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4 Biggest Portland Bike Stories In 2013

"This morning, we looked back at the stories that made it big. Before we turn the page to 2014, let's look at four stories that can fall through the cracks at the end of a day, but are too big to ignore at the end of a year." more...

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Cincy Cycle Tracks Coming

"The city will start construction on physically separated bike lanes along Central Parkway, from downtown to Clifton, this coming spring..." more

Towpath Zip Line Concept Still Alive

12/31/13

"Plans to build a zip line along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Akron are still alive.

"The No. 1 site being explored is near Summit Lake in South Akron..." more

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Volunteers Updating Dillon State Park Trails

"...A transformation is underway, an effort to update and, in some cases, heal the decade-old MTB trails that twist and turn across Dillon State Park." more...

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GA: Arrest Made In Kirkwood Bike Trail Shooting

"Atlanta Police say they've made an arrest in connection with the Dec. 26 shooting death of a man in Kirkwood. The suspect is a juvenile and his name is not being released." more...

Related: Community Outraged After Soldier Gunned Down.

Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

12/30/13

CB's newsletter for this week.

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Extension Planned For N. Canton Trail

"...walkers, runners and cyclists can now take the Hoover Trail to the "Y.M.C.A." but a planned trail extension would allow them to "Go West" to the Stark State College/Kent State University Stark campus." more...

Cities Struggling With Cost Of Bike Infra

"...Chicago is by no means the only place across the U.S. tempted to see bicyclists as a possible new source of revenue, only to run into questions of fairness and enforceability..." more

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2 Shot, 1 Dead On Atlanta Trail

"Atlanta police say that a U.S. Army soldier has died after he and another man were shot during an apparent robbery while walking on an Atlanta bike trail.

"Twenty one-year-old Xavier Arnold died at Grady Memorial Hospital..." more

Related: APD announces $5,000 reward in Kirkwood killing.

Columbus Daytime Bike Thefts Increasing

12/28/13

"Sue Olander retrieved her bicycle, stolen during the daytime, after a friend found it for sale on Craigslist." more...

NY: Harrison Might Join East Coast Greenway

12/28/13

"...Harrison would join several other Westchester communities that are becoming part of the Greenway, according to Andy Hamilton, the Mid-Atlantic coordinator for the East Coast Greenway Alliance..." more

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Scranton Flats Towpath Update

12/27/13

AUS: Trees Felled In Rail Trail Sabotage

12/26/13

"Pjolice are investigating the sabotage of the North-East Rail Trail last Friday or Saturday." more...

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Volunteers Improve CVNP Trails

12/25/13

"Cuyahoga Valley National Park has announced that it completed more than 240 trail repairs and improvements in 2013 as part of its Trails Forever program.

"More than 450 volunteers did the work..." more

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Most Walkable / Bikeable U.S. Cities

"Walk Score rates over 10,000 neighborhoods in almost 3,000 cities across the United States, Canada, and Australia..." more

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MN: The Best Places For Utilitarian Cycling

12/23/13

"...With 45 respondents (in the survey game we call this the n size) the results are as follows..." more

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OR: Sand Ridge MTB Trail System Is World Class

12/22/13

"...The trail, in its fourth year, routinely fills the parking lot all day, including weekdays, during the bikeable months. In August, 4,590 people were counted at the trailhead..." more

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CVNP Towpath Closed Due To Flooding

12/21/13

"The National Park Service has closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park until further notice due to excessive flooding, according to a press release." more...

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Oxford Trail Proposal Gains Momentum

12/20/13

"Bicycling enthusiasts filled the LCNB Community Room Tuesday, Dec. 17 for an update on efforts to create a bike trail around Oxford." more...

2013: The Year Of Bike Sharing

12/20/13

"...New bike sharing systems opened in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Fort Worth, Columbus, Austin (this week), and Aspen, Colorado, this year while existing systems expanded in Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and other cities." more...

Bike Boxes & Bike Signals Gaining Respect

12/20/13

"Bike boxes and bike traffic signals are becoming increasingly common in American cities. But as of yet, these tools are not fully recognized by one of the country's most important engineering guides." more...

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CVNP Trail Plan Wins Final Approval

"A new trails plan in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park - that includes mountain biking and boating - has won final federal approval." more...

Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

12/20/13

For the week of 12/20/13.

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Bike Share Equity

12/18/13

"Last Thursday, NPR ran a story about bike share accessibility issues. The reporter, Joel Rose, shared interviews with street users in DC's Anacostia neighborhood, a bike advocate in New York City, and a researcher in Chicago. This struck me as odd because while bike equity is a nationwide problem, it's something being addressed differently in each of those cities." more...

Washington DOT Adopts NACTO Street Design Guide

12/18/13

"... The manual provides instruction on creating treatments like protected bike lanes, transit-priority streets, and parklets, which aren't included in the predominant American engineering guides." more...

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Why Walkable Places Are Preferred

"...The concept of drive-to-where-you-live suburbia was rational and appealing to the majority of households, policymakers, and industry when it was new in the middle of the last century..." more

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Bike & Jogger Race Car In Atlanta

"Fox 5 pits runner, bicyclist, and auto commuter against one another to see who can make it from Irwin Street to Piedmont Park the fastest..." more

Bicyclists Have Legal Right To Street

12/17/13

"...Ohio Revised Code 4511.55(C) states that bicycles are not required to 'ride at the edge of the roadway when it is unreasonable or unsafe to do so ... including if the lane is too narrow for the bicycle and an overtaking vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.'" more...

LAB Updates Bike Law Maps, Resources

12/16/13

"...To cap off the year we are updating the sections on Safe Passing laws, Share the Road license plates, Bicycling Under the Influence, Mandatory Helmet laws, and Where to Ride laws..." more

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St. Clairsville Trail Gets 2nd Tunnel

12/15/13

"...The tunnel is 250 feet long by 16 feet high with a lit interior. It will be completed in spring when warm weather allows for paving of the interior..." more

New Automated Bike Parking Coming To Britain

12/14/13

"Automated bicycle parking could soon be on a high street near you, with two high-security Dutch designs due to be sold in Britain." more...

The Most Walkable Cities

12/14/13

"Nationally, only a small fraction of people walk to work. But some cities' policy and planning efforts are making walking an everyday means of commuting..." more

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Controversial Cycle Lane Boosts Traffic Flow

12/14/13

Calgary - "The controversial construction of a city bike lane has sped up vehicle traffic on the downtown road, city council says." more...

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Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

12/13/13

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Protected Bike Lanes Good For Cleveland

12/12/13

"A proposal to construct a 2.3-mile protected bikeway along Lorain Avenue in Ohio City could be the first step in truly transforming Cleveland into a bike-friendly town." more...

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Brush Clearing Along Summit Bike & Hike Trail

12/11/13

"Beginning next month, workers will begin clearing underbrush and trees from along a 4-mile stretch of the MetroParks, Serving Summit County Bike and Hike Trail in preparation for the installation of new power lines on transmission line towers." more...

London's Bike-Share Crisis

12/11/13

"...Launched in summer 2010 to great enthusiasm, London's 4,000 "Boris Bikes" (so called after Mayor Boris Johnson) were supposed to usher a new age of car-free, cycle friendly streets to the city. This year, however, their popularity has fallen by almost a third..." more...

Philadelphians Living Outside Of 'Car Culture'

12/11/13

"A once-common practice is becoming more rare: driving. Young city dwellers are trading in the car keys for a SEPTA pass, bicycle or sneakers. Some Philadelphians are continuing their voluntary car-free lifestyle even after having children." more...

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Lake Township Considering Trail Options

"The Lake Township trustees Tuesday offered their support to a proposal to seek grants to help fund the construction costs for a stretch of the North Coast Inland Trail linking the Village of Millbury to the township." more...

Columbus: 311 It Please

12/10/13

"Have you tried the "My Columbus" Mobile App yet?

"When I am at public meetings, people will often tell me, 'The bike lanes on ___ are a mess, they are always filled with debris and/or gravel' and I say, 'Have you reported it to 311?' and the answer is usually 'no'." more...

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War Vet Being Sued Over Bike Shop Name

"A Canadian veteran of the Afghanistan war who operates a tiny bicycle shop in Cochrane is being forced to change his store's name after being threatened with a lawsuit by one of the giants of the U.S. bike industry." more...

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Triangle Trail Fall Newsletter

"... In 2014, we will receive a Clean Ohio Trail Fund grant to pave two miles of trail in Fayette County..." more

Why Cyclists Love Green Bike Lanes

12/9/13

"Green-painted bike lanes make cycling safer, by reminding car drivers to watch out for cyclists when driving across bike lanes..." more

Building Public Support for Better Bridge Projects

12/9/13

"Somerville, MA and Marin County, CA may be on opposite sides of the country, but bicycle and pedestrian advocates in both regions gained major successes with engaging their communities to champion for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in local bridge projects..." more

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Mecca Township Dedicates Bike Rack

12/8/13

"Mecca Township in Trumbull County recently held a dedication ceremony for a new parking rack in Mecca Center that will hold 14 bicycles.

"Blake Peterson, the Mecca Township Trustee that spear-headed the project said, 'Earlier this year, Michael Swiatkwich, of the Mosquito Lake Greenway Project, was telling the Mecca Trustees about the next step in developing the Mosquito Lake area as a bicycling destination by building a bicycle friendly community. One of the things he said was it could start with something as simple as a bike rack, so I went out and talked to a few people who donated their time, materials and money to make one...'" more

Submitted by Michael Swiatkwich

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CO: Bike Riding Wrongful Death Lawsuit

12/6/13

"Madison County mass Transit District (MCT) and Agency for Community Tranisit (ACT) in Edwardsville claimed immunity under the Tort Immunity Act in a Colorado woman's lawsuit alleging her husband was struck by a car while riding his bike on the trails." more...

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Houston's Deadly Streets

"Before the ambulance arrived at Waugh and West Gray on Sunday night, Chelsea Norman, 24, was found lying face up in the narrow bicycle lane, her bike in the middle of the road. She died at Memorial Hermann Hospital on Wednesday..." more

How Do You Grade a Bike-Share System?

12/6/13

"Bike-share has exploded in the last decade - and in North America, just in the last few years. What started as a shaky concept in Amsterdam in the 1960s has matured into a viable transit option worldwide, with 600 systems offering more than 600,000 bikes." more...

Penalties For Helmetless Kids Going Too Far?

12/6/13

"Oak Park has chosen the stick rather than the carrot when it comes to encouraging safe cycling for children. A new village ordinance will punish the parents of children under 17 where they are caught riding without a helmet..." more

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Heart Of Scioto Trail Unlocked

12/6/13

"Cyclists and runners traveling along the Scioto River will have two new bridges to cross now that a key connector that links fragmented pieces of the trail has been completed." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

For the week of 12/6/13.

Bike Share Cities Doing It Right

12/6/13

"...Of the some 600 cities now operating bike share programs, ITDP has singled out seven for having world class systems, 'hitting the mark with both high market penetration and high infrastructure usage.'" more...

Streetsblog Podcast Episode 4: Car Brain

12/5/13

"In this week's podcast, Jeff and I discuss the impressive turnout - and possible pitfalls - of London's "die-in" demonstration for bike safety..." more...

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Proposal For Protected Bike Lanes In Cleveland

12/4/13

"Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway might become the first communities in Cleveland -- indeed, Northeast Ohio -- to develop protected bike lanes..." more

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Group Donates $12K To MetroParks / Western Reserve Trail

12/4/13

"...The MetroParks is collecting local donations to pay for phase four of the Greenway bike trail, which would connect the south side of Warren to Niles." more..."

An Indispensible Guide to 'Greening' Cities

12/4/13

"One of the most encouraging recent trends in municipal government has been the adoption of sustainability as a critical part of the urban agenda. The list of cities claiming to have the highest aspirations for greenness is growing..." more

All Across America, Car Commuting Is Dropping

12/4/13

"U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group are on a mission to explore the downward trend in driving. In a series of reports, they point to evidence that it isn't just a temporary blip, but a long-term shift in how Americans get around..." more

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10 Best U.S. Protected Bike Lanes

12/3/13

"...we decided to scour the country for a comprehensive (and subjective) ranking of the best of the best. We talked to experts and advocates around the country, looked at technical photos and schemes and read the news reports to understand not just how these bike lanes were designed, but why..." more

CA: Bikes Vs. Cars In Richmond

12/2/13

"Cyclist David Meza, 22, was first hit by a car in March 2012. The hit and run left him badly bruised and removed skin from his face. Then, in August 2013, Meza was hit by a car again, just a few blocks from the Richmond BART station." more...

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Geauga County Commissioners Hold Trail Link Hostage

"...Our County Commissioners are mandating that City Council agree to allow 26 Chardon Township homes to connect into our water and sewer treatment plant; otherwise, they will not allow the easement [for the trail]..." more

Shaker Heights Approves Lake-to-Lakes Trail Expansion

12/2/13

"The city of Shaker Heights is moving forward with plans to extend the Lake-to-Lakes Trail." more...

Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

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UK: Plain Clothes Cops Target Bike Thieves

12/1/13

"...To combat bicycle thefts at rail stations BTP are now using plain clothes officers in a bid to catch thieves red handed." more...

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Plans For Simon Kenton Trail Moving Ahead

"...Through private donations the group raised the money and is working on the final details of the route so it can put the construction up for bid this winter..." more

9.6-Mile Loop Trail Proposed For Tiffin

12/1/13

"With Tiffin City Council's approval, residents and visitors could have the opportunity to use a multipurpose trail system around Tiffin." more...

Village Offered Matching Funds From ODNR For Trail

12/1/13

"...The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has awarded $43,515 for the [East Palestine] project to match funds awarded by the Ohio Department of Transportation in 2011." more...

Warren Councilwoman Opposes "Cutesy Projects" Like City Bike Racks

12/1/13

"In the Monday, Nov. 25, issue of the Tribune Chronicle in the article titled "Rental income brings debate," Councilwoman Helen Rucker mentioned that, "I would like to see some of the money put aside to do capital improvement projects. I do not want the money to be used to do cutesy projects like putting bike racks in the downtown area..." more

Post Sandy Greenbelt Design Proposed For Hoboken

12/1/13

"...The designers have suggested an expansion of Pier A Park in an effort to absorb more rainwater and to build a "green belt" around the city - half park, half train tracks - that would act as a natural barrier." more...

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Drivers, Cyclists, Peds: Who Has Right Of Way?

11/29/13

"...If you've been behind the wheel and wondered whether it's OK to pass a bicyclist, or been cycling and questioned why a driver didn't stop - despite a "yield to pedestrians" sign - you're not alone." more...

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Fighting Crime With Speed Bumps & Sidewalks

"In Gabe Klein's exit interview with Chicago Mag, the outgoing transportation commissioner predicted that in the next few years, cities will be paying more attention to the correlation between lawbreaking by drivers and other kinds of crime." more...

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GAP Cyclists Hope For Train Amenity

"...More than 1,000 letters have been sent to Amtrak asking the nation's passenger rail service to put the roll-on/roll service at stops along the Great Allegheny Passage, Boxx said." more...

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Scioto Bikeway Connector Opens Dec. 6

11/28/13

Columbus - "The Scioto Bikeway Connector is a newly constructed multi-use path along US 33 connected to the existing path at I-670 and Grandview Ave." more...

Parking Area Approved For MTB Trail In Akron

11/28/13

"City Council has approved plans for a gravel parking lot that will serve a mountain bike trail that Metro Parks, Serving Summit County plans to build." more...

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Scioto Greenways Project

11/27/13

"...The Scioto Riverfront in Downtown Columbus has been transformed as a result of hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private developments in the RiverSouth area..." more

Seeking Simplicity For Peds

"...Imagine you are on a side street about to cross a main street and the light turns green for the cars, but the Don't Walk sign remains (since no Pedestrian actuation was recorded). You did not get to the actuator quickly enough..." more

Planning Trails With Wildlife In Mind

11/27/13

"Balancing the benefits of creating trails with stewardship of nature and wildlife..." more

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Proposed Park Budget Includes $1.25M For Trail

"...The improvements, which also include $1.25 million for the Camp Chase railroad trail..." more

UK: "Cyclists Long To Be Knocked Down"

"An outspoken Tory peer has launched an astonishing attack on cyclists, claiming they are "longing" to be run over so they can get motorists into trouble." more...

Transportation Spending Does Not Match Usage

11/25/13

"The release of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) annual report on traffic fatalities made the news last week for one significant reason: for the first time since 2005 the number of people killed on U.S. roads increased - up 3.3 percent from 2011." more...

L.A. Bike Share Program Dead

11/25/13

"... According to LA Downtown News, Bike Nation's deal with the city of Los Angeles to create a Bike Share program is now basically dead. The plan, originally slated to open this April, called for an eventual 125 stations in Downtown and 400 (containing 4,000 bikes) across Los Angeles." more...

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TN: Charlotte Resident Cited For Kids Cycling On Street

"...Mathis was cited by the city for letting her four grandchildren ride their bikes on city streets, and in Charlotte, that's illegal." more...

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Results Of Mosquito Lake Greenway Survey

11/23/13

"...The survey ran from Oct. 12 to Nov. 12 and received 517 responses. The project proposes to encircle the southern part of Mosquito Lake in Cortland, Bazetta and Mecca with a greenway to be used by pedestrians and bicyclists. Plans include connecting to the Western Reserve Greenway..." more

Columbus Riverfront Park Construction Begins

"Three and a half years after it was originally envisioned, massive changes to the Scioto River through Downtown Columbus are officially underway..." more

Arboretum Dreams Of Walking Trail

"A rendering from the Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum shows what a park at North High Street and Arcadia Avenue could look like if the group's plans to uncover the Glen Echo Ravine come to fruition..." more

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5 Principles For Safer Streets

"Earlier this month, NYC DOT put out a major new report, Making Safer Streets [PDF], that collects before-and-after data from dozens of street redesigns and distills five key principles to reduce traffic injuries..." more

London Cycling Deaths Spark Debate

"London is not a bicycle haven like Copenhagen or Amsterdam. But it has gone for cycling in a big way, especially since electing cycling advocate Boris Johnson mayor in 2008..." more

Long Beach Freeway May Become Park

"Plan would remove a 1-mile section of Long Beach road and provide green space to an area plagued by port-related noise and pollution." more...

American Trails November Newsletter

From American Trails for the month of November.

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Mad River Trail Residents Upset

"Residents are fighting back against a bike path project that's caused big problems. However, the solutions to the issues on Mad River Trail off Huberville Avenue is going to cost a pretty penny." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

11/22/13

For the week of 11/22/13.

Road Diets In SW MI Provide Room For Trails

11/21/13

"Cynthia Krupp started thinking about how to make Michigan communities safer and more inviting for cyclists when she took a bicycle safety class to improve her own biking skills..." more

Requiring DOTs To Work To Reduce Bike & Ped Deaths

11/20/13

"Joy Covey helped catapult Amazon.com from a small company to a global powerhouse. But, earlier this year, on a bicycle ride in San Mateo County, Calif., she was struck by a delivery van and killed. She was 50 years old." more...

Report Shows That Rails-With-Trails Are Safe

11/20/13

"...The RTC recently released a report examining rails-with-trails that provides information concerning their growth, safety, liability, design, policies, and other useful data and tools for trail planners, advocates, and managers who are interested in creating rails-with-trails. The report studies 88 existing rails-with-trails in 33 states and provides 11 case studies." more...

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Stuck With No Bike Lane? Tell Congress

11/20/13

"A few months ago, we told you that Building America's Future had released an app called, "I'm Stuck!" It allowed you to send a quick email to your Congressional representatives, telling them that you were stuck in traffic..." more

Dense Row Of Trees Planned For New Columbus Trail

11/20/13

"A dense row of newly planted trees and shrubs will line the new bike path along West Wilson Bridge Road." more...

Connecting A Region With Trails?

11/19/13

"Though established only in 2007, the Carolina Thread Trail has managed to build an impressive network of trails through the region, backed by an unprecedented and dedicated coalition of foundation, environmental groups, private companies, and governments..." more

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#Bloodycyclists Twitter Driver Found Guilty

"A woman who posted a message on Twitter about knocking a cyclist off his bike has been found guilty of two charges related to the incident." more...

Columbus Is #27 In Walkability

"WalkScore.com, the internet's most popular site for determining the walkability of urban places, released their annual rankings this week to showcase the most pedestrian friendly cities across the United States for 2014..." more

U.S. Cities Where Bicycling Is Growing Fastest

11/19/13

"This table, showing the top 10 U.S. cities where cycling is growing fastest, comes from a new report from the League of American Bicyclists that analyzes census data. Though the census only tracks bicycle commuting - and thus understates how many people are cycling - the results tell an interesting story about cycling trends." more...

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Bicyclist Fatalities & Injuries Rise in 2012

11/18/13

"Grim news for bicyclists (and all road users) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 726 bicyclists died in collisions with motor vehicles in 2012.

The bicyclist fatalities in traffic pose a 6.5% increase... more

TN: Building The Hamp Line

11/18/13

"...We are within five percent of funding the entire $4.5 million required to implement the most innovative bicycle infrastructure project to be built within the United States..." more

Cycling Woes On London's Streets

11/18/13

"The London mayor's surface transport and "public realm" strategies have shown a poor judgement of priorities." more...

Where We Ride: Analysis Of Bicycling In U.S. Cities

11/18/13

"In 'Where we Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities' we take a look at bicycle commuters throughout the nation, looking at broad trends (such as the three states that have had a more than 100% increase since 2005) and more particular analyses (such as top bike commuter rates in cities of various sizes)." more...

21st Century Urban Sustainability - By Bike

11/18/13

"...Having lived in Europe for three months last summer, I can speak for other Americans who have traveled to other locales and marveled at the high quality of living in those places - especially compared to the automobile-dependant, lifeless cities of the U.S..." more

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Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Federal Transpo Funding

11/15/13

"...the bill would transfer authority over federal highways and transit programs to states and replace current congressional appropriations with block grants." more...

Diminishing Returns Of Off-Street Bike Facilities

11/15/13

"...Bike planning in Minneapolis reached a critical point a few years back with regard to their off-street network. The financial wells dried up and most space to expand was already spoken for..." more

Danish Cities Connect Cyclists Via Smart Technology

11/15/13

"Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, both in the Danish Capital Region, are making it easier to combine cycling and train travel through bicycles fitted with Android tablets." more...

FHWA Embraces CNU/ITE Street Design Guide

11/15/13

"Last month, the Federal Highways Administration released a memorandum officially endorsing CNU/ITE's manual Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach. The manual will serve as a complement to AASHTO's "Green Book" in transportation planning nationwide." more...

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London's Notorious Cycle Superhighway

11/15/13

"Three of the five cyclists killed recently in London died on or near Cycle Superhighway 2, a cycle-path route running from Aldgate in the City to Stratford in the east of the capital..." more

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Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Act Proposed

11/15/13

"...This week, a coalition of bi-partisan House lawmakers introduced the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act, which will require the U.S. Department of Transportation to set specific safety targets for all roadway users -- not just motorists, but pedestrians and bicyclists, too." more...

Is Charlotte the Least Walkable City in America?

11/15/13

"Walk Score just released its annual list of the nation's most walkable cities, and the top of the list generally looks like what you'd expect..." more

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Columbus Parks Seeks Input On Master Plan

"The Recreation and Parks Department is excited to be developing a master plan which will help to guide us into the future. Your input into the recreational needs of the community is critical to the success of the planning effort. Please join us as the department charts its course for the next 10 years." more...

Miami Valley Fall Newsletter

11/15/13

Read the newsletter that covers SW Ohio trails.

Simon Kenton Trail Extension Duties Outlined

"...the memorandums outline the duties and responsibilities of the bike trail between Bellefontaine and Urbana.

Bellefontaine will develop and construct the trail, the Pathfinders will maintain the trail once it is completed, and the counties will guarantee that the trail stays open for 25 years." more...

Downtown Cleveland Is "Walker's Paradise"

11/14/13

"Downtown Cleveland is a "walker's paradise," with some of the city's other neigbhorhoods also ranking as among the most walkable urban locales in the country.

That's according to a new report from Walk Score, a popular Internet site for determining the most pedestrian-friendly cities and neighborhoods." more...

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New ODOT Bike/Ped District Coordinators

ODOT has posted a list of Bike/Ped Coordinators for each district.

Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

11/14/13

For the week of 11/14/13.

Bike-Friendly Universities Announced

11/14/13

"...Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the designation of 17 new Bicycle Friendly Universities, including just the second Platinum-level BFU in the country: The University of California-Davis. Now, Stanford isn't alone at the top of the BFU podium." more...

Cycle Tracks: Part Of Active Transportation Plan

11/13/13

"Biking has always been a popular mode of transportation, but many communities are only just now taking steps to tailor transportation infrastructure to cyclists' needs." more...

Outreach Key For Businesses Near GAP

11/13/13

"...If businesses think globally in terms of marketing their services through a website, Facebook, YouTube and other social media, they can attract people from outside the region and the United States who will ride the Great Allegheny Passage, said Paul Fireman, owner of a Pittsburgh-based advertising and communications firm." more...

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Drunk Driver Gets 30 Days For Bicycle Crash

11/13/13

"A Columbus man admitted he was driving drunk when he hit and killed a bicyclist who rode into the path of his SUV last year." more...

Scioto Greenways Construction Detours

11/13/13

From parks.columbus.gov, "During the next 18-24 months, there will be several closures and detours posted for the Scioto Trail on both east and west banks.Please use caution downtown as you pass through the construction area.

Between November 18 and February 1, the detours will be posted as needed. By Feb. 1, all of the trail along the Scioto Mile is scheduled to be closed and a full detour posted."

See detour map.

Funding Change Could Affect NE Ohio Transpo Projects

11/12/13

"...The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency said projects that hang in the balance include plans to spend $10 million to replace RTA buses, $4.6 million to upgrade traffic signals in Parma and $6.7 million for Cleveland's Greenway Corridor Trail along the abandoned railroad right-of-way in the Flats..." more

NHTSA Launches New Tools To Combat Ped Deaths

11/12/13

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a new set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred over the last two years." more...

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Supreme Court To Decide Rail Trail Case

"Courts have long struggled with how to characterize the nature of the property interests in federally granted railroad rights-of-way," says the brief by the Department of Justice in Brandt v. United States..." more

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New Greenway Proposed For Charleston

"...The greenway would provide Lowcountry residents with pedestrian and bike paths that stretch from Mount Pleasant Street to Woolfe Street, along the unused Norfolk Southern railroad tracks." more...

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Evidence Gathered In UA Car / Cyclist Crash

"There are new details in the case of the Clintonville cyclist rundown from behind by a driver suspected of operating a vehicle while intoxicated." more...

MD Police Deny Series Of Trail Attacks 'A Pattern'

"...the latest example of that came Halloween night, when a "large group of assailants" beat and robbed a 50-year teacher at the Metropolitan Branch Trail, a hiking and biking path from Union Station downtown to the suburbs in MD." more...

FL Planning Long Distance U.S. Bicycle Route

11/10/13

"...To make sure bicyclists can make their way across the entire state of Florida, the Florida Department of Transportation has embarked on establishing a bike route following the outline of U.S. 1 that runs from Jacksonville to Key West." more...

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Congress' Misplaced Priorities Trashing National Parks

"...Congress continues to spend between $255 and $529 million annually for more land..." while "...The top ten most visited [national] park units in 2012 had a deferred maintenance backlog of $2.6 billion..." more...

Pedaling Toward Platinum In Alexandria, VA

"The League of American Bicyclists designated Alexandria last month as a silver-level bicycle friendly community for our work to make the city a better place to ride." more...

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$2M Awarded To Towpath & Lake Link Trails

"The George Gund Foundation awarded $2 million on Thursday to kick off a six-year, $30 million project led by the Trust for Public Land to finish long-delayed trails that would link the Flats and the Cleveland lakefront." more...

Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

11/8/13

Read their weekly news here.

People Love To Sue Rails-to-Trails Projects

11/7/13

"...the federal government has paid $49 million to property owners who filed just compensation claims against rail-trails this year alone. With 8,000 claims pending, according to Greene, the ultimate taxpayer liability could top half a billion dollars." more...

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ODNR Awards Funds For Hudson's Veterans Trail

"...The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nov. 1 awarded the city and Park Board of Hudson a $301,000 grant for the northern portion of the new Veterans Trail..." more

League Announces 91 Bike-Friendly Businesses

11/7/13

"Despite the recent government shutdown, federal workers in the nation's capital are pedaling through the gridlock toward a healthier and more vibrant future." more...

NYC BikeShare Beating London Version

11/6/13

"NYC Citibike's meteoric rise continues - for October, the New York City bikeshare beat London's Barclays Cycle Hire on average journeys per day, for both weekdays and weekends. Even more impressive considering that it's only just over half the size." more...

London Expands Protected Cycle Lanes

11/6/13

"Mayor Boris Johnson unveils major expansion of bike-only lanes amid growing calls for safer lanes after super-highway deaths." more...

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Bicyclist's Death Is 'Front-Burner' Case

11/6/13

"A special prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the Sept. 15 hit-and-run death of bicyclist and St. Francis DeSales High School teacher Bob Lennon expects to present the case to a Delaware County grand jury..." more

No Charges For Driver "Too Short" To See Ped He Killed

11/6/13

"They say if you want to kill someone in America, do it in a car. You'll never get charged." more...

Largest Bike Valet in America

"Portland's South Waterfront is developing into one of the best new walkable urban neighborhoods in America..." more

Portland Multi-Modal Nexus has the Largest Valet Bike Parking in the U.S. from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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Akron Towpath Section Closed Until Nov. 22

11/4/13

"The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is closed at SR 224 in Akron, today through Nov. 22. An under-the-trail pipe for Cargill Salt is being replaced. The work is expected to take up to three weeks, weather permitting." more...

Rest Stop Planned For Southern Tier Bike Route

11/4/13

"Considering bicycle travelers' reports from the Southern Tier Bicycle Route in the Deep South, a roadside sanctuary would be a good thing for bicyclists as cross between the states of Mississippi and Louisiana." more...

Streetsblog's Launches Podcast

11/4/13

"...This week, Jeff and I discussed whether regional planning matters, the odd timing of Florida Governor Rick Scott's decision to reject federal high-speed rail funds, and drawing fantasy maps for the transit and bike infrastructure your city needs. Have a listen, let us know what you think, and join the conversation in the comments." more...

Chamber of Commerce Endorsements For Biking & Walking

11/4/13

"...As advocates, we know that safe infrastructure that gets more people biking and walking in their communities is good for business. If your Chamber develops a platform that represents this, elected officials will hear the demand not just from us, but from the voice of businesses themselves." more...

Bike Educator Of The Year Award

11/4/13

"...To honor and thank those educators who have gone above and beyond in the past year, we're putting out a call for nominations for the 2013 Educator of the Year Award..." more

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Dispatch Reporter Struck While Cycling

"An Upper Arlington man is charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence after police say he struck a bicyclist near the intersection of McCoy and Kenny roads on Sunday." more...

Tallgrass Trail Extension Grant OK'd

11/4/13

"...This grant, coupled with $167,000 in local matching funds, will fund construction of about three miles of paved trail." more

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GMRT Section Closing In Dayton

11/4/13

"The City of Dayton will be completing a project near Needmore Rd and Sucessful Way that will include the addition of electric lines under the Great Miami Recreation Trail causing a temporary closure of the bikeway November 13 and 14."

Source: metroparks.org

Delaware Drops "Share the Road"

11/4/13

"Following a push from cyclists around the state, Delaware has agreed to stop using "share the road" signs. Beginning immediately, the DOT will use signs that convey less ambiguous messages confirming cyclists' right to the streets." more...

NJ BikeShare Closing Down

11/3/13

"With the six-month trial period almost completed, 'Hoboken's inaugural bicycle-sharing program is taking a break', writes Kathryn Brenzel..." more

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Confusion Over Columbus Bike Laws

11/3/13

"..."I would love for the statute to be crystal clear for taking the lane and to go further, like other states and cities have done, to have a 3-foot minimum passing," said Sidesinger, a board member of Consider Biking, a local advocacy group." more...

ODNR Awards Clean Ohio Grants To Expand Trail Projects

"The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), which administers the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, has approved 24 grant proposals totaling more than $7 million for trail projects statewide to help develop and revitalize communities." more...

Warren Adds New Police Bike Patrol Unit

11/2/13

"...About a dozen Warren City police officers have been trained for the department's new bike patrol unit. Warren police Chief Eric Merkel said there are plans underway for the bike patrol to spend some of its time policing the bike trail." more...

Plans For Cleveland's Eastside Greenway

"...'What is the equity of a trail?' asked Cleveland city planner Freddie Collier. He went on to answer with a story that his Planning Commission colleagues persuaded him to ride a bike on the Towpath recently-his first venture on two wheels since childhood." more...

Allen & Auglaize County Trail Projects Get Grants

11/2/13

"...Allen County's Spencerville Canal Trail project received almost $39,000 toward construction of a one-mile long stone base trail down Prospect Street along Morse Road. Auglaize County's Miami and Erie Canal Shared Use trail project received almost $250,000 for the engineering and construction of a 1.12-mile paved path from the Lock Tender's House in New Bremen to Lock Two Road..." more

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Stillwater Trail Closure At Englewood Nov. 5

11/1/13

"Due to a pavement repair project there will be a temporary closure of a small section of the bikeway at Englewood.

The section to be closed will be the shared roadway section between the West Park and the Englewood Dam.

A pavement crew will be on sight to make repairs to the bikeway / roadway starting at 7:00 AM on Tuesday November 5. The work will continue through the day on Wednesday November 6. The bikeway should be re-opened on Thursday morning."

Source: metroparks.org

NCIT - Lindsey To Elmore Maintenance

From thenews-messenger.com, "M&B Asphalt will be on the bike trail this week from Lindsey to Elmore section, weather permitting, to do some crack filling, according to the Sandusky County Park District. The trail will remain open for use."

Recognition Sought For American Discovery Trail

"...Most people are not familiar with the nation's first coast-to-coast, non-motorized trail, even though they may use parts of it." more...

Denver Tech Companies #1 Demand: Bike Lanes

11/1/13

"First Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel famously threatened to steal Seattle's tech workers with protected bike lanes. Then Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn fired back saying the city would use protected bike lanes to keep them there." more...

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Heart Of Ohio Trail Paving Completed

11/1/13

Consider Biking's weekly newsletter reports that the paving is now completed along the entire length of the Heart Of Ohio Trail. This trail connects Centerburg to Columbus Road in Mt. Vernon and is a key link in the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail.

A land swap earlier this year for a 30' wide parcel of land will allow the trail to continue over to the Kokosing River dikeway where a finished spur connects with the Kokosing Trail.

Before this connector that will link the trails can be completed, 2 bridges will have to be rehabbed along the route.

WI: "VeloCity" Development Envisioned For Bike Trail

10/31/13

"Combine the continued demand for apartments in Verona with the Military Ridge State Trail and you get "VeloCity," a unique mixed-use development nearing final approval." more...

Time To Treat BikeShare As Mass Transit

10/31/13

"Late last month, the Internal Revenue Service released a letter explaining to a taxpayer that bike-share fees don't count as a commuter fringe benefit, despite the fact that some employers already consider it such..." more

Cyclists Finding Common Ground In The Urbanist Agenda

10/31/13

"I wasn't always a wild-eyed anti-car bike radical. I, and probably thousands of other people like me, were just people who liked to get around by bike..." more

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Olentangy Trail: Goodale Bridge Construction

10/31/13

"Construction has started on the Olentangy Trail for the new Goodale Street Bridge and Trail Connector. This new connection will be an important link to the Central Ohio Greenway system by increasing access to the Grandview Heights and Harrison West neighborhoods.

"A new bike/ped bridge will be built between Olentangy River Road to near Michigan Avenue. A new ramp will also connect Goodale Street to the Olentangy Trail..." more

Funding In Hand For Granville Bike Path Bridge

10/30/13

"...The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said Monday it has approved the grant that will help raise the local 20 percent match for a $1.06 million pedestrian bridge crossing Raccoon Creek between Raccoon Valley Park and the T.J. Evans Bike Path." more...

Latest Dayton Area Trail News

10/30/13

"...The City of Dayton is looking for input as it works to to improve Brown and Warren streets for bikers. Part of that project includes adding an additional lane, which would be used specifically for bikers. Curbs, sidewalks, and lighting will also be replaced between Buckeye Street and Wyoming.

"The Ohio Department of Transportation is taking input through the end of November as they plan to move forward with construction on Stroop Road in Kettering. The project includes a new multi-use trail on Stroop running from Wilmington to Glengarry Drive near The Greene." more...

Petition To Add Bike Laws To Ohio Drivers Exam

"How many times have you been told to "get on the sidealk" by some angry driver as they sped by you, nearly clipping your handlebars..?" more

BikeShare Company Woes

10/30/13

"The troubled company that provides the equipment for bike-share systems in many cities in the United States, Canada, and beyond has a new problem this week: an unhappy customer in Minnesota..." more

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West Side Trail To Get Boost From Cincy Mayor

"Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is expected to announce a West Side project in his State of the City address Tuesday that would improve quality of life and commit the city to preservation of green space along the western banks of the Ohio River - music to the ears of some West Siders." more...

Flint Is 'Right-Sizing Streets With Road Diets

10/29/13

"...Flint is planning to reduce excess vehicle capacity on its streets by implementing road diets that make room for walking and biking..." more

Bikes Outselling Cars In Europe

"...earlier this month, , which has long had a love affair with cars, is embracing the bicycle: For the first time on record, Lauren noted, bicycles outsold cars in the country." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

BBC On The Trail Of Bike Thieves

10/28/13

"A BBC programme will explain how organised crimes gangs and opportunistic thieves are leading epidemic proportions of bike theft." more...

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U.S. Cities With Fewest Car Commuters

10/28/13

"The Institute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma recently dug through the latest Census metrics on how Americans commute to work..." more

MoMBA Mountain Biking Trail Improvements

10/28/13

"...The grant will help fund the construction of a 1.5 mile beginners mountain biking loop trail with skills areas in the front part of the site. Improved entrance drive, handicapped parking, an access walk, relocated trailhead and a CXT double vault toilet are also included in the project."

Source: metroparks.org

TransCanada Shoots Down Pipeline Bike Path

10/28/13

"To make the possibility of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline running through your hometown more favorable, an architecture firm has proposed adding a bike path as a tourist attraction..." more

Charlotte and Denver Join NACTO

10/28/13

"The group that brought you the Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the Urban Street Design Guide is expanding.

"The National Association of City Transportation Officials added Charlotte and Denver to its list of member cities this week..." more...

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Someday We'll All Ride To Work

10/27/13

"Computer models in smart cities are conquering the ultimate questions of commuting." more...

Perfecting BikeShares

"Mathematicians and urban planners are working together to make sure there's a bicycle exactly where you need it." more...

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Center Bollard Removal Begins On B&O Trail

10/27/13

Center bollard removal has begun on the 18.5-mile Richland B&O Trail in Richland County.

The process began with the removal of 4 posts at the 2 Lexington-Springmill Rd crossings on Friday. Work will continue later this coming week and is expected to be completed in early November.

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"Exposer" Along Westerville Bike Path

10/25/13

"Police are warning residents about reports of an exposer along the Alum Creek Trail, running from I-270 to Alum Creek Park." more...

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Ohio River Trail Segment Opens

10/25/13

"A 600-foot segment of the Ohio River Trail in the back of Great American Ballpark is open to pedestrians and bicyclists." more...

CVNP Towpath Closing For Marathon Nov. 2-3

10/25/13

"To accommodate the rescheduled Towpath Marathon, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be closed to the general public starting at dusk Nov. 2 until 3 p.m. Nov. 3..." more

C&O Towpath To Become U.S. Bike Route 50

10/24/13

"...This month, a new route number was approved by AASHTO at the for the Maryland portions of C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage - U.S. Bicycle Route 50..." more

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Funds Appropriated For SKT Extension

"A measure appropriating $100,000 and another authorizing a contract to replace old rail bridges along the Simon Kenton bike path were approved during Tuesday's Bellefontaine City Council meeting." more...

Portland To Illuminate Bike Lanes

10/24/13

"The Portland Bureau of Transportation will install the city's first illuminated bike lane markers next week..." more...

Was TIGER Eliminated in the Shutdown Deal?

10/24/13

"Soon after the government shutdown ended, we heard murmurs that the TIGER grant program for innovative transportation projects had been a casualty of the negotiations." more...

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RTC To Defend Rail-Trails Before Supreme Court

"For only the second time in history, the Supreme Court is reviewing a case involving a rail-trail..." more

Downtown Columbus Bicycle Thefts

"Downtown Columbus is seeing an increase in daytime thefts where a cable is cut..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/24/13

The newsletter for this week.

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Teen Charged In Columbus Jogger Slaying On Park Trail

10/22/13

"A 16-year-old boy who lived in a nearby group home has been charged in the weekend slaying of a woman who was jogging in a central Ohio park." more...

Williamsburg-Batavia Phase 2 Opens

10/22/13

"On Saturday, a ribbon cutting will celebrate the opening of phase two of the Williamsburg Batavia hiking and bike trail. The new section will connect Williamsburg to East Fork State Park." more...

Columbus BikeShare Off To Good Start

"...422 people who have purchased $75 annual subscriptions to the service. Since its July 30 launch, 4,333 daily passes have been sold, and 19,264 trips have been made on CoGo bikes." more...

Green Wave For Bicyclists

10/22/13

"One of the things a city can do to accommodate bicycles is to time the traffic signals to coincide with bicycle speed instead of motorist speed. This would reduce the number of bicyclists running the red lights because they could ride about 12 mph and hit all green lights." more...

How Do Bike-Sharing Schemes Shape Cities?

10/22/13

"...Bike-sharing began in the 1960s when 50 "free bikes" were scattered around Amsterdam. They were promptly stolen. But after this slow start bike-sharing has blossomed..." more

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Cleveland Old-School Planning Agency Sees The Light

10/21/13

"...NOACA was so notoriously averse to change and ineffectual that it acquired the nickname NO ACTION. Agency employees once even fielded a company softball team by that name." more...

Warren Trail Crimes Commentary

10/20/13

"When I read in Tuesday's edition of the Tribune, on the front page it said "Man is attacked on Warren bike trail." It came as no surprise..." more

Ohio-to-Erie Guide Wins Travel Award

10/20/13

"The IGotABike Ohio-to-Erie Guide has been chosen as the winner of the RUBY Award by The Ohio Travel Association in the category "Mobile Applications" for companies with budgets under $300,000..." more

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(Sorta) Complete Streets For Houston, TX

10/19/13

"One pro-pedestrian, pro-bicyclist trend is the rise of "Complete Streets" policies. Even car-dependent Houston plans to adopt such a policy..." more

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60+ Trees To Be Cut For Worthington Trail

10/19/13

"...If trees had a social class, Osage Orange might be the bully. Yet a group of Worthington residents opposes a plan to remove more than 60 of them along W. Wilson Bridge Road to make way for a multiuse path." more...

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Dublin Gets Bicycle Friendly Recognition

10/18/13

"The League of American Bicyclists has named the City of Dublin a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community in recognition of Dublin's commitment to bicycling through investment in promotion, educational programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies." more...

Historic Moment for Great Allegheny Passage

10/18/13

"...For years, visitors to the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) have expressed their frustration at not being able to combine their ride along the GAP and C&O Canal with trips between popular destinations on the Amtrak Capitol Limited train that runs between Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh (and Chicago), and stops at a number of wonderful trailside communities including Harpers Ferry, Cumberland and Connellsville." more...

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Parma Heights Connector Trail Opens

"Trail links Greenbrier Commons to Big Creek trails." more...

Trail Expansion Through Chardon

10/18/13

"Chardon City Council on Thursday took the first big step toward the final phase of the Maple Highlands Trail planned through town.

"Council approved allocating $12,600 to cover the cost of an alignment study to determine the best path for the trail south of Water Street to the existing trailhead on South Street..." more

New Trail Links Austin Landing With GMRT

" The 10-foot-wide blacktop winds visitors past wetlands, mature forest, native prairie and a scenic vista on its way to the Great Miami River from the corner of Medlar and Miamisburg-Springboro roads." more...

Donations Made For SKT & Local Police

10/17/13

"...Members of the Bellefontaine Moose Lodge 2563 and the Women of the Moose presented city officials with two checks Wednesday for $500 each for the extension of the recreational Simon Kenton Trail from Urbana into Bellefontaine, and one for $1,060 to buy two new ballistic vests for city police officers." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

For the week of 10/18/13.

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Man Arrested For Burglaries Along Little Miami Trail

"...Officers say he broke into several homes along a stretch of the Little Miami Bike Trail in South Lebanon over a two week period..." more

Scioto Trail Closing For Dam Removal

10/17/13

"Beginning Wednesday, October 16, the westbank of the Scioto Trail, between Dodge Park and Main Street, will close. This closure is for the removal of the Main Street dam. This section of path will be closed for the next 18-24 months."

Source: parks.columbus.gov

Fed Shutdown Affects Trail Work Nationwide

"...the shutdown has negatively affected efforts to build and maintain trail systems on public lands; impacted revenue from mountain biking, whitewater kayak races and other activities..." more

Cyclists Test Roll On/Off Service On Amtrak

10/16/13

"Avid bicyclists took to the Amtrak train Tuesday morning at different stops in different trail towns for an experimental program that is hoped to increase ridership on the train and bike/hike trails." more...

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Man Attacked On Warren Bike Trail

"A Mineral Ridge man hoping to check out the new section of an area bike trail this weekend was attacked, beaten and robbed of his bicycle." more...

Lower Scioto Trail Construction Alert

10/16/13

"The Greenlawn Avenue Pump Station project is under construction. As part of this project, there will be some disturbing of the bike path in Berliner Park at Greenlawn Avenue. Construction to begin around the second week of November (estimate)."

Source: parks.columbus.gov

Trail Closure Near RiverScape

10/16/13

"A contractor will be on site starting on Wednesday, October 16 to start work on a curb and curb wall project at RiverScape MetroPark. A short section of the bikeway and the walkway at the Southeast corner of the Riverside bridge will be closed during this project. The bikeway will be open for the Breast Cancer Awareness walk on the 19th. All work should be completed by November 1."

Source: metroparks.org

Latest Bike-Friendly Communities Announced

10/15/13

"...In the largest round of applications since the program's inception in 2003, the League welcomes 32 new BFCs, growing the overall number to 291 BFCs in 48 states. The BFC program provides cities and towns with a roadmap and know-how to make effective investments and take meaningful steps to increase bicycling in their communities." more...

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IN: Trail Rider Death Raises Questions

10/14/13

"...For reasons no one can say exactly, cyclist Dale Ewers, 38 and from Goshen, crossed from the trail onto C.R. 127 into the path of an oncoming southbound sports utility vehicle and was hit and flung from his bike. He suffered head injuries, was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend and five days later, on Sept. 10, died." more...

Indy's Cultural Trail Wins International Honors

10/14/13

"An 8-mile bike and pedestrian path that links Indianapolis' greenways with its cultural districts has been honored by an international group as one of best public spaces of its kind." more...

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Rail Trails Expanding In Mid-Michigan

"One day perhaps, the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail in Gratiot and Montcalm counties will hook up with the Pere Marquette in Clare, but not anytime soon.

"In the meantime, each group is actively working to create a new trail and/or expand existing ones." more...

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Epic Fail: Gov't Holds Parks & Trails Hostage

10/13/13

"...Now some states are offering to open some national facilities on their own dime. Really? Taxpayers have already paid for the feds to do the job. Now they are holding parks hostage and states will pay the ransom? Incredible." more...

Greenway Survey At Mosquito Lake

10/12/13

"Members of the Mosquito Lake Greenway Project are conducting an online survey to assess awareness of a project to encircle the southern part of the lake with a greenway to be used by pedestrians and bicyclists." more...

Shutdown Affects Towpath Town Peninsula

10/12/13

"Stephen Bures ran a pottery wheel in his family's shop, Elements Gallery, with a delicate hand. His wife, Debra, was just as delicate in explaining why a federal shutdown that closed neighboring Cuyahoga Valley National Park is like dealing with children who can't seem to get along." more...

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Towpath Trail Is Busy Despite Shutdown

10/11/13

"...Federal government shutdown or not, Julie Norman of Cuyahoga Falls and her friend, Teresa Newell of Lakewood, spent several hours Friday walking along the winding, hilly paths of Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Towpath Trail and soaking up its beauty." more...

U.S. DOT Still Has Time To Get MAP-21 Right

10/11/13

"Many transportation reform advocates were disappointed in the performance measures included in MAP-21, which was signed into law in July 2012. They weren't tied to funding, they gave states and localities too much leeway to set their own performance targets, and they measured the wrong things. But there's still a chance for them to get much stronger." more...

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Antidotes For Sprawl In NE Ohio

10/9/13

"If Northeast Ohio did three things that sound simple - but are in fact really hard - it could limit sprawl, safeguard natural resources and blaze a path to a smarter, greener and more economically robust future." more...

DC, The New Bike City To Watch

"Well, Washington DC isn't working the way it's supposed to. But one thing in the District definitely has been: its local bike transportation policy." more...

Trail Accessability Means Trails For Everyone

"...Looking at accessibility is closely related to better trail design. Certainly rocky, steep, and rutted pathways are the trail experience that many are used to. But an important trend across the country is identifying the real problems with our trails, and building routes that don't need endless maintenance and renovation..." more

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Scranton Flats Towpath Update

Celina-Coldwater Trail Rehab Set For 2014

"Bicyclists, walkers and others continue to carefully navigate the deteriorating pavement and overgrown brush along the Celina-Coldwater bike path while officials finalize plans to spruce it up." more...

Portsmouth Bike Path Plans

"What started out as a concept to designate a bike path for people of the area to enjoy has taken steps to tentatively be realized as a part of the community." more...

Marietta Trail Attracting Vistors

10/9/13

"Congratulations and thanks to the City of Marietta and all those who have worked long and hard to develop the Marietta River Trail..." more

Blackhand Gorge Trail Reopening Celebration

10/9/13

"Nine months after a pipeline company angered nature lovers with tree-clearing on a nature preserve, local officials praised the company for improving the area." more...

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GMRT Section Closed For Maintenance Today

10/9/13

"The Great Miami River Recreational Trail from Tipp City north to Dye Mill Road will be closed for maintenance on Wednesday, October 9th..." more...

Ohio-to-Erie Trail Progress

10/8/13

"...With more than 85 percent of a 330-mile trail linking Cincinnati and Cleveland finished, and a key leg through Columbus on the schedule to wrap up in the next two years, her dream is inching closer to coming true, she said." more...

Bike Shaker Initiative Still In Gear

10/8/13

"Shaker Heights - While the city did not receive a national "Bicycle Friendly Community" designation on its first try, that hasn't deflated efforts to improve the local bike infrastructure." more...

1 In 4 Motorists Flee After Striking Bicyclists

10/8/13

"...Statewide, more than 25 percent of people flee after a bike-car collision. In Franklin County, 27 percent of 353 car-bike crashes since Jan. 1, 2012, were hit-skips, according to State Highway Patrol records." more...

Should Bike Trails Have Emergency Alert Systems?

10/8/13

"The recent death of a Northbrook man on a Glenview bike trail prompts the question: should bike trails have more emergency safeguards?" more...

50% Of City Freight Could Be Moved By Bike

10/8/13

"The European Union is running a three-year project (ending next year) to try to move cities' freight deliveries from heavy, road-ripping, and dangerous and polluting freight trucks to lower-impact cargo bikes and delivery trikes. And the data coming in from 322 European cities seems to indicate that at least half of freight deliveries could be transferred to bike delivery!" more...

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Blackhand Gorge Trail Reopens Today

"The Blackhand Gorge bike trail reopens Tuesday, when Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer attends a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the main parking lot off Toboso Road.

"The 4.2-mile bike path through the gorge closed Sept. 16 for repaving, stabilization of the riverbank and clearing away roots from the trail." more...

Easements Required For Western Reserve Greenway

10/7/13

"Trumbull County commissioners have authorized the mailing of letters to five property owners along the planned path of Phase 3 of the Western Reserve Greenway that seek to acquire easements for the trail.

"Phase 3 will travel south from Champion Avenue in Champion Township near Research Parkway to the Trumbull County Engineer's Office at North River Road in Warren - about two miles." more...

Scioto Trail Connector Construction Photos

This project is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Fall Newsletter Features Ohio-to-Erie Trail

The online version of the Fall 2013 Rail-to-Trails Conservancy newsletter is available now.

Is Gov't Shutdown Affecting Trails In Your Area?

10/7/13

"...I must admit, working for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which is funded by members, I hadn't anticipated much of an impact on my daily life." more...

BikeShare, An Alternative To Streetcars?

10/7/13

"A lot of cities want to expand their transit service but don't have the money to dig an entire subway system (or even to extend one that already exists)..." more

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Could Bixi's Problems Affect BikeShares in New York, D.C.?

"You could say that Montréal is the cradle of the bike-share movement as we know it today in North America. The Canadian city is the headquarters for PBSC Urban Solutions, a.k.a. Bixi, the company that manufactures the bikes and stations for one of the most prevalent bike-share systems now in use in cities across the continent and the world..." more

Bike Lanes Spreading In Buffalo

10/5/13

"...Buffalo has embraced the biking enthusiasm kindled in Portland, Ore., London and New York, the last of which saw bike use climb 46 percent after 400 miles of new bike lanes were introduced." more...

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40% Believe Their Neighborhoods Are Unwalkable

"79 percent of Americans believe they should walk more, but forty percent say they do not do so because their neighborhoods do not have nearby services, shops, schools and work..." more

DE Governor Promotes Cycling

"Delaware Governor Jack Markell is a big proponent of making Delaware the number one biking state in the nation." more...

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Marietta River Trail Grows

10/5/13

"With the snip of a ribbon, Marietta's River Trail officially grew by another mile Friday." more...

Georgia Considers Anti-Bicycling Bill

10/4/13

"...The law would require tags and registration for bicycles, remove the right to ride two abreast in the road, place strange requirements on group rides and make some unrestricted public roadways "off limits" to bicyclists..." more

Traffic As Usual On D.C. Trails During Shutdown

"Judging from the flow of cyclists and joggers, Thursday morning was just another ordinary day on the Capital Crescent Trail. Cyclists from Montgomery County and upper Northwest DC speeded to work, Georgetown residents were out for their daily runs, and nothing seemed to be amiss in the summery weather along the Potomac. Except for the fact that, strictly speaking, everyone was breaking the law." more...

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Cyclists Shy Away From Marion Bike Lanes

"New bike trails along Ohio 309 and Ohio 95 are designed to increase bicycle traffic and provide safety to cyclists on the road.

"Some experienced bikers say they will not go near the new lanes." more...

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10/4/13

For the week of Oct. 4.

Gov't Shutdown Bad For D.C. Transit, Great For BikeShare

10/3/13

"...Tuesday set an all-time record for most rides by Capital Bikeshare members, with 9,028. And then yesterday broke that record, with 9,104 rides by members." more...

Better Bike Lanes Can Bring Back Neighborhood Shopping

10/2/13

"Good bike access isn't optional for Lisa Sedlar's Green Zebra Grocery. It's the key to a whole new business model that's bringing fresh food to more neighborhoods in Portland." more...

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NY Trail Attacks Injure 5

"An apparently homeless, emotionally disturbed man went on a rampage with scissors along a busy Manhattan bike path Tuesday, slashing or stabbing five people, including a 1-year-old boy." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Government Shutdown Affects More Bikeways

10/2/13

"People who ride bicycles are among those feeling the pinch in the federal government shut down." more...

Start Planning for a Future With Less Driving

10/2/13

"...SSTI rejects the idea that driving declines reflect the recent recession, noting that the current slump began in 2004, well before the recession started. Driving activity actually began to decouple from economic growth in 2000, SSTI says, and today they do not appear to be strongly related." more...

Bikes-On-Trains Movement

10/2/13

"Campaigns to get bicycles on commuter trains are cropping up across the country.

"We've seen recent success in the Bay Area, and there's been a national push to get Amtrak on board with increased bicycle services." more...

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Government Shutdown Closes CVNP Towpath

10/1/13

"For the time being, due to the Government shutdown, travel on the Towpath in the National Park will be restricted to our winged and wildlife visitors only. Trail access is not available for the 20 miles in CVNP..." more

Related story: Fate of Towpath Marathon, with 1,200 runners, in flux because of federal shutdown.

Creekside Trail Construction Alert

10/1/13

"The City of Riverside is doing construction at the Burkhardt Rd intersection on the Creekside Bikeway that may make conditions hazardous for those using the bikeway. Construction is expected to continue through Saturday, Oct. 5 but may take longer."

Source: metroparks.org

Cities Embracing Car Free Zones

10/1/13

"Many cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Copenhagen are reintroducing car-free zones to provide common areas for pedestrians and cyclists to maneuver safely, without exposure to fast-moving vehicles. Car-free zones have been known to enhance tourism, boost engagement between residents and local businesses, and reduce auto-related accidents." more...

New Technologies & The Decline In Driving

10/1/13

"According to a spate of recent studies, Millennials - a bigger generation than the Baby Boomers - are driving less than their parents did. But the underlying reasons are a matter of some dispute. Will younger Americans start happily motoring again once the economy is really humming, or is a lasting generational shift underway?" more...

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Graffitists Ruin Bike Path Sign

7/31/13

"The Delaware County Sheriff's Office responded at 10:40 p.m. July 12 to the 6000 block of Bale-Kenyon Road when witnesses spotted two people spray-painting a bike-trail sign." more...

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Ribbon Cutting For Oregon City Bike Trail

"...The Oregon Parks Bike Trail connects three Oregon City schools with Pearson Metropark and Maumee Bay State Park. This is one of the area's longest paved cycling and leisure trails." more...

House Drops Debate on Transportation Bill

And the circus continues...

Portland: Low-Car Households Account For 60% Of Growth

"There's a very simple reason why Portland's real estate market is shifting fast: Households whose members regularly get around without cars now account for about three-fifths of Portland's net growth." more...

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Columbus BikeShare Goes Live

7/31/13

Armed Robbers Target Women Near Bike Trail

"A police K-9 unit lost the tracks of two males who committed armed robbery near the River Corridor Bike Trail on Monday evening." more...

Shaker Heights Seeks Grant For Last Leg Of Lake-to-Lakes Trail

"The city will apply for what is hoped will be the last leg of the Lake-to-Lakes Trail, at least in terms of funding." more...

Olentangy Trail Construction

7/31/13

"As of the week of August 12, 2013, there will be an overlaying of the bike path South of Worthington Hills and North of the Worthington Skate Park. (Olentangy Trail, approximately at the 12 mile marker, if heading North.)"

Source: Columbus Rec & Parks

Turning Asphalt Alleys Into "Livable Laneways"

7/30/13

"They don't call it the most livable city in the world for nothing. Even the alleyways in Vancouver are community gathering places. That's because about ten years ago, the city of Vancouver launched an initiative aimed at converting garbage strewn alleys into 'livable laneways.'" more...

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Alert: Potential Attack on Federal Bike Funding!

7/29/13

"...We are preparing for a late-night attack on biking and walking funding and we are asking for your help. Look for a Tweet on Tuesday night alerting you to an attack -- and asking you to Tweet at your members of Congress." more...

Trail Construction Coming To Sugarcreek MetroPark

"Corridor clearing for this project will happen August 14-15. Construction will start on the Sugarcreek trails on August 19 and will continue through Fall 2013."

Source: Five Rivers MetroParks

"Transportation Empowers People"

7/29/13

"For us it was highways, it was transit, it was bike paths and sidewalks, it was bridges. And when those things all work together well, what happens is that people have choices..." more

Working With MPOs

7/29/13

"If you live in a city or suburb and want to make biking better, you need to know your MPO." more...

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Has SF Critical Mass Ride Lost Its Relevance?

"The whirring of thousands of bicycle chains is a magical sound. And, not so long ago in the grand scheme of things, thousands whirred up Market Street..." more

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Wasson Way Looks To Indianapolis Bike Path

"Vans full of Cincinnatians - including Council member Laure Quinlivan - are headed to and from Indianapolis Friday and Saturday to get a sneak peek of what to expect with the Wasson Way Bike Trail." more...

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Columbus Police Ticketing Cyclists

7/27/13

"Columbus police have cited bicyclists more than 800 times in the past 18 months for violations, including riding on sidewalks, parking illegally and not having required reflectors or lights..." more

Riverside Trail Fence Causing Problems

7/26/13

"...About a quarter mile of Huberville Avenue right across from the Air Force Museum is now lined by a fence. It was installed by Five Rivers Metroparks to protect people who use the bike path from traffic.

"It was on all the plans. None of us realized how obtrusive it would be..." more

UD Bike Path Safety Concerns

7/26/13

"A new bike path connects the University of Dayton's campus to 330 miles of paved bikeways throughout the Miami Valley, but giving students the option to venture off campus is causing some concern for safety." more...

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"Cone Fairy" Calms Miami Traffic

"If only the Florida Department of Transportation was as concerned about traffic safety as one mysterious resident in Miami's Belle Meade neighborhood. A traffic safety vigilante known only as "the cone fairy" has been making nightly visits to a dangerous street in this neighborhood and applying a simple, temporary solution to reckless speeding: orange cones in the center of the street." more...

The Latest On Fed Transportation Budget Wrangle

7/26/13

"They're waist deep in the transportation appropriations process in Washington right now, and what's on the table is a study in contrasts..." more

More Bicycle Services Needed From Amtrak

7/25/13

"Early this week, Adventure Cycling Association, the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking wrote Amtrak president, Joseph H. Boardman a letter supporting increased bicycle services on the Adirondack and Ethan Allen Lines in New York and Vermont." more...

Safe Streets Bill Gets Rolling

7/24/13

"On Wednesday, Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) suggested that Congress should encourage Complete Streets to ensure cost-effective use of transportation dollars to lower the stress on the Highway Trust fund." more...

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Action Alert: Stop Feds From Slashing Bike-Ped Funding

7/24/13

"The Transportation Alternatives program is under attack in Congress, with a new amendment calling for key funding to be wiped out entirely." more...

Here's how to contact Ohio Senators.

SF Cyclist Guilty Of Manslaughter

7/24/13

"Chris Bucchere pleads guilty after running down 71-year-old Sutchi Hui, in what is believed to be first such conviction in US." more...

MN: Midtown Greenway Named Top Bike Path In America

7/23/13

"...USA Today published an article Tuesday by ActiveTimes.com in which its writers identified America's 19 best city bike paths. They ranked the Midtown Greenway as number one." more...

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Are There Too Many Bikes In Amsterdam?

7/23/13

"A few weeks ago, the New York Times published a piece about bikes in Amsterdam, basically framing things in such a way that the message was more or less "there's too many bikes in Amsterdam, let's not make the same mistake in New York". more...

Turning Gas Pumps & Asphalt Into Soil & Shade Trees

7/23/13

"...Drake Patten in Providence, Rhode Island, recently converted a gas station into a farm supply store called Cluck!, and believe it or not, she had to fight a legal battle with neighbors to make it possible." more...

New Sidepath Construction In Westerville

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Continuous 51-mile Pathway Envisioned In LA

7/23/13

"The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corp. on Tuesday will announce an ambitious goal: Completing a continuous 51-mile greenway and bike path along the river by the end of the decade." more...

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Olentangy Trail Sewage Spill

7/22/13

"Sewage is spilling from a manhole on the Olentangy Trail just north of the Dodridge Bridge on the trail closest to the river at the Olentangy Research Wetland. MetroParks will be closing the trail and the city has been informed about the manhole discharge so please avoid this area by using the trail to the west." For more, visit FLOW...

Driver Who Killed Cyclist Avoids Jail Time

7/22/13

"A Bethel man who hit and killed a bicyclist near Lunken Airport avoided jail time when he was sentenced Monday in Hamilton County Municipal Court." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Why Suburban Growth Is a Ponzi Scheme

"Chuck Marohn cofounded the non-profit Strong Towns in 2009. Since then he has steadily built an audience for his message about the financial folly of car-centric planning and growth..." more...

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Hudson Wants Input On Trails & Sidewalks

7/21/13

"...The city staff and Council stated during the workshop meeting they would like input from the neighborhoods. Do you want sidewalks in front of your homes? If not, do you want to be connected to other neighborhoods, schools, downtown or parks through a single trail or sidewalk? Where do you want it located?

"Now is the time to talk with neighbors and decide the connectivity needs for your neighborhood. Otherwise the city and Council will make the decision...." more

How Trails Benefit The Environment

7/21/13

"In many places trails are a key ingredient in preserving open space and encouraging public interest in habitat and natural landscapes..." more

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Temporaty Repairs Made To Akron Towpath

"Repairs are nearly complete to a storm-damaged stream bank next to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail north of downtown Akron." more...

Rt. 161 Traffic Study may Push Back Multiuse Path

7/20/13

"...Columbus, Worthington and Perry Township officials are commissioning a traffic study that will analyze whether the stretch of Rt. 161 between Rt. 315 and Sawmill Road can handle current and future travel volumes." more...

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Bike Infrastructure: Egalitarian Vs. Elite

7/19/13

"It might seem strange, but there are still plenty of people who ride bikes but don't like the idea of protected bike lanes that much, or even bike infrastructure altogether." more...

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Property Acquisition For Athens Trail

7/17/13

"In some final business before a month-long summer recess, Athens City Council approved two property acquisitions Monday night that will expand the bike path, in one case, and create a new park and nature preserve in the other." more...

Is Sidewalk Cycling Legal In Columbus?

7/17/13

"As I walk along the downtown streets, and people on bikes whiz by me on the sidewalk, I often wonder: is this legal in Columbus?" more...

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ODOT Seeks To Eliminate Bikes/Peds From I-270 Plans

"...This Monday, July 1st, ODOT formally will ask Council to approve a plan that would eliminate any pedestrian or bicyclist pathway along Worthington-Galena Road under I-270..." more...

Is Seattle the Number One Pretender in Bicycling?

7/17/13

"...By the numbers, Seattle is a still a pretender when it comes to bicycling. That's right: one of the nation's greenest, liberal, transit-friendly cities has fallen behind even cities like car-crazy Los Angeles..." more

Bicycles: The New Conservative Enemy

"The rise of bike-sharing programs has created an unlikely new target in the culture wars." more...

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Cincy: New Bike Lanes Coming To East End

"...by the end of the month, the orange barrels throughout the East End will be gone, and the longest, flattest bicycle route in the city will be open." more...

Towpath Update At Scranton Flats

7/17/13

Canton Road Project Brings Trail Realignment

7/16/13

"...The city will replace bridges along the west branch of the Nimishillen Creek, reconstruct the road, curbs and sidewalks, and realign the Stadium Park walking track and West Branch bike trail..." more

Guerrilla Bike Lane Made Permanent In Seattle

7/15/13

"Remember when an anonymous bike safety group calling themselves 'Reasonably Polite Seattleites' installed a series of plastic pylons on Cherry Street to demonstrate how easy it would be for the city to turn a regular bike lane into a protected one?

"Well, the city took their advice..." more

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COGO's Soft Launch July 17

"...Mayor Coleman will take the first ever ride on the CoGo system leaving from Bicentennial Park at 11:15am and finish the ride at the City Hall station..." more

IL: Trail Death Prompts Changes

7/15/13

"The Arlington Heights Park District announced this weekend that it will make a few interim changes at Lake Arlington in light of the recent death of a pedestrian who was struck by a bicyclist last month." more...

When Hostile Streets Mar A Walkable Trip

7/15/13

"David Levinson lives just three blocks from St. Paul, Minnesota, but he almost never walks there. Standing in his way is a largely impassible highway and a series of sidewalk-deficient, glass-strewn streets." more

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MN Advocates Campaign For Protected Bike Lanes

7/13/13

"...The Midtown Greenway Coalition is a part of an initiative led by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition that advocates for a network of more than 30 miles of protected bikeways or cycletracks..." more

5 Ingenious Ideas For Bike Parking

"As cycling takes off, places to put those cycles are starting to be in short supply (a city only has so many sign-posts). In bike happy Denmark, they're testing some big plans for bike parking." more...

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IN: Man On Bike Attacked

7/12/13

"...James Mundell was riding with his brother around 6:30 a.m. Monday along the Heritage Trail, where it intersects with Hunt Street. He placed a 911 call. more...

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Columbus BikeShare To Launch By End Of Month

7/12/13

"...The city has decided where its 30 CoGo bike-share locations will go when it launches the program this month." more...

Westerville Public Meetings On Bikeways

7/12/13

"Westerville public open houses re two new bikeway's plans- A public Open House is scheduled by the Planning and Development Department for both Tuesday, July 23rd and Wednesday July 24th at the Everal Barn and Homestead at Heritage Park, 60 North Cleveland Ave (at W. Main St), Westerville..." more

Towpath Trail Still Closed

7/12/13

"All 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that Metro Parks, Serving Summit County manages remain closed due to damage from Wednesday's heavy rain, the agency said Friday." more...

The canal boats are out of service as well.

Federal Funding Means More Bike Commuting

7/12/13

"Bicycling is at a tipping point in many American cities. Bike-share systems are multiplying rapidly, infrastructure that used to be seen as novel is now commonplace, and commuting rates are growing. There are many explanations for this cultural shift, but here's one not to be ignored: federal funding." more...

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Trail Users Targeted In "Knockout Games" - Part 2

7/11/13

The latest blog post in our series covering a violent crime trend that often targets trail users. It's trending in urban areas and is a nationwide phenomenon.

In case you're wondering, yes, it's come to Ohio as well.

Towpath Sections Flooded

7/11/13

"...Sections of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail have been closed in the area due to flooding. St. Helena Heritage Park in Canal Fulton is expected to be underwater by Wednesday afternoon..." more

Also, reports of downed trees have closed sections along some Ohio trails.

Iron Horse Bikeway Construction Alert

7/11/13

"Continued bridge construction on US 35 has resulted in a closure and subsequent detour of the Iron Horse Bikeway where it passes under US 35..." more

The Challenge of Building Complete Streets

7/11/13

"If Ontario Street in Cleveland, Ohio, is any indication, a complete streets policy is no guarantee you'll get a safe place to ride a bike, or even a comfortable place to walk." more...

VA: Man Drives On Trail, Blames GPS

7/11/13

"An out-of-town man drove down the Washington and Old Dominion Trail in Northern Virginia last night because his GPS told him to." more...

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Bicyclists' Needs On Rise In Central Ohio

7/10/13

"Anyone who has commuted using the Olentangy bike path during rush hour will dispute the July 3 letter from Kathleen Bell, who said that $2 million is too much for Columbus to spend on bicycle infrastructure when fewer than 1 percent of residents ride, and only for five months a year." more...

Proposed Light-Rail With Trail Project In Omaha

7/10/13

"...If replaced by a light rail system coupled with a parallel recreational trail, the repurposed Omaha Belt Line could spark industrial and other development that could bring an estimated 9,000 jobs and 4,500 new homes in just one 3.5-mile stretch of the 20-mile corridor." more...

Getting Creative with Loans and Revenue Generation

7/10/13

"In 2012, the US Congress adopted a new bill to govern surface transportation programs through September 2014. That bill, referred to now as MAP-21, provides opportunities for creative communities to develop good networks of trails and active transportation facilities." more...

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Lincoln, Nebraska Planning A Protected Bike Lane

"The latest sign that "innovative" bike infrastructure treatments are becoming more and more mainstream: Lincoln, Nebraska, is planning to add a protected bike lane near its downtown." more...

WE Bike NYC Thrives Through Inclusivity

7/10/13

"I can't even count the number of amazing advocates, mechanics and educators I met when I attended the 2012 Youth Bike Summit. But Liz Jose definitely stood out. With a passion for getting more women on bikes and a clear commitment to inclusivity, I knew, after an hour-long conversation at the pizza party, that her talk would turn into action." more...

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IN: Teens Rob Monon Trail Cyclist At Gunpoint

"A man says three teenagers robbed him while he was biking on the Monon Trail Sunday, taking his bike, cellphone, and an iPhone at gunpoint." more...

Toronto Law Enforcement Practicing Victim-Blaming

7/8/13

"... following a collision in which two drivers jumped the curb. The crash was found to be caused by an "illegal road manuver" on the part of one of the drivers. But that didn't stop Toronto Police Constable from blaming pedestrians..." more...

Should Cyclists Pay A Registration Fee?

"This is a motorist and taxpayer, and by the way I'm not screaming, but I do think bicyclists should pay for registration..." more

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Ambassadors For Clark County Trails Launched

7/8/13

"Local trail advocates have formed a new volunteer organization called Ambassadors for Clark County Trails (ACCT). Clark County has some of the most connected multi-use trails in the United States which are used by many visitors from all over the country. ACCT has formed to promote this asset." more...

Bike Shaker Project Inspires Improvements

7/7/13

"After the well-attended first meeting of the Bike Shaker project, city officials introduced four bicycle improvement proposals for the summer street striping and painting program." more...

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Cleveland Needs New Bike Summit

"...The question is whether [Cleveland] can accelerate quickly and become more competitive with capitals of bike-friendliness such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco and regional standouts such as Pittsburgh." more...

New Ohio-To-Erie Trail Guide Available

7/6/13

"...The interactive guide, available on their website, IGotABike.com, is designed to be used on smartphones or tablets as cyclists make their way across the state..." more

AR: Car Plows Into Cyclists; 1 Dead

"An 18-year-old Massachusetts woman died after she was injured when a car struck a group of bicyclists traveling through Arkansas on a cross-country summer trip, authorities said Thursday." more...

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Elyria Trail Construction May Finish Early

7/5/13

"Lorain County Metro Parks officials expect a 1.2-mile extension of the Lorain County Metro Parks walking and biking trail through part of Elyria to be finished a bit early - possibly, as soon as fall." more...

Project Is Vital Connection For Worthington Bicyclists

7/5/13

"As a resident of Worthington and a cyclist, I support the proposed shared-use path along W. Dublin-Granville Road (Rt. 161) between Linworth and Sawmill roads. This path will provide a much-needed east-west connection for bicycle commuters and pedestrians in northern Columbus, giving people transportation choices that today do not exist." more...

"Urban Forest" Taking Root In Cincinnati

7/5/13

"Berry bushes and squash vines, apple and pear saplings, and inches-high corn plants growing now are envisioned to blossom into an "edible forest garden" in urban Cincinnati for the benefit of joggers, bicyclists, hikers, and those who simply want to relax along a waterway." more...

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Red Line Greenway To Become Cleveland's High-Line?

7/4/13

"...volunteers from the Rotary Club of Cleveland are pushing the idea of turning a disused portion of the Red Line right-of-way into a three-mile greenway connecting five city neighborhoods to downtown Cleveland." more...

Bad Infrastructure Design Begets Bad Biking Behavior

7/4/13

"...Timson complains about cyclists going the wrong way on one way streets. But what about when you really have no choice? I use the official bike routes to get home from downtown, and guess where the northbound bike route ends? At a one-way southbound street..." more

Insights From Capital BikeShare

"...I've heard from plenty of women that bikeshare has transformed their perspective on bicyclng for transportation." more...

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Hillard Trail Extension Plans

"The city of Hilliard, in conjunction with the development of Landmark Lofts, plans to extend the Rails to Trails route from its terminus at First Responders Park, at the corner of Center and Main streets, southeast across Cemetery Road." more...

Panhandle Trail Maintenance Scheduled

"...Part of the Panhandle Trail, between Dayton and Swan roads, also will receive a protective overlay and will be closed Monday, Williams said. Later in the summer, the bike path will receive crack seal." more...

Summit County Volunteers Needed For Trail Advisory Committee

7/4/13

"Metro Parks, Serving Summit County is seeking three volunteers to participate on an advisory committee for the mountain bike trails planned for the Hardy Road Area in Hampton Hills Metro Park." more...

Cyclists Fear Connector Would Sever Bike Route

"As the Ohio Department of Transportation prepares to reconstruct the U.S. 23/Interstate 270 interchange in Worthington later this year, Worthington City Council has given planners the OK to reroute traffic in an effort to relieve congestion in the area." more...

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An Uninterrupted Chain Of Sprawl From Cleveland To Kent

"I went to see the next wave of suburban sprawl in Northeast Ohio over the weekend." more...

PA: Good Samaritan Beaten On Rail Trail

7/2/13

"Gary Paul tries to get out on the York County Heritage Rail Trail for a bike ride whenever he can and whenever his schedule permits..." more

What Caused Portland's Biking Boom?

7/2/13

"...Gas prices spiked from 2004 to 2007, of course, but that happened everywhere, so it doesn't explain Portland's unusual behavior. And part of the story is definitely that it took Portlanders a few years to realize how solid our bike network had become..." more

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U.S. City Where Cars Have Been Banned Since 1898

"...Mackinac is home to the nation's only carless highway, the M-185, offering easy access to its 8.3 miles of coastline, uncluttered by parking lots or gas stations.

"Visitors to the island have described the experience as like going back in time to a bygone era..." more

Bike League Smart Cycling Program

"The online Smart Cycling program is designed to develop your knowledge of bicycling safety by using lessons, interactive components and videos..." more

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The End Of U.S. Car Culture?

6/29/13

"...recent studies suggest that Americans are buying fewer cars, driving less and getting fewer licenses as each year goes by." more...

OR: "The Columbia River Crossing Is Dead"

6/29/13

"...That's the lede in a story just posted by The Columbian newspaper a few minutes ago that reports the Washington Legislature has adjourned without voting on a transportation package that included the only chance for the Columbia River Crossing to get funded..." more

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Foxx's Responses on Bike Questions: Promising, But Mostly Vague

"Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was unanimously confirmed yesterday by the full Senate to become the new chief of U.S. DOT. He'll be sworn in soon, probably next week." more...

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Rt. 62 Reopens In Holmes County

6/29/13

From ODOT, "U.S. Route 62 was reopened to traffic this afternoon. It was closed April 1st near the Knox County line for construction of a pedestrian/bike tunnel under the roadway as part of the Holmes County Trail Project, Phase 5.

"This phase of the trail project connects the Knox County Mohican Valley Trail to Holmes County Road 10 on the Holmes County Trail in Brinkhaven.

"About 1,000 feet of a shared use trail, including a 260-foot lighted tunnel under U.S. 62, was constructed."

No word yet on when this trail section will be completed.

Submitted by Cecil Neighbarger

Highway Revolts Break Out Across the Midwest

6/28/13

"The evolution of state and regional transportation agencies is painfully slow in places like Missouri and Ohio, where officials are plowing ahead with pricey highway projects conceived of decades ago. But plenty of Midwesterners have different ideas for the future of their communities, and they aren't shy about speaking up." more...

CAN: Great Divide Mountain Bike Route A "Complete Washout"

6/28/13

"If you are planning to start your Great Divide Mountain Bike Route ride in Canada, the Adventure Cycling Association has a suggestion: Don't do it." more...

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Uptick In Ohio Summer Tick Population

6/27/13

"The region is facing big trouble with tiny ticks this summer.

"...The current tick levels in the 33,000-acre [CVNP] are the "worst ever" and the ticks came out earlier than usual, said park spokeswoman Lisa Petit." more...

Similar reports have already gone out from SW Ohio.

Walking With Your Baby On The Most Dangerous U.S. Streets

6/27/13

"...When walking around the streets of her hometown, Rima Gerhard is always vigilant. But now that she's pushing her new baby in a stroller on those same streets, she's especially conscientious. It's terrifying, she reports on Transit Miami." more...

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House Leader Supports Bikeable, Walkable Communties

6/27/13

"...On the steps of the Capitol, he unequivocally declared his support for our efforts to build bikeable, walkable, livable communities. To the delight of everyone, he even alluded to his recent discussions with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the intellectual pillar of the Congressional Bike Caucus..." more

Idahoans Demanding Walkable Urbanism

6/27/13

"People in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado want to live in walkable places. That's the finding of a recent housing market study by Sonoran Institute, a group that supports conservation and community development in the American West." more...

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Columbus Backs Bikes, But Enough?

6/25/13

"...More than $5 million in bike-friendly upgrades will come to Columbus this summer as the city installs bike lanes and pavement markings and adds shelters and racks.

"Next month, Columbus' new bike-share program, CoGo, is scheduled to launch with 300 bicycles and 30 stations, carrying a 1st year price tag of $2M." more...

Mandatory Use Laws For Separated Facilities

6/25/13

"Mandatory Use laws require bicyclists to use facilities that are provided or designated for their use.

"These laws generally require a bicyclist to use a separated path (often referred to as a sidepath), a marked bike lane, or a roadway shoulder, rather than the parallel or adjacent travel lanes provided for motor vehicles..." more

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SUV Strikes 9-Year-Old Riding Bike

6/24/13

"A 9-year-old boy riding a bicycle was struck by an SUV on Monday in Mount Auburn." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Tapping Into TIGER Funds

6/24/13

"...TIGER funds are highly sought after because of their size and flexibility. The grants tend to be in the millions and tens of millions of dollars range. A wide variety of major roadway or transit project types are eligible." more...

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Cyclists Provide Their Take On City Streets In Green

6/22/13

"...Some 40 area residents took to the road on their bikes Saturday to give city officials and the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) some firsthand feedback on how to make Green more friendly for cyclists." more...

A Dutch Perspective on U.S. Cycling

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100K Sign Up For NYC Bike Share In 1 Month

6/22/13

"...The members have taken the bikes for nearly 400,000 trips since the program began May 27, according to the Department of Transportation, and ridden them more than 1 million miles." more...

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Warren Greenway Trail Nearly Complete

6/22/13

"...We are about 75 percent complete with the second phase," Makosky said.

"The Warren trail is a portion of the 100-mile Great Ohio Lake to River Greenway Bike Trail that when finished will begin on Lake Erie in Ashtabula and travel south through Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties to the Ohio River." more...

Marion Launches City Bike Route

6/21/13

"Local officials and residents will come together Sunday in support of bicycling as a healthy activity and to welcome the new Marion City Bike Route.

"The launch takes place at 1 p.m. at McKinley Park on McKinley Park Boulevard just west of the Harding Memorial." more...

Google Mapping U.S. MTB Trails

"MTB Project is brand new and we have more trails added every day. Everything comes from bikers like you - share yours!" more...

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Craigslist Post Taunts Columbus Cyclist

"A driver claiming to have struck a bicyclist on the streets of Columbus bragged about it online, and now the central Ohio biking community is enraged." more...

Scranton Flats Towpath Update

6/22/13

Bipartisan Bill Seeks National Complete Streets Standard

6/21/13

"Nearly 500 cities, states, and counties around the United States have enacted complete streets policies, according to Smart Growth America. Now a bipartisan team of lawmakers has introduced legislation to make it a matter of national policy that streets should be designed not only for driving, but for walking, biking, and transit as well." more...

Bike Sharing Can Mean Safer Biking

"It took only a few days for reports of the first cycling accident involving New York's new bike sharing program to begin circulating. But experts and growing experience from bike sharing programs in other cities make clear that bicycling can be a safe mode of transportation, and the presence of a bike sharing program is a boon to the safety of all bicyclists." more...

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Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation Opens

"The ribbon cutting for the newest park in Parma, the West Creek Reservation, is Friday at 10:30 a.m. The project has been more than 10 years in the making.

"The Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace has two new sparkling gems..."more

Cleveland: Edgehill Repaved With Bike Lanes

6/20/13

"The gradually expanding network of bike-friendly streets in Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs just got a little wider with the addition of a bike lane and sharrows on Edgehill Road from Overlook Road down to Little Italy..." more

D.C.: Metro Branch Trail Fail

6/19/13

"...since the 2010 opening, trail users have reported attacks with unsettling regularity. Some have been robberies by criminals armed with handguns and tasers. But a disconcerting number were more like last week's assault, where nothing was stolen and violence itself was seemingly the attackers' end, with no other apparent motive involved..." more

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More Black Mob Violence On Bike Trails

"Just finished an article for WND and my book about a rash of black mob violence on a D.C. bike trail: Bike trail builds reputation for mob attacks.

"Then the cards and letters started rolling in with reports of dozens and dozens more attacks from black mobs on bike trails around the country over the last few years..." more

Lancaster City Bike Trail Nears Completion

6/19/13

"Workers have poured the last cement and used the last bit of grant money from the state for the 10.5-mile Lancaster City Bike Trail, but the project is not complete yet." more...

"We're A Highway Department, Not A Bicycle Department"

6/19/13

"The anecdote we're about to relay happened in St. Louis County, but it could have occurred in almost any community between New York and Portland. Alex Ihnen at NextSTL caught local transportation officials admitting what generally goes unspoken..." more

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Bellefontaine Trail Fundraising Nearing Goal

"Bellefontaine Rotarians were informed Monday that more than 88 percent of the funds needed for the 15.8-mile bike trail project between Urbana and Bellefontaine has been raised." more...

10 Most Bikeable U.S. Cities

6/19/13

"...While Walk Score put out a Top 10 list of cities that garnered its best Bike Scores, it included only cities with a population of 500,000 or more. No offense to No. 1 Portland, Ore., but it wouldn't even make the list if smaller towns with higher scores were thrown into the mix. For a more fair representation, we scoured Walk Score's complete list of Bike Score data and came up with the Top 10 cities for cyclists overall..." more

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Trail Users Targeted In "Knockout Games"

6/18/13

"...a recent article ...described 15 Youths Attacking A Cyclist on the Metropolitan Branch Trail in the D.C. area....

"...a reverend posted that these youths were playing the "knockout game." I apparently had been living under a rock, as I was clueless about this activity. If you are as well, let me fill you in." more...

KY: Work Moves Forward On 11-Mile Riverfront Trail

6/17/13

"A decade ago, leaders in Northern Kentucky's riverfront cities envisioned a walkway that would stretch along the banks of the Ohio River, linking existing development and spurring new growth in the river cities.

"After years of planning, promoting and lobbying, Riverfront Commons is finally on its way to becoming a reality." more...

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BikeShares Continue To Spread Across U.S.

6/16/13

"The newest piece of Chicago's vast transit puzzle will not rumble between skyscrapers on its 100-year-old elevated rail lines or utilize its fleet of hybrid buses. The city is turning to thousands of shared bicycles to send commuters and visitors zipping on their way." more...

Transportation Group Aims to Keep Urban Bike Riders Safe

6/14/13

"Bike-sharing programs are fast becoming a part of the urban landscape in the United States. One association is working to keep city bikers safe." more...

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The Case for Making Bike-Share Membership an Employee Benefit

"...Whether or not it's the very first, Percolate is certainly part of an early wave of New York City companies willing to foot the bill for workers who plan to commute by bike-share..." more

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Headwaters Trail Extension Meeting

"On Monday June 10th, 2013 a small group of people passionate about the extension/improvement of the Headwaters Trail met for the first time to discuss organizing efforts to promote trail usage and development. Representatives of both the Portage Park District and the Portage Park District Foundation were in attendance.

"Announced at this meeting, the Portage Park District Foundation has created a fund for the exclusive purpose of bettering the Headwaters Trail. Donations may now be accepted made payable the Portage Park District Foundation. Donors should be certain to indicate the Headwaters Trail in the memo line to specify the appropriate fund. Information hay be found here: http://www.portageparkdistrict.org/foundation.htm

"You may follow us on Twitter: @HeadwatersTrail and/or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HeadwatersTrail"

Submitted by Charlie Grugle

CycLicking In Licking County

"CycLicking is an informational source for Licking County's bike trail system and the entities that have interest in the system." more...

TAP Program: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

"On Monday, The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released its final guidance on the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and - like the interim guidance released last fall - it's really a mixed result." more...

The Prevention Fund: Why is Congress Trying to Kill It?

6/14/13

"...Created by the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the Prevention Fund is the nation's first large dedicated source of funds for preventing health problems..." more

A New Perspective On Crossing The Street

6/13/13

"Gary Howe has been seeing things differently since he suffered a foot injury when he slipped on an icy patch of broken sidewalk in his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, this winter." more...

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Athens Readies To Improve Bikeway

"The city of Athens is poised to make an $181,000 investment in its bikeway, at-large City Council member Chris Knisely said during a committee meeting Monday night." more...

Youth Convinces Officials To Improve Ped Crossing In Loveland

6/13/13

"In a surprise to Autumn Binford, City Council voted Tuesday night, 5-1, to install the pedestrian controlled Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, called RRFB's at the Lebanon Road crosswalk at Preakness and Arcaro.

"Autumn has lobbied for months to make this a safer intersection that is near the Loveland Intermediate and Middle School campus. She pointed out to council that this 'critical crosswalk is the bridge between six neighborhoods.'" more...

Can Cincy Learn From The Indianapolis Cultural Trail?

6/13/13

"Unlike Cincinnati, Indianapolis has wide streets. The streets are so wide that there is room to do some neat things within the right-of-way with regards to non-automobile forms of transportation." more...

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Up To 15 Youths Attack Cyclist On D.C. Trail

6/12/13

"The bicyclist doesn't remember seeing the youths run at him as he pedaled home late Tuesday afternoon on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, but he certainly recalls one knocking him off his bike and at least a dozen others piling on, punching and kicking him in the head." more...

Here's another account of the attack.

Trail Designs Can Help Prevent Flooded Sewers

6/12/13

"In their efforts to reduce the pervasive problem of combined sewer overflow, cities all over the country are increasingly turning to a wide category of projects commonly referred to as "green infrastructure." The challenges these projects are designed to address are especially pervasive in older cities, when heavy rainfalls overwhelm antiquated sewer systems and result in untreated sewage flowing directly into waterways..." more

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More Mad River Bikeway Extension Details

6/11/13

"...With the completion of the new 3.6 mile leg called the Mad River Bikeway extension, downtown Dayton and the more than 330 miles of trails in the regional bikeway system are now connected with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the Huffman Prairie Trail and the Kauffman Avenue Bikeway which extends to Wright State University and Fairborn, Five Rivers MetroParks said." more...

Our Streets Fail To Work For Children

6/11/13

"Yesterday, an Ohio newspaper reported that the state's urban schoolchildren are 3.3 times more likely to be hit by a car on their way to school than students in suburban districts. More than one out of every 500 children in the state's eight largest urban districts had been hit by a car in the last five years." more...

AARP Wants Complete Streets Initiative

6/11/13

"One of the largest non-profit organizations in the world is on the side of city and suburban bikers." more...

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Cleveland Reaping Benefits Of Morgana Run Trail

6/10/13

"...Morgana Run was really the genesis for a lot of what has happened over the last couple of years in Cleveland," says Clevelander John Mitterholzer of the Gund Foundation. "It really has inspired people to look at other neighborhoods and create similar systems." more...

Public Feedback Sought On SR 161 Path In Columbus

See the project overview.

Columbus: Bike Ramp To Link Trail With Goodale St.

6/10/13

"...The city is installing a ramp from W. Goodale Street to the Olentangy Trail, which runs beneath the street and between Rt. 315 and the Olentangy River. The ramp will include a flat, covered balcony that overlooks the path, where cyclists can slow down before entering the trail below." more...

AC To Represent Cyclists In National Park Planning

6/10/13

"...A five-year agreement reached between the Park Service and Missoula-based Adventure Cycling Association should help park supervisors plan for bike tours, consider better road designs and include other features that appeal to tourists on bikes, according to NPS spokesman Alan Turnbull." more...

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Detours For Dublin Bike Path Construction

"Construction will extend the City's shared use path system on Dublin Road from Hertford Lane to Rings Road. The project involves the construction of approximately 1,230 feet of 8-foot wide asphalt bikepath, concrete ramps, stone walls, and a pre-fabricated pedestrian bridge. Dublin Road will be closed between Hertford Lane and Rings Road beginning June 10 until the project is completed in late August, 2013." more...

Bicyclist Runs Light, Struck By Car

6/9/13

"CINCINNATI - Failure to observe a red light Sunday morning resulted in serious injuries for a local bicyclist." more...

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Connecting The Little Beaver Trail With The Ohio River

"The Columbiana County Park District has come up with a way to extend the bicycle trail to the Ohio River, but it will require some riding on roadways and permission to cross state lands." more...

Land Cleared For Pipeline Near Blackhand Gorge

6/8/13

"...Friends of Black Hand Gorge, the state nature preserve east of Newark, near Hanover, was outraged about the February removal of trees and brush along the Licking River and across Black Hand Gorge Trail bike path." more...

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Bikeway To Connect Austin Landing With GMRT

"Workers began groundbreaking Thursday for a new multi-use trail that will link the Austin Interchange area near I-75 with the more than 300-mile regional bikeway trail system from Hamilton to Sidney." more...

Boston Bike Report Wrongly Blames Cyclists

6/7/13

"...Network blog Boston Streets explains the data was misinterpreted by the city's bike director, and the report falsely claimed cyclists were responsible for most of the collisions in which they were involved." more...

New Interactive Tool For Naviagating Map-21

6/7/13

"In federal transportation policy, acronyms are everywhere. Add to that all the different rules and eligibility for the programs, and navigating the new bill can get very confusing very quickly." more...

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The Case Of Cleveland's East 4th Street

6/6/13

"When he moved back to Cleveland after college, all his friends had moved away. 'They'd all gone to New York and Chicago and San Francisco," he said. "And none of them lived in cul-de-sacs. None of them drove SUVs. They all lived in mixed-use buildings, they were all connected to transit, they were all in walkable communities.' If only they could figure out how to build communities like that in Cleveland, Maron thought, 'perhaps I'd have some friends.'" more...

Pittsburgh's Next Mayor Sees A Green Future

"So you think bike lanes and mass transit are just the hobbyhorses of a handful of elites in coastal cities? Well, think again. Coming soon to an authentically middle-American city near you is an energetic "complete streets" movement with a progressive, environmentally conscious city government..." more

Petition Could Powerfully Promote "Complete Streets"

"...Complete streets are among the most pressing needs for both urban and suburban revitalization - yet efforts to change roads to accommodate all users are stymied daily by road standards determined by the US functional classification system." more...

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RideShare Ohio Promotes Bike Routes

"Rideshare Ohio is a FREE rideshare matching service that allows commuters in Central, Northwest and Southwest Ohio along with Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana to quickly and securely find other individuals who share similar schedules and destinations to share the ride. Use Rideshare Ohio to also find Park and Ride lots, public transit services, and bike routes." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Cleveland's Urban Renewal-Style "Opportunity Corridor"

6/5/13

"Cleveland's business leaders want you to know that "The Opportunity Corridor" - a new road they want to jam through the city's southeast side - definitely isn't a highway..." more

Making Bicycling A Priority In Indianapolis

"Across the nation, many big-city mayors of both political parties are embracing bikes and livable streets. As you'll see, Indianapolis' Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, believes that making city cycling safer and more enjoyable will attract young people and families and benefit business." more...

Mayor Greg Ballard: Making Bicycling a Priority in Indianapolis from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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New City Bike Route In Marion

6/4/13

"...The Marion City Bike Route, a 10-mile loop around the city, finished most of its construction recently and is ready for the public." more...

Thieves Charged In Trail Theft In Gallipolis

6/4/13

"Two men alleged to have busted out a car window and stolen a woman's purse while her vehicle was parked near the entrance to the Gallia County Hike and Bike Trail on McCormick Road this weekend were arraigned in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on Monday." more...

Evendale Plans For Future

6/4/13

"After completing together a transportation study and bike and pedestrian master plan, the village of Evendale is working with the Connecting Active Communities Coalition to move forward." more...

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Summit Parks Eager To Add MTBing At Hardy Rd

6/3/13

"...Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, wants to build 7.2 miles of mountain bike trails near the now-closed Hardy Road Landfill in North Akron." more

A public meeting will take place later today regarding this matter.

ODOT Funds 58 Safe Routes To School Projects

6/3/13

"...The "Safe Routes to School Program" will fund 58 projects throughout the state. The money helps to create physical improvements to infrastructure within two miles of the schools, teach children and care givers about transportation choices such as biking, work with local law enforcement to ensure traffic laws are enforced in the vicinity of schools, encourage walking or biking, monitor and document outcomes and trends through the collection of data." more...

Language Bias In Transportation Engineering

6/3/13

'"Improvement." "Upgrade." "Level of Service." The traffic engineering profession is full of buzzwords laden with meaning - and, for the most part, the embedded meaning is something to the effect of "cars are king."' more...

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Toledo Oks Certain After Hours Trail Use

6/3/13

"After years of a curfew on all-purpose trails, the Metroparks of the Toledo Area will allow after-hours access to bicycle commuters who obtain special permits." more...

28 Trails Given National Recreation Trails Status

"Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the designation of 28 trails as national recreation trails, adding almost 650 miles of trails to the National Trails System." more...

Kentucky Opens Impressive Bike / Ped Bridge

"Here's a video of the Big-4 Bike/Ped bridge in Louisville, KY which crosses the Ohio River to Jeffersonville, IN. Jeffersonville still has to complete their ramp to the bridge from the IN side. Looks like an awesome bridge."

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IL Study: Bike Trails Can Be Moneymakers

6/2/13

"...Communities, residents and businesses would benefit from improved trail development, promotion and programming, according to Making Trails Count in Illinois, a study by Trails for Illinois and its partner RTC." more...

PA: Man's Vision Turns Warehouse Into Bike Park

6/1/13

"...This is the Wheel Mill, a massive indoor bike park the Lawrenceville entrepreneur has built almost single-handedly, a testament to his twin loves of mountain biking and sustainable construction that he hopes will resonate with the city's cyclists." more...

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Springboro Citywide Trails Plan

"Springboro's new plan for a citywide trail system is the latest piece in a puzzle mapping one of the country's largest regional networks.

"Already the network includes more than 330 miles of paths for pedestrians and cyclists crisscrossing the Miami Valley, at a price of as much as $50 million, according to officials." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Columbus BikeShare Set To Go This Summer

5/31/13

"Planning is starting to ramp up for CoGo, the newly-branded Columbus bike share system. Organizers hope to have 30 stations installed and 300 bikes available for use by the end of July..." more...

Little Beaver Trail Nears Completion

5/31/13

"It's a tribute to the Columbiana County parks board and Allan Chamberlain's legacy, County Commissioner Mike Halleck said at the bike trail ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon." more...

Fat Head's Ale Benefits Cleve Metroparks' Trails

5/31/13

"Sunday, you can drink good beer indoors while helping the outdoors.

"Matt Cole of Fat Head's Brewery and Saloon is brewing Trailhead, a charitable concoction for Cleveland Metroparks' trail-rehabilitation fund." more...

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Zoar Towpath Section Complete

"Another 2.7 miles of the Towpath Trail will be dedicated 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, by the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and Tuscarawas County Commissioners at the Canal Lands Trailhead located at 8645 Dover-Zoar Road in Zoar." more...

Bridge Brings Maple Highlands Trail Closer To Completion

"A significant feature was added to the future southern portion of the Maple Highlands Trail when the majority of a Pratt truss-style bridge was set in place on Wednesday." more...

Covered Trail Bridge Reopens After Arson

"Four months after a fire damaged the John Bright No. 2 Covered Bridge at the Ohio University Lancaster Campus, the bridge has been reopened to the public." more...

The True Indicator Of A Bike-Friendly City

5/31/13

"...Jonathan Maus of Bike Portland wrote that a true hospitable cycling environment is one that safely accommodates children." more...

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Bay Village Gets $2K To Promote Bicycling

5/29/13

"...Raleigh Bicycles, one of the sponsors of the recent Bike to School Challenge, presented Bay Village with a donation May 24 at the conclusion of the challenge. The award to the city was in addition to a $500 award to Bay High School and a $1,000 award to Bay Middle School." more...

Diving Into MAP-21: An Education Resource

5/29/13

"In 2012, the United States Congress adopted a new bill to govern surface transportation programs through September 2014. That bill, referred to now as MAP-21, provides opportunities for creative communities to develop good networks of trails and active transportation facilities." more...

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TJ Evans Trail Gets Overdue Repairs

5/29/13

"Sections of the T.J. Evans Trail running from Johnstown to Granville will be closed for about five to seven days while the trail receives a long-needed update to make it safer for bikers and pedestrians.

"...the park district identified 120 areas of the T.J. Evans Trail between Johnstown and Granville that needed to be either partially or completely replaced because of potholes or other wear and tear..." more

Construction Closes Lima Bike Path

"...Citing safety concerns regarding construction of the I-75 underpass, ODOT and the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District have decided to close the Riverwalk Bike Path.

" The path will be closed from the railroad bridge at Roush Road, to the North Street parking lot. Park District Manager, Kevin Haver, says the closure will effect this Summer and possibly next Summer as well." more...

The Old "We Don't Need Bike Lanes" Nonsense

5/28/13

"'I went out and parked under a shade tree, it was on a Saturday, a beautiful day and I counted in one hour 374 cars and zero bikes,' Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau told a local ABC affiliate." more...

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Lead & Arsenic A Risk On Utah Bike Trails?

5/28/13

"Lead and arsenic contamination can be found along some of Utah's most popular rails-to-trails pathways, according to a letter sent last month to several mayors and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality." more...

Early Adopters Take NYC Bike-Share For A Spin

5/27/13

"...New Yorkers turned out under sunny skies to try out bike-share for the first time. Citi Bike went live at 11:00 a.m., but a few New Yorkers discovered that their keys were working at some stations before the official start time this morning. By noon, it was easy to spot people pedaling bright blue bikes without being on the lookout for them." more...

NY's Social Bike Alternative

5/27/13

"There is another option in addition to the Citi Bike program: A bike that can be parked anywhere using a regular bike rack.

"The company that created the bike is called Social Bicycles and is led by a former New York City DOT employee." more...

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Google Biking Directions Availability Widens Across Europe

5/27/13

"Google is adding cycling directions for a number of European countries covered by its Google Maps service, including Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein." more...

Indianapolis Gets Bike-Friendly

5/26/13

"...The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a $63 million, eight-mile bike and pedestrian path that connects the city's five downtown cultural districts, officially opened May 10." more...

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Group Forming To Extend Headwaters Trail

5/26/13

"A group of residents are forming to try to facilitate the planning of extending the Headwaters Trail west to Solon and east to Warren. The goal of this extension would be to connect the G.O.L.T.R.G. to the Emerald Necklace All-Purpose Trail and potentially become a part of the N.C.I.T."

To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/headwaterstrail and @HeadwatersTrail on Twitter.

Submitted by Charlie Grugle

Fundraising Continues For Urbana To Bellfontaine Trail

5/25/13

"Simon Kenton Pathfinders have to date raised $203,349.13 of the local share of the $300,000 required to fund a 16-mile extension of a bike path from Urbana into Bellefontaine." more...

Bicycles Belong On Ohio Roads

"...State regulations clearly give pedal-powered bikes the right to roll in traffic . . . and that access is guaranteed. A section of the Ohio Revised Code actually prohibits communities from passing laws that ban bikes from local streets..." more

Marion Students Receive Helmets, Cycling Instruction

5/25/13

"Students at McKinley Elementary were asked to bring their bikes to school for the school's first bicycle safety class.

"Members from the Heart of Ohio Tailwinds Bicycle Club were at the school Thursday to help give safety tips and skills to fourth- and fifth-graders." more...

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Portsmouth Interested In Building Bike Paths

5/23/13

"...'The meeting was to re-invigorate efforts to have bike trails, or bike lanes, or bike routes or something along that nature,' Barb Bradbury said." more...

UK: Hit-N-Run Driver Tweets About "#bloodycyclsits"

5/23/13

"...Definitely knocked a cyclist of his bike earlier - I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists" more...

How To Deal With Cars In Bike Lanes

"Even though I can't understand what these men on cargo bikes are saying to drivers using the bike lane to circumvent traffic, I like it..." more

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NM: Bollard Hazard On Paseo Del Bosque Trail

"...we have found what some bicyclists said is a real hazard.

"It is a yellow pole that sits right in the middle of the Paseo del Bosque bike trail. Bicyclists said if you are not paying attention, you can slam right into it. It is covered in bike tire marks, so it seems several bikers have hit it before." more...

CAN: Rail-Trail Flasher Charged

5/23/13

"A Hamilton man who police say exposed himself several times Wednesday morning to passersby has been charged." more...

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Cutting Health Care Costs With Biking

5/23/13

"...The $45,000 we dedicate to our commuting program annually realizes a huge economic return for QBP and its employees. Between 2009-2011 average national corporate per member per month (PMPM) health care costs had risen nearly 25 percent, while QBP PMPM had actually decreased 4.4 percent!" more...

Women Bike Mini-Grants Announced

5/22/13

"To seed and support this growing momentum to encourage women from all backgrounds to become engaged in bicycling and the bike movement, the League's Women Bike program has awarded $7,500 in small grants to innovative, model campaigns in four cities." more...

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Tuscarawas Towpath Link Coming Soon

5/20/13

"A new 260-foot aqueduct bridge soon will link Tuscarawas County's hikers, bikers and equestrians to a stretch of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Stark County." more...

Scott Vetoes Cross Florida Bike Trail

5/20/13

"...Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday vetoed the $50 million Coast to Coast Connector project that would have created a single pedestrian and bicycle trail between Titusville and St. Petersburg..." more

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Athens Trail Reroute

"A section of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway near the city of Athens wastewater treatment plant has been rerouted while a massive renovation project takes place at the plant.

"...Stone said users of the bike path in the reroute area may run into times where AEP has to close off the trail for short periods in order to move the high-voltage power lines." more...

On a related note, here's a report on the trail connector to Athens High School.

Cyclists Not As Visible At Night As They Think

5/20/13

"People who ride bikes at night consistently overestimate their visibility to other road users, a new study has found.

"They also overlook a few tricks, like reflective strips around the ankles and knees, that can help the most." more...

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Dublin Bike Path Extension Coming This Summer

"...Construction will extend the City's shared use path system on Dublin Road from Hertford Lane to Rings Road. The project involves the construction of approximately 1,230 feet of 8-foot wide asphalt bikepath, concrete ramps, stone walls, and a pre-fabricated pedestrian bridge. Decker Construction Company, Inc. was awarded the project submitting the lowest bid of $299,171.58." more...

Upper Arlington Bicycle Co-op

"...They and about 25 others met on Wednesday night at Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative, which eight months ago relocated to 979 E. 5th Ave., in an industrial district north of Downtown, after outgrowing its home up the street." more...

Guerilla Tactics For Better Neighborhoods

5/20/13

"Jason Roberts fully expected to get arrested. "We decided we would break every law that we possibly could," the Dallas resident recalls." more...

Indianapolis Cultural Trail "Is A Masterpiece"

5/18/13

"If there were an award for an American city with the most improved public realm, Indianapolis would have to be a very strong contender." more...

Does Gender Disparity In Engineering Harm Cycling In U.S.?

"A study published in this month's American Journal of Public Health finds that highly influential transportation engineers relied on shoddy research to defend policies that discourage the development of protected bike lanes in the U.S. In their paper, the researchers point out that male-dominated engineering panels have repeatedly torpedoed street designs that have greater appeal to female cyclists." more...

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Bomb Squad Explodes Package On Beavercreek Trail

"The Dayton Bomb Squad assisted Beavercreek police in blowing up a suspicious package found on the bike path near Alpha Road and Maple Drive.

"The package appears to have been a "geocaching" capsule that contained small toys and trinkets, according to Beavercreek police." more...

Mansfield 3rd Graders Biking For Better Future

5/18/13

"Sherman Elementary School third-graders will be on the Richland B&O Trail daily next week, riding their bicycles nearly 8 miles to emphasize physical fitness." more...

Bicyclists Take To The Streets On Bike To Work Day

5/17/13

"Thousands of people across the country left their keys on the counter this morning, opting instead to grab their bicycle and ride to the office." more...

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Great Miami Trail Detour In Dayton

"The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has implimented closures and detours on the Great Miami River Trail in downtown Dayton, as part of the I-75 Modernization (Phase 2)..." more

See a map of the detour.

Trailside Development In Cleveland's Slavic Village

5/17/13

"Construction is under way for a residential development in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood, where 95 homes will rise on former industrial property and vacant land." more...

Where Is Bike Commuting Growing Fastest?

5/17/13

"...The past decade has seen dramatic growth in biking, with the total number of trips more than doubling from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009, according to the National Household Travel Survey." more...

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4 Requirements For A Bikeable City

5/16/13

"...we believe the answer is policies that help communities become bike friendly. That means policies that make biking safer, more convenient, and more socially acceptable-while also making sure that people have access to a bicycle when they need one..." more

Bike Lane Battles Heat Up

5/15/13

"...The rising popularity of biking has also led to a surge in the number of bike paths and bike lanes. But as demand for lanes continues to rise, the nation's cities are beginning to see resistance grow." more...

Driving Boom Is Over, But Road-Building Binge Continues

5/14/13

"...After decades of steady growth, U.S. driving rates have stagnated and even fallen. Per capita driving is as low as it was in 1996. And yet, federal and state government estimates continue to predict inexorable growth, relentlessly building expensive new highways for drivers who might not materialize." more...

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3-Feet Passing Law Proposed In Ohio

5/14/13

"It is being called the 3-foot passing law and it is being proposed in an Ohio House Committee Tuesday. The Ohio Bicycle Federation delivered a petition to Ohio lawmakers with more than 1,100 signatures asking them to protect bicycles on the roadways and change existing bicycle laws." more...

More Proof That Bike Lanes Boost Business

5/13/13

"...The most shocking data are from the protected bike lanes on 8th and 9th Avenues. 49% increase in retail sales. (The decrease in injuries is pretty spectacular too.) It all works because there is a place for everyone, not just the car." more...

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Solon Students Take Field Trip By Bike

5/13/13

"Fourth-graders from Lewis Elementary School will forego school buses in exchange for bikes during an upcoming field trip May 14." more...

AASHTO Approves New U.S. Bike Routes

"The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering this week approved new bicycle routes in Missouri and Minnesota, as well as some realignments in Kentucky, to be formally included in the U.S. Bicycle Route System. The approvals were passed by the committee during AASHTO's Spring Meeting in Providence, R.I." more...

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Bike-Friendly Communities Announced

5/13/13

"Kicking off National Bike to Work Week, the League has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC), including a new Platinum-level community. Fort Collins, Colo., moved from Gold to Platinum this round, joining the ranks of Portland, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; and Davis, Calif., as the country's very best for bicycling." more...

VA: Exploring Connections Between Bikes & Business

5/12/13

"Bikes and walking -- we all know they are possible alternatives to driving cars.

"In Charlottesville, the conversation is shifting to the money such transportation choices can return to our wallets and to an improved bottom line, and even how they can help with the recruitment of young professionals." more...

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NY: Ped Plaza/Bike-Share Hub Takes Shape at Grand Central

5/10/13

"Across the street from Grand Central, a new pedestrian plaza is being installed this afternoon. Jonny Hamilton, who works nearby, snapped this short video of DOT workers laying down the new surface at Pershing Square between 42nd and 41st Streets, on the east side of the Park Avenue viaduct." more...

Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam

"... in just a few generations, we have tightly restricted American kids' freedom to roam, play, and become self-sufficient." more...

STREETFACTS #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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More Miles Added To U.S. Bike Route System

5/10/13

"...The addition of three new routes in Minnesota, Missouri and Kentucky means the bicycle network now covers 5,612 miles in 10 states." more...

Bike Infrastructure Debate Finally Over

"Municipal leaders, advocates, and engineers in cities from Toronto to Tulsa, take note: The absurd debate about whether or not investing in bicycle-friendly streets is good for cyclists (and everyone else) is over. Done. Kaput..." more...

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Nation's 1st Ped "Sting" Operation Targets Drivers

5/9/13

"So many drivers don't yield to pedestrians that catching them is "like shooting fish in a barrel," a surprised Montgomery County police officer remarked Wednesday. The police ticketed 72 violators in 2½ hours-one every two minutes-at a single crosswalk on Veirs Mill Road." more...

Alum Creek Connector

5/9/13

Some photos of the Alum Creek Trail connector construction taken at Cooper Park.

What Makes A Bicyle Friendly Community?

5/9/13

"...What are the key components that make a community bicycle-friendly? What will it take for my community to get on the board with a Bronze designation? My city made it to Silver - how do move up to Gold?" more...

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Miami Valley Trails Spring Newsletter

5/9/13

"...In this issue of Trail Talk we begin a new series of "City by Bike" articles. With this and future installments we'll be highlighting the destinations and attractions in cities or villages you'll find along the Miami Valley trails..." more

New "Walkable City" App Coming

5/9/13

"...It's possible to create more walkable solutions that are economical, sustainable and beautiful by collaborating on design ideas as a community using technology. Mobile devices make it possible to tap into contextual, real-time data and feedback from local citizens in revolutionary ways." more...

Free Classes For NYC Road Riding

5/8/13

"...These were among the lessons delivered recently at a bike shop in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, perhaps the city's only classroom space that serves Pabst Blue Ribbon and iced coffee, where residents gathered for a seminar on a topic many assumed they had mastered years ago: riding a bike." more...

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Olentangy Trail Detour May 9

5/8/13

From parks.columbus.gov, "Scheduled tree removal at Battelle for Thursday, May 9th. The walking path will be diverted to the lower walking path near the river the entire day. The work will be performed from King Ave. to 5th Ave, and the upper portion of the bikepath will be closed, but the lower portion will remain open."

Riding A Bike Is Not A Crime!

"...John was confronted by a City of Lansing police officer who was professional and polite, but told him, 'The roadways are made for motor vehicles, and you can ride your bike on it, but you're impeding traffic.'" more...

The Inequitable Toll of Pedestrian Deaths

5/7/13

"...In 2010, the per capita pedestrian fatality rate in America was more than double the rate in the UK and Germany - 13.9 deaths per million people compared to 6.7 and 5.8, respectively, according to figures compiled by the British government." more...

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MI: 30-Mile Greenway Closer To Completion

5/6/13

"...The mile-long trail is the final piece of a 30-mile east-west greenway connecting Oakwoods Metropark and Lake Erie Metropark. A groundbreaking ceremony for the Flat Rock-Oakwood Connector Trail was held Monday afternoon at Huroc Park in Flat Rock." more...

Boston to NYC: Bike-Share Will Be Worth It

5/6/13

"As New York readers know, bike-share stations are hitting the streets after the program encountered a few snags last year. When members start taking the first rides on Citi Bike later this month, it will be the nation's largest bike-share system, launching with 6,000 bikes." more...

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MI: Trail Bicyclist Killed At Road Crossing

5/6/13

"...Jeffrey John Looman was westbound on the trail and failed to stop at the 24th Avenue crossing when he was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Rodney Klein, 56, of Coopersville." more...

Are Bike Lanes, Infrastructure One Path To Safety?

5/5/13

"...The answer is not always as simple as painting a bike lane. Transit planners have a whole lexicon of options to delineate how and where cars, trucks and bikes should travel - from sharrows and bike boxes to cycle tracks - depending on the location." more...

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$50M Coast-to-Coast FL Trail Marketed On Shaky Math

5/3/13

"...The report, however, offers only a vague, convoluted justification for the [$120M suggested economic benefit]. When confronted, the men responsible for the study - who didn't agree on what the numbers meant - provided explanations that raised more questions." more...

Walk-Friendly Communities Apps Available

"Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort." more...

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Towpath Bridge Contractor Hired

5/3/13

"Hired MS Consultants of Youngstown for $90,000 and Black Horse Bridge Construction of Norton for $991,130 for the proposed Aqueduct Bridge over the Tuscarawas River..."

"...the 260-foot-long bridge south of Shepler Church that will close one of Stark County's two remaining gaps along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail." more...

Rescuing Cleveland From ODOT

5/3/13

"For decades, many in Cleveland have dreamed of transforming the West Shoreway - a state highway separating the city from its tantalizingly inaccessible waterfront - into a tree-lined boulevard..."

"But Cleveland's plans were put through the meat grinder a few years ago by the Ohio Department of Transportation..." more

Cleveland's W. 65th Street Could See A Makeover

5/3/13

"...a $5.6 million plan calls for green space and an off-street trail for cyclists and walkers along two, gritty miles that roll from Detroit-Shoreway to the Stockyards neighborhood." more...

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I-670 Bikeway Detour May 6-11

5/3/13

"To allow pavement resurfacing on Leonard Avenue between St. Clair Ave. and Bolivar St., ...the I-670 Bikeway will be temporarily re-routed..." more

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Athens Conservancy Decries Land Transfer

5/1/13

"Members of the Athens Conservancy were disappointed to lose out on a swath of land they had been coveting to extend the Moonvill Rail Trail in Waterloo Township, but are still hopeful the planned trail can move forward." more...

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OH Ranks #32nd Among Bike-Friendly States

5/1/13

"...For the sixth year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, with high performance in all categories. But up-and-coming states - including Delaware, Illinois and Arizona - charged up the rankings in 2013..." more

Cyclist Killed In Truck Collision In Seattle

4/30/13

"A 54-year-old male bicyclist died in a collision with a semi-truck Wednesday morning in Seattle at the intersection of South Hanford Street and East Marginal Way South." more...

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Volunteer For Central Ohio Bike Counts

"...MORPC will organize volunteers to tally pedestrians, bicyclists, mobility aid users, and other non-motor-vehicle traffic at various locations in central Ohio. There will be two count periods..." more

Pike 2 Bike Project In PA Seeks Consultant

4/30/13

"I am working on an amazing trail project here in Bedford County, PA. The Pike 2 Bike includes 8.5 miles of abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike with two tunnels (1.3 miles and 0.7 miles long). I believe that P2B is unique in the U.S. as an abandoned superhighway with tunnels large enough to handle two lanes of traffic..." more

10 Best U.S. Complete Streets Policies

"Cities across the country are making plans to cater to bikers and pedestrians (along with cars) as they design and manage their transportation infrastructure. These 10 cities are the ones doing it best." more...

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Strategic Plan For Miami & Erie Canal Section

4/30/13

"The Delphos Canal Commission held a meeting Monday night to inform and hold an open discussion with a diverse group of interested citizens about a strategic plan for the Miami and Erie Canal." more...

The World's Most Bike-Friendly Cities

4/29/13

"The Copenhagen-based urban planning consultancy Copenhagenize Design Co. has released the follow-up to its 2011 rankings of the world's most bike-friendly cities. Only one city in North America cracked the top 20." more...

Anthony Foxx Nominated For Transportation Secretary

4/29/13

"When U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced his departure, the bicycling community asked the White House to appoint a successor with a clear commitment to multi-modal solutions to local transportation challenges. Mayor Anthony Foxx clearly checks those boxes." more...

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Tractor Trailer Crashes Onto Olentangy Trail

4/28/13

"A tractor-trailer landed on a bike path after crashing off of state Route 315 Sunday morning." more...

FL: Lawmakers Approve $50M Cross-State Bike Trail

4/28/13

"State lawmakers have approved $50 million to link more than 200 miles of existing bike trails across central Florida." more...

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NC: Ambitious 80-100 Mile Greenway Plan

4/27/13

"A planner envisions hikers and bicyclists using a scenic trail from Fayetteville to Wilmington, stopping to see the sights and eat along the way." more...

DE: Capital City Trails Project Breaks Ground

4/26/13

"Work began this week on a new network of bike and pedestrian trails in the state capital designed to bridge gaps between existing segments and ultimately create a 10-mile network of trails around the city." more...

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Ohio River Trail Update

4/25/13

"Here are some photos of the newest section of the Ohio River Trail. This is nearly a half mile section built on the southeastern section of Lunken Airport heading east over the Little Miami Scenic River. The city just has to paint a crosswalk, across Kellogg Avenue, and then have an official opening. The trail is open to bike and ped traffic now.

trail sign

"The first photo is a sign the City of Cincinnati installed announcing the convergence of three trails. This is the spot where the Little Miami Scenic Trail (LMST), the Ohio River Trail (ORT) and Lunken Airport trail will meet. Although the sign is exciting to see, the trails still aren't connected. Hamilton County Park District has the go-ahead to build the 3 miles from the end of the existing terminus of the LMST (it currently ends at the Little Miami Golf Center in Newtown) to near Lunken Airport. All of the needed right-of-ways have not been secured, so no telling if that will delay the project. Furthermore, once that section is built, one final bridge over the Little Miami Scenic River is needed to reach Lunken Airport. (no funding for that currently).

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trail sign

"The last photo is showing where the ORT currently ends, heading east. The City of Cincinnati is planning on a Kellogg Road project, with the ORT as a side path, beginning in 2017 to connect to the section Anderson Township built a few years ago. And then there's the western alignment of the ORT which won't reach downtown Cincinnati for 5 or more years."

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

How To Use Laws That Protect Peds & Cyclists

4/26/13

"...'We were most interested in a citation to show proof of liability,' explained Heather. 'Collisions like this just aren't taken very seriously - the cyclist gets taken away in the ambulance, and the driver moves on with their lives. It's just not right.'" more...

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Petition To Enact 3-Feet Law In Ohio

"We propose that the traffic laws be amended to improve safety for cyclists on Ohio roadways. In particular, we propose that the passing law include the provision that when overtaking a bicycle, the safe passing distance shall be not less than three feet." more...

Mentor Bikeway Project Gets More Funding

"City officials recently learned that a Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency subcommittee approved a request for about $115,000 in additional funding for the Morton Headlands Trail Connector project.

"The project involves constructing bike lanes along Jordan Drive from Corduroy Road to South Rambler Drive. It is part of an overall plan to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to Headlands Beach State Park and Morton Community Park." more...

Bike-Sharing Programs In Over 500 Cities Worldwide

4/25/13

"...Cyclists have long entreated drivers to "share the road." Now what is being shared is not only the road but the bicycle itself..." more

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Columbus To Spend $8.7M On Trail Upgrades

"The city of Columbus will add two significant pieces -- and 6.25 miles overall -- to its system of bikeway trails this year.

"Included in the $8.7 million in planned 2013 improvements to city trails is the 3.5-mile extension of the Camp Chase Rail Trail, a $1.6 million project that will connect to the Ohio to Erie Trail, completing a 160-mile section of continuous path from Columbus to Cincinnati." more...

Middleport To Seek Funding For Riverfront Trail

4/24/13

"Another step toward developing a mile-long walking and bike trail along the Ohio River from the Dairy Queen to Custer Street has been taken by Middleport Village Council." more...

U. Of Cincinnati Class Provides Transportation Report

4/24/13

"...Students in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning transportation class spent the spring semester working on a report for CACC that not only discussed how to connect trails for bicyclists and pedestrians, but also what effect it will have and how alternative forms of transportation could help." more...

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Mad River Trail Extension Completion Pushed Back

4/23/13

"Construction on the 3.5-mile extension of the Mad River Bikeway, which will connect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State University, as well as areas of Riverside and Fairborn, to downtown Dayton and the rest of the bikeway network, is now slated to be completed in late June, 2013..." more

Why Aren't Younger Americans Driving Anymore?

4/22/13

"Ever since the recession hit in late 2007, Americans have been driving less and less. Was that because of the horrible economy? To some extent, perhaps. But it's striking that Americans are still cutting back on driving even though the economy is growing again." more...

Bikes Out-Sell Cars in Europe Nearly 2 to 1

"If you're in the car business in Europe, the last couple years haven't been all that exciting. The story is the exact opposite for bicycle sales, especially electric bicycles." more...

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Genoa Officials Hope To Re-Kindle Trail Support

"Genoa village officials hope to re-energize support to make the village's leg of the North Coast Inland Trail a reality.

"'The North Coast Inland Trail idea started in Genoa. It would be a kick in the pants if we can't get our section of it done,' Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said." more...

PA Moves Toward Dedicated Bike & Ped Funding

4/23/13

"Thanks to great grassroots advocacy, Pennsylvania just got a little closer to recognizing walking and biking as truly integral components of the state's transportation system." more...

$50M For FL's Cross-State Trail

4/22/13

"Florida's decision this week to set aside $50 million for the creation of a 275-mile cross-state trail is not only great news for those of us who love trails, biking, riding and hiking - it is also a tremendous shot in the arm for thousands of main street businesses and the state's economy." more...

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Funding Cuts Affect Western Reserve Greenway

4/21/13

"Officials say changes to the structure of a federal program may affect funding for the final phase of the Western Reserve Greenway bike trail." more...

Finishing GAP Could Bring More Cyclists To Pittsburgh

4/20/13

" Filling the last gap of the Great Allegheny Passage could bring out-of-town bicyclists to Downtown Pittsburgh in droves.

"But once here, they would be on their own in a bustling Downtown with no shared or dedicated bike lanes, few bike racks and what can be a confusing street grid, advocates say." more...

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Holmes County Trail Tunnel Construction Underway

4/20/13

"The Rt. 62 tunnel project is underway. Rt 62 is closed. There is a county road at Brinkhaven that will take you within sight of the tunnel project and bring you back to 62. All the dirt has been removed from 62 down to trail level."

Submitted by Mark Jones

This tunnel will connect the Mohican Valley Trail with an unfinished section of the Holmes County Trail. Learn more about this project from this ODOT press release.

Closing The Gap In The GAP

4/20/13

"How eager are bicyclists for the completion of the so-called "final mile" of the Great Allegheny Passage?

"Eager enough that some had to be dissuaded from riding behind asphalt paving equipment..." more

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Trail Flasher Reported Near OSU Campus

4/19/13

"An Ohio State University student says she saw a man exposing himself to joggers and cyclists on a popular trial near campus." more...

$56K Facelift Planned For Johnstown Trailhead

"The Johnstown end of the T.J. Evans bike path will get a facelift in late spring.

"...'The village of Johnstown, Downtown Johnstown Inc. and the Babcock Foundation share a vision to beautify and promote the trailhead at the T.J. Evans bike path, located between Jersey Street and Douglas Street in the village of Johnstown,' Lenner said." more...

Bike Safety Summit Reinforces Need For Education

4/19/13

"If you want to confront the issue of bicycle safety, Florida, unfortunately, is the right place to go." more...

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Weather Delays Columbus Bike Path Improvements

"Now that the warmer weather is here, people are itching to get outside. But weather like today not only messes with that- it's also interfering with work on two new stretches of the Columbus bike path. All this rainy weather is giving the project a flat." more...

Orlando Police Officer Hits Pedestrian, Leaves Scene

4/18/13

"Here is another outrageous story from Florida of a police officer acting with complete disregard of the law..." more

VT, CO & MI Win Trails Grants

4/17/13

"Bell Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association announced the first recipients of its Bell Built Grants, which are awarding a total of $100,000 in trail building assistance to fund new mountain bike trail projects across the country. The winning projects were chosen from 12 finalist by public vote." more...

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Mansfield Police Officer Sides With Driver That Harasses Cyclist

4/17/13

I attended a "Bike-Tune up" event in Mansfield this past Saturday. While it was a success and fun time for many youngsters who took advantage of free bike tune ups and some free gear, there was an unfortunate incident that preceded it. One of the event volunteers was harrassed on his ride in.

He's allowed his account of the incident to be posted to the Bikeways Blog. It's a worthwhile read that deomonstrates that sometimes police officers do not know the traffic laws as they pertain to cyclists. And when those entrusted with enforcing the law are not well-versed, well, Houston, we have a problem..."

Hudson Council Drops Bike Lane Options

4/17/13

"Hines Hill Road will be paved this year with one-foot berms and gravel, but bike lanes and bike and hike trail will wait." more...

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Doubts About Widening Conotton Creek Trail

4/16/13

"Twenty-one to five against was the "straw vote" when the Conotton Creek Trail Committee met Monday, April 8, to debate widening two short sections of the Conotton Creek Trail to accommodate Amish buggies." more...

New Bike-Friendly Universities Announced

4/16/13

"It looks like the age-old rivalries among the Ivy League are taking a new shape: the race for gold in bike-friendliness. Harvard University now joins the likes of Princeton and Yale as Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU)." more...

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ODOT Seeks Input On Fredericktown Trail

4/15/13

"The village of Fredericktown in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation will be constructing 1.5 mile of bike-pedestrian facility from Fredericktown Community Park/Stockman Park to Dana Park..." more

TX: Cyclist Dies Following Trail Accident

4/15/13

"Wichita Falls police are investigating an accident that has resulted in the death of a bicyclist on the hike and bike trail near Lake Wichita." more...

AR: Bentonville Parents Lead "Bike Trains" to School

4/15/13

"Dozens of Bentonville students hit the city's trail system this morning for the school district's Safe Routes to School "Bike Train" program.

"Bike Bentonville's director Alan Ley says the goal is to teach kids healthy habits, while reducing morning traffic around schools." more...

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Lakewood Bicycle Plan Shifts Into High Gear

"The city of Lakewood has a goal to be one of the most bicycle friendly communities in the country by 2015. If you've looked around this western suburb, you'll see evidence it's on the way." more...

Alum Creek Trail Bridge Construction Detour

4/15/13

"The suspension bridge over Alum Creek between Academy Park and Wolfe Park will be closed from April 15 to September 1 for a restoration project. The historic structure was built in 1922 and will undergo a complete overhaul of the towers, railings, decking, and approaches. The structural work will close the trail for a short segment on the east side (Wolfe Park) of the river, between Broad Street and Park Drive. Signed detours around the bridge site are posted for users." source

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CDOT's New Complete Streets Guidelines Put People First

"...In a nutshell, the guide takes Chicago's 2006 complete streets policy, which mandates that the needs of all road users must be accommodated in transportation projects, and codifies it to make it a dominant part of the CDOT culture. Best of all, it actually prioritizes sustainable transportation over car travel..." more

LaHood: Zero Tolerance for Drivers Who Disrespect Cyclists

4/12/13

"First there was "Click It or Ticket." Then there was Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Now, U.S. DOT is campaigning to end another life-threatening behavior: disrespecting cyclists." more...

Every Lane is a Bike Lane

"Turns out every lane really is a bike lane. Some of us knew this already, but now L.A. Metro is spreading the word, with a new bold campaign which clearly states just that." more...

Bike Advocates' Goal: Zero Deaths

4/12/13

"As the number of bicyclists increases in the U.S., so does the need for increased safety measures, bike advocates say." more...

MN: Police Catch Suspects In Molotov Coctail Case

4/12/13

"Investigators in Minneapolis believe they've caught two suspects responsible for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a bicyclist on the Midtown Greenway last week." more...

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NE: Bike Cop Sued Over Cycling Collision

4/11/13

"A long-time Lincoln bike cop is being sued after allegedly colliding with a 63-year-old woman while riding off duty on the MoPac Trail." more...

St. Paul's Nice Ride Failure Reveals Need For Bike Lanes

4/10/13

"...if the goal of NiceRide was to get people to ride around downtown Saint Paul, last year has to be considered a failure." more...

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Dayton Trail Rider Reports Crime In Progress

"Tom Hand had no idea his afternoon ride on the bike trail would lead him into the path of a crime." more...

Video: Reporter Laughs At Georgia Trail Project Cost

4/10/13

"Around 35 miles of abandoned railroads in Macon could turn into a bike trail connecting parts of central Georgia." more...

AUS: Bike Pumps On 2 Towns Trail A Regional First

4/10/13

"TWO new bicycle pumps installed on the Two Towns Trail between Warragul and Drouin are the first of their kind to be installed in regional Australia." more...

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Iowa 89-Mile Trail Nearly Complete

Raised Bike Lanes Coming to Chicago

4/8/13

"...Also called grade-separated lanes, these facilities are the norm in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, which each have more than seventeen times our bike mode share..." more

How to Write a Complete Streets Policy

4/8/13

"...Of the 130 complete streets policies passed in 2012, the one passed by Indianapolis gets the highest score in a new ranking by Smart Growth America and its National Complete Streets Coalition." more...

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New Color-Coded Mahoning Valley Bike Map

4/8/13

"With spring here, bicyclists now have a color-coded road map to help them find the safest routes through Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

"The recently published map was a joint effort of Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, which is the Mahoning Valley's transportation planning agency, and the Out-Spokin' Wheelmen bicycling club of Youngstown." more...

FL: Vandals Destroy Longwood MTB Trail

4/7/13

"Volunteers who maintain the Soldier's Creek Mountain Bike Trail in Longwood are trying to pick up the pieces after vandals destroyed the trail Thursday night, making it dangerous for bikers." more...

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Dayton Trail Project Wary Of Bats

4/7/13

"Workers have bats on their minds as they prepare a Dayton area pathway for bicycle riders, runners and walkers to use this summer.

"That's because some species of the flying mammal near the path are threatened or endangered. The tiny Indiana bat present in Ohio has been listed as endangered for nearly five decades." more...

SD: Man Dies In MTB Accident

4/6/13

"A 21-year-old Rapid City man is dead after a mountain biking accident Saturday afternoon near Rockerville." more...

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Russells Point Receives $70K For Trail

4/6/13

"Russells Point officials announce that the Ohio Public Works Commission Clean Ohio Fund has awarded a $70,606.00 grant to the village for The Indian Lake/Great Miami River Open Space and New Trail Extension." more...

Orioles Add Bike Corral

4/5/13

"...the Orioles have added more bicycle parking at Camden Yards, including a new bike corral that can accomodate up to 100 bikes..." more

CA: Lost Hikers Dilemma Revealed

4/5/13

"In Southern California, where urban sprawl meets pristine wilderness, one can stand on a backwoods mountain trail and be so close to the city as to still hear the rumble of traffic and make out a downtown skyline.

"Which is something, wilderness experts say, that can lead to a false sense of security." more...

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ODOT Project Affects St. Clairsville Trail

4/4/13

"... the National Road Bike Path, which will be impacted by the two-year project. In the end, the path will actually be enhanced with a picturesque tunnel rather than an open overpass, and walkers and cyclists won't miss a single day on the trail because ODOT has a plan." more...

Falling Concrete Concerns Cleveland Metroparks Visitors

4/4/13

"Walking along the Metropark bike path beneath the Hilliard Road bridge, which connects Lakewood to Rocky River, is one of Alina Valentine's favorite places to be with her dog.

" Dodging falling concrete from the bridge is not something she enjoys..." more

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Austin Landing Trail Segment Underway

"MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County - Construction has begun on what is being called "a major bikeway segment" that will connect the Austin Landing development and trails that lead west over Interstate 75 to neighborhood east of State Route 741." more...

Call To Action On Walkability

4/4/13

"...As part of National Public Health Week, we're calling on our partners to help Surgeon General Regina Benjamin develop her Call to Action on Walkability-an effort to improve walkability and increase walking in our communities." more...

More Bike Rental Stations For Houston

4/4/13

"Houston's bike share program has added 18 new stations to the three initial locations that were set up last year. The expansion is another step in the city's efforts to make Houston a bicycle city." more...

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Westlake Approves Citywide Bike Plan

"Planning officials on Monday approved a citywide bike plan that will enable administrators to pursue funding for future improvements to roadways for cyclists." more...

Cyclist Held At Gunpoint On Arlington Trail

4/3/13

"The two men were attacked Tuesday evening on the bike trail near the Ballston area. Helicopters were called to the area to investigate." more...

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Florida DOT Agrees To Complete Streets

4/1/13

"We just received some excellent news from a Transit Miami sleeper cell from deep within the FDOT machine. Apparently, going forward, FDOT will integrate a new "complete streets policy" in all future projects..." more

Women Bike! Program Mini-Grants

4/1/13

"...In celebration of the launch of the Women Bike program, the League is also awarding $5,000 in mini-grants. We know that it often takes a modest amount of funding to get the wheels turning on a big idea - and the goal of our new Growth Fund is to seed, support and spread campaigns and ideas that are getting more women on bikes." more...

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Complete Streets In NYC

Transportation & Good Health

3/31/13

" We know that transportation is about access to jobs and housing, economic competitiveness, convenience and quality of life, and our environment.

"Transportation is also about our health..." more

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Hiram Residents Asked To Consider Trail Options

"The maps were laid before the Hiram residents Wednesday, with consultants asking them to choose between choice A, B, C or D. But many said the most viable option was "Option E," the "no-build option." more...

Riverfront Commons To Link NKY Cities

3/30/13

"...The small section of what will eventually become an 111/2-mile walking and cycling path will be 1,500 feet long. The initial phase will add ramps, steps and a bridge from the Purple People Bridge extending east across the Newport Port of Entry." more...

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Controversial Changes For Conotton Creek Trail

3/29/13

"The Conotton Creek Trail is 12-miles long running from Bowerston to Jewett. And for years the trail has welcomed anyone on two legs or on a bike. But pretty soon horses and buggies will also be welcome on the trail." more

Mad River Bikeway Extension Update

3/28/13

"Construction on the 3.5-mile extension of the Mad River Bikeway, which will connect Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State University, as well as areas of Riverside and Fairborn, to downtown Dayton and the rest of the bikeway network, is slated to be complete on May 17, 2013..." more

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Benefits Of Clean Ohio Fund Cited

3/28/13

"...The report by San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land estimates that for every $1 the Clean Ohio Fund spends on projects, the state gets $4 in environmental benefits, including cleaner drinking water, clearer air and better flood control." more...

Snowmobile Group Wants To Develop Ashtablula Rail Line

3/27/13

"A former rail line that once connected Jefferson to Jamestown, Pa., is being eyed as a trail for snowmobiles and perhaps other off-road recreational vehicles." more...

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What Sequestration Means For Trails

3/27/13

"...programs administered with funds outside the Highway Trust Fund have been subjected to cuts of between 8 and 10 percent for this fiscal year. That includes Community Development Block Grants, CDC Community Transformation Grants and other programs that fund the development of trails and active transportation networks." more...

Master Plan For Gettysburg's Bike Path

3/26/13

"Gettysburg inched closer toward the creation of its very own Inner Loop bike path on Tuesday as the Master Plan was revealed to members of the borough's Public Works committee. The plan will be used as a vital part of a grant application to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in order to move forward with the bike path's next stage - design." more...

CAN: Province Gives Money For Bike Trails, Routes

3/26/13

"...The Pictou County Trails Association will use the money for the first phase of a two-phase project to construct a multi-use trail from Lyons Brook to the Colchester County line that will connect Town of Pictou with other rural communities, hospitals, schools and businesses." more...

OR: Woman Assaulted On Bike Path

"Portland resident Shyla Osborn, 45, says she was assaulted on March 12th while biking on the Gresham-Fairview Trail..." more

69 Congressional Leaders Call For Bike / Ped Safety

3/26/13

"Today 69 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to set a national goal to reduce bicyclist deaths. The bi-partisan letter, led by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Howard Coble (R-NC), was signed by one-third of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and represents members from 26 states and the District of Columbia." more...

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More Tuscarawas County Towpath Progress

3/25/13

"...The 2.7-mile section of trail in northern Tuscarawas County will remain closed until the project is completed by late April or early May. Achieving that goal will depend upon the weather, and how many volunteers help out. They work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday." more...

Tulsa Advocates Say: "Fix Our Streets!"

3/25/13

"...Fix Our Streets is coming up for a 5-year renewal this year, and local advocates are working hard to make sure that the proposed $800 million in road improvements include high-quality facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians." more...

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Chicago Considering Bold Steps For Protected Bike Lanes

"...CDOT is considering taking a somewhat bolder step by removing parking on sections of Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago's busiest bike street, to make room for protected lanes between Elston Avenue and Kinzie Street..." more

MA: Taunton River Trail Proponents Working On 22-Mile Trail

3/23/13

"Bicycling enthusiasts in southeastern Massachusetts continue to work toward the long-term goal of creating a 22-mile bike trail connecting Taunton to Fall River." more...

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Tuscarawas County Towpath Developments

3/22/13

"...Rice said he was looking to build an easement around the railroad property between Zoar and Zoarville. He already has the cooperation of the railroad owners, and needed to take the next legal steps so that progress could continue on the trail." more...

MT: Connection To Route Of The Hiawatha

3/22/13

"...Earlier this month the Superior District Ranger for Lolo National Forest in northern Montana, Tawnya Brummett, handed down her department's plans for the Route of the Olympian, which follows approximately 30 miles of disused Milwaukee and Northern Pacific railroad line." more...

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Lake Township & Milbury Seek Trail Grants

"The Lake Township trustees Tuesday agreed to a request by the Village of Millbury to jointly seek grant funding to help pay for a bike trail linking parks in their jurisdictions." more...

CO: Woodward Says No To Bike Path

3/22/13

"...the city's planning and zoning board decided not to push the company to include an easement for a bike path in its plans for a new HQ at the Link-N-Greens golf course." more...

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Online Petition For Bike Lanes In Zanesville

3/20/13

"A new petition posted on Change.org is calling for dedicated bike lanes in Zanesville.

"Although it might be tough to retrofit current roads or to eliminate parking in some spots to clear the way for more pedestrian and bike traffic, officials say the idea should be considered as part of future transportation planning..." more

IL: Cook County Plans Trail For Orland Grassland

3/20/13

"After hearing concerns from restoration advocates, the Cook County Forest Preserve District has finished plans for a 4.5-mile looping bike path in the Orland Grassland." more...

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Iron Horse Bikeway Closure

3/18/13

"A section of the Iron Horse Bikeway near Linden Ave is scheduled to close on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Traffic on the trail will be detoured..." more

IL: Teen Charged With Defacing Bike Trail

3/18/13

"A 17-year-old Glen Carbon teen has been charged with spray painting parts of Madison County Transit District's Nickel Plate Trail, near Glen Carbon's Miner Park..." more

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CA: 500 gallon Sewage Spill Along Bob Jones Bike Trail

3/18/13

"A broken sewer line in Avila Beach caused approximately 500 gallons of raw sewage to spill out along the Bob Jones Bike Trail between the Avila Beach Golf Course and Coffee Berry Place on Sunday." more...

D.C. Does Well In Mode Share Survey

3/16/13

"MWCOG did another household travel survey of targetted neighborhoods in the DC area, and as you would expect, neigborhoods in DC had a higher bicycle mode share than those outside of DC..." more

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CT Considers Vulnerable Users Bill

"...The committee also endorsed the so-called vulnerable users bill, which would levy a $1,000 fine on drivers whose negligence injures a pedestrian, wheelchair user or cyclist on the roads. Pedestrian and cycling advocacy groups have long lobbied for such a law to crack down on drivers who are careless or deliberately reckless near walkers, runners, bicycle riders and others."

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Camp Chase Trail Development

"Development studied along Camp Chase Trail could result in an Urban Campground and Bike Hub." more...

A High Line in Queens

3/16/13

"...Once a feeder line on the Long Island Rail Road, the QueensWay, as its promoters call it, would turn three and a half miles of brambles into a park through the very center of Queens..." more

B-Cycle Memberships Will Be Good in 15 Cities

3/15/13

"...Beginning next week, annual memberships from this bike-sharing company will be honored in 15 cities where B-Cycle operates, from Nashville, Tennessee, to Kailua, Hawaii. The program is called B-connected." more...

WA: New Waul Bluff Trail Opens

3/15/13

"A long-awaited path between North Portland and Swan Island is finally complete..." more

CT: Canton Seeks State Grant To Extend Bike Path

3/15/13

"The town is seeking a $290,962 grant from the state that would pay much of the cost of a planned extension of the bike path that runs through town." more...

The Portland Connection To London's New Bike Plan

3/14/13

"The exchange of ideas and best practices among transportation professionals is something that often gets overlooked. Most of our discussions are about projects, funding, culture, politics, heated policy debates and so on. But while these peer-to-peer exchanges are often hidden from the public eye (and often mocked by the media as wastes of money), they are invaluable to moving bicycling forward in Portland and beyond." more...

NJ: Polluters To Pay For Bike / Ped Path

3/14/13

"...Funding will be provided in part by the Lower Passaic Cooperating Parties Group (CPG), an organization made up of 70 companies identified by federal environmental officials as responsible for years of contamination of the river's mudflats..." more

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Midwestern Cities Race To Grow, Adopt BikeShares

3/13/13

"Pittsburgh was the newest city to announce its bike-share plans this week, when it confirmed the city would add a 500-bike system by the spring of next year.

"But nearby Columbus, Ohio, will beat them to the punch. Ohio's capital city is planning to add 300 bikes this summer. Meanwhile, Indianapolis' plan was to roll out its system next month." more...

Cyclelicios has a BikeShare map.

The Scoop On "Share The Road" License Plates

3/12/13

"...the Peach State is one of two dozen that have some version of a Share the Road plate. In this edition of Bike Law University, we explore the what, why and where of this increasingly important funding source." more...

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More Assaults & Robberies Along Alum Creek Trail

3/12/13

"...On Sunday, Columbus and Bexley police responded to a call that several people had been jumped and beaten along the Alum Creek multiuse path near Livingston Avenue, said Metro Parks Executive Director John O'Meara." more...

In another article, "...In January, Rader repeated a request rangers made in 2011 to carry firearms as their counterparts do in the state parks and other metropolitan park systems statewide." more...

Mt. Vernon Battle Over Bike Path Value

3/12/13

"Mount Vernon City Council passed a resolution Monday night that will allow the city to move forward with the downtown connector trail project, despite a heated discussion between Mayor Richard Mavis and At-Large Councilman Mike Hillier." more...

Columbus To Spend $8.7M On Trail Upgrades

3/12/13

"...Included in the $8.7 million in planned 2013 improvements to city trails is the 3.5-mile extension of the Camp Chase Rail Trail, a $1.6 million project that will connect to the Ohio to Erie Trail, completing a 160-mile section of continuous path from Columbus to Cincinnati." more...

Future Bike Path Bridge Damaged By Truck

3/12/13

"If a truck was going to crash and irreparably damage one of two pedestrian bridges that cross Interstate 90 in Cleveland's Collinwood area, some neighborhood leaders wish it would have been the one that was spared." more...

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A Tax On Bikes?

"...So some riders do not fancy the current proposals again circulating in the state legislatures of Washington and neighboring Oregon that they should pay a tax for hitting the road on two wheels instead of four." more...

Pittsburgh BikeShare Coming

3/11/13

"Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has announced a new program that will let people share 500 bicycles for point-to-point trips between any of 50 bicycle stations in the city starting next spring or summer." more...

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Booby Trapped MTB Trail In Maryland

3/8/13

"If you're planning on running, biking or hiking this weekend in Frederick, Maryland, keep your eyes open and be careful. Local bicyclists say someone is planting booby traps along a popular trail in the watershed area." more...

SD: Vandals Plaque Sioux Falls MTB Trail

3/8/13

"Vandals have been hitting a local mountain bike trail, tearing down railings off of bridges. One local group is now fighting back and rebuilding after the damage has been done." more...

Biking Means Business

3/8/13

"...Bicycling is a good investment, not just for cyclists, but for the entire city, state and region..." more

PA: Regional Trails Program Phase III Opens For Applications

3/8/13

"The third round of trail funding has been announced by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). This round will be available for design and construction of trails within the Circuit..." more

Columbus Trail Along Rt. 161 Discussed

"...Officials designated Rt. 161 for the trail for several reasons - it is dangerous right now for bicycles and pedestrians; it would be a major east-west connector in the bike network; and it is listed among the top 12 priorities in the bikeways plan, based on public input and analysis." more...

924-Mile Wisconsin to Michigan Trail Proposed

3/7/13

"Michigan cyclists already eager for the spring thaw now have another reason to get excited. A plan to build a hiking and biking trail from Detroit to Wisconsin is moving forward." more...

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Shale Company Donates To Greenway Trail

3/7/13

"NiSource Inc., the parent company of Columbia Gas, recently donated $50,000 to the Friends of the Park to help get the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail closer to the Mahoning County line." more...

Congress Comes To The Bike Summit

3/7/13

"... And I talked from a podium not unlike this and said, 'Maybe we could just put bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue.' Some of you clapped; others of you said, 'I agree, but not in my lifetime.' [Four] years later: It's there, it's a fixture, it matters to people. And it's part of the renaissance in our nation's capital." more...

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What Sequestration May Mean For Trails

3/5/13

"...The US Department of Transportation has determined that monies in the Highway Trust Fund are protected from sequestration. However, we can expect some cuts to transportation funds that do not come from gas taxes, which could marginally reduce road investments and multi-modal programs such as TIGER." more...

Should Oregon Require Registration Fee For Bikes?

3/5/13

"An Oregon lawmaker proposed a bill that would require bicyclists to pay a $10 registration fee.

"The fees would go toward a state bicycle transportation improvement fund to pay for development and upkeep of bicycle lanes, bicycle paths and other projects." more...

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Perceptions Of Biking On Capitol Hill

3/5/13

"...While we often head to Capitol Hill thinking bicycling is a tough sell, turns out, most members of Congress already get it. And, thanks to new data gathered by Douglas Meyer, a consultant at Bernuth & Williamson in Washington, D.C., we now know what messages work and which ones miss the mark." more...

The Bike Lobby Comes Of Age

3/5/13

"For the bicycling agenda to have any chance of competing on Capitol Hill, it will take cash donations to members of Congress and direct lobbying. That might be an inconvenient truth to idealistic advocates; but insiders say it's simply how the game is played." more...

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Summary Of Remaining Towpath Trail Gaps

3/4/13

"...Still incomplete is the northern, 4-5 mile section in Cleveland, which will bring the trail to Lake Erie, a half-mile near Massillon and another 10-12 miles in Tuscarawas County. Construction is nearly complete on a new segment in Tuscarawas County, from Ohio 800 to the Village of Zoar." more...

RTC Wants: Advocates, Bloggers & Writers

3/4/13

"...Do you blog about biking in your region? Perhaps you're the webmaster of a local site about trails or hiking groups? Or maybe you do some writing for your local paper about active transportation, or lobby for new bike infrastructure in your city?" more...

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NV: Genoa Vista Trail $59,100 short

3/3/13

"It will cost at estimated $59,100 to fix a portion of the Genoa Vista Trail that is 6 inches too low." more...

CA: Redding Councilwoman Pitches Volunteer Trail Patrol

3/2/13

"Looking to boost safety on Redding's trail system, Councilwoman Missy McArthur is proposing to establish a volunteer patrol program." more...

Mt. Vernon Trail Connector Construction Coming

3/2/13

"...the city has awarded the contract for the engineering on the downtown connector trail to the firm EMH&T of Columbus.

"...it will take about a year and a half to complete the project." more

Urbana To Bellefontaine Construction May Begin Soon

3/1/13

"Members of the Simon Kenton Pathfinders are finalizing agreements that should make it possible to begin an $800,000 bike path extension this spring that would connect Urbana to Bellefontaine." more...

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6 Bombs Found Along Dayton Bike Path

3/1/13

"At least six bottle bombs were discovered along a bike path on Dayton's east side Friday morning.

"Police said two of the bombs had already exploded when they arrived in the area of Russet and Elliot avenues around 9:30." more...

This closure, published by 5 Rivers Metroparks, suggests the trail in question may be the Iron Horse Trail.

Last NTSB Bike Infrastructure Recommendation was in 1972

3/1/13

"Each year there are tens of thousands of fatalities on the nation's highways. A disproportionate of those are non-motorized users - bicyclists and pedestrians. Given that the NTSB has made over 13,000 safety recommendations, you might think at least some of those would relate to the dismal state of our bicycle infrastructure, right?" more...

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CA: Elaborate Ped/Bike Tube Proposed For Bay Bridge

"San Diego County officials are examining an elaborate addition to the Coronado Bay Bridge -- a two-mile bike and pedestrian path suspended below the bridge." more...

MA: Norton Bike Path Proposal Revisited

2/27/13

"More than a decade ago, Norton considered converting old railroad tracks into a bike path but residents rejected the idea." more...

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Parking Deal Critical To Wasson Way Project

"...the money hinges on City Council approving a controversial long-term lease of the city's parking system." more...

Complete Streets Ohioans Ask For Fair Funding

2/27/13

"When it came to funding more than a pittance to the working poor, the Millennials and retired Baby Boomers flocking to urban centers and clamoring for robust transit and bike friendly roads, Ohio legislators, Department of Transportation and Governor took a hear no, see no, and say no stance last week." more...

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Wasson Way Rail-Trail a Key to Cincinnati's Future

2/26/13

"...the Wasson Way Trail is now gathering widespread support from city leaders. They see it as a key piece of a new active transportation system that helps Cincinnati leave behind the congestion, commercial stagnation and population drain of recent times." more...

OR: Giant Sequoia Cut Down For Bike Path

"Crews on Friday cut down the 12-story sequoia tree that was the center of a controversy over a city trail project." more...

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Chesapeake Contributes To Towpath Construction

"Chesapeake Energy Corp. has provided a financial boost to the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

"The Oklahoma-based energy company has donated $11,200 to the Akron-based Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition for a long-awaited bridge project on the Stark-Tuscarawas county line." more...

NY: Converting Niagra Falls Highway To Greenspace

2/25/13

"New York State has agreed to remove a section of the Robert Moses Parkway from downtown Niagara Falls, allowing pedestrian access to the Niagara Gorge for the first time in half a century, the Buffalo News reports." more...

CAN: Waterfront Trail To Link Essex County To Fort Erie

2/25/13

"This summer you should be able to start cycling in Stoney Point and follow waterfront trail signs that will take you around Essex County and on to Fort Erie on a Lake Erie bike route.

"Beginning Aug. 11 hundreds of cyclists are expected to make the 620- kilometre ride starting in Lakeshore led by Essex Coun. John Scott." more...

WV: Cyclists Help With Parkersburg Streets Plan

"Members of the Blennerhassett Bike Club were out Saturday to find the best routes through downtown Parkersburg for new bike paths." more...

S.C.: New Bike & Running Trail At Myrtle Beach

"...this new trail isn't your average course. It takes runners and bikers through wooded areas and over elevated grounds.

"The course was created entirely by volunteers who wanted to have a new space to train and get people active in Myrtle Beach." more...

CA: Cutting Edge Tunnels Poised To Open

2/25/13

"...In addition to slides, every year there are serious - often deadly - accidents on [this narrow 1.2-mile stretch of Pacific Coast] roadway, which twists so sharply that safe drivers are forced to slow to less than 25 mph. Reckless motorists have plunged hundreds of feet down the cliffs or drifted into oncoming traffic, resulting in horrifying head-on collisions. Plans are to turn the road, once closed, into a pedestrian and cycling park." more...

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Lima Considers Agreement On Bike Path

2/23/13

"A project to help connect various neighborhoods to the city's pedestrian and bicycle path network will be before members of Lima City Council for approval on Monday.

"...In a letter to councilors, Elstro outlined that the project will create a contiguous path connecting existing parks, open spaces, public services, schools, residential area, businesses and the wetland preserve. more...

OR: Pipe Bomb Found On Bike Trail

2/22/13

"Members of the Oregon State Patrol and Portland Police bomb squads destroyed a pipe bomb at the popular Seven Streams trailhead in Post Canyon Tuesday afternoon." more...

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Ohioans Deserve & Demand Tranportation Choices

2/21/13

"The Ohio state legislature is in the midst of debating Governor Kasich's proposed $6.1 billion budget for transportation. Unfortunately, the budget is heavily tilted towards road funding..." more

Portland To Cut Down Giant Sequoia For Bike Path

2/21/13

"Activists stood beside a 12-story sequoia tree Thursday morning that the city of Portland planned to cut down to make way for a pedestrian and bicycle greenway. The protestors crossed over caution tape and their presence halted the chopping down of the sequoia along with other, less iconic trees close by." more...

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Closing The Gaps In The Towpath Trail

"The Stark County Park District is a step closer to closing one of its two remaining gaps along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail." more...

OR: Transit, Bike, Peds Seek Lottery Money

2/21/13

"Nine percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds would go to the construction and operation of mass transit, passenger rail, bicycle and pedestrian projects under a bill in the state Senate." more...

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CAN: Windsor Moving To Ban E-Bikes From Paths

2/21/13

"E-bikes should be banned from Windsor's shared paths and multi-use trails, the city's transportation committee voted Wednesday.

"The proposed ban is expected to go before city council within the next month, said Coun. Alan Halberstadt, the only member of the committee to vote against the recommendation." more...

National Goal To Reduce Bicyclist & Ped Deaths

2/20/13

"Yesterday, we asked League members and supporters to take action and urge Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to insist that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) establish a specific national goal to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed on our nation's roads." more...

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County Assists Galena With Trail Plans

2/18/13

"Delaware County commissioners voted unanimously Thursday, Feb. 14, to support the village of Galena's efforts to obtain and implement a $214,944 Clean Ohio Trails bicycle project.

"The vote of support will allow the village to move forward with its application for a grant to pave a 2,000-foot multiuse recreational trail from Dustin Rd to Holmes St., including the decking of the railroad bridge that crosses Little Walnut Creek." more...

$2M Grant Fills Gaps In Rocky Mountain Greenway

2/18/13

"Federal transportation chiefs injected $2 million for expansion of metro Denver greenway trails to help urban residents reach the great outdoors on bike and foot." more...

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Economic Benefits Of Bicycling

2/18/13

"We know bicycling is a simple to solution to many complex problems. One of the most pressing and politically prominent problems over the past few years has been the struggling economy, as states and cities compete to attract employers, workers, young people, and visitors, while tightening their budgets." more...

Visionary Efforts To Design "Better Blocks"

2/15/13

"...He grabbed some orange cones, stood out in front of the antique shop and showed the skeptical owner - in real time - how he could keep his car parking and have bike infrastructure, too." more...

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CA: Monterey Trail Needs Ped Path

"...Our "mixed use" Recreation Trail is one example. It has proven to be a mixed blessing, sometimes too popular for pedestrians and cyclists alike, so much so that some call it the "wreck trail." more...

CA: Body Found Near San Gabriel River Bike Trail A Suicide

2/15/13

"The man whose decomposing remains were found near a bike trail in Azusa killed himself, a coroner's official said Friday." more...

More Details On Columbus BikeShare

"...The bikes will be an aluminum step-through frame that is light, strong and durable. Easily adjustable seating, active lighting, front mounted luggage carrier, fenders, and puncture resistant tires..." more

Cleveland: West 65 plan, Opening Day ride, Critical Mass

2/14/13

"Making Cleveland a more bikeable community isn't being done with a broad brush, but rather in small strokes." more...

KS: Local Leaders Seek Expanded Trail System

"Picture this: Trails connecting grocery stores, schools and businesses, giving people the option to ride a bike or walk to almost any destination around town. It's a picture community leaders are pushing for, most recently with more than a dozen letters of support for two new trails in northeast Hutchinson." more...

Miami Valley: Trail Construction & Trail Sentinels New Home

"2013 Will be the Year of the Ribbon-Cutting!" more...

"The all-volunteer trail sentinel program of Greene County Parks & Trails will now be based at Xenia Station..." more

China Designing Car-Free City

"Altering most of today's cities to eliminate cars altogether would be a daunting, if not impossible, proposition - which is why China is starting from scratch. Great City will be built around a high-rise core housing 80,000 people, entirely walkable, and surrounded by green space." more...

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RTC Launches Partnership For Active Transportation

2/13/13

"...Our newest work of innovation is the Partnership for Active Transportation. For the first time, RTC has reached beyond the traditional advocates of biking, walking and trails systems, and mobilized a large and diverse group that will, over the coming decades, be a constant voice in support of better investment that encourage and facilitate active transportation." more...

Helmet Mandate Laws Thornier Than They Seem

2/12/13

"It's all the buzz for bicyclists here in the capital region: The state of Maryland could be the first to pass a law mandating helmet use for all bicyclists regardless of age." more...

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Goodale Street Bikeway Connectors In Columbus

2/11/13

"More construction is coming to Goodale Street this summer as work begins on a new bikeways connector that will help convert this auto-centric stretch of Downtown roadway into a more pedestrian and bike-friendly corridor. The project will connect Goodale Street to the existing bike trail that runs along the Olentangy River, which is currently inaccessible due to the river on one side of it and State Route 315 on the other." more...

NE: Truck Drives On Trail, Goes Airborne

2/11/13

"...After an initial investigation LPD determined the driver of the truck was driving on the MOPAC trail, then hit a pile of dirt launching the truck into the air and into the Lincoln Lumber Company property." more...

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MI: Residents Want Bike Trails, Sidewalks, Buses

2/11/13

"Many northern Michigan residents want to see more money invested in bike trails, sidewalks, and transit, even if that means less money is spent widening roads, according to new survey by Northwestern Michigan College." more...

CA: Vacaville Youth Target Trails For Cleanup

2/11/13

"Sadie Perez and Coleshia Webb are best friends on a mission.

"Together with other pals from Vacaville's REACH Youth Coalition, the 16 year olds are looking to clean up Vacaville bike paths and make them safer to use." more...

IL: Bike Trail, Streetscape Projects Get Jolt Of Federal Money

"Federal funds will spur work on nearly $3 million worth of metro-east projects intended to encourage residents to bike and walk through neighborhoods." more...

San Fran Taxi Drivers Learning To Share The Road

"San Francisco is the second densest big city in the United States. And its roads are crowded - with bikes. Every day, upwards of 8,000 cyclists share the road with nearly half a million cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, and taxis." more...

2013 "Year Of The Bike" In Salt Lake City

2/9/13

"The Chinese zodiac may have 2013 down as the "Year of the Snake," but, according to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's reading of the lunar calendar, it's the 'Year of the Bike.'" more...

IL: $2.1M Grant For Kickapoo Trail

2/9/13

"Great news for bicyclists, a 24 mile path is one step closer to coming to Central Illinois.

"The Vermilion County Conservation district got a 2.1 million dollar grant for it. The Kickapoo trail would be built along US 150, between Danville and Urbana." more...

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PA Tapping Into Trail Benefits

"...The town of Hershey and other communities across Pennsylvania are tapping into the benefits trails can provide..." more

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Rapid Response Grants Having An Impact

2/8/13

"They've helped to end unfair traffic citations for bicyclists in Washington, D.C. They've helped boost a campaign for dedicated biking and walking funding in Pennsylvania. And they've helped push for a better pedestrian bridge over a major highway in Marin, Calif." more...

WA: $19M For UW Trail Improvements

2/6/13

"The University of Washington plans $19 million in improvements to the section of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the Seattle campus." more...

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Upper Arlington Nixes Trail Connector

2/6/13

"Yielding to dissent from residents, Upper Arlington City Council recently opted against seeking a grant to fund a bike path, which would have connected local parks, in addition to linking with the Olentangy and Lower Scioto trails." more...

Plans For Making Pittsburgh More Bike-Friendly

2/5/13

"Pittsburgh could spend more than $135,000 in public money this year to make the city more attractive to bicyclists." more...

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Ed Koch & The Controversial NYC Bike Lanes

2/5/13

"Ed Koch, the three-term Mayor of New York City passed away this week, leaving a mixed legacy on cycling. But that he built, and quickly removed, the first on-street protected bike paths in the United States makes cycling and green lanes forever a part of his legacy." more...

TX: Harris County Considers Trails Along Utility Corridors

2/4/13

"...lawmakers say their bills are to allow the construction of hike and bike trails in Harris County on utility-owned rights-of-way, those big ribbons of green that cut across cities. Though primarily for the tall transmission line towers, the rights-of-way would make perfect places to build trails. (Houston voters recently approved $166 million in bonds to fund new trails.)" more...

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Columbus Becoming Bike-Friendlier

2/4/13

"...With a more-recent initiative, though, Columbus moves beyond accommodating recreational and fitness bikers and focuses on making it easier and safer for bikes and cars to co-exist in the heart of the city: When a bike comes to an intersection, it might need help crossing." more...

Colorado Court Strikes Down Bike Ban

2/4/13

"Cycling advocates won an important victory today in the Colorado Supreme Court, where justices struck down the notorious bike ban in the town of Black Hawk." more...

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South Side Pittsburgh Readies For GAP

2/2/13

"South Side supporters hope to ride the completion of the Great Allegheny Passage to economic benefit.

"A budding project, called Trail Town South Side Pittsburgh, would capitalize on the summer opening of the last segment of the trail, between Homestead and Point State Park, Downtown." more...

WV: Charleston Considers Design Companies For Bike Trail

2/1/13

"Charleston officials soon will select a firm to design a two-lane bicycle trail to be built along Kanawha Boulevard on the West Side." more...

MI: Grand Rapids Eyes Riverside Trail Extension

2/1/13

"The city in 2014 could extend a riverside trail farther north, coming closer to connecting downtown with an existing non-motorized path in Riverside Park." more...

TX: Costs Rise For Delayed North Austin Trail Project

2/1/13

"After four years of delays, work is about to resume on a North Austin bike trail that now comes with a significantly larger price tag." more...

Towpath Closed In Valley View

1/30/13

"Part of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Valley View is closed because of hazardous conditions, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park said." more...

Columbus Traffic Sensors Being Recalibrated For Cyclists

1/30/13

"...Nearly all the city's 1,000 traffic lights are connected to road sensors that detect the presence of autos at the intersections and adjust the lights accordingly.

"Bicycles are another story. These sensors are basically metal detectors, and bicycles don't have enough metal to trigger a light change." more...

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$25.6M For Chicago Area Trails

1/30/13

"Chicago and the suburbs will receive $25.6 million to build and expand bicycle paths and walking trails that provide new connections between communities in addition to offering safe places for recreation, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday." more...

TX: Austin Considers 24-Hour Bike Trails

1/30/13

"City Council member Chris Riley rides his bike everywhere, including work, on a daily basis. Riley said it's his connection to the biking community that pushed him to propose 24-hour access to bike trails at Lady Bird Lake, Shoal Creek and Johnson Creek Greenbelt." more...

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Camp Chase Trail Phase III Plans

1/29/13

"The Camp Chase trail is part of the Ohio to Erie Trail, a cross-state bicycle/pedestrian trail that will connect Cincinnati and Cleveland. The ODOT/FHWA funded section, and the remaining 3-miles that Metro Parks will begin to construct this year, will complete the link between the west side of Columbus and the City of London." more...

MnDot Gets Award For Mississippi River Trail

1/29/13

"...The 800-mile route closely follows the Mississippi River through Minnesota - from the headwaters at Itasca State Park to the Iowa border. MnDOT says the trail passes through about 70 cities, 20 counties and two tribal lands. The entire trail extends 3,000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico." more...

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Cincy Bike Plans For 2013

1/29/13

"Some of the city's biggest bike-related projects in the works for 2013 are still in the planning stages, but a few will continue and build on the momentum from last year.

"This year, the city's Bicycle Transportation Program includes plans to finish more than two miles of bike lanes along Riverside Drive..." more...

Online Service Coming For Summit County Bike & Hike

1/28/13

"Technology may be in the works soon to help make things easier for those who hike and bike MetroParks, Serving Summit County trails.

"A new online effort called the Code for America Summit County Trails Virtual Visitors Center Project would provide information to residents and visitors about the trails and park resources. A phone application is also being considered so maps could be downloaded." more...

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Big Walnut Trail Update

1/27/13

"...Big Walnut Trail section 3 'The asphalt is done, but last time I checked the boardwalk wasn't built...' more

Licking County Projects Include Repaving Trail

1/27/13

"...Major initiatives this year include hiring more support staff, bringing back some educational programs and events that were canceled, repaving the bike path at Black Hand Gorge and fixing other bike paths, and some repairs and maintenance at facilities at Infirmary Mound Park and elsewhere." more...

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CO: Sexual Assault On Jeffco Bike Path

1/26/13

"A woman was attacked while walking on a south Jeffco bike path Friday morning.

"The path, near C-470 and Wadsworth Blvd., includes a tunnel where it goes underneath C-470. When the woman entered the tunnel, she was attacked and sexually assaulted." more...

MS: Downtown Link In The Works For Longleaf Trace

1/26/13

"...A parking expansion near the gateway at the University of Southern Mississippi is planned, and work is expected to begin on connecting the trail to downtown Hattiesburg." more...

Urbana To Bellefontaine Trail Gets Funding

"...The $500,000 grant, obtained by partnering with the city of Bellefontaine, will enable the Simon Kenton Pathfinders to extend the Urbana trail into Bellefontaine through West Liberty." more...

FL: Metro Orlando Bike Paths Scattered

1/25/13

"Bike paths form a maze all over Metro Orlando, starting and stopping with no seeming reason." more...

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Sandusky To Build Lions Park Path

1/23/13

"Norwalk-based Newcomer Concrete Services will build a half-mile looping path for about $146,000, down about 25% from the originally projected $196,000." more...

MN: Anoka County Backs U.S. Bike Route Designation

1/24/13

"The Anoka County Board is supporting state efforts to have the Mississippi River Trail through Anoka County designated a U.S. bike route." more...

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Mentor Headlands Trail Gets Funding

1/23/13

"The first phase of a Mentor Headlands bike trail project is expected to get under way this year, now that the city has secured outside funding." more...

The "Rightsizing" Streets Guide

1/22/13

"Many of our streets haven't changed in decades, even when they've proven dangerous, or the surrounding communities' needs have changed. When the roads have been altered, they have often been made wider, straighter, and faster, rather than more livable." more...

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CA: Officer Targets Bicyclist On Bike Path

1/22/13

"It's pretty obvious that the LAPD motorcycle cop in this video either doesn't know the traffic laws regarding bicycles, or simply chooses not to refer to them." more...

Warren Bike Trail Being Completed

"Work on the $1.73 million second phase of the Warren bike trail in the central part of the city is under way and likely to be complete in late spring. It traverses about three-quarters of a mile.

"...It [will complete] the 3.9-mile Warren section of the trail, which is part of the 100-mile Great Ohio Lake-To-River Greenway." more...

PA: Youth Arrested For Bike Path Stabbing

1/23/13

"A Reading boy was arrested Tuesday in the stabbing of a Birdsboro man who was bicycling with a friend on a Thun Trail bridge over the Schuylkill River." more...

Read a report on the attack.

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Cincy May Get Ohio's First Cycle Track

1/21/13

"...The full length of the cycle track would extend from Ludlow Avenue, where the City installed the region's first green bike lanes in November 2012, to Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine, and would cost approximately $750,000." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Bicyclist Struck In NW Columbus

1/21/13

"...Police say the driver will not be charge[d] because the person on the bike was not wearing a reflective vest." more...

OR: Gladstone Police Promote Bike Safety

1/21/13

"Gladstone police will be meeting with Cub Scouts Saturday to inspect their bicycles and give a short presentation stressing bike safety." more...

40 Cherry Trees To Be Planted Along Akron Towpath

"Forty new Yoshino cherry trees will be planted along the Ohio   Erie Canal Towpath Trail in downtown Akron this year.

"The tree plantings are made possible by a recent $10,000 donation from the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio." more...

MI: Residents Debate Proposed Oakland Township Trail

1/20/13

"Controversy is brewing in Oakland Township regarding a proposed bike and safety path that has been years in the making." more...

Where Is Trail Town U.S.A?

1/20/13

"Many towns call themselves "Trail Town USA." But for my money, Damascus, Virginia has a pretty good claim to the title. For one thing, seven major trails come together in Damascus..." more

London Olympic Site Reborn

1/20/13

"...Work has already started on the northern parts of the park, which will also incorporate a cafe and play areas from toddlers up to teenagers close to the velodrome and involve conversion of the BMX track to allow wider use and miles of mountain bike trails." more...

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Evandale Continues With Bike Plan

1/18/13

"As Evendale Recreation Department officials wrap up phase 3 of the bike master plan, the focus has turned to prioritization and, eventually, funding." more...

Inauguration To Put Bike Lanes On Display

1/17/13

"...The bike lane is a new addition since Obama passed down the avenue on Inauguration Day four years ago.

"The District has put in more than 14 miles of bike lanes on city streets and installed 1,000 new bike racks." more...

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Dayton Area High Water Update

1/17/13

"...Some bikeways and shared use paths will likely be underwater and unsafe to use during the next week..." more

Toronto Physicians Call For More Bike Lanes

1/16/13

"A local physician who was arrested for blocking the removal of the Jarvis bike lanes has rallied support from his medical colleagues." more...

NYC: Turning 12,000 Old Parking Meters Into Bike Racks

1/16/13

"...After the initial trial of 200 meters was deemed a success, the city has decided to continue to retrofit the rest of the poles-12,000 in total. It's a smart idea. The city saves money on new bike racks, and makes use of something that otherwise might be torn up and thrown out..." more

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Closing Trail Gaps In CT

1/16/13

"Driven by a supportive governor and a forward-thinking state department of transportation that is conscious of the role of biking and walking in modern planning, Connecticut has done some great things in recent years to connect, and expand, its network of trails." more...

Indiana Embraces New U.S. Bike Route System

1/16/13

"The effort to create new segments for the U.S. Bicycle Route System is gaining momentum in communities in Indiana." more...

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More On Columbus & Dayton Trail Closures

1/16/13

"[Columbus] Greenway Trail users should [use] caution if attempting to travel below bridges low laying areas alongside local rivers & creeks. Flood waters exist, resulting with mud, silt, debris, ice..." more

"...Some [Dayton area] bikeways and shared use paths will likely be underwater and unsafe to use during the next week. Use caution in lower areas." more...

S.C. Trail Rapist Arrested

1/14/13

"Police identified and arrested a suspect in the Sawmill Branch Bike Trail sexual assault in which a young girl was held at knifepoint and raped." more...

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High Water Closes Some Dayton Trails/Parks

1/14/13

"...Some bikeways and shared use paths will likely be underwater and unsafe to use during the next day or two. Use caution in lower areas." more...

Licking County Plans For Trails/Parks

"Your generosity this past spring with passage of the Park, Paths and Trails tax levy has given your Licking Park District new life and a secure future. So get ready, there are some exciting things on the way that will affect almost every citizen of Licking County in a positive way." more...

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Springfield Seeking Funds For LMST

1/11/13

"...Officials have received about $1.4 million in federal funds and plan to apply for $450,000 in additional money from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund to move part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail off the road, Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee Planner Louis Agresta said." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Marysville Plans Ped Bridge

"...in a little more than a year, when her children will be 10 and 12, the city will be ready to build a pedestrian bridge across the highway. Engineering and environmental studies are under way, with construction expected to start in early 2014." more...

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SC: Sexual Assault On Sawmill Branch Trail

1/11/13

"Summerville police are investigating a sexual assault that happened on a popular bike trail just outside downtown Summerville around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday." more...

D.C.: Steps Taken To Make Met Branch Trail Safer

1/11/13

"...thanks to public pressure from trail users and supporters, including Greater Greater Washington blogger Geoff Hatchard and the District Department of Transportation's Bicycle Program Specialist and Trail Planner, Heather Deutsch, DDOT management has committed to better maintaining trailside lighting in order to ensure the trail remains lit at night. Lighting is a critical issue for this urban trail which has suffered from a number of muggings of trail users in recent years..." more

Understanding The Flow Of Map-21 Funding

1/11/13

"...It's not a simple process, so we created a helpful infographic on how the TA program funds flow from states to your communities." more...

How Virginia's 3-Feet Law Became 2-Feet

"The VBF crew have re-told this story countless times, as best as we can. Here it is straight from Bud, who posted it to a mailing list, with the subject, 'Three Foot Passing Being Unenforceable.'" more...

California's Active Transportation Strategy

1/11/13

"The state of California is a unique bird, particularly when it comes to transportation planning. A massive space populated with a mixture of booming metropolises, sprawling suburbs, and sparse rural areas, the Golden State's dire financial straits of late have made solving its intense congestion, connectivity and public health challenges all the more difficult, and important." more...

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Columbus: Alum Creek Road Project Includes Sidepaths

1/9/13

"The widened Alum Creek roadway in south Columbus will include side paths when completed." more...

Grant Spurs New Trail Development in West Virginia

1/9/13

"The communities of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle are one giant step closer to connecting to the thriving trail activity of western Maryland and Pennsylvania, thanks to a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant." more...

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AUS: Melbourne Woman Fights Off Bike Path Attacker

1/8/13

"A 30-year-old jogger who fought off a sexual predator linked to a series of assaults on bike paths in Melbourne's northwest says she felt capable of taking the man on."

"The man, who rides a trail bike, has attacked seven women in six incidents at different locations since December 30. more...

America's Greenest Street

1/7/13

"A streetscape that includes natural landscaping, bicycle lanes, wind powered lighting, storm water diversion for irrigation, drought-resistant native plants and innovative "smog-eating" concrete has earned Cermak road in Chicago the title of "greenest Street in America" according to the Chicago Department of Transport (CDOT)." more...

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The Best Bike Share Program In The U.S.

1/7/13

"...the nation's largest, most successful bike-share program-in terms of size, ridership, and financial viability-is in Washington, D.C. How did D.C. accomplish this unlikely task?" more...

Bikeways Spur Economic Growth In Portland

"Not long ago, in the dark days of auto-only transportation planning, a property manager that urged the city to eliminate two auto lanes adjacent to its planned 650-apartment complex might have been judged completely insane." more...

MI: Milford To Consider Tossing Helmet Rule

1/7/13

"A Milford law requiring helmet use on the Kensington bike trail could be wiped off the books after Milford Township officials vote on amending a local ordinance Jan. 16." more...

Boobytraps Found On UK Trails

1/5/13

"Cyclists riding the trails in Dovestone Reservoir near Oldham have discovered potentially deadly boobytraps in areas used by families and cycling clubs." more...

Getting More Women To Bike In D.C.

1/5/13

"Most of the bicyclists zipping along D.C. streets are men, and it's been that way for years. But cycling enthusiasts want to change that." more...

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Lost Paperwork May Help Newark-Heath Trail Plan

1/4/13

"The future of the proposed Newark-Heath bike path connector is looking better after the latest twist in the saga to acquire land for its use." more...

Portland Police Consider Bike-Focused Stop Enforcement

1/4/13

"In response to multiple citizen complaints, the Portland Police Bureau says they plan to begin a series of enforcement actions on the Springwater Corridor Trail near Sellwood Riverfront Park." more...

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Bronx River Greenway Petition

1/3/13

"...Amtrak and the New York State Department of Transportation have been unable to reach agreement on indemnification and liability issues related to the construction of a pedestrian overpass. Without this link, more than 100,000 residents in adjacent neighborhoods will remain cut off from the river, the new parks along its banks, and an invaluable bike and walking trail system." more...

Do 'Safe Streets' Slow Emergency Response?

1/3/13

"A go-to NIMBY argument against safe street improvements is that bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, and ped refuge islands interfere with emergency responders." more...

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Mill Creek Trail Wins Grants

1/2/13

"...The nonprofit Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek, formerly known as the Mill Creek Restoration Project, will get two capital grants from the Clean Ohio Fund in 2013, according to a news release from the organization..." more

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

PA: Lykens Valley Rail-Trail Extends

1/2/13

"...Millersburg Borough is this week celebrating the news that a "gaming grant," funded by revenue from state-licensed casinos, will fund the continued construction of the Lykens Valley Rail Trail, a planned 20-mile multi-use trail that's been under development for about 10 years." more...

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Memphis Aims To Be More Bike-Friendly

"...Bike-friendly behavior has never come naturally to Memphis, which has long been among the country's most perilous places for cyclists. In recent years, though, riders have taken to the streets like never before, spurred by a mayor who has worked to change the way residents think about commuting." more...

D.C.: Whatever Happened To SmartBike?

"Before there was Capital Bikeshare, there was SmartBike. The 10 station bike sharing system in downtown DC was one of the benefits DC received in return for giving ClearChannel the exclusive rights to bus shelter ads in the city..." more

BFU's: How The Conferences Stack Up

1/1/13

"...inspired by a recent USA Today cover story, I took a timeout from the bowl game action and did a quick analysis of where the League's Bicycle Friendly Universities stack up by conference..." more

CA: Lafayette Eyes Regional Trail Linkup Grant

"The city of Lafayette is involved in talks about linking up regional trails a couple of miles from Lafayette to downtown Walnut Creek." more...

Santa Ana Trail Death Was Pedestrian

"Johnathan Koontz was struck and killed by a bicycle while he was walking on a bike trail Friday evening." more...

A previous report (below) speculated that the victim may have been a cyclist.

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