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Upcounty bike trail extensions eyed

WARRENSBURG - As bicycling enthusiasts met this week to draft ways to expand and promote their sport in Warren County, town officials hailed their ideas to develop new bicycling trails and routes in the upcounty region.

County Board of Supervisors' immediate past chairman Fred Monroe said he was very enthusiastic about the county-sponsored biking group's ideas to develop new trails and routes because it could boost tourism, which is vital to the area economy.

"Bicycling is becoming an extremely popular sport, and expanding bike paths would be a tremendous asset to the region," he said.

Monroe's counterpart to the south echoed his opinion.

"Anytime we're enhancing recreational opportunities up north in the county, it's a very worthwhile effort," Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said, noting Warrensburg, Chester, Stony Creek and Thurman all offered ideal routes for two-wheeled travel. "Bicycling has caught on with the public, and the sport is enjoyed by both residents and tourists."

This county-sponsored bicycling group, the Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Citizens Advisory Board, discussed extension of trails, developing brochures, and advocating for safety, as they met Dec. 29.

"One of our goals is to extend an official bike trail through northern Warren County," board leader Lloyd Mott of Queensbury said. The effort is to include developing both backwoods trails and marked pathways along existing roads. All would be mapped out and made known to tourists and residents.

No longer would the Warren County Bikeway - now extending from Glens Falls to Lake George - stand alone as the main option for a scenic ride.

Monroe, Supervisor of the town of Chester, noted one worthwhile effort would be to interconnect existing woodland bicycle trails while developing new ones. Also, such pathways could link up to Warren County's scenic railroad as well as follow their right-of-way through the wilds. He added an effort was underway in his town to develop bike trails round Loon Lake and Friends Lake.

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