|Older Bond Lake News|
|Written by Administrator|
|Sunday, 23 January 2011 12:25|
There's not a lot of riding in the Northtowns. This is basically due to extensive suburbanization and farming, lack of public land, and when there is public land, a lot of it is on the clay of the post-glacial Lake Tonawanda or Lake Iroquois, which means it is flat and non-draining and hence very poorly suited for trails.
However, there fortunately is some public land along the Niagara Escarpment, which would be great for trails: Bond Lake.
The push for trails at Bond Lake started with Dudley for the former "shifting gears" bike shop as well as Steve O. They met with the Niagara County Parks department and developed a plan for some new trail development in 2006. Dudley and Steve's plan was well received by the parks department, and trail work days were scheduled for 2007. Unfortunately, the County (not the parks people, but rather the legal department across the street) threw a wrench into the plans by requiring not only rafts of insurance (some of which was obtainable through WNYMBA) but also wanted WNYMBA to sign a contract accept liability forever for anyone that ever feels like suing the county. Not only was this patently unacceptable, but is not required anywhere else where volunteers build trails, and ignores the fact that the General Obligations Law shields the county from lawsuits resulting from recreational use of their land. This meant the trail proposals were dead, and Dudley and Steve moved onto other things.