Hittin’ the Trail

2017 Bicyclists Bring Business Events Head to Utica Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corporation hit the trail to Utica for the annual "Bicyclists Bring Business: Canalway Trail Tourism for Your Downtown!" events. The evening program and community bike ride generated healthy discussion and excitement about how Utica, Oneida County, and the Mohawk Valley can … Continue reading Hittin’ the Trail

Great Flats Brewing: Serving Schenectady’s Bike Scene

Great Flats Brewing makes great beer, and as a meeting point for Schenectady's growing cycling scene. And it's all just blocks from the Canalway Trail! Great Flats Brewing opened in March, 2017. Using ingredients grown in New York State, they serve fresh beer, cider, and wine. Great Flats organized a clean up event as part … Continue reading Great Flats Brewing: Serving Schenectady’s Bike Scene

Bicentennial Rides

2017 not only marks the 200th anniversary of Erie Canal construction. It’s also the 200th birthday of the bicycle, invented in Germany. Celebrate both by cycling these bicentennial routes on the Erie Canalway Trail: Cycle from Rome to Syracuse in the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. Start in Rome and you’ll be at ground … Continue reading Bicentennial Rides

Hilton Garden Inn: Bike Friendly in Bushnell’s Basin

This month's Trailside business, the Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/Pittsford, has served cyclists on the statewide Canalway Trail system since 2013. This year, they will become the first bike-friendly certified business as part of Parks & Trails New York and the NYS Canal Corporation's Bike Friendly New York program, set to launch in May. Situated right … Continue reading Hilton Garden Inn: Bike Friendly in Bushnell’s Basin

New Transportation Service Ready to Roll on the Canalway Trail

Erie Canal Bike Shuttle (ECBS), a new shuttle service on the Erie Canalway Trail, is gearing up for our very first season! The service was designed especially for cyclists. ECBS will operate 3 shuttle buses, each accommodating up to 24 cyclists, and have enclosed cargo trailers that will haul the bikes and gear. Buses with … Continue reading New Transportation Service Ready to Roll on the Canalway Trail

The First End-to-Enders

As both the bicycle and the Erie Canal celebrate their bicentennial this year, we thought it would be fun to highlight one of the earliest bicycle trips taken along the Erie Canal 120 years ago. Earlier this year, Dave Patterson of Missoula, Montana found a detailed travel log of his grandfather’s bicycle trip during the … Continue reading The First End-to-Enders

Tuesdays on the Towpath Grows in 2017

Throughout the year, the Canalway Trail system provides nearly 360-miles of multi-use trail for bikers, walkers, and even cross country skiers alike. In the Capital Region and the Syracuse area (Oneida, Madison and Onondaga county), there are a surplus of bike-friendly rail trails, roads and canalway trails. Both areas offer ‘Towpath Tuesday’ programs—an opportunity for … Continue reading Tuesdays on the Towpath Grows in 2017