Town and city centers in and around Steuben County are relatively spread out; in most cases, the cars and busses are the easiest and most accessible mode of transport. While owning a car may be considered necessary to live in this area, there is another transportation option for those who do not want to spend the money: biking. Though not the most accessible form of transportation, biking is entirely possible in Steuben County and the greater Finger Lakes region (https://www.fingerlakes.org/explore/counties/steuben).
Here are a few reasons why you may want to pick up your bike for seasonal transportation.
Unlimited Bike Shops
Steuben County and the Finger Lakes area are home to thousands of avid cyclists. With this intense interest comes a supportive industry; there are dozens of local bike shops across the county to help you purchase the perfect bike for your commuting or recreational needs. These shops are also perfect for repairs and updates. Corning Bike Works in Corning is an area favorite, carrying all the supplies the novice or experienced biker needs. Wheels Unlimited, located in Bath, is another excellent option for newbies testing the ropes.
New York isn’t known for having hospitable weather, and Steuben County is no exception. However, cyclists enjoy bikeable weather for most of the year. With the exception of the area’s harsh winter months—December, January, February, and March—cyclists can easily combat unfavorable weather conditions. While we don’t recommend biking in harsh weather, you may be surprised by how easily you can bike in moderate rain and heavy wind.
While most major streets in Steuben County don’t feature bike lanes, there are hundreds of miles of trail in and around the county. If you’re commuting between towns for work or recreation, there is likely a trail that will take you to where you want to be. If you choose this mode of bike transport, be sure to get the correct bicycle; while road bikes may fare well on streets, these trails may pose additional strain.
Steuben County loves its cyclists. The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport has a stellar collection of historic bicycles dating back to the 1860s. The area hosts dozens of cycling events every year, and many residents see biking as both a hobby and a utility. Additionally, Steuben County takes National Bike Month and National Bike to Work Week very seriously; if you’re worried about biking to work every day, hold out for Bike to Work Week to see just how easy it can be.