Canadians will soon be able to embark on the coolest bike ride ever — New York State has committed to the development of a 1,200-km bike trail that stretches from the Canada all the way to New York City.
Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, has released the state’s budget plan, which involves a $900 million investment for the improvement and restoration of the 180 parks statewide. Included in this initiative is the Empire State Trail, which will allow bikers and walkers to travel on a network of paths running from New York City to Canada (at the Niagara Falls and Montreal borders) and from Albany to Buffalo.
The Empire State Trail was proposed as a way to make New York State a major bike touring hub and to build infrastructure that would support its economy.
“The Empire State Trail, once completed, will be the nation’s largest state multi-use trail network, providing residents and visitors alike unprecedented access to New York's outdoor treasures, driving tourism and economic activity to communities across the state and helping to protect our environmental resources for generations to come,” said Cuomo.
The project has received positive support from several organizations, including Parks & Trails New York, an Albany-based nonprofit. Robin Dropkin, the group’s executive director praised Cuomo for his commitment to finishing the Empire State Trail.
“The Governor’s proposed budget shows his commitment to conservation and secures New York’s position as a national leader in the protection of natural resources, as well as the advancement of tourism and outdoor recreation,” said Dropkin.
Construction of the trail network would involve paving 560 km of new trails onto the existing trail and the entire thing expected to be fully completed by 2020.