by Brian Sharp, Democrat & Chronicle, link to original post with photo
A ribbon cutting Monday morning officially opened a new “Rails to Trails” bridge over the Genesee River, connecting the University of Rochester and the Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood.
The $1.8 million Erie Lackawanna bridge sits atop a bridge deck originally constructed in the 1850s and enlarged nearly 100 years ago. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the city also was presented the 2012 Champion Award from the New York state Bicycle Coalition.
This is the third railroad-to-trail conversion opened this year, with the others being at the Public Market at the El Camino trail in the northeast. Re-purposing of these old structures and rights of way can “make the new city,” Mayor Thomas Richards said, before taking a ceremonial “first walk” across the bridge with UR President Joel Seligman.
“Mayor, I’m with you for a walk and maybe, some day, a bike ride as well,” Seligman said to Richards.
“Never can tell,” the mayor quipped, but added: “Gotta test the bridge first.”
To enjoy the many rail-trails of Rochester, pick up a copy of the guidebook Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Rochester NY Area.