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Local group is putting ideas into action

The Tiki Torch Zumbathon, an event that raised money to build a handicap-accessible treehouse along the Saranac River Trail, drew more than 100 people to the City Beach June 29.

The Tiki Torch Zumbathon, an event that raised money to build a handicap-accessible treehouse along the Saranac River Trail, drew more than 100 people to the City Beach June 29. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

To that end, V2A has identified four things they believe are important to the community, and to drawing young families to the region: arts, recreation, transportation and education.

This year, V2A has held two well-attended community discussions to bring people together to explore options to make Plattsburgh a destination for arts and recreation.

Each event was followed up at a later date by a discussion session on Mountain Lake PBS.

On July 24, the third event, a community discussion on transportation, will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum in Plattsburgh. It will be hosted by Bruce Carlin, chair of V2A’s transportation task force, and is open to the public.

The meeting will be conducted in a round-robin format, consisting of five, 15-minute presentations, with a question and comment session following each.

“The idea is to come up with no- to low-cost projects that will promote bicycling and walking in the area,” Carlin said. “Those two things are great for you, the environment and tourism.”

To promote bicycling, V2A has launched a website, nybikerack.com, that has a bike rack locator map to make it easy to find bike racks throughout Plattsburgh.

The site also has information on a bike rack design contest. Entrants in three age groups can send in designs for North Country-themed ornamental decorations, which will adorn the tops of bike racks in the region.

Contest winners will be announced at the meeting.

The racks will be built by Jeffords Steel, and businesses sponsoring a rack will have its location appear on the website’s map.

“We don’t want to dig up roads to make room for bikes, we just want biking to be considered when new projects happen,” Carlin said. “By enhancing these things in our community, we can recruit new people to our area.”

For more information, visit ncvision2action.org.

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