In The News


  • September, 2015

  • Schenectady roundtable focuses on growing bicycle tourism market

    The Daily Gazette

    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.

  • State Parks Announces $500,000 Available to Help Grassroots Groups Improve State Parks, Trails and Historic Sites

    The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced that $500,000 in grants are now available to help organizations to improve State parks, trails and historic sites.

  • 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.

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

    The 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.

  • Schumer: City parks, waterfronts need more money

    Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, spoke on behalf of Parks & Trails New York at the Corning Preserve along Albany's Hudson River waterfront in support of Sen. Charles Schumer's introduction of a bill to address the lack of federal funds that community parks and waterfronts receive.

  • Letter to the Editor: State parks need citizen stewards

    Albany Times Union

    A letter commending our state parks from our Director of Parks Program & Government Relations, Laura DiBetta, in response to an August 17th article about the Peerless Pool in Saratoga Spa State Park.

  • August, 2015

  • Erie Canal still key to N.Y. economy

    A letter to the editor of the Albany Times Union from Robin Dropkin, Executive Director of Parks & Trails New York in response to an article from early August that downplayed the significance of the Erie Canal for New York State.

  • Erie Canal's value greatly understated

    Auburn Citizen (

    This guest column from an online feature of a Western New York publication addresses the questioning of investment of the Erie Canal by detailing its historic significance and economic impact while quoting figures from a report generated by Parks & Trails New York.

  • July, 2015

  • Cyclist celebrates his 80th birthday cycling 80 miles

    Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

    Ralph Wilson celebrated his 80th birthday cycling 80 miles along the Erie Canal, ending on Sunday, 7/19 in Fairport, NY.

  • New website promotes bicycle tours of New York's Erie Canal

    Utica Observer-Dispatch

    One of many sources featuring the launch of which coincided with the annual bike tour.

  • Annual Tour Takes Hundreds of Cyclists from Buffalo to Albany

    Schenectady Daily Gazette

    Article covering the final days of the tour as cyclists make their way into the Capital Region.

  • In stampede of bikes, riders gain perspective through Cycle the Erie Canal

    As a wave of cyclists passed through a landscape dominated by green fields, barns and silos, the dozens who had stopped up ahead were cause for concern. There were no injuries, just riders taking a break to walk down to the Culvert Road underpass or reading a sign explaining the significance of the “road under the canal” beneath them.

  • Erie Canal cyclists move through Oneida

    Oneida Daily Dispatch

    Between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, motorists near the Erie Canal Path on the north side of Oneida, probably saw lots of bicyclists crossing Route 316 or coming south on state Route 46, heading into the city for lunch or continuing along the trail toward Rome.

  • 600 cyclists roll into Syracuse on Erie Canal tour, camp in Burnet Park


    If you stop by Burnet Park in Syracuse this evening, you will see hundreds of tents set up on the grass. The tents are home for nearly 600 bike riders who are participating in the 17th annual Cycle the Erie Canal Tour, an eight-day, 400-mile bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany. Syracuse is the midpoint.

  • Erie Canal bike tour week begins

    Times Union Blog

    An Capital Confidential Blog post from the Albany Times Union features a collection of quotes for the annual Erie Canal cycling tour which began Sunday. Governor Cuomo, Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton, and PTNY's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, share their enthusiasm for the tour in its 17th year.

  • Erie Canal cyclists stop and visit Rochester

    Democrat & Chronicle

    A day into a 400-mile tour, cyclists were able to catch their breath, re-hydrate and see a little bit of what Rochester has to offer.

  • More than 600 cyclists are riding from Buffalo to Albany with a stop in Lockport.

    Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

    Article covering the first day of the 400-mile tour from Buffalo to Albany including a statement from Governor Cuomo.

  • Ride 400 miles on the Erie Canal by bike

    Buffalo News

    It’s a cycling tour with history. Or a history tour via bicycle.

    Throw in advocacy for parks and trails along with a case study in landscape and community and you have the beginnings to describe the weeklong Cycle the Erie Canal event.

  • June, 2015

  • Erie Canal Bike Tour Attracts Those Who Want Leisurely Ride

    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.

  • Ithaca landscape architect honored as park and trail hero

    Ithaca landscape architect Rick Manning was one of eight park and trail heroes honored by Parks & Trails New York at an Albany reception.