Bike to Work Day: A Celebration of the Rail Trail


Join the NY Bicycling Coalition, Elected Officials, and MHLC on May 19 for Bike to Work Day: A Celebration of the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail!

John Clarkson and Pat Fahy at  Bike to Work Day 

Walk, stroll, ride, or glide along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail on Friday, May 19th and show your appreciation for this treasured community resource. You are invited to join Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy, New York State Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson, and the New York Bicycling Coalition at MHLC’s annual Bike to Work Day.

This free event begins a light breakfast at 8 AM at our office at 425 Kenwood Avenue. At 8:30, guests will hit the Rail Trail to ride. Bike to Work Day is open to anyone, whether or not they are able to bike to their place of work from the Rail Trail. Join in for free refreshments and a bit of outdoor exercise before you start your day. Register today!

The event highlights bicycling as a zero-carbon transportation option. Bike to Work Day is an annual event, and 2017 marks the first year in which bicyclists can take the paved Rail Trail all the way to their destination. The Rail Trail is an essential route for bicyclists and pedestrians, and will be especially important as of June, when improvements and construction on Delaware Avenue in Delmar, NY, between Adams Street to Elsmere Avenue will create detours as the ‘Delaware Avenue Hamlet Streetscape Enhancement’ construction project takes place. The Rail Trail offers an excellent detour opportunity for those who can walk or bike to their destination.

Click on the picture above for a full-size, printable poster.

“As the steward of the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, we are pleased to see that so many people have utilized the Rail Trail for recreation and to get to work each day,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. “People from all over the county have embraced biking to work as a way to combine a love for the outdoors with environmental consciousness. It is my hope that we can continue our work to make the trail a resource for more people in the county.”    

“The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is proud to partner with Albany County and local municipalities to continue to improve the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail as a vital pedestrian and bicyclist resource in the Capital Region,” says Mark King, Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. “Bike to Work Day is an excellent opportunity for Rail Trail users to show their support for this community treasure.”

To register for Bike to Work Day, visit our Events Registration Page. The event is free and includes a light breakfast, as well as the opportunity to shake your elected officials’ hands and tell them how much you appreciate the Rail Trail.

The Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail (ACHHRT) is a 9-mile trail providing exciting opportunities for recreation, exercise & fitness, and zero carbon transportation, amidst beautiful vistas of natural scenery. The trail provides a safe and enjoyable bike-and pedestrian-friendly connection between the communities of Voorheesville, New Scotland, Bethlehem, and Albany. The Rail Trail is owned by Albany County and is a shared-use path that accommodates all types of non-motorized traffic. The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy works in partnership with Albany County, the City of Albany, the Towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland, and the Village of Voorheesville to promote and advocate for this exceptional recreational asset. Volunteers from Friends of the Rail Trail (FORT), a committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, serve as Trail Ambassadors, guiding visitors, patrolling, and serving as trail custodians.

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