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Making the way safe for all

Niskayuna residents spur expansion of marked bike pathways

Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry stands with Councilwoman Denise Murphy and her daughter next to one of the new Canalway Trail signs installed near Town Hall.

Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry stands with Councilwoman Denise Murphy and her daughter next to one of the new Canalway Trail signs installed near Town Hall. Photo by John Purcell.

— Recently the county installed sidewalks on a portion of Rosendale Road, which it received a grant to construct. Since the sidewalks were installed, McGraw said residents have utilized it often and appreciate the pathway.

“I don’t go two days without somebody saying some positive comment to me,” said McGraw. “It has just made all the difference in the world to the neighborhoods.”

Feedback she’s received has also lead into looking at the possibility of extending the sidewalk further.

“You couldn’t walk along that road (before),” said McGraw. “Now what I get is can we extend it … people want to extend it right down Rosendale Road, because they love the idea of kids being able to walk all the way to [Iroquois Middle School].”

Landry said there are also many workers at General Electric and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory walking down the bike path during their lunch breaks. Some workers are even biking to work during the hotter months, said McGraw, but even during the colder months the trail sees activity.

“Frank even in the winter time plows out a section of that so people can walk on it,” said Landry.

In Niskayuna, it isn’t surprising residents would be interesting in developing and promoting alternative transportation routes.

“Niskayuna historically has had over the last 20 years a very good parks system … and people really take advantage of our recreational system. If you go down between Lions Park and Blatnick Park on the bike path at any period of time there is quite a few people using it,” said Supervisor Joe Landry. “We have a lot of people that are very active and are looking for other alternatives.”

Besides biking being a healthier from of transportation, McGraw said it makes sense from a financial standpoint.

“In this economy, at $4 a gallon for gas, it makes sense for a lot of reasons,” said McGraw.

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