Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry and Town Board Members John Della Ratta, Lisa Weber, and Bill McPartlon cut the ribbon for the new Flower Hill Multi-Use Path Connection, located at the end of Flower Hill Ct off of Pinecrest Drive. The Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail has over 263,757 trips a year in portions of Niskayuna.
The Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike trail is a regional multi-use trail that traverses the Town and provides an important transportation alternative and recreational resource that connects a number of residential neighbors with parks and work destinations. The Flower Hill Multi-Use Path Connection was identified by Niskayuna Safe Routes Committee as a high priority project. The Comprehensive Plan in 2003 included a Safe Routes map that a committee of volunteers put together identifying critical connections points for pedestrian and bicycle users, including the inspiration for this connection. The Comprehensive Plan and Safe Routes Map were reviewed by the Planning Board, Town Board and the Conservation Advisory Council.
In 2014, the Safe Routes Committee worked with Town staff to secure Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) grant funds for the Zenner Soccer Fields Connection and the Flower Hill connection. Grant funds covered 80% of the construction costs for these two critical connections.
The Town rebranded the Safe Routes Committee to a Complete Streets Committee in 2016. They meet regularly and are in the process of updating the 2003 Safe Routes map. They also continually review grant solicitations and identify pedestrian and bike path connections that would benefit Niskayuna residents. It is a top priority of the Town to continue to develop connections to the Mohawk Hudson Bike Hike Trail and develop other walkability improvements that improve quality of life. The Safe Routes Committee meetings are open to the public and all residents are invited to attend and participate.