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Biking Branches Out Big Time

For those of you who feel that biking around the city is fun, but you’re ready to go further, check out this new site dedicated to taking a trip along the Erie Canal. The idea always sounded like a lot of fun, and a bit scary at the same time. Where do you start? Of course you start at either end of the canal, which means that at some point you’re going to be cruising through Buffalo.
Just think of the marketing implications involved with this route. The website, Cycling The Erie Canal, gives trip planners insight as to where to stay along the way. It also points out where to eat, shop, explore, find restrooms and information, and it even points out the local bike shops. The map is interactive and should take care of any and all problems when it comes to traveling the canal safely and efficiently.
Close to 250 miles of the 350-mile Erie Canalway Trail route are off-road – hopefully with the help of a recent bill drafted by Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and signed by the Governor, Buffalo will soon be able to chisel away at that figure. The $39,000,000 state fund will be instrumental when it comes to ‘design, construction, land acquisition or ancillary uses for bicycle and pedestrian paths’.
Can you imagine if there was a bike museum somewhere in downtown Buffalo? If we could somehow figure out how to get the Pedaling History Bike Museum downtown, Buffalo really could become the bike capital of the US (see background here). It’s not that far fetched, it’s just a matter of getting everyone on the same page… or map.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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