9 to 90, and came from far away as Australia and Israel.

  • Local Bicyclists Ready To Finish 400 Mile Trek

    WXXI News

    400-mile bicycle tour along the Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled to wrap up this weekend. More than 500 cyclists began the 16th annual statewide trip last Sunday, covering between 40 and 60 miles a day. They are scheduled to finish this Sunday at the Albany Visitors Center.

  • 1st Or 6th Time, Riders Enjoy Erie

    Rome Sentinel

    Here’s the long and short of it on the 16th annual Cycling the Erie Canal—for some like the first-timer 9-year-old from Brooklyn it’s a big thing and for others, well, not so big. Although some got caught in rain Thursday, most were enjoying the sunshine in Rome as they set up camp on the lawn at Fort Stanwix

  • Cyclists Set To Arrive In Area Thursday

    Rome Sentinel

    More than 500 cyclists kicked off the 16th annual statewide Cycling the Erie Canal Sunday, a 400-mile bicycling

    tour from Buffalo to Albany concluding this Sunday. Riders will arrive in Rome Thursday and depart Friday morning.The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce has issued its annual guide for cyclists. It outlines the schedule, attractions, where to eat and details for the shuttle bus service offered. Riders will camp on the west lawn at Fort Stanwix National Monument

  • Erie Canal Bike Tour Makes A Pit Stop In Rome (VIDEO)

    WKTV News

    The annual “Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour,” brought cyclists through central New York, Thursday. Some 500 bikers are spending eight days traveling 400 miles across New York State, starting off in Buffalo and riding through towns along the canal until they get to Albany.

  • Erie Canal Cyclists Ride Through Northern Madison County

    Madison County Courier

    More than 500 cyclists will be coming through Chittenango, Canastota, Wampsville, and Oneida on Thursday, July 17 as part of the 16thAnnual Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour. This is an opportunity to roll out the welcome mat and showcase our local businesses and area attractions.

  • Oneida Reaches Out To Erie Canal Bike Riders (VIDEO)

    Oneida Daily Dispatch

    Thirty miles into their fifth day of riding, more than four hundred bikers on the Erie Canal Trailway Tour were greeted by members of the Greater Oneida Area Chamber of Commerce, Oneida Rail Trail Committee and Parks and Recreation just outside Oneida.

  • Group Bicycling Along The Erie Canal

    News Channel 9, Syracuse

  • Orleans Rolls Out Red Carpet For Cyclists

    orleanshub.com

    After a big welcome reception in Medina on Sunday night, about 500 cyclists on the Erie Canal are being treated today to refreshments and greetings in Albion and Holley. The top photo shows a group of cyclists by two welcome tents in Albion.

  • Erie Canal Bike Tour Attracts Those Who Want Leisurely Ride

    Ithaca.com

    This year’s “Cycle the Erie Canal” bike tour begins in Buffalo on July 12 and ends eight days later in Albany on July 19. Over the tour’s course, 500 riders cover nearly 400 miles with plenty of time to take in the sights along the way.

  • Cyclists Wake Up At Burnett Park

    News Channel 9, Syracuse

  • See 500 Cyclists Biking 400 Miles Across New York For Cycling The Erie Canal

    syracuse.com

    On July 13, more than 500 cyclists began pedaling along the historic Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany. They arrive in Syracuse today, July 16, halfway on the 16th annual 400-mile Cycling the Erie Canal tour.

  • Going Places, Near & Far: Cycle the Erie Canal Tour Affords Extraordinary View of 'Real America'

    This Island Now

    Karen Rubin, one of over 600 riders on this year's Cycle the Erie Canal Tour, published this colorful account of her experience in this online Long Island news source. Her detailing of the canalway's vibrant history and tourism combined with her personal interactions with the diverse other riders is very encouraging for anyone considering cycling any length of the trail.

  • Letter: Paving Erie Canal Trail Provides Access for People of all Abilities

    Syracuse Post Standard - Syracuse.com

    Doug Hamlin of Our Ability Inc. writes in support of the increased accessibility of the Canalway Trail and its availability to those who participate in the "Journey Along the Erie Canal"--an End-to-End tour designed to raise awareness for those with disabilities.

  • Schenectady roundtable focuses on growing bicycle tourism market

    Organized by Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corp., the meeting’s aim was to find ways to help Schenectady capitalize on the growing bicycle tourist market. About 30 people attended the meeting, including cyclists, bicycle salespeople, a representative from the hospitality industry, representatives from Schenectady’s planning and engineering departments, the economic development supervisor for Schoharie County and a transportation planner from the Capital District Transportation Committee.

  • Cycle the Erie: Fort Stanwix, Rome, Brings Revolutionary War Era to Life

    Examiner.com

    The Cycle the Erie bike tour, 400 miles from Buffalo to Albany organized through Parks & Trails NY, takes us back to the very beginning of the United States, to its colonial days and its emergence as an independent nation.

  • Charting a new course for Erie Canal's future

    Albany Times Union

    "New York has been trying to figure out what to do with the Erie Canal for more than a century." This commentary piece covers a brief history of the canal and its current funding and support status.

  • Outdoors: A look at the Capital Region's multi-use trails

    Albany Times Union

    A link to our Trailfinder Map is featured as an additional resource in this article listing a hand-full of bicycle and rail trails located within an hour drive from Albany.

  • Canal Clean Sweep Thursday

    Whitehall Times

    More than 100 events have been scheduled across the 524-mile-long canal system, providing nearly unlimited opportunities for residents to give back to their local community and to show pride in a unique cultural and recreational resource.

  • Canal Clean-Up Day brings out community

    Wayne Post

    The Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York established Canal Clean Sweep as part of Earth Day on April 22. The village of Macedon and Macedon Village Pride held the event. Thirty-seven volunteers from Monroe, Ontario and Wayne counties came to help the Village Department of Public Works staff and help clean Canal Park-Lock 30 to welcome all visitors to enjoy the amenities that surround the place.
  • Fairport volunteers participate in Canal Clean Sweep Weekend along Erie Canal

    Fairport-East Rochester Post

    The Office of Sen. Rich Funke and The Fairport Perinton Partnership for a Better Community hosted a Canal Clean Sweep Weekend clean-up April 22-24 in the Village of Fairport. Over 130 residents joined together to remove trash, refresh landscaping and otherwise beautify several locations throughout the Village of Fairport and Town of Perinton in support of Canal Clean Sweep Weekend.
  • Medina volunteers do a village-wide cleanup

    The Daily News of Wyoming, Orleans, and Genesee Counties

    On Saturday, a group including Lions members; Medina and Lyndonville Boy and Cub Scouts; Medina Masons; and Iroquois Job Corps students began their cleanup efforts as part of the 11th annual Canal Clean Sweep weekend.

  • Closing the Gaps: Advocacy Groups Want Erie Canalway Trail on Path to Completion for Bicentennial

    WAER 88.3 - Syracuse

    A coalition of local and state advocacy groups gathered at the Camillus Erie Canal Park Thursday to push for closing the remaining gaps in the 360-mile canalway trail in time for its bicentennial next year. Progress has been made, but the most challenging gap appears to be right here in Syracuse.

  • Erie Canalway Trail 80 percent complete, work continues

    CNYCentral.com

    Parks & Trails New York reports that the planned 360-mile multi-use trail is 80 percent complete, with 288 miles open to the public. When the remaining gaps are closed, about 200 communities along the canal's route will be connected by an off-road trail.

  • Parks & Trails, Canalway Trails Association release annual report

    Wayne Post

    Parks & Trails New York and the Canalway Trails Association New York recently released their sixth annual report, “Closing the Gaps: A Progress Report on the Erie Canalway Trail 2015,” detailing progress made in completing the statewide Erie Canalway Trail as a continuous, off-road route.

  • Design Competition Finalists Focus on Closing a Gap in the Erie Canalway Trail

    WAER 88.3 - Syracuse

    For many people there's little connection between Erie Boulevard and the Erie Canal in Syracuse, NY. But a design competition - and some creative future thinking - are trying to change that.

  • Capital Region Bike to Work Winners Announced

    Troy Record

    The highest percent (86 percent) participation for a small organization goes to . . . you guessed it . . . Parks & Trails NY!

  • What You Need to Know about the 18th Annual Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour

    NewYorkUpstate.com

    The latest information about the fast-approaching tour on July 10-17 including deadline dates, itinerary, and a slideshow from 2015.

  • Gov. Cuomo announces 18th annual “Cycle The Erie Canal” bike tour

    WIVB News 4--Buffalo

    The eight-day, 400-mile cycling tour begins in Buffalo on Sunday, July 10 and concludes in Albany on Sunday, July 17. “Apart from its breathtaking beauty, the Erie Canal corridor plays a vital role in this state’s history and present economy and we’re proud to showcase all these aspects in our 18th annual cycle ride,” Governor Cuomo said.

  • Vacation: Perfect time to hit the Trail

    Daily Gazette

    A husband/wife duo decides to cycle the Erie Canal trail as their weeklong vacation and pose a few questions to Parks & Trails Executive Director, Robin Dropkin. According to the author, although neither one of them were "hardcore cyclists" and she was happy to sleep in her own bed again at the end of the week, she wishes to return.

  • Welcome, cyclists — watch for cars

    Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

    A Rochester blogger reports on how a bridge construction project over the Erie Canal and the trail is having an effect on local riders in addition to this year's Cycle the Erie Canal bike tour.

  • 650 cyclists embark on 'Cycle The Erie Canal' tour

    WHAM Ch. 13 -- Rochester

    Brief news segment covering the 2016 tour as it passed through the city of Rochester.

  • Cycle the Erie Canal stops in Palmyra, Lyons

    Wayne Post

    More than 650 riders made their first water stop at the Port of Palmyra, where they were welcomed by members of the Palmyra-Macedon Kiwanis Club and Palmyra Harbor Hosts. In Lyons, the riders stopped at the Peppermint Museum for water, air conditioning and tours.

  • Fahy becomes first legislator to cycle the Canalway

    Albany Times Union

    Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, an avid cyclist, became the first state legislator to complete the annual Cycle the Canalway ride from Buffalo to Albany. Fahy completed the weeklong ride Sunday, journeying 400 miles across upstate New York. She was accompanied by her daughter, Eileen Bequette, and her two sisters Bernadette and Marian Fahy.

  • Five great scenic bike rides before the leaves start falling

    The Buffalo News

    While advocacy groups have worked to make Buffalo and other areas of Western New York biking-friendly, sometimes cyclists just want to get off the main roads. Entering the autumn season, there are plenty of trails to explore throughout the region – from off-road mountain bike trails to historical paths to the burgeoning rails-to-trails program. There’s something for every level and every bike. Here are five bike paths and trails to try for fall:

  • Cuomo pitches 750-mile biking-hiking trail plan for NY state

    Fox News

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination.

  • New York eyes largest state-run trail in U.S.

    Press Connects

    New York wants to have the largest state-run, multi-use trail in the nation by 2020. The trail would be 750 miles when it is completed, running from New York City to the North Country and from Albany to Buffalo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

  • NYS Proposes Completing 750-Mile Long Empire State Trail by 2020; Erie Canal Designated National Landmark

    Moral Compass Travel

    This travel blog post covers details about Gov. Cuomo's proposal to complete a 750-mile intrastate trail by 2020 and an accompanying website and mobile app. It also touches upon the resent designation of the New York State Barge Canal as a national historic landmark and the 19th annual Cycle the Erie Canal Tour.

  • Cross-state biking-hiking trail pitched; Erie Canalway would be used

    Niagara Gazette

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination.

  • Trail project aims to expand tourism, recreation opportunities

    WBFO

    When Governor Cuomo trekked to Western New York this month to deliver one of his State of the State speeches, he discussed the proposed Empire State Trail. The three-year project would create an additional 350 miles of paved trails across the state, linking existing trails.

  • Registration open for Cycle the Erie Canal 2017

    Madison County Courier

    Registration is now open for Parks & Trails New York’s 19th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, an unforgettable opportunity to bike across New York State and take in the rich history of the legendary canal that transformed America. The eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany is scheduled for July 9-16, 2017. This year also marks the beginning of the bicentennial celebration for the Erie Canal.

  • Canal Clean Sweep 2017: Join us Earth Day weekend

    Madison County Courier

    Celebrate Earth Day & the Erie Canal bicentennial organize an event for the 2017 Canal Clean Sweep April 21 through 23. Event registration is now open for the 2017 Canal Clean Sweep.

  • The completion of a major trailway in New York state could have benefits for Onondaga County

    The Daily Orange

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed $200 million in funding to complete the Empire State Trail, a 756-mile off-road trailway for walkers and cyclists that would be the largest of its kind in the country.

  • Biking through hardship kept Spencerport couple going

    Democrat & Chronicle

    A touching story of a couple who spent their last years together cycling the Erie Canalway Trail.

  • 750-mile Empire Trail holds promise across New York state

    Democrat & Chronicle

    This extensive coverage of the proposed Empire State Trail and closing the gaps of the Erie Canalway Trail features multiple quotes from Parks & Trails New York staff, businesses who have benefited from the tourism, as well as legislators and other organizations in support of the east-west, north-south, 750-mile endeavor.
  • Locals concerned with canal proposal

    Eagle News Online

    This Finger Lakes online source covers some of the pros and cons of the proposed 750-mile Empire State Trail, particularly issues involving paving and maintenance by municipalities.

  • Volunteers sought for statewide park cleanup day

    Watertown Daily Times

    Volunteers are being sought for the upcoming “I Love My Park Day” taking place on May 6, a statewide event featuring dozens of state parks from around the north country. The event, in its sixth year, is seen as a way for community members to improve local parks and raise awareness of their needs.