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Promoting the bicycling lifestyle in The Buckeye State
In the annual State of the City address last night, Mayor Michael Coleman said he is determined to make Columbus “Bike City USA.” To help get there, the city will set aside $6 million from its capital budget to connect the Alum Creek Trail to the city’s bikeway system and build an additional 24 miles of bike paths and bike lanes on city streets.
More details from the speech can be found in this article from Columbus Business First.
According to this article from the Stow Sentry, the city of Stow, Ohio has applied for a $41,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a new bike trail to connect the area near the Staybridge Hotel property, and the Bike and Hike Trail of the Metroparks, Serving Summit County.
Although this is a pretty short route, it looks to me like it will be a useful connection between popular bike routes in the area, providing a bypass around the busy Route 8/Steels Corners Road interchange.
The downtown area of Kent, Ohio will get getting a new transportation center with the help of a $20 million grant from the federal government. The multimodal facility will include a bicycle storage area and 350 auto parking spaces, and with 10 bus bays, will also service as a regional transit hub.
Read more details in this article from the Plain Dealer.
Senator Teresa Fedor of Toledo will introduce a bill on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 to modify Ohio revised code 4511.27(A) to require that motorists maintain a three-foot minimum clearance when passing bicycles.
Senators Fedor and Mark Wagoner and Ohio Bicycle Federation Chair Chuck Smith will announce the bill’s introduction during an 11:30 AM Tuesday press conference on the West Lawn of the State House in Columbus.
The bill is one of eight Ohio Bicycle Federation proposals to improve Ohio cycling given to Senator Fedor by Smith during a May 15-17 bicycle tour from Toledo to Columbus.
For questions regarding the proposed legislation, check the Ohio Bicycle Federation web site at www.ohiobike.org or email Smith at email@example.com.
Ken McCall of the Dayton Daily News reports that bids are to go out this week for a street redesign project in downtown Dayton. Part of the project is creating bike lanes, and painting “sharrows” on other streets. Full story…
Jessica Cuffman of the Marion Star reports that a rail-trail project in Marion County that has been stalled for 10 years is finally moving forward, with funding and a construction schedule. Full story…
Kent Mallett of the Newark Advocate reports that a Licking County Court has ruled in favor of a trail development group in an ongoing, contentious land ownership dispute near Newark, Ohio. Click here for the full story.
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.
Dan Sheridan, a regular cycling columnist for the Marion Star newspaper, offers these Nine tips for safe bicycling.
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.