In The News


  • February, 2018

  • Orangetown Bicycle Network Recommendations

    Nyack News & Views

    The Orangetown Bike Study, a five month effort which included input from more than 500 residents, will present preliminary findings and recommendations on Thurs at 7p in Orangetown Town Hall. Bike study consultants Parks & Trails NY (PTNY) will detail a proposed bicycle network that connects schools, parks, village centers and neighboring communities via a mix of protected, striped and shared cycling facilities.

  • January, 2018

  • Cuomo’s budget plan calls for $90M more for state parks


    Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks & Trails New York, applauds Cuomo and his commitment to conservation in this article about the upcoming budget year.

  • Capitol Watch: Cuomo pivots to left; lawmakers eye budget

    Sacramento Bee

    Parks & Trails New York gave a thumbs-up to the governor’s plans for the state’s environment, parks and other public green spaces as outlined in his state of the state address earlier this month.

  • 400 mile 'Cycle the Erie Canal' event slated for July 8-15

    The Buffalo News

    Registration is underway for Parks & Trails New York’s 20th anniversary “Cycle the Erie Canal” event, an eight-day, 400-mile recreational bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany, scheduled for July 8-15.

  • Gov. Cuomo Announces Plan to Build New State Park in Brooklyn

    News 12 Brooklyn

    The support of Parks & Trails New York is mentioned in this brief from a local Brooklyn news channel regarding Governor Cuomo's initiative to turn the open space around Jamaica Bay into New York's newest state park.

  • Advocacy group gives thumbs up to Cuomo's state parks plans

    The News and Observer

    (ALBANY, N.Y.) The people who advocate for outdoor recreation in New York state say they're happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plans for parks in 2018. The Democrat announced in his State of the State address this week that his agenda includes continued investment in upstate parks as well as building a new park in Brooklyn and completing another in Manhattan.

  • December, 2017

  • State parks boost Long Island’s economy, report says


    State parks on Long Island expanded the Island’s economy as visitors spent hundreds of millions and the parks supported thousands of jobs, a recent report said. The report outlined but did not estimate the value of numerous other benefits, from cleaner water to improved public health. Its hard data keyed off attendance.

  • November, 2017

  • Rail trail decision outdated, shortsighted

    Albany Times Union

    This opinion piece written by PTNY's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, expresses the support of the State to appeal a judge's ruling resulting in the halting of the Lake Placid-Tupper Lake multi-use trail project.

  • Troy proposes plan to make city bike trail safer (VIDEO)

    WTEN--ABC Channel 10, Albany

    Albany television station covering the safety side of the November 8 "Troy Bicycle Connections Plan" meeting in Troy hosted by PTNY. One of the presenters, PTNY's Project Coordinator, Greg Francese, is interviewed.

  • Troy bike plan unveiled Wednesday (VIDEO)

    WNYT--NBC Channel 13, Albany

    PTNY presented the Troy Bicycle Connections Plan at a well-attended meeting on November 8. Various local television and other media were present to cover the event including this evening news segment.

  • Study: Parks visitation presents economic boon for region

    The Daily News of Wyoming, Orleans, and Genesee Counties

    This article from a western New York publication covers the report issued by PTNY about the economic impact study on NYS Parks and the positive impact our parks have on jobs and tourism in the Genesee Region.

  • October, 2017

  • Orangetown Bike Study Uses Cool Tools To Map Safe Cycling Future

    Nyack News & Views

    Article written by our Project Director, James Meerdink, covering a collaborative bike study conducted by PTNY for the Rockland County town of Orangetown. The study includes an online survey and interactive online map allowing users to report bicycle-related issues in their community on the spot. Data will be used to improve cycling infrastructure for the considerable increase of cyclists in the region.

  • Orangetown Seeks Public Input on Cycling Policy

    Rockland County Times

    A town in Rockland County has chosen PTNY to conduct a study for improved infrastructure to accommodate their increased bicycle traffic over the years with even more anticipated due to the new Tappan Zee Bridge bike line opening. This article covers one of the preliminary stages of the study: a 3-page questionnaire for residents.

  • September, 2017

  • $500k in Grants Available for Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites

    Adirondack Almanack

    Parks & Trails New York and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, have announced the third round of $500,000 in competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

  • 'Pop-up' bikeways appear in Troy Saturday

    Troy Record

    (TROY, N.Y.) On Saturday, participants of the annual Collar City Ramble bicycle ride and bicyclists from the city of Troy and Capital Region will have the chance to experience bicycle-friendly enhancements on three city streets. Beginning at 9 a.m., Parks & Trails New York and community partners will be demonstrating bicycle-friendly enhancements to city streets in Troy.

  • Parks & Trails accepting improvement grant applications

    Daily Messenger

    Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is accepting applications until Dec. 8 for the third round of $500,000 in grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership program.

  • Empire State Trail plan taking shape

    Daily Gazette

    PTNY's Executive Director, Robin Dropkin, is quoted regarding the proposed Empire State Trail, a project that is underway after last month's release of a draft plan.

  • Bikes Mean Business for Local Economy (VIDEO)

    WKTV--NBC Channel 2, Utica

    UTICA, NY – PTNY, along with the NYS Canal Corporation presented "Bicyclists Bring Business: Canalway Trail Tourism for your Downtown" at the Thincubator in Utica, Sept 12th & 13th 2017. Local business owners, elected officials, and interested individuals gathered for the presentation receiving tips on how to make the Mohawk Valley more bike-friendly and attractive to outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Orangetown to count, accommodate cyclists

    Hudson Valley article covering the increasing amount of bicycle traffic in the Orangetown/Nyack region and the comprehensive cycling plan PTNY has been hired to conduct.

  • Street Beat: Orangetown Bicycling — Counts

    Nyack News & Views

    Online publication in Rockland County covering PTNY's role in a grant-funded bike study. PTNY was awarded the opportunity to lead the study and will be conducting the town meeting as mentioned.