|Erie Canal Bike Ride, July
Erie Canalway or Erie Rail Trails, The Canal Towpaths and Rail Lines Have Been Turned Into Bike trails
Remnants of the 1825 Erie Canal, the first of three versions, offer historic sites and old towpaths where mules once pulled the boats and now bikers ride
Some of the trails are paved bicycle trails along the canal, others are stone dust, and others are gravel or a combination that runs along the canal and then loops through the downtown centers of the villages.
The week-long bike ride will bring this resource to the attention of people who love biking.
The trail is a work in progress. This network of bike and walking trails connects Albany New York to Buffalo New York, a distance of 360 miles or so.
Most trails follow the Erie Canal, built in 1825, although some sections are on a wide path along the paved highway Route 31.
Erie Canal's western end near Niagara Falls
Sunset over Niagara Falls
The Tonawanda bike trail near Niagara Falls and the western end of the Erie Canal bike trail system
Long distance bike riders on the Erie Canal Bike Trail
Erie Canal Bike Ride is an Annual Buffalo To Albany Group Bike Ride.
Eight days of biking, off-road bicycle trails, and dedicated bike lanes for 360 miles from Buffalo at the end of the Erie Canal near Niagara Falls to Albany near the Hudson River
See optional Weekend Rides below
Off-Road Bicycle Trails From Buffalo to Albany 360 miles
Five hundred riders make the annual 400-mile group trip in July to promote awareness of this resource
Erie Canalway and Erie Rail Trails run beside the Erie Canal and at times go over the gates of the canal, seen here above as the railed walkway on top of the gate
Modern Locks built in 1917 are maintained by a fleet of state boats painted blue and Yellow
Biking and walking trail beside the canal in Macedon
Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is a major air hub for flights to the Erie Barge Canal at the west end. Check Auto Europe's Flights and Rental vehicles.
Albany at the east end of the Erie canal has air service from Albany International Airport (ALB) Rental Cars Available
Interstate highway 90 runs parallel to the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo
Greyhound, Trailways, and other bus lines service Buffalo and Albany. Bikes can go aboard in the luggage compartment
•Baggage must not exceed 62 inches when adding the total exterior dimensions of the piece (length + width + height). A charge of $30 - $40 (depending on the distance traveled) will be applied to any baggage above the 62-inch limit.
◦Packaging exceptions will only be made for the following items: bicycles, skis and ski poles must be packed in wood, canvas or other substantial container, and securely fastened (Excerpted from Greyhound)
Amtrak, Albany-Rensselaer, NY, (ALB) To Buffalo, Depew, NY, (BUF), $47 USD, five hours
Each year in July about 500 riders join for an eight- day, cross-state bicycle tour on the Erie Canal
The annual trip runs between the second and third week of July.
The nearly 400-mile recreational bicycle tour starts in Buffalo New York at the west end of the Erie Canal and ends in Albany at the east end of the canal.
Seventy five percent of the tour is off-road and covers flat trails, many paved, that run beside the Erie Canal.
This is a recreational trip geared to all ages.
Historically there have been riders in their 80s alongside preschoolers; it can be a family event; the recreational aspect is the focus, not racing.
Optional Weekend Rides
There are optional rides for those that can join only for a weekend.
The focus of this annual ride is to elevate awareness of the canal bike trail resource for recreation.
- Promote the Erie Canal Bike Trails
Weekend Optional rides:
Buffalo to Pittsford
July Dates info, 518-434-1583
On the eastern end Canojohrie to Albany
Weekend rides for those that can not participate for the full week
Prices Shuttles, Details 518-434-1583
Erie Canal Bike Ride,
Annual Buffalo To Albany Group Bike Ride
Held Each July the Second and Third Week
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Buffalo To Albany Group Bike Ride
Erie Canal bike riders cross the canal at Macedon Lock 30
Walking, running inline skating, and biking are offered by the Erie Canalway Trails.
trails beside the Erie Canal were once tow paths.
In 2015 the bike ride will celebrate its 17th year. Dates for the group bike ride from Buffalo To Albany are July 12th to July 19th.