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Court rules in favor of trail developers

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.

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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.

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.

Columbus bike safety maps – drafts available

Dean Narciso of the Columbus Dispatch reports that the initial drafts of new bicycle safety maps for Columbus are available for public comment. The maps can be viewed online in two sections, representing the Northern and Southern portions of the city.

The maps are a collaboration of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the city of Columbus, the Franklin County Engineer, the Central Ohio Transit Authority, and Consider Biking.

Bridge construction to begin for Chillicothe bike path

The Chillicothe Gazette reports today that work is schedule to begin on Monday, March 9, 2009 of a new bridge for the bike path that crosses State Route 104 near the northern edge of the city. Full story…

Grove City council approves new bike paths

An article on ColumbusLocalNews.com reports that the city council of Grove City, Ohio recently approved two appropriations of $38,000 and $31,000 for engineering services that will mean new bike paths in the Windsor Park addition and between the Westgrove development and the Town Center, respectively.

Bike lanes being added to Clime Road near Columbus

From Columbus Business First of Feb. 16, 2009:

Construction began Monday on an $7.9 million effort to widen and reconstruct a 1.5-mile stretch of Clime Road on the west side of Columbus.

The section of highway, stretching east of Demorest Road to Harrisburg Pike, was closed Monday to traffic, said the Franklin County engineer’s office, which is managing the project.

Crews are working to widen and rebuild the road so they can add a center turning lane, two bicycle lanes, storm sewers, sidewalks and curbs, along with signs and street lighting. The stretch will be closed for about 40 days as a culvert along the path is replaced, the office said.

The project, scheduled for completion next summer, will cost $7.9 million and is funded by Federal Highway Administration and Ohio Public Works Commission dollars.

News from the Columbus Dispatch

Two articles of note in today’s Columbus Dispatch; the first is a brief note by reporter Spencer Hunt explaining a temporary sewer pipe running along the Olentangy Bike Trail. The second is from reporter Kathy Lynn Gray, who talks to a few area cyclists to find out how they deal with the cold weather.

Making roads safe for cyclists and motorists

This article appears in today’s Chillicothe Gazette, by long-time cyclist David May of the Gazette’s Board of Contributors. He offers many points and tips, most of which are probably familiar to regular readers of this blog. But, it is good to see something like this appearing in a mainstream publication for the benefit of non-cyclists. Thanks, David, for representing us well!