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Happy trails in Clifton Park

There are approximately 18 miles of multi-use trails in the town of Clifton Park.

There are approximately 18 miles of multi-use trails in the town of Clifton Park.

— With more bicyclists using the trails, there is an increased need for bike racks. To this end, a functional art design competition for bikeracks among high school students in art and technology classes is taking place.Three areas for the bike racks have been identified.

“Almost all of the schools need more bike racks, certain locations need more. At our facility, which is connected to the town courthouse, our main office was one of the places. The other one was the ShenAquatic Center, the library and Clifton Commons,” said Eggelston.

“I went back to work with our administrators at the highschool level who are head of art and technology and said this would be a great service learning project for the kids and a real life applicable experience. Wehad an idea about functional art in the community and wouldn’t it be really cool if we had bike racks in the community that were functional art that tied into the open spaces and all those things that we’re working on and to tie the school with the community itself,” said Carman.

Carman added that the bike racks could be akin to the iconic decorated horse sculptures in Saratoga Springs, and is very excited about the competition.

One of the criteria for the competition is that the racks must fit a theme connected to the facility they will be placed near. About 15 to 20 entries have been received so far and Eggelston has had the chance to take a sneak peek.

“They’re really amazing. Some were bookworms, one was with waves for the Aquatic Center and one was with an octopus that was amazing. One for uswas a family for CAPTAIN. We didn’t expect as many original ideas as they came up with, that’s for sure,” he said.

The top three bike racks for each location will be chosen and then voted on to determine a winner.

A Safe Routes to school grant from 2009 has also enabled the town and school to put trails in throughout the Shenendehowa campus to make things more accessible and open the community. The grant allowed the installation of safety measures, including guardrails.

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