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A new 2-mile bike path was recently completed in the city of New Carlisle. The trail is the first bike path in southwestern Clark County. Read more details in this report from WHIO.
Dayton has been named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, becoming only the second city in Ohio (after Columbus) to earn the BFC designation. More details can be found in an article from Dayton MostMetro.
The April 2010 issue of Bicycling Magazine lists their annual report of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities. Columbus was ranked at #34 for, among other amenities, its celebration of Bike Month, corporate bike-commuter challenges, and a 20-year bike plan. Cleveland, as an “up and coming” city at #39, was noted for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath trail as well as other bike trails planned, a downtown bike-rental program and planned commuter bikestation. A local bicycle shop has reproduced the printed version of the Cleveland write-up on their blog.
Despite previous news of the economic downturn slowing progress on bike infrastructure, this article from the Columbus Dispatch highlights work being done on trail links in the Central Ohio region. Similarly, in Northeast Ohio, plans are in place to connect the Western Reserve Greenway and other trails near Ashtabula, Warren, and Youngstown to eventually complete the Great Ohio Lake To River Trail (see this article from the Vindicator for details).
From a report in the Courthouse News Service, during a May 17 hearing in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Congressman Steven C. LaTourette (Republican, Ohio) poked fun at Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (also a Republican). The comments stemmed from the Secretary’s web site, where he urged states to “treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes” and promoted the “end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”
To let Mr. LaTourette know your opinion of what priorities should be placed on bicycling and other non-motorized transportation infrastructure, see his web site at http://latourette.house.gov for information on how to contact him by phone, e-mail, or postal mail.
The mayor of Columbus, Ohio has pledged to create “Bike City USA” in the state’s capital, but the recession of the past several years have put much of these plans on hold. Many projects are “shovel ready,” but just lack funding. It seems that transportation officials, advocates, and the general public are taking a “wait and see” approach as to whether the latest uptick in the economy (real or perceived) will result in any change.
The most frequently requested feature by users of Google Maps has been the ability to find routes best suited for bicycling. Today, Google announces that this feature is finally available (in beta form).
There’s been an ongoing debate in Northeast Ohio about the reconstruction of the Interstate 90 bridge in Cleveland, and whether or not a bicycle/pedestrian lane will be added. There have been letters in support of bike/ped access sent by US Representative Dennis Kucinich and US Senator Sherrod Brown. Most recently, Governor Ted Strickland requested that the Ohio Department of Transportation review the issue, according to reports in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Akron Beacon-Journal.
You can find full coverage of the Innerbelt Bridge issue on the Green City Blue Lake web site.
Bikes Belong has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Ohio River Way, Inc. to help pave a segment of the Ohio River Trail that will link downtown Cincinnati to Lunken Airport. The grant is part of a total of $55,000 that Bikes Belong has awarded as part of its Winter 2010 grant cycle.
Read more about Bikes Belong and their latest grants this article on their web site.