A shared-trail corridor along the scenic length of the Taconic State Parkway? This was just one of the suggestions raised at CLC’s Columbia County Trails Conference in April 2011, now documented on the Columbia County Draft Trail Vision Plan.
A recent New York Times article reported that Connecticut state transportation officials are in the early stages of exploring the creation of a hiking and cycling trail along the Merritt Parkway right-of-way. The proposed paved trail would run roughly in the center of a 150-foot wide buffer on the Parkway’s southern side, and pass through eight communities for a distance of just over 37 miles. The Taconic corridor through Columbia County is approximately the same length. CONTINUE READING
Harlem Valley Rail Trail
Act this week to support local trail projects such as the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. This week, Congress is having a critical debate about the future of trails, biking, and walking. You can shape the outcome.
Contact Representative Gibson (202.225.5614 or 518.610.8133) and ask him to vote against the transportation bill, H.R. 7. The proposed legislation eliminates funding for future trail projects, which could hinder the expansion of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail and the development of other county trail projects. The bill also cuts funding for the Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School programs, rail and canal trails around the country, and state DOT bicycle pedestrian coordinators.
Contact Senators Schumer (518.431.4070) and Gillibrand (212.688.6262) and ask them to support the Cardin-Cochran and the Klobuchar amendments to MAP-21. These amendments restore dedicated funding for the Recreational Trails program and ensure local input to Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School projects.
Volunteers work on a new trail that connects Harrier Hill Park with Greenport Conservation Area. The event was cosponsored with Scenic Hudson, Stockport Trails Committee, and CLC. Looks like fun? Sign up for the next one.
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5k Trail at Greenport Conservation Area. Photos by Andreas Stresemann. View the full album on facebook.
Here is another great edition of Plan On It, the Dutchess County Planning Federation e-newsletter, with an interesting article on the Dutchess Rail Trail, a county-community collaboration that originated in the 1980′s. Columbia County is now positioned to move forward on at least two great trail corridors like this one.
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