Journey Along the Erie Canal

In 2016, our 4th Journey Along the Erie Canal will highlight the importance of employment opportunities for all New Yorkers. In January 2016, Our Ability launched the New York Business Leadership Network. The NYBLN will bridge the gap between employment opportunities from New York businesses as well as the candidates with disabilities statewide. Our 2016 ride will raise awareness of Our Ability, NYBLN and the benefits of employment for all New Yorkers. We will invite businesses across New York to provide jobs and internships. We invite New Yorkers to find the ability inside ourselves whether it be riding the Erie Canal or finding meaningful employment.

While we have made so many advancements, our work continues. Our Journey continues to be a symbol of this endeavor.

In 2014, with the support of Sen. Gillibrand, the New York State Barge Canal was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are continually reminded of the ability within all as well as the history we have towards economic achievement in our own backyard.

This summer individuals with disabilities, community organizers, political leaders and historians will join together for 1 mile or 350 miles as we hand cycle across our great state once again.

In 2014 - Our Ability's Journey Along the Erie Canal video stories was sponsored by NYSID.NYSID-2

Donations can be made and go to 501c3 DEFNY's Scholarship fund for Students with Disabilities. Individual donations are suggested in the amounts of $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500. All donations over $100 will receive a Journey t-shirt.

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Corporate Sponsorship starts at $500 and through $5000. CONTACT US for Corporate Sponsorship

Journey Along the Erie Canal 2015 Schedule

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - Opening BBQ at Maddock's

Event Time: 4:00 pm

Event Location: 81 Lincoln Road, Synder, NY

Departure Time: 12:00 pm

Departure Location: Canal Side, Buffalo

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: NiaWanda Park

Miles: 14

Monday, June 29, 2015 - Lockport 150 Celebration

Event Time: 11:30 am

Event Location: Locks District

Departure Time: 8:00 am

Departure Location: Niawanda Park, 200 Niagara St, Tonawanda

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Prospect Ave Lift Bridge, Medina

Miles: 37

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Albion Rally

Event Time: 11:00 am

Event Location: ARC of Orleans

Departure Time: 8:30 am

Departure Location: Prospect Ave Lift Bridge, Medina

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Route 259 Lift Bridge, Spencerport

Miles: 32

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Event Time:

Event Location: Albion ARC

Departure Time: 9:30 am

Departure Location: Route 259 Lift Bridge, Spencerport

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Perrinton Park, 99 O'Connor Road, Fairport

Miles: 24

Thursday, July 2, 2105 - Wayne ARC

Event Time: 12:00 pm

Event Location: Newark

Departure Time: 8:00 am

Departure Location: Perrinton Park, 99 O'Connor Road, Fairport

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Abbey Park, 177 Water Street, Lyons - REVISION ** will end in Clyde NY ***

Miles: 32

Friday, July 3, 2015

Event Time: 

Event Location:

Departure Time: 9:30 am

Departure Location:REVISION ** Downtown Clyde NY

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Sims Store, Erie Canal Park, Camillus

Miles: 38

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - Day Off
Day Off
Sunday, July 5, 2015

Event Time: 

Event Location:

Departure Time: 9:30 am

Departure Location: Sims Store, Erie Canal Park, Camillus

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: 7010 Lakeport Road, Chittenango

Miles: 26

Monday, July 6, 2015 - Rome New Trail Section Ribbon Cutting

Event Time: 2:00 pm

Event Location: Near Bellamy Park

Departure Time: 8:30 am

Departure Location: 7010 Lakeport Road, Chittenango

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Lock 20 State Canal Park, Marcy

Miles: 45

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - Oneida-Lewis ARC Send Off/Herkimer ARC Rally

Event Time: 8:30

Event Location: ARC Ride-along from Lock 20 to Aqua Vino

Departure Time: 8:30 am

Departure Location: Lock 20 State Canal Park, Marcy

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Canal Harbor, Southern Ave, Little Falls

Miles: 30

Event Time: 1:00 pm

Event Location: Herkimer ARC Rally - 350 S Washington St, Herkimer (police escort)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Event Time:

Event Location:

Departure Time: 9:00 am

Departure Location: Canal Harbor, Southern Ave, Little Falls

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: 1 Port Jackson Sq, Amsterdam

Miles: 40

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Price Chopper HQ Reception

Event Time: 12:00 pm

Event Location: Price Chopper HQ

Departure Time: 9:00 am

Departure Location: 1 Port Jackson Sq, Amsterdam

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Lyons Park, 2429 Rosendale Rd, Niskayuna

Miles: 28

Friday, July 10, 2015

Event Time: 12:00 pm

Event Location: Jennings Landing, Albany Corning Preserve

Departure Time: 9:30 am

Departure Location: Lyons Park, 2429 Rosendale Rd, Niskayuna

Approx. Arrival Time:

Arrival Location: Jennings Landing, Albany Corning Preserve

Miles: 18

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