Advocacy & Community Outreach
Community Outreach: Collaborated with government officials, private businessmen, cycling advocacy groups, and private citizens to advocate for the improvement and expansion of local cycling infrastructure.
Participants: Warren County DPW, Warren County Dir of Tourism, Glens Fall Mayor, Queensbury Town Supervisor, A/GFTC Director, Warren County EDC President, Interim Exec Dir NYBC, Feeder Canal Alliance Executive Director, Architect/bike/ped planner, Professional Traffic Calmer, Bikeatoga Director
Multi-use Trail Modernization and Connectivity Study: Warren County Planning initiated a study to gather information about problems/dangerous crossings on the Bikeway, Feeder Canal, and Empire State Trails. ACA members attended meetings, responded to the survey, and compiled an extensive report on problem gates and bollards along the multi-use trails.
Complete Streets Workshops: ACA invited government representatives and business owners to the first workshop to learn about requirements for enacting a Complete Streets Policy. A follow-on workshop dealt with the implementation of a long-term plan to obtain funding from a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant.
Lobby Day in Albany: ACA members attended. Met with several representatives to advocate for passing safe bike laws.
ACA representation on Local/State Committees
- A/GFTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee: ACA is a participant in the re-established A/GFTC Planning Advisory Committee to assist in planning bike/ped access to DOT roads.
- New York Safe Streets Coalition: Purpose is education and advocacy for safe bicycling laws. ACA is a Steering Committee member and representative of our northern rural area.
- Warren County Board Meetings: ACA members attended several board and committee meetings to discuss the approval of E-bikes on the Bikeway, as well as other cycling/transportation issues.
ACA Website: Major content improvements were made to market the website as a product.
- Expanded the Comprehensive Regional Events Calendar details to advertise all 2024 regional events. The goal is to become the “go-to site” to find events in this region.
- Increased donor exposure by including rolling lists of sponsors on multiple pages.
- Added road routes & trail networks; GPS route maps & cue cards can now be downloaded directly from the ACA website. ADKCyclingAdvocates.org/routes
Bicycle Safety Equipment: ACA funded/distributed bike accessories to encourage bicyclists to use the proper bike equipment to ensure safe riding and parking.
- Sponsored and installed two additional Arts Project Bike racks at the Hyde Museum and Shirt Factory. ACA actively supports the local arts community. The bike racks are conveniently placed for bikers attending these popular event sites.
- Installed a fixit station at the Country Club Road parking lot to provide support for bicyclists in need of minor repair. Warren County DPW will install it and maintain it.
- Distributed over one hundred free bike warning bells at bike and community events.
Off-Road Trail/Path Network Expansions
ACA has provided funding for the design/construction of more than 8 trail & path networks.
- Rush Pond/Gurney Lane Connector to cross Gurney Lane and connect Gurney Lane with Rush Pond Way and Gurney Lane South trails.
- Connector between Warren County Municipal Center parking area to Warren County Bikeway and across Route 87 overpass/bridge to Gurney.
- Expansion of 5 km. of Gurney Lane South to connect Queensbury High School/Fox Farm Road.
- Ski Bowl/Rabbit Pond Trail Connector: revitalization of 7.5 km. of trails.
- Dynamite Hill: Several miles of trail-shaping for beginner to intermediate mountain biking.
ACA has advocated for a comprehensive connector bike/ped connector project which is headed by Queensbury in collaboration with Glens Falls. Phase III Construction includes the new Peggy Ann Connector Section that will connect Warren County Bikeway, Rush Pond Way and Halfway Brook, with Plug Mill parking area/Coles Woods, and Feeder Canal Trail.
Annual Harry Elkes Ride
Another successful ride. 125 cyclists chose from 4 different routes starting from The Hub in Brant Lake. Harry Elkes Ride meets two most important ACA goals – to promote health benefits/enjoyment of recreational biking and to introduce local and visiting cyclists to the natural beauty of Warren County’s North Country scenic roads and lakes.
2023 Annual Campaign: Through our letter and email campaign, donations are used to expand and promote cycling opportunities. Because of this communication, ACA is able to reach new audiences and enlist new volunteers. ACA maintains a strong relationship with both corporate and individual sponsors.
Grants: ACA received Warren County funds which were used for trail expansion, to promote Warren County as a “Bicycling Destination, and to carry out ACA special bike safety projects.