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New bike path approved in Tipp City

The Dayton Daily News reports that the city council of Tipp City has selected one of 17 bids from contractors for the construction of a bike path in Kyle Park. Construction is planned to begin on April 1 of this year.

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Dayton makes bid to get Bicycling Hall of Fame

Accoring to a story in the Dayton Daily News, the city has submitted a proposal to become the new home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. A group headed by the Ohio Bicycle Federation and Wright-Dunbar Inc. submitted the proposal last month, and passed the first round of review. The plan puts the Hall in an old building that was once the home of the Wright Brothers’ first bicycle store.

The search committee is looking for a space with at least 15,000 square feet of climate-controlled and secure space in a community that can provide support, draw in visitors, and is bicycle-friendly. Dayton is up against the Hall’s current home of Somerville, NJ, as well as Davis, CA and Madison, WI, the number-one and number-two bicycle-friendly cities in the country, according to the League of American Bicyclists rankings.

You can read the full story here.

Drunk Cyclist arrested in Cincinnati

According to this article from the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, a man was arrested while cycling yesterday in Cincinnati, on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence (plus resisting arrest; never hurts to throw that one in for good measure). I think this is a good thing, especially if he was riding in an unsafe manner, as the article suggests.

Many anti-cycling people complain that traffic laws are not enforced for cyclists. Bike advocates are also generally in favor of strict enforcement, as this elevates the standing of bikes as legitimate vehicles on the roads.

Some states have considered exempting cyclists from DUI enforcement. This may be a good thing, as a drunk bicyclist is probably safer for the general public compared to a drunk car driver. But, from a bike advocate standpoint, this has the negative effect of diminishing cyclists’ role as vehicles having full rights and responsibilities on the streets.

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:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=4a7j_2b_2fu5jnq6OLYboLWDlQ_3d_3d

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.

Dayton-area officials look to rehabilitate local rail-trail

Some sections of the corridor of the former Dayton, Lebanon & Cincinnati Railroad are being used as part of the local bike trail network; others form a storm drainage system, and still other parts are under-utilized. Local officials have securing funding to repair a quarter-mile section of the current bike path, but seek funds to rehabilitate more of the corridor for use for biking and hiking. Read the full story at the Dayton Daily News.

Bike Route Signage System Expanded in Xenia

Greene County Parks maintenance personnel recently installed new signs within the City of Xenia to assist trail users with finding their way to the next trail and provide distances to destinations throughout the Miami Valley.

Read the full story in this article from WHIO-TV.

I personally had the pleasure of using that area’s bike route system while on a bike trip through Xenia this past August. It is definitely the most bike-friendly part of the state that I’ve been in, and one of the most bike-friendly areas that I’ve seen in the country.