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Rail conversion a great idea

February 23, 2012
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

What a great idea to convert the rail corridor that runs 90 miles between Lake Placid and Old Forge! Surely, it would become a world-class wilderness bikeway, running through the heart of the Adirondacks.

A converted rail trail almost immediately becomes all season and multi-purpose, which appeals to bikers, as well as walkers, talkers, leaf peepers and skiers of all skills and all ages.

It is easy to project the appeal of this bikeway to an already-informed and established recreational population, and also to project the positive economic impact on the surrounding communities.

We have biked many miles on various trails - like the Le P'tit Train du Nord in the Laurentians, the Erie Canal, the Great Lakes District, the Hudson Valley, the Missisquoi River Trail - and many others.

We always have enjoyed the beauty of the scenery, the rhythmic exercise, and the people you meet along the way.

In this case, particularly, the panache of "The Adirondacks" would increase the predisposition of visitors, in addition to nearby residents, to use the trail, safely and quietly, and to visit the charming Saranac and Tupper Lake villages for lunch break, a bit of history, souvenirs,a bike tire, and the pleasure of being there.

Lola Johnson




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