- This event has passed.
Tuesday’s on the Towpath at Onondaga Lake
August 23, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
More about Tuesday’s on the Towpath
Tuesday is the day to be out on the Erie Canalway Trail in the Albany and Syracuse areas, with organized group rides in both areas providing fun introductions to social cycling.
Across the Canalway Trail System, local cyclists and cycling groups use the trail for outings of varied length and intensity. Some cyclists are just out to enjoy the view, while others are looking to burn calories or train for an event such as a century ride or self-supported bike tour. Whatever your style, there’s plenty of room for whatever type of cycling you’d like to do on the Erie Canalway Trail – with nearly 300 miles of off-road route and a variety of trail surfaces.
The Tuesday events are guided rides, generally on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. They use either the Old Erie Canal State Park section of the Erie Canalway Trail (ECT), on roads that follow the route of the Old Erie Canal through downtown Syracuse and the Inner Harbor, or on trails connected to the ECT including the Oneida Rail Trail. Most rides are between 8 and 10 miles, with stops along the way to talk about Canal features or historic sites. The Tuesday rides attract recreational riders of all ages and abilities, and on all types of bikes. When possible, local museums keep special hours for rides. After the rides, the group heads to local establishments to “test” the local food and craft beverages.
According to CLCBM Executive Director Chris O’Neill, the ride series has been a great success. She points to two main reasons: it serves the recreational rider, an under-served market, and provides a fun link between local cultural heritage, outdoor recreation, and area bike shops. Over the years, Tuesdays on the Towpath has drawn support from Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Parks & Trails New York, Syracuse Bicycles Shop, and Mello Velo Bike Shop. An ongoing partnership with the Erie Canal Museum provides historical credibility. Beginning in 2014, rides became a partnership with Old Erie Canal Community Working Group (OECCWG), with communities and organizations alternating as hosts and guides for the weekly rides.