In a continuing trend from recent years, walkers were again the dominant users of the Canalway Trail. According to the 2013 Who’s on the Trail Report, 47 percent of trail users in Brockport and Albion were walkers, while cyclists made up another 40 percent. Estimates of annual usage for the four count locations in these two western New York villages varied from a low of approximately 31,000 visits at the Albion Canal Park to 72,000 visits at the Main Street Bridge in Brockport.
Most cyclists (96 percent) rode traditional bicycles, but recumbent cycles, tricycles, hand-powered cycles and bikes with children in seats or trailers were also observed. About 51 percent of all cyclists were wearing helmets, which is just above the national average of 50 percent.
Understanding the volume and nature of trail use is critical in deciding how best to maintain, enhance and promote the Canalway Trail System. It is the hope of both the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York that annual trail count data will justify current and future levels of support for the trail, encourage local involvement in its enhancement and promotion, and provide a base from which to evaluate its impact on the local economy of Canalway Trail counties, cities, villages, and towns.
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