Trail tourism for canal communities – B3 comes to Tonawanda

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Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corporation will hold their popular Bicyclists Bring Business Roundtable and Bike-a-Round in the western New York Erie Canalway Trail communities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda on October 14 and 15.  Come learn more about the interests and habits of cycling tourists as well as how businesses and communities can capture and profit from this important local, national, and international market.

An evening roundtable, to be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14 at the Niawanda Park Pavilion, 600 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150, will cover the demographics and needs of the bicycle tourist as well as offer tips for making communities and businesses more bicycle-friendly and attractive to other outdoor recreationalists. Attendees will receive a copy of PTNY’s guidebook, Bicyclists Bring Business: A Guide to Attracting Bicyclists to New York’s Canal Communities. There will also be time to network while enjoying some light refreshments. Welcome_Bicyclists_1

As a follow up to the roundtable,  the Bike-a-Round will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 15 at Tonawanda’s Niawanda Park Pavilion parking lot.  Bring your your bicycle as the group will bike along the Erie Canalway/Shoreline Trail into downtown Tonawanda and North Tonawanda to experience the two trailside cities from the perspective of a cycling tourist. Afterward, the group will discuss the results of  the Bike-a-Round discovery tour during lunch at Risa and David’s Restaurant, 72 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, New York 14120

.Bicyclists Bring Business is presented by PTNY and the NYS Canal Corporation and hosted by Mayor Rick Davis, City of Tonawanda; Mayor Robert G. Ortt, City of North Tonawanda; Western Erie Canal Alliance; Niagara River Greenway Commission, and GO Bike Buffalo.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to PTNY at 518-434-1583 or B3roundtable@ptny.org by October 10 if you plan to attend either or both of these events. Registration for the October 15 cycling event is required.

 

 

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