In 2010, a small group of avid bicyclists joined together to advocate for safe and quality bicycling. By March, 2011, WCSQBO was successfully incorporated as non-profit corporation; obtained 501(c)(3) status; recognized by the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
Since inception, WCSQBO has worked collaboratively with NYS, Warren County and several municipalities to advocate for on-road and off-road repair and expansion throughout Warren County. A letter-writing campaign, started last year, sent a direct request to NYS politicians and DPW directors to include funding in the budget to repair many of the crumbling state roads throughout Warren County. WCSQBO meets each year with county and local DPW departments to recommend roads in need of repair and to suggest Warren County Bikeway improvements. Installation of safety/directional signage is in the works for the Bikeway and many area roads. Collaboration with NYBC and IMBA to advocate for safe bicycling on roads and trails is ongoing.
WCSQBO provided active support for construction of the Rush Pond Way, completed this past year. Multi-use paths currently in existence and other sections to be developed will provide a comprehensive connector path system in our area. Sections include Warren County Bikeway, Rush Pond Way, Half-way Brook, Peggy Ann Road, Clendon Brook, Hudson Pointe, and Feeder Canal Trails. WCSQBO supports UHRT’s “Rails to Trails” project to convert the existing rail line to a multi-use trail.
Each year WCSQBO sponsors Summer Bike Rides to educate bicyclists of all levels about safe riding. Past rides include Warren County Bikeway (Military Road), Schroon River Road, Glens Falls, Feeder Canal Heritage Ride, North River Ride, Bike ‘n Boat, and three Annual Harry Elkes Rides. This year, a new Cycle Challenge and the fourth Harry Elkes ride are in the planning process.
WCSQBO has provided volunteer assistance for Bicycle Safety Rodeos in local schools for the past 2 years.
For the past 3 years, WCSQBO has rented booth space at three expositions to promote WCSQBO, safe bicycling, and bicycling opportunities in Warren County. Last year, WCSQBO added a professionally-designed kiosk that adds greatly to visitors’ interest.
An essential part of WCSQBO’s mission is to promote Warren County as a “Destination for Bicyclists”. Earlier publications included: North Warren Brochure, first WCSQBO Brochure, and Warren County Bike Rides Maps. Current publications include: WCSQBO Cycling Guide and Maps and Mountain Biking and Off Road Trails in Warren County, New York. WCSQBO worked closely with A/GFTC to write the first Warren County Bicycling Route Master Plan. A second Master Plan was published last year.
WCSQBO sponsored a documentary film, “The Long Bike Back” that was shown to over 100 people at Crandall Library in 2013.
Each year articles, press releases, and “spot ads” are sent to local newspapers to promote bicycling and bicycling safety. Several promotional giveaways have been designed and distributed: “Rules of the Road” safety cards, refrigerator magnets, bumper stickers, Safe Riding stickers and 2015, 2016-2018 calendars.
https://www.bikewarrenco.org/ the WCSQBO website was created to disseminate bicycling information, promote bicycling safety and advocate for bicycling in Warren County. This year, the website is undergoing major changes to improve and expand bicycling information.