In The News


  • July, 2015

  • 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.

  • Moving Backwards


    These are things that make our communities better places—sidewalks, bike lanes, and multi-use trails, said PTNY Project Director Jamie Meerdink, in this article on attempts to block federal funding for active transportation projects.

  • March, 2015

  • A Milestone On The Erie Canal Trail

    Times Union

    Cyclists and pedestrians will have more miles this year than ever on the Erie Canalway Trail. Trail advocates report that 281 miles of the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail — 78 percent — are now open to the public between Albany and Buffalo. Parks & Trails New York and the Canalway Trails Association New York unveiled the number in their fifth annual report, Closing the Gaps: A Progress Report on the Erie Canalway Trail 2014.

  • Parks Invest a Small Price for Benefit

    The Daily Gazette

    We were disappointed to read the March 4 editorial (“State has higher priorities for taxpayer money than parks”) which pit investment in state parks against investment in other worthy programs. On the contrary, parks — like our schools and libraries — are essential community resources and an integral part of the state’s infrastructure. Our iconic park system is the oldest in the nation, and one of the most heavily visited, generating $2 billion annually to the economy — a 5-to-1 return on investment — and supporting 20,000 jobs, exclusive of park employees. The tourism dollars generated by parks are critical, especially to struggling upstate economies.

  • January, 2015

  • A Trail to Better Life, Health

    New York has an opportunity to create a multi-use trail through the Adirondacks that would be a wonderful addition to the constellation of upstate multi-use trails, including the Erie Canalway Trail that connects Albany with Buffalo. The state should amend its 1996 management plan for the 119-mile Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor to allow for the establishment of a year-round Adirondack Recreational Trail ....

  • State Park Group Gets Grant To Increase Publicity

    Salamanca Press

    The Friends of Allegany State Park, a volunteer group dedicated to work in Allegany State Park, was recently awarded a $1,734 grant by a statewide advocacy group. Parks and Trails New York (PTNY) announced the organization was one of seven groups statewide to receive funding totaling almost $16,000. For Friends of Allegany State Park, the money has been earmarked to be used for a website, brochures, banners and business cards to increase membership and fundraising...

  • October, 2014

  • Rail or Trail? Trail would be huge economic boost

    Utica Observer Dispatch

    We now have a golden opportunity to add a whole new recreational dimension to the Adirondack Park. The New York state Departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation have announced plans to review the 120-mile Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor to determine its best use. More good news is that the man who oversees these agencies, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seems committed to boosting Adirondack tourism...

  • Pair of Bicycle Tourist Events Slated

    Union Sun and Journal

    Two events aimed at helping Canalway Trail communities take advantage of the growing bicycle tourist market will be held in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda on Oct. 14 and 15. An evening Bicyclists Bring Business roundtable is scheduled from 6 until 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara St. The roundtable will focus on how to attract and profit from the area’s growing number of bicycle tourists. There will also be time to network with business people and tourism professionals from other communities and enjoy some light refreshments...

  • September, 2014

  • Park(ing) Day in Albany

    Time Warner Cable News

    For one day only several parking spots in downtown Albany were set up as temporary public spaces as a part of a global movement to promote nature. Rich Kappes knows all too well the beauty and potential dangers, when enjoying mother nature in an urban environment. “Were kind of vulnerable out there," said Kappes.

  • Albany Parking Spots Become Parks

    Albany Times Union

    Public uses took over parking spaces throughout the city on Friday for PARK(ing) Day. The annual worldwide event brings artists, activists and citizens together, yet independently. The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public areas are allocated and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.

  • August, 2014

  • Cyclists Ask Cuomo to 'Close the Gaps'

    CBS 6

    Hundreds of postcards dropped off at the Capital Friday, asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to close the gaps that remain on the Erie Canal way trail. The Trailway extends 360 miles across New York State. Each year, cyclists get access to more and more of the trail but 83 miles still needs to be finished.

  • July, 2014

  • A Riders Experience in Artwork Form

  • Eight-Day, 400-Mile Bike Tour Ends in Albany (Video)

    Time Warner Cable News

    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

    A 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.