Included in the state’s $70 million in funding for 68 bicycle and pedestrian projects statewide are projects at Saratoga Spa, Jones Beach and Niagara Falls State Parks. The projects are funded by the federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) and aim to promote walking and biking, and boost tourism and economic development opportunities.
Across the state, the projects include the addition of accessible sidewalks, improved pedestrian access to public transportation services, construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use.
The projects at New York State Parks include:
- $1.6 million to the City of Saratoga Springs for the Geyser Road-Saratoga Spa State Park Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail;
- $2.5 million to NYS Parks for Jones Beach State Park; and
- $1.6 million to NYS Parks for the West Niagara River Trail.
We applaud Governor Cuomo and Commissioner McDonald for recognizing the importance of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to the health, safety and economy of New York residents and are especially pleased to see these projects in New York State Parks.