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Bicyclist Struck, Killed In Columbus

12/31/12

"Authorities have identified a bicyclist that was struck and killed early Sunday morning while riding on Obetz-Reese Road, north of Daugherty Road in south east Columbus." more...

CA: Man Dies In Fatal Trail Crash

"A man died Friday after a collision on the Santa Ana river trail, authorities said.

"Paramedics just before 6 p.m. responded to reports of a collision on the river trail just north of Atlanta Avenue, according to MetroNet, a fire dispatch service." more...

CO: RAT, BLM Closer To Building MTB Trails

12/29/12

"...four options for mountain bike trails on 1,200 acres of public land north of Ridgway. Now, after five years of sporadic trail building and 10 years of dreaming, RAT's vision of a mountain-biking destination is closing in on reality." more...

Snow Being Cleared From Columbus Trails

12/27/12

"Metro Parks staff have cleared Metro Parks' managed sections of the Olentangy Greenway Trail of snow and ice, using polar cabs with blades and brushes..." more

Work Continues On Pickaway Trail

12/26/12

"...The 16-mile trail following old rail lines from Canal Park to New Holland is now open for hiking in some sections, but volunteers are needed to clear the trail, specifically the three-mile section between Atlanta and New Holland." more...

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Bikes Banned From Some Texas Roads

"Texas cities are trying to reduce traffic congestion by promoting bicycling. Austin is adding bicycle-only lanes on city streets. Houston voters recently approved $166 million in bonds partly for hike and bike trails.

"But on some roads in Texas, bikes are banned, raising questions about just where bikers have the right to ride." more...

MI: Macomb County Trail Gets $300K

12/25/12

"A key piece of hike/bike trail to link River Bends Park to the Macomb Orchard Trail is closer to reality after Shelby Township officials learned recently they've received a $300,000 grant to help pay for the project." more...

IA: River Action Group Targets Bike Path Litter

12/24/12

"...In an effort to keep the paths clean and tidy, River Action Inc. is reviving a program it first began 10 years ago, encouraging people who use the trails - or groups, businesses and organizations - to adopt half-mile stretches for routine cleanup." more...

MO: St. Joeseph Part Of 4-State Trail Plan

"A vision to connect four states with a 700-mile hike and bike trail has extended to St. Joseph's metropolitan area.

"The Metropolitan Planning Organization in October adopted a Rails-to-Trails plan that would convert abandoned rail corridors into hiking and biking trails. Regionally, it would connect Wathena, Kan., to St. Joseph; and St. Joseph and Savannah, Mo." more...

Bike Advocacy Impact On Capital Hill

12/24/12

"...In 2012, we had another record turnout at the National Bike Summit, with more than 800 attendees from 49 states..." more

ID: Proposed path from Cd'A to Sandpoint

"...The Idaho Transportation Department is considering building roughly 19 miles of Class 1 bicycle lanes along U.S. Highway 95 that would allow pedestrians to walk or bike from Appleway Avenue in Coeur d'Alene to Athol. After that, it could keep building the trail to Sandpoint." more...

Dublin News Brief

"New shared use path in Dublin..." more

TX: Capital Metro To Start Trail Construction

12/21/12

"Capital Metro is scheduled to begin construction in January on a bike and pedestrian trail that will run adjacent to Airport Boulevard between the Crestview and Highland MetroRail stations." more...

IL: Carlinville Council Support Trail Proposal

"The Carlinville City Council during its regular meeting Dec. 17 gave a big thumbs up to a plan to create a bike trail from Loveless Park to Beaver Dam State Park." more...

Cincy Bikeway Network Grows to 19 miles in 2012

"Prior to 2012, Cincinnati's on-street bicycle network included 8.6 centerline miles (both sides of a street) of bicycle lanes..." more

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AUS: How A Bike Path Was Considerd Bad For The Environment

"The Darebin Creek bike track is at last to be linked to the main Yarra Bike Trail. It has taken 17 years for this 1.8-kilometre stretch of track to gain planning approval and the money to build it..." more

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The Pursuit Of Bike-Friendly Diamond Status

12/20/12

"...To challenge our own top cycling cities to move beyond Platinum [status] and compete with world-class cycling cities, the League developed a new Diamond-designation..." more

NJ: William Penn Helps With RTC's Work In Camden

12/19/12

"The ongoing transformation of Camden, New Jersey, is a terrific case study of what Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is about. From our core mission of recycling disused rail corridors into public pathways, in recent years RTC has expanded that work to building broader, more connected urban trail networks and encouraging new generations of Americans to walk and bike for daily transportation." more...

Bikeability Scores For 36 Cities

12/18/12

"Walk Score came out with its bikeability rankings in the spring, but they were only at the citywide level. If you wanted to plug in your address and come up with a custom rating for your own address, like you can with Walk Score, the system wasn't quite ready. That all changes today..." more

D.C. Bikeshare To Expand By 30%

12/18/12

"Washington, D.C. will add 513 bikes to Capital Bikeshare this winter, expanding the nation's largest operating bike share program by more than 30 percent." more...

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Body Found On Orlando Bike Trail

12/18/12

"Orlando police have identified a man found dead on a bike trail in east Orlando Monday night." more...

Riding Chicago's New Dearborn Bike Lane

"Since my holiday shopping plans took me to the Loop today I decided to check out the new Dearborn bike lane for the first time. I secured a video camera to my helmet and rode..." more

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Intermittent Closures For Little Miami Trail

12/17/12

"The Friends of the Little Miami State Park are monitoring work on the Jeremiah Morrow I-71 bridge. Steve Murphy, President, reported that it has reached the point that crews overhead will be working directly above the trail. Workers will install tarps to catch the small debris, but when the heavy equipment arrives overhead, flagmen will be positioned on the trail to shutdown access underneath the bridge." more...

O&E Canalway Awards $120K For Local Projects

12/15/12

"The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area is funding eight projects with $120,000 in federal funds.

"The Strategic Initiatives Awards are expected to generate $2.5 million in private, local and state matches in the heritage area that stretches from Cleveland through Akron and Canton to New Philadelphia." more...

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Uncertainty Surrounds Newark-To-Heath Trail

12/15/12

"...Some public and private entities are pushing to expand the Licking County bike trail system, but the Newark-Heath link might have to take a detour." more...

PA: Attacker Still On The Loose

12/15/12

"Penn State police continue to search for the man who attacked a graduate student on a bike trail Wednesday, cutting her neck with a knife." more...

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WI: Bike/Ped Bridge Goes Up In Menomonee Valley

"On a recent morning I got up early to photograph the workers crane in the first section of a new 270-foot long bike and pedestrian bridge from the Domes to the new park and extension of the Hank Aaron State Trail under construction in the Menomonee Valley..." more

2012 Clean Ohio Grants Awarded

$3M in grants were awarded to 8 trail projects in Ohio. more...

Athens Trail Spur Bids Under Estimate

12/13/12

"...The project calls for constructing a 0.67-mile spur from the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway to near the high school. Last year, the Athens County Engineer's Department replaced a culvert on County Road 7 (Johnson) that will allow the bike path to go beneath the busy road that goes past the high school." more...

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PA: Woman Attacked On College Trail

12/13/12

"A Penn State graduate student was reportedly attacked by a man with a knife on a recreation trail Wednesday afternoon in the Overlook Heights area off North Atherton Street in Ferguson Township." more...

OR: Buffered Bike Lane Tames Rural Highway

12/11/12

"...In July 2011, just one month after officially becoming a city, a transportation engineering firm released the 254 page US 97/La Pine corridor plan. The plan looked at existing conditions on the 0.7 mile stretch of US 97 through La Pine and proposed ways to make it safer and more livable. Among the proposals was to add a buffered bike lane." more...

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New Bridge Path Helps Cleveland Cyclists

12/10/12

"To make it easier and a lot safer to ride a bike across the Lorain-Carnegie bridge, Cleveland city leaders and ODOT opened up a bike way Monday morning. Since biking to work and around town is getting more and more popular, members of Bike Cleveland say making your ride safer is just the right thing to do." more...

Columbus News Brief: Scioto Trail Construction

"Workers start construction on one of two bridges that will span the Scioto River to close the gap in the Scioto Trail..." more

Portland Reports Double Digit Bike To School Rates

12/10/12

"The City of Portland has just compiled the numbers from their fall 2012 Safe Routes to School parent survey. The results show an encouraging upward trend of biking and walking rates. In fact, 10.3 percent of the fall 2012 survey respondents said they biked to school. That's a 36 percent increase from fall 2011 and it's the highest bike mode share they've ever recorded." more...

Ride NYC Forward

12/10/12

"...Working with both RAB and Transportation Alternatives, Giant recently donated 100 bikes to people in the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. By helping folks move about their neighborhoods and commute to work by bicycle, the "Ride NYC Forward" partnership is increasing mobility for residents in Rockaway, Red Hook, the Lower East Side, and coastal Staten Island." more...

Thoughts On Targeting Cyclists

12/10/12

"We have a lot of laws. We have laws about not driving while holding pets. We have laws about crossing the street in crosswalks. We even have laws banning smoking at bus stops, which are widely ignored.

"What laws we choose to prioritize or actively enforce reflect our choices as a community..." more

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MI: DOT Gives Bikes 12 Feet On State Highway

"The Michigan Department of Transportation has done something pretty extraordinary for a state DOT. They've recently installed a 12-foot wide buffered bike lane on a one mile stretch of Northwestern Highway (Hwy 10)..." more

MO: Trail Building Equipment Stolen In Independence

12/9/12

"Last week saw a significant theft of equipment owned and used for trail building and maintenance by the Earthriders Trails Association (ERTA) and some of its dedicated volunteers..." more

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GOLTRG Expansion Problematic In Columbiana County

12/9/12

"The Columbiana County Park District would like to make an abandoned portion of the former Youngstown & Southern Railway part of its bicycle trail, but the county Port Authority prefers using it in a way that would create jobs." more...

Marietta River Trail Phase 6 Possible

12/8/12

"A proposed sixth leg of Marietta's River Trail that would run from Indian Acres Park to an undetermined location in Devola has been on the city's docket before and may be back on the burner in the coming year or two." more...

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Wasson Way Project Progress

"...The proposed hiking and biking trail would extend from the Little Miami bike trail in Newtown through the communities of Hyde Park, Oakley, Mariemont and several others." more...

Boston Struggles With Bike Fatalities

12/7/12

"Boston bicyclists are mourning the fifth traffic fatality among members of their growing community this week." more...

"Bike Bays" Make Left Turns Safer

12/6/12

"...Bike bays, also sometimes called Copenhagen Lefts, combine the functions of a bike box, which provides a waiting zone for turning bikes, and a bike sneak, which directs cyclists onto a particular riding angle..." more

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West Side Columbus Facelift Includes Parks, Paths

"After months of research, a group of OSU students made their final pitch on Wednesday for real life solutions to problems lingering on the west side of Columbus." more...

Tecumseh Trail Construction

"The City of New Carlisle has almost completed the construction of phase II of the Tecumseh Trail project. City officials expect construction to be completed sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"Because the trail is being constructed later in the season, the city plans to have a ribbon cutting early next spring..." more

Cleveland Bridge Path Opens Monday

"...Crews are finishing a 14½-foot-wide path on the north side of the Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge, offering an eyeful of downtown and an improved link for cyclists and pedestrians." more...

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Mansfield Bike Map Draft Online

12/6/12

Richland County bike & ped advocates are producing a color-coded bike map for the Mansfield, Ohio area. The draft will be posted and open for input for the next 30 days. Learn more...

Zeisberger Plans New Trails In 2013

"After more than two years of planning, the Zeisberger Trail and Parks Committee is looking to move forward with its comprehensive plan to build a park and connecting trails between New Philadelphia and Newcomerstown." more...

CAN: Husband Seeks Safer Bikeways After Wife's Death

12/5/12

"The husband of an Edmonton cyclist killed while on vacation in Prince Edward Island in the summer, says that province needs to create safer bike trails to ensure no one else dies the way his wife did." more...

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Ohio-to-Erie Trail Progress

12/5/12

86% of the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail is completed. Here's a summary of recent progress by Jerry Rampelt, the Executive Director of the trail fund:

  • Knox County Parks dedicated 3 additional miles of paved trail between Mt. Vernon & Centerburg along the Heart Of Ohio Trail in November.
  • Franklin Metroparks dedicated 2.5 miles of the Camp Chase Trail on the west side of Franklin County in March.
  • This fall 2 more miles along the Camp Chase Trail will be completed.
  • The city of Columbus added 2 trail miles to the Alum Creek Bikeway this year.
  • Plans are to complete the Alum Creek Trail in 2012.

Contributions to complete the trail can be sent to :

The Ohio to Erie Trail Fund
118 Graceland Blvd. #146
Columbus, OH 43214

Trail Users Spot Body In Great Miami River

12/4/12

"Authorities have identified the woman whose body was found floating in the Great Miami River in Ohio." more...

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WA: Iron Horse Trail Tunnel Reopens

12/3/12

"Washington's Iron Horse State Park is one of America's iconic rail-trails. Following the path of the former Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad east out of Seattle, the 82-miles of the Iron Horse pass through the stunning scenery for which the Pacific Northwest is famous, from the base of Rattlesnake Mountain all the way to the Columbia River." more...

PA: Gettysburg Looks To Greenspace

"...Increased development and tourism in the downtown area have led to increased flooding, polluted runoff, and traffic. Several community organizations have recently come together to combat these inter-connected ills with a proposed bicycle trail..." more

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CA: Teens Spruce Up Escondido Creek Trail

12/1/12

"More than 100 people, most of them teenagers, fanned out across 12 blocks of the Escondido Creek trail in the heart of the city Saturday morning to pick up trash, promote healthy eating, and to bring a sense of community to the area." more...

NC: Mountain Fire Could Spark New Trail

12/1/12

"...So it came as no surprise that while much of the rest of the Piedmont was looking at a recent fire at Pilot Mountain State Park as an avoidable gaffe, Putnam had another idea.

"Take advantage of the unintended devastation to enhance the park's trail system." more...

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Bike Culture By Design

"The focus on re-establishing more liveable cities continues unabated. The primary problem however is that 85 years of traffic engineering revolving around the car has failed miserably..." more

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7 Ways To Make Bike-Share More Accessible

11/30/12

"Bike-sharing has been one of the most rapidly spreading transportation innovations in American cities over the past few years; scarcely a month goes by without a new city announcing its intentions to develop a system. And with good reason: Bike-share doesn't cost much to install and operate, and it's healthy - for cities and people." more...

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Franklin Metroparks Trail Projects For 2013

"...Completing the section of the Ohio to Erie Trail along the Camp Chase railroad corridor between Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park and Galloway, and begin to build a bridge for the trail over I-270..." more...

SW Ohio Trail News

"The Mad River Bikeway extension is underway! When completed, this crucial connector will bring the Wright Brothers - Huffman Prairie bikeway to the Mad River Trail at Eastwood MetroPark..." more

"Xenia-Jamestown Connector Bike Trail to be completed by spring 2013..." more

Lancaster Trail Bridge To Be Set

11/29/12

"The final bridge crossing the Hocking River connecting the Lancaster City Bike Trail to the wetlands and mall area is scheduled to be set in place next Wednesday." more...

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NY: Politics Puts Brakes On Yonkers Bike Path

"A proposal to connect a bike path off the Bronx Parkway in Yonkers to a 3,000-mile trail spanning the East Coast is mired in partisan politics, with Democrats and Republicans on the City Council wrangling over funding for the project." more...

Livable Streets Advance In CT

"Some good news for bicycle and livable community advocates has been coming out of Connecticut over the past few weeks..." more

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Lucas County Gets $999K For Trail Upgrades

11/28/12

"...The money will pay for resurfacing the University Parks Trail between King and Secor roads and resealing parts of the north and south forks of the Wabash Cannonball Trail." more...

Continental Divide Trail Bike Ban In Colorado?

"Opposition is mounting to a proposed plan to ban bikes from a new rerouting of the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail - or the CDNST - in southern Colorado's Cochetopa Hills area of the Rio Grande National Forest." more...

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Rage Against The Bike Report

"Recently NBC News ran this report on cyclists using bike or helmet-mounted cameras, such as GoPro to document motorists bad behavior and/or aggression towards cyclists." more...

A Look At Copenhagen Transport Culture

"...On a Friday night, I saw a car parked partially on the slightly grade-separated bike path next to a busy street. Several bicyclists tapped the car as they rode past, out of annoyance I assume. Suddenly the passenger slammed his door open, into the body of a passing bicyclist..." more

OR: MTB Park Coming To Mount Hood

11/26/12

"...A project to bring 17 miles of bike trails to the Timberline ski area was unveiled Monday. Mount Hood officials said they approved the permitting for the mountain bike park on Nov. 19, after a long planning process.

"The mountain bike park is tentatively scheduled to open the summer of 2015, said Laura Pramuk, spokeswoman for Mount Hood National Forest." more...

New Trail Inpires Atlanta

"...The path, known as the Eastside Trail, is part of a $2.8 billion plan to transform a 22-mile railroad corridor that encircles Atlanta into a network of trails, parks, affordable homes and ultimately streetcar lines..." more

Tanglefoot Trail Hits Houston

11/25/12

"...Good weather has allowed work on the 44-mile asphalt path, that will stretch from New Albany to Houston, to move forward rapidly and initial work on the project should reach the southern terminal this week." more...

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GMRT To Connect To UD Softball Stadium

11/21/12

"The University of Dayton and the Miami Conservancy District announced Wednesday that they'll partner to extend the Great Miami River Trail bike path along the west bank of the Great Miami River from Stewart Street to UD's softball stadium." more...

Harrisonburg Aims For Bicycling Capital Of Virginia

"In September, Advocacy Advance Workshop participants - including four of the five City Council members and Mayor of Harrisonburg - claimed that Harrisonburg will become the bicycling capital of Virginia. Since then, they have taken a giant leap towards meeting that goal: over $2 million was invested in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in 24 hours." more...

Cycling: EU's "Cinderella" Form Of Transport

"For the cost of one kilometre of urban freeway you could build 150km of bicycle paths, 10,000km of bicycle lanes or 100 well designed 30kmph zones." more...

Oregon Accepts Trail Construction Bid

11/20/12

"Oregon City Council has accepted the bid of Eclipse Co. LLC of Warrensville, Ohio, to be the contractor for Phase II of the Stadium Road Bikeway..." more

CA: Palo Alto, Stanford Get $10M For Bike Bridge/Trails

11/20/12

"Palo Alto's bicyclists, pedestrians and nature lovers had much to celebrate Tuesday after the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors awarded $10 million to the city and Stanford University for a new bike bridge that would span U.S. Highway 101 at Adobe Creek and for a host of improvements to trails around the university." more...

Chicago's First Protected Bike Lane

11/20/12

"This is an exciting moment for cycling in Chicago as the department of transportation races to meet its goal of reaching a total of thirty miles of protected and buffered bike lanes before it gets too cold to lay thermoplastic..." more

Richland Moves! Picking Up Speed

11/20/12

"Richland Moves!, for those unfamiliar, is a ped & bicycle advocacy group in Richland County, Ohio. The group has been in existence for about 2 years now and meets monthly in Mansfield..." more

TN: Long-Awaited Monterey Trail Mostly Complete

"It was a brisk morning for a walk, but a few people attended the celebration Friday morning to mark the official opening of the Monterey section of the Central Tennessee Heritage Rail Trail.

"This has been a long time coming," Ken Hall, Monterey's cultural administrator and chairman of the Central Tennessee Heritage Rail Trail, said. "It's a start." more...

Philly Passes Complete Streets Bill

11/19/12

"Big congrats to the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, which had a "pretty cool success" Thursday, in the words of Policy Director Sarah Clark Stuart. The entire Streets and Services Committee of the City Council voted to approve a complete streets bill, advancing what could be one of the strongest municipal complete streets policies in the nation." more...

OK: Tulsa Midland Valley Trail Gets High Marks

"...The approximately $1 million project included widening the trail and paving it with concrete instead of asphalt. Lights, benches, trash receptacles and a drinking fountain were added, as were trees and signs.

"A new pedestrian crossing signal was installed where the trail crosses 21st Street just east of Boston Avenue..." more

Cleveland Metroparks Close To Lakefront Takeover

"...The Metroparks, meanwhile, has been moving methodically toward the lake as it seeks to connect the Towpath Trail that follows the river with Wendy Park on the lakeshore

"Ultimately, a trail system would link the parks and complete the Emerald Necklace [Trail]." more...

MD: How Rockville Is Becoming Bike-Friendly

11/19/12

"...Rockville - which is situated in the Washington D.C. metro region - didn't allow a major state highway to get in its way of becoming bicycle-friendly. Instead, the city focused on off-road bike paths through parkland, connecting their network of lower volume streets, and a Safe Routes to School curriculum." more...

5 Bollards Removed From B&O Trail

11/16/12

"Five center bollards that are not at road crossings on the Richland B&O Trail will be removed within the next few weeks. [The bollards were removed on Nov. 16.]

"Eric Miller, a Richland County Park District board member, said the board is authorizing the removal of the obstacles." more...

Milwaukee Rail-Trail Artwalk Envisioned

11/15/12

"Two students in Milwaukee have grand plans for their own version of the High Line, or Chicago's Bloomingdale Trail, albeit at ground level. The 2.4-mile trail would connect racially segregated neighborhoods and turn an abandoned railroad line into an outdoor artwalk." more...

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Big Walnut Trail Construction Update

11/14/12

"...The Big Walnut trail between the bottom of the "big hill" and the bridge between Academy and Woodside Green Parks is closed due to the section 3 construction project. Heavy machinery is using the trail so it's full of mud and debris. Please avoid the trail until the work is complete, which is estimated to be December 31..." more

Hockhocking Trail Spur Out To Bid

11/14/12

"Bids for construction of a bike path spur from the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway to Athens High School are slated to be opened Nov. 29.

"Alan Craig of the Ohio Department of Transportation, which is bidding the project, said he expects a construction contract to be awarded Dec. 6 and work to begin in the spring. The contract will have a completion date of Sept. 1, 2013, he said." more...

Columbus Painting Traffic Light Sensors For Cyclists

"New painted icons on Columbus street - marking ideal sweet spot to set bike tires in order to trip pavement loop detector for calling traffic signal..." more

Scioto Trail Construction Update

"Scioto Trail connection (.7 mile section with 2 bridges) update. I was informed by ODOT that the drilling of shafts for the bridge piers will start this week, although that's weather   river water's condition dependent..." more

New Trail At The Wilds

11/14/12

"...Appalachian Outdoor Adventures built the new 3.2-mile, multiuse beginner trail at the intersection of Ohio 146 and Zion Ridge Road, about 20 minutes east of Zanesville, said Heath Boedeker, AOA Wilds trail steward.

"That land is owned by the Wilds, but AOA has had about 14 miles of trails there for more than a decade, Boedeker said." more...

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Bolivar Awards Towpath Construction Bid

11/12/12

"Bolivar Village Council recently awarded a bid of $94,236 to Spano Brothers Construction of Akron for Phase III of the Towpath Trail through the village." more...

Sidewalk Cycling Issue Raised In D.C.

11/12/12

"This Wednesday, the Dupont Circle ANC will consider a resolution on " bicycle lane renovations and bicycle safety." But the publisher's of the InTowner would instead like to focus on sidewalk cycling - which they deem "Out of Control" - despite the fact that it is mostly unrelated to the issue at hand." more...

Transportation Plan: More Biking In New Orleans

11/12/12

"...Despite - or because of - roads that are ripped up and unpaved, NOLA residents bike and walk the streets in flocks. New Orleans has the ninth highest bike commuter rate among large US cities. The New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (the region's Metropolitan Planning Organization - or "MPO") has a Transportation Plan that aims to spend 10% of funds on bicycle and pedestrian facilities by 2040 - about $24 million per year. Maximizing available federal dollars are essential to meet that goal." more...

Columbus Bike Share Coming In 2013

"Many restaurants, shops and attractions sit just out of reach for Downtown workers and residents: too far to walk, but not far enough to make driving and parking worth it.

"BikeShare is the answer, said Alan McKnight, director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. The city council approved a nearly $2.3?million contract with Alta Bicycle Share on Monday." more

TX: Killeen Plans For Hike/Bike Trails

11/10/12

"The city of Killeen Transportation Department has presented a plan to garner state funding for a 1.35-mile hike and bike trail between Watercrest Road and West Elms Road in western Killeen.

"...The Watercrest trail is part of a 9.2-mile system of planned trails on the west side of the city designed to connect downtown Killeen to the Texas A M University-Central Texas campus." more

I-77 Bridge Work Won't Close Towpath

11/8/12

"The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Nov. 8 it plans to replace the bridge deck and repair the drainage system of the Interstate 77 bridge over Granger Road, Cuyahoga River, Ohio Erie Canal and Cleveland Metroparks Towpath Trail in the cities of Independence and Cuyahoga Heights.

"...The proposed project will be constructed over the Cleveland Metroparks' Towpath Trail, but will not impact the trail during work..." more

First-Ever Sunday Streets Event In Berkley

11/8/12

"Some 40,000 people flooded downtown Berkeley on a brilliantly sunny day in October, as the city became the latest in the San Francisco Bay Area to host a "Sunday Streets" event..." more

IN: Historic Bridge To Go To People Trail

11/8/12

"...The one-lane, iron-truss bridge now spanning Clifty Creek is expected to become part of the Columbus People Trail in 2014, providing bicyclists and pedestrians with their own crossing of Haw Creek under 25th Street, just east of Lincoln Park." more...

Cleveland News Includes Bridge Bike Path Opening

"...The new multi-purpose path on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge is set to open soon.

"The $4.5 million project is scheduled to open late November or very early December, according to Jocelynn Clemings of ODOT." more...

Ottawa's Barely-Known Bike Path

11/7/12

"There's a multi-million dollar expansion of the bike paths around the Ottawa River in the works - one that not many people know about." more...

PA: Cyclist Hit-N-Run In Lawrenceville

11/7/12

"Police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for a man accused of hitting a bicyclist in May and leaving the scene." more...

CVSR Raises Bike Aboard Fees

11/6/12

"The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's Bike Aboard! program will continue in 2013, but the price bicyclists pay will increase a dollar.

"The fee for the popular program, which attracted nearly 22,000 bicyclists this year, will be raised from $2 to $3, railroad spokesman Kelly Steele-Moore said." more...

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North Ridgeville Receives Trail Grant

11/6/12

"...The city received $150,000 from the Ohio Department of Natural (ODNR )to build a 10-foot wide, 1.2 mile asphalt trail that will run from the park "linking trail users to the North Ridgeville Public Library, city hall and the senior center and then extending further to the middle school and St. Peters church and school," according to a release from the ODNR, that awarded the money as part of its 2012 Recreational Trails Program Grants..." more

TX: Witchita Falls Rehabbing Historic Bridge For Trail Use

11/6/12

"Wichita Falls City Councilors approved a resolution Tuesday morning that will allow the city to apply for grants to engineer and rehabilitate the Ohio Street Bridge and incorporate it into the Hike and Bike Trail." more...

Zoar Towpath Construction Progress

"Construction crews are making headway on the expansion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Tuscarawas County. Construction already is under way to extend the path an additional 2.7 miles from Zoar to Zoarville, with most of the project set to be complete by the end of the year." more...

VT: Vision For 93-Mile Trail Taking Shape

11/5/12

"Local business leaders have joined the groundswell of support for a rail-trail project which, when complete, will run 93 miles through the communities and recreational and rural lands of northern Vermont." more...

Impoving Seattle For Bicyclists

11/5/12

"...Our city's last push at integrating bike riding into its transportation system was 2007's original Bicycle Master Plan, whose centerpieces are unprotected bike lanes adjacent to car lanes and "sharrows" that encourage bikes and cars to share roadways. At the time it seemed progressive. Now it's like dial-up Internet..." more

Study Suggests Cycle Tracks Safer

" Bike lanes separated by planters, posts or parked cars aren't just more popular and less stressful than bike lanes or back-road bike routes, an important new study shows. They're safer - far safer.

"As reported Monday by Atlantic Cities, researchers found that in Vancouver and Toronto, protected green lanes reduce non-fatal road injuries by 90 percent."

"That's a huge impact..." more...

Fighting For Bike Lanes In Atlanta

11/5/12

"...The mostly black neighborhood has struggled in recent years while seeing a parallel street has become a major bike thoroughfare that has blossomed economically - proving yet again that bikes mean business..." more

Best Practices For Parking Minimums - For Bikes

11/2/12

"...The point isn't merely to reduce parking for automobiles in a contextless manner. Parking reductions are supposed to be part of a package of tactics focused on increasing the use of sustainable transportation modes..." more

Bike Commuters Of Alaska Make $1.3M Difference

"...Today, our BCA supporters sent a clear message that more needs to be done, that more investment needs to be made in bicycle infrastructure to make our streets safer for everyone..." more

San Fran Getting Green Lanes For Bikes

"...Sometimes called cycle tracks, protected bike lanes or buffered bike lanes, green lanes are designated spaces for people on bicycles, spaces in the road that are separated from sidewalks and protected from cars, according to the Green Lane Project's website. In short, these lanes are separated from cars, offering a safe, protected ride. The lanes are inspired by lanes in European cities, like Copenhagen, where more than half of trips are reportedly done by bike." more...

KY: Mammoth Cave Trail Link Celebration

11/1/12

"Two trails are being connected in south-central Kentucky allowing bicyclists and hikers to travel the route of the old Mammoth Cave Railroad from Park City to the Mammoth Cave visitor center." more...

Making San Diego More Bike-Friendly

11/1/12

"This is the first in a series of posts articulating why San Diego is currently as bike unfriendly as it is and not recognized as a top bicycle friendly city in the country. In addition to not being recognized as a bicycle friendly city, San Diego has historically also had a higher proportion of fatalities involving cyclists..." more

Towpath Closure Lifted

"The Towpath Trail has now open from Lock 39 Trailhead to Botzum Trailhead. In addition, the Towpath Trail closure for construction from Frazee to Station Road Trailhead has been lifted. Canal Visitor Center remains closed due to lack of power." more...

"The Towpath Trail from Boston Store Visitor Center north to Lock 39 Trailhead in Valley View remains closed to further access damage from impending heavy rains." more...

Bike-Hike Trail Report

"...The hike-and-bike trail was reopened from the Botzum Trailhead off Riverview Road in North Akron to the Boston Store Visitor Center off Boston Mills Road in Boston Township." more...

Trail Access Problem For Portage Trail

11/1/12

"Cyclists looking to access the section of The Portage Hike and Bike Trail that spans from Lake Street to Lake Rockwell Road will not be able to jump on the trail in Kent from the east side of the Cuyahoga River.

"The new pedestrian bridge under construction as part of the Fairchild Avenue Bridge project will link directly to the existing trail, which dead-ends next to Weiss Motors and Knapp's Collision and the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway tracks." more...

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Towpath Section Closes For Damage Assessment

"The National Park Service has closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail from Lock 39 Trailhead in Valley View to Botzum Trailhead in Akron to assess damage from the heavy rain and high winds." more...

NYC: Walking Rules After Storm

10/31/12

"...With people getting back to normal following the one-day hurricane holiday on Tuesday, that meant today was a work day. And without the subway; that meant many New Yorkers used their feet to get there. While streets were jam packed with cars, taxis and buses - most of them going nowhere fast - the bike paths and sidewalks were inundated with flowing human traffic." more...

NYC: New Bike Commuters Get Help

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, where the New York subway system may take weeks to recover, expect a lot of bikes to come out of mothballs.

"New York City bike advocates Transportation Alternatives are preparing to help erstwhile cyclists make the transition from neglect to success with commuter support stops. The "Bike Ambassadors" will be offering "free coffee, encouragement, guidance and technical/material assistance." more...

Storm Damage Closes Some NE Ohio Parks

10/30/12

"Area county park districts are in the process of assessing storm-related damage to their holdings. Even so, some parks are already closed.

"In the Lake Metroparks, these include Helen Hazen Wyman Park in Concord and Painesville townships, Grand River Landing in Fairport Harbor, Mason's Landing in Painesville Township, and Indian Point/lower parking lot and area in Leroy Township." more...

Toronto: Jarvis Bike Lane Use Doubles

"Cycling traffic continues to increase on Jarvis Street despite the decision to remove the bike lanes. John Taranu and the Ward 27 Cycle Toronto group, which includes Jarvis Street, conducted a bike count this month from morning to dusk and found a doubling of a previous doubling of cyclists." more...

Hoboken Earns BFC Bronze

"...It starts with Mayor Dawn Zimmer, a cycling advocate and bike commuter. It extends to the City Council - typically embroiled in contentious partisan battles - which voted unanimously for the city's Complete Streets Policy, to adopt the Bicycle   Pedestrian Master Plan, and to stripe bicycle facilities on a huge percentage of Hoboken's streets. And it ripples throughout the city, too, thanks to Bike Hoboken, the local bicycle advocacy group with more than 600 active members (an impressive membership in a city of just 50,000 people!)." more...

Profile Of An Award Winning BFB

"...The Omaha-based company has been on the [Bike-Friendly Business] list since 2009, but their recent work has boosted them from the Silver to Gold level. How have they done it? Passion, persistence, and dedication to making their workplace better for bicyclists - in a number of ways." more

Landowners Object To Road/Trail Project

"Residents are trying to put the brakes on a $5 million road plan to widen and extend a bike path along Austin Boulevard using eminent domain law previously untested in Montgomery County.

"The bike trail extension included in the plan to widen a 0.4 mile section of the road east of the new Interstate 75 interchange would pass within eight feet of a 150-year-old farmhouse, built by farmer Isaac Austin." more...

Bike Lanes & Trails Popular In Winnipeg

10/29/12

"...A Probe Research poll for the Free Press found 71 per cent of Winnipeggers see the new bike paths and trails as very or somewhat successful for cyclists, and 60 per cent said they were very or somewhat successful for motorists." more...

Bloomberg Praised For NYC Tranport Changes

"...Under his three term, 10-year run as mayor, Bloomberg has overseen unprecedented changes in how the city uses its public spaces." more...

Buckeye Scenic Trail Opens In Hebron

10/28/12

"The latest component in Licking County's network of bike trails officially opened Saturday, a project five years in the making that survived multiple legal hurdles and an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.

"...The 4.25-mile paved path runs south from Irving Wick Drive in Heath to U.S. 40 in Licking Township, ending across from Lakewood High School." more...

Wayne National Forest Gets Trail Grants Share

10/28/12

"...The funds will go toward creating and maintaining trails in the Wayne National Forest, in addition to constructing pathways in suburban Columbus, Bowling Green and elsewhere." more...

Missouri's First Walk AND Bike-Friendly Community

10/26/12

"...Lee's Summit was the first city in Missouri to be officially recognized as a Walk Friendly Community-and now they will be first in Missouri to be recognized as both Walk Friendly and Bicycle Friendly. The city has definitely been a leader in these areas and has inspired other communities across Missouri and across the bi-state metro area to do likewise." more...

8 Regional Trails Planned For Summit County

"Summit County trail supporters Thursday celebrated the completion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the county, then announced plans for eight regional trails with a total price tag of $46 million." more...

Great Miami River Trail Construction Detour

10/25/12

"The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has informed the Miami Conservancy District that the closure of the Great Miami River Trail in downtown Dayton, as part of the I-75 Modernization (Phase 2) project will occur by Thanksgiving, 2012.

"The closures will impact trail on BOTH sides of the Great Miami River. ODOT and the City of Dayton will maintain marked detours around the closures to allow for cycling and walking traffic to proceed along the trail route." more...

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Bike-Friendly Universities Announced For 2012

"Yale and Princeton are already among the nation's elite colleges. Now they're among the top universities when it comes to bicycling, too.

"Today the League of American Bicyclists announced the designation of nine new Bicycle Friendly Universities..." more

IA: Columbus Junction Endorses Trails Plan

10/25/12

"A Louisa County Trails Master Plan has been endorsed by the Columbus Junction City Council. The council approved a resolution of support for the plan during its regular meeting Wednesday." more...

Ottawa Bike Plan Misses The Mark

10/25/12

"The small things that make a big difference for cyclists are on their way to the streets of Ottawa.

"People gathered at Patro D'Ottawa in Lowertown on Oct. 18 to see how the city plans to spend $5 million to connect existing bicycling lanes to create an east-west "bikeway." more...

Netherlands To Test Heated Bike Trails

10/24/12

"The Netherlands is considering developing heated bike trails warmed by solar energy stored during the summer to combat winter snow and ice..." more

Atlanta's Beltline Trail Opens New Section

10/24/12

"A new portion of the projected 22-miles of hike and bike trails has opened in Atlanta, and is being well received by local residents, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution." more...

MA: Northern Strand Trail Begins Construction

10/23/12

"...While the state has long recognized that a trail to the sea along the unused Saugus Branch rail line is feasible, the task of raising support, awareness and funds for the project has been left to local advocates." more...

Towpath Temporary Closure Alert

"The National Park Service announces the closure of the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail from the Frazee House Trailhead to Station Road Trailhead, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Monday, October 22 through Friday, November 9.The Towpath Trail will be open evenings and weekends.

"The closure is necessary to repair the failing Sagamore Waste Weir and clear brush along the Ohio & Erie Canal." more...

ODNR Awards Sheffield Lake Area Trail Projects

10/24/12

"Three local communities will get a total of $365,271 to build trails through three area parks.

"Sheffield Lake and North Ridgeville each were awarded grants through the Ohio Department of Natural Resource's 2012 Recreational Trails Program Grant program, as was Perkins Township.

"The money will pay for a total of more than two miles of trails, according to the ODNR." more...

More Details On Map-21 Transport Funding

10/23/12

"American cities and towns should get a leg up on using federal funds to make streets safer for biking and walking, thanks to rules enacted yesterday by the Federal Highway Administration." more...

ODNR Awards $1.6M To Ohio Trail Projects

10/22/12

"The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced that 14 recreational trails in Ohio have been selected to share a total of $1,689,759 in federal funds through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)." more...

Tampa Bay Trail Under Construction

10/22/12

"...This month, work began on a multi-use pathway alongside the Courtney Campbell Causeway, passing over Old Tampa Bay and connecting Clearwater in Pinellas County with Tampa in Hillsborough County.

"In the not too distant future, this will be a spectacular stretch of trail that will build on the international draw of the area," says RTC's Florida State Director Ken Bryan. "Seeing this important project move forward is also evidence of the strong local support for the region's growing trail system." more...

Highway Admin Interprets Map-21

"The Federal Highway Administration issued guidance today to state departments of transportation on the Transportation Alternatives Program (TA) - a key piece of the new federal transportation bill, MAP-21. The guidance provides specifics for state agencies and resolves any ambiguities in the complex legislative language." more...

Car Rolls Over Onto Newark Trail

10/21/12

"Speed and wet road conditions were factors in a Saturday morning crash that left a car on the bike path near Ohio 16 eastbound." more...

New NCIT Segment Opens In Sandusky County

10/21/12

"...A new 4 3/4-mile addition to the trail connecting Clyde to Bellevue opened Oct. 11 and extends the NCIT across Sandusky County from Bellevue to Elmore. The new section extends from Maple Street in Clyde to CR 177 on the west side of Bellevue.

"We now have 26 miles of bike trail across Sandusky County," said Steve Gruner, director of the Sandusky County Park District. "That completes our corridor in the county..." more

Cleveland To Pittsburgh Greenway Plans

10/20/12

"KDKA Radio's Rob Pratte Talked to Mario Leone and Jack Manning from The Ohio River Trail Council.

"The Council is supporting the development of a Cleveland to Pittsburgh Greenway." more...

WA: Cedar River Trail Reopens

10/19/12

"A short section of the Cedar River Trail that had been closed to bicycles while crews shored up a riverbank has been reopened." more...

PA: 2 Men Wanted For Murder Along Bike Trail

10/19/12

"The Cumru Township Police Department released pictures on Friday of two men wanted in connection with a murder that happened along a popular bike and walking trail in Berks County." more...

26 New BFCs Announced

10/18/12

"Large US cities continue to achieve bicycle friendly status from the League of American Bicyclists as Los Angeles, Nashville and Miami received the honor this week." more...

CA: Community Buy-Ins Build Beautiful Parkways

10/18/12

"...Reedley Community Parkway in California... Built along a railbanked right-of-way next to existing tracks, the 2.6-mile trail provides an alternate route to access some of Reedley's busiest arterial streets. Hundreds of walkers, cyclists and runners use the Reedley Parkway daily." more...

IL: Trail Along The Metro Line

10/17/12

"...In St. Clair County, Ill., on the outskirts of St. Louis, Mo., the county transit district continues to extend its heralded MetroBikeLink Trail, a paved, multi-use trail that provides a fast and efficient connection from local neighborhoods to the metro stations." more...

Upcoming Railroad Abandonments In SC & MI

10/16/12

"On or about September 7, 2012, Pickens Railway Company filed for the abandonment of 8.5 miles of track near the cities of Pickens and Easley in Pickens County, South Carolina..." more

"On or about September 19, 2012, Indiana Northeastern Railroad Company filed for the abandonment of 19.37 miles of track between Coldwater in Branch County, Michigan and Sturgis in St. Joseph County, Michigan..." more

Plan To Connect D.C. Trails To Maryland

10/15/12

"A new multi-million dollar project aims to connect 60 miles of bike trails from D.C. to Maryland. more...

MI: Funding The Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail

10/15/12

"...Right now, small communities in the mid-Michigan counties of Clinton, Ionia and Shiawassee are digging deep to help fund the planned 41.3-mile Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee (CIS) rail-trail (below). These communities have raised more than $180,000 to match a number of state and federal grants, with a number of municipalities pitching in far more than the amount requested of them by the state." more...

How Not To Design A Separated Bike Lane

10/15/12

"The City of Toronto is finally getting a separated bike lane. It's on Sherbourne Street, a block east of the soon to be painted out Jarvis Street bike lanes that keep city councillors from getting home in time for dinner..." more

Delaware County Approves U.S. Bike Route 50 Signs

10/14/12

"Delaware County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Monday, Oct. 8, to approve the proposed U.S. Bike Route 50 through a portion of Delaware County and to authorize County Engineer Chris Bauserman to cooperate with the Ohio Department of Transportation to post signs along the route." more...

West Creek Purchases Land For Trail Extension

10/14/12

"West Creek Conservancy has purchased a small residential lot that is expected to become the southern end of a proposed 1.5-mile trail extension in Parma's West Creek Reservation." more...

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IL: 2.2 More Trail Miles In St. Clair County

10/14/12

"Bikers tune up your bikes, and walkers and runners, lace up your tennis shoes: The St. Clair County Transit District is set to open 2.2 more miles of the MetroBikeLink Trail." more...

DIY Vigilantes Playing Role In Walkable Movement

"...Well, you may be thinking, it's all fine and good to get your ya-yas out for a day by doing some guerrilla gardening or what have you. People who are serious about improving their cities are just going to have to suffer through those community meetings and go through the proper channels. But Lydon says DIY urban improvement isn't just immediate - it can be lasting, too." more...

Ohio-to-Erie Trail Connections In Mt. Vernon

10/13/12

"What would it be like to one day be able to walk or ride a bicycle on a path all the way between Cleveland and Cincinnati? This may soon be a reality, thanks in part to completing bike path connections here in Mount Vernon as part of the Ohio To Erie Trail project." more...

Bikeway Improvements Slated For Medina

10/13/12

"...The bike path is planned for Medina's Champion Creek District. Features include a 5-foot-wide bike lane on South Court Street and storm management areas in sidewalks. The renovations should cover parts of Lafayette Road, South Broadway Street and Grant Street." more...

Final Gap In The GAP Being Closed

10/12/12

"Groundbreaking was set on the final mile of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 141-mile bicycle trail from the Pittsburgh area to Cumberland, Md." more...

Bike Commuting Growing Fastest In BFCs

10/12/12

"The latest release of data from the American Community Survey proves what we already know: more people ride in communities that make strategic investments in bicycling.

"So it's no surprise that League-designated Bicycle Friendly Communities are leading the pack when it comes to biking to work." more...

100-Mile Transverse Duluth Trail Proposed

"...the proposed Duluth Traverse Trail, a 100-mile, multi-use trail that would span the city.

'"The trail will actually go through most of the neighborhoods in town," said Hansi Johnson, Midwest Regional Director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association.' more...

Seattle Bike Counter Placed At Busiest Crossing

"No more guessing, extrapolating or spinning: Seattle now takes a 24/7/365 count of bicycles on the Fremont Bridge, believed to be the state's most popular cycle crossing.

"The city unveiled its 7-foot-high cycle counter Thursday. City staff expect up to 1 million bicycles trips will pass by it in a year. Bikes are detected by a sensor in the sidewalk, then the counter adds +1 to the digital display. A vertical thermometer-shaped display shows cumulative bike trips for the year." more...

Next Great US Trail: The Adirondack Corridor

"...Running through the scenic Tri-Lakes region of upper New York is the Adirondack Scenic Railroad corridor. Currently, the line carries a seasonal sightseeing train, which through limited ridership hasn't delivered significant commercial returns in a picturesque region bursting with recreational tourism potential." more...

Miami Buiding Beach Corridor

10/11/12

"Imagine running, biking, or walking the entire stretch of the Miami Beach oceanfront.

"Well, that dream is slowly, but surely, becoming reality: construction workers have begun replacing wooden boardwalks between 45th and 47th Streets with stone and concrete pavers, better for bikes and pedestrians." more...

Fans Biking To Washington Nationals Games

10/9/12

"Ever wondered how your favorite sports team is doing in the sustainable transportation arena..?" more

MA: Officials Seek To Triple Non-Car Travel

10/9/12

"...In a concerted effort to prioritize mass transit and smart growth, the state has announced plans to triple the share of non-car travel by 2030, a long-range goal officials said would cut emissions of greenhouse gas and improve overall public health." more...

Detroit's New Bike Economy

10/8/12

"Like the growth of the monthly bike ride known as Critical Mass, the two-wheel economy has reached its own critical mass in Detroit. Though minuscule compared with Detroit's car companies, the manufacture, sales and service of cycling is gaining legitimacy as an industry." more...

TN: Bradley County Greenway Phase 5 Complete

10/8/12

"...ribbon-cutting ceremony in a joint recognition of the completion of two significant projects - the remodeled Tinsley Park and the long-awaited completion of Phase 5 of the [Cleveland/Bradley County] Greenway...." more

New Phase Proposed For Chicago Riverwalk

10/8/12

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office unveiled a plan to complete the Chicago Riverwalk, which will include a continuous walkway and recreational amenities to connect the lakefront with downtown." more...

Beyond the High Line: Transforming New Orleans

10/8/12

"This summer and fall, Friends of the High Line in New York has been presenting "Beyond the High Line," a series of free public talks to educate and inspire conversation about the transformation of out-of-use industrial infrastructure across the United States into vibrant public space..." more...

Vancouver Wants Tax Surplus To Aid Cycling

10/6/12

"More than $280 million in federal gas tax that is supposed to flow to TransLink is sitting unused and Metro Vancouver politicians now want some of it to go to building bike lanes." more...

AU: Bike Helmet Critics Not Using Their Heads

"We've heard loud voices calling recently for the repeal of the mandatory helmet law for cyclists, as well as calls to either remove existing cycling infrastructure or stop government spending on such programs, due to safety concerns. Both calls are unfounded." more...

Towpath Section Closing For Marathon

10/5/12

"The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be closed to the general public starting at dusk Oct. 6 through 2 p.m. Oct. 7 for the Towpath Marathon." more...

GAP & C&O Canal Businesses Thriving

10/5/12

"This past summer, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's 2012 Greenway Sojourn along the Great Allegheny Passage and C O Canal towpath was a great opportunity to talk with local business owners about just how much the trail traffic helps their business..." more

Trail Projects Move Forward In NH & PA

"Excellent rail-trail news out of the Northeast this week, with communities in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania taking important steps toward opening new segments in their area." more...

Turning Around School Transportation Culture

10/5/12

"Are you ready for some depressing statistics? Only 13 percent of children walk to school today compared with 66 percent in 1970, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Parents driving their kids to school make up 20 to 30 percent of morning traffic in urban areas, according to America Walks. We won't even get into the subject of childhood obesity." more...

D.C. Bill Could Make Cycling Easier & Safer

"A new bill introduced by DC Councilmember Mary Cheh should make cycling easier for DC employees and safer for all.

"The Employee Transportation Act of 2012 includes a few provisions of interests to cyclists." more...

Updating Seattle's Bike Plan

"Seattle's bicycling future is being crafted right now as the city continues work on updating the 5-year-old Seattle Bicycle Master Plan." more...

Lorain County Trail Construction

10/4/12

"The Lorain County Metro Parks expects to start construction on a bike trail from Gateway Boulevard to the southside of Cascade Park in Elyria in November after bids went out earlier this week."

"...The total cost of connecting Lorain and Elyria's portions of the North Coast Inland trail was estimated at $7.7M, according to proposal sent to NOACA." more

Stark Parks Needs Volunteers For Aster Relocation

10/3/12

"...State officials are requiring the removal of the plants prior to construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Tuscarawas River that will connect the towpath between Stark and Tuscarawas counties." more...

NE: Omaha Trail Close To Providing East-West Link

10/2/12

"Omaha's newest recreational trail will soon connect two other trail[s] and provide easier access across the central part of town..." more

Alleged Trail Saboteur Is Licensed Psychiatrist

10/2/12

"Jackson County [OR] will continue to employ a psychiatrist who reportedly admitted to sabotaging Ashland mountain biking trails, at least until after the investigation is over, County Administrator Danny Jordan said today." more...

Bikes Outsell Cars In Italy

10/2/12

"For the first time since the end of the Second World War the number of bicycles sold in Italy has overtaken the number of cars." more...

Cycling Death Spurs Action

"...Mahon had launched an online petition as part of her determination to see the Town delegate an area where residents can cycle safely following the death of 16-year-old Connor Kusmit, who was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding his bicycle Aug. 29." more...

KY: CVG Trail Section Dedicated

10/2/12

"It was nearly 10 years ago when Steve Wilmhoff and his friend, David Zimmer, began dreaming about a multi-use trail that would encircle Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

"Saturday morning, a part of that dream was realized when the first section of the CVG Trail was dedicated." more...

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IL: Logan County Public Meeting For Trail Plan

10/1/12

"The latest bicycle trail plan to surface in Logan County will be up for public discussion and revision Tuesday night during a design charette, hosted by the Logan County Regional Planning Commission..." more

WV: State To Move Foward With Trail Project

9/29/12

"A coal company says it cannot give a "definitive" response as to whether it may one day try to use the rail bed of the planned Meadow River Rail Trail, a publicly funded project in Fayette and Greenbrier counties. The state has decided to move forward with the project anyway." more...

The Fixation On Cycling Helmets In U.S.

9/29/12

"...In the United States the notion that bike helmets promote health and safety by preventing head injuries is taken as pretty near God's truth. Un-helmeted cyclists are regarded as irresponsible, like people who smoke..." more

NYC's Anti-Dooring Campaign

9/28/12

"...All yellow cabs in the city have a small TV for passengers; they'll soon show a short clip about looking for cyclists before opening the door. A window sticker will say the same thing." more...

Chicago Developing "High-Line" Park

"...The Architect's Newspaper reports that the Bloomingdale Trail is an elevated linear park designed by a team including ARUP, Ross Barney Architects, and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates on a former rail viaduct running through Chicago. Updated plans for the trail were recently presented at a public meeting, which was the public session's last chance to comment on the design before final plans are presented this December." more...

California Legalizes Autonomous Cars

"...Although not bike-centric in nature, the development and implementation of this technology has obviously direct consequences for cyclists. Cars are, after all, the greatest threat to our safety so it's worth paying attention to any development that might mitigate some of the human error in our transportation choices..." more...

Lake Link Trail Concept

"Located on the west bank of Cleveland's Flats Waterfront District, a 1.3-mile trail of abandoned railroad yard is the focus of a new revitalization project called Lake Link Trail and Greenway..." more

Otoga Rail Trail: A Classic Tale

A classic story of a successful trail project that wins over naysayers and doubters all along the rail corridor can be found in this video about the Central Otoga Rail Trail in New Zealand.

CA Govener Rejects 3-Feet Law Again

9/28/12

"California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed a bill for the second time on Friday that would require motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing." more...

Fixing Dublin Sprawl With Baby Steps

9/27/12

"... It seems such a modest concept, really, and one that should have been standard practice long ago: put articulated pedestrian walkways to and within large suburban parking lots. This can get shoppers, workers and visitors more safely to and from their cars, and also facilitate the occasional pedestrian walking through the cars to get to a supermarket or shop more conveniently." more...

CA: Study Shows DOT Uninformed On Complete Streets

9/27/12

"...during a series of interviews with Caltrans staff, it was found that fewer than 60 percent of planners, and fewer than 50 percent of traffic operations staff, were "moderately familiar or very familiar" with California Complete Streets policies, including Caltrans' own directive that all of its projects accommodate all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users." more...

Shaker Heights Signs On For Lakes-to-Lakes Trail

9/26/12

"...Council granted the city's planning department blanket authorization to apply for grants to pay for its part of the Lakes to Lakes Trail..." more

MAP 21 Conferenct In NJ

9/26/12

"...Tri-State and Transportation for America are hosting Mapping It Out: A User's Guide to MAP-21, an event for government officials, advocates, and the general public. The conference, which is being held at Rutgers' College Avenue Campus on October 17th..." more

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Mt. Vernon Approves Trail Connector

9/25/12

"The resolution allows the Ohio Department of Transportation to rehabilitate the railroad trestle just east of the viaduct and a smaller bridge over Dry Creek as part of a bike trail system that will eventually connect the Heart of Ohio Trail with the Kokosing Gap Trail." more...

Ohio-to-Erie Trail Taking Bids On Trail Signs

"Sealed proposals will be received at the office of The Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, 4041 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43214, until 12:00 Noon on Thursday September 27, 2012 for the: Ohio-to-Erie Trail wayfinding signage." more...

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Ohio Bikeways Launches New Ohio Trails Map

9/25/12

"The new Ohio Trails map has been upgraded to Google API V3. The changes between versions are significant..." more

USDOT Taking Comments On Map 21

9/24/12

"This is the last week to offer advice and comments to USDOT about MAP-21's performance measures provisions and implementation strategies. Due to overwhelming response USDOT has extended the comment period to September 30..." more

VA: Public Hearing For Bike Paths In Waynesboro

9/24/12

"...The city of Waynesboro is roughly 7-miles wide, which is a distance easily traveled on the back of a bike. For some, having the trails in place is a matter of common sense." more...

NJ: Middlesex Greenway Opens

"...The county's latest park, which officially opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, is a 3.5-mile portion of the abandoned Lehigh Valley rail corridor that has been converted into a multiuse trail that also connects with other parks, schools and shopping centers." more...

CA: Fundraising For The Great Shasta Rail Trail

9/22/12

"...The projected Great Shasta Rail Trail rose from the ashes of the McCloud Dinner Train, which stopped running in 2010 and left a swath of cinder-lined roadbed stretching between McCloud and Burney alongside Highway 89..." more

IN: Wilbur Wright Trail Construction Contract Awarded

9/21/12

"The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a construction contract to Milestone Contractors, Columbus, to develop a 2.58-mile segment of the Wilbur Wright Trail in Henry Township, on the north side of New Castle." more...

$2M Grant To Build Amherst Trail

9/21/12

"The city will soon have a new bike trail thanks to a $2 million grant from the Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency." more...

Report: Elmore To Genoa Trail Feasability

9/20/12

"After a review of easements along State Route 51and Martin-Williston Road, between state routes 51 and 163, it appears there is enough room for a bike path, according to minutes of the Sept. 12 committee meeting of the Friends of the North Coast Inland Bike Trail." more...

Iron Horse Trail Closures

9/20/12

"Bridge construction on US 35 results in intermittent closures/detours of the Iron Horse Trail where it passes under US 35..." more

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Cleveland Rotary Club Pursues Trail Plan

9/20/12

"In Cleveland, Ohio, a local Rotary Club is demonstrating once again the remarkable creative and physical energy of America's volunteers working to improve their local surroundings." more...

CA: Authorities Address Homeless Camping On Trail

9/20/12

"Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton filed a number of columns this month concerning the homeless camping along the Amercian River bike trail in area of Del Paso and Northgate boulevards..." more

PA: Recycling The Fox Chase Newton Rail Line

"The success of the nearby Pennypack Trail has inspired a group of residents in Bucks County, Pa., to push for the conversion of another section of disused rail corridor into a public trail." more...

Ohio Bikeways Website To Shut Down Temporarily

9/20/12

A temporary shutdown of the Ohio Bikeways website will take place today, Sept. 20 at approximately 8 pm. The website should be back online by 12 am. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Woman Attacked/Dragged Onto Columbus Trail

"Police were investigating what they called a stranger assault after a man pulled a woman from a street onto a Columbus bike path and assaulted her early Tuesday morning." more...

IN: People Trails Nearing Fundraising Goal

"Nearly a year after beginning its campaign, The Columbus Park Foundation is closing in on its $1 million goal to support 18 trail and pathway extensions and improvements to the People Trails." more...

D.C. Bikeshare Still Growing After 2 Years

9/20/12

"...The program has continued to grow in every measureable way. Despite fears that membership would drop once the Living Social members had to renew, long term membershiup is up nearly 40% from 18,000 last year to more than 25,000 at the end of July..." more

New Ohio Trails Map Launched!

9/19/12

Yes, we've posted a new Ohio Trails map! This new version has a built-in route planner and features the Googles Bicycle Layer. This latest rendition includes bike lanes and bike-friendly roads making it much more of a bikeways map! Check it out.

GA: Human Remains Found Near Hiking Trail

9/18/12

"A northeast Georgia sheriff says human remains found near a hiking trail may be those of a 56-year-old Cobb County man missing since July." more...

UK Judge Condemns Bike Bait

9/18/12

"...judge Peter Hughes recently criticized police in northwest England's Cumbria county for putting out a bait bicycle fitted with a tracking device. Then, he threw out the charges against a man charged with stealing the bicycle." more...

WA: Ferry County Trail Partners Making A Difference

9/18/12

"Winners of the first-ever Rails-to-Trails Conservancy very unofficial award for Best Trail Organization Tagline: the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners ("The Bad News Bears of Trail Groups")." more...

Niles Trail Bridge: 10 Years In The Making

9/18/12

"If you looked at the new bridge over the Mahoning River built for the Niles Greenway Bike Path, you would correctly assume that part of it is new and part is refurbished.

"But you would probably be wrong about which part is new..." more

The Growing Trail Network In The Carolinas

"A healthy rail-trail rivalry is developing in the Carolinas, with both the Old North State and the Palmetto State taking great strides this month to boost active transportation networks in their growing communities." more...

Cities Forge Own (Bike) Paths

9/18/12

"It's a familiar path: As demand for bike and pedestrian projects skyrockets, federal funding shrinks." more...

$1M Sought For LMST Realignment In Springfield

"The city of Springfield is seeking $1 million in federal funds to move part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail off the road.

"...the cost of the project - both construction and acquiring right of way - has grown since officials began discussing plans to improve the trail." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

NM: Cyclists Wary Of Map-21

"... Mike McEntee of the Department of Transportation said money used to go to between 15 and 20 categories for transportation.

"He said there are fewer categories, and bicycle and walking trails are not high on the priority list. Degenhardt said that's why it's important for cyclists and walkers to lobby for as much funding as possible. If not, they could be left with nothing at all." more...

Philly Sees More Cyclists & Fewer Accidents

9/16/12

"As the number of bicyclists on Philadelphia streets has risen, cyclists and city officials have seen a counterintuitive result: The number of bike crashes and deaths has declined." more...

Tunnel Will Bring Trail To Xenia Station

9/16/12

"When the Jamestown Connector bike trail tunnel is complete, biking from Xenia to Washington Courthouse will be safer and easier, officials said.

"...Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sharon Smigielski said construction on the U.S. 35 bypass related to the 200-feet-long bike tunnel will be complete by late November.

"Additional work related to linking both sides of the 17-mile paved trail will be completed next spring, she said. The tunnel will open soon after." more...

WA: Spruce Railroad Trail Upgrades Announced

9/15/12

"Bicycling advocates are celebrating the alternative chosen by the Olympic National Park for improvements to the Spruce Railroad Trail that runs along the north shore of Crescent Lake." more...

Which Comes First - Bike Infrastructure Or BikeShare?

"Which should come first, good bike infrastructure or bike-share? This is a matter of some debate, and we don't pretend to have a definitive answer. But we do have some instructive research." more...

Tuscarawas Trail Blazers Launch Sept. 16

"...The Tuscarawas County Trailblazers is a new volunteer hiking and bicycling patrol program. Trailblazers will provide visitor information to hikers and bicyclists on the Towpath Trail and serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's office." more...

Sharing The Road In Cincinnati

9/14/12

"Andrew Gast was pedaling along the edge of Wilmer Avenue near Lunken Airport - not the biking and walking trail alongside it - when he was fatally struck by a vehicle shortly before dawn Aug. 28.

"A quick glance at the path shows why he may have chosen to bike in the street despite its lack of a paved shoulder: the bumpy path is covered with gravel, making pedaling treacherous." more...

Court Decision Preserves Wyoming Rail Corridor

"Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) this week earned a significant win against ongoing litigation threats to preserving America's inactive rail corridors for public use." more...

Niles Trail Opens In Trumbull County

9/14/12

"...Hart is one of hundreds of bicyclists who are discovering that the Niles portion of the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway project is primarily completed. All sections of the 4.5-mile bike trail in Niles are finished except the connection between Niles and Warren.

"...The Warren and Niles paths are part of the larger Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway. The 100-plus mile trail will run from Lake Erie in Ashtabula County, through Trumbull and Mahoning counties, to the Ohio River in Columbiana County." more...

VA: Blackwater Creek Trail To Be Repaired/Extended

"The more than $90,000 needed to repair and extend the Blackwater Creek Trail, giving runners, walkers and bikers trail access to Lynchburg College, has arrived.

"The extension, expected to be complete in spring of 2013, brings Lynchburg closer to its long-range goal of lacing the park through the city to Sandusky and Perrymont parks." more...

KY: Mammoth Cave Opens 4 Trails

9/12/12

"Bicycle riders now have four designated trails in Mammoth Cave National Park. A final rule that establishes a special regulation for bike use was printed Wednesday in the Federal Register." more...

B&O Trail Paving Set For Monday

"...Nearly half of the [18.5] mile trail will be repaved over the next month.

"Chief Deputy Richland County Engineer Adam Gove says the five-mile section from Ohio 13 in Bellville to Butler will be resurfaced over two weeks starting Monday.

"When that's completed, the five-mile section from Bellville to Lexington will be done." more...

Another Cincy Cycling Fatality

9/12/12

"For the second time in as many weeks, a bicyclist has been hit and killed by a vehicle on Cincinnati streets." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

New Recreation Property Acquired In North Royalton

9/12/12

"...The purchase price of the property is $219,000. The city will pay $180,000, and the Cleveland Metroparks with pay the rest while handling restoration of the property. That will include demolishing existing buildings, adding a trailhead, parking and developing trail access to the all-purpose trail." more...

Greenway Planned For Cincy Western Riverfront

9/11/12

"With a string of parks and the Banks complex, downtown Cincinnati's riverfront left industry behind and became a destination of green spaces and recreational facilities in the last few decades-and now plans are being made to make the river the focus of parks and a bike and hike trail for 17 more miles west of downtown, from the city's center to Sayler Park." more...

48 States Choose Federal Trails Funding

9/10/12

"In a bit of good news for cycling and pedestrian safety advocates, 48 states have chosen to keep their recreational trails funding whole..." more

Here's another article on this topic.

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Transport Policy: The Importance Of The 3rd Mode

9/10/12

"Jeff Olson, a partner with Alta Planning + Design, has just written a new book called The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society. His goal is to clarify ways that our society can create better connections among people, nature, and the built environment. Some excerpts from The Third Mode..." more

Portland: Bike City U.S.A.

"America spent 50 years and billions of dollars after World War II redesigning itself so that cars could move people across this vast country more quickly.

"Now, with many cities in gridlock, one-third of the population obese and climate change forcing innovators to look beyond the internal combustion engine, cities are beginning to rethink that push toward the automobile." more...

DE: Newark Celebrates Trail Opening

"Several state and local civic leaders will unveil the long-anticipated Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail this Monday, Sept. 10 during a public ceremony." more...

Texas Retains Federal Trail Funding

9/10/12

"...While rumors suggested that Texas would opt out of the program as allowed by the new transportation bill... We received word a few days before the deadline that Texas is keeping the Recreational Trails money provided in the new federal transportation bill." more...

Cleveland Needs To Do More For Cyclists

9/8/12

"...Two things are clear to Sharkey. The number of cyclists is exploding. And while the city is friendlier to bikes, Cleveland must do more to make streets safer for the two-wheeled crowd." more...

Read more about the recent cycling boom in Cleveland.

NC: Residents Enjoy Dowtown Greenway

9/8/12

"...On a sunny day around lunchtime, you are likely to see walkers, bikers and runners using the first completed links of the Downtown Greenway, which extends from Spring Garden Street to Eugene Street. It eventually will encircle downtown Greensboro." more...

Top 10 Transport Projects All Car-Centric

9/7/12

"...The Association of American State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) yesterday released its list of the nation's "Top 10 Transportation Projects." Incredibly, the list did not include a single project specifically geared to promoting non-motorized transportation, or even public transit." more...

CA Takes Another Stab At 3-Feet Law

9/6/12

"For the second time in as many years, a California law requiring motorists to give bicyclists 3 feet of space when passing is sitting on the governor's desk." more...

Ohio Trail Group Shares Secret Of Success

9/6/12

"...One of the great [success] stories in Community Built features the North Coast Inland Trail system in Ohio, which will one day consist of 90 miles of trail between Toledo and Lorain in the northern part of the state..." more

Ghost Rider Struck By Car In Kentucky

"A bicyclist who had just participated in a ghost ride was taken the hospital after being struck by a drunk driver, according to Newport Police." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Chicago's Ambitious Ped Safety Program

9/6/12

"Yesterday, the city of Chicago rolled out a sweeping new plan for pedestrian safety [PDF]. With some 250 recommendations - including traffic-calming measures like pedestrian islands, chicanes and midblock curb bumpouts - Chicago joins cities like New York and Portland in formalizing a plan to meet targets for reducing pedestrian injuries and deaths." more...

Bike Path Construction In Dublin

"Construction of a new bike path along Glick Road will begin the week of September 4..." more...

WA: Piearce County Trails Conference Sept. 18

9/5/12

"...Laura Cohen, director of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Western Regional Office, will join a team of elected officials, planners, engineers, trail users and trail advocates to provide technical assistance for trail construction, share regional funding, policy and development updates, and discuss the need and opportunity for further trail development." more...

WA: Cyclists Win Rumble Strips Battle

9/5/12

"Give a hand to the Vashon Island bicyclists for standing their ground and convincing King County to curb further plans to install rumble strips on Vashon Highway." more...

Bike Advocacy Groups Call Off Merger

"In a move that was designed to bring bicycle advocacy and cycling-related issues in the United States to a single group, the three largest U.S. bike advocacy groups announced this past winter a merger. It would give a single and unifying voice for bicyclists. But in August the three groups announced it wasn't to be." more...

Bike Crashes Up In The Windy City

"...In all, the number of bike crashes reported to the Chicago Police Department rose by 38 percent between 2001 and 2011 - a reflection of the growing number of cyclists in Chicago." more...

MA: Needham Board Approves Trail Study

"...The Board of Selectmen unanimously supported a study of the costs and other factors of a rail trail project in Needham at an Aug. 14 meeting, giving the final decision to the Community Preservation Committee to approve the grant." more...

Alaska Bike Loan Extremely Popular

"A bicycle loan program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has proven to be extremely popular, even though students have to wait in long lines to participate.

"In the latest go round, film and theater student Tyler McClendon claimed the first spot in line at 8 a.m. Saturday, four hours before bikes were distributed. more...

NC: Mobile App To Showcase Raleigh Greenways

"...A free mobile app called RGreenways will make its official launch at a Sept. 10 release party, marking a triumph for a team of local folks who just wanted to help people enjoy the outdoors." more...

Mexico City Bike Share Growing

9/3/12

"In Mexico City, where more than four million cars, vans and trucks clog the street everyday, the simple everyday task of going to work can be hell on wheels - which is why the bicycle is coming into its own." more...

NE Ohio Regional Planners Compiling Surveys

9/2/12

"...By next January, regional planners will have gathered 4,250 of the surveys. The detailed snapshot of travel across Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Medina and Lorain counties will help direct hundreds of millions of federal and state dollars to transportation and clean-air needs." more...

NC: Buncombe Considers Greenway System

"After years of planning and public meetings, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will consider approving a proposal Sept. 4 to build an extensive greenway system linking towns, parks, schools and other key sites throughout the county." more...

Summit County To Rate Trails

9/1/12

"Something new is coming to Metro Parks, Serving Summit County: a trail-rating system.

"Each trail in the park district will be getting a letter and a number to better inform users about what kind of trail it is and how tough it is." more...

Ohio Bikeways uses a rating system for bike trails as well, thogh the criteria is a bit different from the Summit Parks model. Learn more...

Wasson Way Volunteers Get Organized

"...The Wasson Way Project will expand its core to include several subcommittees focused on different aspects of the project.

"The 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." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Florida Opts Out Of TE Program

8/31/12

"Florida opted out Friday of a federal requirement to spend $2.6 million next year building recreational paths where people can bike and walk without having to share the space with cars and trucks.

"Despite the decision, the state still intends to spend the money on the program, said Ananth Prasad, secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation." more...

SD: Sioux Falls Repaves Trails

8/31/12

"Cyclists in Sioux Falls can enjoy newly paved bike trails over the Labor Day weekend..." more

Plans For U.S. Bicycle Route 50 Through Ohio

"...New Albany City Council last week approved a resolution supporting U.S. Bicycle Route 50, which would run through the city limits." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Oregon Oks Phase 2 For Bike Path

8/30/12

"Oregon City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) for the bid and construction of LUC-Stadium Road Bike Path - Phase 2.

"It will mark the last section of bikeway between Pearson Metropark and Maumee Bay State Park, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman." more...

Metroparks Connector Coming To Parma Heights

8/29/12

"...The Parma Heights-Big Creek Connector Trail will be more than 1,400 feet long and will include an 85-foot bridge spanning Big Creek.

"Construction will begin in fall 2012, with anticipated completion in spring 2013." more...

Residents Oppose Atwood Lake Trail

8/29/12

"A proposal to build a new biking and walking trail around Atwood Lake has drawn objections from area residents." more...

Columbus Trail Construction Updates

"We are excited to announce that construction is now beginning on the gap in the Scioto Trail between Grandview Avenue and the Central Post Office. This linkage is being built by ODOT, and will connect the entire path between downtown and the Grandview/Hilltop area." more...

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3 Ohio Cyclists Struck Down

8/28/12

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Capitalizing On Trail Economic Benefits

"...But like other trail host communities, building a trail is only the Rocori region's first hurdle. To capitalize on the millions spent to construct a recreational trail, city officials and business owners have more work to do." more...

Trail Groups Respond To Big Storms

8/27/12

"It's been a wild 18 months, weather-wise, on America's rail-trails. From snowstorms in Vermont to flooding in Iowa (right) and tornados in Alabama, severe weather events across the country wrought havoc on trails, bridges, woodlands and watersheds, and stretched to the limit the resources and resilience of the people who manage and maintain them." more...

NE Ohio Trail Monitors Help Keep Trails Safe

8/27/12

"...Summit County Metro Parks don't allow just anyone to volunteer. Potential volunteer monitors must be friendly and willing to interact with park visitors; be able to commit to at least 40 hours of volunteer time; be able to bike for a minimum of two hours; and be trained or willing to be trained in CPR..." more

Cleveland's Bike-Friendly Progress

"...Cleveland has been making commendable strides in bike policy, with a new complete streets policy, three-foot passing law and anti-harassment ordinance. But it's possible Cleveland could still be falling behind..." more...

MN: Expensive Rehab Envisioned For 3 Rivers Trails

"...The regional trail system is going to eat us alive over the next 20 years" in terms of costs, Three Rivers Board Chair Larry Blackstad said recently. Commissioner Joan Peters called it "a monster waiting to happen." more...

MN: Minnetonka Bike Lane Project

"The city and the county are working to share the costs of a million-dollar project to add a bike lane and a pedestrian bridge along Minnetonka Boulevard and Highway 169..." more

GMRT Closure Near West Carrolton

"The Holes Creek Bridge along the Great Miami River Trail in West Carrollton will be closed from Sept. 4 to Oct. 12 for repairs. The bridge is just north of the K-Station (Marina Drive), near the I-75 Exit 47 to West Carrollton. There is no reasonable detour available, so trail users should avoid that section of trail beginning Sept. 4."

Source: Miami Valley Bike Trails

Nebraska & Iowa "Opt-In" For Bike/Ped Funding

8/26/12

"Bicycle enthusiasts in Nebraska and Iowa can breathe easy: Both states have decided to continue using federal funds earmarked for bicycle trails for that purpose." more...

iPhone App Locates Seattle Bike Racks

"A new free iPhone app allows users to quickly locate a nearby city-installed bike rack. It's fast, responsive and easy to use..." more

"Vigilantes" Tag Columbus Trail Trouble Spots

8/25/12

"A large protrusion greets bicyclists along the Olentangy Trail, one that would likely cause serious crashes if not marked. Roughly 6 inches tall, the hazardous, boil-shaped eruption is near the bridge at the west end of Broad Meadows Boulevard. And someone wants you to know about it." more...

NE: Drought Causes Trail Closesure To Cyclists

8/25/12

"...Some 200 cyclists make the 20-mile round trip each Tuesday from Lincoln to Eagle on the MoPac East Recreational Trail, a former railway bed covered in a chalky layer of crushed limestone. But desert-like conditions this summer have caused cracks to appear in the trail, prompting its owner to take the unheard of step of closing it to bike traffic because of a drought." more...

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Columbus Bike Path Flasher Reported

8/22/12

"Columbus police said four women have reported seeing a naked biker along a downtown trail.

"One woman said that the man exposed himself while she was walking on the Scioto Bike Trail near Confluence Park." more...

Lock 29 Towpath Trailhead Closes For Repairs

"The National Park Service announces a temporary closure of the Lock 29 Trailhead parking lot in the Village of Peninsula for repair and rehabilitation. The closure will begin Monday, August 20 and reopen on Friday, August 31, 2012..." more

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Cleveland Metroparks Launches "Trails United"

"Cleveland Metroparks is embarking on a long term effort to repair, rehabilitate and redesign our trails to protect natural resources and enhance public experience. Trails are vital to community health and wellness and a key economic tool in making our region a more desirable place to visit and live. We are committed to improving trails for all, including hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, runners and skiers." more...

GMRT Construction In Dayton

"Construction will begin on the Great Miami River Trail in downtown Dayton in September. Workers will grind down the asphalt trail and repave the 8-mile loop in downtown. One side of the trail will remain open at all times.

"Work on the right-bank side (north/west) trail is scheduled to be done Sept. 10 to 14 while the left-bank side (south/east) trail is scheduled to be done Sept. 17 to 21. All construction is expected to be complete by Sept. 30."

Source: Miami Valley Trails

Trailhead Break-Ins Can Lead To Home Invasion

"...Our cars were broken into on Thursday morning in the lower parking lot at Tiger Mountain. The robbers stole our garage door clicker and address info, and then broke into our home in Seattle immediately following." more...

Phase I Funded For Friendship Trail

8/22/12

"The Clinton County Park District (CCPD) has been awarded a $1.2 million grant by the Ohio Department of Transportation for the construction of "Phase I" of the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail (bike path), a six-mile section paved surface trail extending from Melvin Road in Clinton County to Borum Road in Fayette County.

"The bike bath is a joint project between CCPD, the Tri-County Triangle Trails Association, and Clinton County Trails Coalition (CCTC). The bike path will be the regional connector to this system from Sabina, Washington Court House, and New Holland and will point north, east, and west using the Triangle Trails system." more...

New Bike-Hike Bridge Temporary Closing

8/22/12

"The recently opened Bike & Hike Trail pedestrian bridge over I-271 in Sagamore Hills will be closed two days as contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation complete fencing and painting, and replace a section of asphalt.

"According to a release from the parks, the work will take place Friday, Aug. 24, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 27, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bridge will be open over the weekend." more...

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Trail Spur Planned For Athens

8/19/12

"An Ohio Department of Transportation grant recently awarded to the city of Athens will help officials and bicyclists realize the long-time goal of connecting the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway to Columbus Road." more...

D.C.: Closed Road Will Get Trail Conversion

8/18/12

"A new trail is on its way to Rock Creek Park after a judge ruled against residents seeking to rebuild a road there instead." more...

MN: MTB Trails Coming To Gamehaven

"Within a few years, mountain bike enthusiasts will have six miles of dedicated trails to ride in the Gamehaven Scout Reservation and Rochester-owned parkland around the Gamehaven reservoir." more...

Study Looks At Towpath Southern Expansion

"Tuscarawas County commissioners are looking to begin a new phase of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, beginning with the intersection of state Routes 800 and 212.

"...Safety has emerged as the biggest concern in expanding the trail past the intersection." more...

Camp Chase Trail Expansion

"I snapped a few photos on Saturday while exploring the new trail construction of the Camp Chase trail on the west side of Columbus between Big Darby Creek metro park and the little town of Galloway, OH..." more...

Trail Closures In Seattle

8/18/12

"...at least three bike trail closures around Seattle right now - Green River Trail, Cedar River Trail, and East Lake Sammamish Trail. Only one of them is closed for bike trail improvements." more...

Proposed ATV Trail At Burr Oak State Park

8/17/12

"It was either the best idea to revitalize a struggling state park, or it was the worst. It just depended on whom you asked. Scott Poling couldn't rave enough about it. "An excellent way to bring dollars into the area," the Perry County resident said." more...

CA: More Trails Planned For Orange County

8/17/12

"More than $9 million of federal dollars will be spent to add 28 crucial miles of bike lanes and trails in Orange County, an effort to better connect the region's bikeway system." more...

Recreational Trails Program: Will Ohio Opt Out?

Speak Up And Make A Difference!

"...Governors can choose to opt out of the program for their state, thereby reallocating these funds to other programs that were not the intended recipients, and ultimately failing to invest in the critical programs your state needs to generate economic activity, attract tourists and encourage people to get outdoors and be active." more...

MD: Funds OK'd For Easton Rail Trail Spur

"Gov. Martin O'Malley recently approved $826,500 for the Easton Rail Spur Line project that would extend the town's Rails to Trails another 2.3 miles to state Route 33." more...

Volunteers Build Stunning Rail-Trail in Idaho

8/15/12

"...In rural Idaho, Friends of the Weiser River Trail (FWRT) has been able to build and maintain an 85-mile rail-trail with no significant municipal or county backing. FWRT did all of the hard work themselves, encountering opposition from both county governments and private property owners along the way, several of whom filed lawsuits against the friends group." more...

RTC Notice: Railroad Abandonment in Pocahontas County, IA

"On or about August 3, 2012, Union Pacific Railroad Company filed for the abandonment of 1.95 miles of track in the city of Laurens, Pocahontas County, Iowa. We are providing this information because it presents an opportunity to develop a real regional asset: a multi-use trail that can accommodate hikers, bikers, equestrians and other appropriate uses." more...

Bike & Hike Trail Bridge Finally Open

"...The 300-foot bridge on the relocated Bike & Hike Trail in Northfield Center and Sagamore Hills townships was opened on Friday by the Ohio Department of Transportation." more...

Bike & Hike Will Get Crossing Signal At Rt. 82

8/15/12

"The Summit County Metroparks Bike and Hike Trail should soon have an added safety feature where it crosses Route 82 in the township.

"Trustee Rose Mary Snell said at the Trustees Aug. 13 regular meeting that the Ohio Department of Transportation is installing a system called a "rectangular rapid flashing beacon" that will allow people using the trail to push a button activating a flashing warning light on a sign alerting oncoming traffic both ways to the presence of pedestrians." more...

How You Can Support The Recreational Trails Program

"...We need continuing grassroots involvement to send a strong message to every Governor: DO NOT OPT OUT of the Recreational Trails Program! more...

Maryland Funding Bike/Ped Projects

8/13/12

"Twenty-eight bicycle projects around Maryland will get funded by the state this year. The Maryland Department of Transportation is providing $3.13 million for the projects in 20 jurisdictions under the Maryland Bikeways Program for FY 13." more...

MA: Saugus Rail Trail Construction Begins

"More than a mile of abandoned Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority railroad lines in Saugus are history as work on Bike to the Sea's Northern Strand rail trail is finally under way." more...

Seattle Bike Share Faces Challenges

8/13/12

"A partnership of government and private industry is starting down the road to launch a bike share system in the Seattle area.

"First, however, they must overcome some obstacles that make Seattle unique among the dozen or so major North American cities with bike share - namely the terrain, the weather (rainy) and a mandatory helmet law." more...

PA: Allegheny County Riverfront Bike Plan

8/12/12

"The physical landscape along the Ohio River in western Allegheny County hasn't changed, but a blueprint for evolution is emerging in two locations.

"The Ohio River Trail Council received a $200,000 federal grant this month to begin development of a bicycle trail that will link the Montour Trail to the Sewickley Bridge, according to Vince Troia of Monaca, council chairman." more...

OR: Stub Stewart State Park Opens MTB Trails

"Stub Stewart State Park unveils the start of something good for mountain bikers when it opens the park system's first bike-specific trails and freeride features Saturday during the annual Oregon State Parks Day celebration." more...

Hudson Considers Bike Lanes

8/12/12

"The city would like to add bike lanes on Hines Hill, Terex and Barlow roads next year, but will have to wait until the 2013 budget is complete to see if funding will be available." more...

How Land Was Puchased Along The AT

8/10/12

"Talk about your dream job. How about being paid to walk the Appalachian Trail daily, buying up chunks of land to add to the overall trail system." more...

Body Found Near Dayton Trail

8/10/12

"Montgomery County coroner's investigators are now at a bike path just off Rip Rap and Fishburg roads where a body was found Friday night." more...

New Towpath Tags Coming

8/9/12

"...the Towpath Tag is on its way out for good, ending Sept. 30.

"It already has been replaced by a new tag, called Trails Forever, that is free. Officials are asking for donations in place of a set cost, and so far patrons are responding favorably." more...

Texas Cities Becoming More Bike-Friendly

8/9/12

"...The times are a'changing, however. In centers like Denton, San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Fort Worth, planners are recognizing the importance of bike (and pedestrian) infrastructure, and as a result, ridership and bike-inspired initiatives are on the up." more...

Lake To Lakes Trail Plans Moving Forward

"Work on the Lake to Lakes Trail, a plan to connect Lake Erie to Shaker Lakes through Rockefeller Park and University Circle, is already under way." more...

Plans To Link Lake & Geauga County Trails

8/9/12

"Things are beginning to roll regarding one of the remaining links in a bike/hike path proposed to eventually extend across Geauga County." more...

TrailLink.com Revamped & Going Mobile

8/8/12

"...Last month we launched a major overhaul of TrailLink.com's appearance and functionality, unveiling a new Web service that not only looks very cool but, more importantly, has an emphasis on making the trail-finding experience more personal and interactive." more...

TN: Phase II Proposed For Cookeville Trail

"A proposal for Phase II of the Rail Trail project -- designing approximately 3.7 miles of trail along the existing railroad track from the Algood ball fields to Parragon Road -- will be up for approval by the Cookeville City Council this week." more...

Getting Meaningful Data From Trail Counts

"If you aren't counting and surveying trail users, you may be missing an opportunity to better fund your program and help the community understand the value of your trail system or interconnected network of trails." more...

IN: Rail Trail Benefits In Terre Haute

"...The rails-to-trails is a park. It is a linear park. It is unique, in that, a lot of money that could be spent in the community might benefit only a certain group of people," Patricia said. "What better use of money than to have a system like this where people of all ages and athletic abilities can use it." more...

IL: Rail Abandonment Notice For Cook County

8/6/12

"On or about July 23, 2012, Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad Company filed for the abandonment of 1.59 miles of track in Cook County, Illinois. We are providing this information because it presents an opportunity to develop a real regional asset: a multi-use trail that can accommodate hikers, bikers, equestrians and other appropriate uses." more...

Biking Along Route 66

"...U.S. Bike Route 66 doesn't exist quite yet. Like the old Route 66, Bike Route 66 is more an idea right now than a reality. But while the old road, which was decommissioned in 1985, has disappeared under Interstate 40 in some parts and beneath overgrown fields in others, the new bike route is being mapped now, on top of the old route and the newer interstate." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

OK: Lawton To Take Bids On New Trail Projects

8/5/12

"Completed reviews by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation could allow the City of Lawton to let bids for the first routes in its citywide bike trail system by fall, meaning construction could begin this winter." more...

Cincinnati Trail Connections Coming

"Piece by piece, bike trails around Cincinnati are starting to connect.

"About four miles of paved hike and bike paths are either under construction or in the final planning stages." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

14-Year-Old Struck On Solon Metropark Trail

"...Solon police said the girl was on the multi-purpose trail with her mother at about 8:52 a.m. when she ran into the path of a motorcycle. The motorcycle hit the teen and then a guardrail on Solon Road, police said." more...

CVNP Trail Restrictions Lifted

"The nesting bald eagle pair in the Pinery Narrows of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) successfully raised one chick this year, and the eaglet recently fledged. The Pinery Narrows area is north of Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville, Ohio. Therefore, trail restrictions are lifted and the following areas are open." more...

TX: Lady Bird Lake Trail To Be Completed

8/3/12

"The hike and bike trail is part of Lady Bird Lake's charm. For years, it didn't make a complete circle, but that will soon change." more...

Vandals Target OU Bike Path

8/2/12

"The Ohio University Police Department said vandals caused $10,000 worth of damage along a bike path near campus." more...

Cyclist Struck At Xenia Crossing

8/2/12

"A male on a bicycle was taken to a hospital Thursday evening after a vehicle clipped the bicycle when the rider failed to yield to oncoming traffic." more...

Helsinki Opens "Low-Line" Trail

8/2/12

"They're calling it the "Low Line"--a friendly comparison to New York's now very famous High Line--a 1.1-mile trail through the heart of Helsinki set deep in a gorge carved out a century ago to carry freight trains." more...

MS: Rail Trail Funding Sought

8/2/12

"[A] funding source has yet to be found for converting a railroad line from Bruce to Coffeeville into a biking and walking trail." more...

AL: Mountain Bikers Expand Chewacla Trail System

"A non-profit group of mountain bikers, the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP), are busy expanding and renovating the trails at Chewacla State Park in Auburn..." more

MA: Marketing The Danvers Rail Trail

8/1/12

"...Obviously the Danvers rail-trail community is a group with some creative business nous. This week we heard they have developed their own series of private label Rail Trail beverages, proceeds from the sale of which benefit the rail-trail..." more

WI: Driver Kills Cyclist On Bike Path

8/1/12

"...Witnesses said Van Wormer's vehicle drove over two concrete traffic standard islands and a curb before driving on the bike path." more...

Details On Towpath Development In Cleveland

7/31/12

"...The trail in Cleveland is different from the Akron area, Yablonsky said. It is envisioned to be a greenway or park, not just a path, and additional side trails are planned, he said." more...

Bike Club Monitors Seattle Bike/Ped Progress

7/31/12

"Ever since Seattle approved a Bicycle Master Plan in 2007, the Cascade Bicycle Club has issued occasional "report cards" on how well the city is doing in implementing the plan." more...

AASHTO Bike Guide Webinar Series

"...The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Toole Design Group are offering a free, seven-part webinar series on the updated AAHSTO Bike Guide, which was released in June 2012." more...

Trail Spur To Athens HS Coming in 2013

"Construction of a bike path spur to Athens High School is not expected to be completed until next year.

"...A spur of the bike path will be built from the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway near Eclipse Company Town to the high school." more...

UT: New MTB Trails In Park City

"The grand opening of the Pinecone Trail is just one of the developments on the local trail scene this year. In a wide-ranging interview, Jay Burke, board chair of the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and manager of social media for Mountain Trails Foundation, discussed some of the others." more...

The Politics Of Trail Funding Goes Local

7/28/12

"Somewhat dazed and battered by our democratic process, advocates for trails and bicycle-pedestrian programs are taking a deep breath. So what just happened with funding..?" more

Touring Cyclists Struck By Semi In Georgia

7/28/12

"Sad news from Georgia where three bicycle touring friends in their 60s were hit by a tractor-trailer rig on Thursday morning. The three were nearing the end of a two-year, 6,000-mile bike adventure from Prudhoe Bay to Key West." more...

NH: Trail Group Steps Up For Northern Rail Trail

7/28/12

"...New Hampshire is rather unique in that the state government espouses a "no taxes/no services" philosophy, and county governments often lack the financing or authority to take on large projects without a clear funding source. So the state lacked capacity to further develop the Northern Rail Trail. Aside from the department of transportation engineer who administers Transportation Enhancements (TE) grants, everything else is done by the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail." more...

Towpath To Inherit Former Marina Bay Complex

7/28/12

"Boat docks in the Cuyahoga River will become a fish habitat at the former Marina Bay complex in Cleveland's Flats as the 13-acre site becomes part of the Towpath Trail designed to connect Cleveland to Zoar, Ohio, via the Ohio & Erie Canalway, a national heritage corridor." more...

Proposed 1.5-mile West Creek Reservation Trail Extension

7/27/12

"The West Creek Preservation Committee is close to buying a small residential lot that would become the southern end of a proposed 1.5-mile trail extension in West Creek Reservation.

"The 60,800-square-foot lot, at the east end of Dentzler Road, would also give Dentzler-area residents direct access to the park." more...

Toronto: Off-Road Wayfinding Absymal For Cyclists

"...This doesn't mean [area trails] can act as a permanent surrogate for more direct on-street lanes. Yet with off-road trail expansion moving full-speed ahead, these new and existing paths need to be integrated with the larger system rather than being treated as piecemeal projects mostly for the benefit of a local community." more...

Rust Belt Revival Trail Coalition Forms

7/27/12

"A local group of bike riders is working to get trails completed in Trumbull and Columbiana counties while also working with park districts to hold bike riding programs.

"The Rust Belt Revival Trail Coalition, which is part of the International Mountain Bike Association, has formed a new local club for mountain bike riders from Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Mercer counties." more...

CA: Highway 237 Trail Opens In San Jose

7/25/12

"...Although not as scenic as most of the 54 miles of trails in San Jose, the nation's 10th-largest city, the trail is a key commuter route for workers at important Silicon Valley employers like Cisco Systems, Cadence and Tivo." more...

CVNP Trail Maintenance Plan Details

7/25/12

"Plans for developing 10 miles of mountain biking trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park were greeted enthusiastically by a crowd of 55 at Wednesday's public hearing in the park's Happy Days Lodge." more...

Bike Trailer Hit-&-Run Injures 2-Year-Old

"As a Gonzaga University law student accused of running over a bicycle trailer carrying a 2-year-old girl made his first appearance in court Monday, the victim remained in intensive care at a Spokane hospital." more...

Protected Bikeways Coming To U.S.

7/25/12

"While American cities have increased the number of bike lanes, aiding commuters and causal riders, city planners and bicycle advocacy groups note there is much to be done. For many riders - especially those with children - a need remains for greater separation between traffic and bike lanes." more...

MA: Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail Progress

"Southbridge and Dudley are making headway on the Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail.

"The short-term plan, according to officials, is to connect the recreational trail from East Main Street in Southbridge to a portion of the trail that is being built in Dudley. The long-range goal is to have a continuous 11-mile trail through Southbridge, Dudley and Thompson, then back into Dudley and Webster." more...

OR: Ashland MTB Trails Being Sabotaged

7/24/12

"Mountain bikers say someone has been sabotaging trails in Ashland and threatening the safety of riders.

"Imaging coming down a hill in Ashland on a mountain bike, turning a blind corner, and seeing a rope stretching chest high across the trail. Mountain bikers have seen that, and other obstacles recently and now they want it to stop." more...

Tallmadge Trail Closes For Freedom Trail Construction

7/23/12

"A contractor for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will begin working this week in Tallmadge on the first phase of the new multipurpose Freedom Trail. During construction, expected to continue through Nov. 30, the city of Tallmadge's Hike   Bike Trail will be closed." more...

How New Bridge Projects Affect Downtown Cleveland

7/21/12

"The Ohio Department of Transportation has done a sluggish and mediocre job of designing two new I-90 bridges to replace the rusty existing span over the Cuyahoga River, just south and west of downtown Cleveland." more...

Bike Lanes More Important Than Helmets?

"New York City is a safer place to ride that it was five years ago, even still, current Mayor Michael Bloomberg is caught in a firestorm among riders in the Big Apple for allegedly suggesting that separated bike lanes are more important than bicycle helmets." more...

Examining The "War On Cars"

"Cities and cars share a conflicted relationship these days. Environmental concerns, growing traffic congestion and an urban design philosophy that favors foot traffic are driving many cities to try to reduce the number of cars on the road. In cities such as Seattle, Chicago, Toronto and Boston, some people go so far as to claim there is a "war on cars." more...

'Beyond The Highline' Talk Series Continues

7/21/12

"This summer and fall, Friends of the High Line in New York is presenting "Beyond the High Line," a series of free public talks to educate and inspire conversation about the transformation of out-of-use industrial infrastructure across the United States into vibrant public space." more...

Some Oppose Mahoning Trail Completion

"...Plans revealed Thursday night are still in the preliminary stages. However, it will most likely go right through several private properties." more...

Marketing Xenia Bike Trails

7/21/12

"Xenia's expansive bikeway system is not the answer to all of the city's issue, but it is important and should be promoted as an economic driver, citizens and officials have said." more...

Access Ohio 2040

"The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has begun the process of updating Ohio's long-range transportation plan, Access Ohio. The new plan, with a horizon year of 2040, will include a comprehensive inventory, forecast, and analysis of the trends and issues affecting transportation throughout Ohio. This plan will set the stage for ODOT transportation policies and investment strategies for the coming years. Access Ohio 2040 will be completed in 2013. The previous long range plan was completed in 2004..." more

Subnitted by Jeff Westrich

Lorain-Carnegie Bridge Progress

7/21/12

"The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Perk Company Inc. have completed "pre-construction" work and will today implement a long-term work zone on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in order to make improvements to the span." more...

Denmarks Superhighway For Bikes

"Picture 11 miles of smoothly paved bike path meandering through the countryside. Largely uninterrupted by roads or intersections, it passes fields, backyards, chirping birds, a lake, some ducks and, at every mile, an air pump." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Biking World Mourns Loss Of "Cookie Lady"

"Bicyclists from around the world knew June Curry as the "Cookie Lady" of Afton. Curry was an unofficial ambassador for more than 30 years, but died on Monday at the age of 91." more...

Assault On Westerville Bike Path

7/19/12

"Police were working to track down two men who assaulted a man as he walked along a bike path.

"Brian Kirk said that he was walking along the path, located off Maplebrook Drive, to get cigarettes when the men attacked him." more...

IL: Alternative Bike Transporation To Promote Wine Trails

7/18/12

"As the southern Illinois economy continues to take hits, efforts in promoting Carbondale's bicycling options and wineries may attract tourism revenue." more...

U.S. Bicyle Route Comes To Newark

7/17/12

"City Council voted Monday to support the development of U.S. Bicycle Route 50 through the city of Newark." more...

IN: People Trails Count

7/17/12

"Knowing how many people use Columbus' People Trails will help the community raise money to expand the trail network." more...

GA: Trail Rescue In White County

7/16/12

"...White County Fire Department spokeswoman Ana Newberry said a party of six people were hiking at Raven Cliffs when one member suffered a leg injury." more...

Trail Bollard Hazard - Part 4

7/17/12

Part 4 of the 'Trail Bollard Hazard' series has been posted. This final installment looks at alternatives to the dangerous trail bollard treatment. more...

Towpath Groundbreaking In Cleveland

"...Ground will be broken on July 30 for Cleveland's first publicly funded section of the Towpath Trail. This project represents the physical beginning of the Towpath's journey at Lake Erie, opening it up for easy access and use for Cleveland area residents." more...

Learn more about this event.

Americans Driving Less

7/16/12

"...A new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) and the Frontier Group demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of last decade..." more

CA: Palo Alto Master Bike Plan

"Palo Alto's dream of leading the pack of America's most bike-friendly cities now has a roadmap -- an ambitious "master plan" that the City Council enthusiastically approved Monday night." more...

Cycling Boom In Cleveland

7/13/12

"Cycling is enjoying a boom in Cleveland and with that boom; the city recently passed an ordinance aimed at making cycling safer." more...

Minneapolis A Haven Of Uncrowded Bike Trails

7/13/12

"We pedalled leisurely on a designated bike street through the university campus, crossed the Mississippi River on a railway bridge converted to a broad cyclist-pedestrian crossing, then zipped along the riverbank where the bike trail wound past the city's carefully preserved historic flour mills." more...

More Transportation Bill Analysis

7/13/12

"Bicycle advocates in Washington are agreeing with House Speaker John Boehner's analysis that a recently approved $105 billion transportation cuts funding for bike and pedestrian programs." more...

Springboro Bike & Ped Online Survey

"The City of Springboro through its Bicycle   Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) invites you to participate in an online survey to obtain feedback on the bicycle and pedestrian needs of the community. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Survey may be accessed through the City of Springboro website at www.ci.springboro.oh.us..." more

'Blood On The Bike Path': A D.C. Area Tragedy

"A few weeks ago, just outside of Washington, D.C., a woman was hit and killed by a man on a bicycle while walking on a paved multi-use trail, aka a "bike path..." more

RTC's Webinars On New Transportation Bill July 17

"The first webinar, A MAP-21 Guide for Trail, Walking and Bicycling Advocates, will be held on Tuesday, July 17, at 1 p.m. EDT. It is geared specifically for national, state and local advocates and supporters of trail, walking and bicycling infrastructure as well as other beneficiaries of TE such as historic preservation and environmental interests..." more

Akron Area Trail Building

7/12/12

"...There's an advantage to being an old city. You end up with miles of old rail road or street-car corridors and canal towpaths that can be readily converted into hike and bike trails.

"In fact, Summit County was one of the first to do that, says the chief of planning and development of the Summit County Metro Parks, Paul Wilkerson." more...

NJ: Newark Gets First Bike Lane

7/11/12

"Newark, New Jersey now boasts 277,000 residents and one bike lane. Six more green textured bike paths are set to open by the end of 2012." more...

GA: Trail Near Savannah Suffers From Erosion

7/11/12

"Sections of a former railroad bed now used as a trail near Georgia's coast are being washed away by erosion." more...

Bike & Hike Bridge In Place

7/12/12

"...the improvements to the Brandywine Road section of the Bike & Hike Trail are now completed, and they are very nice! ...I believe the new bridge across I-271 is completed."

Submitted by Lynda Warner

Holmes County Tunnel Project Pushed Back

"Groundbreaking on the Phase 5A Holmes County Trail tunnel project has been pushed back until late spring 2013.

"Phase 5A will involve construction of a 260-foot lighted tunnel under U.S. Route 62 near the Holmes County-Knox County line. The tunnel is the first installment in the project to link Brinkhaven to Killbuck as part of a Rails-to-Trails effort to create a trail system that connects Lake Erie to the Ohio River." more...

Submitted by Cecil Neighbarger

Loudonville Bike Path Completed

"With the recent installation of the bridge over Little Pine Run Creek, the 2 mile Bicycle & Pedestrian Path is now complete..." more...

Submitted by Cecil Neighbarger

Lake To Lakes Trail Construction

"...The project -- which will add a 10-foot-wide bikeway alongside this section of MLK -- should be completed on schedule by Aug. 25 ... if not sooner, according to Andrea Taylor, a spokesman for the mayor's office..." more

IL: MTB Trails Coming To Carpentersville Park

7/11/12

"Carpentersville has inked an agreement with a mountain biking group that lets its volunteers build trails in Keith Andres Park, a move officials say will revitalize the "overgrown mess" of the park and turn it into a local attraction." more...

New Trails Proposed For CVNP

7/9/12

"A total of 46 miles of new trails, including 10 miles for mountain biking, could be added under a plan being considered by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park." more...

Biking & Business Along The GAP

7/9/12

"The Great Allegheny Passage is a nearly 150 mile biking and hiking trail that runs from Homestead, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, to Cumberland, Maryland. When completed, the trail will connect with the C O Canal Towpath at Cumberland to create an almost 335 mile traffic and motorized vehicle-free route between Pittsburgh and Washington, DC." more...

Most Amazing Rail-Trail On Earth?

7/9/12

"...This rail-trail--part of the evolving Trans Canada Trail--is unlike anything I've experienced here in the United States..." more...

Kokosing Trail Cleanup Continues

The cleanup of downed trees along the Kokosing Gap Trail continues. The high winds during storms last week resulted in a large number of fallen trees along the bikeway.

As of Sunday, July 8, most of the trail is now passable, despite some low-hanging branches. About a mile or so of trail remains blocked at the Danville end of the bikeway.

Analysis Of The New Transportation Bill

"...The bad news is that, compared to current law, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" (MAP-21) takes a real step backwards..." more

Effort To Map Utah's Urban Trails

7/8/12

"There's a statewide push to link hundreds of miles of trails for use by pedestrians, equestrians, biking enthusiasts and off-road vehicle riders." more...

GMRT Progress Report

"The last pieces of the Great Miami River Bike Trail, which will connect Fairfield to Piqua, lie in Butler County.

"Millions of dollars are still needed to build out the remaining 13 total miles of bike and walking paths it's estimated are needed to create the 100-mile trail that will stretch from the northern border of Hamilton County to Piqua on the northern border of Miami County." more...

Boston's Growing Bike Infrastructure

7/8/12

"Fervor for cycling is on the rise around Boston, and so are plans for new paths and bridges. But will it be enough to convince more than half of us to ditch our cars and become two-wheeled enthusiasts?" more...

More Trails Possible In National Parks

"Cyclists in National Parks around the country may soon have more trail riding opportunities. A rule change by the National Park Service will allow individual parks to decide whether to open certain areas to bike traffic." more...

NCIT Bellvue To Clyde Construction Begins

7/6/12

Joe Mantey reports, "Sandusky County Park District has begun work on the North Coast Inland Trail between Clyde and Bellevue!"

Open House Scheduled For Martin Rd Bike Path

7/5/12

"The City of Dublin Division of Engineering has scheduled an informal public information open house at the Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 75 N. High St. in Historic Dublin, between 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, 2012." more...

IN: Money for bike, trail projects in Tippecanoe County

7/5/12

"...A policy outlined in the Area Plan Commission's most recent installment of a long-range local transportation planning document - approved Monday by Tippecanoe County, West Lafayette and Lafayette - require federally funded projects to be designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users in addition to motorists." more...

MA: Maintenance Issues Along Riverwalk

7/5/12

"It's one of the only access points to the Connecticut River in Springfield but it's not being used to its potential.

"22News looks into some of the problems facing the city's river walk." more...

D.C.: Guide To Hiking & Biking

7/5/12

"Many foot trails and bike paths start in the District and edge outward-and Capital Bikeshare (capitalbikeshare.com) offers hourly rentals on more than a thousand bikes across DC and Arlington." more...

Swamp Rabbit Trail Worth A Visit

7/5/12

"A recent study of the Greenville Hospital System's Swamp Rabbit Trail shows that most visitors to the multi-use trail live within 15 minutes of it.

"However, with the forested, shaded paths, trail-side businesses and other attractions along its 17.5 miles, the Swamp Rabbit is worth the ride from Spartanburg." more...

Sydney Ridership Skyrockets

"An initiative to improve facilities and reduce fear of traffic has led to rapid growth in cycling, with numbers up by 82% in two years." more...

Trails Economic Impact On Communities

"A number of economic impact studies based on data and reasonable forecasting techniques indicate that connected bicycle/pedestrian facilities (like trails and greenways) offer a significant return on investment through property value increases, tourism, business investment, alternative transportation benefits and health benefits." more...

VA: Rape On Four Mile Run Trail

"...Investigators say the incident happened along the trail while it was still light outside - between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. The woman, 23, was jogging by trail mile marker 44, near Glencarlyn park, when a man, whom she had seen along the trail earlier, stopped her." more...

East Coast Greenway Contiues To Grow

"Perhaps it will come as no surprise that plans are in the works to add an additional 65 miles to the East Coast Greenway just this year alone. The proposed greenway itself is quite ambitious: a trail stretching nearly 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida." more...

WA: Momentum Builds Behind Foothills Trail

7/3/12

"..."It is terrific to see real momentum building behind the Foothills Trail," says Steve Schweigerdt, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's manager of trail development in the Western Regional Office. "Tacoma is growing fast, and the new residents and businesses in this area are looking for exactly this kind of recreational opportunity. Under the shadow of Mount Rainier, this has the potential to be one of those iconic trails." more...

Trail Bollard Hazard - Part 3

"So, why do trail builders place bollards in the middle of trails? The idea is to block motor vehicle entry, of course. By why is this dangerous method used?" more

New GMRT Section In Butler County

"The newest portion of the of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail is expected to open in Butler County this week.

"County officials will dedicate the bike/hike trail at Rentschler Forest MetroPark Monday. The path should be open to the public by the weekend, said David Fehr, the county's director of development." more...

WA: Fall completion For Centennial Trail

7/2/12

"The last gaps in the gem of a bicycle trail in Snohomish County are expected to be filled by late fall.

"When finished, the Centennial Trail will stretch all the way from the town of Snohomish to the Skagit County line, a distance of some 29 miles." more...

MI: Berry Junction Trail Review

"An additional eight miles of multi-use trail now extend south from the terminus of the Hart-Montague Rail Trail in Whitehall. This is the Berry Junction Trail, following the line of the former Chicago and West Michigan Railroad where Berry Junction was a real location on the railroad that linked Whitehall and Fremont." more...

Trees Downed Along Ohio Trails

7/2/12

It's likely that a number of Ohio bikeways suffered downed trees from storms over the weekend. The Richland B&O Trail suffered a blockage, which has already been cleared.

Darren sent in a report on the Simon Kenton Trail, "Trees are down, will take time to clear up. TICKS are out of the trees and on the ground. Check ankles after resting along the trail."

NCIT Gap Closed In Monroeville

"There is no longer a gap in the North Coast Inland Trail between Norwalk and Bellevue.

"For 12 years, all-volunteer Firelands Rails to Trails Inc. has been building the recreational trail piece by piece. The final section between Peru Center Road and Ohio 99 in Monroeville is complete and open for use, making about 10 miles of continuous trail from North West Street in Norwalk to Prairie Road in Bellevue." more...

Submitted by Rick Shaffer

MI: Area Trails Linked At Kensington Metropark

7/1/12

"...At Kensington Metropark, a few miles east of Brighton at 2240 W. Buno Road, a single mile has opened up a stretch of nonmotorized pathways that extend beyond 40 miles when all the factors are combined into the equation - running from the village of Milford in Oakland County into two parks in Livingston County and back out to a trail system..." more

A Brave New World In Trail Funding

"We suddenly have a brave new world for federal funding of bicycling and walking facilities. Most people thought the programs we depend on would just keep getting renewed. The good news is there is still broad eligibility for trails and bikeways. The bad news is there is more potential competition for less money, and the States can simply opt out of the programs." more...

Iowa's Unique Trail Bridge

7/1/12

"Have you ever wanted to speed across a bridge that's half a mile long and 13 stories in the air, pretending you're in Tron? Yeah, me too. Good news: the next time you're in Madrid, Iowa, stop by the High Trestle Trail Bridge and you totally can." more...

Georgia Trail Bridge Gets Makeover

6/29/12

"There's no way to put this nicely: the Southwest 13th Street bridge was just plain ugly. But construction is currently under way to transform the Gainesville, Fla., pedestrian overpass--which once featured cage-like siding and razor wire on top- into a magnificent gateway feature for the city..." more

Canada: Edmonton Trail Groper

6/29/12

"Women using Edmonton's bike trails need to be extra cautious after four women were grabbed from behind by a man on a bike, say city cops." more...

See a video report of this story.

At Look At Trail City

"You'd be hard pressed to find a finer example of Aristotle's idea that the "whole is greater than its parts" than Portland's greenspaces: within about a 20-mile radius of downtown, we can tap roughly 1,250 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails, and close to 40,000 acres of protected parks and natural areas.

"Essentially, we live in a superpark." more...

4 Perspectives On The New Transportation Bill

6/28/12

Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail Progress Report

"...When it's finished, the 101-mile path along the Ohio & Erie Canalway will run from Cleveland to Dover, allowing residents in Tuscarawas, Stark, Summit and Cuyahoga counties to enjoy a variety of activities on the trail.

"It's about 85 percent complete," said Dan Rice, president and chief executive officer of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. "It is already a huge economic engine, driving bed and breakfasts to open, buildings to be revitalized and other types of development." more...

NY: Long Island Gets $1M For Trails

6/28/12

"...A commitment was made from state transportation and parks commissioners, as they unveiled plans for new bike trails.

"Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said that money has been allocated to carve out 14 miles of trails along Ocean Parkway." more...

Transportation Bill Not Looking Good For Bikes/Peds

6/27/12

"...It looks as though our earlier information was correct; that Congressional leaders have decided that walking and biking are not part of the American transportation system..." more...

Here's another report on the bill.

Freedom Trail Groundbreaking

"The Board of Park Commissioners for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County will break ground on a new multipurpose trail that will connect Akron and Kent, July 3 at 10 a.m., near the intersection of East Avenue and Erie Road in Tallmadge" more...

Read a previous post on this subject.

IN: People Trails Section May Be Relocated

6/27/12

"Officials are considering rerouting an often-flooded and frequently damaged section of the People Trails along the Flat Rock River in Noblitt Park." more...

Canada Banning E-Bikes From Trails

6/27/12

"Hate seeing e-bikes on the riverfront and other city trails? There could soon be a remedy. This afternoon, the city's Environment and Transportation Committee will hear a recommendation to ban e-bikes from all city sidewalks and "shared pathways." more...

Transporation Bill Deadline Looming Again

6/25/12

"U.S. Representative John Mica (R-Fla.) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) are right now intensely negotiating to hammer out a federal transportation bill before the current extension of the law expires this Saturday. The core programs that support trails, walking and bicycling are top points of contention in these last-minute negotiations." more...

$15M To Connect Houston Trails

"On Friday, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez joined Mayor Annise Parker, U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, U.S. Representative Gene Green and parks representatives to formally announce the City of Houston as a recipient of a $15 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation." more...

Read another article on this subject.

RTC Sojourn Report #3

"One lesson I have learned visiting the towns and small cities along the route of the Greenway Sojourn this week is that successful trail tourism doesn't happen by accident." more...

CVNP Improvement Plans

6/23/12

"The National Park Service is promoting a new plan for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that includes 10 miles of mountain-bike trails and other improvements with a price tag of more than $6 million.

"The plan would add three campsites, hiking trails, bike lanes, bridle trails and cross country ski paths. In all, it would add more than 46 miles of trail, while removing 12 miles of current paths." more...

MD: Civil War Trail Envisioned

6/22/12

"Boonsboro resident Heidi Welsh said she did a study in 1993, talking to area residents who were for or against the Civil War Railroad Trail, but things have changed since then.

"At that time (the representatives) did the wrong thing," she said. "They showed up in people's backyards with survey stakes, and people felt pretty attacked." more...

WI: Public Meetings On New Trails Plan

6/21/12

"People interested in the future of bicycling in southeastern Wisconsin have a few opportunities to have their voices heard at three public meetings coming up next week. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration require such public information meetings (PIMs in government vernacular) for any bicycle or road projects that use state and federal money. These are important opportunities for citizens to learn about and influence the future of bicycling in Wisconsin and local communities." more...

Action Alert!: Trail Funding Down To The Wire

6/21/12

"The House and Senate began a conference committee in early May to try to reconcile their two versions of a new surface transportation bill. Until this week, it has appeared that there were irreconcilable differences and many leaders in the trails world projected there most likely would be another extension until following the election. However affairs have DRAMATICALLY changed over the last couple of days, and there may very well be a bill by the June 30th deadline, when the current authorization expires." more...

Read another post on this topic.

Bike Path Assault In Dayton

6/20/12

"Crime tape blocked the bike path along Rip Rap Road Wednesday morning while Five Rivers Metroparks Rangers combed the area for clues in an assault." more...

Westerville Considers Complete Streets

6/20/12

"The city of Westerville already has a well-developed system of bike paths and promotes wider, more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, but city officials are encouraging City Council to adopt a "complete streets" policy." more...

Bike Lanes Better Than Helmet Laws?

6/19/12

"...Not only did it lead Rodgers to conclude helmets don't work, according to the Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation, it also led him to conclude "that helmeted riders were more likely to be killed." more...

On a related note, a town in Washington has dropped its helmet law to avoid liablility.

Trail Bollard Hazard - Part 2

6/20/12

"Why are some trail bollards more dangerous than others? To properly answer this question we need to look at three aspects: bollard placement (location), visibility and type." more...

Piqua Trail Bridge Burns

6/19/12

"The bike path bridge over the Great Miami River will be closed for the foreseeable future after a stubborn Tuesday afternoon blaze heavily damaged a 150-foot section of the bridge." more...

RTC Sojourn Report

6/19/12

"...But arriving yesterday afternoon in Brunswick, a small town along the C&O Canal towpath in Maryland, I saw and felt the phenomenon of trail tourism like never before." more...

Google Expands Coverage To Hiking Trails

"If you own a computer, smartphone, or other internet-enabled gadget, chances are you've spent some time on Google Maps' Street View feature, figuring out where you're going to park or maybe checking out the most exciting street in the world. It's a nifty tool, but it's not without limitations; it pretty much only shows us places where cars can travel. But not for long. Google is now working on expanding Street View to hiking trails." more...

CA: Watsonville Envisions Miles Of New Trails

6/17/12

"Awesome!"

"That was the reaction of Michelle Gonzalez upon learning Watsonville leaders plan to more than triple the miles of trails and bikeways through the city." more...

MI: Wyoming Residents Consider Funding For Parks/Bike Lanes

"Nearly four in 10 respondents to a city survey support a tax increase to offset declining parks revenues, while more than half favor a millage if grant funding for the award-winning T.E.A.M. 21 after-school program disappears." more...

GA: Trail Project Grows From Student Research

6/17/12

"The new West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail - which is linking several Coweta County mills with people and projects in towns from Dalton in north Georgia to Columbus - started with a student at the University of West Georgia." more...

Heart of Florida Greenway Loop Envisioned

6/16/12

"...The Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation has been working with local and state officials to try to connect the region's existing trails to create a 250-mile loop..." more

IN: Bike & Ped Trails Summit June 23

"Did you know that more than 90 percent of the state has trail access within seven miles or 15 minutes from Hoosiers homes?

"...A network of state and national outdoor and recreation organizations meets Saturday, June 23, at the Monon Community Center in Carmel to work on improving that statistic, as well as increasing awareness of the positive impact on conservation and wellness that trails provide." more...

VA: Walker Dies In Trail Accident

"On Monday morning, Ita Lapina was out for a walk on Four Mile Run Trail. According to the police, a cyclist travelling in the same direction rang his bell and called out "to your left!" as he attempted to pass. Lapina stepped to the left as she turned towards the cyclist, who struck her. She fell, hitting her head on the trail. She succumbed to her injuries Monday evening." more...

AR: Applications For Recreational Trail Funding Due Aug. 1

6/15/12

"The Arkansas State Highway Commission has announced available federal funds for recreational trail development in Arkansas." more...

NPS Offers Trail Assistance

6/15/12

"...Every year, the National Park Service helps hundreds of locally driven projects that create opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation, connect youth with the outdoors, and connect communities to parks." more...

MORPC Funding App Deadline June 29

"Cities throughout central Ohio will vie for funding as the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission begins its two-year funding program for transportation projects.

"The regional planning leader has $40 million to $50 million to dole out for local transportation projects for fiscal years 2014-19." more...

Tuscon Denied Bike-Friendly Platinum

6/14/12

"In many measures the 'gold standard' is tops, however, bike friendliness is measured on a different scale where communities strive toward 'platinum' status. And the City of Tucson will keep their gold status until, at least, 2016.

"This comes despite efforts by local government officials in Tucson and Pima County the Arizona to achieve the upgraded earlier this month." more...

MI: A Boom In Bike Paths

"...At a time when America's roads are deteriorating and widespread passenger train service is still largely a utopian dream, bike paths have become Michigan's most successful transportation endeavor in decades, with several new trails set to open in 2013. Trail advocates say that by the end of the decade, it should be possible to cycle through dozens of communities from the Mackinac Straits to Grand Rapids and beyond." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

GMRT Extends Between Troy & Piqua

"A bike path that connects Piqua and Troy officially came one step closer to reality on Friday with the formal dedication of the Paul G. Duke Memorial Bikeway." more...

Route 161 Bike Path Proposed

"The city of Columbus says it is looking to create a safe and accessible alternative for cyclists and pedestrians trying to navigate the busy West Dublin-Granville Road corridor.

"It calls for the installation of a 10-foot-wide shared-use path on the north side of the road between Sawmill and Linworth roads.

"And it goes an extra step in tying together the Olentangy Trail and the Dublin bike systems." more...

Walker / Bike Commuters Less Obese

6/14/12

"The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affirms an alarming trend: we're fat and not getting any slimmer...

"But there are antidotes to the problem, and among the best could be sidewalks and bike lanes. The infrastructure not only allows residents to enjoy outdoor recreation and bypass congested roadways, but data shows it delivers slimmer waistlines in some of the nation's largest metropolitan regions." more...

The Trail Bollard Hazard: A Closer Look

6/13/12

"What's a trail bollard? It's those posts or poles that are deliberately placed on trails for your safety. "Your" as in you the trail user. Their original purpose was to keep cars off the trail. In theory that would make conditions safer for trail users. But this treatment has been backfiring around the country. The post in the middle of the trail method has resulted in serious user crashes on trails. We've had two such crashes on my local trail, the Richland B&O, that have resulted in fatalities." more...

Lake Tahoe Opens MTB Trails

"It's the second season at Northstar ski resort in Lake Tahoe. Instead of heading down this scenic mountain on skis or a snowboard, the summer months are all about coming down those same trails on a mountain bike." more...

RTC Profile: Linda McKenna Boxx

6/12/12

"Linda McKenna Boxx has been the driving force behind the Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA) since its inception in 1995. Her ability to inspire and unite the efforts of a disparate group of cities, counties, volunteer groups and federal, state and local agencies, is widely credited for the tremendous success of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), which since the time of her involvement has become one of America's most popular rail-trail destinations." more...

Transportation Enhancements & Safe Routes Threatened

"House proposal would let states eliminate funding for Recreational Trails, Enhancements, and Safe Routes to School..." more

Johnstown Considers Trailhead Improvments

6/11/12

"Johnstown officials met with county leaders June 7, hoping for guidance on improving and promoting the trailhead on the T.J. Evans bike path in Johnstown.

"The trailhead (where the trail begins) is adjacent to East Jersey and East Douglas streets and is part of the T.J. Evans bike path that extends more than 14 miles across Licking County..." more

RTC Trail Of The Month: Greenbriar Trail

"...The Greenbrier River Trail, through Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties in east-central West Virginia, is the perfect embodiment of these sensations. In its 78-mile length, the rail-trail contains many of the elements that make the Mountain State one of America's favorite retreats..." more

Read another feature story on this trail.

New MTB Trail Coming To Strongsville

6/11/12

"Northeast Ohio will be getting its second mountain bike trail, just in time for summer.

"The Cleveland Metroparks announced it will open the Royalview Trail in Strongsville's Mill Stream Run Reservation on June 17, with a full day of bike workshops and rides, a beer garden and food at the Royalview Picnic Area." more...

UT: Salt Lake County Residents Love Their Trails

6/9/12

"Salt Lake County residents want to see more trails winding through their communities - and they're willing to see tax dollars spent to develop hiking and biking paths." more...

Tallgrass Trail Dedication & Levy Request

6/9/12

"Park supporters who showed up to dedicate the Marion Tall Grass Trail on Friday heard board member Dan Sheridan thank the many organizations and volunteers who made the park possible over the years. They also heard an appeal for a tax levy that will appear on the fall ballot to expand the park and hire a part-time county parks director." more...

Pennsylvania Trail-Building Efforts

"...Pennsylvania is a mature state, in terms of rail-trail development," Tomes says. "But there is a lot of work to do to further encourage usage--like how to connect the smaller pieces so people can utilize loops and networks, and providing better signage." more...

OK: Grass Roots Effort On Old Frisco Trail

"...Private citizens began stepping up and asking what they could do to help, and local businesses sponsored the new entrance stone and other aspects of the trail. The list of groups wanting to pitch in grew long and varied, including the high school cross-country running team that adopted a mile, and a contractor in town who fixed several of the trail's worn-down trestle bridges." more...

Westerville OTE Hub Coming This Summer

6/9/12

"Before summer is over, cyclists traveling through Westerville will have a place to take a break, fill up on water and use restrooms." more...

Bolivar Towpath Construction Begins

"...with ground broken Tuesday for a quarter-mile stretch that will run from the current trailhead at Fort Laurens State Memorial, through the park, along Fort Laurens Road and end in downtown Bolivar. The trail eventually will link the Fort Laurens-to-Zoar section." more...

Cleveland Greenways Conference Aiming For Regional Trail System

"...Linchek and other trail advocates created the Greater Cleveland Trails and Greenways Conference in 2010 to bring together leaders for networking, discussion and collaboration. The second biennial conference on Wednesday, June 6th, has elevated the regional discussion to the next level, says Linchek." more...

Freedom Trail Construction Set To Launch

6/8/12

"After extensive planning, construction of the multipurpose Freedom Trail between Kent and Akron is about to begin.

"A $1.1 million contract for the first phase of the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County bike and hike path was awarded to Akron-based Kenmore Construction Co. on May 31." more...

Towpath Goes To Plan 9-B In Cleveland

6/6/12

"Plans to connect the Towpath Trail through a plot of radioactive land south of Steelyard Commons have been ditched. Instead, officials are working on an ambitious multimillion-dollar detour that would finally connect the Harvard Avenue trailhead with the shopping area, and complete one of the last links in the 110-mile trail." more...

New MTB Trail In Strongsville Fuels Speculation

6/6/12

"The opening of a new mountain bike trail at the Royalview Picnic Area in Strongsville has fueled speculation that the Cleveland Metroparks is creating new access to the park off Drake Road." more...

Mapping & Apping The OTE

6/6/12

"Carolyn Lewis Cocchiarale and her husband Guy Cocchiarale are easy to spot on the Loveland Trail. They're wearing bright green jerseys that proudly trumpet their route from Cleveland to Cincinnati: "Ohio to Erie Trail." We meet on a blazing hot Saturday, May 26, in full sun. They're glad to get out of the heat for awhile.

"They have been riding a full week at this point, more than 300 miles, and have completed most of the grunt work involved in mapping the state's longest bicycle route." more...

MO: Boschert Greenway Trail Opens June 15

6/6/12

"The newest section of the Boschert Greenway trail connecting New Town to the Katy Trail will be dedicated June 15." more...

U.S. Cycle Tracks

6/5/12

"Six US cities are cooperating in a project to share what they're learning about building separated bike lanes.

"Participating in the so-called Green Lane Project are Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Memphis, Chicago and Washington DC." more...

NYC: "Beyond The Highline" Public Talks

6/5/12

"This summer and fall, Friends of the High Line is presenting "Beyond the High Line," a new series of free public talks to educate and inspire conversation about the transformation of out-of-use industrial infrastructure across the United States into vibrant public space." more...

IN: Progess On The Ohio River Greenway

6/5/12

"In 1993, officials around Southern Indiana started talking about the Ohio River Greenway.

"The idea was to link riverfronts in Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany with a linear park." more...

Young Americans Driving Less, Riding More

6/5/12

"Young Americans are driving it less according to a study by the Frontier Group and Phineas Baxandall, at the U.S. PIRG Education Fund." more...

Another Cyclist Injured On B&O Trail

6/5/12

"For the second time in six weeks a serious crash has occurred on the Richland B&O Trail.

"An 80-year-old Mansfield man was listed in fair condition Monday night in MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital after his bicycle hit a post last week on the Richland B&O Trail." more...

New Carlisle Trail Approved

6/4/12

"Construction on the southern extension of a recreation trail that connects the western part of the city through Smith Park to near Ohio 235 will begin later this year." more...

TN: Tinsley Park Trail Paved

6/4/12

"A project first hampered by damaging floods last September, and then slowed by a wet and cold winter season, has reached its long-anticipated climax with the completion of paving on the old Tinsley Park trail which now creates an uninterrupted four-mile Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway." more...

Wasson Way Trail Proponents Encouraged

"Supporters of a proposed a recreational hiking and biking trail are encouraged by recent developments which may allow the project to move forward." more...

Read a previous post on the Wasson Way project.

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Boston's Hub-Way A Success

6/3/12

"...Boston's Hubway bicycle-sharing system has racked up 250,000 rides in its first 6 months of operation, hitting a record 2,500 in a single day last Sunday." more...

AL: Coldwater Mountain Opens MTB Trails

6/2/12

"Although rain clouds hovered ominously over Coldwater Mountain Friday afternoon, a crowd of about 70 stood atop the mountain for the official opening of the first eleven miles of a planned series of mountain bike trails." more...

Simon Kenton Trail Extends In Urbana

6/2/12

"A 1.25-mile stretch of paved bike path will officially open in Urbana Sunday, providing more activities for residents and possibly some day allowing residents to travel by bicycle from one end of the state to the other." more...

$1M Needed For Middletown Trail

6/2/12

"The city will need close to $1 million in order to complete the final portion of the Great Miami River Bike Trail within the city." more...

Contract Awarded For Freedom Trail Construction

6/1/12

"The new Freedom Trail from Akron through Tallmadge to Kent is moving forward.

"Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, on Thursday awarded a $1,137,440 contract to Kenmore Construction Co. of Akron for the first leg of the trail." more...

PA: Coalition Aims For 750 Trail Miles

6/1/12

"...About 250 miles of the bike and pedestrian roadways have been completed, and 50 more are "in progress," said Alex Doty, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia, a member of the new coalition. Finishing the remaining 450 miles of trails and connecting them to current routes is expected to cost $250 million, or about $12.5 million annually for 20 years, Doty said." more...

WV: Trails Day Adventure In Morgantown

5/31/12

"...For those of you who can't make it down to Pocahontas County for the induction of the Greenbrier River Trail into Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame this Saturday, there's a very cool community event happening farther north in Morgantown." more...

Scioto Bikeway Extension Planned

5/30/12

"...Columbus plans to construct an extension of the [Scioto] bikeway this year from the Riversedge complex at 1335 Dublin Road to Fifth Avenue and from the Dublin Road water plant to Grandview Avenue." more...

D.C. Area To Get First Cycletrack

5/30/12

"Bicyclists, pedestrians, and the environment will all benefit when DDOT reconstructs the stretch of First Street, NE that forms NoMa's main street over the next 2 years. The stretch from Columbus Circle to New York Avenue will get new crosswalks, stormwater retention, and a cycletrack to help connect the Metropolitan Branch Trail to Union Station and the Mall." more...

More Trail News...

Stark Parks Opens New Trails On Saturday

"...As part of National Trails Day, the Stark County Park District will host two ceremonies Saturday to officially open the Hoover Trail in North Canton and the Middle Branch Trail in Plain Township." more...

Trail Fight Not Finished In Licking Township

5/30/12

"Neighbors in Licking Township say the battle over a 3.26-mile extension of a bike trail is not over.

"The Thomas J. Evans Foundation started construction on the bike path in 2007 and had to halt when neighbors blocked their path." more...

More Trail News...

Cleveland Bridge Getting Retrofit For Bikes/Peds

5/28/12

"...Crews this week will launch a $4.5 million project to install shared bike-and-car lanes and a broad sidewalk on Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge." more...

OR: Trolley Line Reborn As Trail

"National Trails Day, June 2, is really shaping up as being a big one for rail-trails. In northern Oregon, the people of Clackamas County are getting ready to celebrate the opening of the much-anticipated Trolley Trail, a six-mile multi-use trail that follows a historical streetcar line from Milwaukie to Gladstone through the heart of Oak Grove." more...

Connect Hudson Plan

5/27/12

"...The Connect Hudson Plan is a guide to future city improvements -- sidewalks, park paths, bike paths, bike lanes, lighting and crosswalks -- designed to make walking and biking safer and improve the environment and health of residents. Tom King, the city's former community development director, explained the plan to Council May 22." more...

MMF MTB Trail Opening June 1

"Join us Friday, June 1 at 12:00 pm for a ceremony celebrationg the opening of the 4.4 mile trail B." more...

More from Jeff Westrich: "Trail B Mountain Bike Trail officially opens June 1st. Trail A is almost 4 miles and Trail B adds 4.4 miles.

"Trail A and B at MMF are Hamilton County's only official mountain bike trails."

California 3-Feet Law Watered Down

"...The [CA] state law now requires that motorists pass bicyclists by a "safe distance." That's a rather nebulous term that is certainly open to interpretation. Establishing a minimum of 3 feet is a lot more specific." more...

GA: Midtown Greenway Spurs Revitalization

"...Since its opening last month, the Midtown Greenway, built on a former CSX rail line, has breathed new life into an otherwise rundown industrial and heavily commercial part of the city. It's been a long time coming, a visionary idea that was part of a midtown redevelopment plan adopted in 2001." more...

Columbus To Invest $6.4M In Bike Infrastructure

"Columbus is spending $6.4 million on bike paths, streetside bike lanes and other bicycling infrastructure this year." more...

Mariemont South 80 Trails phase 1 opens May 31st

5/26/12
By Jeff Westrich

"I'm not sure I'd call these mountain bike trails, the terrain is mostly flat, but these almost completed trails, are very nice and in a scenic area (along the Little Miami River, a few miles from the LMST).

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"Their Facebook page states that the 2.5 miles of trails are for hiking, running and biking and cross-country skiing. Definitely need a mt. bike or hybrid to roam among these trails.

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"A feature I find cool with this project is there are public gardens and farming for Mariemont residents within the trail loop."

TX: Waco Trail Unfinished; Contractor Fired

5/24/12

"Waco's new Trailblazer Park sits empty and overgrown at the western end of the Cotton Belt Trail.

"Despite the winding walkways and bridge over the Bosque River, the two-and-a-half-mile park trail is still unfinished, about a year after the original completion date." more...

Heath Bike Path To Be Completed

5/24/12

"After a four-year delay, the Thomas J. Evans Foundation will complete an extension of a controversial bike trail, extending it from Irving Wick Drive to U.S. 40." more...

Miami Valley Launches New Trail Website

Check out the new website that covers southwest Ohio trails. Another great Ohio Trails resource!

More News...

5/24/12 - MN: Minnesota Bike News

Fredericktown Earns Safe Routes Grant

5/23/12

"The village has been informed that its Safe Routes to School project has been approved by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Mayor Alan Kintner told village council Monday. The village will receive $500,000 to construct or rebuild safe walkways and bikeways to the school campus." more...

Top 50 U.S. Bike-Friendly Cities

"To determine our top 50 bike-friendly cities for 2012, we evaluated cities with populations of 95,000 or more, using data provided by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, as well as input from local advocates and bike-ped coordinators. To make the list, a city must possess both a robust cycling infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture. Read on to find out how your city stacks up." more...

In a related story, read about the most bike-friendly state.

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Illegal Cutting Along LMST

5/23/12
By Jeff Westrich

"A few weeks ago someone or some-homebuilder had cut and cleared a row of more than 60 feet of trees along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. When I initially saw this, I figured that the perpetrator had cut trees that were on the state park's property. The LMST's website states that the trail [right-of-way] averages 66 feet in width.

"In the last week, the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources has installed the park's boundary markers where this happened, and clearly the trees were on state property. There is a new house that is supposed to be built that abuts the park's property, and someone took it upon himself to remove the trees.

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"The location of this segment of the LMST is in Camp Dennison, between Lincoln and Cunningham roads. The ODNR is aware of the incident and refuses to comment about the ongoing investigation.

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"This should make the trails users livid."

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Towpath Bridge Gets Makeover

"...Artistic Rock LLC of Cleveland is using an eco-friendly concrete stain to color the bridge that carries West Bartges Street over the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail just south of downtown Akron." more...

MI: Heritage Trail Extend Recreation Opportunities

5/23/12

"Heritage trails in both the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan continue to make progress this year as regions seek ways to honor what makes them unique while creating new recreation opportunities for residents and tourists." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Children Being Targeted Along Lancaster Trail

5/22/12

"...Police are asking residents near Cenci Lake Park to be on the lookout for a man posing as a sheriff's deputy or park ranger. The man is approaching young children as they play along the Lancaster Bike Path." more...

New U.S. Bicycle Routes Approved

5/21/12

"Two new routes have been designated for numbering in the upper Midwest this month - USBR 35 in Michigan and USBR 45 in Minnesota (both shown in red at left).

"In addition, USBR 1 in North Carolina was re-aligned." more...

AL: 43-Mile Corridor A Candidate For Trail Conversion

"Progress is being made in a "rail to trail" mission that would convert 42.9 miles of abandoned CSX railway lines in Covington, Coffee and Geneva counties into a recreational trail." more...

VA: Removed Bollards Make A Comeback

5/20/12

"There has been a proliferation of bollards in Arlington County over the last few weeks. I know of six that have been installed within one mile of my house, all of which are unnecessary." more...

Toronto: Cyclists Unwelcome In Willowdale Neighborhood

"Plans to construct off-road bike trails in the Finch Avenue Hydro Corridor could be in for a rough ride, from a group of Willowdale homeowners who've turned the swath of wilderness into an unofficial neighbourhood park.

"I don't really want to share my space with the cyclists," said resident Judy Bahniuk in a deputation to the city's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee." more...

Changing Trends In Rail Corridor Use

"...One of the biggest things we have been pushing in the last five or six years is creating dual-use corridors, we call it Rails-with-Trails," says Karl Wirsing, Director of Communications for the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.

"The conservancy, far from feeling threatened by renewed interest in corridors abandoned by the railroads, instead see it as vindication for their efforts." more...

TN: High School Trail Joins Grennway Network

5/19/12

"The Mustang Trail at Walker Valley High School became the first high school walking trail to be adopted into the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway Network Thursday." more...

Parking Lot Expansion Threatens Wasson Way

5/18/12

"A proposed parking lot expansion has raised the ire of not only community councils, but several Cincinnati City Council members.

"...What opponents object to is the potential impact on the proposed Wasson Way Project, which 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."more

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Video: More On Smale Park Opening Celebration

5/17/12

"The first phase of the 45-acre Smale Park was opened to the public Friday, and it brought some bright lights to Cincinnati's riverfront." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

GA: Columbus Fall Line Trace Opens

5/17/12

"Residents were so eager for the Columbus Fall Line Trace to open, they started trying to use it while still under construction, says Rick Jones, planning director for the city of Columbus..." more...

Smale Park Opens In Cincy

5/17/12

"Phase 1 of Cincinnati's newest riverfront park officially opens tomorrow night at 6:15 pm. The first of the newest section of the Ohio River Trail will be available. It was paved months ago, but many times construction vehicles or a perimeter fence were impeding the trail.

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"Across from the trail, the park also includes a bike center where you can rent bikes or segways and shower."

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See another article on this topic with video.

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Ohio River Trail Construction

5/17/12

"The City of Cincinnati has started construction on their latest segment of the ORT. This piece starts at the southeast end of Lunken airport and will head east (away from downtown) to Salem and end at Magrish Preserve. Its alignment will use a vehicle lane over a bridge that crosses the Little Miami River. ODOT and the City of Cincinnati will permanently close the northern bridge lane of Kellogg Avenue in which it will go from 5 lanes to 4 lanes for vehicles and use the eliminated lane for the ORT.

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"It will eventually go east thru California, Ohio to the existing segment that Anderson Twp built last year at Sutton. Then from there, it will eventually continue east towards New Richmond, Ohio.

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"The city is also working on the western segments connecting Lunken Airport with downtown."

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Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Dayton Working To Be More Bike-Friendly

5/17/12

"...Dayton is planning on spending $12.1 million through 2018 - most from federal and state money - on street repair, and road reconstruction and repaving that includes adding bike lanes or making improvements to bike and pedestrian paths..." more...

Extending The Western Maryland Rail-Trail

5/16/12

"A plan to extend the Western Maryland Rail Trail could be approved by the National Park Service by August with construction of a portion of the extension possibly beginning later this year." more...

LA Launches Bike Share

"The City of Angels has seen much in the way of bicycle improvement in past years, including new bicycle lanes, a master plan for the county, and greater connections to surrounding communities.

"The next big step in making Los Angeles - a city that still happily embraces the automobile - is bike sharing, which will arrive later this year." more...

PA: Plans Underway To Extend Montour Trail

5/16/12

"...The Montour Trail extension is a part of a larger plan to install a 40-mile hike and bike trail connecting Moon to Ohioville, Ohio, near East Liverpool..." more

Canada: Council Requires E-Bikes To Pedal On Trails

5/15/12

"City council put its collective foot down and will require e-bikes to be pedalled while on public multi-use pathways such as the Kate Pace Way and Kinsmen Trail." more...

How Durango Won Bike-Friendly Gold

"For many communities advocacy plays a central role in becoming more bicycle friendly. From the beginning push to continuing motivation, advocacy groups can provide specialized insight needed for creative solutions and are dedicated to seeing the positive development of their communities." more...

Bike-Hike Bridge Construction Begins

5/15/12

"Construction crane setting up at the new Bike and Hike Trail bridge by Brandywine Falls in Summit County this morning (May 15, 2012). Finally!"

Submitted by DK

NCIT In Huron County Closing The Gaps

5/14/12

"Lots of new trail developments in Huron County! See the latest maps at www.frtti.org.

"Bellevue-Monroeville-Norwalk (10 miles) will be complete by July 1. More construction in the works between Norwalk and Collins also."

Get more Huron County NCIT news here.

Submitted by Joe Mantey, FRITTI President

NY: Rochester Adding Bikeways

5/14/12

"Rochester's ever-expanding trails network has a new two-mile addition, two new bridges and plans for new neighborhood connections as well as more on-street bike lanes and shared-use lanes." more...

Westerville Trail Reopens

5/12/12

Submitted by Jim Green

Hoover Dam @ Sundbury Road: "...They completed the repairs yesterday, but the "sidewalk closed" sign and orange- caution cones remain standing at and near the S. Sunbury underpass (the tunnel on the Westerville trail that goes under S. Sunbury Rd.).

Jim contacted us later to say that the trail is now open.

MI: New U.S. Bicycle Route 35 In Traverse City

5/11/12

"Northern Michigan Biking: Help to celebrate the newly designated US Bicycle Route (USBR) 35 with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 1:00 p.m., followed by an informal bicycle ride along portions of USBR 35, including Traverse City's TART Trail." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

RTC Trail Of The Month: WA Olympic Discovery Trail

"...The route of the Olympic Discovery Trail stretches 126 miles across the northern edge of the peninsula, from Port Townsend in the east to La Push on the Pacific Ocean. The trail itself is a work in progress, with large gaps that must be bridged by on-street riding. But the scenic splendors of this area, together with its compelling stories (both fictional and historical), make this path unusually noteworthy." more...

Video: Towpath Complete In Summit County

Portland To Invest In More Biking, Not Driving

"...During a speech at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit yesterday, PBOT Director Tom Miller announced that Portland will be pursuing a 10 percent bike mode share goal, an interim step on the city's way to achieving its 25 percent target by 2030." more...

Pittsburgh's First On-Street Bike Corrals

"How many bikes can fit in the space of one car? At least a dozen, as will soon be shown on East Carson Street when the city installs its first bike corral on the South Side next week." more...

Norwich Twp Resident Asks For Trails

"A Norwich Township resident wants a bike path and a walking path to connect residents of Fishinger Boulevard east of Dublin Road to Mill Run, as well as similar paths on Dublin Road south of Fishinger Boulevard." more...

Historic Trestle Reopens In British Columbia

"...Distinguished by a seven -degree curve over a low-level Howe truss (named after its inventor, William Howe, from Spencer, Mass., who patented his truss design in 1840), the Kinsol Trestle is a monster at more than 145-feet tall and more than 600-feet long." more...

CA: Hiker Suffers Head Injury

"A 49-year-old man suffered a head injury in a tumble down a trail leading to Three Sisters Falls on April 29 [in San Diego County]. The injury occurred at a steep section of trail where hikers must descend by rope, ECM has learned." more...

Ribbon Cutting For Completed Towpath In Summit County

5/10/12

"...The ribbon-cutting took place near the Wolf Creek Trailhead off Snyder Avenue in southern Barberton.

"The 0.6-mile [O & E Canal Towpath] section includes a 494-foot bridge over the Tuscarawas River, a bridge over the Ohio & Erie Canal and a tunnel under railroad tracks. It runs next to Wolf Creek, skirts two old landfills and is tucked next to PPG Industries' Lime Lake No. 3." more...

Public Supports Bike/Ped Funding

"The morning after a U.S. senator questioned commitment of federal transportation funds for pedestrian and cycling projects, bike advocates on Wednesday presented survey results that they said showed overwhelming public support for the spending." more...

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Video: Tulsa Trails Well Connected

5/8/12

"With much of the nation dealing with gasoline prices of $3.75 a gallon, many cities and states are looking at alternative transportation.

"...Tulsa is well ahead of the situation with a fast-growing system that works for exercise and commuters." more...

Top 10 Rail-Trail States

5/8/12

"Michigan is fast becoming a major destination for bicycle touring, and one of its major draws is its wide-ranging network of rails-to-trails.

"Abandoned and out-of-service railroad corridors criss-cross the state, and local governments and "friends of the trail" groups are transforming these into paved and gravel trails for bikes and other non-motorized users." more...

Green Briar Trail Makes Hall Of Fame

5/8/12

"...Given that Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) D.C. headquarters, and our regional offices in Pennsylvania and Ohio, are all just a short drive away, many of us here at RTC have a real soft spot for the Greenbrier River Trail!

"So it is with great pleasure we announce that this wonderful rail-trail is to be inducted into our Rail-Trail Hall of Fame." more...

Why Johnny Can't Ride To School

"Childhood obesity rates are soaring, youth participation in sports and other active pursuits is plummeting, and a generation is coming of age with little understanding of the joy and freedom of unsupervised play. There's a simple solution-but all across the nation our schools earn a failing grade when it comes to letting kids ride their bikes." more...

AL: Eastern Shore Trail Almost Complete

5/6/12

"The 29-mile walking and cycling Eastern Shore Trail is nearly finished, and organizers are now looking at how to expand the route to other areas of Baldwin County." more...

Bicycle Sundays Kick Off In Seattle

5/6/12

"A unusual sunny Sunday in Seattle made the first Bicycle Sunday along the shores of Lake Washington a rousing success." more...

S.C.: Trail & Fitness Go Hand In Hand

5/6/12

"Stretching 1.91 miles alongside Union and Pine streets, the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail in Spartanburg has become a fitness hot spot." more...

Horses Plunge Into Ravine On Trail Ride

5/4/12

"Two horses that fell off a trail and into a ravine in Trabuco Canyon had to be tranquilized and airlifted to safety today, and a trail had to be cut for another horse to be walked out to a road, leaving behind a fourth horse that died during the ordeal in the Cleveland National Forest." more...

The Value Of Investing In Non-Motorized Transport

"...Between 2007 and 2010, new multi-use paths, bike lanes, pedestrian routes and trails in the four pilot communities - Minneapolis, Minn., Sheboygan County, Wisc., Marin County, Calif., and Columbia, Mo. - resulted in an estimated 32 million driving miles being averted. Non-motorized transportation infrastructure enabled local residents to choose to walk or bike for local trips, reducing traffic congestion and pollution, improving physical activity rates and sharply cutting into time spent driving." more...

San Francisco Allows Bike In Buildings

5/3/12

"Most city bike commuters struggle with what to do with their bikes, both at their residence and once at their destinations and places of employment. In San Francisco, California a new ordinance has initial approval that will allow riders to bring their bikes into commercial buildings." more...

Video: Toronto Mayor Wages War On Bikes

5/2/12

"Toronto's tough-talking mayor has never hidden his disdain for cyclists. Now they are accusing him of trumping up a war on two-wheeled commuters. Bike lanes have been removed but are the city's streets any more dangerous to ride?" more...

NH: Hiking Bridge Uses Eco-Friendly Wood

5/2/12

"...The 40-foot long bridge is made of a new formula pressure-treated wood, made without a lot of chemicals that could pollute water, said Wheeler, and recycled steet I-beams that had been part of a mobile home." more...

Cumberland's MTB Trails Among Best In World

5/2/12

"Grassroot efforts at the community level have earned Cumberland's mountain biking trails a reputation as some of the best in Canada, if not the world.

"Volunteers perform regular maintenance on the forest trails, keeping them in prime shape for the many races that are run at the venue." more...

National Bike Month -- Celebration Or Political Battle?

5/2/12

"National Bike Month started Tuesday in the United States, with more than 450 events planned around to country to celebrate all the benefits of riding a bike. The League of American Bicyclists is hoping to leverage the events for political gain in the US Congress, which will be deciding soon on funding for bicycling as part of the federal transportation bill." more...

Support The U.S. Bike Route System

"Imagine a nationwide network of numbered and marked bicycle routes that directs bike travelers to major destinations in all 50 states - that's the U.S. Bicycle Route System." more...

CO: More MTB Trails Opened In Fruita

5/2/12

"Three new trails have been dedicated in the North Fruita Desert and planners say another one will be revealed in the next few months. The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association is the brains behind the new trails." more...

Bike-Hike Realignment Complete - Bridge Next

5/2/12

"The opening earlier this year of the 1-mile Summit County Metroparks Bike & Hike Trail realignment near Brandywine Falls was celebrated April 25 with a ribbon cutting.

"Metroparks Director and Secretary Keith Shy said the $2.53-million project, which includes additional parking at the falls and an as yet to be installed pedestrian bridge over Interstate 271, was a decade in the making..." more

Share-The-Road Demonstration In South Bend

"..."We want to demonstrate sharing the road," she said of the procession, titled "Share the Road . Every Life Counts."

"They welcome the public to join. From the opposite end of the procession, people on foot, wheelchair and stroller will follow sidewalks until the two groups meet at the County-City Building in downtown for a 7 p.m. press conference with public officials." more...

IN: St. Joseph County To Extend Trails

4/30/12

"One project would have pedestrians and bicyclists cross Cleveland Road at one of its busiest sections. Another project would pay for a wide shoulder on Juniper Road with an eclectic mix of funding. A third would cut paths through Granger.

"They are what's in the works for bike routes by St. Joseph County officials." more...

Hit-And-Run Caught On Video

4/30/12

"A California motorist who is suspected of striking two bicyclists in Berkeley and speeding away has been arrested by police after a bike-mounted video camera captured his license plate number." more...

CA: Bayshore Bikeway Expands

4/30/12

"...Late last month, a new 1.8-mile segment of the Bayshore Bikeway was opened. Located entirely in the city of Chula Vista, this new section of the bikeway begins at H Street, runs along Bay Boulevard and an inactive railroad right-of-way, and ends at Palomar Street. The segment will allow users to explore the city's beautiful bay-front area. This is the first step to completing the bikeway on the east side of the San Diego Bay." more...

ME: Portland Man Remembered By Trail Tribute

4/27/12

"Stephen Aylward was loved and respected in the city of Portland, Maine, as an educator, a man of his community, and as a passionate advocate for his local rail-trail." more...

Trail Bollards: An Unnecessary Hazard?

4/27/12

"Whenever I used to come across a bollard in a bike trail, I'd get the righteous feeling of ownership that this was my trail; cars cannot get in.

"Now I worry that a bicyclist might hit the bollard and suffer an injury. Are bollards safe?" more...

IA: Bike Trails Like "Little RAGBRAI"

4/27/12

"If you build it, the beer and the tacos will come.

"Turns out that ol' Iowa cornfield magic doesn't just apply to baseball diamonds. Complete a 25-mile-long, $15 million recreational trail between Woodward and Ankeny after eight years of trying and several new watering holes will pop up out of the local farmland to keep riders - ahem - hydrated along the way." more...

Strongsville Getting New MTB Trail

"A mountain bike trail is set to open in June at the Royalview Picnic Area in Strongsville.

"The 8-mile trail winds through the woods and offers great views of Royalview Creek, according to the Cleveland Metroparks." more...

Cyclist Dies After Crash On B&O Trail

4/26/12

"A 53-year-old man died Wednesday from injuries received in a bicycle crash Tuesday evening on the Richland B&O Trail.

"Giuseppe Maino, a contractor at the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio National Guard base, died at 1:10 a.m., Richland Co. Coroner's Investigator Bob Ball said." more...

Read another report on this tragedy.

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Giuseppe Maino

Athens Considers Bridge / Trail Spur

4/25/12

"...The city also discussed a planned extension of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway in the form of a spur including a bridge over the Hocking River and onto Columbus Circle to give access to Columbus Road.

"He said the office of public works is in the process of applying for a grant to fund the spur, and needs an ordinance from council in order to do this. The city may consider an emergency ordinance next week on the matter. The cost estimate for the project is at $1 million, with an 80/20 spilt from the grant." more...

Toronto Expanding Trails

4/24/12

"Construction on Toronto's first physically separated bike lane is scheduled to begin on Sherbourne St. this summer. This spring, Toronto cyclists are enjoying about 30 kilometres of new off-road bike trails and there are plans to build a further 77 kilometres over the next decade." more...

Xenia To Promote Trails

"A new campaign has started in Xenia to promote one of the city's most valuable and treasured assets: the bike path[s].

"Xenia Downtown Revitalization Committee (XDRC) members have started the "I Like to Bike Campaign." According to Nancy Sanders, a member of the XDRC, the concept emerged while the committee was looking into ways to market the downtown area." more...

D.C. Ped Bridge Made In Dayton

4/24/12

"When District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray launched his city's sustainability initiative Tuesday, he did so in front of a 685-foot-long bridge made of composite material manufactured in Dayton.

"The pedestrian bridge, part of a 20-mile trail that connects 16 waterfront neighborhoods in the nation's capital, is the cornerstone of Gray's plan to make the city greener..." more

TX: Austin Trail Suffers Rock Slide

See the video.

Booby Traps Found On Utah Hiking Trail

4/24/12

"Two men have been arrested in the US state of Utah suspected of setting up potentially deadly booby traps on a popular canyon trail.

"The devices consisted of a spiked boulder rigged to swing at head height and another designed to trip a passer-by into a bed of wooden stakes." more...

RI: East Bay Bike Path Celebrates 25th Anniversary

4/23/12

"...Since its opening the 14.5-mile path, from Independence Park in Bristol to India Point Park in Providence, has transformed the lives of many in the East Bay. It's been a boon for both recreational activity and local business, according to Art Leland, who in 1989 opened Warren's Your Bike Shop along the path when parts of it were still incomplete." more...

Closer Look: Traffic Drove Fairmount Decline

4/23/12

"...In Richard Bauer's brilliant Enquirer guest column ("Traffic drove Fairmount decline," April 6), the Fairmount native wrote, "The Enquirer's lament over the demise of Fairmount's neighborhood-ness omitted the cause of death. Fairmount was mortally wounded over 60 years ago, caught in the crossfire between topography and the automobile, and its health has been failing ever since." more...

The Latest On Cincy's Expanding Trail Network

"...'We have some of the best trails in the region, and the Armleder trail connector is just another wonderful addition to our pipeline through the Cincinnati region,' she said.

"The ultimate plan for the future is for the Little Miami Scenic trail and the Ohio River Trail to eventually connect with the Lunken Field loop trail." more...

IA: Cedar Rapids Makes Financial Committment To Trails

4/22/12

"...the Cedar Rapids contingent on the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization flexed its muscle this week and committed the agency to spend 80 percent of a funding pot of between $3 million and $4 million a year on trails and bike lanes on streets..." more

RTC Posts Green Issue 2012

Check out the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy's annual Green Issue online here.

Pop-Up Rockwell Launches In Cleveland

"...Starting Saturday, Pop Up Rockwell will transform five blocks of Rockwell Avenue into a testing ground for two-way bicycle lanes, sidewalk benches that filter runoff and public art." more...

AZ: Tempe's 21st Bike To Work Day

4/21/12

"Early Wednesday morning, Patricia Berning prepared a free breakfast for neighbors who might make a pit stop at her small business on Tempe's annual Bike to Work Day ride.

"'I like getting up at 4:30 in the morning and making sure we have breakfast. It's fun and I get to be a part of a community that supports biking,' she said." more...

NCIT To Be Completed In Sandusky County

4/20/12

"Sandusky County Park District commissioners awarded a nearly $1 million contract Thursday for construction of the county's final leg of the NCIT." more...

Here's another report on the construction.

Video: Hamilton Begins Riverfront Project

4/19/12

"...The multi-phase project includes a number of enhancements, such as creating a riverfront public park that will include a bike/hike trail extension from downtown to the Rentschler Forest Preserve in Fairfield Township, an amphitheater/river overlook along the east bank of the river and streetscape improvements along a portion of Riverfront Plaza." more...

WV: Parkersburg Completing Ped/Bike Trails

4/19/12

"Walking and cycling trails in Parkersburg are being completed to improve the quality of life for residents, the mayor said on Wednesday." more...

Cleveland Heights Addresses Non-Car Commuting

4/18/12

"...About 40 people attended Tuesday night's meeting at the Cleveland Heights Community Center to hear more details about the two studies - one focused on making bike commuting better, the other on enhancing travel for bus riders and walkers." more...

Boston Needs Avenues For Bikes

4/18/12

"...More cycling makes a more vibrant city. Boston and Cambridge have come a long way in a very short time in promoting cycling and bike sharing. But for the most part, the streets still belong to daredevils willing to risk their lives on painted lanes in between whizzing cars on the left and parked cars on the right, where a deadly door could be opened into their lane without warning." more...

FL: Converting Distressed Properties Into Parks

4/17/12

"To hasten its ambitious goal of a county-wide network of parks, trails and greenways, Miami-Dade parks administrators are looking to a novel approach that would turn distressed commercial properties into green spaces." more...

Fredericktown Considers Paving Trail

4/17/12

"Village council Monday approved an emergency ordinance authorizing the village administrator to apply to ODOT for a federal Transportation Enhancement Grant for paving the Fredericktown Bicycle Trail." more...

The village recently purchased a section of railroad corridor for the trail: "Village Council Monday approved an emergency ordinance appropriating $105,000 for the purchase of the railroad property running through town from CSX Transportation. The property will be used for a bicycle path/walkway connecting the park on the north side to the park on the south end of town." more...

Clinton-Fayette Trail Plans Continue Despite Opposition

4/17/12

"The Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail was approved by Clinton County commissioners in a split vote Monday, making it the second time the trail's organizers received such a response from the board.

"Coordinators of the trail returned to commissioners last week to request the board's support in applying for a second grant to fund the project." more...

CicLAvia Draws 100,000 Participants

4/16/12

"The car-free event, closing 10 miles of streets in downtown Los Angeles and beyond, brings people outdoors to explore different neighborhoods and enjoy the spirit of a citywide block party." more...

KY: Public Meeting For Louisville Loop

4/16/12

"...When it's completed, the Louisville Loop will be a 100-mile bike path circling the city. Right now, there are 23 miles completed-from downtown and along the Ohio River into southwest Louisville-and the other sections of the trail are in various phases of planning." more...

Delaware's Push For Walking & Biking

"There is a perception that (trails) are nice amenities from a recreational standpoint, but with $4-a-gallon gas I have seen a lot of people out there biking and making an economic choice," Shailen Bhatt, secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation, told Delaware Online this week." more...

Plans To Close Towpath Gap In Massillon

"The final obstacle to the completion of the O&E Towpath Trail in Massillon will be eliminated with the addition of a 14-foot wide pedestrian/bicycle ramp that will connect trail users with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Viaduct." more...

NM: Resort To Add 20 Miles Of MTB Trails

4/16/12

"Angel Fire Resort to Add 20 Miles of New Mountain Bike Trails in 2012; Growth Focuses on Beginner and Intermediate Experience." more...

SC: Company Builds Trail For Employees

4/13/12

"...South Carolina-based company ACS Technologies, which this week opened a half-mile walking trail, built and paid for by the company, through their 14-acre Florence campus." more...

Sippo Trail Bridge Reopens

4/13/12

"A foot-bridge along the Sippo Valley Trail that connects hikers and bikers on the city's west side with the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail has reopened, nearly four years after it was severely damaged by arsonists." more...

Bike/Ped Report Sent To Congress

4/12/12

"Word just came in from the Department of Transportation that the U.S. Congress will later today receive the much-anticipated report detailing the measureable impacts of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP)." more...

Connecticut Closes Andover Gap

4/12/12

"...The gap in the trail was a key fracture in the regional trail system and a crucial missing-link in the East Coast Greenway, an effort to connect a continuous trail system from the Canadian border to Florida." more...

Evendale Seeking Funding For Trail

"...The Recreation Commission has already completed the first two phases of the bike master plan in Evendale, which included surveys about biking in the village and engineering the trail's design. Phase 3 has commenced, which includes searching for funding to complete the project, said Michele Gottschlich, former member of the Evendale Recreation Commission." more...

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PA: Cresheim Trail Project

4/12/12

"...The Cresheim Trail Project, now in the process of incorporating as a 501(c)3 non-profit, hopes to provide a "key link" between existing Wissahickon Valley trails and the neighborhoods of Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Wyndmoor, Laverock and Cedarbrook." more...

WA: Cyclists Lose Case Against Trolley Tracks

4/12/12

"A judge has thrown out a lawsuit by six bicyclists who claimed the city of Seattle created unsafe conditions when it opened a streetcar line." more...

West Virginia Working On Bike Plans

4/11/12

"Great news for the residents and businesses of West Virginia, with the Department of Transportation (WVDOT) announcing last week it will be gathering public input for a series of regional bicycle plans in population centers across the state." more...

Cleveland Metroparks To Improve Trail Crossing

4/10/12

"The Cleveland Metroparks are willing to split the cost of installing a pedestrian signal at the popular crossing at SOM Center Road and Hawthorne Parkway [in Solon].

"...Since a number of horse-riding enthusiasts told Solon's safety committee last summer they were concerned that the crossing was dangerous, city officials have been trying to work out a solution to improve the perceived safety of the crossing. Residents say that drivers are too distracted and driving too fast." more...

Keystone Fund Threatened In PA

4/10/12

"...The Keystone Fund is widely credited for establishing Pennsylvania as one of nation's foremost trails destinations, creating a recreational infrastructure that has saved many towns and communities struggling economically following the demise of mining and other primary industries." more...

Nebraska 3-Feet Law On Fast Track

4/10/12

"The Nebraska legislature has sent a bill that requires motorists to give bicyclists 3 feet of clearance when passing to Gov. Dave Heineman for his signature." more...

Urban Trails Key To Public Health

4/9/12

"...With convenient access to trails widely regarded as one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to combat obesity and inactivity, these urban pathways are now thought of as not only recreation and transportation infrastructure, but also public health assets..." more

Michigan Boasts Largest Trail Network

"...Michigan has the largest rail-trail system in America, with more than 2,300 miles. And they are well-used; there are more than 300 bike tours that criss-cross the state, enjoyed by more than 45,000 cyclists each year." more...

Alum Creek Construction At Innis Park

4/9/12

"I've been haunting Innis Park and was pleasantly surprised to find TODAY [Sunday, April 8] that the construction to connect the park Northbound towards Easton has started!" more...

Submitted by: Theresa L.

McNamara Park Construction To Finish By June 1

"A renovation project at McNamara Park off Big Walnut Road will be completed by June 1, Genoa Township trustees learned April 5.

"...Renovations included grading and drainage improvements, expanding open fields, adding parking spaces and lengthening the trail. A $100,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was used on the improvements." more...

Indianapolis Launches 64-Mile Bike Lane Network

4/7/12

"...As prime cycling weather takes hold -- and as motorists grapple with what the sometimes-confusing markings and symbols all mean -- now comes the test for the city's newly expanded 64-mile network of on-street bikeways: Will bicyclists start using them?" more...

UT: Rape Victim Speaks At Trail Vigil

4/7/12

"Concerns for community safety following two violent sexual assaults close to the Provo River Trail was the focus of a candlelight vigil along the trail Saturday evening that attracted about 100 people." more...

Video: Towpath Trail Etiquette

4/6/12

"With our great weather, people are heading out in droves to enjoy a walk or bike ride. Many of our park systems have multi-purpose trails for them, but you need to be safe." more...

80-Mile Rail Corridor Railbanked In CA

"...The trail will be known as the Great Shasta Rail Trail (GSRT). The right-of-way along the 80-mile section of the McCloud Railway between McCloud, in Siskiyou County, and Burney, in Shasta County, was purchased from the property's owner, 4 Rails, Inc., by the Shasta Land Trust (SLT)..." more

CA: Cyclist Kills Ped; Posts Online

4/6/12

"A bicyclist who could face vehicular manslaughter charges for plowing into a pedestrian in San Francisco's Castro district admitted in an online post that he sped into a crowded crosswalk, prosecutors believe." more...

Read another account of this tragedy.

SC: Swamp Rabbit Trail Business Thrives

4/5/12

"Of the dozens of businesses that have sprouted along the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Trail, perhaps none has been more transformative than the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery." more...

A Closer Look At The Debate Over Bike Lanes

4/5/12

"...Bill Strickland, editor-at-large for Bicycling worked on a piece for the magazine called "We Have Met the Enemy" with colleague Matt Seaton. In it, they examine what they call the "vicious" opposition to bike lanes in many cities and towns, and come to a startling conclusion: The toughest obstacle to bike lanes is the reputation of the cyclists themselves, who are often seen as rude and dismissive of the rules of the road." more...

Tallgrass Trail Seeks Comments/Grant

4/5/12

"Over 30 people attended a public meeting earlier this week to learn about the Marion County Park District plans to for a large grant they are applying for through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). While the park commissioners were happy with the turnout, they are seeking even more comments to help them win the grant." more...

MORPC Transport Projects Compete For Funding

4/4/12

"The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is in the midst of a four-year update to its 2012-2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a document that outlines transportation projects around central Ohio and helps local municipalities obtain federal funding for those projects.

"More than 300 transportation projects around central Ohio with an estimated cost of $16.47 billion could receive MORPC backing." more...

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Big Walnut Trail Funding For Section 3

4/4/12

"Gahanna residents will be able to enjoy more of the Big Walnut Trail, thanks to council's April 2 approval to enter into a grant agreement that would help fund Section 3." more...

Pedestrian Area Development Sought In Cuyahoga Falls

"The city's Planning Commission voted Monday night to recommend that the City Council pass a resolution in favor of creating a pedestrian-friendly area along Front and Second streets." more...

KY: Lexington Looking To Extend/Connect Trail Network

"The people of Lexington, Ky., are pushing ahead with plans to develop an impressive biking and walking network built around a number of urban and rural rail-trails." more...

Boston 'Bike Czar' Takes New Job

4/4/12

"Nicole Freedman, the director of bicycle programs for the City of Boston, said Tuesday that she will step down this month to take a job in Maine.

"Freedman, a former Olympic bicyclist, began her job in 2007 and is widely credited with helping to bring bicycle lanes to the city and raise overall awareness of bicycling in Boston, which had been known as an unsafe and unpopular place for bicyclists." more...

TN: Greenway Section Gets Lights

4/3/12

"Cleveland Utilities crews have installed new light poles on a popular section of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway that are now illuminating the linear park from Mohawk Drive to Paul Huff Parkway, according to an announcement by Cameron Fisher, chairman of the Greenway board of directors." more...

WA: State Ferries Fare Increases Spare Cyclists

4/3/12

"Fares are going up on the Washington State Ferry system beginning May 1 - except for bicycles..." more

Rivergate Park Key To Lakefront Connections

"Cleveland Metroparks planners are still puzzling over the best way to make the park system a major presence on the lakefront. Now they at least have a piece of the puzzle -- a 2.8-acre plot in the Flats, to be called Rivergate." more...

IN: Greenwood Says "No" To Cyclists

4/2/12

"A city commission in Greenwood, Indiana, is turning away a proposed U.S. Bicycle Route that would take traveling bicyclists through the middle of its historic downtown." more...

RTC: Trail Of The Month

"When it comes to layers of history, few pathways can top the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. This central Connecticut corridor started life as a waterway, then turned into a railroad, then became a multi-use trail. Lately, it's become a crucial link in an ambitious 3,000-mile greenway from Florida to Maine." more...

Pennsylvania Passes '4 Feet' Law

4/1/12

"Pennsylvania becomes the 20th state on Monday to require that motorists give bicyclists a wide margin when passing.

"While 19 states mandate a 3-foot gap, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed a new law on Feb. 2, 2012, that requires 4 feet of space." more...

April Fool's Joke Riles Trail Users

4/1/12

"...A Wisconsin newspaper reported this week that Disney would buy a beloved state biking trail and fill it with arcade games, piped-in music, motorbike paths, and kid-friendly miniature trains.

"Public outcry over the County Line article was so intense that editors buckled yesterday and admitted it was an April Fool's prank." more...

CA: Trails Set To Reopen After Fatality

3/31/12

"The U.S. Forest Service will reopen this weekend one of two entrances to a set of trails that leads to Cedar Creek Falls, an area that has been closed since a 16-year-old El Cajon boy died after falling from a cliff near the popular swimming hole in July." more...

Transportation Funding Gets 90 Day Extension

"This week the House and Senate both passed a 90-day extension of the federal transportation authorization, and the President signed the law. It will continue current programs including Recreational Trails until June 30." more...

WA: Land Acquired For Eastside Rail-Trail

"...Last week the elected council of Kirkland, a key city along the [Eastside Rail Trail] ERT route, authorized the purchase of 5.75 miles of the corridor, an important step in transforming the former rail line into a transportation and recreation resource for King County's growing population." more...

IN: Building A People-Powered Transport System

3/31/12

"When I moved to Columbus in 1977, I was disappointed to find no trails or bicycle lanes. By 1985, I was pleased the City determined significant community interest for walking and biking trails and constructed our first trail between Mill Race Park and Noblitt Park.

"Since 1985, residents have asked for these facilities throughout our community. Our People Trail system is evolving from a recreational system to a transportation system for commuting to work, school, parks, and other destinations." more...

Ohio Park Projects May Lose Funding Source

"...Those four [park] projects are among 42 across Ohio that are eligible for money from the Clean Ohio Fund from the state of Ohio. All are in danger of not getting money.

"The problem is that the Clean Ohio Fund is not being fully funded by the Kasich administration, and that leaves the sponsors of local projects worried, unhappy and frustrated." more...

WA: State To Close Illegal MTB Trails

3/31/12

"A downhill trail system that mountain bikers say is among the best in the world will be closed Monday, April 2, because it was built illegally on Department of Natural Resources land." more...

WA: Future Trail Over Lake Washington

3/29/12

"...The new Highway 520 bridge across Lake Washington will have a bicycle and pedestrian trail. These artists' renderings prove it." more...

Video: Maumee River Trail Bridge Plans

3/29/12

"Getting from one county to another could soon be as easy as riding a bike. That is the goal of the Wood County Port Authority. It is working with other regional organizations to connect Lucas and Wood counties with a biking and walking trail.

"This all started with an 11-mile stretch called the West Side Corridor. One part of that area is an old, abandoned rail bridge. The port authority said it does not look like much now, but it would like to transform it into a connector." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Critical Injury On TJ Evans Trail

3/29/12

"A Worthington teenager was in critical condition Wednesday night at Ohio State University Medical Center in Colubmus after he fell from a skateboard on the T.J. Evans bike path." more...

NC: Cleveland County Approves Trail Bridge Funds

"The Kings Mountain Gateway Trail will receive additional funds from Cleveland County after a bridge project was more costly than the nonprofit group anticipated." more...

Bike-Friendly College Campuses

3/28/12

"Picking up the NCAA March Madness theme, the League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest additions to its list of Bicycle Friendly Universities.

"The League added 5 colleges each to the Silver and Bronze rankings, raising the number of bike friendly campuses to 35 in 21 states." more...

ND: Dangerous Roads Prompt Bicycle Route Changes

3/27/12

"...The Northern Tier and Lewis & Clark bicycle routes were redrawn to avoid the heavy traffic related to the oil and gas industry surge in northwestern North Dakota and moved southward generally to the Interstate 94 corridor." more...

DE: Clearing The Pomeroy Trail

3/27/12

"The Newark Jaycees solidified its partnership with the City of Newark by helping to clear underbrush and debris from the site of the future Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail (PNRT)..." more...

Ohio-to-Erie Trail Ribbon Cutting

See another video clip on this grand opening.

More Cycling Connections For Summit & Portage Counties

"...AMATS, a regional planning agency that plans and helps fund transportation projects in Summit and Portage counties, has included an on-road bike plan in its long-range goals.

"The AMATS Transportation Improvement Program identifies $22 million in bike path projects over the next six years, with AMATS providing $8 million in funding for the 11 projects." more...

Read a previous post on this subject.

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Grove City Trail Completed

Ribbon Cutting April 13
3/26/12

"...A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place for the newly constructed White Road at 10:30 a.m. April 13 at the overpass at Interstate 71.

"A new bike trail was constructed alongside White Road, which runs between Hoover Road and state Route 104." more...

Rail-Trail Bridge Options Considered

"The Wood County Port Authority is taking action regarding the former rail bridge spanning the Maumee River that will become part of a trail connecting portions of Lucas and Wood counties.

"The Port Authority heard a presentation on the matter by Rich Martenko of the University of Toledo and representatives of area engineering firm Claude Brown and Associates." more...

Cincy: Bike Lane Project Officially Postponed

"The last time we reported on the Riverside Drive bike lane project, Cincinnati's Department of Transportation was considering postponing the long-awaited project because of future construction on I-471.

"The delay is official. According the WVXU (91.7 FM), the city's Transportation and Engineering Director, Michael Moore, told Laurie Keleher, the city liaison with the East End Area Council, in an email that the project was indefinitely postponed. The delay, said the email, could range from a year to two years." more...

Subnitted by: Jeff Westrich

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McNamara Parking Closed Due To Construction

3/25/12

A prime parking spot for Genoa Trail users, McNamara Park, is currently under construction and not open to the public for parking.

Submitted by: William Estes

GA: Athens Launches New Rail-Trail Project

3/23/12

"Looking wistfully at the famous and much-loved Silver Comet Trail about 70 miles to the west, local organizers near Athens, Ga., are hoping to build a similar rail-trail attraction in their region." more...

High Ped Fatality Rates In Maryland

"Prince George's County has struggled with some of the highest pedestrian fatality rates in Maryland, prompting it to finally join the Washington region's Street Smart campaign this year, county officials announced Wednesday." more...

Biking/Walking For Underserved Communities

"Speaking at the 2012 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., U.S. Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) yesterday urged transportation planners and advocates to promote bicycling and walking as a means of improving conditions and access in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color." more...

New Bike Plan For Summit & Portage Counties

3/23/12

"The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study is out to boost recreational cycling but also wants to promote on-the-road, commuter cycling.

"On Thursday, its governing board approved a regional bike plan covering Summit and Portage counties." more...

Bike-Hike Trail To Close For 90 Days

"Beginning Monday, March 26 and continuing for approximately 90 days, four miles of the Metro Parks Serving Summit County multi-purpose Bike & Hike Trail will be closed for construction between Nottingham Gate Boulevard in Hudson and Stow Road n Stow." more...

MI: Upper Pennisula Bike Path Damaged

"Damage to a bike path in an Upper Peninsula natural area has made part of the trail unusable." more...

Apparent Suicide On Richland B&O Trail

3/23/12

"A 48-year-old man who apparently jumped from the West Fourth Street bridge [in Mansfield] Thursday afternoon has been identified as Russell Hamrick.

"Richland County coroner's investigator Tom Stortz said Hamrick last lived at 116 Grover St. Police said he jumped 30 feet to his death, landing on the Richland B&O Bike Trail. The incident happened at 3:26 p.m." more...

2012 Advocacy Awards

"To shine the spotlight on the progress and victories of the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is pleased to announce its 2012 Advocacy Award winners. Since 2009, the Alliance has solicited public nominations and recognized the individuals, organizations and business leaders who are propelling our People Powered Movement. This year, we honor the following winners from across North America..." more

Trail Connects To Pittsburgh Airport

"Dozens of spandex-clad bicyclists pedaled to the airport via the newly-opened connection between the Montour Trail and Pittsburgh International Airport Tuesday.

"According to organizers, the Montour Trail is the longest suburban trail in the nation..." more...

Dayton Fatality Identified As WSU Planner

3/21/12

"Michael Schulze, who was instrumental in helping design new buildings and plan growth at Wright State University, died while trail biking at a park near the university." more...

Read a previous report on this tragedy.

OTE Section Grand Opening

"Larry Peck is interviewed on WBNS 10TV to discuss the opening of [a new section of] the Ohio To Erie path from Cincinnati to Columbus."

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Cyclist Killed In Ross County

3/20/12

"A bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle in Ross County Tuesday morning.

"The crash occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on state Route 104 at Lunbeck Road in Springfield Township." more...

New Orleans Gets Bike-Friendly Bronze

3/20/12

"The last six and a half years have not been exactly easy for bikes in the Big Easy. Efforts to make the city more bicycle friendly have been hard fought, however, New Orleans is seeing improvements. And just recently the town known for food, music, and a party atmosphere was awarded the League of American Bicyclists' bronze level status for bike friendliness." more...

Boston Planners Aiming To Cluster Trails

"A regional planning agency is working to expand networks of pedestrian and bike trails in 13 Greater Boston communities, including Dedham, Westwood, and Quincy, to encourage more people to travel via two legs or two wheels.

"The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is looking to connect clusters of communities with trails so that people might be able to safely pedal or walk from their homes to locations they need to go regularly, such as their workplaces." more...

IA: Trail Attacker Nabbed

3/20/12

"An alert victim and fast police work led to the arrest of a Waterloo man accused of stabbing a female jogger at George Wyth State Park on Monday.

"Investigators also linked the suspect, Blake Andrew Houser, 19, of 719 W. First St., to a similar attack on another recreational trail last summer." more...

MORPC Seeks Transportation Input In Delaware

3/19/12

"Residents who are frustrated by problematic roadways and bike paths in the Delaware area have the opportunity to speak their minds.

"The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has asked Delaware residents to make their voices heard regarding which projects they would like to see completed in the next four to six years." more...

FL: Trail Sponsor Bill On Governor's Desk

"Corporate sponsorships of biking and hiking trails may soon be a sign of the times in Florida.

"The weak economy coupled with the reluctance to raise taxes to pay for public services has prompted Florida legislators to approve corporate sponsorships for trails in the sunshine state." more...

BMX Rider Found Dead In Dayton

"A man was found dead lying next to his BMX bike at a MetroPark Saturday.

"A witness found the man on the dirt bike trail at Huffman MetroPark off Route 4 in Dayton, around 10 a.m. Saturday." more...

Trails Improve Neighborhood Fitness

"...A study looking at the differences in levels of physical activity among kids in two different low-income neighborhoods found that the shape, length, width and overall planning of the sidewalk features makes a difference." more...

GA: Rising Gas Prices Mirror Trail Demand

3/18/12

"The Silver Comet Trail, a 61-mile converted railroad track that slices through northwest Georgia to the Alabama border, teems with traffic this time of year from bicyclists, walkers, joggers, roller-bladers and parents pushing baby carriages." more...

Bike-Hike Trail Bridge Delayed Again

3/16/12

"Completion of a $2.6 million rerouting of a popular trail in northern Summit County has been delayed again.

"Commissioners of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, learned Friday that rerouting the Bike & Hike Trail near Brandywine Falls won't be finished until at least mid-June." more...

Senate Approves Transportation Bill

"Big win for the Recreational Trails Program! Today, the Senate approved a $109 billion transportation bill. The bipartisan bill passed by a vote of 74-22. Through a manager's amendment, the Recreational Trails Program was saved! Here is the wording now included in the bill..." more

MD: Hagerstown Oficials Support Civil War Railroad Trail

3/16/12

"Hagerstown officials earlier this month joined the Washington County Board of Commissioners in support of a new biking and hiking trail that would connect Hagerstown's City Park to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal near the Potomac River." more...

Bridge Work To Close Portion Of Panhandle Trail

3/16/12

"...The contractor will begin setting traffic control to close the Ohio 16 passing lanes in both directions. Work will be performed on Cedar Street, including entrance and exit ramps, with Cedar Street and ramps remaining open to traffic. Construction will close the bike trail during the bridge deck replacement over Ohio Central Railroad/Bike Trail, the date for which will be announced..." more

Camp Chase Trail Section To Be Paved

3/14/12

"The next section of the Camp Chase Trail in western Franklin County should be completed by early next year now that the Metro Parks board has approved a $2.3 million contract to build the link.

"The 2.4-mile segment will run between Kropp Road at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park and the community of Galloway in Prairie Township. Metro Parks has finished a 5.5-mile section from the park west to Wilson Road in Madison County." more...

WV: Wood County Delays Action On Trail Plan

3/14/12

"Wood County commissioners delayed action Tuesday on a proposed five-year trails plan.

"...Pinpointed as the priority project was the Little Kanawha Connector Trail to the North Bend Rail Trail with the city of Parkersburg and allow continuance of the American Discovery Trail..." more

Wasson Way Debate: Light Rail Vs. Trail

3/13/12

"...The light rail people don't have any plan whatsoever to preserve the land right now. It could be 20 years before a light rail is feasibly built, and what are we going to do in the meantime with that land? Let it sit? We can't do that," Quinlivan says.

"...The key point is that this rail corridor must be kept in public ownership . if there's not a plan in place to preserve it, it can be sold to anyone," Oberg adds. "Once these corridors go away, they're never coming back. We have to preserve this; we're all fighting the same fight here." more...

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D.C.: 14th Street Bridge Needs Good Bike Connection

3/13/12

"Bicycling to and from the 14th Street bridge on the DC side is not a pleasant experience. Cyclists must choose between harrowing high-speed roadways, too-narrow sidewalks, or long detours. The 14th Street Bridge EIS doesn't address this connection, but it needs to..." more

More Paving For Heart Of Ohio Trail In 2012

3/12/12

"The Heart of Ohio Trail will take another step toward completion this year, Knox County Park District Director Kim Marshall reports.

"...A grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation will pay for 80 percent of the estimated $646,447 cost of paving a 2.6-mile stretch of the trail from Thayer Road to Columbus Road, where the trail comes out near Barb's Diner..." more...

Senate Transportation Bill May Get Vote This Week

3/12/12

"Baltimore and other Maryland localities would receive millions of dollars in federal money for bicycle trails, scenic pull-offs and street beautification projects as part of a huge, bipartisan transportation bill expected to pass in the U.S. Senate as early as Tuesday." more...

Chicago's Elevated Greenway Moving Forward

3/12/12

"Though often prefixed by the words "long-awaited," and "delayed," the Bloomingdale Trail project to convert an elevated rail line in Chicago into a multi-use recreational space is moving ahead pretty quickly these days." more...

Beavercreek Bike/Ped Bridge Proposal Discussed

3/10/12

"Supporters of a bike and pedestrian bridge set to span 500 feet across I-675 say it will enhance the region's bike trail system, stimulate business for local merchants and remedy a situation that leaves many motorists cringing at the sight of pedestrians on the six-lane North Fairfield Road bridge." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Peru Cyclists Stage Naked Protest

3/10/12

"Hundreds of scantily clad and nude cyclists took to the streets of Peru's capital, Lima, to call attention to safety conditions on the city's roads." more...

Michigan Bikeway Closing For Gas Drilling

3/10/12

"The city of Marysville has agreed to allow Bluewater Gas Storage LLC to use a portion of its public bike trail, north of Marysville Park, to stage a drilling operation under the St. Clair River.

"That portion of bike trail will be closed about three months, from August through October." more...

Funding Challenges For Completing Towpath

"The speed with which the Towpath Trail can be completed through Tuscarawas County will depend on what officials include in the state's next two-year capital appropriations budget." more...

Biking In San Antonio

3/10/12

"...explore the extensive greenway hike-and-bike trails that are easily accessible to all parts of the city. They are masterpieces of integration, restoring natural areas, utilizing organic features and creating a system of interconnecting trails that provide invigorating inspiration for exploration." more...

Trail Construction In Houston, TX

"...Barring unforeseen crises, Raine said the Heritage West Trail will open in mid-May. That means unfettered, dedicated bicycle access from North Shepherd in the Heights to downtown - or you can just keep on going to Navigation via the now-completed Heritage East trail." more...

Transportation Bill Wranglings Continue

"...We are thrilled to report that the concept behind a bipartisan amendment, introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), to improve local access to TE and SRTS--better assuring that the most beneficial projects will get a fair shot at approval--has now been integrated into the transportation bill (S. 1813) that went to the Senate floor on Thursday, March 8. This is a huge step forward for trails and active transportation." more...

Water Trails Get National Recognition

"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today unveiled the National Water Trails System, a new network that will increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship of local waterways, and promote tourism that fuels local economies across America." more...

AL: Anniston Chamber Gets MTB Trails Pitch

3/10/12

"A bicycling advocacy group believes that, with the proper infrastructure and support from the community, Anniston's economy can receive a huge boost from a proposed 60-mile mountain bike trail taking shape near downtown." more...

Trends: Trails & Parks Going Underground

"...In a number of big cities across America, several underground transit stations--the long-dormant enclaves of intrepid urban explorers--are being reimagined as creative gathering places, retail hubs, galleries and performance venues. These projects represent some of the most innovative rail-trail plans we have seen in many years." more...

Do You Know How The Recreational Trails Program Is Funded?

3/8/12

"The Recreational Trails Program has an unfortunately name. Every elected official in the country sees the word "recreational" and gleefully thinks this is an opportunity to show that we won't stand our taxes paying for fun and games!

But this is due to a misunderstanding of how RTP is funded. Some places have special gas pumps for ATVs and snow mobiles, recreational, off-road vehicles that aren't used on highways. This fuel bought for off-road use has a lower tax and it is that tax which pays for RTP." more...

MA: Grass Roots Trail Projects

3/7/12

"...Flicking through local newspapers out of Massachusetts during the past week, it is great to see local agencies and community groups rolling the sleeves up to advance their rail-trail ambitions. This grassroots energy speaks volumes about the demand across America for trail networks and bike and pedestrian infrastructure that better serve residents and local businesses." more...

Saving The Recreational Trails Program

"The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a gem among our nation's surface transportation programs. Funded by the gas taxes paid by users of recreational vehicles, the RTP rightfully goes to these trails, thereby enhancing communities around the country." more...

Body Found Near Alum Creek Trail

3/6/12

"...Columbus officers and paramedics responded to a spot off Peak Ridge Drive on a report of a body at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday." more...

Licking County Parks Levy Passes

3/6/12

"...After seven failed levy tries, the district had passed its first levy since the district's formation in 1989." more...

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The Transportation "Plan"

"...Federal transportation funding is likely one of the first big targets for reorganization. As pump prices continue to climb, fewer gallons are sold and less tax revenue collected. Electric, hybrid and more fuel-efficient vehicles also spell trouble for tax collectors as those vehicles consume less fuel. As a result, we have a further shortage of available funds for transportation, compounding the problem." more...

Recreational Trails Still In Trouble

"Updated version of the Senate transportation bill released March 2 has good news for bike/ped programs but not for Recreational Trails..." more

Mica's Florida Constituents Happy?

3/4/12

"...The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has been working with Floridians on trail projects for more than 20 years, and it's always refreshing to see firsthand and feel the power of grassroots energy.

"Yet as I met so many dedicated supporters in the crowd, I couldn't help but think about one terrible irony: how U.S. Congressman John Mica, who represents this part of Florida, is pushing to eliminate the funding sources that make local trail development possible." more...

New Draft Of Transportation Bill More Bike/Ped Friendly

3/2/12

"...This new Senate bill includes a number of changes that are significant to supporters of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and our many partner organizations working to secure continued funding for walking and biking infrastructure." more...

FL Working To Improve Bike/Ped Infrstructure

3/2/12

"...Consistently ranked as the most dangerous state in America for pedestrians, a number of counties in Florida have recently begun concerted efforts to improve their bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, inspired by the example of municipalities across the nation that have shown such investment returns a marked improvement in lifestyle and business activity." more...

PA: River Trail Project Clears Hurdle

3/1/12

"A plan to create a trail and public space along the Delaware took a big step forward Thursday with the transfer of four piers and five vacant acres to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., a nonprofit organization that acts as a steward of development on the river." more...

Proposed Towpath Bridge Gets Maintenance Agreement

3/1/12

"Tuscarawas County commissioners and the Stark County Park District have entered into an agreement to split maintenance costs for the proposed Aqueduct Bridge over the Tuscarawas River north of Bolivar.

"Work is expected to begin next spring on the $1 million bridge, which will carry the Towpath Trail over the river and connect the Stark County and Tuscarawas County portions of the hiking and biking path." more...

RTC Trail Of The Month: Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail

"Looking for a safe bet in Las Vegas? You won't find it at the gaming tables or the slot machines in casinos along the Strip. But if you head just 30 miles southeast of the city toward Hoover Dam, you'll find a sure winner in the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail (sometimes referred to as the Historic Railroad Hiking Trail)." more...

PA: Montour Trail Gets Airport Connector

3/1/12

"It may be just six miles long, but the soon-to-be-unveiled Montour Trail connection to the Pittsburgh International Airport packs a lot of punch." more...

Hanby Depot Bid Approved

2/29/12

"Hanby Park will have a new shelter meant to serve as a hub for bikers on the Ohio-Erie Trail.

"Westerville City Council approved a $195,000 bid from Palmetto Construction Services Feb. 21 for the construction of the 720-square-foot shelter in Hanby Park, 115 E. Park St." more...

MI: Fred Meijer Trail Legacy Continues

2/29/12

"...When in 1994 Fred Meijer donated $265,000 to help purchase an out-of-service rail line in Greenville for what would one day become the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, few would have imagined the broad network of trails it would inspire." more...

WA: Communities Wants Trails, Healthy Alternatives

"...While Richland Mayor John Fox and Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins touted the steps their respective cities have taken to plan for trails and bike routes, residents said that too often they have to get into cars and drive to places for outdoor recreation." more...

Xenia: 4 Injured When Truck Flips On Trail

2/29/12

"Whoever was driving a pickup truck that flipped while being driven illegally on a bikepath at high speed will likely face charges, the Greene County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

"Three of the four people in a red Chevrolet Silverado were ejected when it flipped on the Ohio to Erie bike trail near North Bickett Road late Tuesday night, according to Greene County Parks and Trails spokeswoman Gretchen Rives." more...

Construction Will Close Gap On Alum Creek Trail

2/28/12

"...A 1.1-mile stretch of trail following Alum Creek, from Mock Road Park south to Bethesda Avenue, will cost about $1.75 million.

"This is the second-to-last section of the trail, and construction will begin this spring, said Alan McKnight, the city's recreation and parks director. The final phase of the trail between Three Creeks Metro Park and Westerville should come in 2013, he said." more...

Newark Improves Parking, Extends Bikeway

"The downtown gravel parking area bordered by Second, Third, Market and Canal streets likely will be paved to create 56 parking spaces, a pedestrian walkway and bicycle lanes.

"The city plans to extend the bike path from Fourth Street in front of the police station to First Street at The Works, paving and painting stripes on the one-way Market and Canal streets." more...

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Niles Trail Dispute Headed For Arbitration

2/27/12

"A dispute over $493,000 between the city and general contractor on a still unfinished 4.5-mile bicycle trail is headed to arbitration.

"...At issue is work performed by the contractor, J. D. Williamson Construction Co. of Tallmadge, on a former railroad bridge over the Mahoning River near Walnut Street. The city's plans called for the bridge to be reconstructed but, according to Hess, Williamson submitted a plan to tear down the bridge and replace it with a pre-cast structure." more...

National Trails Surface Study Survey

"In a collaborative effort between the U.S. Access Board, the National Center on Accessibility (NCA), and Oklahoma State University, NCA is seeking to provide qualified professionals, resource specialists and operations staff of parks in the United States with descriptive and or/comparative information about the status of construction practices of pedestrian/hiker, natural surface trails in the United States.

"This study will provide better insight into the products used on trail surfaces, the firmness and stability of those surfaces, and the frequency of maintenance/repair activities performed." more...

Another Go For 3-Foot Law In CA

2/27/12

"The struggle to pass a law in California that requires motorists to give cyclists 3 feet of space when passing won't die.

"A state senator from Long Beach on Friday submitted SB 1464 to the state legislature. It makes it illegal for the driver of a motor vehicle to overtake a bicycle traveling in the same direction "at a distance of less than three feet... "

"So far, 20 states nationwide require that motorists give bicyclists at least a 3-foot margin when passing." more...

Holmes County Trail Ready For Phase 5

2/27/12

"Projects are in the works that will extend the Holmes County Trail from Fredericksburg to Brinkhaven, a countywide span that will stretch 29 miles when complete.

"The trail currently encompasses 15 miles from Fredericksburg to Killbuck. In steps being taken to realize a Rails-to-Trails goal of creating a trail system that connects Lake Erie with the Ohio River, construction is scheduled to begin on the Phase 5 project to link Brinkhaven to Killbuck.

"Phase 5 is basically everything that is left," said Holmes County Park District Director Jen Halverson. "Phase A is the tunnel under (U.S. Route) 62, down by the Knox County line, that will be our next construction project. All going well, we hope to do that this construction season." more...

Proposed Bike/Ped Bridge Over I-675 In Beavercreek

Public Meeting Tuesday 6-8 pm.
2/27/12

"The City of Beavercreek will hold a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday about its plans for a $2.7 million pedestrian and bike bridge that will span Interstate I-675.

"The meeting will be held at Beavercreek City Hall, 1368 Research Park Dr.

"Jeff Moorman, Beavercreek's city engineer, said the public will be able to comment and there will be displays of the bridge that will link Beavercreek and Fairborn." more...

Urban Cincy Against Wasson Way Trail

"In the post-industrial United States cities all across America have been left with an abundance of rail right-of-way that once served industrial properties. Cities have since struggled to find a use for these rail corridors.

"...These are great projects, but in the cases where rail right-of-way is needed in order to introduce rail transit, they should not be done. The acquisition of right-of-way can be one of the most difficult hurdles to clear when developing rail transit, so if you have a prime corridor intact, you should do everything in your power to preserve it for future rail transit." more...

RTC Resources For Urban Trail Builders

2/25/12

"...Since we launched UPI (Urban Pathways Initiative) in 2009, support from The Kresge Foundation has enabled us to work directly with dozens of neighborhood-based groups, from Washington, D.C., to Richmond, Calif., building a national resource of strategies for developing, promoting and programming urban pathways." more...

Transportation Enhancements Means Greater Safety For All

2/24/12

"The 70-degree weather here in Washington, DC, has many residents of our nation's capital thinking about spring. A quick look at area streets reveals many bicyclists and pedestrians reveling in this temporary reprieve from winter, but across America, millions of bicyclists and pedestrians use our country's streets year-round..." more

Boston Bike Share Rolls Out In March

2/22/12

"...Hubway, the bike-sharing program that debuted in Boston last summer, will roll out once again in early March, officials said.

"This week, workers began re-installing some of the program's bicycle-borrowing kiosks at locations across the city, said Nicole Freedman, who heads the city's Boston Bikes program, which helped initiate the New Balance Hubway bike-share system that began late last July." more...

Canalway Grants Program Expanded

2/22/12

"The Ohio and Erie Canalway is expanding its grant program. The new program will fund projects that preserve historical sites and natural areas along the towpath and also promote economic development." more...

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Permit Granted For Zoar Towpath Construction

2/22/12

"Tuscarawas County commissioners approved a flood plain permit Tuesday to construct a 2.7-mile addition to the Towpath Trail from Zoar to Zoarville along the Tuscarawas River.

"Jill Lenger, flood plain coordinator for the Tuscarawas County Regional Planning Commission, said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers already has given its approval. The trail will be built in the river's flood plain." more...

Bike Advocacy Groups May Merge

2/22/12

"The leadership of three bicycle advocacy groups announced Wednesday that they're recommending a unification plan "to more effectively support and advance bicycling in the United States."

"The three are the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Bikes Belong." more...

U.S. MTB Trail Stats

"We had a lot of fun with the mountain bike ownership analysis a couple weeks ago and now it's time to delve into some trail stats. Ever wonder which US states have the most miles of mountain bike trails? Or which states have the lowest trail use densities? We did-and here are our findings." more...

Cincy Bike Lane Project Shelved

"Cincinnati cyclists have been waiting for the arrival of bike lanes on Riverside Drive since summer of 2011, and patience is running thin.

"Yesterday, Cincinnati's Department of Transportation announced that it was considering "indefinitely postponing" the bike lane project because of possible future construction on I-471." more...

Urban Greening = Safer Neighborhoods

2/21/12

"...While RTC has compiled substantial evidence of experience regarding crime and urban trails, which has been documented and presented through our Urban Pathways Initiative (UPI), until now we have lacked hard scientific data to support that anecdotal library.

"Which is why a groundbreaking study on the effects of urban greening in Philadelphia, recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, has drawn so much attention from urban planners, community groups and sociologists alike." more...

Trail News Around The U.S...

Cleveland's Growing Bike-Based Economy

"It's a well-known saying that to live in Cleveland, you've got to be tough. Yet to be a year-round Cleveland cyclist -- battling snow, frame-destroying potholes and distracted drivers -- is another thing entirely, demanding wheels as tough as city streets." more...

MS: Tanglefoot Trail Will Stretch 44 Miles

2/20/12

"...The Tanglefoot Trail will be a 44 mile stretch of former railroad, which will be made into a 10 wide foot paved path for bicyclists and pedestrians from New Albany to Houston, through Union, Pontotoc and Chickasaw Counties.

"Along with the health benefits, organizers expect a host of economic advantages. For example, the 40 mile Longleaf Trace between Hattiesburg and Prentiss has led to an increase in businesses catering to exercise enthusiasts and tourists." more...

Seattle Bike Crashes Mapped

2/20/12

"About once a day in Seattle, a bicycle crash is reported to police.

"Seattle Department of Transportation data, which The Seattle Times used to create an interactive map, show 1,847 crashes from 2007 to 2011. Ten were fatal." more...

Miami: Hit-&-Run In Bike Lane Kills Cyclist

2/16/12

"Miami police report they have arrested Michele Traverso, 25, in the Rickenbacker Causeway hit-and-run on Wednesday morning that left one cyclist injured and one cyclist dead." more...

Panhandle Passage Trail Project

2/16/12

"Gerard Neugebauer provided Village Council with an update Thursday on the Panhandle Passage Trail project.

"Neugebauer, from Environmental Design Group in Green, is the engineering projects manager for the 1.1-mile trail project. The route would begin at the former City Auto dealership on E. Fourth Street in Uhrichsville, go through Dennison and end at the Uhrichsville Water Park. It will be handicap-accessible.

"This is going to be a dynamic project, with significant benefits," he said. "It's going to provide a very easy passage between the two communities. It's part of many considerations for enhancements to the overall community." more...

News From Across The Country...

Camp Chase Bike Hub Considered Priority

"The proposed Camp Chase bike hub received a score of 11.25 and a high priority rating, according to the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning [Commission] (MORPC).

"Westside [Columbus] and central Ohio supporters have advocated for 47 acres of vacant property along the Wilson Road parkland area to be the location of a bicycle hub and recreational station." more...

Westerville Considers Expanding Bike-Friendly Event

"With expanded events, merchants are hoping for an exciting 2012 in Uptown Westerville.

"...The grandest plan -- and one that was met with concern from some business owners -- was expansion of the Garrett Wonders Memorial [Race] to be a national event that could attract thousands to Uptown." more...

OPDMDs And Trail Use

2/16/12

"It has been almost a year since the Department of Justice (DOJ) created a stir in the trails community about "other power-driven mobility devices" (OPDMD).

"While the rules had been open to public comment during the previous year, many of us shared the same thought: "do they really mean what I think they mean?" And yes, the DOJ rules mean that anything with a motor that can be driven, regardless of size or horsepower, is allowed on your trails and open areas if it is driven by a person who says they have a mobility related disability." more...

House Responds To Transportion Bill Opposition

2/15/12

"In a sign that the American Energy and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 7) may lack support to pass the House as it is currently presented, House Republican leaders announced yesterday afternoon they would dismantle H.R. 7 and submit its individual elements to the floor for separate discussion." more...

Clark County Commissioners Cut Parks Funding

"Clark County commissioners agreed Tuesday to cut funds budgeted for local parks and recreation by nearly 53 percent." more...

Read a previous post on this subject.

RTC Trail Of The Month: Medicine Bow Trail

"...this corner of the West may no longer be wild, but it's far from tame. "It's more rustic than other rail-trails, but that's part of its merit," says Amber Travsky, a board member of Cycle Wyoming, a statewide bicycling advocacy group. The nearest city, Laramie, is 30 miles away, and moose on the trail may outnumber the people using it on any given day. "If you get a flat, you better be able to fix it," she adds." more...

Fix The Transportation Bill!

Support the Cardin/Cochran and Klobuchar Amendments

"The U.S. Senate could vote on its version of our nation's next multiyear surface transportation bill later this week. Unfortunately, as it currently stands, the bill does not provide dedicated funding for trails, walking and bicycling, breaking a 20-year precedent." more...

President's Budget Proposals For National Parks

"...The President's Fiscal Year 2013 budget released today requests $2.6 billion to support the bureau's critical national recreation, preservation and conservation mission.

"The 2013 President's budget request fully funds $27.0 million in fixed costs and provides increases totaling $39.2 million to fund essential programs and emerging operational needs.

"Reflecting the President's call for fiscal discipline and sustainability, the budget also includes $67.2 million in strategic reductions in park and program operations, construction, and heritage partnership programs." more...

More Trail News...

Underground Railroad Route Gets Detroit Option

2/14/12

"The home of the American auto industry is one of the cities on an alternate route unveiled today for the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route.

"The Adventure Cycling Association didn't choose Detroit for its status as an auto maker, however. It was chosen for its place in history as the last stop for some slaves before reaching freedom in Canada." more...

Licking Parks Levy Vote Coming

2/13/12

"Closed parks and unmaintained bike paths are the future if voters reject a property tax request by the Licking Park District on March 6, and a group of community leaders are for the first time helping to broadcast that message.

"The district manages more than 1,600 acres of parks and natural areas in Licking County, in addition to 24 miles of bike paths and 25 miles of recreational trails. But a loss of more than $400,000 in funding, or about 70 percent of its budget, over the past two years has left the district on the edge of bankruptcy, officials said." more...

Completing The Indianapolis Cultural Trail

2/13/12

"Super Bowl visitors relied heavily on the nearly complete Indianapolis Cultural Trail this month as they navigated much of Downtown.

"Now that the mega-event is in the city's rearview mirror, traffic barrels are back out along Virginia Avenue east of East Street. Crews will start on the last two unbuilt segments in coming months and put finishing touches on others." more...

Bike Cleveland Hires Full-Time Exec

2/11/12

"Cleveland's bicycling community has its first full-time advocate.

"Bike Cleveland, a new nonprofit, has hired Jacob VanSickle, 27, of Old Brooklyn, as its executive director.

"Cleveland and its growing bicycle network join cities like Chicago and Portland that have full-timers pushing for more and safer routes to bike and walk, as well as money to back the cause." more...

Funding Secured For Bolivar Towpath

"...funding of $125,000 has been secured for all three phases of the [Bolivar towpath] trail. Phase I and Phase II will be constructed through the village this summer." more...

More People Walking & Biking

2/10/12

"More people are walking and using two wheels. These are the findings from the Bicycling and Walking in the US: 2012 Benchmarking Report, which was released in January by the Alliance for Biking & Walking." more...

Speak Out Against House Transportation Bill!

"Some are calling it "the worst bill ever." From a trails vantage point, it's hard to disagree.

"...Since the bill is so far beyond repair, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is joining a tremendous coalition of groups across the political spectrum to defeat this bill when it comes to the House floor-expected to begin Tuesday, February 14!" more...

Bikes Belong Green Lane Project

2/8/12

"Six cities will adopt innovate street designs for safer cycling over the next two years as part of a new program from Bikes Belong.

Green Lane Project from Bikes Belong on Vimeo.

"The Green Lane Project will provide financial and technical assistance for cities to develop physically protected cycling infrastructure. The six to-be-determined cities will then serve as models for other American cities looking to incorporate street designs that make cycling appealing to residents of all ages." more...

Bike Industry Growing Local Economies

2/8/12

"While many businesses in the US are still trying to recover economically, those in the bicycle industry are seeing the wheels of progress moving again. Two economic studies released last month show strong growth on two wheels, and bicycle advocates suggest this could be part of a larger trend in the US." more...

Senate To Address Transportation Funding

"In the next few days we are expecting to see amendments proposed by champions in the Senate to include funding for RTP and for Transportation Enhancements/Safe Routes to School programs. Please watch for news and specific legislation to ask your Senators to support." more...

Clark County May Reduce Park Funding

2/8/12

"Clark County commissioners are considering cutting funds budgeted for local parks and recreation by nearly 68 percent just weeks after approving the 2012 budget.

"In a 2-1 vote, commissioners John Detrick and David Hartley agreed last month to appropriate $80,000 for the National Trail Parks and Recreation District with the caveat the organization take care of grass and snow removal at the National Road Commons park developed by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's Community Improvement Corporation." more...

Enhancement Projects Efficient Job Creators

2/7/12

"...A study released this week by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Transportation Research Board found that, dollar for dollar, TE projects that were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) allocation generated more jobs than any other form of ARRA transportation construction." more...

Completing The Towpath By 2020

"Dan Rice, president and chief executive officer of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition, looks at the Towpath Trail as the trunk of a tree before it develops its branches.

"The overall vision is for a trail that will one day span from the south side of New Philadelphia (near Gradall) and cover about 101 miles north to Lake Erie. While about 81 miles of the trail is complete, there is still a big portion of the project still to be completed in Tuscarawas County.

"The goal is to have it finished by 2020 - an aggressive one, but something Rice believes can happen." more...

Toronto Seeking To Close Gaps In Trail System

2/7/12

RTC Gets Key Win In Harsimus Embankment Case

2/7/12

"...Thanks to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) remarkable legal team, led by general counsel Andrea Ferster and pro bono attorney Charles Montange, and our partners in Jersey City, the ambitious dream of a public greenway through the heart of downtown Jersey City is still alive following a crucial legal ruling announced last week." more...

SC: James Island "Connector" Off Limits To Cyclists

2/7/12

"The City of Charleston and the South Carolina Department of Transportation have closed the James Island Connector, a truncated segment of Interstate 526, to bicyclists and pedestrians. While not an official bike route, local law enforcement never actively kept cyclists and pedestrians from using the route." more...

Columbus Trails Update

From the MetroParks Greenways Gazette, Feb. 2012:

Alum Creek Trail

  • City is projecting that it will be 2013 before the Alum Creek trail will be completely connected.
  • Suspension bridge at Wolfe Park- hope to schedule for the spring.
  • Innis Rd to Champions Golf Course- to bid this spring.
  • Balleyvaughn Dr to Valleydale- open to bidding; City is will also be putting in trailhead parking.

Olentangy Trail

  • Trail mileage has changed. When the trail was first measured, it started closer to downtown. With the new mileage starting at Dublin Rd, it has shortened the total mileage to Worthington Hills.

Scioto Trail

  • Riversedge complex to 5th Ave- scheduled to bid in February.
  • Dublin Rd (water plant) to Grandview Ave- ODOT project scheduled to award contract in May with construction to start in June.

Blacklick Creek Trail

  • Long Rd bridge- construction to begin March/April with completion in May.

Antrim Park:

  • The gravel loop trail (not Metro Parks) is scheduled for resurfacing this spring, and may be closed during the process.

Source: considerbiking.org

Blumenauer: "The Worst Piece Of Transportation Legislation I've Seen."

"Last week was not a great week for bike advocacy here in the United States.

"The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released a bill that was far worse for biking and walking than anyone had expected."

[This article includes sound bytes from from Blumenauer and the proponent of the bill, John Mica. more...]

TX: Plano Completing Bike Plan

2/3/12

"A short video about how Plano is encouraging cycling, including an interview with Brian Bedingfield, a member of the BikeDFW Board and Plano Bicycle Association." more...

Summit County Council Considering Towpath Grant

2/2/12

"...a $75,000 grant to the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (OECC) for coordination and support of the Summit County Trail & Greenway Plan.

"...On a related note, Summit County Executive Russ Pry told Council an event marking the completion of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail in Summit County will be held July 7, most likely at Lock 3 Park." more...

IL: Springfield-Sangamon County Creating Bike Plan

"The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission is in the early stages of creating a bicycle and pedestrian plan for rural parts of the county.

"The goal will be to link rural communities. Plans could include dedicated bicycle/walking trails or a bike lane on roadways, said Linda Wheeland, senior planner at the regional planning commission." more...

FL: Many Students Hit By Cars In Velusia School District

2/2/12

"Two students involved in automobile accidents in West Volusia this morning, Feb. 2, were the 16th and 17th students to be hit by cars on their way to or from school during this school year." more...

Breaking News: Bike/Ped Amendment Defeated

2/2/12

"The bipartisan Petri/Johnson/Lipinski amendment was defeated by a narrow 27-29 vote." more...

The Long View On Trail Funding

2/1/12

"The current crisis in funding for trails and other bicycle-pedestrian programs has created another big partnership problem. Why is one trails program funded but Enhancements are not?

"...The new House transportation bill specifically attacks programs for bikeways, walking, state bike programs, rail trails, and safe routes to school. The reason the Recreational Trails Program seems to be spared (this week, anyway), is probably because it is tied to a specific aspect of the federal fuel tax: gas burned by OHVs, snowmobiles, hunters, and others driving off-highway on our public lands." more...

Arizona Considers 'Idaho Stop' Law

"A bill currently in the Arizona State House of Representatives, called HB2211, would change Arizona traffic law to mirror the Idaho Stop as Yield law.

"The bill is currently in the Rules Committee, and there is the possibility that the head of that committee, Jerry Weiers (R-Glendale), may allow it to languish there because he opposes it." more...

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US Rep. Bob Gibbs On Transportation Bill

1/30/12

"...This is going to give states more flexibility," Gibbs said Monday, indicating that the proposal eliminates the mandate and gives states control over the funds they receive.

"There are so many projects going on nationally and people at the state level are better judges of what is needed. It isn't up to some Washington bureaucrat to decide this."

"...Gibbs added that Ohio officials can decide to maintain its present funding levels for trail and bikeway projects." more...

Clinton County Trail Plans Move Forward

1/30/12

"The Clinton-Fayettte Friendship Trail was approved in a split vote by the Clinton County commissioners Monday afternoon, putting a two-year plan to build the controversial bike trail through Sabina into action.

"The Clinton County Park District (CCPD) is now actively pursuing a Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant worth $500,000 and a Transportation Enhancement grant worth $1.2 million to pay for Phase I of the bike trail, which will stretch from Melvin Road to Borum Road, near the Clinton-Fayette county line." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Adopt-A-Trail Program For Little Miami Trail

1/30/12

"If you are one of the many bikers, hikers or runners who enjoy the nearly 50 mile-long Little Miami State Park [trail], you may notice a cleaner and safer environment this year.

"A non-profit organization, Friends of the Little Miami State Park (FLMSP), has enlisted volunteers in its Adopt-a-Trail program to maintain and to be a watchdog for the entire length of the trail. And they are looking to complete more ambitious projects in the future." more...

Action Alert! Save Biking & Walking

"On Thursday, February 2, the House Transportation Committee will vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that eliminates crucial funds for biking and walking.

"This long-awaited multi year transportation bill eliminates the two largest programs that fund biking and walking infrastructure-Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. Without these programs, communities all over the country will lose resources to build the sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that make biking and walking safe and accessible in communities across the country." more...

Body Found Along Little Miami Trail

1/30/12

"An autopsy has revealed the body found along a bike trail Sunday morning was that of a man who commited suicide.

"The body is a white man in his mid-50s. He was found by a resident along a bike trail near Corry Street at 8 a.m. Sunday, according to Yellow Springs police investigator Naomi Penrod." more...

PA Passes '4 Feet' Bill

1/30/12

"A bill sits on the Pennsylvania governor's desk that would make the state the 20th to require that motorists give bicycle riders 3 or more feet when passing.

"In Pennsylvania's case, it would be the first to require a 4-foot margin. It also makes it a crime to turn into the path of a bicyclist." more...

House Releases Transportation Bill Preview

"The House of Representatives released a preview of its version of the federal transportation funding bill.

"Like the Senate bill announced in November, the House version eliminates the requirement for states to spend highway funds on such programs as Trails, Safe Routes to School, and Enhancements.

"Advocates in Washington, DC urge you contact your Representative and stress the importance of dedicated funding for these essential programs that make trails and active transportation possible." more...

Trail Grants Awarded To MN & ND

1/29/12

"Trails in North Dakota and Minnesota are receiving grants through a program from the National Park Service.

"In North Dakota, the Fort Union Trading Post and Knife River Historic Villages national historic sites received a $64,500 grant to promote distance learning along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail." more...

4 New Trails Coming To Akron Area

1/28/12

"Four new bike trails will be constructed in the Greater Akron area thanks to action by AMATS. The agency's Policy Committee approved nearly $2.5 million to develop two trails in Portage County and two in Summit County during its Jan. 26 meeting.

"The four trails, project sponsors and funding amounts are..." more...

USA Cycling Awarks 20K In Grants

1/27/12

"Each year, USA Cycling recognizes outstanding cycling programs with cash grants through the USA Cycling Development Foundation Centers of Excellence program.

"In 2011, ten programs were designated as Centers of Excellence, based on organizational criteria and performance results in developing junior and U23 athletes." more...

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Marion County Cuts Parks Funding

1/27/12

"Marion county officials support continued development of the Marion Tallgrass Trail - but not with county money.

"However, they threw their support behind an application for state grant funding Thursday.

"...A few minutes later, the Marion County Board of Commissioners deappropriated 2012 funding for the parks district." more...

IL: Old Plank Road Trail Breakthrough

1/27/12

"...Finally, the end is in sight, with the news this month that the city of Chicago Heights has signed off on a preliminary engineering report for a multi-use trail across the missing link [for the Old Plank Road Trail], an event that supporters are describing as an "all systems go" announcement.

"As advocates note, it took the terms of four Chicago Height mayors to reach this point. Current Mayor David Gonzalez's commitment to the project continued the momentum generated by his predecessor, Alex Lopez, and Alderman Willie White. Both Lopez and White have since passed away. The completion of the Old Plank Road Trail will be just part of both men's significant legacy." more...

Kansas City Passes Bike Share Resolution

1/26/12

"Just moments ago, Kansas City, Mo., took a giant leap toward a healthy, vibrant and economically sustainable future by passing a resolution to permit the establishment of a bike-share program this year." more...

Columbus Cyclists Call For Speeding Up Bike Plan

1/26/12

"A bicycling-advocacy group that helped write a 2008 plan to expand bike lanes on Columbus streets now is calling on city officials to speed things up.

"The city needs to move more quickly on designating bikes-only lanes Downtown, said Jeff Stephens, executive director of Consider Biking, a group that has encouraged Columbus and other central Ohio cities to think about cyclists as they plan their road projects.

"Consider Biking has started a campaign called "Connect the Core," which seeks supporters' signatures on petitions pushing for bike lanes on nine Downtown streets, including 3rd, 4th, Spring and Long streets." more...

Westerville Residents Wary Of Bridge Plan

1/25/12

"Residents in attendance were less than enthusiastic about a proposed bike bridge over County Line Road.

"On Thursday, Jan. 19 about 50 residents attended an informal public meeting at the Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., that showcased plans for the bridge to carry the Westerville Bikeway over the busy thoroughfare.

"...Are there other alternatives? What are the needs?" said Larry Shaw, a resident of Nature Trail. Shaw said he favors a traffic signal that would only be in use when activated by someone using the bikeway, which runs from Schrock Road to Maxtown Road along a former railroad right of way." more...

MORPC Updating Central OH Transportation Plan

1/25/12

"Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission representative Amelia Constanzo told city officials last week that any transportation-related projects a community anticipates starting in the next 20 years should be included on the 2012 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

"The plan is updated every four years. Constanzo said it is important because federal transportation dollars are distributed based on information in the MTP." more...

Recreational Trails Program In Trouble

"The Recreational Trails Program is in very deep trouble. The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has approved transportation reauthorization legislation known as MAP-21 that would effectively eliminate the RTP by stripping the program of its dedicated funding.

"...The Coalition for Recreational Trails and its member organizations have been working to identify key Champions in the Senate with the aim of having an amendment to restore dedicated funding for the RTP added to the bill before it is considered by the full Senate.

"Reaching this goal will not be possible without your help." more...

Bicyclist Risk By State

1/24/12

"Oregon has the highest rate of bicycle commuting in the 50 states, but South Dakota is the safest state for cycling.

"Those are just a couple of findings in the extensive Benchmarking Report for 2012 issued this week by the appropriately named Alliance for Biking and Walking.

"The report ranks the state and big cities on levels of bicycling and walking, the comparative risks of those pursuits, and funding for non-motor vehicle transportation." more...

IN: Batesville Receives Trail Grants

1/24/12

"When Batesville residents were surveyed in 2009 about future park upgrades, "the No. 1 thing people wanted was trails," Batesville Parks and Recreation Board President Bob Fitzpatrick pointed out Jan. 18." more...

National Parks Improvements Includes Trails

1/24/12

"Millions of dollars are flowing to the National Park System for work on aging roads, multiple-use trails in need of some TLC, and transportation systems thanks to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation." more...

Williamsburg-Batavia Construction Slated This Year

"Work is scheduled to begin this summer on the newest section of biking and hiking trail connecting portions of Clermont County.

"The Williamsburg-Batavia Hike/Bike Trail will ultimately be 13 miles long linking the two communities through East Fork State Park." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Sabina Trail Opposition

"Sabina Village Council member Bill Lewis met with the board of commissioners Wednesday to discuss his opposition to an impending bike trail slated to run through Sabina.

"Members of the Clinton County Park District met with commissioners last week to discuss construction funding for the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail, a financial commitment that is needed by the end of the month. The district is interested in pursuing a Clean Ohio Trail Fund (COTF) grant worth $500,000 and a Transportation Enhancement (TE) grant worth $1.1 million to pay for Phase I of a bike trail that would go through Sabina.

"...Lewis, who has spoken out against the trail in the past, revisited a number of reasons for his opinion, including the potential for the bike trail to impede on Sabina's railroad." more...

Read a previous post on this subject.

IN: Shelbyville Discusses Trails

1/24/12

"Local bike enthusiasts are invited to a meeting Feb. 1 with Community Aspiration to discuss the possibility of building new bike trails both in Shelbyville and beyond.

"...Currently, there are two bike trail expansion proposals connected to Shelbyville, though both are still in very early stages, organizers stress." more...

KY: Louisville Looks To Complete 100-Mile Trail

1/23/12

"The Kentucky Public Service Commission today approved a land exchange that is expected to result in the completion of a 100-mile hiking and biking trail in Louisville." more...

NY: Linking Rochester Campuses By Trail

1/23/12

"With small modifications, a proposed "Access 390" highway project could bind Rochester's three major universities with several multi-use trails and bikeways and move us toward a future that is more ecological, economical, healthful and energy-independent.

"It could really happen-but we have to ask for it!" more...

Railbanking Success Story In TX

"...In 1993, Denton officials struck a deal with Union Pacific (UP) to secure rights to an abandoned stretch of freight track running eight miles into the city from the southeast. The line was once part of the renowned Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, also known as the Katy.

..."We always recognized we had to preserve this corridor for future transportation uses," says Bob Tickner, city of Denton superintendent of parks planning, who in 1993 was involved in negotiating the purchase from UP. "We knew it would one day become passenger rail, we just didn't know when." more...

FL: Lawmakers Consider Naming Rights For Trails

1/20/12

"Coming soon to a bike trail, public school cafeteria or Turnpike exit ramp near you: Corporate naming rights?

"That may soon be the case, if lawmakers pass a number of proposed bills making their way through the Capitol.

"Behind the idea is Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, who says the state needs to find creative ways to bring in money without raising taxes." more...

3 States Working On 3-Feet Law

1/19/12

"Bicycle advocates in Pennsylvania are pushing for a bill that would require drivers give cyclists 4 feet of clearance when they pass.

"...California advocates also are seeking new 3-foot legislation this year after last year's veto, and a Nebraska legislator has introduced HB 1030 that requires a 3 feet when passing a bicyclist." more...

NY: Trail Link Across The Hudson

1/19/12

"Preliminary work will begin soon on connecting the Walkway Over the Hudson with the Dutchess County Rail Trail, which many believe will boost tourism and economic development in the Poughkeepsie and Highland areas.

"Completing the gap between the two recreational attractions is expected to draw more walkers, bicyclists and inline skaters to both, as well as the Hudson Valley Rail Trail in the Town of Lloyd.

"A deal was reached this week to make the long-sought connection a reality. CSX railroad has agreed to sell the eight-tenths of a mile stretch to the Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization for $1,150,000." more...

Read a previous post on this topic.

Funding Sought For Columbus Connector

1/18/12

"Work could begin as early as next year on a paved multi-use trail connecting the Olentangy Parklands with the Shops at Worthington Place.

"The 8- to 10-foot path would begin where the existing bike path ends in the parking drive to the Olentangy Parklands. It would follow along West Wilson Bridge Road to Old West Wilson Bridge Road, where it would become part of the roadway to the mall. It then would wrap around the mall and connect to the sidewalk at Wilson Bridge Road and North High Street.

"The path is the first step in plans to someday connect the Olentangy bike trail with the Worthington Community Center on East Wilson Bridge Road." more...

Mariemont Considers Hike/Bike Trails

1/18/12

"A contentious bike race proposal has inspired several Mariemont residents to transform some of the village's under-utilized land into a recreation spot with more than two miles of hike/bike trails.

"Though council voted against hosting a cyclocross race in Mariemont, the idea spurred a renewed interest in creating trails in the village's south 80 acres, behind the pool on Mariemont Avenue, said volunteer Joe Stelzer." more...

Heritage Trail Crossings Being Examined

"Cyclists and walkers on Hilliard's Heritage Rail Trail hope that some city intervention will make crossing roads a little less treacherous.

"The multiuse trail crosses three major roads - Cosgray, Leppert and Hayden Run. Crossing them can be like a game of Frogger, said Kathryn Shryne. "It's a very frightening place to cross."

"Letty Schamp, a transportation engineer for Hilliard, said the city is aware of the problem and spent the fall collecting data on how the path is used, as well as traffic volume and speeds.

"Shchamp hopes to have a plan completed by the spring, which could include asking Franklin County to lower the speed limits - now 45 mph north of the trail on Cosgray and Leppert and 55 mph on Hayden Run - or posting more police officers to enforce traffic laws." more...

CVNP Grants Include Bike Connector

1/18/12

"...The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is getting $3,207,266 in federal grants for five projects tied to the tourist railroad.

"...The biggest grant in the Cuyahoga Valley is $1,356,976 to build a new pedestrian-bicyclist bridge from the train's Rockside Station across the Cuyahoga River to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail at the Lock 39 Trailhead.

"At present, bicyclists riding the train must negotiate traffic-filled streets to get from the train to the trail, and the new bridge will boost safety and convenience, officials said.

"The new bridge would be just south of Rockside Road between Independence and Valley View." more...

Gahanna Looking At New Bike Trail Section

1/17/12

"A Gahanna City Council members are mulling over the parks and recreation department's requests for environmental planning and surveying for the third section of the Big Walnut recreational trail.

"...Collins said the city would receive a Recreational Trail Program grant for $150,000 for the third section of the trail if the project is completed by Dec. 31.

"...Since 2009, the city has completed Sections 1, 2, 6 and 7 of the trail at a total cost to the city of $715,000. The city received grant funds of $979,000 for those sections." more...

Springfield To Pursue Grants For Trail Land

1/17/12

"Commissioners unanimously approved an application for state funding Tuesday night that would buy land on which to build two missing portions of a Springfield recreation trail.

"The application for more than $169,000 in Clean Ohio Trails funds would provide 75 percent of funding needed to link the Little Miami Recreation Trail - if approved by the Clean Ohio Council, according to the emergency ordinance." more...

News Across The U.S.

Medina Trail Construction Underway

1/16/12

"A multipurpose walking and biking path will connect the southeastern portion of Medina to the downtown district by early summer.

"The Champion Creek trail is a one-mile extension of an existing trail in Roscoe Ewing Park, which currently extends 1.3 miles. Bikers, walkers, and rollerbladers can use the trail.

"The addition will stretch from E. Smith Road, a block from the square, to S. Broadway Street and then along Wadsworth Road, hooking up with Springbrook Drive and winding through Nichols Park before crossing Guilford Boulevard and connecting to the existing trail in Roscoe Ewing Park." more...

GA: MTB Trail Constuction In Chatt-Bend Park

1/16/12

"Thanks to the commitment of individuals, construction should begin soon on a series of mountain bike trails at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.

"The Chattahoochee Bend State Park Mountain Bike Club has formed and has already flagged nearly 13 miles of proposed trails.

"The next step is getting the trail locations approved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Then comes construction." more...

VA: Rockingham County Looking To Connect Trails

1/16/12

"...Local bikers hope to connect lanes in the more dangerous parts of town to help keep bikers and drivers safe.

"That's why Harris is part of Rockingham County's newly-formed bicycle advisory committee. The committee hopes to have a master bicycle plan to expand the city's trails, and to make dangerous intersections safer.

"Harris said the City of Harrisonburg has worked for the past two decades to expand its biking trails, but he'd like to see more trails connect to make travel easier." more...

WV: Recreation Projects Get Assistance

1/15/12

"The National Park Service is helping local communities implement more than 200 natural resource and recreational projects, including some in West Virginia.

"Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the partnerships with the agency's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program this week as part of the America's Great Outdoors initiative." more...

Galena Trails News Brief

"...Galena collaborated with multi-jurisdictional groups to complete the Hoover Scenic Trail between Plumb and Wiese roads and to plan for the East Bank Trail around Hoover Reservoir.

"A grant application is pending to complete the Ohio to Erie Trail along Galena's Brick Trail on the old railroad bed."

Source: sunburynews.com

Napa Valley Bike Plan Boasts 450 Trail Miles

1/14/12

"A 25-year plan for bicycling in the Napa Valley includes almost 450 miles of new bikeways and route improvements branching to all areas of the county and to main thoroughfares to the rest of the Bay Area.

"The plan estimates that it will cost more than $60 million to complete the bikeways, which includes bike paths such as the Napa Valley Vine Trail, the Bay Trail, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and bike lanes and bike routes along state highways, county roads and city streets." more...

Trail News From Across The U.S.

Recent bike plan and trail news:

4 NE Ohio Recreation Projects Get Assistance

1/13/12

"The National Park Service on Thursday announced technical assistance to four recreational projects in Northeast Ohio.

"The projects eligible for assistance from the park service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program are..." more...

Developing A Coastal Bikeway In CA

1/12/12

"Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) Western Regional Office has been watching with great interest the progression of plans for a rail-trail along Monterey Bay in the Central Coast of California.

"So too have the people of Santa Cruz County, and the champagne corks were well and truly popping with the announcement recently that the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) had closed the deal to acquire the right-of-way beside the 32-mile Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line." more...

UT Launches 1st E-Bike Share

"The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is home to the nation's first automated electric bicycle (e-bike) sharing system. The pilot program is the subject of a research study by civil and engineering assistant professor Chris Cherry and Stacy Worley and David Smith from biosystems engineering. If successful, it may be adopted into a full-scale program by the university.

"The system will introduce two bike sharing stations with ten bikes each-seven e-bikes and three bicycles. The first station is on Presidential Court. A second station is slated for installation on the Agriculture Campus." more...

Sabina Considers Trail Funding Options

1/12/12

"Members of the Clinton County Park District met with the Clinton County commissioners Wednesday to discuss construction funding for the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail, a financial commitment that is needed by the end of the month.

"...The Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail is a joint project between the 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 Court House and New Holland and points north, east and west via the Triangle Trails system." more...

Genoa Trail Plans On Hold

1/12/12

"With no defined route in place, the Rails-to-Trails Committee has nixed plans to submit a funding application this year for the Genoa leg of the [NCIT] trail.

"The committee has until Feb. 1 to turn in a pre-funding application to the state for the North Coast Inland Trail project that would link Genoa to Elmore. A more defined version is due in March." more...

MA: Wayland Trail Group Making A Difference

1/12/12

"Conscious of the many benefits rail-trails bring to rural communities, the people of Wayland, Mass., about 20 miles west of Boston, are taking a proactive approach toward developing a rail-trail in their region." more...

Top Stories From 2011

1/12/12

We took a look back at the top stories from 2011. Though a case can be made that our ranking order is not perfect, the main objective was to include the most prominent stories and events. more...

MS: Rail Company Donates 21-Mile Corridor For Trail

1/10/12

"Patriot Rail Corp. has demonstrated a tremendous community spirit by donating a section of unused rail corridor to the people of Mississippi for conversion into a rail-trail.

"The 21-mile portion of the Mississippi and Skuna Valley (MSV) Railroad line runs through Calhoun and Yalobusha counties in north-central Mississippi. Calhoun County Board of Supervisors accepted the property donation last month, establishing the Mississippi and Skuna Valley Rails to Trails Recreational District. Since the MSV also traverses Yalobusha County, Calhoun County entered into a joint agreement with Yalobusha County for the project." more...

Progress Report: Ohio River Trail

"The ORT has been talked about since the mid to late nineties! Over the past few years, it has started to gain a lot of momentum. Notice from the City of Cincinnati Bike Program, plan update, you can see the progress from 2011 going into 2012.

"Still a long way to go, but it really seems to be moving at a nice pace.

ORT graphic
ORT graphic

"I accidentally happened to find a pretty cool video for one of the current phases of the Ohio River Trail on the City of Cincinnati's Transportation Department website. It's the segment from Corbin St. to Collins Ave. [Video shows a virtual fly over of completed trail section.]

"I presume the Army Corp will have to be involved with this segment because of the bank stabilization along the Ohio River. Their cost estimate for this approximately 1 mile segment, is $1.5 to $2 million.

"Just a hunch, but I think it will cost more than that. Check out the video [link below]. Click on the start arrow and it will expand to video. [149 mg download.]

http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/noncms/transeng/media/OhioRiverTrail-122011.wmv

"Additional info on Corbin to Collins (proposed trail alignment)."

Submitted by: Jeff Westrich

PA Rail Trail Continues To Face Hurdles

1/9/12

"...It has been 22 years since the railroad company Conrail filed to officially abandon a section of the Enola Branch rail line, which runs through the townships of Bart, Sadsbury, Conestoga, Eden, Providence and Martic.

"In that time, widespread support for the conversion of the 23-mile section of rail corridor into a multi-use trail has been held up by costly and complex legal proceedings and title disputes, which has in turn delayed funding applications." more...

Columbus Driver Rams Cyclists

"I guess the time comes with every cyclist where you are hit by a car. Saturday night was my closest call yet, as a group of seven people I was riding with in Columbus OH was plowed into from behind at speed, perhaps at 35 mph.

"Two lanes in either direction with a center turning lane, no traffic at all, sharrows painted on the road, and easily 10 blinkie lights between the 7 people. We were riding in a tight group, taking up no more than 2 or 3 parking spaces length of road in one lane.

"No sounds of brakes, no sounds of the engine, the first notice any of us in the tight group had was a loud bang with the impact with the first rider and then the actual crash..." more

Submitted by: Marty Crawford

Williamsburg to Batavia Trail Progress Report

1/7/12

"[The Williamsburg-Batavia Trail] is being developed in Clermont County, next county over to the east of Cincinnati, from Williamsburg through East Fork Lake State Park to Batavia.

"The first phase is complete, the second phase is to begin summer of 2012, and the third phase is in the works.

"The video (below) is dull but gives some good information regarding the phases of the trail. I've been on the trail and it is a nice scenic trail (only 2.5 miles currently)."

Submitted by: Jeff Westrich

Armleder Park Trail To Link To Ohio-to-Erie Trail

"Armleder Park is a joint venture between the Cincinnati Park Board, Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the Hamilton County Park District. Over the past year, they have been working on a connection between the Armleder Park and Lunken Airport Trail.

"It was supposed to have been completed by now, but all the rain delayed the project. With the added connector, it will total almost 8 miles between the two and will eventually connect to the Little Miami Scenic Trail."

Here's a link to Cincinnati biking info and below is a map of all the present and future trail connections in the east Cincinnati region. (Click to enlarge.)

Lunken Area Map

Submitted by: Jeff Westrich

Possible Extension For The Simon Kenton Trail

"Superintendent Kris Myers gave the Joint Recreation Board an update on the possible extension of the Simon Kenton Bike Path into Logan County and Bellefontaine at a regular meeting Tuesday." more...

Minneapolis Continues To Lead As Best Biking City

1/5/12

"After being acclaimed as America's best city for biking in 2010, what can you possibly do for an encore?

"In the case of Minneapolis, Minn., you do even more bicycling--and more walking, too.

"People here biked and walked 16 percent more in 2011 than in 2010, when Minneapolis was crowned "#1 Bike City" by Bicycling magazine. St. Paul, and a number of inner-ring suburbs nearby, showed similar growth.

"Biking rose 22 percent across the Twin Cities compared to 2010, according to data just released by Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC). And it's up a whopping 53 percent since 2007, when the organization began counting bicyclists and pedestrians at 42 locations from Beltline Blvd. in St. Louis Park to Larpenteur Avenue in Falcon Heights." more...

CA Restructuring "3-Foot" Bill

1/5/12

"...After lawmakers rejected the proposal for several years, they finally passed the law -- Senate Bill 910 -- last fall, only to have Gov. Jerry Brown veto it.

"Now, the bike coalition is going back.

"In a recent newsletter, CalBike said they'll reintroduce the measure in a form that Brown said he would sign in his Oct. 7 veto message. That's when Brown explained that he supports the 3-foot buffer, but objected to a provision that gave motorists the option to slow down to 15 mph to pass instead." more...

FL: Lakeland Plans For 5 New Trails

1/5/12

"As it stands currently, Lakeland is already a pretty cool bike town. But it could be even more bike friendly if the city gets funding from the state in the next few years.

"City commissioners voted 7-0 on Tuesday to approve five new bike trails in the city." more...

NY: Trail Completion May Lead To Hudson River Link

1/4/12

"...The completion of the Dutchess Rail Trail will no doubt draw attention to the exciting possibility of connecting the Dutchess to the remarkable Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, and on to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail on the opposite side of the Hudson River.

"The Dutchess Rail Trail and the Walkway Over the Hudson are separated by just one mile of unused rail corridor. However, negotiations between Dutchess County and CSX Transportation Corp., the owners of the corridor, have not yet resulted in a sale or transfer of the property." more...

Fees Considered For MTB Trails In Georgia

"Mountain bikers soon may have to pay for access to the bike trails at Ft. Yargo State Park.

"Because of several successive years of budget cuts, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering charging a new mountain bike trail fee at Ft. Yargo, Hard Labor Creek and Unicoi state parks.

"The proposal includes the options of a $2 single-visit fee or a $25 annual pass that would provide year-round access to all state park bike trails." more...

Ireland: Ballyhoura Trails Generate £2.5M For Local Economy

"Research by Millward Brown Ulster reveals the importance of the Ballyhoura Mountain Biking Trails in generating £2.5m for the local economy.

"In August this year, Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Coillte and Ballyhoura Fáilte commissioned Millward Brown Ulster to undertake an extensive research project to investigate the potential return on investment of the Ballyhoura Mountain Biking facilities located in North Cork & East Limerick." more...

Bike-Hike Realignment To Be Completed This Year

1/4/12

"North Summit County -- Users of the Summit County Metroparks' Bike and Hike Trail received some good news in 2011 when work began on a long-planned, $2.53-million, one-mile realignment of the trail around Brandywine Falls.

"However, the project would not be completed last year as expected.

"...However, installation of the bridge -- the final part of the project -- has been delayed until after February." more...

NY: Bicycle Sundays Program Saved

1/3/12

"In New York's Westchester County Sundays have been the day for biking, but a cut to public funding put the popular program, that closes 6.5 miles of road to motorized vehicles on Sundays, in jeopardy.

"Fortunately, in late December, the Friends of Westchester County Parks and Con Edison announced a public and private partnership that will save the popular Bicycle Sundays program..." more

TX: Columbia Tap Rail Trail

"If there wasn't already a Motor City in America, Houston would surely vie for the title. Cars and trucks play such a central role in this sprawling metropolis that, until recently, cyclists and pedestrians here were viewed as strange or foolish-or both.

"But a combination of enlightened leadership and government investment is starting to change that. As an article in the Houston Chronicle in 2010 noted, "This city ruled by the combustion engine is beginning, tentatively, to recognize that walking and biking are legitimate forms of transportation, and beginning to give them a little infrastructure of their own." more...

Kentuckiana River Trail Faces Hurdles

"...But even as another piece of the Kentuckiana River Trail is finished, completion of the full nine-mile pedestrian and bicycle loop between Louisville and Southern Indiana is anything but certain because of financial challenges and the Norfolk Southern Railroad's resistance to allowing use of the K&I Bridge for the trail's western river crossing.

"As envisioned by officials on both sides of the river, the trail would cross the Big Four Bridge and the K&I Bridge and run between them along the completed Riverwalk in Louisville on the Kentucky side and through Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany along part of the seven-mile Ohio River Greenway in Indiana." more...

Ohio Hiker Found Unhurt On Mt. Washington

"A northwestern Ohio man was found unhurt on a hiking trail on New Hampshire's Mount Washington after his family had not heard from him for more than two days.

"David Deubner, 67, of Montpelier, last spoke to family and friends Tuesday morning, before starting a solo multiday hike. But he usually checks in, and when he didn't, a friend made a call for help Thursday." more...

Trail Added To New Zealand Cycling Network

1/2/12

"The pioneering Central Otago cycleway is to be enrolled into the Government's national network of bike trails.

"The renowned Otago Central Rail Trail along a 156km former rail corridor between Middlemarch and Clyde is seen as a benchmark for 18 other clusters of "great rides" being developed for more than $80 million as Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trail." more...

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