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Two stories in this week’s news highlight the efforts of two Ohio communities to improve their bicycle-friendliness.
Cleveland Heights is working to obtain two grants to improve bicycle and public transportation access to neighboring University Heights and the rest of Cleveland. More details can be found in this article in the Sun Press.
The city of Riverside is working to complete a 3.6 mile section of bike trail through the city, completing connections to existing adjacent trails and communities. Funding is in place, but construction cannot begin until easements from several property owners are obtained, along with approval from the city council. A public input meeting is scheduled for February 7. Full details are in the Dayton Daily News.
The Vineyard Community Church of Springdale, Ohio provides fee refurbished bicycles to members of the community through its Healing Center program. Some of the program volunteers were recently interviewed by Associated Press reporter Cliff Radel; the story can be found on the Dayton Daily News. Contact information for the church can be found on their web site at: www.cincyvineyard.com
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.
A report from the Cincinnati Enquirer highlights the slow, yet hopeful signs of progress in completing various bike trail links around that city, while the Springfield News-Sun reports on the efforts to complete links to that city’s Simon Kenton Bike Path.
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.
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…
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 www.co.greene.oh.us/parks.
Construction is set to begin on a regional bicycle hub in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The project is part of the third phase of the RiverScape park project, which also includes a covered outdoor entertainment pavilion that will convert to an ice rink in the winter.
The bike hub aims to provide facilities for daily commuters, as well as recreational users of the area’s 270 miles of trails. The hub will have secure bike storage, lockers, restrooms, and showers.
Official ground-breaking is scheduled for April 7, with expected completion in the spring of 2010. Read the full story by Steve Bennish of the Dayton Daily News.
Following in the footsteps of Akron, Cincinnati is planning to paint “sharrows” on some of its streets, according to an article by Jane Prendergast of the Cincinnati Enquirer.