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Safest Route to Access Utica

Bruce from San Antonio on 6/17/2022 1:22:28 PM:
Would appreciate suggestions on safest bike route from Erie Canal Trail to Genesee Street in Utica - cycling west to east - thanks

Yankee John from Vermont on 6/18/2022 7:11:09 AM:
I stayed at the Rosemont B&B on Genesee street in Utica in 2019 riding west to east. At that time the trail from the parking lot at Barnes Avenue east to the Harbor lock was incomplete and muddy. I rode Barnes Avenue to the Genesee Brewery (now FX Matt Brewing), East on Court Street to Genesee Street. Barnes is closed to auto traffic at the bridge over the railroad tracks but is fine for bicycles. There were large cement barriers at the south end of the bridge, I had to dismount and walk my bike through the narrow gaps. Continuing east I tried to ride Rutger Street through Proctor Park which does NOT work because the trails in the park are blocked to limit access to the Masonic Research Institute. I ended up taking Bleeker Street to Southside Road and riding on to Frankfort. Southside had little traffic and was in good condition and was a pleasant ride.

Bruce from San Antonio on 6/18/2022 6:43:44 PM:
Yankee John, Thanks very much for sharing this info about getting into and out of Utica - we're staying at the Rosemont Inn. Appreciate yr support!

Yankee John from Vermont on 6/19/2022 5:05:36 AM:
The daughter of owners of the Rosemont is a massage therapist. With advance notice you can also get an excellent massage. It wasn't cheap but at my age it was worth it and much appreciated at that point in the trip.

Bruce from San Antonio on 6/20/2022 6:26:57 PM:
Thank you for massage tip