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Mark from Brecksville OH on 6/6/2022 2:15:18 PM:
We are planning on riding from Buffalo to Rochester over two days in July. If we start at mile marker 0 of the Erie Canalway (Marine Dr. and the Skyway?) are riding on surface roads, or are we leaving Buffalo on a dedicated/ car free trail? I seem to get conflicting info. Thanks!!!!

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 6/7/2022 12:33:33 PM:
At Mile 0 it's a trail. Then it's a sidewalk, then a parking lot, then a trail, then a quiet surface street, then a trail, then a busier surface street with a bike lane, then a parking lot, then a trail. Or something like that. And that's just the first five miles. You'll find a variety of surfaces and conditions all along the trail. If you look at the maps, and use Google Satellite and Street View, you get a good feel for what's going on.

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc on 6/9/2022 3:40:24 PM:
Just adding that your apparent concern is riding in the street -- know that last year the trail has been improved along Niagara Street (where Bill mentions Street with Bike Lane). This is now a two-way segregated bike lane. Bill's overall information is correct -- it jumps around a little bit getting out of downtown, but once along the Niagara River, the trail is pretty straightforward into the Tonawanda's and heading east.