Gillen said the bike trails are a county treasure.
"It's one of the best things about living in Schenectady. It's phenomenal," he said.
The county has also received a $75,000 state grant to add a new trail and approximately 20 new acres of land to the Plotterkill Preserve in Rotterdam. This will allow for the New York State Long Path hiking trail to connect through the Plotterkill. The Long Path is designed to create a hiking trail that crosses New York.
"The bigger effort is to connect Buffalo to Albany with one trail, and this is part of the statewide effort to make it a connected trail from Buffalo to Albany," said Gillen.
Finally, the county received a $628,020 state grant to build a bike-hike connection from Niskayuna to Upper Union Street to Central Park to Vale Park to Downtown Schenectady, finally connecting with the Mohawk-Hudson bike-hike trail. This trail is currently in its final design and will be constructed in 2010.
"We had this great resource in the county, and it just wasn't connected," said Gillen of the soon-to-be-linked trails. "We're trying to make that trail seamless through the whole county," said Gillen.