Gov. Cuomo called for an “energy highway” between Montreal and NYC/downstate in his address last week. Now the Regional Plan Association has called for expanding the idea to include higher speed rail and broadband service in a multi-use corridor (see http://www.rpa.org/2012/01/an-energy-rail-broadband-expressway-to-quebec.html). Good idea.
Now we should propose including a multi-use trail/bike path in the corridor, also. Pieces of such a trail already exist, the cost would be small compared to the other elements, and, given the popularity of bicycle tourism, the economic benefits could be large. For information on bicycle tourism, refer to Parks & Trails New York’s Bicyclists Bring Business at http://www.ptny.org/pdfs/canalway_trail/b3/Bicyclists_bring_business.pdf.