Take a lesson from Cape Cod Rail Trail

To the editor:

As enthusiastic advocates of a multi-use recreational trail in place of the little-used train track, we were pleased to see the Tupper Lake village board vote 4-1 in favor of revisiting the unit management plan that governs use of the rail corridor through the Adirondacks.

We live half of the year on Upper Saranac Lake and the other half in Cape Cod. Our house is 1 mile from the Cape Cod Rail Trail. From here you can ride 50 to 60 miles on this trail without being in traffic. It is a wonderful resource for us but especially wonderful for the economy of Cape Cod. We can ride as long as there is no snow, but walkers, runners, snowshoers and skiers enjoy it also.

The trail is used year-round but especially in the summer and during the spring/fall shoulder seasons. When we are here in the summer we usually ride early in the morning because there are so many people on the trail during the middle of the day. Not everyone comes to the Cape to go to the beach. Bike shops are everywhere. There are links into all the towns abutting the trail. It is a boon to the economy, as a multi-use trail will be to the Tri-Lakes region and to every other town it serves.

The proposed multi-use recreational trail will become a major tourist destination, not to mention the 100,000-plus campers at Fish Creek and Rollins Pond campgrounds who bring bicycles with them. They would be only an hour’s ride on a safe, easy path to Tupper Lake and could easily make a day trip to and from Saranac Lake.

Jim and Chris Crane

Upper Saranac Lake