Building Trails Through Cheektowaga


The Cheektowaga Trail Feasibility Study is a project that includes a multifactorial analysis of three sections of trail located in Buffalo. The trail segments, initially scoped out in the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC)’s Regional Bike Buffalo Niagara Master Plan (2020), include the Scajaquada Creek Extension to Cheektowaga, Clarence Pathway Buffalo Extension, and the Lancaster Heritage Trail West Extension.

Scajaquada Creek Extension to Cheektowaga

This corridor is a 2.5 mile off-road trail that will provide a connection between West Delavan Street/Main Street and the Clarence Pathway Buffalo Extension Corridor near Galleria Drive. The proposal may include on-road and off-road improvements that would utilize existing paths. Once the currently proposed East Side Trail/Northeast Greenway is complete, this will also create a connection between Canisius College and Buffalo.

Clarence Pathway Buffalo Extension

At nearly 8 miles, this corridor is the longest segment in the Feasibility Study, spanning from Bailey Avenue in Buffalo to Harris Hill Road in Lancaster. Proposals for this corridor include on-road enhancements along Harris Hill Road and Wehrle Drive and off road facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

Lancaster Heritage Trail West Extension

This corridor is a 5.1 mile segment that would connect the existing Lehigh Valley Railroad Rail Trail to the Lancaster Heritage Trail via off-road facilities. Please visit the Lancaster Heritage Trail West Extension project page to learn more about this specific trail project.

These three trails, which have been identified as proposed trail options among the top 15 off-road corridors to prioritize for implementation in Erie and Niagara Counties, would close off-road trail gaps between the existing Lancaster Heritage Trail (Lancaster), the existing Lehigh Valley Railroad Rail Trail in Cheektowaga, and the existing Clarence Pathway in Clarence. GObike will be working with the municipalities in which all three of these proposed trails run through to develop a feasibility study to advance the potential these corridors may have on improving the safety, access, health and environmental sustainability of the communities it may travel through.


Interactive Trail Map and Survey

Survey of Nearby Residents

Your input is critical at this stage. What amenities would you like to see on the trails? What transportation opportunities would become possible if the trails are constructed? Your answers can help us determine a path forward.

If you would like to interact with this map in a new window, please click here.



Want to talk in depth about these trails? Attend our public meeting!

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2023 – THANK YOU to the 40 people in attendance.
Review meeting slides here.

We’ll also be tabling at some upcoming events, and we’d love to talk there, too!
– Lancaster Fall Festival (Saturday September 23, 12P-5P)
– Erie County Fall Fest @ Como Lake Park (Saturday September 30, 10A-4P)

Public Documents

Click on the images below to catch up on the research done to-date. The alternatives analysis and existing conditions summaries may answer some initial questions you have about this project.


Feasibility Study

This feasibility study will include an existing conditions analysis, a series of opportunities and challenges within each corridor, and a summary of the community engagement efforts made throughout the process, which will include an interactive online map for the public to leave feedback, as well as a public meeting. These components will help create final trail design recommendations, identify any alternative routes, develop a maintenance plan, and develop an implementation plan.


Project Partners