Category Archives: Erie Canal Trail

The Black Bridge – On the Ground

Barton & Loguidice are the project engineers for the unpaved section of the Black Bridge trail on the Green Island side of the Mohawk River. A recent report by these engineers OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAstimulated a visit to see the work accomplished to date. For more on this project, see “Black Bridge Revisited – A New Beginning.”

For background and information on this riding opportunity, see also –

The Black Bridge Isn’thttps://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/08/04/the-black-bridge-isnt/

The Black Bridge and Beyondhttps://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/08/09/the-black-bridge-and-beyond/

The following views tell the whole story of progress to date:

  1. Entrance to the trail that was previously unpaved with trail view north toward Cohoes and Waterford/Railroad Ave. – Delaware Ave.
  2. Trail view south toward Green Island/Cannon St. with Silhouette Optical visible through the trees to the right
  3. Parking area with rest stop #1 that will have with a shelter and info kiosk and Rest stop #2 that will have with a shelter
  4. Rest stop #3
  5. Retractable pylon and new lighting fixtureThe Black Bridge is a connecting route on the New York State Canal Corp trail system/Empire State Trail. It goes between the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail and the Champlain Canalway Trail. A cyclist can now leave the Albany Riverfront Park and travel to Peebles Island, Waterford, and the Champlain Canalway north without having to cross I-787

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The Black Bridge is a connecting route on the New York State Canal Corp trail system/Empire State Trail. It goes between the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail and the Champlain Canalway Trail. A cyclist can now leave the Albany Riverfront Park and travel to Peebles Island, Waterford, and the Champlain Canalway north without having to cross I-787.

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Black Bridge Revisited – A New Beginning

At the recent Capital District Transportation Committee Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting, Barton & Loguidice – the project engineers for the “Black Bridge Project” – briefed the group on plans for its completion. Those who have taken the bridge as part of a wonderful ride from Albany, Watervaliet, Green Island, or Cohoes to Waterford and beyond can attest to for the final changes on this project.

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For background and information on this riding opportunity, see also –

Here is a summary of what is done and planned to complete of the original $499,000 project by April 2018:

  • Pave the stone portion of the trail south of and leading up to the bridge
  • Install a half-way-point shelter/rest stop
  • Add a Cannon St. trailhead in Green Island with a shelter, motor vehicle parking, and info kiosk
  • Install security cameras linked to local police
  • Modernize and enhance the existing lighting
  • Open up views of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers at the northbound approach to the bridge (ED: why removing the trees was needed, is a mystery. There never was a problem finding either river)

If you want to plan a nice ride with major off-road portions, check the referenced links  so you can include the Black Bridge in your 2018 riding plans.

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650 Riders Cycle the Erie Canal

The 2017 ride ended on July 16 for which some closing scenes appear below.

Mark your calendar for Parks & Trails NY 20th anniversary edition of the Cycle the Erie Canal tour.  It leaves Buffalo on Sunday, July 8, 2018 and arrives in Albany eight days later on Sunday, July 15.  See more about 2018 at https://www.ptny.org/events/annual-bike-tour    Registration opens January 2018.

To get an idea of each day’s opportunity, see the maps and cue sheets from 2017.

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Champlain Canalway Trail Annual Bicycle Ride – 8/20/17

The Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Champlain Canalway Trail Annual Bicycle Ride to be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017.

For details and to register, please visit https://www.bikereg.com/champlain-canalway-trail-annual-bicycle-ride. CCT Ride 8-20-17 A

The ride will begin at Hudson Crossing Park near Schuylerville, cross the Hudson River via the historic Dix Bridge, and proceed north to Fort Edward. There, the tour will pick up the Feeder Canal Trail to Murray Park in Hudson Falls, where lunch will be provided by Forged restaurant. Murray Park is adjacent to Jack & Jill’s Ice Cream.

After lunch, riders will backtrack to Lock 7 at Fort Edward, where they have the option of boarding the paddle-wheeler Caldwell Belle of Mohawk Maiden Cruises for the return to Hudson Crossing Park or biking back to the start.

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Along the way, the group will stop at various sites of historic interest, such as an old mule barn and the five combination locks on the Feeder Canal. The total distance of the basic daylong tour will be 20 to 30 miles depending on the option chosen. There also will be a 45- to 50-mile ride, with or without the cruise aboard Mohawk Maiden Cruises.

Lunch is included for those who register before August 15, and the first 30 registrants will receive a token from Common Roots Brewing Company for a beverage on a future visit.

For details and to register, please visit https://www.bikereg.com/champlain-canalway-trail-annual-bicycle-ride.

 

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“Towpath Tuesday” Pedals Off for 2017

After being rained out on its planned inaugural 2017 ride, the Bike Barn’s Meetup Group met on 4/11 for the “Towpath Tuesday’s” classic ride. The group met on Van Schaik Island Park and then headed north on the multiuse path toward Waterford. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We skirted the Barge Canal and then cut over to the Old Champlain Canal Trail and towpath. This beautiful, quiet path along original canal features ends at the old Lock#4 just across the canal from the Waterford Historical Society. (One can walk to the Society from this spot.)

Here the group paused for socializing and looking out over the expanse of the Mohawk River /Barge Canal toward Cohoes with views of the new Cohoes-Waterford Rt 32 bridge.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom here, it was back through Waterford, over the gates at Barge Canal lock #2 and then north along the Champlain Canal Trail. This area is filled with remnants and sites of the canal including the Weighlock and Lock #5. We turned around at the landfill at Momentive. (For those seeking an added reward, the trail continues on to Upper Newton Road in Mechanicsville. See https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/08/04/the-black-bridge-isnt/ and https://albanybicyclecoalition.com/2016/08/04/the-black-bridge-isnt/ .

As darkness approached, we rode back along the canal, through Waterford, behind the Visitors Center and over the Bridge to Peoples Island and back to the Park. A highlight of this route is the new “pedestrian priority” traffic signals on the ever-busy Delaware Ave./Ontario St. (Rt 470 – Troy’s 112th St. ) intersection, Rather than making pedestrians wait for unending “all cars-all the time” light cycles, the walk light comes on as soon as the light changes from its current setting. Wouldn’t these be great on Central (Death) Ave.!

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A sad note at both the beginning and end of the trip was the removal of a copse of trees and the view of the Hudson replaced by an ugly apartment/condo complex – yuck!

 

 

Bike Barn Data – For your future reference:

  • 109 Remsen St.
  • Cohoes, NY 12047
  • bikebarncycles@gmail.com
  • (518)238-2453

Hours

  • Tuesday, Wednesday 10-6
  • Thursday, Friday 10-7
  • Saturday 10-5
  • Sunday, Monday CLOSED

Meetup group members receive a 5% store discount off regularly priced merchandise at Bike Barn Cycling & Fitness. Just mention that you are a Meetup.com member of this group. Riders can also have their bikes checked over at no charge up to 30 minutes prior to any ride. As always, helmets are required.

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