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Two county legislators want to explore the idea of linking the Ellicott Creek Bike Path in Amherst with the Riverwalk through the Tonawandas.

Legislators Leonard R. Lenihan, D-Town of Tonawanda, and Charles M. Swanick, D-Kenmore, have asked the county Department of Environment and Planning to consider two possible connecting routes. One would follow Ellicott Creek Road and the other would follow Creekside Drive.

The study should show which is the most economical and best-suited for a recreational path.

Linking the paths would improve access to the riverfront for residents in Amherst and the City and Town of Tonawanda, Lenihan and Swanick said. In addition, they said, regular Riverwalk users would gain another route for bicycling, running or walking eastward.

The state last month announced it was providing funds to link the Scajaquada Pathway in Buffalo to the Riverwalk, which extends to the City of Tonawanda.

"With this hookup built and Riverwalk completed all the way to Buffalo, citizens could enjoy biking or running from the north towns right into downtown (Buffalo)," said Swanick.

If the proposed connecting path is completed, it would extend from the Niagara River through the Tonawandas and across Niagara Falls Boulevard to the Ellicott Creek Bike Path in Amherst.

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