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NYBC supports cycling of all kinds - whether you ride on the road, a bike trail, or a mountain bike singletrack, we are working for you. One terrific example of this is our role on the NYS Statewide Trails Council.

Directors Emeriti Ivan Vamos and Harvey Botzman serve as delegates to the Trails Council, which Mr. Botzman chairs.  

The Trails Council was established in October 1981 to ensure citizen participation in trail planning and management, and is the formal Citizen Advisory Council for administration of the National Recreational Trail Act. The Council’s objectives are to:

  • advocate trail interests to all levels of government and to the public;

  • provide a reliable source of information on trail based recreation;

  • coordinate efforts to develop, construct and maintain recreational trails;

  • foster trail user ethics; and

  • provide a forum for mediating differences among trail-user groups

The Council has delegates from 13 different user groups: All-terrain vehicles, motorized trail bike, equestrian, 4-wheel driver, hiking, Nordic skiing, off-road bicycling, on-road bicycling, running, snowmobiles, snowshoeing, universal access, water trails.  

The Council includes representatives of the NYS Assembly & NYS Senate as well as relevant state agencies including NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation; NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; NYS Hudson River Greenway; NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Canal Corporation Federal Highway Administration; Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor; U. S. National Parks Service.  

In addition to the important advocacy work, the council is a clearing house for lots of great trail-related information from state & federal agencies, as well as from non-profit trail related organizations. One recent example was a terrific webinar “Trail Skills Project: Connecting the Trails Community to Training, Expertise, and Professional Development”. The Trail Skills Project serves as the workforce hub for the trails community providing connections to trails education, trail expertise, professional development, and job opportunities.  More information about that webinar and other professional development provided by the Trail Skills project is available on their website

If your organization would find those materials helpful, let us know and we’ll be happy to share. Just send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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