Rail trail would meet key need

My wife and family have been visiting the Lake Placid region for the past thirty years. We love the area so much that we recently invested in what we hope will be our future retirement home in Saranac Lake. Since buying our condo back in February, my wife and I have become aware of the proposed conversion of the railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake to a multi-use bike path.

As fifty-something weekend residents of Saranac Lake, we are happy to be able to hike, fish, and kayak in a safe and leisurely manner. The single exception is the ability to safely bike in the area. We have to be careful about where and when we ride our bikes (to lower the odds of getting hit or accidently run off the road) because of the lack of suitable (wide and in good repair) road shoulders.

It is with this in mind that I encourage the state to move forward with the plan to convert the current rail corridor to a multi-purpose bike trail.

Paul and Paula Fox, Saranac Lake

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