February 23, 2019

City, C’ville agree on bike trail

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Traffic flows north Wednesday along Route 11 in Cortlandville past the Living History Museum. Cortlandville Town Board members voted Wednesday to authorize an agreement with the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board to help plan the CNY Peacemaker Trail.

Cortlandville and the city of Cortland will work with a central New York agency to plan a bike trail to stretch from as far north as Oswego County to the southern tip of Cortland County.

The CNY Peacemaker Trail will enter Cortland County from both Onondaga and Madison counties.

At Wednesday night’s Cortlandville Town Board meeting, board members voted to authorize an agreement with the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board to help plan the trail.

The agreement, according to supporting documents, would allow the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board to provide consulting services to the town for a half-mile section of the trail running from the Living History Museum on Route 11 south to the Cortland city line. The board will also provide the town with sketches supporting a plan for the portion of the trail.

Jeanie Gleisner, a program manager with the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, said the trail has been in the works since 2014. “It took a couple years to develop a regional plan on how to connect it,” Gleisner said.

The trail would span five counties — Cortland, Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego — and will be a way to connect heritage and outdoor resources.

The trail will enter Cortland County from both Onondaga and Madison counties. Click the image to open a high resolution version.

Gleisner said it would improve preservation, education and economic development. The trail will be made of 29 corridors spanning about 826 miles in the five counties. Around 125.2 miles would Cortland.

Funding for the project comes from grants from the state Department of State.

Gleisner said people can think of the trail as a nerve system flowing off the Erie Canalway Trail, which is the spine.

Cortland’s Common Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to allocate $1,730 from contingency funds for a feasibility study for the Peacemaker Trail.

The city’s portion of the trail would extend from the city limits at the north end of Homer Avenue to North Main and along Main Street and Clinton Avenue, said Mayor Brian Tobin.

The goal would be a safe bicycle route from the north to the south end of the city that would join with other municipalities, Tobin said.

A map of the trail system shows all municipalities in Cortland County, except Freetown, have a portion of the trail.

“A bike trail has been a dream of the city’s for a long time,” Alderwoman Katy Silliman (D-2nd Ward) said. “I hope we can make it a reality.”

Senior Reporter Catherine Wilde contributed to this report

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