A plan to fund and construct a Greenway trail connecting Niagara Falls to Buffalo, NY has recently been approved.
Niagara Falls is working with two other municipalities, Wheatfield and North Tonawanda, to create a shoreline bike path through the Niagara County. Niagara Falls City Council has already voted in favour of the initiative 4-0, and is now waiting for the rest of the votes from the other municipalities.
"It's going to make it possible for somebody to plan to start in Buffalo and bike to Niagara Falls and back, or vis-versa," said Paul Dyster, the mayor of Niagara Falls, NY.
Officials have long discussed the idea of connecting existing bike paths in the region, but getting the funding was always an issue. Michael Zimmerman, the community development director for North Tonawanda, now says the project could receive as much as $1.44 million from state sponsors, if the applications they've submitted are approved.
Zimmerman also said that construction of the NIagara-Buffalo Greenway trail is just the start of a larger project that aims to create a full-fledged trail network across New York state. The hope is that the trail will connect the three municipalities to a larger trail system that runs all the way to New York City.
"This is part of a pretty big push in the region, and actually in the state, to complete and connect the Empire State Trail system that connects Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the Erie Canal all the way to New York City and the rest of the state," Zimmerman told Niagara Gazette.
"The state is trying to push a grant funding program to make these important connections."
If the rest of the votes approve the plan, construction of the bike path could begin in 2019 and finish by 2020.