To promote safe & quality bicycling in Warren County, NY.
Bicycling friendly communities offers excellent commuter options, reduces traffic congestion, improves air quality, expands economic development, reduces health related costs, and enhances recreational opportunities; all of which gives residents improved quality of life and non-residents incentive to visit.
OUR ACTION PLAN
To advance this mission, WCSQBO collaborates with New York State, Warren County, local municipalities, the Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council, and other bicycling groups, residents, and visitors to advocate for, and expand safe bicycling opportunities for all bicyclists.
Annual Goals: WCSQBO works actively to:
- Assess the availability of multi-use and off-road bicycling trails; and work collaboratively with all government agencies and departments to improve existing trails and the development/construction of new trails.
- Advocate for the improving conditions of state, county, and local paved driving lanes, the shoulders of existing roads, and the construction of separate bicycle lanes throughout Warren County.
- Promote and encourage a healthy life-style for community members and visitors by offering a variety of safe-bicycling educational programs and experiences for all levels of bicyclists, both on-road and off-road.
- Monitor/evaluate bicycling opportunities within the County; and work with Warren County and A/GFTC to create maps of recommended bicycle routes for both recreational bicyclists and bicycling commuters.
WCSQBO 2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Identified state, county, town and city roads in need of improvement for safe cycling. Letters sent to appropriate officials.
- Discussed with DPW superintendent the selection process for repairing/resurfacing roads and funding limitations.
- Advocated for increases in county/state infrastructure budgets.
MOUNTAIN BIKE PATHS AND TRAILS
- Provided funding to Wilderness Property Management for the construction/development of single-track trails on lands owned by The Hub in Brant Lake, and at Hudson Pointe Park in Queensbury.
- Supported the development of multi-use trails on recently-acquired French Mountain properties. Supported future trail development on adjacent Top of the World properties.
- Participated in Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council meetings to develop multi-use connector paths from Rush Pond Way to the Feeder Canal Path. Future connectors will extend the path to Champlain Canal and connect to the Empire State Trail. This long-term dream has great potential for becoming a reality!
SAFETY AND EDUCATION
- Conducted safe bicycling workshops as part of the Student Connection Orientations to welcome and familiarize summer foreign student workers to the region.
- Organized “The Bikeway Cleanup Day”. Volunteers collected many garbage bags of trash along the length of the Bikeway.
- Submitted PSA’s/newspaper articles to publicize safe bicycling practices. Distributed “Rules of the Road” cards and posters.
ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
- Participated in Earth Day, “Pucks & Pedals”, and Climate Change Conference. Set up WCSQBO kiosk at Saratoga Bike Expo and Albany “Adirondack Day” in The Well. Distributed informational materials and opportunities for bicycling in Warren County.
- Collaborated with several municipalities to monitor the future of Rail/Trail Path.
- Partnering with Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and Warren County Tourism Department to host a “Bicyclists Brings Business” Conference for September 10 & 11, 2019
- Attended planning meetings with county representatives to discuss on-road and off-road bicycling routes in the Great South Woods. NYBC recognizes WCSQBO as a model for other counties.
- Hosted the successful 5th Annual Harry Elkes Ride. Over 100 cyclists rode on 3 different North Country scenic routes. After the rides, lunch was enjoyed in the Hub’s friendly social setting.
- Supported ongoing “Warren County Cycling Challenge” as well as many other rides. We are becoming a “Destination for Bicyclists”!
WCSQBO GOALS FOR 2019 (updated July, 2019)
- Review and update the 2018 letter-writing campaign. Sent letters to local, county and state officials requesting increases in the 2019 budget to repair/resurfacing roads and shoulders in poor condition.
- Collect lists of area roads in need of repair from area bicyclists and citizens. Include the lists in request letters to officials.
- Met with NYSDOT representatives and A/GFTC to discuss the 2019 paving schedule for area roads. The meeting was scheduled in response to the letter-writing campaign that was carried out in early spring.
MOUNTAIN BIKE PATH AND TRAIL DEVELOPMENT
- Attended on-going meetings to support efforts to develop area connector bike paths and trails. Connector paths will provide access to paths/trails in surrounding communities, and serve as alternate transportation opportunities for bike/ped commuters and recreational bicyclists.
- Provided funding to design and construct new single-track trails for the new Ride-On Hub Wilderness Property Expansion in Brant Lake, NY.
- Provided funding for the design and construction of multi-use connector trails at Hudson Pointe, Queensbury, NY.
- Assist and support municipalities and private land owners to develop new paths and single-track trails.
SAFETY AND EDUCATION
- Distributed “safety rules” literature to educate motorists and bicyclists about sharing the road; legal right of ways for both.
- Submitted PSA’s and newspaper articles featuring the “Rules of the Road” as established by state and local governments.
- Expanded bicycle safety education for all bicyclists.
- Presented “Bike Safety” at the 2019 Student Coalition Orientation Workshops, to educate foreign student workers about official road rules/regulations when biking.
ADVOCACY & PUBLIC RELATIONS
- Install clearly-marked directional signage on regional bike routes, paths and trails. Design Warren County Bikeway logo to be added to area maps and Bikeway directional signs to guide bicyclists on Bikeway routes.
- Participate in expositions/events to distribute safety information and promote Warren County as a “Destination for Bicyclists”.
- Finalizing details with Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and Warren County Tourism Department to host a “Bicyclists Brings Business” Conference for September 10 & 11, 2019. Invite community members, cyclists, businesses, and government officials to attend to learn and share ideas how businesses and communities can attract, market to, and profit from cycling tourism.
- Provided funding for the new “Ride On” Trail Guide – a new off-road biking magazine designed, printed, and distributed by Dave Matthews and family members.
- Work collaboratively with, and serve as a model for, regional bicycle support groups and organizations.