Officials lay out plan for Mohawk Harbor bike trail

Patrick Brennan of Schenectady rides his bike 3 times a week on the bike path between Maxon Rd. Ext and Peek St. recently. (Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer)Patrick Brennan of Schenectady rides his bike 3 times a week on the bike path between Maxon Rd. Ext and Peek St. recently. (Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer)

BY NED CAMPBELL
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — Fred Thompson has been cycling the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail since 1990, when he worked at the General Electric Technical Services Co. in the Rotterdam Industrial Park and lived in Niskayuna.

“I used to ride back and forth, 15 miles each day,” said Thompson, 75, who is now retired but still lives in Niskayuna and rides the trail for fun. “I used the bike rack. We had a little locker room. … I’d bring a change of clothes.”

On Wednesday, Thompson learned more about Schenectady County’s plans to build an alternate section of the trail that would run along the Mohawk River through the former Alco factory site. But the plans, presented at a meeting in the McChesney Room at the main branch of the Schenectady County Public Library, left him wanting more.

His concern: A gap in the trail in the city of Schenectady would remain.

Steve Wilson of CHA Consulting, the project’s design consultant, told about 30 people that the on-road portion of the trail would go through the Stockade “in the most efficient way possible,” but exactly how is still open for discussion.

“I know this isn’t part of this project, but there’s still the impediment about … trying to meet up with the path that goes through Riverside Park,” Thompson told county officials.

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