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Bicycle Friendly America

The League of American Bicyclists, who normally evaluate cities and award various levels of “Bicycle Friendly City” designations, has published a ranking of US states. Go to:

Click on a state to see its ranking a description of the reasons behind each ranking. A list of bicycle friendly cities in each state, if any, is provided with each state listing. 

Ohio ranks 34 out of 50. Reasons for Ranking: Ohio has a routine accomodation policy adopted in 2005, but no bike master plan and bicycling enforcement is not a police academy or POST training requirement.

Currently there are no cities in Ohio that have been designated as bicycle friendly communities by the League of American Bicyclists.

Hamilton County and Cincinnati Bike Friendly Survey

Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati are together embarking on a new initiative to make their communities more bicycle friendly. To that end, they have made a survey available for concerned citizens to make their opinions heard. To take the survey, go here:

Cincinnati adopts Citywide Bicycle Plan

Bloggers and bike news sites in Southwestern Ohio have been abuzz lately with the news that the city council of Cincinnati recently approved funds for the first Citywide Bicycle Plan in 32 years. Details on the city’s current bike program and facilities can be found here, including a downloadable map of bike rack locations in the city.

Get Your "Share The Road" License Plates

Since 2005, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has offered a “Share The Road” special license plate option for Ohio drivers. Funds from the registration of these plates are used for publication of the valuable bicycling safety pamphlet, Ohio Bicycling Street Smarts. A history of the Share The Road plate program, as well as instruction for how to obtain your plate, can be found on this Ohio Bicycle Federation web page.

Athens and Southeast Ohio Bicycle Maps

The Cycle Path bike shop has produced a Bicycle Commuter Map of Athens, Ohio that can be downloaded and printed. There is also a four-part Southeast Ohio Bicycle Map available that shows routes and road conditions for Athens County and Meigs County, as well as parts of surrounding counties. The Athens Bicycle Club web site has information on how to order this map by mail, as well as a list of area businesses where this map can be obtained in person.

Ohio Ride Share / Ohio Bike Buddies

OhioRideShare is a cooperative service offered by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Eastgate), and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). It gives residents from 13 counties in Northeast Ohio the ability to identify potential carpool partners quickly and securely. Registering with OhioRideshare is free and gives you the power to conduct searches for potential carpool partners online.

OhioBikeBuddies is a feature within OhioRideShare available to commuters in the NOACA 5-county area (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, and Medina) that will help you find a partner to share your bike ride to work.

Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling Association’s nonprofit mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. Founded in 1973 as Bikecentennial, Adventure Cycling is the premier bicycle travel organization in North America with 44,500 members nationwide.

The ACA researches and produces cycling maps for their Adventure Cycling Route Network, one of the largest route networks in the world at 38,158 miles (and growing). Three of these routes pass through Ohio: the Northern Tier Route, the Underground Railroad Route, and the Lake Erie Connector.