May 28, 2004
Upstate business communities invited to introduce themselves to participants on cross-state bike trek
Upstate New York's local businesses are being encouraged to participate in a cross-state bicycling trip in early June designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Bicycle Route 5," New York's largest cross-state bicycle route.
Several hundred cyclists are expected to join at least part of the five-day ride from Niagara Falls to Albany. The event, which is dubbed "5 is 10," will begin June 7 and end June 11 with an event at the state Capitol in Albany. The state Department of Transportation and the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) are sponsoring the event.
Local businesses are encouraged to welcome cyclists along the route and, if they wish, to join them for part of the ride.
"Bicycling is good for business, and upstate in particular has lots of bicycle tourism," said Jesse Day, executive director of NYBC. "Many recreational routes start at or intersect with New York's Bicycle Route 5, and many businesses and local business organizations could benefit from increasing their visibility with the community of serious cyclists."
Cyclists will travel from Niagara Falls to Rochester the first day and to Syracuse, Cheerier, Amsterdam, and Albany on successive days. Serious and recreational cyclists are invited to join the ride for the full 200-mile trek, for one day's ride, or for a 10 mile chunk beginning outside of that day's destination community.
Bicycle Route 5, New York's first bicycle route, is not a bike path, but an on-road route that goes through many small communities as well as the cities of Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Albany.
NYBC is a statewide nonprofit organization working to increase bicycling safety, education, and access.
For maps and information on how to register for the free event, visit www.nybc.net or call Chelsea at 1-518/436-0889.