Yesterday, I rode on the Albany County bike path from its beginning on South Pearl St., and I was pleased to find that its western end had been extended from central Delmar (behind the Stewart’s on Delaware Ave.) to New Scotland Avenue in Slingerlands, almost doubling its length. On a beautiful Saturday, a lot of people were using the trail for walking and riding. This type of project always gets a lot of use, and it makes surrounding properties, residential and commercial, more valuable. It’s a low-cost, high-yield investment for government, that pays off in better health for citizens enjoying expanded recreational opportunities, as well as financially. I hope the rest of the path opens while the weather is still good, and I hope local governments throughout the region decide to make similar investments.