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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Columbus named a Bicycle-Friendly Community

Congratulations to Columbus, for being the first city in Ohio to be named a Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists! The League awarded its Bronze status in its spring 2009 announcement of new BFC’s, along 12 other communities, including 4 other firsts in their respective states: Philadelphia (PA), Cedar Falls (IA), Columbia (MO), and Tulsa (OK).

Information about the criteria used to select Bicycle-Friendly Communities and how to apply can be found here on the League’s web site.

Nine tips for safe bicycling

Dan Sheridan, a regular cycling columnist for the Marion Star newspaper, offers these Nine tips for safe bicycling.

Bicycle Safety Day in Wapakoneta on May 9

A Bicycle Safety Day is scheduled for May 9, 2009 at the St. Joseph School in Wapakoneta, Ohio. It is organized by local resident Marlene Froning, in partnership with the Wapakoneta Fire Department, Wapakoneta Police Department, D.A.R.E. and the Revolution Cycling Team.

See this article from for more details.

Frankfort receives grant for biking/walking path

The village of Frankfort, Ohio has received a grant of $250,000 from the federal Safe Routes to School program for the construction of a one-mile paved pathway. The trail will connect the Frankfort branch of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library to the Adena Local Schools campus, and is expected to be completed in 2010.

Read the full story by Jona Ison from the Chillicothe Gazette.

Campus bike-share programs prove popular

An article by Dana Wilson in the Columbus Dispath talks about the popularity and success of bicycle sharing programs on Ohio college campuses, including Ohio University in Athens, Ohio State University in Columbus, Oberlin College, and a new program being planned at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.

Test and tune up your bike in Xenia April 26

From the Times Community Newspapers of Greater Dayton:

Join the Greene County Parks Trail Sentinels and K & G Bike Center on Sunday, April 26 from 2–4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center in Xenia for Bicycle Test and Tune where participants can get their bike ready for spring riding. First, participants will learn how to tune up their bike to get ready for riding the bike trails this spring and repair it should it breakdown while riding. Greene County Parks Trail Sentinels will also conduct a bike rodeo for riders to test their skills on obstacles, weaving, close maneuvers and more. Now that you are tuned and tested, it is time to enjoy a leisurely ride along the bike trail hosted by a Trail Sentinel. Preregistration is required and the fee is $2 for Greene County residents and $3 for non-residents per person. To register or for additional information on Bicycle Test & Tune, contact Greene County Parks at 562-7440 or visit the web site at