Updated 05/07/2012 05:50 PM
Warren County explores plan to link bike paths
With no shortage of mountains, forests, lakes and streams, Warren County's diverse landscape makes for one of the most picturesque, if not challenging, trips a cyclist can embark on. As YNN's Matt Hunter explains, there's a growing effort to link all of those trails under one comprehensive plan.
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WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. -– If you’re a cyclist looking for a certain type of trail, road or path, chances are you’ll find it in Warren County.
"There's lots of hills, there's lots of speed available and there's lots of wildlife and beautiful fauna to enjoy," said Ryan Mylott, an avid cycler from Glens Falls.
Stretching from Glens Falls to the northern reaches of Lake George, the county offers a diverse trail system for cyclists of all abilities to choose from. However, in many cases, there are wide gaps of unfriendly terrain keeping them apart.
"It's hard having to load my bike up onto my vehicle and drive into Glens Falls to get onto the bike path here,” said Belinda Spinner, a Queensbury resident who often bikes to her nursing job at Glens Falls Hospital during the summer. “It would be so convenient to just go out the back door or down the road a little bit to get here."
Much to the delight of cycling enthusiasts, that may soon be changing. The Adirondack-Glens Falls Transportation Council and Warren County Safe and Quality Bicycling Association have compiled a plan that would link all of the county's bike routes.
"Obviously this is a very long-term effort, it's going to take awhile, but the goal is to get a complete network throughout the county,” said Kate Mance, the Transportation Council’s senior transportation planner.
Under the proposal, which has been conceptually approved by the county board of supervisors, a new trail would connect the path at the Glens Falls Feeder Canal to the Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve before moving north past West Mountain to Rush Pond, ultimately linking up with the Warren County Bikeway near Lake George.
"Most of the off-road trails are not approved as of yet and that is one of our major goals, is to increase the quality and quantity of the off-road trails," said Lloyd Mot with the Warren County Safe and Quality Bicycling Association.
Mance, who drafted the comprehensive map of already existing and proposed trails, says the idea is to give municipalities the framework should they want to add or modify a bike route in the future.
While the expense would be shared, it figures to cost well over $100,000, an expense bike lovers feel would be worth it.
"Anything that would help fitness with our general population would be super," Spinner said.
"I think the population is growing here and the demand is increasing, so it's time," Mylott said.