Bike paths in the Berkshires just got a boost from federal funds obtained by U.S. Rep. John Olver.
The first is a grant for the design of the Lee Bikeway, which will travel through Lee and connect to bike routes in neighboring Lenox and Stockbridge. The second is a grant to help the Lee Land Trust improve access to and create a picnicking area at its Barlow/Goose Pond recreational area, located on Route 20. The first project was awarded $293,200 and the second, $136,080.
The main path in the Berkshires is the 11.5 mile long Ashuwillticook Rail Trail connecting Adams, Lanesborough and Cheshire. But there are plans to make the path go from the Connecticut border to the Vermont border. If you have not ridden this path, you owe it to yourself to put the bike on the back of the car next time you drive out there and enjoy this scenic trail. Of course, if you’re reading this from Connecticut or New York City, you might soon be able to make the trip without needing your car.
Plans for extending the paths in the Berkshire can be found here.