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PA: Exploring Connections To the AT

12/30/11

"Following the great success of trail networks in neighboring regions, Franklin County in southern Pennsylvania is exploring the possibility of cycling and walking connections to the popular Chambersburg Rail Trail.

"Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Greene Township will study the feasibility and benefits of a non-motorized connection between the Chambersburg Rail Trail, which runs through downtown Chambersburg, and Caledonia State Park, 10 miles to the east." more...

New Transportation Realities Emerging

12/29/11

"...In the midst of changing social and economic patterns, and unprecedented environmental challenges, existing assumptions about how we live and move are being re-calibrated, to the benefit of transportation planning that better reflects the desire of the American people.

"In an article in the New York Times last month, urban and regional planning scholar Christopher B. Leinberger wrote it was the rejection of car-dependent residential and commercial developments that contributed most significantly to the mortgage collapse." more...

Cycling Fines Spike In Denmark

12/29/11

"Beginning in the new year, riding no-handed, cycling through a red light, or forgetting to signal a turn will cost bicyclists dearly.

"The traffic law changes will result in fines for a variety of bicycling infractions jumping from 500 to 700 kroner, and in some cases to 1,000 kroner. It is the first increase in biking fines in 12 years." more...

Genoa Trail Proposal Causes Concern

12/29/11

"A plan to possibly route a bike trail along the front yards of Ohio 163 properties in Genoa is running into resistance.

"Brady Huston, a resident of Ohio 163, attended a recent Genoa Village Council meeting to express concern about the proposed route, according to council minutes. She said she felt property owners were not being informed.

"The bike trail under scrutiny would be the Genoa leg of the North Coast Inland Bike Trail that runs from Fremont through Lindsey and Elmore. It is under the management of the Sandusky County Park District..." more

MORPC Seeks Input On Central OH Transportation Plan

"The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is seeking public comments on the draft transportation projects and strategies for the 2012 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

"The 2012 MTP is for the MORPC transportation planning area, which includes Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County and Etna Township and Pataskala in Licking County. The MTP will include highway, pedestrian, bikeway, and public transportation facilities, including improvements identified by local governments, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Central Ohio Transit Authority and the Delaware Area Transit Agency.

"...The draft strategies and preliminary draft transportation projects can be viewed on MORPC's website at morpc.org/tplan. Comments must be submitted to MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215, on or before Jan. 18, or by email to Andrew Taylor at tplan@ morpc.org."

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Fire District Developing Parking For Trail Users

"The Little Miami Joint Fire and Rescue District is working with Hamilton County and Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments on a grant for vehicle parking for people using the area's bike trails.

"...the [Newtown] staging area, which is a parking area for those visiting the nearby bike trails, has been built into the site. He said the fire station has set aside numerous parking spaces for the building's community room, so those spaces can also be used by the public for the staging area." more...

11 Missouri Trail Projects Funded

"The state of Missouri received some terrific news last month with the announcement that 11 trail projects would receive funding through the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

"Notably, a $100,000 RTP grant will make possible a critical link in Kansas City's Riverfront Heritage Trail, a rail-trail that connects the banks of the Missouri River with the historical downtown area of the city, local parks and shopping areas." more...

Hudson, OH News Brief

12/28/11

"...The [Hudson, OH] 2012 budget has $600,000 dedicated to the construction of the Spine Trail, a bike and hike trail from Norton Road to the downtown area that crosses Terex and Barlow roads."

Source: HudsonHubTimes.com

NY: Closing The Gaps Along The Erie Canalway Trail

"Extending 365 miles across New York, the Erie Canalway Trail brings important economic, public health, tourism, and quality of life benefits to more than 3.7 million New Yorkers living within the 15 counties where the trail is located. The Erie Canalway Trail is 75% complete and on its way to becoming a premiere tourist destination for cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts as well as the longest, continuous intrastate multi-use trail in the nation.

"However, the Canalway Trail can neither realize its full potential as a world-class tourism destination nor offer maximum benefit to the more than 200 communities along its length until it is finished from Buffalo to Albany as a continuous off-road trail. The NYS Canal Corporation estimates that closing the five remaining major gaps will result in more than 1.5 million bicycle and pedestrian trips across the Erie Canalway Trail, an increase of 500,000 trail users annually and will generate an estimated $5 million in annual mobility, health, recreation and reduced auto use benefits systemwide." more...

Detroit Working Toward Complete Streets

12/28/11

"It seems like a simple idea: Roadways should be safe for all users, whether they drive, ride public transit, bike or walk. But Detroit is the 12th-most dangerous metro area for pedestrians in the country, and the region has a long way to go.

"In April 2010, Detroit received a federally-funded grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to support efforts to pass "Complete Streets" policies, which dictate that pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street.

"The Detroit Complete Streets Coalition was born..." more

NJ Awarded $1.3M In Trail Grants In 2011

12/26/11

"In 2011, the federal government disbursed over $1.3 million to NJ non-profits and government bodies in Recreational Trails Grants through the New Jersey Trails Project for the development, maintenance, improvement and operation of trails, paths and urban and suburban corridors.

"...Among the goals of the program is linking trail networks around the state, and linking trails to cultural or historical features. Among the criteria evaluated when an application is submitted is proximity to population centers and commercial destinations, partnerships with other groups and, particularly significant to coastal areas of Cumberland County, erosion control." more...

Sierra Club Split Over CA Trails

12/25/11

"A year after an unprecedented campaign to shake up the leadership of the county's largest environmental group, advocates for expanding bicycling in area parks have formed a second slate of candidates to challenge Sierra Club incumbents bent on protecting habitat.

"Since last December, when pro-bike candidates won three open seats on its executive committee, the club's Santa Cruz County group has been in turmoil over the future of the 3,300-member organization riven by discord over new trails through Arana Gulch and Pogonip. A third of the board members resigned during the past year due to the infighting." more...

Cleveland Metroparks Hikers Hospitalized

12/25/11

"Two people were hospitalized and a dog was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital after taking a fall while walking on a Cleveland Metroparks trail Sunday afternoon. The trio was walking through an area near Squaw Rock in the South Chagrin Reservation around 3:30 p.m.

"When fire crews responded to the scene, they found two people, a man and a woman, had fallen about 25 feet from one trail onto another. A dog had also fallen with them." more...

Regional Trail Network Planned For S. Florida

12/24/11

"South Florida bike transportation planners are eyeing the corridor along the Florida East Coast Railroad as a way to connect cities along the route for bike riders.

"There's space in that right of way to include a shared-use path," said Bret Baronak, the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization's bike and pedestrian coordinator. "I would love to see it because it connects all the towns."

"...The FEC is listed as a potential candidate in an effort to create a regional network of trails that connect from Miami-Dade County to Indian River County. The individual counties have their own network of trails, but they stop at their respective county lines." more...

Canada's Secret MTB Trails

"t wasn't until two years ago that I ever considered going to the northerly Canadian province of Yukon to ride bikes-after all, I live in Vancouver and just getting to the territory requires flying over a good deal of great trails in British Columbia.

"But I hooked up with tour operators Boréale Biking and that first trip changed my mind. Since then, I've made numerous returns, drawn back each time by the lure of some of the friendliest people, the greatest singletrack and most beautiful light I've ever experienced. This selection of photos is from a trip last season." more...

Wasson Way Project Gaining Momentum

"Recent developments may bode well for the proposed bike trail called the Wasson Way Project.

"The proposed Wasson Way Project involves converting 6.5 miles of railroad track into a recreational hiking and biking trail which would extend from the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown through the communities of Hyde Park, Oakley, Mariemont and several others.

"Volunteer and Wasson Way committee member Jay Andress is encouraged by news the Lunken Airport and Armleder Park bike paths will be connected." more...

AL: Foley Approves Long-Term Bike Plan

12/24/11

"A list of 73 miles of bicycle and walking paths won't all be built in the next few years, but city officials want to be ready to start alternative transportation plans as money and opportunity are available.

"The Foley City Council voted this week to approve a long-range plan for bicycle and pedestrian trails. The paths could improve access to the downtown business area and one day help provide a link between trails on the Eastern Shore and Gulf Coast, creating a bicycle route from Mobile Bay to the beaches, according to the plan." more...

Colorado Supreme Court To Hear Cycling Ban Issue

12/23/11

"Three bicyclists who were ticketed for riding their bicycles in Black Hawk, Colorado, are fighting those tickets all the way to the Supreme Court.

"The highest court in Colorado has agreed to hear the case that dates back to the summer of 2010 when the small gambling town in Colorado started enforcing its bicycle ban." more...

MTB Fee Possible For Georgia State Parks

12/23/11

"The state Department of Natural Resources may start charging cyclists to ride on trails at two Athens-area state parks.

"DNR officials are considering charging a $2 mountain bike trail fee at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder and Hard Labor Creek State Park near Rutledge, as well as at Unicoi State Park in Helen. They were chosen because of the length of their trails - 18 miles at Fort Yargo and 24 miles at Hard Labor Creek - said Paul Nelson, assistant director of state parks.

"The department needs to charge fees for activities like bike riding, disc golf, miniature golf and horseback riding to keep parks open and make up for state budget cuts in recent years, officials said." more...

FL: Exploring The PLBST

12/21/11

"With red flannel underwear fluttering on a backyard clothes line, a family buying their Christmas tree, kids playing at the park, and miles of uninterrupted woodland and prairie, the newest paved rail-to-trail in Florida has some of the most old-fashioned sights. Cool, sunny weather on the first weekend in December was the perfect chance to see them all on the Palatka-Lake Butler State Trail (PLBST).

"The trail gained four paved miles in Putnam County last fall with the completion of the Twin Lakes Park-to-Grandin segment. It now stretches almost 10 miles from Grandin to Keystone Heights, making it a leisurely day trip from Jacksonville or St. Augustine..." more

Taiwan Trails Are Paradise

"...Two water buffaloes wallow in the languid stream. Lush green rice paddies stretch endlessly across the valley to the surrounding hills. The fragrance of fresh flowers fills the air. The smooth paved bike path wanders over tiny bridges and past little shops selling tea, ice cream and tasty bento-style lunch boxes.

"If there is such a thing as the perfect bike trail, the Guanshan Bike Park in eastern Taiwan must be it. Municipal officials in Canada attempting to persuade people to ride bicycles should take note; if you want to encourage people to ride bicycles, this is exactly the way you do it.

"The cycling revolution has caught fire on this island. The Taiwanese have suddenly taken to riding bicycles by the millions, and today the island is criss-crossed by hundreds of smooth paved bike paths." more...

North Royalton Road Project Includes Trail

12/18/11

"Bennett Road will become a construction site next month.

"The one-year Bennett Road Improvement Project will revamp a .73-mile section of road and widen the roadway from its existing 20 feet to a 28-foot-wide concrete roadway with curbs and a pedestrian/bicycle path on the west side. This path will begin at the first Bennett Road property near Royalton Road and continue south just past South Akins Road." more...

WI: Proposed Bridge Path Nixed By Sheriff & DOT

12/16/11

"The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has now rejected a porposed bike and pedestrian path over Milwaukee's Hoan Bridge."

"In a statement on the DOT's wesbite, Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb says the path "would impair our ability to provide safe, efficient travel and deliver less value than other possible department investments in economic development in Milwaukee." more...

Delaware County Brick-By-Brick Program

12/16/11

"I'm writing to let residents know about Delaware County Friends of the Trail's (DCFT) Brick-by-Brick Campaign. This is a unique holiday gift (or end-of-year taxable deduction) idea that also will help our community.

"While developing a recent segment of multi-use trail near Galena, DCFT volunteers salvaged a limited number of bricks from the old Wiese Road. Individuals and businesses can "buy a brick" to be professionally engraved with family or business names, memorials or remembrances. Engraved bricks will be used to pave prominent areas along the Ohio-to-Erie Trail (OET) in Delaware County..." more

Chicago Making Strides For Cyclists

"When forward-thinking Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein reported for work on May 16 as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new administration, it marked a sea change in the city's priorities.

"Chicago spent most of the 20th century trying to make it easier to drive. In recent years, as other cities pioneered green transportation initiatives like car-protected bike lanes, large-scale public bike sharing systems, and "ciclovia" events which shut down streets to make room for car-free recreation, Chicago futilely tried to fight auto congestion by removing pedestrian crosswalks, shortening walk signal times, and installing slip lanes and right-on-red signals to help drivers make faster turns." more...

Huron River Greenway Dispute Finalized

12/17/11

"Friday marked the official end of the decades-long Huron River] Greenway battle. Property owners and Erie MetroParks dotted the i's and crossed the t's on agreements calling for the park district to hand back Greenway land to property owners.

"The park district is also shelling out $1.9 million to River Road property owners to compensate them for their legal costs and for illegally seizing their land in 1995. The park district's total bill from Greenway issues - including attorney fees dating back to the 1990s - is about $3.2 million." more...

To read more about the dispute, see the closer look at the 'Huron Greenway Dispute.'

Scioto - Alum Creek Connector Detour

12/16/11

"Columbus Crossroads construction has closed a portion of the Scioto-Alum Creek Bikeway Connector. The City of Columbus worked with the I-71/670 Design Build Team to develop a detour and make sure signs show the way." more...

Video: Trail Nears Completion In Miami County

"The bicycle path in Miami County is nearing completion that will connect Miami County to Franklin and beyond.

"Contractors are working into December to complete the second-last phase, connecting the path from Eldean Road to the city limits of Troy on Lytle Road. It is a 1.6 mile section at a cost of $350,000." more...

Cycling Numbers Surge In Minneapolis

12/16/11

"The number of bicyclists in and around Minneapolis has soared in the past year, signaling that a decade-long cultural shift in transportation and urban design is gaining ground.

"The number of people burning calories instead of fuel to turn their wheels increased by 22 percent in the past year and by 52 percent since 2007, according to data to be released on Friday by Bike Walk Twin Cities, an advocacy group.

"...It's become a cultural phenomenon, and part of the identity of many people who reside [in the Twin Cities]," said John Pucher, a professor of urban transportation at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "Minneapolis is one of the most successful [biking] cities in the United States, which is incredible given your weather." more...

TIGER Grant Recipients Announced

12/16/11

"Yesterday's announcement of recipients of the highly competitive transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants contains quite a bit of good news for Americans looking for transportation options beyond highways and cars.

"More than $14 billion worth of roads, bridges, transit, and bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects were applied for from the $527 million available in TIGER grants..." more

MI: Corridor Acquisition Will Link Trails

12/15/11

"Rail-trail advocates in Michigan are celebrating this week with news that the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) has recommended a $3,755,400 grant to acquire a section of out-of-service Coe Rail Line in Oakland County, about 35 miles northeast of Detroit.

"...The proposed Commerce, Walled Lake and Wixom Trailway would provide a valuable connection between two popular existing trails, linking the West Bloomfield Trail, in Bloomfield, and the Huron Valley Rail-Trail in Wixom (pictured at right).

"The new trail would also fill another gap in the ambitious plan for a Great Lake to Lake Trail, formally known as the Michigan Airline Trail, a cross-state trail network utilizing Michigan's thousands of miles of rail-trail and other multi-use pathways." more...

Lakefront Contingent Heads To Columbus

12/15/11

"Mayor Frank Jackson was in attendance on Thursday morning to send off advocates of the Lakefront West Plan as they begin their journey to the state capital.

"The group making the trip is a broad coalition from the City of Clevleand, Bike Cleveland, three west side neighborhood community development organizations, and Neighborhood Progress, Inc. (NPI).

"Forty-five riders boarded a bus for the trip. Three left on bicycles earlier this week. They are traveling to Columbus to show their support to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and to encourage them to fund Phase II of the Lakefront West Project." more...

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Boston Heights To Develop Transportation Plan

12/14/11

"The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study Dec. 7 awarded the village a $50,000 grant to develop a comprehensive land use and transportation plan.

"...Boston Heights will use the grant to develop a comprehensive land use and transportation plan that will include a development strategy for the village's state Route 8 corridor, according to AMATS. The plan will analyze all aspects of traffic -- vehicular, transit, bicycle and pedestrian -- to develop traffic management strategies.

"The plan will also address how to connect the village's residential, commercial and municipal areas, including potential pedestrian and bicycle access to the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and the Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail, according to AMATS." more...

Calgary Bike Share Debated

12/14/11

"Since the release earlier this week of a feasibility study into a bike-share program in Calgary, there has been a raucous debate about the idea...

"While bike shares have been popping up all over the world the last couple of years (not just European cities, but places like Minneapolis, Ottawa and Des Moines, Iowa now have them), they aren't without hiccups.

"Most the debate in Calgary so far has focused on speculation over the costs of implementing of such a system. The feasibility study presents several options for funding, from publicly funded to completely private like the system recently approved in New York, which was called a "game changer" for global cycling by the Guardian. That's certainly a big question, but there are others. Here are a few." more...

Board Approves Land Purchase For KSU Trail

12/14/11

"...In addition, the controlling board also approved Kent State University's purchase of $1.57 million of land totaling two acres to expand the university's Esplanade into downtown Kent.

"The Esplanade, a $100 million redevelopment project, will make it easier to travel from campus to downtown Kent. It will also serve as a sculpture walk and part of the Portage hike-and-bike trail."

Source: Ohio.com

High Line Success Bodes Well For Elevated Greenways

12/13/11

"...The successful development of the High Line on Manhattan's lower west side in the mid-2000s has lit a path for a number of greenway projects along out-of-service elevated rail trestles and embankments in American cities.

"In Jersey City, N.J., a strong community movement is building support for a greenway and trail along the Harsimus Stem Embankment. In Chicago, plans for a similar community space and transportation corridor along a three-mile section of the Bloomingdale Rail Line through the heart of the city is exciting residents, businesses, planners and officials.

"And now, the success of the High Line has re-energized supporters of a 3.5-mile greenway along the Rockaway Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road through Queens..." more

WI: Advocates Want MTB Trails On Rib Mountain

"A group of bicycling advocates wants to build mountain bike trails on Rib Mountain to attract tourists to the area and boost the economy.

"A representative from the International Mountain Bicycling Association and other advocates are holding a meeting today intended to open discussion on the proposal.

"As of now, Rib Mountain State Park does not allow mountain biking on its trails, said Randy Bailey, owner of the Trek Bicycle Store in Wausau and mountain biking advocate. The park's master plan would need to be amended to allow new mountain bike trails to be built, he said, a process that could take months or even years." more...

Contractor Helps Complete PA Trail

12/12/11

"A bridge builder's generosity has opened the way for the completion of the notorious missing link of the Path of the Flood Trail between Franklin Borough and Staple Bend Tunnel." more...

RTC Profile: George Burrier

12/12/11

"George Burrier was born in Chicago, Ill., but spent most of his childhood in Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. in psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1967. After serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, he finished his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in the evenings in 1973 while working for Pullman, Inc.

"Shortly after 1983, William Rutherford, former director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), flew Burrier over the abandoned Peoria, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, where rail traffic had ceased in 1963. Rutherford asked Burrier to help make his trail plan come true. The Forest Park Foundation directed by Rutherford acquired the line in 1965. The IDNR received the land in 1968, it became a state park in 1973-and then commenced a 17-year battle to develop the 31-mile Rock Island Trail State Park." more...

IA: Bike Trails Drive Economic Development

12/12/11

A bit of a rambling piece about bike trail development in Buena Vista County Iowa, the local trails plan and progress and the economic growth that trails can spur.

Smash & Grabs At Houston Trailhead

"When you make your way to Memorial Park [in Houston, TX], you're usually on a mission - a fitness mission. Whether it's to ride your bike on the Picnic Loop or stretch your legs on the Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail, there's something outdoorsy for everyone at Houston's largest inner Loop green space.

"Especially if your sport is breaking into vehicles.

"If you're a regular at the park, then this isn't news to you. Recurrent robberies - colloquially referred to by frequenters as "smash and grabs" - have taken place at Memorial Park for . . . awhile." more...

GMRT Gap Closed In Troy

12/9/11

"With an informal and unplanned fly-over Thursday, bald eagles gave their blessing to the new addition to their neighborhood as the Miami County Park District dedicated one of the last phases of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail in honor of the Duke Foundation.

"...the "Paul G. Duke Memorial Bikeway," which will extend [1.6-miles] from Lytle Road to Eldean Road. This section of bikeway was funded by The Paul G. Duke Foundation and named in Duke's honor." more...

"Trail Towns" Program Along The GAP

12/8/11

"The Trail Town program, which since 2007 has helped communities along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) convert their terrific location into sustainable economic activity, last month received a $2.75 million Wachovia Wells Fargo NEXT Award, recognizing the program's unique and impactful work in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

"...But it wasn't so long ago that correlating the intangible joys of a trail ride or hike with local business receipts and profitable investment was more difficult to do. That the economic impact of trails and trails tourism is now clear and well-known has a lot to do with a remarkable development organization from Pennsylvania called The Progress Fund.

"Formed in 1997 to provide loans and support tourism entrepreneurship in the economically depressed towns of western and northern Pennsylvania, the core of The Progress Fund has always been a belief in the strength and sustainability of the tourism and recreation industries." more...

New Albany Considers Trail Link

12/8/11

"...The legislation also called for "additional contingency funding to incorporate a possible leisure trail crossing over the bridge which would connect the existing Thompson Road leisure trail to Thompson Park," according to the legislative report.

"Council members asked Nov. 22 about potential leisure-trail connections to Thompson Park. McAfee said a small gap exists between the leisure trail and the park entrance. The land that would connect them is in Columbus." more...

Cycling Fatalities Down In 2010

12/8/11

"Bicycle fatalities dropped for the third year in a row in 2010, marking the fewest number of bicyclists killed in traffic accidents since the statistics were first published in 1975.

"The deaths of 618 bicyclists is still too many, but the downward trend seems to be a good sign as the number of bicyclists on the road appears to be rising. The number of bicyclists injured remained constant, at 51,000, when compared to the previous year." more...

FL: Volusia County Big On Trail Growth

"Volusia County on central Florida's eastern coast continues to distinguish itself as one of the most proactive and energetic trails communities in the nation. And it is reaping the rewards, too, with a robust and dynamic commercial center, a growing population and a burgeoning reputation as a tourist destination.

"Not resting on laurels earned by the unveiling of the Spring-to-Spring Trail and an enviable network of bike and pedestrian facilities, Volusia County is now undertaking work on what will soon be one of the longest rail-trail conversions in Florida." more...

Cleveland Towpath Construction Coming

12/8/11

"A $500,000 state grant will allow Cuyahoga County to start work this spring on a half-mile extension of the Towpath Trail in the Flats and begin work on long-discussed plan to help fish in the Cuyahoga River.

"...The county will build a 10-foot-wide paved trail along Scranton Road from Carter Road south to University Road on the Scranton Peninsula. The 0.6-mile section will be isolated and not connect to the next section of the trail, which is 2 1/2 miles south behind Steelyard Commons. That section of the trail also is isolated and does not connect to the main artery, which ends at Harvard Road.

"But Tim Donovan, executive director of the Ohio Canal Corridor, said this next section is an important step needed to help complete the 101-mile-long trail in the northern section in Cleveland.

"You'll see the dominoes start to fall once we start this project next year," he said. "We projected four phases from a south to north direction to get this work done." more...

Friendship Trail Project Getting Mixed Reviews

12/7/11

"Clinton County Commissioners were greeted with a crowd during a meeting about The Friendship Trail Wednesday morning, which drew those in support and in opposition of the proposed bike trail.

"The Clinton County Parks District is interested in pursuing a Clean Ohio Trail Fund (COTF) grant worth $500,000 and a Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant worth $900,000 to pay for Phase II of a bike trail that would go through Sabina, but some feel the effort could be better used elsewhere.

"The Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail is a joint project between the Clinton County Park District, the Tri-County Triangle Trails Association and Clinton County Trails Coalition (CCTC). The Friendship Trail will be the regional connector to this system via Sabina, Washington Courthouse and New Holland and points north, east and west via the Triangle Trails system." more...

LAB Seeking Reviewers

"To assist in its review of Bicycle Friendly Businesses, Bicycle Friendly Communities and Bicycle Friendly Universities, the League of American Bicyclists is seeking knowledgeable cyclists for its local reviewer database.

"The Bicycle Friendly America program, which includes categories ranging from small businesses to states and universities, recognizes the efforts of people and organizations dedicated to improving cycling and provides encouragement and resources for groups working to develop cycling programs and initiatives." more...

IN: Fort Wayne Surveys Local Trail Users

12/6/11

"Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry invites local trail users and the general public to complete a survey about their experiences on Fort Wayne's multi-use trails as the City of Fort Wayne kicks off the process of creating the Trails Fort Wayne Plan. The new plan will guide future trail development and maintenance.

"Fort Wayne's trails have become the crown jewel of our local active transportation network. Year round, they provide countless opportunities for recreation, exercise and new foot and pedal pathways around town," Mayor Henry said. "This survey is a great way to ensure that residents' ideas are reflected in this plan. I encourage everyone to complete the survey." more...

RTC Profile: Linda Crider

12/5/11

"Dr. Linda Crider describes her advocacy of bicycling and trails as "one of her life's passions." From bicycling education programs in her native Florida to transportation planning in a remote Alaskan village, Crider's promotion of active trans­portation has spanned a number of decades, and many landscapes.

"Crider's involvement in Florida's trails and cycling community began in the 1970s, first during her work in the governor's office, and then as an active member of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Florida Chapter (and later an RTC Florida advisory board member)." more...

Morgana Run Trail Spurs Development

12/5/11

"When the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, welcomed the Morgana Run Trail more than five years ago, there were high hopes for how it would help transform the area. And in the ensuing years the trail proved the catalyst for many wonderful amenities, from public art installations to the construction of a new school.

"The fall of 2011 brought yet another step forward in Slavic Village's renewal, with construction beginning on a new residential development, Trailside at Morgana Run..." more

Multimodal Bus/Bike Facility Opens In IL

12/5/11

"The Madison County Transit District's new "Leclaire Junction" opened Monday, and while the connecting bike trails might not have been too busy, the permanent brick shelters would have been appreciated in the chilly weather.

"The junction is what transit district officials call a "multi-modal bus and bikeway facility." The structure connects to bikeways, park-and-ride lots and access to a bus pull-off area." more...

Kings Mountain NC Sets Bike Plan

"City Council members made an effort Tuesday to make the city a healthier place to live. The council unanimously approved a comprehensive bicycle plan throughout the city.

"The project costs $37,500. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the city a $26,250 grant to help pay for the project, Kings Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey said.

"'It's about connecting the neighborhoods together, to downtown and to the schools,' he said." more...

Pataskala Unveils Cross Town Line Trail

12/3/11

"City officials and interested constituents on Saturday christened what several said is a new dimension for the community's parks system.

"A ceremonial ribbon was cut in the midst of a cold, frosty morning at Municipal Park to dedicate a 1.2-mile segment of the Cross Town Line multi-use trail.

"After the ceremony, the group of about 30 walked the newly paved path from the point of dedication at the Clippers refurbished ball diamond through the park to the nearby Bright Waters neighborhood and back." more...

Zoar To Zoarville Towpath Plan

12/3/11

"...Plans for the Zoar to Zoarville section of the Towpath Trail are being reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for approval, with the project administered by Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

"Approval of the project is expected by January, with trail work beginning in late spring and a completion date in late fall of 2012, said Tuscarawas County Commissioner Chris Abbuhl.

"Conceptual date for Dover and New Philadelphia to connect to the Towpath is 2020, Rice said. The proposed southern gateway of the Towpath Trail is on the south side of New Philadelphia, near Gradall." more...

Cleveland To Lobby For West Shoreway Help

12/2/11

"Frustrated city officials are calling for a show of support in Columbus for long-sought plans to convert the West Shoreway to a boulevard.

"At a meeting Thursday night, city leaders circulated petitions and called for a caravan to Columbus on Dec. 15, in hopes of landing $28.2 million needed for the ODOT-managed project's second phase.

"Chris Warren, Mayor Frank Jackson's chief of regional development, called on supporters to "reverse" the Ohio Department of Transportation's thinking on the project. And he blasted the agency's "entrenched bias" in favor of moving cars quickly, at the expense of nearby communities." more...

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SC: Swamp Rabbit Trail Expands

12/1/11

"While work has started on the third phase of the Swamp Rabbit Trail within the city limits of Greenville, a citizens committee has been formed to work with consultants studying possible ways to link that part of the trail with the county recreation department's trail from Lake Conestee to Parkins Mill Road and Interstate 85.

"The newest phase of the Swamp Rabbit Trail will go from a 170-foot pedestrian bridge over the Reedy River along Cleveland Street to South Pleasantburg Drive, said Brian Graham, the city's greenway and sustainability manager." more...

LA: Lafiite Corridor Planning

12/1/11

"In the two and a half years Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has been working with the people of New Orleans on the redevelopment of the Lafitte Corridor, a hopeful, intangible vision has transformed into both a solid, actionable plan, and a grassroots movement." more...

Brunswick To Expand Fitness Trail

"Brunswick The city and the Medina County Park District has officially entered into a partnership to complete the roughly 5,000 foot fitness trail around Brunswick Lake.

"You have no idea how excited the residents are about this," said Ward 2 Councilman Vince Carl when the partnership announcement was made at the Nov. 28 city council meeting. "I'm sure we are not going to get any grief from them."

"Medina County Parks Director Tom James said the district received six responses to its request for [construction bids] before a committee of three city and three county representatives selected Medina-based Fetchko Excavating to complete the estimated $324,000 project." more...

Lake Metroparks Plans Trail Expansion

"Lake Metroparks recently released a 10-year strategic plan that divides the region into six diverse districts - Urbanized Lake Plain, Upper Chagrin Plateau, Marsh Creek Basin, Grand River Gorge, Lower Grand River and Eastern Lake Plain.

"...With various areas in the Lake Metroparks having different needs, the six-districts idea was born. The east side of the county is more about developing or expanding trails within existing parkland, whereas the west side is aimed at linkages between existing parks on urban streets. So the park district's strategic plan will inform decision making in regard to policies, operations, maintenance and capital improvements." more...

Erie-To-Pittsburgh Trail Plan Taking Shape

12/1/11

"The proposed extension of the Three River Heritage trail will travel through 17 communities along the Allegheny River and when completed, will connect to the existing 22 miles of trails along the shoreline of Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. It also would serve as another link in the proposed Erie-to-Pittsburgh trail.

"The developers of the trail, the nonprofit Friends of the Riverfront and Allegheny County, held a meeting on Wednesday at the Harmar Municipal Building to discuss trail specifics with local government representatives and the public." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

11 Missouri Trail Projects Receive Funding

11/30/11

"Eleven trail projects in Missouri will receive approximately $1.3 million funding through the federal Recreational Trails Program.

"...The grant recipients were chosen from 31 applications and were selected based on recommendations from the Missouri Trails Advisory Board, which represents diverse trail interest groups..." more

LA Trail Uses Diverse Funding Sources

11/29/11

"The city of Brea on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Calif., is the latest municipality to tap a rail-trail project as a solution to some of the pressing transportation issues in the region.

"A project of the city of Brea Redevelopment Agency, the "Tracks at Brea" will one day run through the city center, linking recreational spots, schools, businesses and neighborhoods..." more

Spotlight: New Orleans Levee Trail

11/29/11

"The Mississippi River gave birth to New Orleans, depositing the silt on which the city was built, and carrying the ships that made it into a thriving port. But the Crescent City is now separated from its mother. Tall earthen levees, erected to protect residents from floods and improve river navigation, cut people off from the winding river.

"Luckily, the New Orleans Levee-Top Trail (more commonly known as the Mississippi levee trail) helps bridge the divide between land and water..." more

Trail Construction In Hamilton

11/29/11

"Construction is under way to build a 4-mile bike path from the north side of the city to Rentschler Forest MetroPark.

"The project is aimed at increasing transportation and recreational opportunities. Plans call for the trail to eventually connect with the Great Miami River Recreational Trail in downtown Hamilton." more...

New Guidelines For Rumblestrips

11/29/11

"Roadside rumble strips might be helpful to vehicle traffic on the open road, but they can be annoying and dangerous to people riding bicycles.

"That's why three bicycling advocacy groups are publicly thanking the Federal Highway Administration for issuing guidelines this month to advise crews to consider bicyclists when installing the strips.

"The statement was issued by Adventure Cycling Association, Alliance for Biking and Walkingand the League of American Bicyclists. The three had been seeking changes to road design rules that resulted in rumble strips that had created hazardous conditions for cyclists." more...

Towpath Completed In Summit County

11/29/11

"...Summit, with 41.1 miles of the popular bike-and-hike trail, will become the first county to have finished the trail from border to border. Stark, Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas counties are still building.

"...Now, 81 miles of the 101-mile trail from Cleveland through Akron to New Philadelphia have been built at a cost of about $93 million. It is the major feature of the federally designated Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway and gets 2.5 million visitors a year, according to park officials.

"Akron last month dedicated a 0.6-mile section near Bartges Avenue.

"With the two Summit County completions, the Towpath Trail will be uninterrupted from Harvard Avenue in Cleveland south to Massillon, a distance of about 63 miles.

"Cuyahoga County still has five miles to build in Cleveland; Stark County, about a half mile in Massillon and Bethlehem Township; and Tuscarawas County, about 14.6 miles near Bolivar and between Zoar and New Philadelphia." more...

Spotlight On Darwin Hindman

11/27/11

"My father was a professor of physical education, so I was always a great believer in people being active and having recreation in their lives," Darwin Hindman said in an interview with Rails to Trails magazine earlier this year. "I recognized that walking and bicycling were wonderful forms of recreation. Yet we weren't building our cities to provide those opportunities."

"This statement reflects an ethos that inspired the former mayor of Columbia, Mo., in a lifelong campaign for active living and walkable and bikeable communities." more...

Pickaway Trail Flys Under Radar

11/27/11

Despite the current proliferation of online information and social media, some Ohio trails still manage to fly under the radar. The Pickaway Trail in Circleville is one such example.

We just happened across a news brief about the trail. According to a 2010 article posted on the Pickaway Parks website, "The county park district closed a deal Wednesday with Dayton Power & Light that will extend the Pickaway Trail into the New Holland area.

"The purchase of 122.5 acres, added to the 21.5 acres purchased from DP&L in 2008, will add about 15 miles to the proposed hiking and bike trail that currently runs from Canal Road to Calamus Swamp near state Route 104.

"The main goal was for this land to be preserved for the county," said Pete Hartinger, chairman of the Pickaway County Park District. "We like to think of it as a Christmas present for the county, and it's going to be a big thing in the future."

"The land was part of the old Penn Central Railroad and was purchased through a grant from the Clean Ohio Fund." more...

Trail May Help Revitalize Rittman

11/26/11

"...In late 2010, the County Line Trail, built by Rails to Trails of Wayne County, unofficially opened. The bike and walking trail from Creston to Rittman travels along an active rail that was once at the heart of downtown Rittman.

"With me being a rails-to-trails guy, I see some opportunity from the trail back at the original downtown," Robertson said. "It was one of the gems of the city."

"Upon hearing about the project, a consultant said that is where the opportunity will be, he added." more...

PATH Envisions Atlanta Bike Network

11/25/11

"Atlanta City Councilman Aaron "Pedal to Alabama" Watson and Ed McBrayer, founder of the PATH Foundation, hosted a luncheon at City Hall on Monday to fill us in on the nonprofit organization's grand 20-year vision of a network of bike trails throughout metro Atlanta.

"The grand plan - a nifty conceptual map of which can be viewed here - would turn Centennial Olympic Park into the hub for a regional network of off-street bike trails that would, after connecting to the Beltline, stretch outside the perimeter in six different directions." more...

Huron River Greenway Battle - Part 3

11/25/11

This week we conclude our discussion with Steven Myers regarding the lengthy property battles over the Huron River Greenway.

Ohio Bikeways: Tell us about some of the other dynamics that were in play during this time, like the local news coverage. " more...

West Shoreway Public Meeting Dec. 1

"...Bicycle and pedestrian connections to Cleveland's lakefront are in jeopardy, the new bike advocacy group, BikeCleveland writes. The City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Transportation are discussing ways to cut-costs on the project, and the multi-purpose trail along the lakefront is on the chopping block.

"Bike Cleveland is encouraging you to attend a public meeting to hear about the changes and to tell the decision makers to keep their promise and invest in biking and walking on the West Shoreway."

Read a previous post on this topic.

Source: GreenCityBlueLake

Plans For Pittsburgh To Freeport Trail

11/24/11

"The Friends of the Riverfront group will release its final plan for a 27-mile recreation trail from Pittsburgh to Freeport along the Allegheny River at the end of the month.

"Officials from Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will join representatives of the Pittsburgh nonprofit during the Nov. 30 meeting to discuss the plans and specific sections of the trail." more...

Hking Trail Connects With Tunnel & C&O

11/23/11

"A majority of the second phase of Carpendale's [WV] hiking trail, stretching from the east face of an old railroad tunnel to the C&O Canal towpath, is complete, according to Mayor Butch Armentrout.

"The trail, which took about a month to complete, is waiting on signage - including a stop sign and interpretive signs providing history - from the National Park Service." more...

Collecting User Fees Problematic For Trail

11/22/11

"The good news: revenue from fees on the Sauk Rail Trail [in IA] is on the climb. The bad news: many users still aren't paying their fees.

"One way to get about correcting this is something we're doing here at The Daily Times Herald as part of our holiday package for full-time employees - providing annual permits for use of the trail.

"The cost is $13 per person for businesses with 5 to 50 employees (we're at 22 FTE). And the cost for businesses over 50 employees is $12 per person.

"The regular cost is $15 per person. Youth 17 and under are free." more...

Marketing The Mississippi River Trail

11/23/11

"Minnesota cities along the Mississippi River Trail believe they could gain a lot of bicycle tourism dollars with some advertising moxie, and state officials have developed a marketing plan to help them start promoting their trail stops.

"An online trail-marketing toolbox, recently announced by the bicycling section of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, is being offered to riverside towns, including more than 20 in the metro area between Hastings and Elk River." more...

River Mountains Trail Connects Key Destinations

11/22/11

"There was some great news for the people of Nevada when the city of Henderson held its National Trails Day celebration last month.

"Organizers used the annual trails showcase to announce the completion of the River Mountains Loop Trail, a 38-mile rail-trail looping around the River Mountains and connecting Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Henderson and Lake Las Vegas." more...

Profile: RTC Co-Founder Peter Harnik

11/21/11

"...Peter Harnik's name is inextricably connected with the formation of RTC. A self-described "bicycle enthusiast and cockeyed optimist," Harnik's first introduction to rail-trails came during a failed quest to close Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C., to automobiles." more...

NYC High Line Featured On Charlie Rose

The High Line Trail was the topic of a recent Charlie Rose broadcast.

Since its opening in 2009, this unusual linear space has garnered a lot of attention and is currently the #2 tourist attraction in NYC. Some have called it one of the most unique linear parks in the world.

See the broadcast.

Submitted by: Jeff Westrich

Read a previous post on the High Line.

Bike-Hike Bridge Delayed

11/21/11

"A new section of the county hike and bike trail won't be open until after February, after the county park district was notified a contractor is delaying delivery of a 310-foot bridge for the project.

"The $1.09 million bridge is intended to span Interstate 271 at Brandywine Falls. The project site straddles the Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills border.

"David Whited, planning director for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, told the News Leader he was notified of the delay Nov. 18. Whited said delivery was initially scheduled in August, but that date had been pushed back until Dec. 1.

"Whited said the park district was informed by the Ohio Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the bridge installation, that delivery will be delayed again because the contractor building the bridge had to redo some work.

"Whited said the bridge is the last link in the 1-mile, $2.53 million project bypassing a steep stretch of Brandywine Road where bicyclists had been forced to share the road with traffic."

Source: The-News-Leader.com

Piqua Park / Trail In The Works

11/20/11

The Clean Ohio grants have been awarded. One of the recipients is the city of Piqua. Their plans include building a riverside park and trail with the funds. The grants are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval.

"...Miami County['s] $1.4 million for demolition and restoration of the Piqua Power Plant located at 919 South Main Street.

"The county, city of Piqua and Piqua Improvement Corporation plan to redevelop the site into a waterfront park and trail along the Great Miami River."

Source: newstalkradiowhio.com

WV Meadow River Trail Taking Shape

11/19/11

"Construction could begin this winter on segments of a planned 16.7-mile rail-trail along the Meadow River in Fayette and Greenbrier counties.

"...'The bid package is ready to go, and will be sent out soon,' said Bill Robinson, state trail coordinator with the West Virginia Department of Transportation. 'While volunteer trail work shuts down in the winter, a lot of the work on a trail like this will involve heavy equipment that can work through the season.'" more...

Read a previous post on this trail project.

NC Trail/Landowner Go To Court

"Pine tree stumps line one side of a small silt fence. On the other side is a gravel path - the Gateway Trail.

"The distance can be covered on foot in seconds. But for one Kings Mountain family, that distance means the difference between illegal activity and the rightful acts of a property owner.

"Mike Brown and his son, Preston Brown, are fighting Cleveland County in a land dispute involving several acres along the Gateway Trail's current location in Kings Mountain. Now, the county's judicial system is involved." more...

County Residents Differ On Transportation Spending

"A rural Oelwein man expressed his opposition Monday to Fayette County [IA] using road use funds, employee time, or supplies for the construction of bike trails.

"Eldon Knoploh expressed his concerns to the Fayette County Supervisors during their regular meeting in the courthouse in West Union. 'For crying out loud, we're using tax monies (for a trail), and then you turn around and raise taxes,' said Knoploh. 'It seems to me that roads are more important than bike trails.'"

"...Bill Ziegler, Fayette County Economic development director, agreed with the huge road problems at the county, state, and national level.

"But any amount of bike trail funding would not even put a dimple in roadway funds," he added.

"Noting that transportation is not only roadways, Ziegler continued, 'I believe the federal government is being creative.'" more...

Garmin Releases Trail Maps - Version 3.0

11/19/11

"...Last month Garmin released version 3.00 of [RTC's] Geographic Information System (GIS) maps, which you can download to a Garmin portable device and take with you on your trails adventure.

"They include all the latest information about access points, topography and trail features, using RTC's own GIS data in six regions covering the United States." more...

Bike-Hike Trail Reroute Nearly Complete

11/19/11

"The relocated Bike & Hike Trail in northern Summit County is nearly done. The final piece, a 300-foot-long bridge, to carry the trail over Interstate 271 is scheduled to be delivered Dec. 1.

"It will take some time to assemble the trail-only bridge, but it should be in place within a week or so, planner David Whited told commissioners of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, at their meeting Friday.

"The $2.6 million project in Sagamore Hills and Northfield Center townships is '99 percent complete' and will improve safety for trail users, Whited said." more...

Huron River Greenway Battle - Part 2

11/18/11

Our discussion with Steven Myers regarding the lengthy property battles over the Huron River Greenway continues...

Ohio Bikeways: "Was Erie MetroParks simply given bad legal advice regarding ownership of the trail corridor? Or was this controversy created by an overzealous park district or director?" more...

Corridors To Be Abandoned In South

11/16/11

"Recently, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy learned of several upcoming railroad corridor abandonments in the South. We are providing you with this information so you may take advantage of the opportunity to develop a real regional asset--a multi-use trail that can accommodate hikers, bikers, equestrians and other appropriate uses." more...

Profile: RTC Co-Founder David Burwell

"The history of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) begins with David Burwell. When he and Peter Harnik founded RTC in 1986, there were just a few dozen rail-trails in the country. But during the 15 years he led the nonprofit he helped create, rail-trails became a much-loved part of the American landscape, and an integral part of our recreation and transportation vernacular." more...

GA Trail Opening Draws Praise & Complaints

11/16/11

"...Following an old railroad line that parallels Warm Springs Road, the 11-mile rails-to-trails route from the 14th Street bridge downtown to the Psalmond Road Recreation Center is a long appendage curving northeast off the Chattahoochee Riverwalk, so the two paths combined could be a total journey of 26 miles from Fort Benning to east Columbus.

"Rick Jones, the city planning director who headed the $12.5 million project, said over the 917 days it took to finish the work, he heard a litany of complaints about the trail, ranging from excessive signage to "too many kamikaze squirrels ... attacking bikers on the trail." more...

Proposal Would Ban Cyclists From Some Park Roads

"Here we are in the second decade of the 21st century, and bicyclists are forced to petition their Senators to retain their legal rights to the road.

"The draft Senate transportation authorization bill, perhaps misnamed "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act," includes a provision that bans bicycle riders from park roads if there is a trail nearby." more...

Bolivar Towpath Phases I & II

11/15/11

"...[Bolivar Mayor] Hubble said bids for the first phase of the Towpath Trail should be available in December; the engineering and blueprints are complete.

"We expect to break ground in the spring," she said. "Phase II should be completed by fall 2012."

Source: CantonRep.com

Camp Chase Trail Paving

11/15/11

From The Friends Of Madison County Parks & Trails, "We are pleased to report that the Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District has started the paving process for the "missing link" between Wilson Road in Madison County and Lilly Chapel."

This route is part of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail corridor. They've posted some photos of this new section here.

Rail-Trail Leader Profile: David Brickley

11/14/11

"David Brickley is president of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, which is promoting the development of a 1,130-mile trail and greenway connecting the three memorial sites of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States: the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., the Pentagon Memorial and New York City's National September 11 Memorial.

"His pursuit of such an ambitious and remarkable goal comes after many years as a leader in promoting trails and outdoor recreation." more...

Trails May Connect Historic MI Sites

11/14/11

"...The concept is to interlock the natural and cultural assets of Monroe [MI] into a seamless experience so that when people come to Monroe, they experience the best natural and cultural assets of the community" says Scott Bentley of the Park.

"The River Raisin will act as the main highway to all the attractions.

"Pathways would be built to connect one spot to another." more...

Freedom Trail Construction Begins

11/13/11

"Work on a three-phase, multi-million dollar Metro Parks trail project begins this month in Tallmadge.

"Dave Whited, chief of planning and development for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, said construction of the 8-mile Freedom Trail is currently the Parks' largest endeavor.

"The paved, multi-purpose trail will follow an unused railroad corridor owned by the Metro Regional Transit Authority and link several neighboring cities including Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Munroe Falls, Stow and Tallmadge with each other and the surrounding universities.

"'This is one of the most important trails we've worked on because it connects some very viable communities with the universities,' said Whited, who has 30 years of service with Metro Parks. 'These are really densely populated areas.'" more...

WV Acquires 16.7-Mile Corridor For New Trail

11/12/11

"...Fayette and Greenbrier counties have successfully negotiated the purchase of 16.7 miles of the former Nicholas-Fayette-Greenbrier rail line and plan to convert the property into a recreational trail.

"It will be known as the Meadow River Rail-Trail and will pass through some of the region's loveliest countryside, nestled in between the New River Gorge, Babcock State Park, the southern reaches of the Monongahela National Forest, and the Gauley River National Recreation Area. It is a place bursting with outdoor recreation options." more...

Cleveland Metroparks Filled With Trails

11/12/11

With nearly 800 miles of open bike trails throughout the state of Ohio, we sometimes forget about the larger park districts that build and maintain hundreds of miles of trails (multipurpose and nature trails) within their park borders. That is, unless you happen to live there!

Let's take a quick look at one of these expansive greenspace keepers, the Cleveland Metroparks. From their website, "Cleveland Metroparks trail system is one of the region's greatest assets and includes more than 270 miles of trails throughout the Park District's 21,000 acres. Approximately 70% of park visitors have indicated that trails are the primary reason they visit one of Cleveland Metroparks' reservations.

"Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund supports rehabilitation of the Park District's extensive trail system. Natural trail improvements will meet sustainable standards to minimize natural resource impact and maintenance while maximizing user enjoyment." more...

TN Greenway Celebrates 10 Years

"Many people were recognized Wednesday as catalysts for growth of the < a href="http://www.cbcgreenway.com/cbcgreenway/Home.html">Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway over the past 10 years, but former Juvenile Court Judge Van Deacon and former Cleveland High School football coach Benny Monroe were credited for its genesis.

"The two men were lauded for their efforts Wednesday during a noon luncheon of supporters at the Leadership and Communications Conference Center of the Church of God International Offices." more...

Marietta Set To Extend Trail

11/11/11

"The next phase of Marietta's River Trail project should be ready for walkers and bikers by next fall, according to a preliminary construction schedule presented during a meeting of city council's streets and finance committees Thursday.

"City engineer Joe Tucker said design change services from Jobes Henderson and Associates to extend the trail from South Fourth and Ohio streets to East Eighth Street, just east of the city wastewater treatment plant, would cost $11,532.

"'According to the current schedule, construction would be starting in May or early June 2012, with completion within four months, so the new section would be open next year,' Tucker said." more...

"Four-Way" Win From Urban Bike Commuting

11/10/11

"t's no surprise to cycling and trail advocates that getting people out of cars and onto bikes benefits everyone. What is surprising is the magnitude of those benefits.

"In the Midwest alone, if people switched to two wheels instead of four wheels for half of their short trips, the combined benefits to society from reduced air pollution and improved health from physical activity would exceed $7 billion a year, according to a study published last week in the prestigious journal Environmental Health Perspectives." more...

Granville Trail Grant Application Denied

11/9/11

"Backers of a pathway linking Granville Village with the southwest sector of Granville Township will try again for a state grant to help pay for its construction, according to Doug Helman, executive director of the Kendal at Granville retirement community, which has been coordinating fundraising for the project.

"In September, the Ohio Department of Transportation rejected Granville Township's request for a $1.2 million Transportation Enhancement Program grant to help pay for the construction of the pathway.

"Randy Lane, local programs manager for ODOT's office of systems planning and program management, said the agency did not see the proposed $1.8 million pathway as primarily a transportation link, which he said is an essential element for approval." more...

RTC Hires "Environmental Health Scientist"

11/8/11

"...Strengthening our growing role in public health policy and strategy, RTC this month announced the appointment of Dr. Kristen Welker-Hood as our senior director of program.

"Welker-Hood, an environmental health scientist and nurse, was most recently the director of environmental health programs and policy for Physicians for Social Responsibility, and has spent much of the past decade exploring how the built environment - the physical landscape of our cities and towns - impacts our wellness and lifestyle." more...

Consultant Sought For 3 Rivers Trail Extension

11/8/11

"The nonprofit steward of [the Pittsburg] Three Rivers Heritage Trail is seeking a professional's help to plan a 5-mile extension of the 22-mile corridor.

"Developed over 20 years, the biking, walking and hiking trail runs along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers.

"Friends of the Riverfront is soliciting requests for proposals from consultants to identify right-of-way access, the trail path, property owners, etc., said Thomas Baxter, the group's executive director.

"The extension would connect Pittsburgh and Coraopolis at the planned Allegheny County Sports & Athletic Complex at Montour Junction, a 78-acre complex that would reach into Moon and Robinson. The county expects to begin work on the complex next summer or fall." more...

Wheeling WV's Expanding Trail Network

11/7/11

"For two city officials, the Wheeling Heritage Trail infrastructure that is developing had to be seen to be believed.

"Mayor Andy McKenzie and Vice Mayor Eugene Fahey last week joined Wheeling-Ohio County Rails to Trails Project Engineer R. "Scat" Scatterday for a two-hour tour to view past accomplishments, present obstacles and future plans.

"...Scatterday said in all there are more than 50 phases of development, with more than 25 occurring over the last four years. When the six phases officials discussed are completed or near completion, there will be 25 additional phases to complete." more...

Grand Island NE Plans 30 Trail Miles

11/7/11

"By the end of 2012, Grand Island should have nearly 30 miles of hike and bike trails.

"The latest addition is to come next year - a half-mile extension of trail from State Street to Capital Avenue.

"'The overall master plan shows that at some point the entire circular route around the community and spokes going off of it is covered,' said Parks and Recreation Director Steve Paustian. 'This particular segment would address getting the trail to the northern end of the community and allow us to start focusing on getting the trail around and heading back south to tie into the beltline.'" more...

Committee Drafts Plan To Kill Recreational Trail Funding

11/4/11

"A U.S. Senate committee has unveiled a draft proposal that would end the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), which provides money to states to develop and maintain trails, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

"On Nov. 4, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released its proposed transportation funding authorization bill for the next two years, entitled "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" (MAP-21).

"The bill specifies what transportation programs are approved for federal funding. The panel is expected to vote on the bill on Nov. 9 before sending it to the full Senate for approval. If it clears the Senate, then it would go to the House for further consideration."

[It should be noted that the RTP funds both motorized and non-motorized projects.] more...

Quantifying The Total Benefits From Trails

11/4/11

"Those of us who use trails regularly are aware of their value. It might mean a shorter commute to work, a convenient way to get exercise, or something less definable, the feeling of renewal you get after a long walk or ride.

"But these days, when money is tight and investment in trails and other infrastructure is under threat, all too often our elected officials and administrators want to know how to define the value of trails economically. How do miles of bike paths and walkways equal returns that can be measured in dollars and sense? "Give us some hard numbers," they say.

"Luckily, those numbers are proving fairly easy to find... more

Huron River Greenway Battle: A Closer Look

11/4/11
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Huron River Greenway

"In September it was reported that the 15-year feud between Erie MetroParks and affected landowners along the Huron River Greenway had come to an end.

"The trail manager, Erie MetroParks, had thrown in the towel and agreed to pay the landowners $1.935M. As part of the settlement, part of the existing greenway would be closed. (Read the full article.)

"We're taking a closer look at this long-running dispute. Hopefully we can learn some lessons from a dispute that strained the relationship between a local parks board and its residents and siphoned off local taxpayer money in legal fees and settlement costs." more...

Northside Station Towpath Connector Coming In Spring

11/3/11

"The city of Akron proposes to construct a pedestrian/bicycle trail connecting the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to the Northside Train Station. The trail will start at the Beech Street Trailhead and connect to the train station on Ridge Street. The trail will span Howard Street utilizing a pedestrian bridge.

"The planned bikeway will be a 10-foot-wide Americans With Disabilities Act-accessible asphalt trail with 2-foot-wide shoulders meeting the widths established on other Akron area trail sections. The asphalt trail will be placed on a 304 limestone base. The pedestrian bridge will be a through-truss prefabricated steel bridge similar to other towpath trail bridges in Akron. Appropriate trail signage, pavement markings and transition areas will be included along the length of this trail.

"...Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring.

Scroll down this page to read more.

Phase 5 Coming For Lima Bike Path

11/1/11

"State funding has been designated for the next phase in the city's bikeway system.

"...Phase Five of the bikeway would tie in remaining parks and schools to a project that has already grown many times, City Engineer Kirk Niemeyer said in March. Construction of the bikeway began in 1999 and was added to in 2004, 2007 and 2008. The urban section of the Ottawa River provides important green space and links schools and parks. The new phase would give north and south connections to walkers and pedestrians.

"The project would blend existing bike path with new construction and marked routes on streets..." more

Amendment To Cut TE Funding Rejected

11/1/11

"Republican senators failed Tuesday in their third effort in less than two months to eliminate federal money for bike paths, walking trails and other transportation enhancement projects.

"An amendment by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was defeated by a vote of 60 to 38. It would have forbidden the government from spending any money on enhancement projects and re-directed funds to bridge repairs." more...

Read another story on this subject.

Toledo Purchases Trail Corridor For $6.5M

11/1/11

"After decades of use as a working railroad, a mostly inactive stretch of track from West Toledo to Perrysburg Township passed into public ownership Monday.

"The ultimate use for the 11.6-mile right of way: a bicycle and pedestrian path.

"U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, and others marked the milestone on the road to creating a "Westside" bike and walking trail in an event at Beverly School in South Toledo.

"CSX Transportation Corp. conveyed the rail line, a portion of which is still in use, to the Metroparks of the Toledo Area for $6.5 million." more...

Read another article on this acquisition.

Tahoe Connecting Trails

10/31/11

"Tahoe City [CA] Public Utility District's network of bike trails that extend from Tahoe City to Dollar Hill, Olympic Valley and down the West Shore have long been a patchwork of trail systems that go for miles in some areas, with only small sections completed through Tahoe City.

"Work on the last lakeside sections that will connect the west and east ends of Tahoe City have been under way this fall, with the section from the Tahoe City State Recreation Area extending west in front of the Lighthouse Center to be finished before snow falls." more...

Sippo Trail Bridge Being Rebuilt

10/30/11

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"..."In 2008, arsonists destroyed a bridge on the trail, located on a former Wheeling and Lake Erie rail line," she said. "The fire effectively severed the link between Dalton and Massillon."

"Well, that link is being rebuilt, under the direction and fundraising of Massillon Area Greenways, with the help of such organizations as Stark County Bicycle Club.

"...Rink reported that the work on the bridge should be done by the end of November." more...

Rails-With-Trail A Fit For Urban Centers

10/30/11

"Though it is true that the rail-trail movement in America was born from a need to better utilize out-of-service rail corridors, much has changed since the pioneering railbanking legislation was passed more than 25 years ago.

"The first rail-trails were recreational pathways through largely wild and rural areas. But now, rail-trails have spread in both their mileage and influence, to form bustling commuter routes in big cities, and avenues to connect inner-city residents with open spaces, and each other. This evolution of rail-trails has paralleled the development of a more dynamic understanding of urban growth, and a focus among planners in recent years on density and connectivity as keys to building more sustainable human habitats." more...

Miami & Erie Canal Making A Comeback

10/30/11

"...The pretty little town [of St. Marys] that grew up around the canal is focusing again on the old waterway. When a downtown industrial building was torn down several years ago, the remnants of an old canal lock were rediscovered. Last year, a nonfunctioning replica lock was constructed as the centerpiece of a revitalization effort.

"The newly restored Lock 13N was once the 13th lock north of the Loramie Summit, the canal's high point. Water pours once again through the canal gates, creating a soothing noise audible from the new stone shelter house and public restrooms next to the canal bed.

"For those looking for a longer walk, the towpath continues from this spot all the way to Delphos, about 24 miles to the north." more...

Cleveland Mayor Dreams Big

10/29/11

"Most people would look at Public Square in downtown Cleveland and see a once-grand civic space with the shabby air of a neglected heirloom.

"Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson sees an opportunity to redefine public space in the city with a single, bold stroke. He wants to close Superior Avenue and Ontario Street where they cross the 10-acre space to make it a big central park in the heart of the city.

"...But that's not all. The mayor sees a unified Public Square as the centerpiece of an effort to connect all of downtown's disparate districts with continuous green paths and streetscapes friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists." more...

NCIT Growing In Huron County

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"...Soon the North Coast Inland Trail will be complete from Norwalk to Bellevue as construction of the last link in Monroeville will start this winter, linking the new Huron River Bridge and Rt. 99 with Peru Center Road."

"...Further west the trail has reached Bellevue! Wilhelm Construction completed stone installation to Prairie Road and FRTTI volunteers erected signage. The trail will use connecting streets to navigate through Bellevue to connect to the Sandusky County portion which will build east from Clyde in 2012. New NCIT signage will direct trail users. more...

This map gives an overview of trail completion in Huron and its neighboring counties.

Why Are Cyclists Being Targeted By Congress?

"How in the world can biking and walking be controversial?

"They're good exercise, fun to do and -- as an alternative to driving everywhere -- help us save money and the environment.

"Both biking and walking are increasingly popular for transportation and recreation today, thanks in large part to a recent flowering of federally-funded trails, bikeways and pathways that make getting around on two wheels and two feet safer and more convenient.

"But in these antagonistic political times, bikers and walkers are now being targeted by some members of Congress..." more

Decatur IL Trail Extends

"After more than a decade of planning and a year of construction, a four-mile extension of the Decatur Park District's bike trails is open for exploration.

..."I've been amazed at how many people are on it," said Don Luy, president of the district's board of commissioners.

"Even residents who initially opposed the trail's location have come around, Luy said.

"I got an email from somebody who said, 'You know, my neighbor who didn't want a bike trail just bought a bike,'" he said with a chuckle." more...

Another Threat To TE Funding

10/27/11

"In his Senate Amendment 821, Senator Rand Paul (Ky.) is trying to force us to choose between safe bridges and safe places to walk and bike in our communities.

"In truth, most states already have funds that they could use for bridge repair, but that instead go for new roadways. Further, last year, states sent back $530 million in unspent bridge funds.

"It's shameful and disingenuous to claim to be promoting safety by pushing to cut funds for trails, walking and bicycling when 47,000 cyclists and pedestrians have died during the past decade." more...

Biker Rescued In Delaware County

10/25/11

"A mountain biker is left hospitalized after a scary crash along a popular biking trail in Delaware County.

"It happened Tuesday afternoon in Berlin Township. Dense trees line a biking trail just off of Africa Road in northern Columbus. The trail winds all the way back through a strong line of even more trees and around a body of water.

"All of this made the rescue of a fallen biker even more difficult." more...

Old Trolley Line Turns Trail In Catonsville, MD

10/25/11

"...The trail's popularity has increased community interest in improving other, longer paths in the area. Maureen Sweeney Smith, who helped found Catonsville Rails to Trails 15 years ago, said the all-volunteer group has organized a clean-up on the first weekend of November along the Short Line, a two-mile stretch that begins near Maiden Choice Lane.

"The Baltimore County Council recently assigned $50,000 to the latest trail project and has also appointed a bicycle advisory committee." more...

Akron Completes Towpath Trail

10/25/11

"The City of Akron will officially open the last section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath through the city on Wednesday, October 26, at 10:30am, at the intersection of the Canal with Bartges Street.

"Dedication ceremonies will be led by Mayor Plusquellic. Other speakers include Dan Rice, President and CEO of the Ohio-Erie Canalway Coalition; Keith Shy, Executive Director of Metro Parks Serving Summit County; and Paul Stoehr, Deputy Superintendent of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

"...Akron is the first major city in the state of Ohio to have the entire length of the hike and bike trail completed within its corporate limits." more...

Read a more detailed report on this story.

Recent Threats To Trail & Ped Funding

"Two weeks ago, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) received notice that U.S. Senator John McCain (Ariz.) was planning to introduce an amendment to an appropriations bill that would strike at the enormously successful Transportation Enhancements (TE) program. In addition to being our nation's primary funding source for trails, walking and bicycling, TE is also a critical funding source for historic preservation and environmental mitigation related to transportation.

"Working with a diverse coalition of partners, RTC helped defeat Sen. McCain's proposed amendment and protect TE. But his attack was neither the first nor last to the TE program." more...

Read another recent post on this topic.

Heart Of Ohio Trail Paving Progress

10/25/11

"Plans are moving ahead with paving the Heart of Ohio Trail in southwest Knox County and getting the trail connected with the Kokosing Gap Trail at Mount Vernon. The Knox County Commissioners viewed the most recently paved portions of the trail Monday afternoon, along with Knox County Park District Director Kim Marshall to get an update on the trail's progress.

"Two stretches of trail paving were completed this past summer. These portions stretch from North Clayton Street in Centerburg north to Updike Road and further northeast to Bishop Road near the Hilliar/Milford township line. Marshall explained that 80 percent of this project was funded through the Ohio Department of Transportation with 20 percent coming from county reserves."

Source: MountVernonNews.com

Cyclist Pistol-Whipped On Florida Trail

10/24/11

"A cyclist on the West Orange Trail was pushed off his bicycle, pistol-whipped and robbed by a man who pointed a silver handgun at him on Sunday, police said." more...

The Rise Of Minneapolis As Top Bike City

10/24/11

"People across the country were surprised last year when Bicycling magazine named Minneapolis America's "No.1 Bike City," beating out Portland, Ore., which had claimed the honor for many years. Shock that a place in the heartland could outperform cities on the coasts was matched by widespread disbelief that biking was even possible in a state famous for its ferocious winters.

"But this skepticism fades with a look at the facts. Close to four percent of Minneapolis residents bike to work according to census data. That's an increase of 33 percent since 2007, and 500 percent since 1980.

"At least one-third of those commuters ride at least some days during the winter, according to federally funded research conducted by Bike Walk Twin Cities. Even on the coldest days about one-fifth are out on their bikes." more...

Transportation Funding Battle Looming

10/24/11

"The looming Capitol Hill battle over transportation priorities in a budget-slashing era may have found its lightning rod issue: bike paths, pedestrian walkways and wildflowers planted by the side of the road.

"The question is this: With the nation facing a transportation crisis that has gotten little attention outside of policy wonks and Washington, should the federal government continue to mandate that states spend federal dollars on pedestrian safety, bicycling trails, landscaping and historic preservation?" more...

Ohio Trail Projects Receive Grants

10/23/11
Big Creek All-Purpose Trail

"...More than 160 local trail projects across the state have received more than $13 million in federal funds through ODNR since the Recreational Trails Program began in 1993.

"Parma Heights will get some of the windfall from these funds. A design and a 1,200 linear feet trail and an 85 linear feet pedestrian bridge will cross Big Creek. The proposed trail will link Cleveland Metroparks "Big Creek All-Purpose Trail" which links into the "Lake to Lake Trail" with the Greenbriar Commons trails and recreation facilities. Total project cost is $320,000." more...

Zoar To Zoarville Towpath

"The Ohio Department of Natural Resource awarded the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition a grant of $150,000 to build 2.7 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, from the Village of Zoar to Zoarville in Tuscarawas County.

"This is an important section of the popular 101-mile multi-use Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The Tuscarawas County Towpath Trail project is a partnership with the Tuscarawas County Commissioners, Tuscarawas County Park Department, the Friends of Tuscarawas County Parks and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition." more...

Read a previous post on Ohio trail projects receiving grants.

WAC Considers Columbus Bike Hub

"...In the short term, community leaders can work toward changing the Westland area, he said. A new bike trail that extends from Cincinnati is already making progress through Columbus and the West Side.

"Hadocy asked WAC members if they could write a letter of support in order to get the city to build a bike hub on the West Side.

"This is a huge opportunity, and we are raising our hands first," Hadocy said. "We could call it the Camp Chase station and people could park their cars and bike downtown or to Darby Creek."

"Hadocy said the 47 acres of unused park space off Wilson Road would be the perfect place for the bike hub. WAC members said they would discuss support of the bike hub at next month's meeting." more...

2 Florida Trails Chosen For Fed Initiative

10/22/11

"A surprise move to name Volusia County's East Central Florida Rail Trail to the America's Great Outdoors Initiative thrilled local officials this week.

"The trail is one of only two Florida projects highlighted for the federal program, designed to get people outdoors and promote the creation of tourism and outdoor-recreation jobs.

"Two projects from each state are being "highlighted" in a report, due out in early November, outlining just how the Department of Interior plans to promote the initiative.

"...The rail trail is a 50-mile multiuse trail planned from Deltona and Osteen to Edgewater and Titusville. Most of the trail is being built along a historic railroad bed. Several miles of the trail will traverse land owned by the Miami Corp. between Osteen and Edgewater." more...

Blazing Trails In West Virginia

"..."This" was work on hiking and biking trails adjacent to the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve. The Summit will be home to the national Scout jamboree starting in 2013 and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. It also will become the Boy Scouts' fourth high-adventure base-and, likely, its most-visited, given its proximity to densely populated metropolitan areas.

"...Their goal: help carve out nearly 13 new miles of multiuse biking and hiking trails from untamed land. National Park Service land, that is." more...

Bicycle Advocacy Making A Comeback

"...During the 1950s and '60s, car culture flourished, as did suburban living. Transportation planners designed streets to accommodate these trends, and by 1970, few people believed the roads were for anything but cars. Then, something unexpected happened: College-age baby boomers rediscovered the bicycle. Americans were riding bikes again.

"Today, advocacy groups exist in every state, and many cities employ bicycle coordinators whose duties include developing cycling infrastructure. The bipartisan Congressional Bike Caucus has more than 160 members in 43 states. And riders now have a variety of tools at their disposal-including social media, GPS devices, and camera-equipped cell phones-that will no doubt play an increasingly pivotal role in the fight for cyclists' rights..." more

$1.7M Awarded To Ohio Trail Projects

"Twenty-four recreational trail projects in communities across Ohio soon will share $1,776,898 in federal grants, based on recommendations made by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Projects funded included both motorized and non-motorized trails.

"...Of the 67 RTP grant applications received, 24 were recommended for funding. Twenty of the 24 projects are for non-motorized trails; Ohio State Parks will receive $150,000 for 10 trail projects located across the state."

View the complete list of grant recipients.

Bike & Trail Culture In Bloomington, IN

10/18/11

"...Bike and trail culture flourish [in Bloomington]. The Oscar-winning Breaking Away from 1979 endowed Bloomington as a nationally iconic cycling city. Bloomington Velo News blogs about re-showings as well as about Bike Week in May, the Hilly Hundred in fall, the annual downtown criterium and regional tournaments hosted by the Bike Polo Club. Two or three downtown shops rent bikes. The Little 500 is the biggest intramural event on the IU campus, and America's largest collegiate bike race.

"Look through trail master plans of the city and surrounding Monroe County and you find trails extending big loops to the northeast, to the south and shafts of trail across county lines You grasp how Mayor Kruzan's vision suffuses an entire county's outlook. A hundred additional trail miles will help renew rural towns and capture new green tourists." more...

OSU Earns Bike-Friendly Bronze

"In the last three years, Ohio State has invested more than $2 million into efforts to promote and provide a bicycle-friendly environment for students and visitors, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

"The LAB has honored OSU as a Bicycle Friendly University for transforming its campus into a friendly bicycling culture. OSU is the 26th university to be nationally recognized and is the first in Ohio." more...

Triangle Trail Makes Connection

10/18/11

"Biking enthusiasts Monday celebrated completion of the final stretch of pavement connecting a bicycle and pedestrian trail now reaching from Chillicothe into Fayette County.

"Tri-County Trail members were joined by officials from Ross and Fayette counties Monday as they officially opened a recently completed six-mile stretch of trail connecting parts of the trail in Ross County with other parts in Fayette County. The trail leads almost to Washington Court House.

"Jacquelyn Doles, president of the Tri-County Triangle Trail Board, said the group has been working toward this goal for more than 20 years. She told the bikers gathered at the ceremony it was a wonderful payback to see them out enjoying the trail." more...

Read a earlier report on this subject.

Trails Bring $42M Into Central Florida

10/17/11

"Dennis Jones moved to Winter Garden six years ago because he enjoyed using the West Orange Trail, a paved bike path that cuts through the heart of the downtown district.

"The trail now provides him with a living because he and his wife own Wheel Works, a bike shop they opened three years ago in downtown. They are doubling in size because business is so good.

"It [the trail] is the reason we are here," said Jones, a prime example of the impact of the three abandoned rail corridors in Orange County transformed into bike trails during the 1990s.

"The trio of paths pumps $42 million into the local economy annually and supports 516 jobs, according to a study conducted by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council." more...

LaHood: Trails Are Key To Public Health

"...Continuing a growing shift in public health strategy toward active transportation as a crucial aspect of preventative health care, Sec. LaHood said that encouraging more biking and walking is one of the most important things we can do in the nation's battle against obesity and related illness.

"He said the rail-trail program "has done more for health care than anything we've ever done in America. Rail-trails have contributed so much to people's good health over the last 25 years--also preventing heart disease, and providing the kinds of opportunities people have looked for, for a long, long time." more...

UK's "Stop & Proof" Campaign

"...Lancashire Police has in the last fortnight been asking cyclists to prove the bikes they are riding are their own.

"The rider is then asked to prove, either with a receipt or some other proof, that the bicycle actually belongs to them. A failure to convince the police that the bike is not their own could see the bike being confiscated by the police.

"We asked Lancashire Police to clarify what they termed as proof of ownership. They told us that if someone is stopped and cannot verify ownership on the spot, the bike can be seized and the person riding it will be asked to provide documents to prove ownership at a police station in order to get the bike back." more...

Driver Kills Cyclist Gets $42 Fine

"The driver of a pickup truck who struck and killed a bicyclist in Kirkland [WA] in July will be fined $42 for improperly changing lanes.

"Kirkland police told KIRO.TV news that they determined there was no reason to charge the 18-year-old driver with vehicular homicide, even though the teen apparently swerved onto the shoulder when he hit the man on the bicycle.

"Unfortunately, unless a person's driving recklessly, they're intoxicated, (on) drugs or alcohol, then there's really no criminal charge to this," Det. Allan O'Neill told KIRO. "... It's a terrible accident." more...

Study: Property Values Higher Closer To Trail

"Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say the closer you live to a Little Miami Bike Trail head the more your home is worth.

"Multi-purpose trails have a significant influence on the price of houses when they lie within close proximity to the trail," assert Professors Olivier Parent and Rainer vom Hofe.

"The co-authors of the study conclude that in Hamilton County a home will devalue by $8,960 when moving away from the trail head by 1,000 feet." more...

MTB Trail Opening At Chestnut Ridge

10/15/11

"Metro Parks' first mountain bike trail opens on Sunday, a 7 1/2-mile route in Fairfield County that was built with the help of a local group.

"The Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization's members volunteered to work on the trail at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park. The group first asked Metro Parks to build a trail more than a decade ago." more...

Houston Duped Into Paying For Trails?

10/13/11

"It was passed by Houston voters as a tax to address the city's decrepit drainage system and pothole-marred streets. But $857,000 of the new Proposition 1 fund - which Mayor Annise Parker pitched as a "lock box that can only be spent for street and drainage improvements" - is slated for hike and bike trails.

"The money will pay for "design, acquisition and construction" of trails as part of an overall plan to provide "an alternate route of travel for bicyclists and/or hikers away from street traffic," according to the city's latest capital improvement plan.

"Shown the budget item, a chief proponent of Proposition 1 was baffled.

"The money was not supposed to go for hike and bike trails," said Bob Jones, part of the successful Renew Houston effort. "This is not the intention for the money that we voted on." more...

Aberdeen Path Named

10/12/11

"The Safe Communities walk bike path that connects Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Middle School with the Aberdeen Branch Library was officially named after Aberdeen resident JR Lawrence, who is one of the project's biggest supporters.

"Lawrence has been heavily involved with the project for the past five years, and according to Aberdeen village council member Robert Hutchison, without Lawrence's work the path would not have been built." more...

PA Plans For 26-Mile Allegheny River Trail

"A preliminary plan to develop a 26-mile recreational trail along the Allegheny River from Millvale to Freeport has just won state approval, and trail organizers are moving forward.

"The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources approved the plans for the proposed trail last week that runs through 18 communities: Pittsburgh, Millvale, Shaler, Etna, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Fox Chapel, O'Hara, Blawnox, Harmar, Cheswick, Springdale, Springdale Township, Frazer, Tarentum, Brackenridge, Harrison and Freeport." more...

Trail Ribbon Cuttings In Northeast

10/12/11

"The network of rail-trails across America continues to grow, with a number of ribbon cuttings scheduled for communities in the Northeast during the next couple of weeks.

"The new sections of trail are the result of strong local organizations and advocates, often supported by the federal Transportation Enhancements (TE) program, which is the only dedicated source of funding for non-motorized transportation projects." more...

$70M Plan To Connect IL & IN Trails

10/11/11

"A $70 million plan to connect hike and bike trails in Indiana and Illinois is picking up steam, with the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association now throwing its support behind the plan.

"It really serves no purpose to have you guys doing this, and us doing this, and then there is a gap where these trails don't connect," said Bud Fleming, South Suburban Mayors and Managers deputy executive director.

"The plan, called Calumet Connections, has been pushed by an alliance of alternative transportation groups throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana..." more

Trail Death Raises Safety Issues In WA

10/11/11

"Three months ago, Wendell Hultman was riding his bicycle with a friend on the Interurban Trail near Everett [WA].

"Rounding a hairpin turn with a bad sightline, the cyclists dodged two teen-agers then suddenly came upon a couple walking their dog. The meeting ended very badly.

"Hultman, 73, either struck the dog or the leash and went over the handlebars. His helmet cracked, and he died about two weeks later of his injuries." more...

Safe Routes In Canal Fulton May Link To Towpath

10/10/11

"...The city hopes to take advantage of a federal grant program, called Safe Routes to School, that would allow for more bike paths, sidewalks, safer crosswalks, lighting and educational resources. If their entire plan is accepted, the grant could be as much as $486,000 with no matching funds required. It would be administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"...An engineering study, he said, recommended linking the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath to the school campus at the southern tip of the campus, on which all four Northwest Local schools sit. Pedestrian and bike sidewalks between the schools would be added or improved." more...

Riverfront Trail Project Moving Forward

10/9/11

"In a sign that Southbank Partners President Jack Moreland says demonstrates Northern Kentucky's approximately $80 million Riverfront Commons project is pushing forward, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week will hold two public-input sessions on the proposed hiking/bicycling trail along the Ohio River.

"...Riverfront Commons is an 11.5-mile walkway/bikeway that would link six river cities - Fort Thomas, Dayton, Bellevue, Newport, Covington and Ludlow. Project advocates say the trail would help area residents be more physically fit, and make it easier for them to visit nearby restaurants and other attractions without using cars.

"People behind the project want Riverfront Commons to be fully integrated with walking and biking paths along Cincinnati's downtown shoreline, with the hope hikers, joggers and even tourists taking pleasant strolls can have an easier time moving between the two states." more...

Transport Boss Calls For "Century Of Cycling"

"Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy has outlined a 25-year plan to make cycling the preferred method of transport for local journeys. In front of an audience of professional planners and policy makers at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, he made the case for a programme of measures to herald what he called "the Century of Cycling." more...

Fundraising For Trails / Parks In Tuscarawas County

"The Zeisberger Trail and Parks group will be celebrating at their next meeting Oct. 11.

"A recent donation from Dominion Gas and donations from several individual allowed the group to reach its goal of $13,000, which is needed to create the trail and parks plan for Warwick Township and the village of Tuscarawas.

"...Zeisberger Trail and Parks is raising funds to plan, build, and maintain parks and trails in the Goshen, Wainwright, Tuscarawas, Gnadenhutten and Port Washington areas. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Tuscarawas Community Center on Cherry Street in Tuscarawas. New members are welcome." more...

Bike Trails & Lanes Pay For Themselves

10/9/11

"Occasionally I'll stumble across reports that study whether the cost of building bike paths or bike lanes justify the expenditures of public funds.

"In all cases, the bike facilities pay for themselves. And not just for increased health and safety of users, but in cold hard cash for businesses." more...

Tri County Trail Section Paved

10/9/11

"A 6 mile section of [Tri County Triangle] trail has been paved this month that connects an existing 5.5 mile section in Fayette County to an 18 mile existing trail from Austin to Chillicothe. Users now have over 30 miles of completed rural trail for use.

"The trail head in Fayette County is located on Robinson Rd 1 mile east of SR 753.

"The project was completed with a Clean Ohio Fund Recreational Trail Grant by the Ross County Park District and a $78,000 local match provided by the non-profit Tri-County Triangle Trail group."

Submitted by: Hugh Barnhill

New GMRT Section In Middletown

10/8/11

"Construction to extend the Great Miami River Recreation Trail northeast along Ohio 73 should wrap in early November, but interest remains high in future extension projects.

"Crews have been working for the past couple months to establish a 6,400-foot extension to the trail starting from an existing parking lot about a half mile northeast of the intersection of Carmody Boulevard and Ohio 73. That portion of the project, which cost $500,000, will stop a couple hundred feet from the Breiel Boulevard/Ohio 73 intersection.

"Efforts will continue to push the trail further north into Franklin, where it will connect with more than 150 miles of other recreational paths winding from city to city, according to City Manager Judy Gilleland." more...

Brandywine Rd Bypass Progress

"One of the most dangerous sections of hiking/biking trails in our area is getting a major upgrade.

"Summit County Metroparks along with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park are building a trail along Brandywine Road near the falls in the national park.

"The southern end of the one-mile route is finished, but the Interstate 271 overpass and the tunnel area near the falls are far from completed. Four bridges on the northern end of the new trail are near completion."

Source: newsnet5com

Brecksville Towpath Closed For Marathon This Weekend

"The portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail that runs through Brecksville will be closed Saturday night through Sunday afternoon for the Towpath Marathon." more...

Grants Awarded For U.S. Bicycle Routes

"The proposed 50,000-mile network of bicycle byways called the U.S. Bicycle Route System is getting a $100,000 boost.

"The Adventure Cycling Association announced it has procured grants from four foundations to continue its work on the USBRS.

"The nonprofit bike touring association has been coordinating efforts to create the bike route system that will connect common destinations for travelers, such as cities and national landmarks." more...

Canalway Water Trail Planned

10/6/11

"...Whited said the proposed 10-mile trail would take recreational nonmotorized boaters and kayakers from the Ohio & Eric Canal in Downtown Akron to Summit Lake and on to Barberton through existing waterways.

"The water trail project is a collaboration of Metro Parks, the National Park Service, the Ohio   Erie Canalway Coalition and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

"Whited said public interest has been strong. A recent meeting about the proposed project attracted more than 60 people, he said. Additional meetings are planned for Dec. 21 and Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Coventry Oaks Pavilion in Firestone Metro Park, 40 Axline Ave."

Source: akron.com

Exploring The John Wayne Pioneer Trail

"Although the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is a rail-trail well-suited for bicycling, the trail head at South Cle Elum is certainly a draw for railroad enthusiasts.

"The large rail yard built by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in the early 1900s is preserved there, and a few buildings remain intact. Pedaling into town on the rail-trail gave me a slow-motion idea of the scene witnessed by locomotive engineers." more...

Heath Trail Nearing Completion

10/5/11

"A bike path extension from the Heath City Water Park to the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, originally slated to be finished in early July, soon should be completed.

"The path's slow progress long has been a frustration for city officials.

"...Heath officials expect the path to be paved sometime this week, and the entire project should be completed by the end of the month." more...

Mid Ohio Trails Linking Up

10/5/11

"The bike and pedestrian bridge that now spans Rt. 33 to connect Three Creeks Metro Park with Pickerington Ponds is a key development in the growing network of such trails throughout central Ohio.

"It is another vital step in an effort to link isolated bike and pedestrian trails that have been created over many years throughout Franklin County and its neighboring counties.

"Each time sections of trail are linked, the entire network is enhanced, particularly for bicyclists, who can travel farther and to more places without resorting to the stress and danger of riding on roads with cars." more...

Columbus Area Embracing Bike Racks

10/3/11

"Thousands of people enjoy Worthington's farmers markets and street festivals. The crowds - and traffic snarls - can be impressive and daunting.

"Hoping to lessen the gridlock and parking hassles, Worthington and other central Ohio communities are making walking and biking a priority.

"At last year's "Green on the Green" festival, the group Sustainable Worthington used a map board with pushpins to survey people about where they'd like to see more bike racks.

"A year later, Worthington has begun installing 38 racks at the top 10 choices, including the village green, post office, city hall and senior center." more...

Social Media Affecting Trail Rescues

10/2/11

"..."What we saw in the past is people hearing through social media and other people that if you get tired out there, you can call 911 and a helicopter will come get you," Capt. Mike Mohler of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Thursday. "But you need to know, is a helicopter necessary? Do you really need a rescue?" more...

Trail Progress In Minneapolis

"...Laura Kling, the organizer of our Dinner   Bikes event here, showed me around. She runs the Grease Rag Ride   Wrench, a WTF (Women Trans Femme) night at a local bike project, and who calls herself "a radical transportation nerd."

"I met Kling at a sort of freeway interchange of bike paths -- the first indication that this city takes cycling seriously. We swooped down to the first trail, which runs below ground level in what used to be the city's rail system. Our first stop, a short way down the path, required a double-take -- a bunch of cafe tables and bike racks, most in use, arranged next to the path, below street level and some distance from the nearest auto access. They belonged to a bike shop that was doing bustling business on a Sunday afternoon and, next door, a coffee shop." more...

KY Greenway Receives 100K Grant

10/1/11

"...Humana awarded planning agency Vision 2015 $100,000 for the trail - a $12 million project that will create trails along both sides of the Licking River in Northern Kentucky through Covington, Taylor Mill, Wilder and Newport.

"The grant will add about a mile gravel path onto the three-quarter mile concrete path that will be built along the river banks in Covington in 2012, said Kara Clark, Vision 2015's vice president of strategic initiatives." more...

High Surf Crashes On Chicago Lakefront Trail

9/30/11

50 Trail Miles Linked In Indiana

9/30/11

"Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of the Wabash & Erie Canal Towpath Trail ("Towpath Trail") Thursday.

"This portion of the trail systen connects fifty miles of trails throughout the Fort Wayne area. City, county and state officials, members of the community, trail sponsors and the Fort Wayne Trails organization gathered at the new pavilion on Engle Road to celebrate this major milestone in the area's trail development." more...

Kansas City Trails Plan In Limbo

9/30/11

"...Metro Green was a [1991] gift to the region by the American Society of Landscape Architects. It was an attempt to build on the vision of George Kessler, the original architect of Kansas City's parks plan, and included two rings, one inner about 90 miles around and an outer about 140 miles around, connected by greenway spokes. The plan was a gem of a city design for a hiking and biking system.

"Praise was pretty much universal. When the plan was handed to the metro area after 18 months of development, the introductory note read in part: "This report is intended to be a vision document, not a master plan. Devising the Metro Green master plan is the next step. . The vision is moving toward reality."

"And yet, on the 20th birthday of this oversized, spiral-bound document, look around Kansas City and there's little evidence of either the plan or the vision." more...

Connecticut Shifts Towards Peds/Bikes

"...At the opening of a new 1.8-mile stretch of bicycle trail in Canton [CT] recently, [James] Redeker [CT DOT commissioner] told local reporters the [CT] transportation landscape was changing. "I'd say it's moving very quickly from being a highway department to being totally intermodal," he said." more...

Final Link For NCIT In Huron County

9/29/11

"The North Coast Inland Trail will cross Huron County when a final section is completed next year.

"Lorain County Metro Parks is seeking contractors to build 2,190 feet of trail in Monroeville, the final stretch that would piece together trails running to Monroeville from Bellevue and Norwalk.

"Bids are due next month for the project, which is estimated to cost $180,000, said Dan Martin, director-secretary for Lorain County Metro Parks." more...

Nevada Passes "3-Feet" Law

9/29/11

"Nevada will become the 19th state on Saturday to require that motorists give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when passing.

"Cyclists will celebrate the measure with the "3 Sweet Feet Group Bicycle Ride" between the Reno and Sparks city halls that day to draw attention to the new law.

"In addition, a "vulnerable users" law that smacks harsher penalties on motorists who cause injury to bicyclists or pedestrians also goes into effect on Saturday, Oct. 1, as does a law prohibiting cell phone use while driving." more...

10 Longest U.S. Rail-Trails

"A funny thing happened on my way to updating this list of the 10 longest rail-trails in the US -- I learned that not all the trails are suitable for bicycles.

"Of the 10 longest rail-to-trail conversions listed at the Rails to Trails Conservancy, 2 are established for ATV's only and another is used as a scenic railroad with no adjacent path.

"A few others are surfaced with ballast, which can make bicycle pedaling plenty dicey." more...

Latest Twist In Huron Greenway Saga

9/28/11

"The legal fight over the Huron River Greenway is coming to an end.

"For years officials from Erie MetroParks and property owners have fought in court over the trail that runs about seven miles between Milan and Huron, roughly parallel to the Huron River.

"But a 12-hour negotiation conference produced a settlement on Monday at Erie County Common Pleas Court. Erie MetroParks' commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. today to consider the agreement.

"We're declaring a peace," said park board President Kurt Landefeld. Erie MetroParks will pay $1.935 million to the property owners and will close parts of the Greenway. Some sections will be open from Huron and from Milan, according to the settlement agreement." more...

Read a related story on this subject.

Columbus Mulls Bike Shelter Locations

"The city of Columbus has proposed building a permanent bike shelter in front of Cup O' Joe, 627 S. Third St., north of East Sycamore Street and less than 100 feet from the No. 8 COTA bus line.

"The German Village location is part of phase two of the bike-shelter program, which is in the discussion stage, said Rick Tilton, the city's deputy director of public service. It is one of approximately nine sites being considered." more...

Cleveland "Complete Streets" A Joke?

"...Just days after passing complete streets legislation in Cleveland, cycling and pedestrian advocates were still uncorking champagne, exchanging high fives, generally out carousing it up with visions of separated cycle tracks and pedestrian plazas swirling through their eternally optimistic heads.

"Cleveland was, of all things, busy celebrating its third annual "Sustainability Summit" when word came down that the city's $70 million West Shoreway "highway-to-boulevard" project would be losing one of the last features that made it friendly to pedestrians and cyclists - namely, multi-use paths to the north of the highway." more...

Better Bikeways Report

"Wouldn't it be great if riding your bike on the street felt as safe as riding on the trail?

"This is a challenge for communities all around the world, as they attempt to design urban landscapes that make biking a safe and convenient transportation option.

"A number of communities in California are at the forefront of this effort, and you can read all about them in Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) new Better Bikeways report, produced by our Western Regional Office." more...

How NOT To Spoil A Great Trail Ride

9/26/11
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Sign of Confusion

"My visit to the Alum Creek Trail rekindled a pet peeve of mine: inadequate trail signage. While the Alum Creek Bikeway may be the whipping boy in today's blog, bear in mind that the majority of Ohio trails typically fail in this regard at the present time."

"The efforts to clarify navigation along the Alum Creek Trail are both encouraging and disappointing. The existing signs show destinations and distances. The proverbial 'You Are Here!' maps give a larger perspective for mapless riders. This is worthwhile and done very well.

"But the ball gets dropped for riders on the main bikeway..." more

Grosse Pointes Street Called Unsafe For Bike Route

9/25/11

"Bicyclists from across the country are directed through Detroit and along Jefferson and Lake Shore Drive in the Grosse Pointes as part of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, but the same roads along Lake St. Clair have been deemed inappropriate for a proposed local bicycle route by officials in the Pointes, citing safety concerns." more...

Trails Link Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

9/24/11

"Hotel guests as well as locals living near the College of the Atlantic campus will soon have a new way to access Acadia National Park's hiking and biking trails located close to downtown Bar Harbor [ME].

"On Saturday morning, about 40 volunteers, park staff and representatives of several nonprofit groups were working in a small wooded lot behind a hotel constructing a new connector trail between the park and downtown." more...

1,000 Peds A Year Injured By NY Cyclists

"A new study finds more pedestrians are injured by cyclists than previously thought. According to research by Hunter College Professors Peter Tuckel and William Milczarski there have been about 1,000 injuries per year of pedestrians in New York State caused by cyclists. Milczarski says previous estimates, put the figure at about 1,000 a year nationwide.

"The study analyzed hospital data from all New York hospitals, which code their injuries. About half the injuries were within the five boroughs of New York City. Residents of East Harlem and Bedford Stuyvestant were treated the most often by hospitals. The study did not look at injuries caused to bicyclists by motor vehicles, or injuries to cyclists caused during bike-pedestrian crashes." more...

Kansas City Calls For More Walkways & Trails

9/24/11

"Promoters of sidewalks, bike lanes and clean air carried their message on foot and bicycle from Union Station to City Hall on Saturday.

"At the end of their jaunt, more than 40 people gathered on the steps of City Hall to petition the government to increase the number of bicycle trails and sidewalks as part of the Get Moving Kansas City rally." more...

Adirondacks Scenic Railway Vs Trail Debate

"Opponents of a tourist train in the Tri-Lakes are hoping to derail efforts to construct a side-by-side rail and trail system between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

"Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates formed earlier this summer. They say, instead of a rail, communities should build a multi-use recreational trail using the rail-bed which would stretch from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake.

"But with millions of dollars in grants already in hand, supporters of the tourist train say the path and the railroad can co-exist." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

NY Doctors Support Complete Streets

9/23/11

"A group of 140 New York area medical professionals have signed a letter urging Mayor Bloomberg to continue his efforts aimed at improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the city. The letter, co-sponsored by Transportation Alternatives and the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, was released yesterday." more...

Chicago Expands Bike Share For 2012

9/20/11

"Close on the heels of New York City, Chicago has become the next big American city to announce plans to launch a bike share system.

"Officials there say a bike rental program using 3,000 bicycles at 300 stations will be launched next summer.

"An operator and bike-maker still need to be chosen, as well as the areas of the city that will be served. Currently, a small pilot project called Chicago B-cycle is operating in the city. It's a partnership of Humana, Trek and Crispin Porter + Bogusky." more...

Driver Sentenced For Killing Cyclist

9/21/11

"A Sioux Falls man will spend 100 days in jail for a horrific rush-hour traffic accident last August that killed 49-year-old cyclist Kevin Rogers." more...

C & O Canalway Marketing Campaign

9/20/11

"[Cumberland] and seven other communities bordering the C&O Canal National Historical Park are working together to jointly market the canal as a single attraction through the Canal Towns Partnership, according to Barbara Buehl, Allegany County tourism director and Canal Towns Partnership representative.

"The goal of the partnership, which was started in 2009, is to increase the amount of visitors, businesses and investments to the communities along the canal towpath.

"We realize more people are traveling the trails, whether it be the Great Allegheny Passage or the towpath, and their visits consist of more than just utilizing the path. We are more of a weekend getaway that can be enjoyed by the whole region," said Buehl. "Rather than competing, we are working together to bring more complimentary events here. It's always better to coordinate to work for a common goal." more...

Doctors Back Health Benefits Of Trails

9/20/11

"The recent focus on the American health care system brought to light the fact that an extraordinary amount of time, money and precious resources are spent on reactive treatment - drugs and surgery to counteract what are often lifestyle-related ailments.

"Medical professionals now understand that proactive health care is often the most efficient, effective and long-lasting - by living healthier day-to-day lives we immunize ourselves from the chronic illnesses that stem from obesity, lack of exercise, and poor diet." more...

Athens Dedicates Trail Connector

9/19/11

"Phase one of a two-phase bike path extension project in Athens is now complete.

"The city of Athens dedicated a new 1,030 foot section of the HockHocking Adena bikeway today at the West State Street Park.

"The Northwest spur connects the bikeway at the West State Street Park to a rehabilitated railroad bridge crossing the Hocking River.

"City Engineer and Director of Public Works Andrew Stone says the project has been in the works since the late 1980s. Construction officially began in March of this year." more...

Cleveland Oks "Complete & Green Streets"

9/19/11

"Cleveland's streets are about to get friendlier for bicyclists, pedestrians and the environment.

"City Council voted Monday to approve a law requiring that 20 percent of money spent on road projects go to features such as bike-only lanes, crosswalks, energy-efficient lighting and porous pavement. The law caps the extra cost at $1 million.

"The Complete and Green Streets ordinance, effective Jan. 1, would cover all projects -- federal, state, county, city or private -- in the public right of way. An advisory committee can approve exemptions for safety, financial hardship and other reasons." more...

Bolivar Towpath Receives $145K

9/18/11

"Ohio & Erie Canalway Association has awarded its 2011 grants for projects of value to cultural, historical, recreational and natural resources within Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area."

Among the recipients is the Bolivar towpath which received $125K to build 1 mile of trail and $20K for a restroom facility. See the other grant winners.

Blacklick Trail Bridge Opening Oct. 1

9/16/11

"Metro Parks cordially invites you and your friends and family to the "First Over the Bridge" bike, jog or walk event that begins at 6am, Saturday October 1, 2011 at the Confluence Trails Area at Three Creeks Metro Park, 3860 Bixby Road, Groveport.

"The 878-foot span bridge over Route 33 closes the gap in the Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail allowing bicyclists and walkers to ride the nine miles from Three Creeks Metro Park to Pickerington Ponds Metro Park. The 8-panel bridge is 12 feet wide and is 20 feet above SR 33." more...

Greenway Dispute Reignited

9/16/11

"...Government gone bad," is based on interviews with property owners who continue to fight what they call Erie MetroParks' unlawful seizure of their land, and others, as well as court documents and other filings available here.

"When a 2007 Ohio Supreme Court ruling unanimously decided Erie MetroParks wrongfully constructed the [Huron River] Greenway - a 6-mile path stretching from Huron to Milan and bordering the Huron River - the decision spawned a financial disaster." more...

Man Indicted On Trail Offenses

"A Butler County grand jury has indicted the man suspected of snatching a woman off the Great Miami River bike trail.

"Bryant Marquise King, 20 of Stephens Road was indicted on kidnapping and abduction charges by the grand jury on Tuesday." more...

TE Funding Threat Averted

9/15/11

"US. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has backed off on his plans to block a Transportation funding bill. His opposition would have threatened funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, as well as force a shutdown of the FAA and airports.

"Coburn opposed the transportation funding measure because of enhancements that go to bike paths and other roadside improvements -- about 2% of the total appropriation." more...

Read a previous report on this topic.

Athens Trail Spur Dedication Sept. 19

9/14/11

"The City of Athens announces a dedication of the new bike path spur will be held on Monday, September 19, 2011 at noon at the West State Street Park.

"The new bike path spur connects the bikeway at West State Street Park to a rehabilitated railroad bridge crossing the Hocking River -this project was Phase One of a Two-Phase bikepath extension project planned for this area." more...

Toledo Trail Corridor Purchase Update

9/14/11

Read a previous report on this story.

Dangerous Solon Crossing For Trail Users

9/14/11

"The trails of Cleveland Metroparks' South Chagrin Reservation are popular among bicyclers, walkers, joggers and horseback riders. But crossing the area's busiest road just to get to the park is cause for concern." more...

Trail & Ped Funding Threatened

"Since its inception in 1991, the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program has benefited every single congressional district in our nation. As the largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling, TE improves not only our transportation system, but also our economy, by helping individuals, communities and the nation save money, all the while creating quality jobs.

"...However, Sen. Coburn plans to introduce an amendment to eliminate the dedicated set-aside for the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program from the extension. TE is the nation's largest funding source for trails, walking and bicycling. He may even go so far as to filibuster to get his way, blocking the whole bill, including maintenance and construction of roads, bridges and transit." more...

The Harsimus Embankment Fight In NJ

"...The passage of time has already begun the work of transforming this unused elevated railway embankment in the heart of Jersey City, N.J., into an urban oasis. From the moment the trains stopped running in the early 1990s, Mother Nature took over. Today, the embankment supports a two-story-high, 100-foot wide, six-block wilderness of Cherry trees, wildflowers and grasses. Monarch butterflies stop for milkweed on their annual migrations south to Mexico. Attracted by the nectar, pollen and insects, mockingbirds and chickadees have moved in, their chirps and whistles replacing the industrial sounds of a bygone era." more...

Pataskala To Build Trail

9/13/11

"Pataskala residents could be walking and bicycling on a new multi-use path in the coming months.

"Pataskala City Council on Monday voted 6-0 during a special meeting to spend an additional amount not to exceed $29,486 on constructing the new path. Councilman Bernard Brush was not present.

"With low bids already in hand, City Administrator Tim Boland said Monday work could start in the coming weeks." more...

Read a previous report on this subject.

Meadowbrook Marsh Trail Construction

9/12/11

"On Sept. 19, construction will begin on approximately 3,000 feet of paved bike trails and boardwalks at Meadowbrook Marsh. Danbury Township was awarded grant money from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund and Recreational Trails Fund for this project.

"KF Construction & Excavating will be installing the trails and construction will be completed by the end of the year. During this time, some of the existing trails will be closed in order for the trail connections to be made. Currently there are more than 3,000 feet of existing ADA-accessible paved trails at Meadowbrook. The new trails and boardwalks will connect to the existing trails and create a loop throughout the park."

Source: TheBeacon.net

Reported Hanging On Lancaster Trail

9/11/11

"Police are investigating a reported hanging on the Fairfield Heritage bike trail, at the railroad bridge near South Maple Street.

"Officers at the scene declined further comment pending an investigation."

Source: LancasterEagleGazette.com

London Approves Bike Route

"Bicyclists now have two official options for pedaling on city streets between bike path trailheads in downtown London.

"On Sept. 1, London City Council amended the existing bypass route and added a business route.

"...The new business route, as its name suggests, guides bicyclists past more businesses than does the more residential bypass route. Starting from the bike path end at Midway Street, the business route runs north to West High Street, east to South Main, south to East First, and east to Maple where it picks up the bike path again. Bicyclists are permitted to use the sidewalks in business areas.

"It's a good way to promote economic growth in the downtown area," said Councilman Patrick Closser, who also serves as president of the Downtown London Association." more...

$30K To Repair GMRT In Middletown

9/11/11

"Costs to repair two sections of a bike path city officials say was damaged during the repair of two sinkholes along the Great Miami Recreation Trail have totaled close to $30,000.

"Two sections of the trail - one just north of Sixth Avenue and the other south of Windsor Avenue and Maple Street - were heavily damaged last spring following the formation of the 30-foot-wide holes that formed as a result of corroded sewer pipes." more...

Blacklick Trail Bridge Construction

Bill Watts sent along these photos of the Blacklick Trail bridge going up over Route 33.

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Short Term Towpath Closure Sept. 19-21

"The section of the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail between Boston Store Visitor Center Trailhead and Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula will be completely closed for construction from Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

"The Lock 29 parking lot will only be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on all three days.

"The closures are required to install weirs to allow future flood waters to move over the Towpath Trail and not wash away the tread surface." more...

A Look At The Camp Chase Station Plan

Here's a pictorial overview of the Camp Chase Station and casino plan for Columbus.

Tourism Impact: Scenic Railways Vs. Trails

"...In the Tri-Lakes region of upper New York State, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad corridor between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake currently carries a seasonal sightseeing excursion train, which many residents say has not delivered significant economic benefits to a picturesque region bursting with potential for recreational tourism.

"The newly created Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA) hope to see that track converted into a 34-mile recreational trail, following the lead of many communities like theirs which have converted their natural resources and historical rail lines into sustainable local economies. They are spreading word of their cause and hope to recruit 500 members in order to persuade local politicians and planners that this project is a development that residents and business people want." more...

Car Lane Given To Bikes In LA

9/9/11

"In a city known for traffic gridlock, deliberately eliminating an entire lane for cars could be politically dubious.

"But that's just what officials did Thursday as they unveiled Los Angeles' newest bicycle lane, a 2.2-mile stretch along 7th Street from Catalina Avenue in Koreatown to Figueroa Street downtown." more...

California is also making progress in passing a 3-Foot law for cyclists.

Pataskala Joins MORPC Program

9/8/11

"[Pataskala] has signed off on a plan officials hope will make streets safer.

"The Pataskala City Council's decision to support the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Complete Streets program is not binding, but it is a step toward adding multi-use paths and pedestrian crossings in coming years.

"...Specifically, the program, which is gaining national traction, seeks to design roadways that accommodate all users, including bicyclists, walkers, joggers, regular commuters and people using public transportation.

"It accomplishes that broad goal by incorporating items such as bicycle lanes, sidewalks and safe pedestrian crossings into future road-construction projects." more...

Towpath Closure For 2011 Marathon

"The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be closed to the general public starting at dusk beginning Saturday, October 8 until 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 9.

"All of the parking lots along the Towpath Trail from Lock 39 Trailhead to Botzum Trailhead including Indigo Lake Trailhead will be closed. The closure is due to the Towpath Marathon, a specialty marathon, half marathon, and 10K race, sponsored by the Ohio Canal Corridor."

Source: nps.gov

Developing Trails Along Waterways

9/6/11

"Do you have irrigation canals, flood channels or other waterways running through your city? If so, you could have a great opportunity to create shared-use pathways along them for transportation, recreation and, ultimately, a healthier community.

"Long, uninterrupted corridors along waterways create the perfect opportunity to expand your active (non-motorized) transportation network. Examples highlighted in this report from all over the country--Florida to California-show how successful these projects can be." more...

Marion Studying Park Access

9/6/11

"Giving residents more access to Sawyer-Ludwig Park is the focus of a joint study by the city and county.

"Whether that access would include a road through the park in southwest Marion, as was proposed last year by a Marion County commissioner, is part of the study.

"...Along with consideration of a road that would connect Barks Road going the west to Crissinger Road and Bellefontaine Avenue, the consulting firm that is hired will look at pedestrian and bicycle points of entry." more...

The Story Of The High Line In NYC

9/3/11

"...In August 1999, Joshua David walked into a community board meeting in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.

"People were debating what to do with an old, elevated rail track that ran through the neighborhood between Gansevoort and 34 Street. It had been abandoned since 1980. Before that, it was built to haul goods into the city's meatpacking district.

"David thought it was kind of a cool old relic, and he thought other people would feel the same." more...

Walton Hills Hiker Rescued

9/3/11

"Emergency crews were called out for a rescue at Bridal Veil Falls in Walton Hills.

"Dianna Kall with the Cleveland Metroparks said a hiker had twisted their ankle and crews were working to get the person off of a trail.

"Rangers pulled the victim out of the woods and EMS transported them to an area hospital.

"Their injuries don't appear to be serious."

Source: woio.com

Dresden Bike Trail Extension

9/3/11

"The Muskingum Recreational Trail is on the verge of expanding through Dresden.

"...Bonnie Dailey, Muskingum Valley Park District director, said work on a 2.3-mile extension of the bike trail from the village limits in Jefferson Township to the Tri-Valley Local Schools campuses is expected to begin in a couple of weeks.

"It will follow Chestnut Street and connects the pool, the schools, land lab and village (Kenny Wolford) park," Dailey said. "The notice to proceed says Sept. 12." more...

Section Of Newark Trail To Be Moved

"The T.J. Evans bike path will be moved away from Cherry Valley Road, about 100 feet to the west, to allow for a driveway into two potential developments.

"...The driveway across the bike path to the properties is near a parking area adjacent to the path, across Cherry Valley Road from Weston Road. The driveway could become a dedicated road, Layman said.

"The public road will ultimately cross the bike path, but it's a driveway for now," Layman said. "The solution is to move the bike path 100 feet away from Cherry Valley Road."

"The two property owners have agreed to give a sliver of their land to the Evans Foundation to allow for moving the path, possibly later this year." more...

Blacklick Trail Bridge Going Up

9/3/11

Last month Bill Watts reported on the Blacklick Trail bridge being built over Route 33. The bridge will connect the Blacklick Trail with the trail connecting to Pickerington Ponds Metro Park.

On Aug. 6 the 3 pre-fab bridge sections were grounded, waiting for installation.

Here's the latest news from Bill, "...bridge decking is installed as of Sept 1, 2011...the concrete landings connecting the trail to the bridge decking have yet to be poured."

Park & Trail Volunteers Rally After Storm

"Whether Irene was a hurricane or a tropical storm when it passed through your state, the result was probably the same: lots of wind and lots of rain.

"A week later, a number of affected regions are still without power, and emergency crews are doing their best to clean up an extraordinary amount of damage to homes and public infrastructure.

"Irene was also bad news for parks and trails. Park authorities and trail managers this week announced many popular spots would be closed as they scrambled to remove trees and debris, and clear washouts from flooding. If you are a fan of your local trail, this is your chance to roll up your sleeves and show your support." more...

Possible Extension For Transportion Funding

"Rep. John Mica (R-FL) has stated his support for a possible four-month extension of the Federal transportation funding bill (SAFETEA-LU).

"The bill would continue trails and bike/ped programs as well as allow the federal gas tax to be collected. Otherwise all surface transportation programs would come to a halt September 30, Rep." more...

Top Long Distance Midwest Trails

"There's a growing trend happening in the Midwest and across the country. With the support of local and regional governments, long distance bike routes are being converted from abandoned rail corridors in an attempt to connect a nationwide network of trails most commonly referred to as rails-to-trails.

"These trails are generally flat or follow a gentle grade, perfect for beginning or casual riders, yet, with the option for traveling long distances, can also challenge the more advanced cyclist.

"Rail trails travel through many towns which stimulates the local economy and raises cycling awareness. Of course the best part of these trails is- NO CARS ALLOWED, providing a safe and annoyance-free alternative to commuting and long-distance cycling." more...

Newark Ohio 16 Construction Affects Trail

8/31/11

"...Work is scheduled to begin Sept. 6 to extend the westbound ramp to Cedar Street, install signals on Cedar Street ramps and replace the deck on structures over Cedar Street, the Ohio Central Rail/Bike Trail and the North Fork Licking River.

"...The exit ramp from Ohio 16 west to Cedar Street will be closed for 10 days with traffic being detoured to O'Bannon Avenue and East Main Street. The bike trail also will be closed during the replacement of the deck over it, with traffic being detoured to Everett Avenue, O'Bannon Avenue and East Main Street." more...

Alum Creek Trail Drainage Work

"Something new on the [Alum Creek] trail today. The path under Shrock road has been open for a couple of weeks now. But now it looks like it has dried up enough that they are starting to do work on the area to improve drainage.

"As you come south, right before the underpass there is a big ROAD WORK AHEAD sign that sits right in the path. The sign is only about 6" narrower than the path, but the path remains open under the bridge. You don't have to divert up to and accross Shrock Road. I'm assuming this might not be true during work hours on the weekday, but tonight after 5 and I am assuming this weekend, the path will remain open. They are working on drainage around the path, not the path itself."

Source: CBuspacers.ning.com

Sleeping Bear Dunes Gets $2M For Trail

"Northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has received about $2 million in two federal grants for a second phase of a 27-mile hike-and-bike trail through the preserve, an official said Wednesday.

"The federal parkland headquartered at Empire in the northwestern Lower Peninsula contains some of Lake Michigan's most striking coastline." more...

Portage Parks Building New Trail

8/29/11

"The latest link in the Portage Park District's network of hike and bike trails is under construction.

"Thanks to a $345,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund, the district is developing a 2.2-mile trail on the former railroad corridor across Berlin Reservoir in the far southeast corner of the county.

"...Once completed, the stone-surfaced trail will pass over a 450-foot-long bridge, offering stunning views of the lake. The trail is the latest in the necklace of trails that is growing at a walking pace across Portage County." more...

"The Bike Rack" Opens In Cleveland

"...The City of Cleveland and The Downtown Cleveland Alliance offer the region's first full service bicycle parking and commuter center. The Bike Rack demonstrates a collective effort to create a more bike friendly environment in downtown Cleveland, welcoming bicyclists with the convenience of secure bicycle parking and fulfilling everyday commuting needs with individual shower/changing facilities, lockers, and a full service bicycle repair shop." more...

Springboro Bike Plan Slowly Taking Shape

8/29/11

"...Two years ago, the Springboro City Council adopted a Bicycle Friendly Community Action Plan, beginning the steps for this community to have plenty of accessible and safe trails for cyclists. Municipalities that encourage cycling for transportation and recreation qualify for an awards program.

"To this end, a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee was formed that will adopt a citywide complete streets policy, add bicycle racks for public buildings, adopt trail signage and produce bike maps." more...

Canton West Branch Trail Opens

8/28/11

"If you plan to walk the entire length of the new West Branch of Nimishillen Creek Trail, you might not want to do it all in one day.

"It's is 4.44 miles - 8.88 miles if you want to come back. By comparison, the Stadium Park walking track is 1.53 miles, and when you've made that loop, you're only feet from your car." more...

Bridge Reopened On Newark Trail

A closed trail bridge between Granville and Newark on the Thomas Evans Trail has reopened. The bridge had been closed for an extended period of time. more...

Heart Of Ohio Trail Paving

8/26/11

"Residents in southwestern Knox County will soon have more paved surface of bike path to ride or walk on. Bids were opened Thursday morning at the Knox County Commissioners Office for Phase 3 of the Heart of Ohio Trail paving project. This phase incorporates the section of trail between Updike Road and North Clayton Street in Centerburg.

"Bids opened Thursday morning were from Park Enterprises of Marion at $283,527.99; Kokosing Construction of Fredericktown at $262,914.45; and Terra Valley Excavating of Bellville at $321,443.03. An estimate for the project prepared by Knox County Engineer Jim Henry was set at $365,575."

Source: MountVernonNews.com

California To Consider 3-Foot Law

"...The California Bicycle Coalition and the City of Los Angeles have cosponsored a 3-foot passing bill, Senate Bill 910. Many other states have already passed similar legislation that requires automobile operators to allow a minimum of three feet when passing a cyclist from behind, and California is working to do the same..." more

California is also proposing a cell phone ban for bicyclists.

GMRT Resurfacing In Troy

8/25/11

"The Miami County Park District has announced that starting August 25th, the section of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail between the Dye Mill Road parking lot and the towpath along Dye Mill Road [in Troy] will be closed for resurfacing.

"The work will take several hours over the next few days to complete." more...

Mad River Trail Extension Approved

8/24/11

"Bicycle enthusiasts will soon have more trails to ride.

"A new path is in the works that will connect downtown Dayton to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State University.

"Dayton City Commissioners approved a proposal Wednesday for the trail. It will wind through a city-owned wellfield along the Mad River.

"City officials say they're committed to making Dayton more bike-friendly."

Source: wdtn.com

Read an earlier report on this topic.

RTC Maps 20,000 Trail Miles

"...this summer, [RTC's] hard-working Information Technology team celebrated an important milestone in their mission to catalog the pathways of America: hitting 20,000 miles of mapped trails.

"According to RTC's GIS Specialist Tim Rosner, it's great to reflect and take stock of the library of trail information compiled so far. Yet he says with new data coming in every day, and new trails projects under way all over the country, a finish line is not in sight just yet. Since RTC is the first organization to attempt to compile such detailed trails information on a national scale, it is impossible to know how many miles remain to be mapped.

"There is really no way of knowing how many trails there currently are," Rosner says. "We're just going to keep collecting data until there is no more to collect." more...

Bike-Friendly Las Vegas?

"...the Las Vegas Strip, known for its casinos, along with the crowded streets of down town, are far from ideal for riders, and yet the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is looking to make the area much more friendlier to those on two wheels.

"This includes efforts to establish a network of bike lanes, routes and paths, along with other cycling amenities that could make Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada region as a whole a truly cycling-friendly community..." more

Cleveland Struggles With West Shoreway Project

8/24/11

"City officials are proposing to convert an outer lane of the West Shoreway into a multipurpose path, among changes aimed at nipping the spiraling cost of remaking the highway into a friendlier boulevard.

"The project's estimated cost has jumped in one year from $70 million to $104 million, prompting city officials to blast ODOT's management of the long-sought project." more...

Massillon Towpath Washouts To Be Addressed

8/22/11

"The city, Massillon Area Greenways and a local businessman will be one step closer to correcting a washout problem along the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail when an 8.6-acre parcel is deeded to the city later this month.

"The land is at the Indian River Juvenile Correction Center, just west of Massillon Marketplace. Since 2004, MAGI has been working to stop frequent runoff of stones and debris onto the trail." more...

Levy Work To Close Towpath

8/22/11

"A project to repair erosion along the Tuscarawas River levee in Massillon is expected to begin early next month, likely creating delays for motorists and temporary closures of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District has awarded a $1.1 million contract to Canton-based TAB Construction Co. for the work, which is not expected to be completed until next April, weather permitting." more...

Mad River Trail Extension Closer To Reality

"Construction could begin this fall on one of the final links of bike path to connect downtown Dayton to the Wright State University/Wright-Patterson Air Force Base area, according to Five Rivers MetroParks officials.

"The Dayton City Commission is set to vote Wednesday on whether to grant the parks an easement for the bike path, through a city-owned wellfield along the Mad River in Eastwood Park." more...

Camp Chase Bike Hub Envisioned

"...Weston Vision Inc. believes a major opportunity to promote the Weston District, city of Columbus and Franklin County as a green and bicycle friendly community by embracing a hub and route for the Ohio to Erie Trail along the Camp Chase Railroad line near the Hollywood Casino property onto the Wilson Road Parkland.

"The "Camp Chase Station" will help to foster a higher quality of life, economic development and a positive image for an West Side community." more...

Pittsburgh Bikeways Attract Residents

8/19/11

"...Bicycling or walking to work, shop or to entertainment venues has become a way of life for those living near [Pittsburgh] trails or bikeways. Before work or after, the trails are frequented with walkers carrying their briefcases to the office or bicyclists with packs bearing a change of clothes.

"John Valentine, president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and consultant for the Urban Redevelopment Authority, is a resident of Gateway Towers. He says he is on his bike three or four times a week, not only for recreation, but also to run errands." more...

Cincy Bike Center Coming In 2012

8/18/11

"By the spring of next year, bicyclists will have a facility at Smale Riverfront Park where they can park, shower and have their bike repaired.

"The Bike, Mobility and Visitors Center is another important amenity slated for downtown Cincinnati's burgeoning riverfront.

"Design sketches of the center will be shown during a $10,000 grant presentation from Coca-Cola to Cincinnati Parks at 10 a.m. Friday at Smale Riverfront Park. The grant will be used to help finance the construction of the $430,000 facility." more...

LA Bike Culture Championing Change

"...Taking matters into their own hands, local activists Bikeside LA organized a volunteer "Bike Working Group" to draft their own bike plan, which they dubbed "The Backbone," after its main element-a backbone network of bikeways connecting Los Angeles.

"Despite initial opposition from the city, Los Angeles bicycle activists rallied to push for their preferred bike plan. This past March, the City Council unanimously approved a new bicycle plan centered on the Backbone Bikeway Network. Mayor Villaraigosa signed the plan the next day." more...

70K Per Day Enjoy Chicago Lakefront Path

8/16/11

"More than 70,000 people use the lakefront path during a typical summer day, according to city park officials and a biking advocacy group.

"It's almost like emptying out a Cubs game and sending [everyone] down here," said Joseph Bornstein, project manager for the Chicago Park District." more...

Cyclists Enjoying Newest GMRT Section

"Under a sunny blue summer sky Friday, a group of about two dozen cyclists rode south from Troy on the county bike trail, while an equal number rode north from Montgomery County. The two groups met at the Timmer Pavilion in Tipp City's Kyle Park, joining about 100 other cycling enthusiasts and local civic officials for a ceremony dedicating the newest section of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail.

"The new section is a 2.5-mile stretch that connects the existing trail at Kyle Park with the existing trail at the Montgomery County line." more...

Great Northern Railway Line May Become Trail

8/16/11

"The city of Spokane in eastern Washington is on the verge of becoming one of the most trail-connected cities in the region, with plans afoot for a new recreational and commuter pathway along a county-owned railroad right-o-way.

"Support is growing for the city's proposal to build a bicycle and pedestrian pathway along the Great Northern Railway Line, which was once the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the United States, linking Seattle with Saint Paul, Minn." more...

Residents Shaping New Orleans Trail

8/15/11

"Since 2009, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has played a crucial role in promoting the development of the Lafitte Greenway, a largely derelict strip of land running 3.1 miles through the center of the city. And this week marks a significant step for residents and planners who have long harbored hopes of a linear park and multi-use trail.

"The Lafitte project is part of RTC's Urban Pathways Initiative, which promotes trail use as a way to combat inner-city issues such as childhood obesity and a lack of transportation options for low-income residents." more...

Trail Users Trespass On Construction Site

8/12/11

"The Olentangy Trail has detoured around construction on the Dodridge Street bridge since the middle of July. That detour has been a nuisance for some bikers, walkers and runners along the trail. So, instead of rerouting, some users are climbing over two construction fences and crossing under a bridge that is being demolished." more...

GMRT Repairs Dispute

"Taxpayers may be on the hook for thousands of dollars in repairs to a bike path city officials say was damaged while repairing sinkholes.

"Two sections of the almost eight-mile Great Miami Recreation Trail were damaged this spring following the formation of two sinkholes. The 30-foot-wide holes formed as a result of corroded sewer pipes.

"...Meanwhile, no work has been done to fix the path nor has anyone taken responsibility for the costs, which Tadych estimated could cost thousands." more...

'Most Wanted Voyeur' Targeted Bike Trail

8/11/11

"A fugitive whose lengthy history of voyeurism and public indecency prompted authorities to dub him the [Columbus's] most wanted voyeur has been arrested.

"...According to a news release issued by the city attorney's office, prior to his arrest, North was allegedly living in park encampments near the Olentangy River.

"Authorities said North has been known to target the Ohio State campus area and the Olentangy bike path to spy on people and expose himself." more...

Debate Over MTBs In Cleveland Metroparks

8/11/11

"Mountain bikes were not even on the agenda at the Cleveland Metroparks board meeting Thursday, but they dominated the last segment of the meeting as opponents and advocates had their say." more...

Erosion Control Along The GMRT

8/10/11

"Workers with the Miami Conservancy District are rebuilding part of the bank by the Great Miami River and the bike trail.

"The erosion control work is necessary following this year's spring rains and the high river levels, said Jamie Johnson, MCD field operations manager..." more

NYC Transportation Advances

"...Now we are launching another round of innovations across New York's transportation spectrum. If you're in a car, we're deploying the latest traffic-management technology to keep you moving. If you're walking, you can take advantage of a comprehensive information system geared specifically to navigating New York on foot. If you're making a trip that is just too far to walk but not worth a cab or subway ride, you will soon be able to hop on one of our smart public bikes." more...

Alum Creek Trail Detour

8/9/11

"The Alum Creek Path under Schrock Road (in Westerville) is scheduled for retaining wall construction starting on August 17th and the project will be completed October 11th weather permitting.

"The path will be closed for construction in an effort to reduce path closures due to flooding. Path users are recommended to head east and cross Schrock Road at the Park Meadow light."

Source: YayBikes.com

Carolina Trail To Link 13 Counties

8/7/11

"Cherokee County residents have the opportunity to help select sites along a trail that will link 13 counties across two states.

"The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional system of greenways and trails stretching along a path connecting about 2.3 million people. The plan is to link people, places, cities, towns and attractions, but also to preserve natural areas.

"As part of the trail system, Cherokee County will have about 100 miles of trails and water routes. Three public meetings have been held, but only a handful of residents took part in the process. Residents are asked to give their input on where they want to see walking, hiking, biking, horseback trails and places to canoe." more...

Boy Killed On Bike In Cleveland

8/7/11

"...Jared Anderson, 7, from Castle Dale was visiting family relatives just outside Cleveland Saturday.

"Officials confirm to ABC 4 News that around 6:18 p.m. Anderson was riding a borrowed bike before being struck and killed outside of a home that he was visiting." more...

New GMRT Section Opening Aug. 12

8/5/11

"The Miami County Park District in collaboration with Monroe Township, Tipp City and Five Rivers Metro Park will officially open the newest segment of [the GMRT] bike trail extending from Kyle Park in Tipp City to Ross Road at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Timmer Pavillion in Kyle Park.

"This is an important project for bicycle enthusiasts in the Miami Valley as it connects the Miami and Montgomery County bikeway systems," said J. Scott Myers the deputy director for the Miami County Park District. This 2.5 mile segment of the trail runs along the old Erie Canal and goes through a tunnel under Ross Road to connect to the Montgomery County bikeway." more...

3 Cycling Fatalities In King County WA

8/5/11

"A 70-year-old man riding a bicycle in Renton has died of injuries suffered in a collision with a vehicle on Thursday. He's the third bicyclist to die on roads in King County in the past two weeks.

"According to reports, the unidentified man was riding across the 200 block of Logan Avenue North near Renton Memorial Stadium when he was struck by a white SUV at 5 p.m. Thursday. Emergency responders report that he was unconscious when they arrived." more...

Bike Path Could Transform Grand Rapids

"A proposed $19 million urban bike path would mark a "transformative" step for the city by linking cyclists to regional trails, rapid transit and job hubs like the Medical Mile, officials say.

"The project is part of $66 million in transportation work that includes improvements for the Bus Rapid Transit system along South Division Avenue and other trail upgrades.

"...[The proposed connector] would connect to the Kent Trails bike path, the White Pine Trail, the Oxford Street Trail and eventually the Musketawa Trail, which travels from northern Kent County to Muskegon.

"It also would tie in with a new pathway that is to link DeVos Place with Michigan Street and the Medical Mile." more...

Aberdeen Trail Suffers Flooding/ODOT Problems

8/5/11

"...To me, [the trail is] a mess. When it rains you cannot walk on that path. There are some places where the water pools two to three inches deep," Lawrence said. "I called the state, called to Chilicothe to come down here to take a look at it. We showed that guy this, but he explained to us the mayor had signed off on this while I was in the hospital and now it's the village responsibility to repair and fix any low spots."

"Lawrence said he was told it would take an additional $4,600 to fix the water pooling issue, which he said the RULH Board of Education unanimously voted to provide. After handing the money to ODOT, Lawrence said he was told it was unnecessary. When Lawrence asked for the money to be returned, he said he was told that ODOT would be unable to release it back." more...

Man Grabs Woman On Hamilton Trail

8/4/11

"Police arrested a man Thursday accused of trying to abduct a woman on a Hamilton bike path.

"The woman told police that she was approached by a young black man wearing only one shoe about 10 a.m. in the 1600 block of Neilan Boulevard." more...

This follow up story provides safety tips and more information on the suspect.

Suspect Detained On OSU Trail

8/4/11

"Police have detained and are questioning a man in connection with two separate attacks near Ohio State's campus.

"The man was detained on a bike trail, under the Olentangy River bridge near King Avenue.

"Officers said a man tried to abduct two women at knife point near Cannon Avenue and King Avenue on Wednesday afternoon." more...

Here's a follow up report that clarifies that the suspect was found on the trail, but the crimes occurred elsewhere.

The suspect has been arrested and charged.

Trail May Connect Mounds

8/2/11

"A meeting to discuss a bike trail that would link Cahokia Mounds [in Illinois] with the sole remaining Missouri mound is scheduled for Aug. 4.

"A bike trail on existing roads, a separate bike path and creation of an auto tour are all among options under discussion for the Mounds Heritage Trail Master Plan." more...

A Passion For Rail-Trails

8/1/11

"It was a motorcycle, ironically, that got Pete Bostich into the rail-trail movement. The Orlando, Fla., resident was in a debilitating accident on his motorbike a few years ago, which led him to rail-trails as part of his recovery in 2010. Since then, Bostich has pedaled more than 3,000 miles on trails in Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Pennsylvania..." more

Closer Look: Transportation Funding Woes

8/1/11

"Construction of roads - along with greenways, bike trails and other community projects - could be grinding to a crawl as the federal government cuts transportation funding and requires more local financial participation when handing out what's left." more...

Read a related article on the transportation infrastructure crisis.

At least one state is seeking a transportation option that would allow states to opt out of the federal program.

Lima Trail Opens

7/30/11

"[Lima] bicyclists are breaking-in the asphalt on the new Cole Street bikeway. In celebration of the completion of the path, the Allen County Creating Healthy Communities Coalition held a Family Fun Bike Fest.

"Cole Street's bike path gives the opportunity to bikers to stay out of traffic, a place quite dangerous especially for young riders. Cherry Goston brought her children to the bike fest to learn about ways to keep them safe.

"A bike rodeo took cyclists through stations, educating them on proper handling and maneuvering. Sergeant Paula Strickler lead a group of parents and their children on the new bikeway to teach them safe riding tips and the etiquette of using the path.

"Kids not only got their bikes ready for riding this summer, they also learned how to get their bodies in tip-top shape."

Source: hometownstations.com

Assault On B & O Trail

"Police are looking for a man accused of assaulting a 12-year-old girl on the [B & O] bike trail Wednesday morning. The suspect reportedly pushed the girl to the ground around 9:30 a.m. then fled on a blue bicycle. The girl was not injured.

"The man is described as a white male with long brown hair and a beard, 6 feet 2 inches tall, medium build, late 50s or early 60s.

"Information about the assault or the suspect may be reported to Lexington Police Department at 419-884-1032."

Source: mansfieldnewsjournal.com

State Option Sought For Transportation Funds

7/29/11

"Sen. Tom Coburn and Rep. James Lankford proposed Thursday that states be allowed to opt out of federal highway programs and keep the gasoline tax revenue collected in their states.

"The Oklahoma lawmakers said a bill they are sponsoring with several other Republicans would eliminate red tape and mandates and give states the power to set their own road and bridge priorities.

"Washington's addiction to spending has bankrupted the Highway Trust Fund," Coburn, R-Muskogee, said." more...

Seattle Cyclist Dies From Hit-Skip

7/29/11

"The bicycle rider struck and seriously injured Thursday afternoon by a hit-and-run SUV driver in the South Lake Union area of Seattle has died. The Medical Examiner's Office made the announcement on Friday morning.

"The man was identified as Michael Wang, 44, a photographer for the worldwide health nonprofit PATH. He is survived by his wife, Claire Allen, and their two children, ages 12 and 9." more...

SF Office Workers Stop Bike Thief

"A would-be bicycle thief in San Francisco had his own bike confiscated after dropping the key to his lock in a botched attempt to ride off on a bicycle he stole in broad daylight last week outside a San Francisco office.

"A surveillance camera outside the office of WCG, a global communications company at 60 Francisco St., captured footage of the thief in action, and the company posted the video to its YouTube page Tuesday after two of its workers thwarted the theft on July 20." more...

Lady Cyclists Take To Streets In Cleveland

"As cycling in Cleveland keeps growing in popularity, a first-ever ride encouraged the ladies of Cleveland to pedal around town.

"Crank Set Rides sponsored the 'Two Wheels and Heels' bicycle ride Wednesday evening. There were prizes of nail polish offered to the first 20 riders and one bike was equipped with a handlebar basket full of flowers." more...

Pataskala Trail Plan Details

7/28/11

"Plans for the city's multi-purpose path have changed -- again.

"Concerns from residents prompted the latest shift, which will divert the path from Mill Street further downtown.

"The city in late June conducted a public hearing on the proposed multi-purpose path, dubbed the Cross Town Line, and also released a map showing a revised route for the path." more...

Read an earlier post on this subject.

Dayton River Project Will Spur Recreation

7/27/11

"Imagine the scene a year after the hazardous Monument Avenue low dam is removed and replaced with two dam-like structures that offer safe passageways for recreational paddlers on the Great Miami River.

"...That project, the better part of a decade in the making, got a boost Tuesday when executives with Cox Enterprises announced that the James M. Cox Foundation will provide a $1 million challenge grant toward the estimated $4 million construction effort." more...

See a video report on this topic.

Florida Trail Design Plan Wins Award

7/26/11

"A major county in Florida is being heralded for a new study that not only outlines cost-effective strategies for building new trails and greenways, but also quantifies the environmental, economic and social benefits of such facilities.

"...One of the features of the study was its establishment of a methodology to analyze the benefits of trails such as vehicle trip reduction, increase in accessibility, reduction in pollution, effects on property values and job creation.

"This recognition is a validation of our tireless efforts to provide quality trails and greenways throughout Miami-Dade County," says Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys." more...

LA Outlaws Cyclist Harassment

"The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday passed a pioneering new law intended to protect bicyclists from harassment by motorists.

"The ordinance, which backers described as the toughest of its kind in the nation, makes it a crime for drivers to threaten cyclists verbally or physically, and allows victims of harassment to sue in civil court without waiting for the city to press criminal charges." more...

Kent Trail May Be Named To Honor Veterans

7/25/11

"...The Kent Parks and Recreation Board considered naming one of the city's parks "Veterans Memorial Park" after a suggestion from an ad-hoc committee of Kent City Council.

"...Instead, Wilson said the parks board suggested naming the stretch of bike trail from Crain Avenue to the River Bend subdivision "Veterans Memorial Park."

"It's a nice clean area, and it's a nice new area," Wilson said. "I think it's a good suggestion by them." more...

MI Trail Planned Through National Lakeshore Park

"The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is a planned 27-mile, paved recreational trail through Northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

"The planned hard-surface trail will run from Empire to Good Harbor Bay, connecting the towns of Empire and Glen Arbor along the way. It will be the first bike trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and has been 14 years in the planning..." more

Orrville To Clinton Trail Coming

7/24/11

"...In addition to the three Rails to Trails already in Wayne County -- 15-mile Holmes County Trail (Fredericksburg to Killbuck), 9.6-mile Sippo Trail (Dalton to Massillon) and recently completed 6.4-mile County Line Trail (Creston to Rittman) -- RTWC is moving forward to tie the county together like never before with an approximate 8-mile Orrville-to-Clinton trail.

"We've purchased the property from the railroad through abandoned parts that would take a paved trail from Orrville, to Marshallville and under state Route 21 to Clinton," Noble said in a phone interview this week. "We're now in the phase that we're trying to raise funds to develop the trail.

"Just like with County Line Trail, we also have to work with some land issues along the way. The goal is to have a trail head in Orrville, we just haven't decided where yet." more...

Ohio-To-Erie Trail Report

The OTE Summer 2011 newsletter covers the recent opening of a portion of the Camp Chase Trail, a new 1.1-mile trail section near Lunken Airfield and new trail signage. Read more...

Portion Of Towpath Reopens In CVNP

7/20/11

"The National Park Service has opened part of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) that was closed to due to flooding conditions.

"The trail is now open from Lock 39 in Independence to Red Lock in Valley View, and from Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center in Peninsula to Botzum Trailhead in Akron.

"The trail remains closed from Red Lock to Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center. Station Road Trailhead in Brecksville is open, but the parking lot is closed due to excessive debris." more...

Olentangy Trail Detour

Dodridge Street Bridge Replacement

"The [Olentangy] trail will be detoured beginning July 13 for the duration of the Dodridge Street bridge project. This is expected to be an 18 month construction project and will detour the trail between the OSU Wetlands Park and Tuttle Park.

"OSU has a new bikeway along Olentangy River Road, on the west side, from Dodridge to Lane. They are also providing use of the wetland park drive, from the trail to Dodridge.

"With Dodridge St. being closed to car traffic, we will have a full bikeway width along a short distance of the street for your use. This means that your total detour distance will be the same as the current main trail route."

Source: parks.columbus.gov

Towpath Floods For 3rd Time In 2011

7/19/11

"Flooding has once again closed the entire Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Also closed is the Virginia Kendall Lake area.

"This is the third time this year that flood waters have shut down the trail. And this time, flooding also has shut down the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's service to Canton until further notice."

Source: wksu.org

"...A U.S. Geological Survey gauge in South Akron registered 6.81 inches in a 24-hour period, an amount that is likely to occur only once in a thousand years, said Ron Gray, a canal hydraulics operations manager with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources." more...

Chardon Project Includes Trail

7/19/11

"...Demolition is under way at 373 Washington St., now home to rubber compound processor Chardon Custom Polymers. The $2 million project includes brownfield remediation, which began earlier this year. An architectural makeover is planned for part of the building fronting Washington Street and about 1.5 acres on the west side will be reserved for a bike path." more...

I-270/Rt. 23 Reconstruction Includes Trail

7/19/11

"The jockeying, weaving and lurching of vehicles merging from Rt. 315 onto I-270 create a daily challenge for motorists headed from the Outerbelt onto Rt. 23 in Worthington.

"Relief is now fairly certain. The Worthington City Council voted 6-0 last night to approve final plans for its portion of a $293 million reconstruction of the I-270/ Rt. 23 interchange in northern Franklin County.

"...The formal plan approved last night includes a bike path leading from the city's northern boundary, across I-270 and into the Crosswoods restaurant and movie-theater area." more...

Canton Trail Dedication

"A new five-mile hiking and biking trail will be dedicated Tuesday at the Timken Gatehouse in Stadium Park.

"Residents are invited to the 1:30 p.m. dedication of the West Branch trail and can participate in a guided bike ride or a history hike along the west branch of the Nimishillen following the dedication. Light refreshments will be served.

"The limestone trail meanders from Ninth Street SW through West Park, Waterworks Park, Monument and Stadium parks, crosses Fulton Road, continues north through Ink Park and ends at Covered Bridge Park. It's construction was funded through a $445,000 state grant and funds from Canton City and Stark County Park District.

"The trail is part of the park district's Stark County Trail and Greenway Plan and is part of the pedestrian and bike trails that are planned to eventually encircle Canton and connect with other existing trails."

Source: cantonrep.com

Submitted by: Jeff W.

D.C. Teens Caught In Bike Trail Attack

"The Metropolitan Police Department says it has caught a group of kids who are believed to have attacked a bicyclist on a Northeast D.C. trail. But police still don't know if they are the ones responsible for a string of other attacks.

"The attacks have been taking place on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, primarily in between Rhode Island Avenue and New York Avenue. It's a stretch of trail that jogger Shannon Hobson runs almost every day. But after learning that four people have been attacked here in less than a month, she's having second thoughts." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Honton Bridge Dedication

7/18/11
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Mayor Coleman At Innis Park

"...Beneath a grove of mature trees at Innis Park, Columbus mayor Michael Coleman arrived to dedicate a recycled bridge and a two-and-a-half mile section of the Alum Creek Bike trail.

"The newest section of trail becomes part of what is now a 165 mile-long system that offers bicyclists and pedestrians an off-road means of getting around town. Mayor Coleman, who described himself as "bikin' Mike," for the 60 people in attendance, describes Columbus as a boom town for bicycling.

"And I can tell you, our count shows that there's over 100,000 people been on these trails, bike trails, bike paths, this spring." more...

Boardman Reconsiders Trail Concept

"Boardman Township Trustees would like to see railroad tracks in the township turned into a bike trail.

"They say they're tired of the trash that comes out of the rail cars that travel along the track on Southern Blvd. Trustee Tom Costello says, "The railroad has not been a good neighbor in maintaining the property. They fail to cut the grass. They fail to clean up after themselves."

"The idea to turn the tracks into a hike bike trail came up more than a decade ago but the owner of the line, the Columbiana County Port Authority, was opposed to it.

"Trustees say so few trains travel the line its not worth having it. They plan to revisit the bike trail idea."

Source: wfmj.com

GOLTRG Progress Report

7/17/11

"The [Great Ohio to Lake River Greenway] has been moving forward in fits and starts through Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

"Both riders and Niles city officials were hoping to open its 4.5-mile section this month. It is not going to happen.

"Work on a portion of the trail over the Mahoning River has not begun because of engineering design concerns that have plagued the project from its inception." more...

For a firsthand look at a new section of GOLTRG, the Warren Trail section, read the account below.

A Look At The Warren Bike Path

7/17/11

"After riding the new sections of bike trail that stretch through Warren, it is hard to think of the path as anything but an asset to the city.

"...I found the secluded areas of trail ideal for casual biking. The surface was finely paved and level, wide enough for two people to ride side-by-side (I was accompanied by a friend, John Varley), and free from any traffic or industrial/urban noise and distractions. The more than one-mile section from North Park to North River was particularly enjoyable, with gradual slopes on either side of a small stream. That area provides a rural feel that is largely absent from the rest of the trail.

"Unfortunately, there is no destination at the end of the trail, and riders must choose between turning around and going back the same way as they came, or taking North River over to Mahoning Avenue. I chose the former.

"Another criticism arises from the portion of the trail that consists of city streets between the paved sections." more...

Big Walnut Trail Ribbon Cutting July 22

"...The [Gahanna] Department of Parks & Recreation would like to invite the public to the Big Walnut Trail, Section 7 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, July 22 at 2:30pm. A presentation including state and local officials and community leaders will take place at 2:30pm with a ceremonial ribbon cutting to open this east-west multipurpose trail connector immediately following the presentation.

"The Big Walnut Trail Section 7 includes at 140-foot by 12-foot prefabricated foot bridge, with multipurpose trails connecting to the Big Walnut Creek Trail to the west, and Cliffview Drive to the east of the creek. This project puts Gahanna one step closer to completion of the entire Big Walnut Trail Project, a 5-mile multipurpose trail running from Morse Rd. in the north to Pizzurro Park in southern Gahanna." more...

Dominion Trail Mix

7/14/11

"...On Saturday, September 3, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Dominion Virginia Power will come together to host "Dominion Trail Mix," a unique trail celebration that runs the whole gamut of community involvement, from a bike, run and walk event, to a community clean-up, to live music and entertainment.

"The purpose of the one-day festival is to demonstrate how this much-loved asset encompasses many themes of active lifestyles, recreation, the environment and community.

"The 44-mile W OD Trail links rural Virignia with downtown Arlington, just a few miles west of Washington, D.C." more...

Kidnapped Cyclists Released

7/14/11

"Seven kidnapped Estonians on a bicycle tour gone seriously wrong are free after French diplomats negotiated their release in Lebanon.

"The men, in their 30s and 40s, were kidnapped at gunpoint after crossing over the border from Syria on their bicycle tour on March 23.

"...The seven arrived at the French embassy in Beirut on Thursday, Sky News reports. There was no immediate word whether a ransom was paid or other conditions of their release." more...

Road To Ruin: Proposed Transportation Bill

"Since he introduced his proposal for the next surface transportation re-authorization bill late last week, John Mica (R-FL) has become public enemy number one in the bicycle advocacy world as well as in many other interest groups that would suffer from this proposed drastic reduction in transportation funding. The new bill calls for a 33% budget reduction from the previous transportation bill.

"John Mica (R-FL)According to the League of American Bicyclists, the proposal that was announced by Mica, the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House, "eliminates dedicated funding for bicycling and walking, including Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School and the Recreational Trails Program, and discourages states from choosing to spend dollars on these activities that are 'not in the federal interest.'" The League has been on the offensive fighting this proposal, and League President Andy Clarke has not minced words when addressing the issue." more...

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Board To Publish Proposed Right-Of-Way Guidelines

"...The [U.S. Access] Board's aim is to ensure that access for persons with disabilities is provided wherever a pedestrian way is newly built or altered, and that the same degree of convenience, connection, and safety afforded the public generally is available to pedestrians with disabilities.

"The guidelines would not require alterations to existing public rights-of-way, but would apply where a pedestrian route or facility is altered as part of a planned project to improve existing public rights-of-way." more...

Genoa Twp Park Improvements Include Trail

7/11/11

"Genoa Township's McNamara Park will double in size after nearly $568,000 in improvements are made later this year.

"The improvements will make an additional 15 acres of the park usable, said Paul Wise, administrator of the township in southeastern Delaware County.

"...The project will add about 200 parking spaces and a trail that will connect the park to the township hall." more...

Ontario Canada Launches Segregated Bike Lanes

7/10/11

"The first segregated bike lanes in Ontario are now open on Ottawa's Laurier Avenue, changing the way vehicles and cyclists interact in the city's downtown.

"Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said Sunday afternoon at lanes' official opening that he's seen the dangers of cycling downtown.

"I've seen cyclists who have been knocked off their bikes by mirrors on cars, by people opening their doors," he said. "This gives cyclists some protection, and they deserve safety and protection in the downtown core." more...

Newark Trail Underpass Closed

7/10/11

Amy P. reports, "Last time I rode the trail in June 2011 the railroad trestle bridge in Newark near Reddington Road/ Cherry Valley Road was blocked off and non-accessible due to safety issues. This leaves no convenient access to many miles the trail into Newark from Ganville."

If anyone has additional info regarding this closing, please let us know.

South Dakota Trail Is A Gem

"After riding the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, the Route of the Hiawatha, the Great Allegheny Passage and other stunning rail-trails, I thought I'd ridden the best of the best. I've never heard of a disappointing rail-trail, but some just tend to stand out. No other trail could even approach the beauty I'd seen on some of these jewels, I thought.

"Then, a few weeks ago, I rode the George S. Mickelson Trail in South Dakota with some Rails-to-Trails Conservancy staff and partners.

"In one word: wow." more...

Tri-County Trail Paving

7/8/11

"An 11-mile section of [Tri-County Triangle Trail] is set to be paved to connect the trail from Frankfort into Fayette County just outside Washington Court House. The project is a few months behind schedule after spring rains held up contractors, but Jacquelyn Doles, president of the Tri-County Triangle Trail, is pleased the work is coming.

"...The Ross County Park District owns the land the bike path runs through in Ross County and does a lot of the maintenance work, but with local budgets strapped for cash, new improvements have been paid for with the help of the Tri-County Triangle Trail group.

"The 11-mile connection is being completed with a grant for more than $300,000, and the Tri-County Triangle Trail is chipping in $78,000." more...

Delaware Trail Must Wait For Funding

7/7/11

"The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will not fund a grant program to which the city of Delaware applied earlier this year, Delaware leaders say.

"The city in February applied for the Clean Ohio Trails Fund and Recreational Trails Program grants for $265,000 to help fund a Houk Road pedestrian trail that would connect William Street and Central Avenue on the city's west side." more...

Action Alert: Trail & Ped Funding Threatened

7/7/11

"t is hard to believe but after more than 20 years of successful federal investment in biking and walking facilities, Congressional leaders are poised to eliminate dedicated funding for biking and walking.

"If you care about active transportation and recreation, please take 10 minutes today to email your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative...

"...Without federal investment, we will witness a major retreat from the national effort to provide safe, accessible facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. We will lose countless opportunities to build simple, cost-effective transportation solutions for commuting, recreation, and travel." more...

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Wooster Construction Project Includes Bike Path

7/7/11

"It's been a long time coming, but the city will move forward with improving Melrose Drive between Portage and Milltown roads. The project will include widening and resurfacing the road, adding curbs, gutters, sidewalks, storm sewers and a bike path.

"Council passed a resolution Tuesday declaring the project is necessary, and it begins the process of determining a preliminary assessment to property owners in the area." more...

Columbus Bridge Rebuild Detours Trail

7/7/11

"The closure of the Dodridge Street Bridge and Olentangy Trail now is scheduled to occur beginning July 13, officials from the Franklin County Engineers Office announced last week.

"Dean Ringle, county engineer, said replacement of the Dodridge Street Bridge -- spanning the Olentangy River between Olentangy River Road and Neil Avenue -- requires that Dodridge Street and the Olentangy Trail to be closed until September 2012, weather permitting. The trail passes under the bridge." more...

Island Line Trail Rebuilds After Flood

"There are few sections of rail-trail more remarkable than the 3.5-mile causeway that arcs across Lake Champlain along the Island Line Rail Trail in Vermont. Every year, thousands of riders and hikers cross the narrow bridge of mottled marble and rock built by the Rutland Railroad at the beginning of the 20th century.

"Out in the middle of the lake, warblers and kingfishers flit past, the lake trout and walleye stir. To the east, the Green Mountains; to the west, the Adirondacks." more...

Land Purchase Would Extend Toledo Trail

7/6/11

"A proposed multiuse trail that would connect college campuses, parks, and existing trails is about to clear a major hurdle with the pending acquisition of an 11-mile former rail line from CSX Transportation Corp.

"The consortium developing the Westside Rail Corridor is in final stages of the negotiations with CSX for the abandoned rail bed, which winds from Laskey Road south to River Road and across the Maumee River into Perrysburg Township.

"...The corridor would connect at the east end of the University-Parks Trail on the University of Toledo campus and give users access to trails in Ottawa Park in West Toledo." more...

Proposed Bike Ban At Wildlife Refuge

7/5/11

"...A blog reader wrote to say that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is updating its Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the 10,000 acre refuge and seeks to ban bicycling and horseback riding there. She wrote:

"We ride horses on a nice trail adjacent to Lake Lowell. This trail is also used by bicyclists and joggers. The proposed alternatives to recreation at the Refuge eliminates horseback riding and bicycling." more...

Bridge To Be Retrofited For Peds & Bikes

7/4/11

"For 80 years, the Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge [in Cleveland] has catered to cars and trucks. By fall 2012, the historic span will make way for those on foot and on two wheels.

"City planners have approved a $6 million design featuring a broad, multi-use path on the bridge's north side and narrowed intersections that can be crossed more quickly by walkers, joggers and bicyclists.

"The features "look very similar to what the bicycling community has suggested," said Jim Sheehan, director of the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op." more...

New Zealand Rail-Trails

7/1/11

"...A survey into the economic benefits of the Otago Central Rail Trail has shown it brings NZ $12.2 million into the local economy every year, up $5 million from 2009. The survey, commissioned by the Central Otago District Council, showed 40 percent more people, about 4,000, were using the trail, they were spending more while traveling on it, and more people were being employed because of it." more...

Piqua Holds Trail "Visioning" Workshop

6/30/11

"Those passionate about the local bike and walk pathways were in for a real treat Wednesday as the city's Development Department hosted a visioning workshop at the city building.

"The meeting was held to discuss the current bike pathways, improvements and construction. The workshop also focused on what direction the group would like to take them and gather input from those interested, and those who use the trails." more...

Pataskala Trail Plan Revised

6/30/11

"The city is moving forward with a new multi-use path, albeit a refashioned one.

"Pataskala Planning Director Dianne Harris on Wednesday laid out plans for the path during an open community forum.

"The path, according to the most-recent map supplied by the city, no longer is slated to run alongside Muddy Creek through the Pataskala Cemetery and a nearby lot. The group that runs the cemetery told city officials it would not grant them the needed easement, Harris said." more...

Rail-Trails Down Under

"All across the world, people are discovering the benefits of rail-trails--from the recreational opportunities they provide to the promotion of tourism and more dynamic transportation planning.

"Down in the southern hemisphere, Australia has developed an especially active rail-trail development program. Here's a snapshot of what's happening around rail-trails on the (literally) other side of the world!" more...

Land & Water Conservation Bill Reintroduced

"Land and Water Conservation Fund bill (S. 1265) has been reintroduced: "A bill to amend the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 to provide consistent and reliable authority for, and for the funding of, the land and water conservation fund to maximize the effectiveness of the fund for future generations, and for other purposes." more...

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Run Over Twice, Not A Crime In MS

6/29/11

"Mississippi is known for the blues, and given what the Starkville District Attorney has said about the case of involving Jan Morgan being hit by a car and then run over after the driver stopped to check on her, seems that there is good reason." more...

Newark Trail Connector Work Continues

6/28/11

"A bike path connector will include a new pedestrian signal on West Church Street and a paved bike path through a school drive near White Field, city officials said Monday.

"The path will connect bike paths ending at the Licking County Family YMCA and on East Main Street." more...

U.S. Bicycle Route System Resurrected

"You might be surprised to hear that there's an actual, official interstate "highway" system for bicyclists. Although there's a pretty good reason that you're probably not familiar with it: after the first two routes on the U.S. Bicycle Route System were designated in 1982, the whole project has essentially been neglected and ignored by officials.

"Until now, that is.

"On his blog, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood writes: "I'm happy to report that ... the Association of American State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has approved the first new routes for the system in more than 30 years." more...

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Georgia Passes "3-Feet" Law

6/25/11

"Although the Georgia General Assembly this year enacted a law requiring that motorists give bicyclists three feet of space when passing, the hard work for Georgia Bikes! is just now beginning.

"The statewide bicycle advocacy group is launching promotions to ensure that motorists know about the law that goes into effect July 1." more...

100-Mile Louisville Loop Project

6/24/11

"The 100-mile Louisville Loop, envisioned as a multi-use, shared pathway around the outer edge of Metro Louisville, will start and end at the base of the Big Four Bridge.

"A main trailhead with explanatory signs about the Louisville Loop, along with bike racks, benches, restrooms and a few other amenities will be developed beneath the Big Four, which will be designated as the Loop's mile zero, officials said." more...

Cycling Fatality In Marietta

6/23/11

"No charges are expected in the death of a Marietta man killed after he ran a red light on his bicycle and was struck by a pickup truck, police said." more...

Physician Seriously Injured In Hit-&-Run

"At 7:20 a.m. on Memorial Day, we were cycling along Butler Street just past the Highland Park Bridge [in Pittsburgh, PA]. A driver seen weaving through traffic at a high rate of speed hit one of us, Robert Noll, the lead cyclist, and seriously injured him. He remains hospitalized, recovering from two full days of surgery to repair his many broken bones.

"Dr. Noll has endured weeks of pain, lost time from work and is facing possible long-term disability. Another member of our group, Jonathan Finder, was thrown to the pavement face-first, sustaining facial fractures and a concussion.

"This accident received a lot of media attention probably because we are doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Clearly it has resulted in major changes not only for our families, but also in the lives of our patients, whose continuity of care has been affected." more...

Support Land & Water Conservation Effort

6/21/11

"The Land and Water Conservation Fund urgently needs your support-- please sign on to the following letter by June 27.

"The letter that is designed to begin a conversation with Speaker Boehner that hopefully leads to his support of conservation funding in upcoming budget negotiations. The letter has gone far and wide, and we are already getting significant support. I'd urge each of your organizations to sign this letter in order to make the strongest case possible that a diverse and important constituency stands ready to work with House and Senate leadership and the White House to protect our funding during these challenging budget times. Deadline for sign on is Monday, June 27th..." more

Accident Spurs Safety Campaign

6/21/11

"...According to the police report of the incident, the motorist was talking on a cell phone when she struck Jan, who was riding by the side of the road. The report states that the driver pulled over, got out of the car and, while still talking on the phone, got back into the car and drove off, running over Jan, who was lying injured. Shortly afterwards, the driver was forced from her car by a witness.

"Almost one month later, Jan remains in a serious but stable condition in the critical care unit of North Mississippi Medical Center, with multiple fractures, significant head injuries and a collapsed lung.

"And as riders and friends rally around her husband and the store, a bigger issue has emerged." more...

Multi-Use Trails & Horses

6/20/11

"On rail-trails throughout the country, local managers and planners make decisions about the types of users a pathway will support. Rail-trails generally allow for a wide spectrum of activities, from cycling and horseback riding to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, depending on the season and region.

"But these various user groups often require specific trail conditions and amenities, whether it's asphalt for skate wheels or space in parking lots for horse trailers. And even though these users all support a common cause--trails--tension over permissible uses can still occur on some pathways." more...

Fuel Costs Raise 'Bike Aboard' Rates

6/17/11

"Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR), a not for profit 501(c)3, is facing a $300,000 budget deficit due to rising fuel costs. To be able to keep chugging along this year, they've had to add a nominal fuel surcharge to ticket prices in a "These Wheels Must Turn" campaign, starting June 15, 2011."

The railroad operates within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and allows trail riders the opportunity to take their bikes aboard the train along a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath. more...

Partners Against Crime On The Met Branch Trail

"The recently opened Met Branch Trail connecting downtown Washington, D.C., with neighborhoods to the north is a great example of how urban rail-trails serve a wide variety of needs--from everyday commuters to casual runners and the people and businesses in communities along the trail.

"But one of the realities of life in a big city is the threat of crime and assault, particularly after dark. Trail users returning home of an evening are often a target.

"Having been one of the key proponents of the construction of the Met Branch Trail, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) understands that building the trail is only half of the mission. The other half is to make sure the trail is well-used and well-loved, and that nearby residents become stewards of the pathway. That includes things like landscaping along the corridor to create places for rest and relaxation, and helping local school students build a natural connection to the trail. It also includes making the route safe." more...

Reallocated Funds May Benefit Alum Creek Trail

"[Westerville] expects to have $140,000 remaining from the Highland Park Aquatic Center renovations, and that money could be used to benefit two other parks projects.

"Department of Parks and Recreation director Randy Auler said the $7.6-million project is coming in under budget, and he asked city council at its June 7 meeting to reallocate $102,000 of that money to improve the Alum Creek leisure path and to construct the Hanby Park train depot.

"We're not requesting new funds; we're just reallocating funds," Auler said.

"The city is looking to spend $150,000 on the Alum Creek leisure path to prevent flooding near Schrock Road caused by water released from Alum Creek State Park Dam and silt deposits." more...

The Best Coastal Bike Trails

"From the simple, sandy shores of Nantucket to the volcanic paths in Maui, these bike trails range from easy to exhilarating, but all reward with sweeping views of the water..." more

River Trail Maintenance Questions

6/17/11

"It's been six years since the first leg of Marietta's River Trail pedestrian and bicycle pathway opened between Indian Acres Park and the Marietta Harbor, and although that portion of the trail is beginning to show some wear, city officials say it's still in decent shape and they can handle more maintenance as the path is extended.

"Some have questioned whether going forward with a plan to extend the trail for a third time is wise given limited city resources to maintain it once it's built." more...

Trail Fatality In Oklahoma

6/16/11

"The trails of River Parks were the Rev. George R. Bogdanich's sanctuary. He took peaceful walks there daily, enjoying the families he found there, exercise and reflection.

"But a tragic accident at the park took the 88-year-old man's life, and his family hopes that a positive lesson is learned to prevent others from sharing the same heartache.

"Bogdanich died June 8 from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a bicycle while he was walking in River Parks near 24th Street." more...

GAP Extended Closer To Pittsburgh

"The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is one of America's best known rail-trails, winding more than 135 miles through southern Pennsylvania and just into northwestern Maryland.

"The plan for the GAP has always been to provide a continuous pathway all the way into Pittsburgh. But as popular as the trail has been with all sorts of users, a few short, crucial segments south of the city remained undeveloped.

"Now, a huge step has been made toward that goal of bringing Pittsburgh onto the GAP.

"This Friday, June 17, a new three-mile section of the trail along the Allegheny River will open to the public, connecting the trail's current northern terminus at McKeesport up to Homestead, Pa.

"This extension means that just a single mile of additional trail into Pittsburgh is needed to complete a grand 150-mile route through rural Pennsylvania." more...

2011 Coalition For Recreational Trails Awards

"The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has announced the winners of its "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds.

"The awards ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 2011 at U.S. House of Representatives offices..." more

Towpath & Mahoning River Trail Repairs

6/15/11

"Portions of trails in the Stark County Park District are still recovering from heavy spring rain and flooding.

"The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, between Butterbridge Road and Forty Corners Street NW is open again, with several rough sections including erosion along the side of the trail. Another serious washout between Forty Corners and the High Mill bridge also exists.

"Work in that area is scheduled this week. The affected area of trail will be closed while crews are using equipment to complete repairs and maintenance. Visitors should follow posted trail and parking area closure signs.

"On the Mahoning Valley Trail, hikers and bikers should expect rough areas along the Mahoning River near the Gaskill Road trailhead. Improved signage and short-term trail repairs will take place in June and July."

Source: CantonRep.com

Whiskey Island Ped Bridge Designs

6/15/11

"...the commission is planning a pedestrian bridge from the county-owned oasis to Ohio City and the west bank of the Flats [in Cleveland]. The bridge would span railroad tracks and an industrial road to connect the existing Willow Street Bridge to Wendy Park, 24 acres at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River where Clevelanders can play volleyball, walk on the beach and sip margaritas.

"Though officials have not set aside any money for construction, the county has a $159,000 federal economic development grant to plan the span. And today officials will meet with architects to consider three possible structure types." more...

Snappers Along Ottawa Bikeway

6/14/11

"This is the season for snapping turtles to lay eggs, which puts them closer to people than they usually go.

"An Ottawa naturalist notes that the big reptiles are not stranded on land and don't take kindly to offers of human help. And they're called snappers for a reason.

"Dan Brunton noticed six very large turtles near Mud Lake in the Britannia neighbourhood on Sunday morning, some of them crawling across the bike path while Sunday cyclists whizzed by. The path connects with the Ottawa River Parkway, which is closed on Sunday mornings to allow cycling." more...

Trail Extension & "Safe Routes" In Athens

"...For the third consecutive year, the city of Athens was awarded a Safe Routes to School grant to improve walking conditions for area school children. This summer the city will work on the projects that were awarded last year.

"That includes, Adine said, funds to construct concrete stairs from Armory Street to Fort Street and a set of stairs from West State Street to West Elementary.

"...In April the city was awarded an additional $145,000 for next year's projects. Adine said those funds will be used to create an 830-foot bike path extension from Morris Avenue to the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, as well as a sidewalk connection from Walker Street to West State Street. The money will also be used to replace missing sidewalk on South Shannon Avenue. This construction won't take place until 2012." more...

Trail Too Close To Homes?

6/13/11

"...The Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks soon will start work on an 800-foot extension of the Alum Creek Trail, which eventually will run 27 miles from Westerville to Three Creeks Metro Park near Groveport.

"The project near Ballyvaughn Drive will link a just-completed segment along Alum Creek to another piece coming soon along Sunbury Road north of Ohio Dominican University.

"Residents of the Village at Stone Cliff subdivision said they bought their homes thinking the trail would use a sidewalk in front of their properties. They received a letter from the city last week telling them the trail is being rerouted to behind their houses and an alleyway, about 15 feet from their backyards." more...

'Share The Road Ohio' Campaign Launched

6/13/11

"...In 2010, there were nearly 299,767 crashes across Ohio with 1,081 deaths and 10,175 serious injuries. Between 2006 and 2010, more than 23,297 crashes were pedestrian and bicycle-related resulting in 552 fatalities and 20,478 injuries (3,699 serious injuries).

"To help reverse this trend, ODOT is launching a "Share the Road Ohio" campaign that includes distributing road safety information via tip cards, events, public service announcements, web videos, a safe driving simulator and partnerships with law enforcement agencies." more...

Athens Trail Project Gets Underpass

6/10/11

"People who will be using a planned bike path extension in The Plains won't have to cross busy Johnson Road in order to reach Athens High School, thanks to a cooperative project between the school system and Athens County Engineer's Department.

"Johnson Road is currently closed while the engineer's department replaces culverts, and part of the project involves installing a bridge so that the bike path can cross beneath the roadway. County Engineer Archie Stanley had expressed a willingness to put in a bridge, instead of just replacing a culvert, if the school system contributed some funding.

"The bikeway project was originally going to cross Johnson Road at grade (surface level)," Stanley said. "The school and our department partnered to provide a much safer alternative which will separate the bikeway traffic from the vehicular traffic by providing an underpass under Johnson Road for the bikeway."

Source: athensr.tumblr.com

Indian Hill Considers Trail Connector

6/10/11

"An Indian Hill connection to the Little Miami Scenic Trail could be in the village's future.

"During the recent Indian Hill Village Council meeting, Councilwoman Lindsay McLean said the village is considering a potential bike/hike path connection through village Green Areas to the Little Miami trail and Grand Valley Nature Preserve." more...

Cincinnati Safe Routes To School

"Cincinnati Public Schools is mapping out safety.

"As part of the Safe Routes to School initiative the district has begun working with the Ohio Department of Transportation in preparing a plan which may serve as a statewide model.

"Safe Routes to School is a federal program that encourages children in grades K through 8 to walk or ride their bicycles to school within a one-mile radius." more...

Newark Bike Lanes Cause Confusion

"...Drivers entering downtown Newark on Fourth Street found a new traffic configuration Thursday morning after the city added 6-foot-wide bicycle lanes on both sides of the newly-paved road and eliminated a southbound travel lane. Southbound drivers heading straight on Fourth Street must veer to the right or risk a head-on collision.

"The changes are part of a planned connection of bike paths east and west of downtown, from the East Main Street Bridge to the Licking County Family YMCA. Bike lanes also have been added on East Main in front on the Licking County jail." more...

9/11 Memorial Trail Nears Completion

"...A few days after those world-changing attacks, just blocks from the devastation at the Pentagon and the ruins of Flight 77, conservation and recreation leaders from across the country convened to attend a Conference on Greenways, Blueways and Green Infrastructure, which had been planned many months before. Rather than cancel the meeting, conference organizers instead presented a vision of a multi-use trail as a perpetual remembrance of those lost on that fateful day." more...

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Recent Tornadoes Damage Trails

"A few weeks ago, we reported on tornado damage to the Virginia Creeper Trail in southwest Virginia. Now, at the end of last week, we received news that a tornado directly hit the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway in Springfield, Mass." more...

Vulnerable User Bill Takes Affect In Washington

6/10/11

"...During the legislative session that just ended in Olympia, the story of Kevin Black was told at committee hearings as an example of why Washington State needed a new law protecting cyclists. Black, 39, was riding to work in Ballard on February 4, 2009, when a van made a sudden U-turn in front of him. He collided with the van, and then the van rolled over him. He died, leaving behind a wife and two daughters, ages 10 and 13.

"In response, lawmakers approved Senate Bill 5326, the "Vulnerable User Bill," which increases the penalty for negligent driving in the second degree in Washington State (formerly just a $250 fine). Under the new law, which was signed by Governor Chris Gregoire on May 16, courts can levy a fine of up to $5,000 against negligent drivers who cause the death or "great bodily harm" of a biker or other vulnerable roadway user-a designation that includes everyone from pedestrians to drivers of farm tractors. These negligent drivers can also have their driver's licenses suspended for 90 days." more...

Wasson Trail Pitched To Cincy Officials

6/6/11

"Some bicyclists, joggers and walkers would like the railroad tracks running from Xavier University in Evanston to Newtown to be transformed into a bike/hike trail.

"[A group] called the Wasson Way Project because part of the track runs along Wasson Road in Oakley, started a Facebook page to encourage support for the bike trail.

"Andress and other members of his group will present their proposal to Cincinnati City Council's Quality of Life Committee noon Tuesday at City Hall." more...

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Plans To Reroute LMST In Springfield

"The wheels continue to turn on the project to move parts of the Little Miami Scenic Trail off the road.

"Portions of the multi-use trail through Springfield's south side currently are on busy Yellow Springs and Plum streets, causing some users to turn around.

"National [Trail] Parks and Recreation District CEO Tim Smith points out that makes it one of the larger pieces of the path that's not contiguous through southwest Ohio.

"City leaders are using a federal grant from the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee to design a new route off the streets." more...

Most Dangerous Cycling City Develops Trail Plan

"With its year round, near perfect weather Florida should be a bicycle rider's paradise, yet the state actually leads the nation in bicycle accidents. In Lee County, a cyclist is hit or otherwise injured by an automobile approximately every 34 hours.

"...The county's transportation department is looking to better the situation with two new projects slated to begin this summer. The first links several recreational centers with a bike route, aptly name the Tour de Park, while the second project will see the construction of a university loop bike path.

"These are just the first steps in Lee County's first bicycle and pedestrian plan, and additional long-term projects that include converting the Seminole Rail Line into a multi-use path. The county has reportedly set aside US$2 million to get these first projects rolling, with hopes that state grants can be used to pay for future projects." more...

Repairs & Flooding Damage GMRT Section

6/5/11

"The city's scenic bike path may be a monetary sinkhole after flooding and repairs to nearby sewer line sinkholes have left a half-mile section damaged.

"The almost 8-mile Great Miami River Recreation Trail is meant to connect to several other bikeways across the state. Another 1.2-mile section is yet to be built. Just over $2 million has been spent on its construction - most of which came from various foundation grants and federal and state programs.

"The half-mile section near Fourth Avenue is closed due to damage - some of which may have been caused by the city or Miami Conservancy District during repairs to two sinkholes." more...

Banning Cell Phone Use On Bikes

"Last year the California State Senate passed a bill that fines bicyclists who text while riding, and this April the bill was extended to include bicyclists who talk on handheld phones whilst riding as well.

"Riders who break the law face a $20 fine for the first offense, and a $50 fine for each additional offense. It must be stressed however, that former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into a similar ban for drivers back in 2008.

"So isn't this really just leveling the playing field?" more...

1970s Trail Gets New Life In Michigan

6/4/11

"Kim Lewis needed just a few words today for the people who rebuilt the bike trail along Interstate 275.

"Hallelujah," she said. "And thank you!"

"The 47-year-old Redford woman and two companions rode about 10 miles along the recently rebuilt ribbon of asphalt that runs alongside northbound I-275. She came out after hearing about the Friends of I-275 Metro Trail's Grand Reopening Celebration, which marked the culmination of a 6-year effort to repair much of the decades-old bike path that runs from Novi to Monroe." more...

National "Blueways" Proposed

Water Trails Initiative

"...The America's Great Outdoors report by the US Department of the Interior, includes a recommendation on establishing a National Recreational Blueway Trails Initiative.

"American Rivers, a national conservation and recreation organization, has been working to improve the visibility of water trails through Federal recognition. In a 2010 paper, "Establishing a National Blueways Initiative," American Rivers declares that "the U.S. Department of the Interior should establish a national Blueways Initiative focusing on the development and protection of water trails across the country under existing authority of the National Trails System Act."

"The goal of creating the Blueways Initiative, according to the American Rivers policy paper:

"Building on the momentum of the already popular trails movement, a national Blueways Initiative will help to connect communities, landscapes, and people to the outdoors through recreation; protect land and water resources rich in history and ecological importance; and build a new constituency to support federal, state and local conservation." more...

KSU $3.3M Esplanade Coming In 2012

6/3/11

"The Kent State University Board of Trustees approved the Esplanade extension plan Thursday, bringing the university and city one step closer to bridging the physical gap.

"The extension project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012. The anticipated fall 2012 completion will coincide with the grand opening of the city's downtown development projects.

"The total cost of the project is $3.282 million. The Ohio Department of Transportation has granted $700,000 toward the extension, since it will also be part of The Portage Bike and Hike Trail. KSU will fund the remaining $2.582 million.

"...KSU President Lester Lefton said downtown Kent will become a hub of activity for students, parents and friends once the city's new developments are complete. Linking downtown Kent and KSU will allow that activity to freely flow between the university and downtown without the worry of parking or driving." more...

Bluffton Bike Plan

6/2/11

"...Bluffton's vision for a bike and walking trail is relatively new. The committee's goal is simple, yet ambitious: Encircle Bluffton with a pedestrian and bike pathway.

"...In the fall of 2009, the Lions pledged $4,500, over half of the money needed, to fund a Bluffton pathway study. In March of 2009 Bluffton council held a pedestrian - bikeway master plan hearing." more...

Trail Crime Watch: IL & RI Reports

5/31/11

Video Report on alleged rape along the South County Bike Path In Rhode Island.

Man pleads guilty to 2009 sexual assault on the Green Bay Bike Trail in Illinois.

Hogweed Health Risks Along Canadian Trail

5/29/11

"Kat McCulloch is concerned about the "thousands and thousands" of giant hogweed plants near her property north of Allenford [Ontario] which are creeping into her yard.

"These giant plants can grow 5.5 metres high and their watery sap can cause skin burns and blindness after contact, when exposed to ultraviolet rays of the sun.

"McCulloch lives two concessions northeast of Allenford on Country Road, beside a rail trail used by the public for biking, walking and horseback and ATV riding. "It's pretty busy in the summer," husband Ron McCulloch said." more...

NPS Using Trail To Revitalize Gary

5/29/11

"There's a national park in Gary? Yes, indeed. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes a significant portion of the city. Miller Woods, Marquette Trail and Inland Marsh are places of beauty and respite that many people might be surprised to find in Gary.

"The National Park Service has had a presence in Gary for more than 40 years, and as the city and the region look for ways to revitalize this city, the National Park Service can play a role.

"A significant accomplishment will be to construct the east-west hike/bike trail that will lead from the old Union Station through the entire lakeshore to Mount Baldy." more...

Towpath Floods Again

5/27/11

Reports on Thursday suggested the towpath was closed throughout the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The next day a number of online sources reported that the trail was reopened.

After a little checking we found that some of the trail remains closed. Bookmark the "Flooding-In-The-Park' page if you are a frequent towpath user. It will take you straight to the source for flooding reports in the CVNP.

Keep in mind that other towpath sections may also have been affected if you're riding the trail this weekend.

Fatality On TransAmerican Bike Tour

5/27/11

"...A 79-year-old cyclist from Bellevue, Washington, died in Virginia on Thursday just a few days into a coast-to-coast group bicycle tour.

"The man, James Stocker, was fulfilling a life-long dream to ride his bicycle cross country, according to his granddaughter.

"Police are investigating, but don't believe a motor vehicle was involved in the crash. Witnesses attended to him at the scene, and EMTs performed CPR before he was transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center." more...

Carillon Park Opens Trail System

5/25/11

"Dayton History opens the first phase of a new 14-acre trail system today at Carillon Historical Park that will provide public access to sites that include the archaeological remains of the Dayton Quarantine Hospital and an ancient Hopewell Indian mound.

"The History on the Hill trail system on the large glacial moraine hillside at the park’s southern border includes an interpretive center and wooded walking trails, said Brady Kress, president and chief executive of Dayton History." more...

Mugging On Wisconsin Bike Trail

5/25/11

"A man walking home from a tavern late at night was mugged on the Capital City bike trail on Madison's east side.

"Madison police said the 56-year-old victim was attacked at about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday along the trail, in the vicinity of Madison-Kipp Corp. and the Goodman Community Center." more...

West Lafayette Joins 'Safe Routes' Program

5/25/11

"The West Lafayette Village Council has agreed to join the Ohio Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program.

"The state-funded initiative is geared toward encouraging students to walk or bicycle to school daily. One focus is to make sure walking paths to schools are appealing and safe for students.

"Village Administrator Dave Kadri said the village will receive up to $2,000 to do surveys examining pedestrian traffic to and from Ridgewood elementary and middle schools..." more...

Bike-Hike Trail Realignment Underway

5/25/11

"After more than five years of planning, users of the Summit County Metroparks Bike & Hike Trail near Brandywine Falls could be off road before the end of the year.

"In early April, workers began removing trees along the 1-mile route of a trail realignment and in late April, the construction of a 310-foot pedestrian bridge over Interstate 271 began. David Whited, metroparks chief of planning and development, said this ultimately means trail users will no longer have to walk or bike along the side of a steep portion of Brandywine Road north of the falls.

"Whited said May 19 the $2.53-million project is scheduled for completion in November, but added that there had already been weather-related delays and if this continues, completion could be postponed until spring 2012." more...

2011 Rankings For Bike-Friendly States

"Washington remains at the number one spot in the League's annual Bicycle Friendly State (BFS) rankings, while many states suffer poor marks for low distribution of transportation funds towards bicycling projects and programs. Notably, Maine has steadily risen to the number two rank after being placed sixth in 2008 and third in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, the League announced its third round of Bicycle Friendly States designations with three new winning states, one upgrade and two renewals." more...

Area Residents Beautify Marietta Trail

5/24/11

"Fleming residents Chris and Dennis Cavalier are beautifying River Trail in Marietta one flower at a time.

"Many River Trail users probably have happened upon the couple or Chris by herself as I did Sunday as I took advantage of the sunny day for a bicycle ride.

"Chris, a Marietta Middle School teacher, was putting mulch around trees on Front Street dedicated to the late Dave Lane and Mark Studenic..." more...

Twinsburg Trail Plans

"A proposed multi-purpose trail along a residential street could connect Officer Joshua T. Miktarian Parkway to Liberty Park.

"Planning commission granted preliminary approval of the walk and bike trail May 16, provided that the Board of Zoning Appeals grants a variance for the project.

"Community Planning and Development Director Larry Finch said the trail would run parallel with Simecek Drive, in lieu of a sidewalk on both sides of the street." more...

Lancaster Trail Construction - Phase 4

5/23/11

"The city will break ground on the fourth phase of its bike trail this week, extending the trail 2.5 miles west of Pierce Avenue.

"The latest phase of the bike trail will include a connection with phase three at the Carnival Bridge near Pierce Avenue, said Mitch Overton, the city's parks superintendent. With the latest phase, the bike trail will have a total length of about 9.7 miles, Overton said.

"The 2.5 mile stretch that is being added will run behind the River Valley Mall area along a restored wetland and likely will include an underpass at the Rail America railroad tracks, said Terre Vandervoort, the city's law director." more...

Boy Scout Leads Trail Clean Up

5/22/11

"Not only was 15-year-old Eric Raible vying for the title of Eagle Scout yesterday, he was showing Lorain County pride by cleaning the Cromwell Dump site within Lorain County Metro Parks to pave the way for the Bridgeway Trail.

"...The city of Lorain first expressed interest in extending a bike path and trail through Cromwell Dump site, just south of Colorado Avenue, in 2009 when the city council passed a resolution forming a partnership with Lorain County Metro Parks.

"Raible said he chose this as his project because he has been involved with the Metro Parks, attends many of their day programs and loves nature." more...

2 Major Trail Links Coming To Dayton Area

5/19/11

"Two major bike trail connection projects underway this year will link downtown Dayton to Troy in the north and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Fairborn to the east by 2012.

"...The Great Miami River Trail connection will give riders a stretch from Middletown through Dayton and Tipp City to Troy when the river isn’t in flood stage. It should be completed in July, although that’s not a firm date because of excessive rain, and will cost about $2.5 million.

"Construction work on the Mad River Trail to Wright-Patt is scheduled to begin in August and be completed by spring 2012, said Joe Zimmerman, Five Rivers construction manager. It’s priced at $2.4 million." more...

View of map of the sections to be constructed.

Towpath Construction Breaks Ground In Barberton

5/18/11

"A historic groundbreaking means the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail will be complete in Summit County soon.

"Local dignitaries and park officials broke ground Tuesday for the final section of the Towpath Trail in the county.

"The 0.6 mile section requires a bridge to be built over the Tuscarawas River, as well as another bridge over the canal and under a rail line." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Urbana Depot Gets Historical Marker

5/18/11

"At 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, the city of Urbana will host a dedication ceremony for a newly-installed Ohio Historical Marker at the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, 644 Miami St.

"The Depot was built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1894. It was designed by Yost and Packard Architects of Columbus, which also designed the Urbana Presbyterian Church and several homes on Scioto Street. Thanks to the efforts of the Simon Kenton Pathfinders, this building was renovated and rededicated in 2007.

"Presently, The Depot provides amenities for users of the Simon Kenton Trail. Citizens and all interested persons are invited to attend the ceremony. A reception will follow the dedication ceremony."

Source: UrbanaCitizen.com

Proposed Wasson Way Project - 6.5-Mile Trail

5/17/11

"In an era of sky high gas prices, everyone is looking for a change or alternative to transporting from one end of the city [in Cincinnati] to another. One local group wants to help provide that alternative.

"Members of the Wasson Way Project are proposing a 6.5 mile long Bike and Pedestrian Trail that would go from Xavier University to the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown.

"The potencial project has already gained the support of the Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout and Oakley Community Councils. The project continues to gather support from residents of many Cincinnati neighborhoods. It is estimated that more than 100,000 residents of Avondale, Evanston, Norwood, Hyde Park, Oakley, Mt. Lookout, Fairfax, Mariemont and Newtown would be positively impacted by the project." more...

Man Stabbed During Trail Robbery

5/16/11

"Milwaukee police are searching for a man who stabbed and robbed an 18-year-old Bayside man Monday morning on a bike trail on the city's east side.

"The victim was riding his bicycle on a bike path near the 2100 block of N. Oakland Ave. at 7:32 a.m. when the suspect approached the man and asked if he could use his cellphone, police said.

"The victim gave the phone to the man, who began to flee. The victim then grabbed the suspect and the two struggled, police said. The man took out a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen." more...

A suspect has been taken into custody according to this report.

Man Falls From Bridge Onto Bike Trail

5/15/11

"The Piqua Police Department is trying to figure out how a man fell off a birdge Saturday night.

"Jeff Corning, 23, of Piqua fell 20 feet off the Garnsey Bridge and landed head first on a concrete bike path. The fall appears accidental, but investigators have been receiving conflicting witness statements, Piqua police said.

"Corning was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center and later transported to Miami Valley Hospital. The incident remains under investigation."

Source: whiotv.com

9/11 Memorial Trail Proposed

5/14/11

"Somerset County [PA] residents have an opportunity to be part of the planning of a hiking, biking and driving trail connecting three Sept. 11, 2001, memorials. The memorials commemorate the terrorist attacks that occurred at the Flight 93 National Memorial, the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"The proposed formation would use local trails, greenways and roads to connect the three memorials." more...

Route 66 Bike Trail Bill Signed

5/13/11

"There's new life for the Mother Road.

"Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation into law that designates part of State Highway 66 as a "Historic Bike Trail." It will stretch from the Kansas state line and Quapaw to Texola and the Texas state line.

"The measure directs that when funds become available, the Department of Transportation will create a shoulder lane for use by bicycle traffic on the Historic Route 66 Bike Trail.

"The measure's author, Arcadia Rep. Lewis Moore, says the new lane will permit cyclists to see the great old bridges, the Round Barn, Pop's and museums along the statewide bike trail.

"Route 66 attracts many tourists from across the United States and abroad who want to experience the sights and sounds of the highway."

Source: WashingtonExaminer.com

Read a previous post on this subject.

Trail Sex Solicitor Cops A Plea

5/12/11

"A Morrow man facing soliciting sex and carrying a concealed weapon charges opted to take a deal on Thursday that dropped the soliciting charge.

"Clinton M. Cole, 28, was arrested on the charges after he tried to solicit sex from a woman late last month along the Little Miami bike trail near South Lebanon. He agreed to the plea deal following a pretrial hearing in Warren County Court on Thursday, said Assistant Prosecutor Gary Loxley.

"A charge of soliciting, a third-degree misdemeanor, was dismissed at costs by Judge Donald Oda II." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Man Admits Shooting Himself

[Not A CA Trail Crime As Previously Reported]
5/12/11

The crime that didn't happen. The "victim" admitted to shooting himself. more...

Below is the initial report...

"A man apparently was shot while walking on a Yorba Linda bike trail on Wednesday night, police said.

"A 56-year-old Yorba Linda man told authorities that he was walking on a trail on La Palma Avenue just east of Gypsum Canyon Road about 6:55 p.m. when he heard several shots and felt a pain in his leg and arm, Brea police Lt. Darrin Devereux said." more...

Planners Consider $50M Bike Trail Project In Northern KY

5/11/11

"A project is in the works to connect northern Kentucky communities with a riverfront bicycle path. The 11.5-mile walking, running and biking trail would eventually link every riverfront community from Fort Thomas to Ludlow.

"This is going to be one of the crown jewels of the community because it's so different and so unique for this region," said Wally Pagan, former president of Southbank Partners.

"Pagan and the development group's current president, Jack Moreland, are helping to lay the groundwork for the $50 million project." more...

Towpath Section Closing For Event May 14

5/10/11

"On Saturday, May 14 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail will be closed between the Manchester Road Trailhead (2740 Manchester Rd., Akron) and the Wolf Creek Trailhead (33 Snyder Ave., Barberton) for an annual community bike ride. The Barberton Trailhead (5 Fairview Ave., Barberton) will also be closed during the event.

"Metro Parks, Serving Summit County manages 21.5 miles of the Towpath Trail. Visitors can learn more at summitmetroparks.org and by calling 330-867-5511 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m."

Source: thesuburbanite.com

Robbery On Canal Trail In NY

5/10/11

"Dale Parsons rides his bike to work using the Erie Canal Trail everyday. He’s says it’s always been safe. That was until Saturday afternoon, when two men robbed him at gunpoint.

"...Police say 21-year-old Christopher Carter and his brother, 17-year-old Jeremy Greene used a 20-gauge shotgun to hold up Parsons. They allegedly stole Parsons’ New York State ID, cell phone and MP3 player." more...

Largest Urban MTB Trail In Duluth?

"Where is the longest urban mountain bike trail in the nation? Trail planners are hoping the answer will soon be Duluth.

"Though the current 30 miles of mountain bike trails are still too soft to use this season, the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) hope there will soon be more than 100 miles of trails through the city." more...

Gator Crashes Trail Rider

5/9/11

"A bicyclist was seriously injured Sunday evening when he had an encounter — but no physical contact — with an alligator Sunday on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail.

"According to a preliminary report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the incident happened around 9 p.m. and might be the first gator-related injury on the trail." more...

Assault On D.C. Trail

5/8/11

"The victim of a terrifying attack on a popular bike trail is asking for increased security.

"It happened Thursday night around 6PM. A biker named Todd says two teens jumped him as he rode his bike along the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The attackers never said a word. They did not try to steal from him...just pummeled him. He sustained several injuries." more...

Another Take: Cincy Trails & Bike Plan

5/8/11

"...With tens of millions of dollars of mostly federal and state funding, about 120 miles of bike trails have been built in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. But there are still 202 miles of planned bike trails that have not been built, according to OKI.

"Cincinnati has lagged behind many other Midwestern cities of comparable size in the development of bike paths. It didn't make Bicycling magazine's most recent list of America's top 50 bike-friendly cities." more...

Read a previous post on the Cincinnati bike plan.

Closer Look: Xenia Trail Hub

5/7/11

"From a parking lot with an old caboose at one end, cyclists who [pedal] into Xenia can start journeys on five different trails.

"This Greene County community, about an hour's drive (and about six by bicycle) from Cincinnati, is a regional state hub for bike trails. The city of Xenia operates and owns Xenia Station - a replica of an old telegraph office - a handy start/stop point with restrooms and information.

"From here, trails branch all over Ohio." more...

Representative Seeks To Stop Bike/Ped Funding

"With gas prices over $4 per gallon, the chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives is proposing to eliminate the most cost-effective federal program to provide Americans alternatives to driving.

"According to a story in the Orlando Sentinel, Rep. John Mica (Fla.) wants to give state highway departments the authority to eliminate federal investment in trails, biking and walking so they can spend every dime of surface transportation funding on roads." more...

74 Congress Members Support Recreational Trails Program

5/6/11

"Seventy-four Members of Congress from both parties agreed to support the Recreational Trails Program in a letter to the leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bi-partisan "Dear Colleague" letter asking Members of the House of Representatives to include funding for the Recreational Trails Program is being circulated by Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) in the Transportation Reauthorization Bill. Legislation expected to be produced by both House and Senate in May.

"Add your voice to the 471 groups and communities supporting the Recreational Trails Program. Invite your Members of Congress and other elected officials to visit a trail, see volunteers at work, or celebrate a trail opening. Tell the media, and send news clips to your Congressional offices. Download the sign-on form [click source link below] to join the Recreational Trails Council of Advisors."

Source: americantrails.org

Toledo Trail Proposed

5/5/11

"A new bike trial through Toledo could cost taxpayers upwards of $10 million.

"That's how much public money has been set aside so far to buy and improve an old CSX rail line that runs north-south.

"The proposed bike path would start along Laskey Road near the old Teledyne plant, heading due south 11 miles along an abandoned railroad bed, across the Maumee River by the Ohio Turnpike, and wrap around to Rossford." more...

View a map of the proposed route.

Big Month For Bike Planning In Cleveland

"...Greater Cleveland's stature as a friendlier place for those on bike and foot will grow this month.

"Two meetings -- one statewide in scope, the other national -- will bring together planners, engineers and health professionals who believe biking, hiking and more links with public transit make for healthier, more attractive communities.

"Next Monday, some 400 people will gather at the Cleveland Play House for ODOT's second annual Healthy Communities Active Transportation conference.

"Two weeks later, the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy will host trail advocates striving to bring more all-purpose paths to urban, low-income communities, where they can be an antidote to traffic congestion and obesity." more...

Closer Look: The Cincinnati Bike Plan

5/4/11

"...The city’s 2010 Bike Plan includes the creation of 445 miles of on-street and off-road improvements, including dedicated bicycle lanes, shared bicycle lanes (sharrows) and on- and off-street facilities. By creating bike-friendly streets, city planners hope to provide traffic relief along with environmental, economic and health benefits to residents.

"On June 23, 2010, Cincinnati City Council approved the Cincinnati Bicycle Transportation Plan, a 15-year plan broken up into three five-year phases. Phase I will add 91 miles of street improvements and 12.4 miles of off-road improvements to 13.3 miles of existing cycling infrastructure. Phase II will add 116 miles of street improvements and 17.2 miles off-road and Phase III will add 122.3 miles of street improvements with 53.3 miles of off-road initiatives." more...

Complete Streets For Washington State

5/4/11

"A bill that encourages cities to embrace "Complete Streets" policies is slated to be signed into law on Thursday by Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire.

"House Bill 1071 calls on the Department of Transportation to issue grants to local jurisdictions that use design standards on arterial street retrofits that provide safe access to bicyclists and pedestrians.

"...It's the first of several bicycle/pedestrian laws that passed in the Legislature this session to be signed by the governor. David Hiller, advocacy director for Cascade, put out an urgent plea on Tuesday for residents to ask the governor to sign another one of those bills, Vulnerable User Bill." more...

Gaps Along NCIT Being Closed

5/4/11

"By mid to late next year, enough links between growing bike trails [along the NCIT] should be in place so cyclists can ride from Elmore into Lorain County on dedicated paths.

"It may not be too much longer after that before cyclists can start their trek in Genoa. And eventually, they hopefully will be able to bike into Pennsylvania to the east and Indiana to the west.

"The linkages are all really close to coming together now to making this a truly national trail," Steve Gruner, director of the Sandusky County Park District, said." more...

Towpath Construction In Akron

"The City of Akron proposes to construct an extension of the Towpath trail in Park East south of Bartges Street where the AES towpath trail (currently under construction) terminates, and will follow the west side of the canal, and connect to an existing concrete walkway north of Thornton Street.

"The proposed trail will follow an existing deteriorated asphalt walkway that meanders on the westerly side of the canal through this area." more...

Dedication Coming For Cincinnati Trail

5/3/11

"The City of Cincinnati plans to hold a dedication ceremony in late May for one of its most recent infrastructure projects: a 1.1-mile bike and walking path that connects the trail at Lunken Field with Schmidt Playfields and Riverview East Academy.

"The $2.2 million project converts an abandoned railroad spur into a connector for the growing network of paved trails that planners hope will eventually connect downtown with Anderson Township and points to the north, through a connection with the Little Miami Trail." more...

Another Sinkhole Near Middletown Trail

4/29/11

"A sewer pipe collapsed in Middletown, causing a large sinkhole near a well-traveled bicycle path.

"The sinkhole is about a quarter-mile from an earlier sinkhole near the bike path that runs along the [Great] Miami River.

"City officials said the pipes are about 60 years old, which is about the extent of their life span.

"Crews spent Friday repairing the damage, which officials said was caused by the pipes' age and heavy rainfall over the past two weeks." more...

Read a previous report on the first sinkhole.

Man Charged With Importuning On Little Miami Trail

4/29/11

"A bicyclist's pit stop to check on her tire attracted an offer of help - and a sexual proposition, police say.

"Clinton Cole, 28, of Morrow, was charged with importuning and carrying a concealed weapon following the incident that was reported Thursday along the Little Miami Scenic Trail in South Lebanon, the Warren County Sheriff's Office said.

"A woman flagged down a deputy in the area of Main Street around noon and reported that she had just been solicited for oral sex by a man who offered to help her with her bicycle.

"Deputies found and arrested Cole, who possessed "a razor knife and several loose razor blades," authorities said.

"He was being held in the Warren County Jail on Friday."

Source: news.cincinnati.com

Here's another report with a photo of the suspect.

Help Renew Recreational Trails Program!

4/28/11

"Urgent action is needed by May 4, 2011: Please ask your Member of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on to Rep. Petri’s and Michaud’s "Dear Colleague" letter supporting the continuation of the RTP in the upcoming surface transportation bill, by April 14, 2011, when the letter will close. You'll be joining the 471 groups and agencies who are supporting RTP at this crucial time." more...

Michigan Working On 70-Mile Trail Loop

"The path to healthier and greener living in Macomb County is becoming more plentiful.

"Construction will be visible over the next few months as Shelby Township, Utica and New Baltimore host phases of an ambitious, multimillion dollar, 70-mile trail loop project.

"The overall creation of roughly 25 miles of 10-feet-wide, non-motorized asphalt paths aims to connect and extend the existing 44 miles of trails. The mission is to form a cohesive, consecutive path for recreational use." more...

While on the subject of Michigan trails, here's a feature on the Kal-Haven Trail.

Body Found On Westerville Trail

"A disturbing find on a Westerville bike path. A person setting up mile markers for a "Fun Run," found the body of 50 year-old, Barbara Fenimore, of Westerville.

"She was dressed in workout clothes and had an Ipod with her.

"Detectives tell ABC 6, there were no signs of foul play. The coroner will determine what caused her death."

Source: abc6onyourside.com

New Tennesse Bike Trails Website

"...Perhaps the most exciting portion of that weekend was the unveiling of a new website which showcases greenways across the state. If you visit www.connectwithtn.com you will be impressed with the quality and content of this site. If you enjoy our Greenway and want to visit others across the state, this is the place to do your research. The home page opens with the statement, “There are 749 greenways and trails in Tennessee.” more...

Man Found Hanging Over Bike Trail

"A man was found hanging from a road overpass above a [Maryland] bike trail early this morning, county police and fire department officials said.

"The 23-year old man was spotted by a witness who called 911 at 5:57 a.m., reporting a body hanging near Old Waugh Chapel Road.

"The witness was not sure if this was a joke or a real body, but thought it should be investigated, said Division Chief Michael Cox, county fire department spokesman.

"Police found the unidentified man hanging near a bike path that goes under the roadway."

Source: hometownannapolis.com

Kendal Backs Granville Connector

4/23/11

"Granville Township has assurance it will not be on the hook for the costs associated with a proposed $1.8 million pathway linking Granville with the southwest sector of Granville Township.

"The township trustees recently approved agreements that will give the financial responsibility for the pathway to the Kendal at Granville retirement community, which has taken the lead in raising money for the project.

"The township has agreed to sponsor, on behalf of Kendal, an application for a Transportation Enhancement Program grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation that would pay up to 80 percent of the construction costs of the project..." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Underground Railroad Route Maps

"While there's no one path that escaping slaves took to claim their freedom, cyclists can get a sense of some of America's Underground Railroad history from a new bicycle route of 2,100 miles that cuts from coastal Alabama up to Canada.

"The last three sections of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route run from Owensboro, Ky., through Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, ending in Owen Sound, Ontario." more...

Genoa Considers Trail Plans

4/20/11

"The next Rails to Trails meeting could determine whether or not the village will go ahead with the recreational trail project. [Part of the North Coast Inland Trail project.]

"Clay Township has since dropped out of helping to fund the project that looks to continue the building of a bike trail across Northwest Ohio.

"The meeting is scheduled for tonight in Elmore." more...

Lancaster Flooding Affects Bike Path

4/20/11

"A creek behind Peters Avenue typically runs with about a foot of water in it, but any rain causes it to flow over a bike path bridge, said Rick Kluz, of 268 Peters Ave.

"It was clearly not the place for a bridge," Kluz said.

"...On Tuesday morning, the bridge was not visible beneath the rushing rain water the Hocking River dumped into the tributary.

"...The city originally wanted to take the bike path through the Peters Avenue neighborhood, but area residents opposed that plan, he said. The bridges above the creek were the city's second choice." more...

Indianapolis Adding Bike Lanes / Hub

4/19/11

"By year's end, a bicyclist starting at Greenwood Park Mall could pedal north to the Boone County line along Indianapolis' rapidly expanding on-street bike lanes and other safe pathways.

"This summer, a Downtown bicycle hub opening in City Market's east wing will provide storage, a gym and showers for two-wheeled commuters.

"Those developments -- including nearly 33 miles of new bike lanes announced Monday -- make Kevin Whited bullish on bicycling's future in Indianapolis." more...

New Trail Bridge In Canton

"...A bridge across the middle branch of Nimishillen Creek at Martindale Park that will be part of the countywide bike and hike trail is expected to be completed by about May 15." more...

Completing The Warren Bike Trail

4/16/11

"[Warren] city council has approved legislation that allows Warren to acquire, through eminent domain if necessary, the last parcels of land needed to complete the second phase of the Warren Greenway bike trail through the central part of the city.

"Most of the northernmost and southernmost parts of Warren’s trail were completed last year.

"When complete, the trail will be 3.9 miles long in Warren, entering the city at North River Road near Glunt Manufacturing, traveling south through North End Park and onto Paige Avenue Northeast, crossing East Market Street near Trumbull Memorial Hospital and exiting the city near Thomas Road.

"...The Warren Greenway will be one of the most urban parts of the 100-mile Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway. Much of the trail from Ashtabula to East Liverpool already is complete." more...

Barberton Towpath To Be Finished By November

4/15/11

"Work will begin soon on one of the last unbuilt sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Summit County.

"Haynes Construction Inc. of Norwalk will begin building the 0.6-mile trail section this month with the project scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30.

"The $1.8 million project, being supervised by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, calls for a tunnel under an active railroad track, skirting two old landfills, a bridge over the Tuscarawas River and a second bridge over the old canal." more...

Ohio/PA/WV Trails Being Mapped

4/15/11

"Eighty-eight people from 19 counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia attended a meeting last month at the Gettings Annex [in New Castle, PA] in order to map current biking and walking trails in counties along the Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia border.

"The mapping is a prelude to planning how to improve and extend the network." more...

2011 Miami Valley Trails Map

The MVRPC has posted an updated map of the bike trails in the Miami Valley in southwestern Ohio.

Recent Trail Flooding In Columbus

Recent tweets from the Columbus Metro Parks:

"Water has receded along Alum Creek Greenway Trail & park staff has removed most of the mud. Trail is open today but please use caution. 6:20 AM Apr 7th via HootSuite

"Trail Closures: Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail is under water at Hamilton Rd. 5:31 AM Apr 5th via HootSuite

"Trail closures: Alum Creek Greenway Trail is under water @ I-70, Route 104, in between Sycamore Fields & Heron Pond, & 270 outer belt. 5:30 AM Apr 5th via HootSuite"

Ohio River Trail Project Clarified

4/10/11

"The ORT (Ohio River Trail) expansion is somewhat confusing, especially for someone not from the area.

"Here is an article for an upcoming ORT meeting (April 14th) for a new segment of the trail.

"There are two competing parties going about trying to get 4 miles of the ORT to downtown. The City of Cincinnati, which is trying to get the ORT between Riverside Drive (formerly known as Eastern Ave) and the Ohio River, and then there is a non-profit group, along with the Hamilton County Parks District, trying to get it through the Oasis corridor. The Oasis corridor has been set aside for light rail.

"If I see the competition correctly, the non-profit group thinks the city's plans are too expensive and the city thinks the non-profit group's plans are not viable. I think the city believes that they won't get the easements needed, so the city is plowing forward with their plan.

"Just for clarity, the Ohio River Trail basically starts at Lunken airport (although, Anderson Township did construct a one mile segment last year east of the city) for both of the parties, and at Carrel St, about .6 miles away, the plans diverge."

Submitted by: Jeff Westrich

Body Found Near Katy Trail

4/8/11

“Officials are investigating after a man was found dead Friday night near the Katy Trail in north St. Louis.

"This happened near Grand Blvd. and Hall Street.

"Authorities say the man, in his thirties [acoompanying video reports the man was in his 50s], was found in a wooded area near the bike trail by two passersby. Police did not report any signs of trauma.

"At this moment, other details surrounding the incident are unclear. No further information is available."

Source: kmov.com

Trail Corridor Prepped In Darke County

“The next step in the 10-year plan to install a bike/walking trail that goes through Darke County and connects to other trail systems in Indiana and Mercer County is almost ready to begin, but the abandoned rail corridor that makes up much of the trail is too overgrown for construction.

"On Sunday, volunteers met in Gettysburg armed with lawnmowers, branch trimmers, and lots of chainsaws to clean up the trail." more...

Plans For Trail Connector Moving Forward

“Granville Village Council added its vote of support to that of the Granville Township trustees for a proposed $1.8 million pathway connecting the village with the southwest sector of Granville Township.

"The council approved a resolution on Wednesday supporting an application for a Ohio Department of Transportation grant that would help pay the cost of construction of the proposed pathway.

"Backers of the project are hoping for a Transportation Enhancement Program grant would provide up to 80 percent of the cost of construction of the pathway, which would link the Spring Valley Nature Preserve on Ohio 16 to the T.J. Evans bike path at a point near the village's water treatment plant." more...

Districts Receiving 'Safe Routes' Grants

4/8/11

“...Stow and Green in Summit County and Wooster and Creston in Wayne County will receive Safe Routes to School money this year.

"Wadsworth and Hudson also received grants to help prepare the extensive application for a future distribution of money.

"The local grants were among $11.6 million for 90 projects around the state that the Ohio Department of Transportation announced Wednesday." more...

"Schools in Lorain County have been awarded more than $1.5 million in funding from Safe Routes to School, a federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school, according to the state transportation department." more...

"Grants of $202,465 to Sylvania and $413,000 to Fulton County for work in Pettisville..." more...

Towpath Flooding Aftermath

4/5/11

“...One of our major thrusts this spring will be repair of the Towpath Trail,” Stark Parks public relations coordinator Connie Rubin said recently.

“Twenty-five miles essentially was closed here over a week due to flooding. Several weeks, actually. So we’ll be working on that over the next three months to repair that damage that was done.”

"Flooding isn’t something that parks officials are unfamiliar with, considering its location next to a body of water. The problem this time, though, was the extent of the flooding, the most extensive the trail has seen in at least a decade. more...

Street Crossing Glitch For Trail Users

4/5/11

"Daniel DeAngelo looked to the pedestrian signal for help crossing Warner Road near Mill Creek. That's when he realized he was up the creek without a paddle.

"The crosswalk signal in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood faces the wrong way, according to DeAngelo, a member of Road Rant's Foot Patrol. People standing on the west side of Warner at its Y-shaped intersection with Turney Road see the black back of the device instead of the glowing "walk" and "don't walk" icons.

"...DeAngelo said fixing the signal should "be a priority" given that a Cleveland Metroparks hike-and-bike trail flows across Warner near the scenic 48-foot-drop of Mill Creek Falls. The waterfall -- Cuyahoga County's tallest -- is part of the nearby Garfield Park Reservation."

Source: Cleveland.ocm

Portage Trail Signs Going Up

4/4/11

"...Portage Hike and Bike Trail informational signs will be installed in various locations in coming weeks.

"The signs give readers facts about the plants and wildlife living along the trail, as well as historical places the trail has to offer, using words, photos and letters written in the past.

"Many may not know, but Native Americans and early American traders used the trail for transportation. The trail follows the Cuyahoga River, and in the middle of the river, near Theodore Roosevelt High School, there is a tall rock called Standing Rock.

"Using photos from the Kent Historical Society, Catherine Ricks, environmental education coordinator for Kent Parks and Recreation, made it possible for people to look at Standing Rock and see what people saw there 100 years ago." more...

Read an earler post on this topic.

Jogger Falls Down Trail Embankment

4/3/11

"A man was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital with minor injuries Saturday morning after he slipped on the Licking County bike path and fell down a 20 foot bank.

"The Newark Fire Department was called to the bike path, north of Reddington Road, around 9:25 a.m. Saturday and found the man at the bottom of a 20 foot bank, said Newark firefighter Mike McNamara.

"The man said he was jogging on the bike path when he slipped and fell, McNamara said.

"Firefighters used a stokes basket -- a backboard inside a metal stretcher -- and a rope to pull the man up the bank. He was then taken to Licking Memorial Hospital, McNamara said.

Source: NewarkAdvocate.com

Ohio River Trail Public Meetings

April 5-7
4/3/11

"April is a big month for the advancement of the bike/hike trail from downtown to Lunken and beyond!

"This week it is critical you attend one of the Open Houses hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) on the Oasis Commuter Rail. This is the third time over the last four years the Eastern Corridor Multi-Modal Project (rail, road and bike) has asked for public input and they need to hear from you again.

"In the past, the Eastern Corridor Project has promoted commuter rail that uses DMU’s (diesel trains) that would negatively impact existing and future residential development along the Oasis Corridor because of the close proximity of the trains to these sites." more...

Blacklick Trail Bridge Work Begins

4/3/11

"...the planned bike/ped bridge going over route 33 has begun construction. I noticed a couple of backhoes working on the Three Creeks side on April 1, 2011... this will link Three Creeks Park to Pickerington Ponds Metro park."

Submitted by: Bill Watts

Read a previous post on this topic.

Authorities Level "Illegal" Canal Winchester Trails

4/2/11

"Teens described it as a wooded oasis, an acre of secluded land where they could ride bikes, cook over a campfire and enjoy the camaraderie of friends.

"Local authorities gave less-romantic descriptions of the swath of forest enclosed by fields in Canal Winchester, where youths had built 5-foot-high mounds of dirt on trails for bicycles and motorbikes.

"...Workers used a construction vehicle on Tuesday to level the dirt where hills had been built recently, fill in the fire pit and clear other debris in the area, which was once the site of a village wastewater-treatment plant. New signs from law-enforcement officials warn visitors not to trespass on village property." more...

Railway Project Concerns GAP Users

"A multimillion-dollar freight rail project is bringing major cosmetic changes to a scenic vista of the Great Allegheny Passage.

"The Pinkerton Horn bypass in Upper Turkeyfoot Township is part of the 350-mile trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. It includes a pair of tunnels, one of them owned by CSX Transportation as a freight line.

"Somerset County owns the second tunnel, which is currently closed and in need of $5 million in repairs. The county also owns the land directly above the tunnel.

"Until recently, the Mount Davis Development Corporation owned the rest of the Pinkerton Horn, including the GAP bypass trail. The county renewed a 10-year right of way lease agreement for use of that trail in 2002.

"But Mount Davis has since sold its holdings on the horn to CSX – including the trail itself. CSX is working to day light its tunnel, which means removing the overhead earth and leaving only sidewalls." more...

Parks Swap Land, Continue Trail

3/31/11

"...The Anderson Township Park District will transfer approximately 2 acres of land at Clear Creek Park, off Ohio 32, to to the Hamilton County Park District to help complete a portion of the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

"In exchange, the Hamilton County Park District will transfer a 45-acre piece of Johnson Hills Park, off Little Dry Run and Bridle roads, to the Anderson Township Park District.

"“We did the land swap in order to continue the bike trail … that will go along Clear Creek Park,” said Ken Kushner, executive director of the Anderson Township Park District." more...

Landowner Unhappy With Bolivar Towpath Route

"When Paul and Stella Noll of Bolivar purchased the brick house and three acres at 556 Park Ave., they never dreamed a walking trail one day could cross their property.

"Today, they are faced with that prospect and continue to oppose the construction of the Towpath Trail across their front yard.

"...Noll says he learned about the plans when he attended a meeting about the proposed trail and was told plans called for the trail to cross his yard in the form of a blacktopped path." more...

Towpath Now Open In CVNP

"All of the Towpath trail through the Cuyahoga Valley is now open.

"The National Park Service has reopened sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from the Boston Store Visitor Center to Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula. This section was the last remaining closed section due to flooding in early March.

"The entire 20 miles of Towpath Trail in the national park is now open. Ira Trailhead Parking Lot remains closed."

Source: AkronNewsNow.com

AMATS Public Bike Meetings

April 13 & 27
3/26/11

"AMATS (Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) is holding two public bike meetings in order to receive feedback on the bike users map that can be accessed here: http://www.amatsplanning.org/bike-users/. Anyone is welcome to attend."

"April 13, 2011 @ 6:30PM @ Highland Square Branch Library, 807 West Market Street, Akron, OH and April 27, 2011 @ 5:30PM @ Kent Free Library, 312 West Main Street, Kent, OH."

Evendale Bike Plan

3/24/11

"The Evendale bike master plan process has slowed down, but recreation commission chair Michele Gottschlich said it is still a priority.

"...She said all of the fieldwork has been completed for the bike master plan and the recreation commission is working on the reports for an upcoming meeting with the stakeholders. Gottschlich said there will also be a public forum in the early summer to let the residents of Evendale have the chance to see the bike master plan." more...

Mayor's Goals Include Connecting Trails

3/23/11

"[Newark] Mayor Bob Diebold unveiled a citywide initiative yesterday aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles for Newark residents while also attracting businesses and promoting renewable energy.

"Diebold said his Healthy Green and Growing campaign would help the city meet many of its challenges. Among them: an older population, increased energy costs, limited natural resources, obesity and other health problems, and an aging city infrastructure.

"He said the city will create a bike path through downtown that will connect paths on the western and eastern sides of Licking County." more...

Cincy Bike/Mobility Center Coming In 2011

3/22/11

"Cincinnati residents have one more reason to park their cars and enjoy the developing outdoor-friendly spaces along the Ohio River.

"This month, the Cincinnati Park Board announced that Chicago-based Bike and Park will operate the new Bike, Mobility and Visitors Center in Cincinnati Riverfront Park, an urban recreational area..." more...

Mussel Could Delay Tecumseh Trail Project

3/21/11

"One tiny mussel may impede several massive bridge and bike path projects this year, local leaders recently learned.

"It’s called the rayed bean. It’s usually less than 1.5 inches long, with a smooth green or brown shell shot through with dark green, wavy lines. Its home includes the Little Miami River and several local creeks.

"And with U.S. Fish and Wildlife likely listing it as an endangered species later this year, officials are concerned about the impact on several local projects.

"New Carlisle City Manager Kim Jones said new federal requirements for in-depth mussel surveys of stream beds could delay the second phase of the Tecumseh Bike Trail from the trail’s current end near the Wot-A-Dog Drive In to just north of the former YMCA." more...

Union County Considers Bikeways Plan

3/20/11

"While it's fairly easy to hop on a motorcycle and ride from Marysville to Cincinnati, it's much more difficult on a bicycle - but there is a move underway in Union County to change that.

"Several groups recently met to determine the best way to tie Union County into the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's (MORPC) proposed regional trail system.

"..."The plan is to include a bikeways map in the county comprehensive plan, and then move forward from there," he said. "We would then go to Marysville, Plain City and other locations in the county and prioritize where those trails are needed." more...

Granville Approves Trail Realignment

3/18/11

"Granville Village Council approved a resolution Wedneday night supporting an Ohio Department of Transportation plan for reconstruction of the eastern end of a pathway on Newark-Granville Road as part of the proposed construction of an interchange at Cherry Valley Road and Ohio 16.

"The resolution will help move forward a study ODOT is performing as a prelude to a request for funds to build the interchange, the agency said in a memo to the council.

"ODOT is proposing to realign 400 feet of the pathway so that it joins with a new multi-use pathway to be built on the proposed overpass on Ohio 16. That new pathway would connect to the T.J. Evans bike path in Newark." more...

Sinkhole Develops Along Middletown Trail

3/17/11

"A sinkhole 30 feet wide and 15 feet deep poses a hazard for bicyclists in a part of southwest Ohio.

"The hole that opened up earlier this week has chomped a big bite out of a bike path in Middletown, which lies halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton.

"City Public Works Director Dave Duritsch tells the Middletown Journal that ground saturated from heavy rain sank into openings in a 60-year-old sewer pipe and was flushed away.

"He describes the pipe as "beyond its reasonable life span."

"The sinkhole and a section of the bike path have been blocked off with construction barrels. Work is expected to begin immediately to replace the pipe, fix the hole and repair the path."

Source: NewsTalkRadiowhio.com

To view photos, go here.

Easement Sought For GMRT In Hamilton

3/15/11

"City officials hope CSX Transportation will approve an easement request to move forward with the extension of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail.

"City Council recently approved the entering into a preliminary engineering agreement with CSX to construct a portion of the bike trail along the roadway underneath a rail line east of North Third Street.

"The four-mile extension from Hamilton’s corporation limits to the Rentschler Forest Preserve in Fairfield Twp. is a $2.2 million project overseen by the Butler County Engineer’s Office." more...

Towpath Trail Sections Reopen

"The National Park Service has reopened sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

"The popular trail is again open after heavy flooding from the Botzum Trailhead in Akron north to Peninsula and from the Boston Store Visitor Center in Boston Township north to the Canal Visitor Center in Valley View.

"The trail between Peninsula and the Boston Store and from the Canal Visitor Center north to Lock 39 Trailhead at Rockside Road in Independence are still closed by high water.

"Also closed is the Ira Road Trailhead connector." more...

Westerville Legacy Train Depot

"Funding is being finalized for a project that aims to make Westerville a destination for bicyclists.

"Brick sales and sponsorships are being solicited for the remaining $25,000 needed to construct the Westerville Legacy Train Depot. It's a $150,000 project that will include a variety of amenities for those traveling by bicycle.

"To be located in the city's Hanby Park at 115 E. Park St., the depot is part of a city trail loop. But it's also a section of the Ohio to Erie Trail that, when completed, will stretch from Cincinnati to Cleveland." more...

Attempted Sexual Assault Along Illinois Trail

3/15/11

"Belleville Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault Sunday evening on the MetroLink Bike Trail in Belleville [IL].

"The attempted assault happened about 6 p.m. Sunday on the bike trail just west of Green Mount Road and about halfway to where the trail dips down and crosses a creek through a stretch of woods, Belleville Police Capt. Donald Sax said." more...

A sketch of the suspect has been released by police.

Clark County Trails Public Meeting

Tuesday, March 15
3/11/11

"The public is invited to give input Tuesday on the future of Clark County’s bike trails.

"The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee is holding an open house at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the large meeting room in the Springview Government Center.

"The meeting will focus on the county’s multiuse trail plan, which outlines and prioritizes extensions and improvements for the trails during the next few years." more...

Resolution Submitted For Heritage Trail Spur

"Hilliard's city planning, projects and services committee tied up some loose ends, as chairman Tim Roberts put it, at its March 7 meeting.

"First, members unanimously forwarded on to council a resolution clarifying the city's acceptance of a 20-foot wide bike path easement parallel to Cosgray Road, extending from Scioto Darby Road to the Heritage Rail Trails from Hoffman Farms Homeowners Association.

"An ordinance was originally approved in 1998 for the easement and responsibility for the bike path, which had not yet been constructed.

"If city council approves of the resolution, the city will repair the bike path if necessary, and the homeowners association "shall maintain the property surrounding and abutting the bike path," according to the language of the maintenance agreement." more...

Towpath Flooding Continues In CVNP

3/10/11

"The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is once again closed due to excessive flooding. The trail closure includes associated parking lots from Lock 39 Trailhead in Independence to Botzum Trailhead in Akron.

"Boston Store Visitor Center is open and parking is available only for access to the visitor center. Canal Visitor Center is closed.

"The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has cancelled all train excursions for Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13. This includes the "Ales on the Rails" Beer Tasting Excursion scheduled for Friday, March 11." more...

Volunteers Needed For Prairie Grass Trail Cleanup

March 12
3/7/11

"...Volunteers are needed for a second round of brush clearing this Saturday, March 12. The crew will work their way along the trail, back toward Madison County.

"Those interested in helping should meet at 9 a.m. at the South Charleston trailhead located on Mound Street next to the historic log cabin and train depot. Dress for the weather and bring a good pair of gloves.

"For more information and/or directions, contact Wayne Roberts, executive director of the Madison County Parks and Trails, at (740) 205-6754." more...

Olentangy Trail Dangers Along Rt. 315

3/7/11

"If the whoosh of cars and trucks isn't warning enough, the mixture of old, new and broken chain-link fence along the Olentangy Trail should be a sign of caution for the runners, stroller-pushers and cyclists on Franklin County's most-popular multiuse trail.

"The repairs - and some gaping holes - are the result of motorists who lost control of their vehicles and plowed through the fence separating the trail from Rt. 315.

"On Feb. 26, a Jeep Wrangler gradually veered off the northbound lanes of Rt. 315 and down a grassy slope, breaking through the fence and crossing the path before striking a tree just feet from the Olentangy River." more...

CVNP Flood Closings Continue

3/5/11

"The National Park Service has closed the entire Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Lock 39 in Independence to Botzum Trailhead in Akron due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall.

"Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has cancelled all of their excursions for Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, 2011.

"For more information on CVSR and their schedule please visit www.cvsr.com Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center and Peninsula Depot Visitor Center are closed." more...

Trailblazers Needed In Stark County

"The Stark County Park District needs volunteers for its Trailblazer corps.

"Recruitment for the Trailblazer corps is under way and training is scheduled for the first two weeks in April.

"Trailblazers provide information and assistance to visitors along Stark Parks trails, including the 25-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, the six-mile Olde Muskingum Trail, the 4.5-mile Mahoning Valley Trail in Alliance, the Sippo Valley Trail, the Hoover Park Connector Trail in North Canton and others.

"Horseback riders are eligible for Trailblazer training." more...

Flooding Closes Trail Sections

3/1/11

A good portion of the state was affected by flooding on Monday, February 28th.

"The National Park Service has closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park due to excessive flooding. The trail closure includes associated parking lots from Lock 39 Trailhead in Independence to Botzum Trailhead in Akron.

"Please check on the Park's website in advance of travelling to the park due to multiple road closures.

"The NPS advises visitors not to drive through moving water or designated closed roads."

Source: wkyc.com

Here's another report on the CVNP closing.

Another NE Ohio flood report:

"...Metro Parks, Serving Summit County reported two closings: the ford at Sand Run off Sand Run Parkway in Akron and the Buttonbush Trail at Liberty Park in Twinsburg Township, said spokesman Nate Eppink.

"The Stark County Park District closed the Towpath Trail from north of Canal Fulton south to the Stark-Tuscarawas county line. It also closed the Mahoning Valley Trail near Alliance.

"Elsewhere in Northeast Ohio, the Gates Mill dam on the Chagrin River gave way early Monday, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency reported."

Source: ohio.com

Billions Proposed For Bike/Peds In San Diego County

2/25/11

"Transportation planners have proposed spending $2.58 billion building bicycle paths and improving streets for pedestrians in San Diego County over the next 40 years.

"You read that right: billion.

"San Diegans are accustomed to connecting “billion” with muscular highways, trains and bridges, not what planners term “active transportation.” For some, it’s long overdue." more...

MTB Trail Coming To Deer Creek

2/25/11

"Construction is underway on a new, 14-mile mountain bike trail at Deer Creek State Park in Madison and Pickaway counties.

"Regional Park Manager Tim Waln said the loop trail will connect all overnight facilities at Deer Creek, including the main campground, group campground, cottages and lodge. Construction should be completed by mid summer." more...

Open House For Portage Trail Signs

Feb. 25 & 26
2/25/11

"An open house today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will give Kent residents and hike and bike enthusiasts a sneek peak at interpretive, historic panels planned for The Portage Hike and Bike Trail.

"The new panels, which will be installed later this spring, will provide users of the trail with snapshots of the trail land's history, the surrounding environment and a map guiding people along the trail as it winds through Kent." more...

Here's a follow up report on the meeting.

West Creek Reservation Trail Construction

2/24/11

"Construction of a new visitor center and multi-purpose trail system in the Cleveland Metroparks’ West Creek Reservation is scheduled to start within two weeks.

"...The West Creek project will also include two new picnic shelters, restrooms, a maintenance building and a new park entrance off West Ridgewood Drive." more...

Landowners' Concerns Over Latest GOLTRG Section

2/24/11

"With work on the Warren and Niles portions of the Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway moving at a steady pace, some property owners now are expressing concern how the project affects them.

"Albert Schmalzried, a co-owner of A&B Unfinished Furniture, 514 Elm Road, Warren, says the city's plan for the bike path will cut a 40-by-170-foot swath through his property and lower its value.

"The bike path will use about .067 acres of the 1.7 acres Schmalzried owns and cut through a portion of the property where he stores cars and boats." more...

Public Meetings For Sabina Trail Plans

2/24/11

"About 30 people showed up Wednesday night for a community meeting concerning a proposed recreational trail in Sabina, roughly half as many as attended a similar meeting in November.

"Concerns expressed by the audience also were fewer in number.

"Mitchell Cosler, of Cosler Engineering LLC which is doing the surveying for the proposed project, was the featured presenter on a panel comprised of six people. He has surveyed 175-plus miles of existing bike paths in southwest Ohio, he said.

"There was very little discussion about which corridor the trail might cross within the village, although Sabina Mayor Dean Carnahan said he wants to see the trail link up with the village park, where there’s parking and restrooms." more...

Tuscarawas Council Gets Trail Facts

2/23/11

"Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio Erie Canalway Coalition spoke to council members and answered all questions about the hike/bike trail and parks project being discussed for the area.

"Once a plan is established, there are many funding options available at the state level, Rice explained.

"Council was able to view a plan for a trail in the Uhrichsville/Dennison area that the coalition had handled. Some $13,000 is needed to cover the planning stage, and the village has committed $5,000. The Ohio Erie Canalway Coalition has pledged $500, and other donations have come in, it was noted." more...

Closing The Gaps Along The Alum Creek Trail

"Construction on a 1.1-mile stretch of the Alum Creek Trail from Innis Park to Easton likely will occur in 2012, according to Terri Leist, assistant director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

"...The segment will extend from the north end of Innis Park, 3000 Innis Road, to the Easton soccer complex on Sunbury Road, according to Brad Westall, greenways planner for the Recreation and Parks Department.

"That section is one of two yet to be built that will complete a 22-mile bike trail stretching all the way from the north side of Westerville to Three Creeks Metro Park in southeast Franklin County, near Groveport, Westall said.

"A 2-mile segment by Ohio Dominican University will complete the Alum Creek Trail. The cost and details of that project are yet to be determined, Westall said." more...

To Plow Or Not To Plow?

2/23/11

"The Toro Polar Tracs look like miniature farm tractors and move like tanks as they plow the narrow, snow-covered asphalt.

"Franklin County Metro Parks bought the machines last year for about $35,000 apiece, and officials think they've paid off in goodwill alone.

"Whether it's the commuters or runners on the fitness trails, we really do get some heartfelt thanks from people," said Larry Peck, deputy director of Metro Parks.

"Although there's less zeal to plow bike paths than city streets, some central Ohio cities recognize the demand from people who walk their dogs, run or even commute to work on the paths." more...

Bike-Hike Re-Route Includes Bridge

2/22/11

"Rerouting a section of the Bike & Hike Trail in northern Summit County will get under way this spring.

"The $3.3 million project includes constructing a new bridge over Interstate 271 in Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills townships, building one mile of rerouted trail and expanding the parking lot at Brandywine Falls.

"The Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded a nearly $1.1 million contract to Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville to build the bridge over the highway. The company was the lowest of eight bidders.

"A federal grant will cover $700,000 of the bridge work, the commissioners of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, were told last week.

"That project is scheduled to be completed in late 2011." more...

GMRT Open House In Butler County

Tuesday Feb. 22
2/21/11

"...The Butler County Department of Development is holding an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Butler County Engineer’s Office, 1921 Fairgrove Ave., to display the plans for the latest part of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail — a four-mile, 10-foot-wide path.

“The open house is a chance for people along the path to have questions answered,” said Butler County planning director David Fehr. “We’re hoping that this will get people excited to get the rest of the trail completed.”

"...The project is expected to begin in late spring and finish by November, Fehr said." more...

Bikes Belong Grants Awarded

2/18/11

"Bikes Belong is pleased to announce funding awards to five great projects for our Winter 2011 grant cycle. These grants support a wide range of bicycle projects with the common goal of putting more people on bicycles more often."

$40,000 was awarded to 5 projects in 4 states. Learn more about the winners.

Safe Routes To School In Pickerington

2/16/11

"...the path for many school children in Pickerington could change as a result of funding from the Safe Routes to School Program.

"This summer, Fairfield Elementary School and Diley Middle School will have sidewalks and bike paths installed within a one mile radius of the schools.

"In 2012, Violet Elementary School will also have new sidewalks and bike paths.

"Similar paths and walkways, which are completely funded by the Federal Highway Administration, could eventually benefit Pickerington Elementary School."

Source: Pickerington Times-Sun

$22M Pledged To Rehab Bridge For Bike/Ped Use

2/15/11

"It hasn't carried traffic in nearly 50 years, but the century-old Big Four Bridge could be open to bicyclists, joggers and walkers by early 2013 after Kentucky, Indiana and the city of Jeffersonville agreed to pitch in a combined $22 million to complete the long-awaited project.

"At a news conference Tuesday in Waterfront Park near the Louisville end of the bridge, Mayor Greg Fischer said Indiana will put up $8 million and Jeffersonville $2 million to build a ramp to the bridge on the north side of the Ohio River, while Kentucky will contribute $12 million for a new deck on the rusting bridge.

“The Big Four will not only link both sides of the Ohio River, it will help bridge our communities together,” Fischer said. “We are one city, one community and one family. … Let me add a fourth element: We are one region. This project is proof of that.” more...

Funding Received For Columbus Trail

2/15/11

"...The City Council also accepted $485,000 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to build a bike path between Innis Park and the Easton area on the Northeast Side. The 0.75-mile stretch of trail is one of the last needed to complete the Alum Creek Trail, said Recreation and Parks Director Alan McKnight.

"The city will use money from its parks capital fund to pay the rest of the estimated $1 million total cost.

"The council also approved paying Stantec Consulting Services, an engineering firm, $310,000 to do preliminary planning, analysis, design and cost estimates for the city's overall bike-path plan."

Source: Dispatch Politics.com

More Corridor Cleared For Tallgrass Trail

2/13/11

"Volunteers worked to clear another 1,000 feet of the future [Tallgrass] 12-mile rail trail during a warmer winter day this weekend.

"One volunteer led the way east down the trail from Hoch Road with a chain saw, and five others followed, pulling the brush to the side of the corridor.

"Still others, including Marion County Park District Board member Dan Sheridan, followed with pruning shears to tackle the briars that have grown over the path in the years it was an abandoned railroad corridor." more...

Middletown Trail Deadline Approaches

2/13/11

"City officials will need to move quickly to avoid losing a $490,000 federal grant and having the brakes put on the city’s portion of the Great Connection Bike Path.

"Located along Ohio 73, the 2.65-mile-long, multiuse trail would be located about two miles northeast of Middletown on the north side of Ohio 73 between the highway and the Great Miami River. Once complete, path users will be able to travel from Fairfield north through Middletown to the Miami County and Montgomery County line just south of Tipp City, according to city officials." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Bridge Set For $6M Ped & Bike Access Plan

2/9/11

"By fall 2012, the historic Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge [in Cleveland] should have a new feature -- a broad, multiple-use path for bicylists and pedestrians to cross the Cuyahoga River valley.

"ODOT officials have confirmed that up to $6 million is committed to the project, which spun out of controversy over the lack of a similar pathway on the new Inner Belt Bridge.

"Construction of that span, to rise just south of the Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge, will start shortly." more...

Scioto Trail Construction Alert

"The [Scioto Trail] will be closed from February 1 to May 15 for construction of a new trail underpass beneath the Main Street bridge connecting to the Scioto Mile. Users will not be able to access the path from Main Street heading south, or pass through from Scioto Audubon heading north. Four major construction projects are currently underway in 2011 near this site, and a trail detour has been posted which uses Front Street, Short Street, and Whittier Street.

"By the summer of 2011, with the opening of the Scioto Mile project, the trail detours from Scioto Audubon to Broad Street will be mostly taken down, with the exception of the construction of the Rich Street bridge. However, this short detour section will not be difficult for users to pass around."

Source: Columbus Parks & Recreation

Blacklick Trail Bridge Construction Delayed

"The installation of Metro Parks' Blacklick Trail bicycle path bridge over U.S. Route 33 has been delayed again.

"Originally the bridge was to be installed last fall, but construction delays set the expected installation back to January. However, other construction problems arose and now the bridge's installation date has been moved to spring.

"We anticipate getting the bridge in by April as we have had more construction delays," said Metro Parks Public Information Manager Peg Hanley. "After the bridge is set in place it will be usable."

"Once the 737 foot bridge is in place, it will connect the newly extended Blacklick Trail to existing paths that will enable bicyclists, runners, and walkers to travel the five miles from Three Creeks Metro Park to Pickerington Ponds." more...

Ohio To Erie Trail Update - Winter 2011

"It was a momentous October 23rd as the ribbon was cut to open the Hoover Scenic Trail in Delaware County. The one-mile trail begins on Plumb Road just west of Old 3C Highway, bridges Plumb Road and continues north on Weise Road. The trail passes through the Hoover nature Preserve on the northwest side of Hoover Reservoir."

"The Heart of Ohio Trail in Knox County had 3.7 miles of trail paved in Mount Liberty last fall. A parking lot will be constructed at Simmons Church Road. Users can now travel to the bridge west of Graham Road on an asphalt surface!" more...

Little Miami Trail Extension Meeting

Open House March 1
2/9/11

"The Hamilton County Park District, in cooperation with Anderson Township and the City of Cincinnati, will hold an open house public meeting for the planned extension of the Little Miami Scenic Trail from the Ohio 32/Beechmont Avenue interchange to the future Ohio River Trail. The future Ohio River Trail will extend east along Kellogg Avenue (U.S. 52) from Cincinnati to New Richmond.

"The public meeting will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Lunken Airport Main Terminal Lobby. The public is welcome to attend at any time during the two-hour open house meeting.

"The Hamilton County Park District recently completed a feasibility study to determine whether the Little Miami Scenic Trail extension should be located in the “Elstun Corridor” (which extends south between Elstun Road and the Little Miami River and terminates at the Magrish Preserve), or in the “Beechmont Corridor” (which extends west along Beechmont Avenue and connects to the Armleder/Lunken Airport Trail system). This public meeting is being held to present the findings of the feasibility study and to solicit public input on the study recommendations." more...

View a map of the proposed routes.

Firelands Rails To Trails Annual Meeting

"The overflow crowd [in Norwalk] that attended Firelands Rails to Trails Inc.'s 11th annual membership meeting heard about exciting trail developments occurring locally and across the country.

"Keynote speaker Eric Oberg of the national Rails to Trails Conservancy reported to the 80-plus FRTTI members how his organization's focus has moved from getting individual trails built to developing more networks of trail.

"...Locally, [the] North Coast Inland Trail will eventually run from Lorain to Walbridge. About 45 miles have been completed.

"The Huron County portion of the North Coast Inland Trail, developed and managed by the all-volunteer Firelands Rails-to-Trails, will continue to grow in 2011..."

Source: Oberlin News-Tribune

Heath Trail Construction Slated For 2011

2/9/11

"...The three-quarter-mile bike path project joins the trail at the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center with the city's main path at Heath City Water Park, connecting at the new COATC bridge across Ramp Creek. The total cost is about $600,000, but the city's share is about $90,000."

Source: Newark Advocate.com

Clark County To Reopen Trails / Parks April 1

2/7/11

"Clark County Park District commissioners voted Monday night to reopen the county’s four barricaded parks, effective April 1.

"It’s a short-term fix, they stressed, made possible only by cobbling together promises from local governments and volunteers to help maintain the trails.

“We’re hoping that the public will understand this is all being done through the graces of other folks,” said park district Director Jim Campbell, “and we’ll spend the rest of this year trying to get us a better ballot.”

"Campbell said the opening date was pushed back to April to give volunteers time to clear brush and get the trail ready before people start using it." more...

New Overlook For Historic Bridge Along NCIT

2/7/11

A new overlook is being constructed for a historic 1872 double-arch stone trail bridge near Norwalk, Ohio.

Originally a railroad bridge, the structure is still in use thanks to the North Coast Inland Trail in Huron County that now occupies the corridor.

Users that pass over the bridge can not fully appreciate the old supporting structure that is literally hidden underfoot. So, Norwalk Kiwanis Club decided to remedy that by building the ambitious overlook, which juts out over a steep hillside. It allows visitors to walk out onto a pier into the ravine to look back at the architecture.

View this video that explains the project and show its construction.

Land Acquired For Athens Countywide Trail

2/7/11

"Through private donations and grants, an Athens organization purchased more than $300,000 worth of land to continue work on a project that would create a countywide bike path.

"In November, the Athens Conservancy bought 154 acres of land for $2,000 per acre, said John Knouse, spokesman for the organization. The land purchased includes approximately 10 miles in Troy and Rome townships, along with a mile in Athens Township, he added.

"A non-profit, the conservancy aims to protect open-space land in the county and surrounding areas by acquiring land and sponsoring environmentally based educational and planning activities, according to the conservancy's website." more...

Cleveland Heights Seeking Transportation Grants

2/3/11

"[Cleveland Heights] is hoping to receive two transportation grants totaling $115,000 to help improve the way people move from this city into University Circle and the rest of Cleveland on bikes and on public transportation.

"Both grants are available through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative Planning Grant Program. City Council passed resolutions Jan. 18 to allow the City Manager to apply for the grants." more...

Questions Plague Mad River Trail Extension

2/3/11

"Although Five Rivers MetroParks is making progress in acquiring the easements it needs to build 3.6 miles of bike trail to extend the Mad River Recreation Trail through Riverside, park officials warn that failure to obtain those rights could kill the $3 million project.

"Joseph Zimmerman, MetroParks project manager, gave this warning to City Council at its meeting late last month after he was questioned about the proposed path of the trail through the city and how it will require some parts of Huberville Avenue to become one way.

"City Councilwoman Shirley Reynolds challenged Zimmerman’s claim that the “changes are so minimal that the worst inconvenience will be adding 20 seconds to the drive to leave the plat for some people, not even all of them.” more...

Middletown Trail Update

1/31/11

For those that may not uderstand why bike trails cost so much or take so long to develop, here's a news brief from Middletown that provides a glimpse of the sea of red tape that federally funded trail projects must navigate.

Be sure to check out the timeline at the end of the article.

New Route For North Shore Trail

1/28/11

"A new route for the proposed North Shore Trail that will connect the Western Reserve Greenway Trail to Bridge Street was rolled out Thursday evening.

"Volunteer Kevin Grippi made the presentation to about three dozen persons, including several Ashtabula County Metroparks Board members.

"Metroparks administers the Western Reserve Greenway Trail, a 27-mile bike and hiking trail that is part of the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway. Without the North Shore Trail, the Lake to River Greenway fails to fulfill its promise — it ends at West Avenue and West 52nd Street." more...

Pataskala Trail Plans

1/28/11

"Pataskala residents could be riding bicycles and walking on a new multipurpose path by the fall.

"The city is close to hiring an engineering firm to design the path, the first of its kind in Pataskala, and construction is not far off, said Dianne Harris, the city's planning director.

"Hopefully, we'll be under way by late spring or early summer," said Harris, adding the path could open for public use by October.

"The path, called the Cross Town Line, is slated to stretch just less than a mile. It will start at Bright Waters subdivision on the eastern edge of the city and move west along scenic portions of the Muddy Fork of the Licking River, crossing through Municipal Park before ending near the city's water treatment plant on the west side of Ohio 310." more...

NCIT Elmore To Genoa Progress

1/28/11

"Representatives of the villages of Genoa and Elmore and Clay Township are scheduled to meet Feb. 2 to discuss the next phase of a trail project linking the three communities.

"Elmore Village Council last week approved a resolution of support for the Ottawa County commissioners to apply to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Transportation for funding assistance for the Elmore to Genoa leg of the North Coast Inland Trail.

"Genoa Village Council approved a similar resolution last month.

"Clay Township trustees are supportive of the project but need more time to secure easements and right-of-way authorization, Don Hoeft, a trustee, said last week. Much of the property in the township along the abandoned railway the trail would follow has been purchased by Graymont Dolime and the company has indicated it’s not interested in releasing easements for its property." more...

Athens Trail To Connect With Chauncey

"The bike path in Athens has been called the city’s #1 tourist attraction. Soon other parts of the county will get a chance to enjoy it too.

"On Monday, the Athens County Regional Planning Commission met to discuss plans and funding to extend the bike path to Chauncey. (Click to see where the path will run.)

"Bob Eichenburg, director of the Planning Commission addressed the commissioners to report how they’re doing with funds, grants, and planning. He explained that the area where the bike path would extend to is a piece of land belonging to CSX Railroad. The thirteen acre plot is no longer in use as a railway. The plan would extend the bike path an additional mile.

"A grant proposal to the Clean Ohio Fund to purchase the land is due by February 1st . The Fund is asked to cover $22,000 of the purchase price - about 75% of the purchase price. The auditor says the property is valued around $28,000." more...

Granville Bridge Plan Moves Forward

1/27/11

"Planning work for a bridge connecting the T.J. Evans bike path with Raccoon Valley Park can go forward without Granville Township committing community funds toward the project, trustee Paul Jenks said Wednesday.

"The state had asked the township to approve a resolution that appeared at first it might commit the township to paying unfunded costs of the bridge without knowing what those costs would be. The township, as the project sponsor, is responsible for any costs beyond the state's portion, which is 80 percent of the construction cost." more...

Bill Would Make Route 66 A Historic Bike Trail

1/25/11

"A 90-mile section of the Mother Road, Route 66, in Oklahoma would be designated a "Historic Bike Trail" under a bill submitted by a state legislator.

"It's the latest move to transform the historic 2,400-mile highway from Chicago to Los Angeles into a long-distance bicycle route.

"Adventure Cycling Association announced in November that it had chosen the corridor of the iconic American highway as its next bicycle route, complete with detailed road maps and descriptions of roadside services." more...

Convicted Trail Killer Challenges Death Sentence

1/24/11

"The man sentenced to death for sexually assaulting and then murdering a 54-year-old mother along a popular suburban Atlanta bike trail is asking Georgia's top court to toss out his sentence.

"Michael Ledford was convicted of the July 2006 slaying of Jennifer Ewing, who was ambushed during her regular 25-mile bike ride along the Silver Comet Trail, a former railroad bed that stretches from Smyrna to Alabama.

"He is set to ask the Georgia Supreme Court to overturn his conviction on Monday because he claims dozens of errors were made during the 2009 trial. Among them, he says, was a judge's refusal to move it to another venue due to pre-trial publicity.

"Prosecutors dismiss the challenges in a 232-page brief and urge the top court to affirm Ledford's death sentence."

Source: MyFoxAtlanta.com

Towpath Route From Zoarville To Dover-New Philly

Public Meetings Jan. 24
1/22/11

"The Akron-based Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is holding two public meetings Monday on the proposed route of the Towpath Trail in Tuscarawas County. The meetings will be at 6 p.m. at the pavilion at Tuscora Park, 161 Tuscora Ave., New Philadelphia, and at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall, 410 N. Wooster Ave., Dover.

"The topic is routing the popular bike-and-hike trail between Zoarville and Dover-New Philadelphia.

"The Towpath Trail Alignment Committee is seeking public input regarding the 9.6-mile leg of the trail." more...

Gahanna Trail Project Stalls

1/20/11

"It could be the end of the road for a path along Big Walnut Creek if the Gahanna City Council refuses to support an application for a Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant.

"The council took no action on the request last week, but several members indicated that they are concerned about the city having to come up with between $82,000 and $86,000 for its share of project.

"Tony Collins, Parks and Recreation Department director, said the grant, if approved, would pay to complete about 3,000 feet of the Big Walnut Trail that would join the existing trail near the bridge, between Woodside Green and Academy Park, and proceed south to connect with Nob Hill Drive.

"Council President David Samuel questioned the need for Gahanna to spend $86,000, considering the poor economy."

Source: Dispatch Politics.com

Efforts To Reopen Trails In Clark County

"At dusk on November 18, 2010, all parks and trails under the jurisdiction of the Clark County Park District were closed...

"However, that may change in the near future; there has been a strong outpouring of support after the CCPD Levy, which would have provided for the year-round maintenance and operation of the parks and trails, was defeated on November 2nd, 2010...

"If you wish to help the Park District in its endeavor to reopen the parks and trails, you can send donations to CCPD at 930 S. Tecumseh Road, Springfield, OH 45506; you can learn more about possibly joining the Friends of the Clark County Park District by visiting their Facebook page, “Fans of the Clark County Park District” or by calling them at 937-882-6000; and you can possibly attend a meeting, whether it be CCPD’s board meeting, which is held the first Monday of every month at 6:30 PM at the Davidson Interpretive Center, or the Friends of the CCPD meeting, which is held the third Monday of every month at 7:30 PM at the Davidson Interpretive Center..." more...

Barbarton Towpath Construction In April

1/20/11

"Work will begin in April on the last leg of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Summit County.

"Metro Parks, Serving Summit County has awarded a $1,836,182 contract for a half-mile leg of the trail in Barberton to Haynes Construction Inc. of Norwalk. The firm was the lowest of six bidders, said park district planner David Whited.

"...The new section along Snyder Avenue will include a bridge over the canal, a 400-foot bridge over the Tuscarawas River and a tunnel under an active railroad line. It will cross two old landfills.

"The section has been delayed by lengthy negotiations with the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway, a subsidiary of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, officials said. The park district has been negotiating with the railroad for more than five years, Whited said.

"He said the new Towpath section is scheduled to be completed by November." more...

Mentor Seeks Trail Funds

1/19/11

"Mentor officials will pursue more outside money to help complete a trail connector project in the Headlands.

"City Council voted this week to apply for up to $500,000 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Recreational Trails Program and Clean Ohio Trails Funds.

"The grant would be put toward the $900,000 second phase of the trail connection along Jordan Drive. This phase involves construction of a paved, 2,300-foot multiuse path on Jordan from Rambler Drive to Headlands Road.

“We’re tying into existing bike lanes there, approximately at the Zimmerman Trail parking lot,” city Engineer Dave Swiger said. “As part of this project, we would be creating a connection into Morton Community Park from Jordan Drive.” more...

Russels Point Considers Trails

1/18/11

"...Looking ahead, Mayor Iiams suggested village officials submit an application for funds through the Clean Ohio Fund for development of the Indian Lake/Great Miami River Open Space Project that would add two miles of walking trails in the village that will connect to existing paths and community sidewalks.

"The walking trail would be a continuous loop from the west side of the Great Miami River, south of U.S. Route 33, showcase the Great Miami River and the surrounding areas “which will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the entire Indian Lake community,” Mayor Iiams said."

Source: Bellefontaine Examiner

Fairfield County Parks Closed Until April 1

1/18/11

"Short of money, the Fairfield County Historical Parks Commission is closing its parks until April 1, Director Dave Fey said yesterday.

"There won't be a lot of savings. It will allow us to plan," he said.

"The Licking Park District also has closed its 10 recreational areas for the winter and will not maintain county-owned bike trails. The closures followed voters' eighth rejection of a countywide park property tax last year and a reduction in funding this year from the county general fund budget." more...

Bike Projects Create More Jobs

"This week, a coalition of bicycling advocates introduced me to a new report showing that in Baltimore, MD, pedestrian and bicycle projects created nearly twice as many jobs per dollar spent than typical road projects.

"In this case-study, "Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure," the Political Economy Research Institute compiled data provided by the city of Baltimore. They found that on-street bike lanes and pedestrian measures created more direct jobs, more indirect jobs, and more induced jobs per dollar than either road upgrades or road resurfacing." more...

Van Wert County Considering Trails

Public Meeting Jan. 20
1/14/11

"A century ago, Van Wert County was criss-crossed by a series of railroad lines. Today, some of those track sit unused and grown over. Others have no rails left at all, and only a trained eye or a keen memory can detect where the trains used to run.

"One of those abandoned rail lines could be getting new life if there is interest in turning it into a trail. The former Eric Railroad (later Eric Lackawanna and still later Conrail) line extending through Ohio City westward to Glenmore is a prime candidate, according to Eric Oberg, manager of trail development for the Midwest Regional Office of Rails to Trails.

"This is a corridor that has been abandoned for quite a few years," Oberg explained. "The state of Ohio originally bought this corridor and turned it over to the Van Wert Port Authority. The Port Authority is now trying to divest the property and the state of Ohio would like to see it go to another public entity, obviously because they have public dollars tied up in it." more...

New Bremen Considers Towpath Improvements

1/12/11

"A local group of councilors discussed changes to a multi-district resource during their meeting Tuesday evening.

"Through a conference call held during their meeting, New Bremen Village Councilors spoke with Paulette Huber with Poggemeyer Design Group about the proposed amendments to the Miami and Erie Canal multipurpose trail.

“We’re just talking about what we want to do with the towpath of the future,” Mayor Jeff Pape said. “There are sections that we fixed up many years ago that are showing signs of wear.”

"Huber presented councilors with three plans, each showing three sections of the trail into Minster." more...

Riverscape Bike Connector Planned

1/12/11

"[Dayton] city officials plan to spend $2 million in state funds to create a walkable and bikeable connector along Patterson Boulevard – from RiverScape to the Oregon District – in hopes of boosting housing and business development downtown.

"Lighting, trees, landscaping, wider sidewalks and bikeways will be added along Patterson between Second and Fifth streets." more...

Elmore Trail Plowed

1/10/11

"Hey all, the bike trail was plowed this morning 1/10/11 from Elmore to Wolf Creek. Come on out and enjoy it while the weather is nice."

Source: Elmore Cycle & Fitness

Delaware Seeks Trail Grant

1/8/11

"Delaware City is eyeing a grant that would provide partial funding for a pedestrian and bikeway connection to the Delaware Community Center YMCA.

"Delaware City Council will take up a vote on Monday to allow City Planning Director Dave Efland to make application for the funds by Feb. 1. City Mayor Gary Milner said the statewide grants are through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Recreational Trails Program and Clean Ohio Trails Fund, which can both be applied for in the same application..."

Source: The Delaware Gazette

Towpath News Brief

1/5/11

"[Bolivar Village Council] passed an emergency ordinance to permit GPD Group of Akron, trail planners, to begin the bid process for construction of the Towpath Trail."

Source: Times Reporter.com

Licking Parks Seeking Community Help

1/5/11

"The Licking Park District is seeking the community's help this month as it competes for a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant to stay afloat through 2011." more...

Adventure Cycling Opposes Big Rigs

1/4/11

"North America's largest nonprofit cycling organization formally wheeled into the ranks of big rig opponents Tuesday.

"The nine-member board of Adventure Cycling voted overwhelmingly to oppose the planned parade of massive oil industry modules on bike-friendly mountain highways in Idaho and Montana.

"It's not so much the exaggerated picture of a tiny bike meeting a huge big rig on the river that rankles, said Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling's executive director.

"I know they've said they're only going to do this at night," he said. "What we are primarily concerned about is turning this rural corridor through some of the most beautiful wildlands in North America into an industrial shipment corridor." more...

Heath Trail Bid Comes In Low

1/4/11

"Righter Co., of Columbus, was the low bidder on the city's bike path construction from the Heath City Waterpark to the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority.

"Heath Zoning Director John Groff told City Council on Monday the bid was $570,000, well below the Ohio Department of Transportation estimate of $703,000.

"The city should get about $140,000 back from ODOT because the bid came in lower, and the Evans Foundation agreed to fund $80,000, so the city's cost will be $91,000, Groff said.

"Construction should begin in February or March, Groff said.

Source: Newark Advocate.com

News Highlights From 2010

1/3/11

Our yearly look at the top news stories from 2010.

ODOT Covers Bike Laws & Riding Tips

1/1/11

"Produced by the Ohio Department of Transportation; funded by FHWA/USDOT. Significant portions of the publication are reproduced with permission from Bicycling Street Smarts: Riding Confidently, Legally, and Safely, by John S. Allen, published by Rubel BikeMaps and copyright 1988, 2001 Rodale Inc.

"This manual teaches safe bicycling techniques on public roads and streets, but only you can assure your own safety. Users of this manual assume full responsibility for their own actions and safety." more...

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