Share your thoughts on Empire Trail signage – The Daily Gazette

A quick glance at Schenectady Trails’ full orientation map makes it seem like they’ve thought of everything when it comes to sharing information with Empire State Trail users across the county. by Schenectady.
But maybe they does not have think of everything.

Maybe the trail signage plan doesn’t include something you want to see. Maybe it includes too much of something you don’t want to see. There may be better ways to leverage technology to lead cyclists.

This is why it is important that if you are one of those people who use the trail or have special knowledge of downtown or technology or have experience with other trails, you should consider give your opinion.

Start by viewing the report first, which is available by clicking here.

The report, although 22 pages long, is not very heavy to read. It’s easy to follow, with lots of photos of the trail interspersed with ideas and recommendations.

The first half of the report is devoted to eight priorities, which include information kiosks directing passengers to attractions, amenities and businesses in downtown Schenectady; directional signs; safety signs and even ‘selfie points’, scenic spots where cyclists would be encouraged to stop and upload photos to help promote the trail and share the best views.

The logic behind each priority is explained briefly in the report, and each priority contains a list of suggested locations and content for the panels.

This is where cyclists familiar with the trail can offer their ideas on locations, what information they would like to see included on the signs, and offer tips on how they would like to receive and share information.

The report also includes a digital plan for using technology to promote and educate people on the trail.

Art Clayman, president of Cycle Schenectady and former editor of The Gazette’s editorial page, recently wrote a letter to the editor to strongly support the report, encouraging users to share their ideas before the December 31 deadline.

Even if you don’t bike or hike the trail, you can still contribute to the report.

If you are a business owner, or see a possible connection to attractions or a topic that was not covered, include your opinions in your comments.

If you are a computer scientist and see better uses for technology to convey information, give your opinion. If you are familiar with the neighborhoods and traffic patterns of the city, come up with your ideas for bringing people in and share your specific knowledge about a particular area that the plan does not take into account.

This trail has the potential to be a vital community resource not only for exercise, but also for tourism, business development, and historical and cultural vitality.

Take a look at the report, think about it, then share your thoughts on [email protected]

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