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NY Parks and Trails Utilizes GIS September 12, 2008

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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Parks & Trails New York has launched a new website dedicated to the Erie Canalway Trail, a cross-state route between Buffalo and Albany along the legendary Erie Canal. At the heart of the new website is an interactive map that features the Canalway Trail route and outstanding sightseeing stops. In addition to museums, historic sites, and parks, the map shows lodging, bike shops, and services such as dining, convenience stores, ATMs, pharmacies, and hardware stores. Restrooms, parking areas, and handicapped accessible trailheads are also included.
CTEC siteUsers can first view the entire Erie Canalway Trail, from Buffalo to Albany, and then zoom in for more detail. They can pan or scroll through the entire route, choose a specific region to explore, or find the location of a particular attraction, lodging establishment or bike shop by selecting it from the database. Each point of interest features a link for more information. A special feature allows users to create personalized itineraries. Additional features include a distance calculator so users can map out their route and know the exact distance they will cover and a locator map so that users always know where they are along the trail route. The new website was developed with support from the New York State Department of Economic Development, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and the New York State Canal Corporation.

Tourism grant awarded to Parks & Trails New York for on-line guide to multi-use trails and bicycle-friendly B&Bs

BnB AssocParks & Trails New York and the Empire State Bed and Breakfast Association (ESBBA), the statewide association of B&Bs and inns, were recently awarded a grant from the NYS Department of Economic Development’s Explore New York program to create and promote a user-friendly website and guide to New York’s multi-use trails and nearby B&Bs/inns. The funding will also help launch a Bicyclists Welcome!recognition program for B&Bs/inns providing services that are attractive to bicyclists.

Presently, information about New York’s multi-use trails – and welcoming places to stay nearby – is not conveniently available to visitors. Parks & Trails New York will use the grant to enhance and update its on-line Trail Finder maps to include GIS-based interactive maps.

In conjunction with ESBBA, Parks & Trails New York will also develop a Bicyclists Welcome! recognition program. ESSBA-member B&Bs/inns will be evaluated according to criteria important to bicyclists, such as a covered and locked location to store bicycles at night and a pump and tools for making minor repairs.

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