EDITORIAL: Share your ideas on Empire trail signage


A quick glance through the Schenectady Trails Comprehensive Wayfinding Plan looks like they thought of everything when it comes to sharing information with users of the Empire State Trail through Schenectady County.
But maybe they didn’t think of everything.

Maybe the plan for trail signage doesn’t include something you want to see. Maybe it includes too much of something you don’t want to see. Maybe there are better ways to take advantage of technology to direct riders around.

That’s why it’s important that if you’re one of those people who use the trail or have special knowledge about downtown or technology or have experiences with other trails, you should consider giving your input.

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

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

The first half of the report is dedicated to eight priorities, which include informational kiosks directing riders to downtown Schenectady attractions, amenities and businesses; directional signs; safety signs and even “selfie spots,” picturesque locations where riders 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 signs.

This is where riders familiar with the trail can offer their ideas on the locations, what information they’d 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 inform people about the trail.

Art Clayman, president of Cycle Schenectady and former editorial page editor at The Gazette, recently wrote a letter to the editor in strong support of the report, encouraging users to share their ideas before the Dec. 31 deadline.

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

If you’re a business owner, or if you see a possible connection to attractions or a theme that’s gone unaddressed, include your opinions in your comments.

If you’re a computer person and you see better uses for technology to convey information, offer your thoughts. If you’re deeply familiar with the neighborhoods and city traffic patterns, offer your ideas for bringing people in, as well as share your special knowledge about a particular area that the plan doesn’t take into account.

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

Take a look at the report, think it over, then share your ideas at [email protected]

Categories: Editorial, Opinion

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