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Cyclist Sues City After Paralyzing Bike Path Crash

12/31/14

Chicago, IL - "A high school teacher has sued the city, alleging "careless" design of the lakefront bike trail caused her to crash her bicycle earlier this year, leaving her partially paralyzed." more...

Reasons for Optimism in Portland

12/31/14

Portland, OR - "Somewhere along the path to becoming one of the dirtiest words in local politics, a funny thing happened to bicycling in Portland in 2014." more...

Couple Survives Avalanche

12/30/14

Snoqualmie National Forest, WA - "A couple faced a close call when an avalanche hit while they were hiking, and they caught the potentially deadly event on camera." more...

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Towpath Trail Exec Fails to Pay Property Taxes for 8 Years

12/30/14

Cleveland, OH - "The longtime executive director of the organization responsible for raising funds for the $57 million expansion of the Towpath Trail failed to pay more than $16,000 in back taxes and city grass-cutting fees..." more

Court Snubs Bike Route, Ends Project Before it Begins

Canyon City, OR - "One week after voicing support, the Grant County Court rebuffed a proposal for a gravel biking route that would loop through Logan Valley..." more...

Bike Parts Spill Out of Encampment on Springwater Path

12/30/14

Portland, OR - "...John Howe was riding along the Springwater Corridor path just south of the Ross Island Bridge yesterday when he saw bike parts literally spilling out of bins and boxes adjacent to a homeless encampment..." more

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Shaker Heights Made Bike-Friendly Moves in 2014

Shaker Heights, OH - "It was a big year for cycling in Shaker Heights, with the city, schools and bicycle advocates all working to make the city more bicycle-friendly." more...

Prairie Township Seeks Trail Input

Prairie Twp., OH - "The Prairie Township Community Center will be hosting several public meetings in an effort to get feedback about the proposed trail the township would like to install." more...

Franklin Metro Parks Expect Record Year

12/30/14

Columbus, OH - "Mild weather, increased trail use and the growing popularity of several parks are credited with putting Metro Parks on track to set an attendance record this year." more...

2014 Good Year for Cleveland Metroparks

12/29/14

Cleveland, OH - "This year has been one for growth and innovation in the Cleveland Metroparks, some of which will make 2015 that much more exciting." more...

Vandals Chop Trees Along Bike Trail

12/28/14

Parker, CO - "Police are trying to solve a Christmas mystery: who cut down nearly two dozen trees along the Cherry Creek Bike Trail in Cottonwood Park?" more...

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1st Regional Trail Connector Slated for 2015

12/28/14

Bay City, MI - "After years of showing off the benefits of a regional trail system that connects Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties, the first connector between two of those counties could see life as early as next year." more...

Search for Hiker Continues in Olympic National Park

Port Angeles, WA - "Teams searched Saturday for a 60-year-old man missing in Washington's Olympic National Park, focusing on an area off trail where his pack was found." more...

Prioritizing the Pedestrian in Aspen

12/28/14

Aspen, CO - "When it comes to biking and walking around Aspen, there is no shortage of choke points, sketchy crossings and blind corners..." more

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5 Crucial Transpo Decisions Coming in 2015

12/27/14

Cincinnati, OH - "Coming in 2015: Major transportation decisions that could impact how you get around Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for decades..." more

Bike Share Coming to McAllen

12/26/14

McAllen, TX - "Several months from now, residents will have the opportunity to rent bicycles from the city as part of a new bike-share program..." more

Child on Bike Injured in Ellenwood Hit-and-Run

12/26/14

GA - "A boy was rushed to the hospital after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle on Christmas day." more...

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Bike Path Updates Given to Commissioners

12/26/14

Athens County, OH - "A $1 million project is in the works to bring a bike path through the county, according to bike path committee officials." more...

Alternate Route Options For Olentangy Trail Closure

"...This document outlines options to create a safe alternate route for trail traffic while the Olentangy Trail is closed under the 315/270 interchange." more

U.S. Bicycle Route System Grows by 2,000 Miles in 2014

12/26/14

"Traveling bicyclists can follow more than 8,000 miles of signed bicycle routes around the country after an association of state highway officials approved more than 2,000 miles of corridors in 2014." more...

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Man Found Dead on Bike Trail

Pleasant Hill, IA - "Police are investigating a man found dead on a bike trail in Pleasant Hill Wednesday." more...

MTB Racer's Crash Results in Fratured Neck, Lawsuit

12/24/14

Portland, OR - "A Portland woman who was riding her mountain bike on a Hood River race course when she struck a fallen tree and broke her spine in four places filed a $273,000 lawsuit against the race organizers this week." more...

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Ohio & Erie Canalway Heritage Status Renewed

"...The Canalway has been renewed as a National Heritage Area for an additional seven years, making it eligible to receive future federal funding." more...

Also, the Ohio & Erie Canalway was renewed as a National Heritage Area, what does this mean?

Athens Braces for Major Projects in 2015

12/23/14

Athens, OH - "...With big improvements coming to Richland Avenue, the likely finish of a $16 million renovation project to the city's wastewater treatment plant, two proposed bike path spurs, and more, 2015 will be a busy year..." more

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Bike Trains, A Win For Children's Health

12/23/14

Seattle, WA - "As the first rider in her neighborhood bicycle train, Maka Yusuf pedals nearly 4 miles and climbs more than 350 feet on the way to her elementary school..." more

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Ohio-to-Erie Trail Progress Update

12/23/14

"...In August the Knox County Park District completed two more miles of paved trail in Mt Vernon that will eventually link with the Kokosing Gap Trail." more...

Bethesda Gets Cycletrack

Bethesda, MD - "Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has announced that the Montgomery County Department of Transportation's Division of Transportation Engineering has completed the county's first protected bike lane - also referred to as a 'cycle track.'" more...

Are Velodromes the Future of City Sports?

"Philly may take a chance on building a type of cycling arena that was immensely popular at the turn of the century, then all but abandoned." more...

Pedestrian Run Over on Bike Trail

12/22/14

OR - "...'He was going so fast when he collided with me,' she recalled, 'that I actually flew up into the air and hit the pavement...'" more

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Great Miami River Trail Update

12/20/14

Hamilton, OH - "In an effort to improve connectivity and expand the recreational trail network for City residents, three significant trail projects are currently underway..." more

Traffic Fatalities Down, Bicycling Fatalities Up

"The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released the 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data that shows a 3.1 percent decrease from the previous year and a nearly 25 percent decline in overall highway deaths since 2004..." more

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Beaver Causing Concerns at Ohio Park

12/20/14

Mason, OH - "...'We don't want a tree falling on anyone walking by on the bike path,' said Mason Service Director Richard Fair..." more

Can Milwaukee Upgrade to BFC Gold?

12/19/14

Milwaukee, WI - "...City Engineer Jeff Polenske announced the disappointing news that the League of American Bicyclists once again only rated Milwaukee a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community..." more

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Detour Sought for Olentangy Trail Closing

12/19/14

Columbus, OH - "...It might seem like just an inconvenience for the trail closing, but to many users it is the only way in and out of their neighbors short of driving." more...

Do Conventional Road Designs Put Bikes/Peds at Risk?

12/19/14

"US Representative Rick Larsen has teamed up with two other members of the US House to look into whether American conventional road engineering standards are putting people who bike and walk at disproportionate risk." more...

Foundation Gives $8.6M for 750-Mile Bike Trail Project

PA - "The William Penn Foundation has committed $8.6 million to a project called the Circuit, which hopes to build 750 miles of bike trails in the region. So far, 300 miles of trails have been built." more...

NPS Holds Meeting for Ohio County Trail System

Ohio County, KY - "...Plans are moving quickly for a biking and hiking trail system that would connect communities here in Ohio County." more...

A Last Look at Newark's Cycletrack Before it's Gone

Newark, NJ - "Well, it might have been too good while it lasted..." more

Trail Sweep Evicts Greenway Campers Again

OR - "Just as last week's winter storm was about to blast into southern Oregon, police in Medford were conducting an overnight sweep of the Bear Creek Greenway." more...

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Heritage Trails Park District Budget Slashed

Wapakoneta, OH - "Funding for 2015 was slashed by more than half for the Heritage Trails Park District." more...

Dublin Council Selects Ped Underpass Design

Dublin, OH - "...The pedestrian underpass is a safety measure to separate walkers and bicyclists from vehicular traffic and would allow more fluid movement around the Bridge Street District, city officials said." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

12/19/14

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Miccosukee Tribe Protests River of Grass Greenway Project

12/18/14

Naples, FL - "Quiet protest greeted a public-input meeting last Thursday about the proposed River of Grass Greenway project, which would create a 75-mile-long asphalt or concrete trail between Miami and Naples along Tamiami Trail." more...

New Data on D.C. Area Biking

12/18/14

D.C. - "...The most striking piece of information from the study is that people who either make a whole lot of money or not much at all are both more likely to bike to work than those whose income falls somewhere in the middle." more...

Trio Requesting GAO Investigation into Bike/Walk Safety

12/18/14

"Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio... is taking his fight for safer bicycling to the United States Government Accountability Office." more...

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New Beginning for Historical House in Medina

Medina, OH - "One of Medina's historic homes is being transformed into Spokes, a bike rental and coffee house, at the start of the Champion Creek Multi-purpose Trail." more...

Biking & Federal Policy

12/18/14

"We're ending 2014 with a big win for bicycling: This month, Congress signaled its support for a national goal to reduce bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities..." more

Guerrilla Traffic Diverters Removed by Police

12/17/14

Portland, OR - "...about eight other people were up several hours before dawn to install the diverters. 'The city isn't doing anything on Clinton,' he said, when I called him back. 'There's so much community support and they refuse to do it.'" more

10 Best U.S. Bike Lanes in 2014

12/17/14

"...This was the year that saw protected lanes pop up in Tempe, Arizona; in Athens, Georgia; in Pentagon City, Virginia..." more

Deal Moves Pinellas Closer to a 70-mile Cycling Loop

12/16/14

FL - "A 70-mile loop of recreational trail around Pinellas County is now much closer to reality." more...

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Columbus Complete Streets Engineer & Intern Run Over

12/16/14

Columbus, OH - "In an extraordinarily sad irony, the engineer in charge of Columbus, Ohio's complete streets program has been gravely injured in a car crash. His 21-year-old intern was killed." more...

Zero-Car Households on the Rise in Washington County

12/16/14

OR - "Central Forest Grove, Hillsboro and Beaverton are now as car-lite as many parts of east-central Portland." more...

Bike Share Still the New Kid on the Block

12/16/14

"...based on ITDP's 2013 bikeshare planning guide, CaBi fared poorly against European systems, was outpaced by Boulder for station density, and beat by New York City for rides per bike..." more

The Test of a Great Bikeway

12/16/14

"What separates a great bikeway from one that makes you wonder why anyone even bothered?" more...

Bike Park to Open Inside Mega Cave

12/15/14

Louisville, KY - "It's becoming abundantly clear: The best place to play in Louisville is right under your feet." more...

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Bill to Renew Towpath National Heritage Desgination

12/15/14

"U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's (D-OH) legislation that would renew the National Heritage designation of the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area - which includes more than 86 miles of the Towpath Trail..." more

Regional Bike & Ped Plan Coming To 25 Area Cities And Towns

12/15/14

AR - "City councils in 25 Northwest Arkansas towns and cities are being asked to approve individualized trail plans and endorse the recently completed regional Northwest Arkansas Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan." more...

Washington Bikes Helps Add Road Safety Measure to Federal Budget

12/15/14

"Washington Bikes, the statewide bike advocacy organization, has helped add a measure in the Federal budget to improve road safety across the nation..." more

The High Cost of Unwalkable School Districts

12/15/14

"About a generation ago, many American school districts started shuttering and abandoning walkable neighborhood schools..." more

Congress Trims TIGER Program

12/15/14

"...While small, TIGER has proven to be a significant source of funding for local transit and active transportation projects, enabling cities, regions, and transit agencies to directly access federal support without going through state DOTs." more...

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Simon Kenton Trail Extension Completed

The 18-mile trail extension that extends the SKT from Urbana through West Liberty and on to Bellefontaine, was completed in November.

The surface is a packed crushed limestone that may have some soft spots, according to recent reports.

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Audit Reveals Citi Bike's Shoddy Management in NYC

NYC - "The company managing New York City's bike share program failed to maintain stations and bicycles as required by its contract with New York City, according to a new audit." more...

Police Ticket Man Who Was Run Over During Protest

12/14/14

Portland, OR - "Portland Police have issued a ticket to a protestor who was taking part in a march downtown yesterday." more...

Paris Waging War on Cars

12/14/14

"...In addition to removing all but hybrid and electric cars from the Champs-Elysées, the Rue de Rivoli, and other major corridors, Hidalgo wants to ban all diesel vehicles from Paris by 2020..." more

Bikeconomics: Unlocking the Cycling Economy

12/14/14

"...Europe's cycling economy is larger than the economy of Denmark and employs more people than mining and quarrying combined, according to a recent study." more...

High Line Architects Tapped to Design Presidio Parklands Project

San Francisco, CA - "Landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations has been picked from a group of five finalists to design Presidio Parklands, the 13-acre park planned near the Golden Gate Bridge." more...

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Lake Metroparks OKs Trail Project at Newell Creek

Mentor, OH - "...Park commissioners also approved a project to construct a paved asphalt bike path in the Newell Creek housing development in Mentor.

"Planning for the project began initially in 2005..." more

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Medlar Trail Plans Moving Forward

Miamisville, OH - "A path giving cyclists and pedestrians a paved route from the Great Miami River to Montgomery County's south suburbs is expected to be built next year." more...

$3.1M Ped Bridge to Link Beavercreek, Fairborn

Beavercreek, OH - "Construction of the $3.1 million pedestrian bridge that will span Interstate 675 in the vicinity of Wright State University is underway with bridge piers and abutments now in place after the first month of work." more...

ODOT Seeking Input For Potential Olentangy Trail Detour

Columbus, OH - "Construction scheduled for 2015 at the 315/270 interchange will affect Olentangy trail access near Olentangy Parklands in Worthington.

"ODOT is asking for input on potential detour routes before Friday, January 9." Learn more...

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Planning Commissioner Involved in Trail Spat Replaced

Cincinnati, OH - "Mayor John Cranley has replaced a longtime member of the Cincinnati Planning Commission... (who) was recently involved in a dispute over the zoning designation for the Wasson Way bike trail." more...

MARC Trains Trying Out Bike Aboard Cars

12/12/14

D.C. - "Starting this weekend, you can take your bike on select MARC trains running between Baltimore and D.C. on the Penn Line..." more

How Communities Are Paying to Maintain Trails, Bike Lanes, & Sidewalks

12/12/14

"...We often heard people say: 'If my community builds this trail/ protected bikeway/ sidewalk, even if we use federal funds, we will have to foot the bill for maintenance - and we can't afford it...'" more

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Springfield to Pay $50K Shortfall for Parks

Springfield, OH - "Springfield city commissioners have agreed to pay $50,000 to cover a National Trail Parks and Recreation District operating shortfall, but they said the expense will be tough to justify again in the future." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

12/12/14

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Canadian Gov't Rejects Truck Side Guards, Again

12/12/14

CAN - "...when opposition member Hoang Mai introduced a private members bill in Canadian Parliament to make side guards mandatory in Canada, there was real hope that it might happen..." more

Driver Gets 15 Years For Killing Cyclist

12/11/14

"A jury in Houston, Texas, chose not to "blame the victim" in a hit-and-run fatality of a bicyclist and instead sentenced the motorist to 15 years in prison on Thursday." more...

Walkability is Good for You

12/11/14

"A slew of new research links walkable neighborhoods with safer, healthier, more democratic places." more...

Bikeshare, Greenways, Bus Stations Share $10m

12/10/14

TN - "A greatly expanded federal fund will boost 10 non-traditional transportation projects in the Nashville area, including to extend several greenways and trails and to create a new bikeshare program in Williamson County." more...

Committee Brainstorms Hudson River Greenway Through the Bronx

12/10/14

NY - "A trio of Bronx activists are breathing new life into an old pipedream to build a waterfront path on the Hudson River, connecting the Manhattan Greenway and Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Yonkers." more...

Trailforks Website Helps Cycling Associations Expand

12/10/14

"...It aims to provide the very best tools to inventory, maintain, promote and showcase trail networks..." more

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Tri-County Trail Winter Newsletter

"...In Fayette, work has started on the two-mile section of trail between Jamison and Bush Roads that will be part of the "Friendship Trail" going towards Wilmington, for which we received a grant a couple of years ago..." more

Teens Charged With Assaulting Man on Northampton Trail

Northampton, MA - "Northampton police say revenge led to a violent attack against a young man on the bike trail Friday afternoon that left him badly bruised and injured." more...

Lawyer Predicts Legal Fight Over Bike Path

12/10/14

Benton County, OR - "...Benton County planning commissioners got a sobering assessment from an attorney representing a dozen farmers with land along the route: You ain't heard nothin' yet." more...

Injured Runner Working to Separate Cyclists from Other Users

12/10/14

Old Town, IL - "A 27-year-old Old Town jogger who was seriously injured by a cyclist on the Lakefront Trail is leading a push to separate cyclists from other users of the trail." more...

Poll Reveals Support for Federal Investment in Biking & Walking

12/10/14

"...In recent years, biking and walking infrastructure has become a popular target for some federal lawmakers looking to gain political points by highlighting their fiscal conservatism. The perceived political wisdom was that their constituents felt the same way-that federal funds should not be spent on biking and walking.

"But no one had asked them. So we did." more...

5 Techniques That Guide the Best Regional Planning Agencies

12/10/14

"...MPOs can be powerful, transformative agencies that enhance economic growth, save people time, and improve public health. Or they can do the bare minimum required by law and continue to collect federal money year after year, merely serving as one more level of bureaucracy. Even worse, they can distribute funds in a way that hastens sprawl and urban decline." more...

RTC's 2014 Year in Review

12/10/14

"...Of course, we saw our fair share of challenges, but we also saw our work bear fruit; indeed, our collaborative energies helped make possible some amazing milestones for trail initiatives across the country..." more

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Greenway Trail Important to City's Future

Marysville, OH - "Marysville residents got a first look at the Union County Trail and Greenway Master Plan on Monday, Dec. 1, during the Uptown Marysville Christmas Walk." more...

Miami County Park District Receives Awards

Miami County, OH - "The Miami County Park District has been honored by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) through its 2014 annual Awards of Excellence." more...

Bike Share System Rescued by TD Bank

12/9/14

Toronto, CAN - "The total lack of news from the City of Toronto is due to the fact that there is a new mayor in town, John Tory, and the Ford brothers are pretty much gone..." more

Bicycle - Themed Apartments on Hold

12/8/14

Verona, WI - "It's been over a year since the Verona City Council approved plans for "VeloCity," a unique mixed-use development aimed at bicycle riding renters who want an apartment right on the Military Ridge State Trail." more...

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Another Boost for East Side Bike Trail?

12/8/14

Cincinnati, OH - "...The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority board has created a subcommittee to look at options for turning part of the Oasis line between Downtown and Lunken Airport into a 4-mile bike and pedestrian trail, which some say will help the city attract new residents." more...

Pittsburgh is Rolling on its Riverfronts

12/8/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "...Friends of the Riverfront executive director Tom Baxter said his group is working with the county to add 30 more miles to Three Rivers Heritage Trail, this time using "better materials that cost more upfront" but last longer." more

Paris Aims for Car-Free City Center

12/8/14

Paris, France - "Putting more steam behind the global push to end auto-centrism, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to strictly limit the number of four-wheeled vehicles in the French capital's historic center..." more

Amazon Trying Out Bike Messengers

12/8/14

"...Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Amazon has been conducting tests in New York City with three of the top bike messenger services..." more

Advocacy Advance 2014 Rapid Response Grantees

"Thanks to the generous support from the SRAM Cycling Fund and REI, Advocacy Advance offers Rapid Response Grants to help state and local advocacy organizations to win, increase, and preserve public funding for biking and walking in their communities..." more

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Tampa Kicks Off New Bike Sharing Program

12/7/14

Tampa, FL - "Motorists are likely to see more bicyclists on Tampa streets with the launch of the city's new Coast Bike Share program Sunday." more...

Couple Marries During Critical Mass Ride

FL - "A shared interest in bicycling brought them together as Michael Flynn browsed the profiles of women in Southwest Florida on an online dating website." more...

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Mid-Ohio Suburbs Building Walkable Urban Centers

12/7/14

Columbus, OH - "In Dublin, the massive Bridge Street Project is taking shape. In New Albany, the Village Center is growing. In Hilliard, Station Park and Trailhead Park projects are being planned." more...

Protected Bike Lanes Also Protect Pedestrians

12/6/14

"...protected bike lanes aren't only protected from automobile traffic; they're also separated from sidewalks... Naturally, this protects pedestrians from bicyclists, but in a number of obvious and subtle ways, this also protects pedestrians from cars..." more

St. Paul Bike Plan Would More Than Double Bikeways

12/5/14

St. Paul, MN - "While Minneapolis regularly sits at the top of lists of the most bike-friendly cities, St. Paul is usually absent." more...

Trail Plan Offered Up For Western Adirondacks

12/5/14

Albany, NY - "New York conservation officials have proposed new bike trails in the 85,000-acre Moose River Plains Wild Forest in the western Adirondacks." more...

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Granville Ped Bridge Progress

Granville, OH - "The long-anticipated Granville Rotary Club bridge over Raccoon Creek took a giant leap toward completion on Thursday with the arrival of the bridge deck." more...

Cyclists Say Stop Signs Along Trail a Hazard

Sanibel, FL - "Cyclists on Sanibel Island say there are too many stop signs on the bike trail and they are asking the city to get ride of some..." more

USGS Topo Maps to Begin Showing Mountain Bike Trails

"As part of the continued US Topo maps revision and improvement cycle, the USGS will be including mountain bike trails to upcoming quadrangles on a state-aligned basis..." more

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Help Pass Brandon's Law to Increase Hit-&-Run Penalty

"Hit-and-run crashes are a serious problem in Ohio, especially for people on bikes and pedestrians, the two most vulnerable road user groups..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

12/5/14

Columbus, OH - Read this week's edition.

National Bike Org Reaches Petition Milestone: Now What?

12/4/14

"Nearly three and a half years ago, we broke the news about an ambitious campaign by a national advocacy organization to get 1,000,000 Americans to pledge support for cycling." more...

Edmonton Gets 2nd Major Trail

12/3/14

Edmonton, CAN - "Edmonton cyclists will soon be able to follow a second major bike trail after city council voted Wednesday to establish a bikeway along 102nd Avenue." more...

Mountains to Sound Passes Out of Committee

12/3/14

"...The Mountains to Sound Greenway includes about 1.5 million acres of wilderness, forests, parks and mountains stretching along Interstate 90 from Central Washington to Puget Sound." more...

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Construction Begins on Mill Creek Ped Bridge

12/3/14

Garfield Heights, OH - "...This is phase one of the project. Phase two will create a 1.1 mile trail from Bacci Park to Garfield Heights..." more

Miami & Erie Canal Grant Submitted

12/3/14

St. Marys, OH - "Fort Loramie and New Bremen will be among a group of civic entities partnering with lead city St. Marys to apply for a state grant that will fund the development of an improvement plan for the Miami and Erie Canal corridor." more...

6 Charged in Bike Trail Beating Death

12/3/14

CA - "Five young adults and a 16-year-old accused of attacking two homeless men they encountered on a southern California bike trail over the weekend, beating one of them to death, pleaded not guilty yesterday to murder and assault charges." more...

2 Life Altering Injuries Blamed on Dangerous Design

12/3/14

"A 7-year-old girl was critically injured in Springfield, Massachusetts, last night trying to cross the street to reach the library. Her 8-year-old cousin was also seriously injured in the collision. The younger girl is not expected to live..." more

How Utrecht Makes Intersections Better for Bikes

12/3/14

"...Utrecht in the Netherlands took an intersection that would be top notch in Seattle and decided it wasn't safe enough for people on bikes..." more

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OU Commits Funding to Repair Bike Path

Athens, OH - "Ohio University has committed funding and engineering expertise to repair the Hockhocking-Adena Bike Path. One section of paving was completed in 2012..." more

Bike Lobby Flexes Muscles in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN - "Effort to fund protected bike lanes delivers thousands of postcards to City Council members and the mayor." more...

Biking Increases 356% in Santa Monica

Santa Monica, CA - "Whoa, it's a good thing Santa Monica didn't dilly-dally on launching that bike share program-they saw a formidable 356 percent increase in bike riding between 2000 and 2012..." more

Driver Crashes Onto Golden Gate Bridge Walkway

San Francisco, CA - "A driver was injured and arrested on DUI charges early Tuesday when he drove his Mustang onto the pedestrian walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge and became wedged between barriers, authorities said." more...

Distracted Driving Solution Called Groove

12/3/14

"...distracted driving is implicated in as many as 6,000 road deaths each year in the U.S." more...

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Pittsburgh Keeps Pedaling Forward

12/1/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "Pittsburgh may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about great cities for bicycling in the United States, but that could change in very short order..." more

State of the Lanes: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from The PeopleForBikes GLP on Vimeo.

How Vancouver Finally Built a Controversial Bike Lane

12/1/14

Toronto, CAN - "In 1996, Vancouver temporarily converted a car lane on the Burrard Street Bridge into a separated bicycle lane. The six-month trial was a spectacular failure: it lasted a week..." more

Farmers Ready to Battle Bike Trail Plan

11/30/14

Benton County, OR - "...A dozen property owners, including Denison and other farmers, have banded together to retain an attorney to represent their interests, and they plan to turn out in force at a Benton County Planning Commission hearing..." more

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Millennials: The Multimodal Generation

11/30/14

"...Much of the millennial generation - roughly 77 million Americans born between 1983 and 2000 - is decidedly lukewarm when it comes to Americans' century-long love affair with the automobile..." more

Sheriff Deputies Investigating Bike Trail Homicide

11/29/14

CA - "...On November 29, 2014, at about 5:19 p.m., deputies received a radio call of a fight on the bike trail under the State Route 52 highway..." more

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Cyclists Peddle Idea to Extend Trail to Virginia Beach

11/29/14

Virginia Beach, VA - "When adventure-seekers take to the cross-country cycling route known as the TransAmerica Trail, it's understandable when they deviate from the map at Virginia's coast." more...

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Oasis Trail Plan May End Trail Gridlock

11/29/14

Cincinnati, OH - "...Cincinnati City Council last month decided to solely commit to converting part of the Oasis rail line into a trail - ending a decade of bureaucratic wheel-spinning over where to build an East Side recreation path near the Ohio River." more...

Trumbull Parks to Improve Trail Access

North Bloomfield, OH - "Plans are in the works for a project that would allow more people to enjoy the 43-mile-long Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail that stretches from Ashtabula to Warren." more...

Park District Car Slides into Lake Michigan

11/28/14

Chicago, IL - "Part of the Lakefront Trail was closed Friday, after a Chicago Park District vehicle slid into Lake Michigan." more...

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Rocky River Park to Get New Trail

11/26/14

Rocky River, OH - "...The city plans to move a picnic area and create a trail designed to serve people who use canes, walkers or wheelchairs." more

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Towpath Section Reopens Through Nov. 30

11/26/14

CVNP, OH - "The National Park Service will halt dredging work in the Ohio & Erie Canal and reopen the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail from Frazee House to Station Road Trailhead through Nov. 30..." more

Fariview Bridge Replacement Could Include Trail

Fairview Park, OH - "...What we've asked the county to do in developing the scope of the work for this project is to actually look at the possibility of widening the bridge decks so that an all-purpose trail can be installed." more...

Does Your Airport Have a 50-Page Bike Plan?

11/26/14

Portland, OR - "Portland International Airport's new bike-pedestrian plan is probably thicker than the average city's." more...

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Great Miami River Trail Closure

11/25/14

"Beginning on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 the Great Miami River Trail in Dayton between Helena Street and Deeds Point Park will experience a week-long construction-related detour. The Miami Conservancy District is working on the trail under the I-75/State Route 4 overpass. Trail users are directed to travel parallel to the trail on North Bend Blvd. during the construction."

Source: Miami Valley Trails

Franklin Metroparks Plans to Raise Budget

11/25/14

Franklin County, OH - "Metro Parks officials plan to spend more than $3 million to complete initial development of the new Scioto Grove Metro Park in southern Franklin County next year, and $2.1 million to begin work to extend the Olentangy Greenway Trail into Delaware County." more...

Hike-Bike Trail Shooting Leads to Arrest

11/24/14

Kearney, TN - "A Tennessee man faces an attempted murder charge after allegedly shooting an acquaintance early Saturday morning on the hike-bike trail." more...

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Milwaukee Ramps Up Bike-Friendliness

11/24/14

Milwaulkee, WI - "We know the bar is continually being raised on what it means to be bicycle-friendly. To meet those challenges, City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has directed Milwaukee's Department of Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban and City Engineer Jeff Polenske to establish a sub-committee of the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force to define the path to not only reaching Silver but going for Gold-level status." more...

Are U.S. Bike-Shares Living Up to Their Potential?

11/24/14

"As policy director at the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007 to June, 2014, Jon Orcutt shepherded the nation's largest bike-share system through the earliest stages of planning, a wide-ranging public engagement process, and, last year, the rollout of hundreds of Citi Bike stations." more...

Remembering Kirke Johnson

11/24/14

Portland, OR - "It turns out that Kirke Johnson, the man killed last Thursday when a truck driver turned his vehicle into Johnson's path while he rode on NW Cornell Road, was a regular commenter here on BikePortland." more...

Road Rager Runs Down Cyclist, Found Guilty

11/23/14

Seattle, WA - "...Jake Vanderplas, who was the victim of an intentional assault when a road raging person yelled at him from her car, then swerved and hit him in the bike lane..." more

Bicyclists Discover Abandoned Baby Near Trail

11/23/14

AUS - "A father and daughter were getting in a morning bike ride Sunday when they heard a sound of a crying baby coming from a storm drain by the bike trail." more...

Porous Pavement Helps Reduce Runoff

Boston, MA - "...Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Friday afternoon announced the completion of a new "porous alley" that absorbs storm water and filters it into the ground, rather than allowing it to make its way into the sewer system..." more

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Capital Crescent Trail Snow Removal Plan

Bethesda, MD - "...Montgomery Parks is launching a snow removal program in Bethesda that promises commuters a smooth ride..." more

Moab Bans Electric Mountain Bikes

11/22/14

Moab, UT - "The Moab Bureau of Land Management has prohibited electric mountain bikes from its MTB trails. Moab is one of America's most iconic MTB riding areas..." more

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A Primer on Vision Zero

11/21/14

"Sweden's top traffic safety strategist visits New York to share lessons from the original 'Vision Zero.'" more...

Tabletop Trail in CVNP Reopens

11/21/14

CVNP, OH - "...The .7-mile stretch of the Wetmore Trail system has been closed since 2003 due to heavy flood damage. In the park's 2013 Trail Management Plan, the trail was identified for restoration within the existing trail corridor." more...

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SDOT Considers Carbon Fiber Ped Bridge

11/21/14

Seattle, WA - "As bicycle makers keep pushing the envelope on how many bike parts can be made out of carbon fiber to shave a couple grams off mega-high-budget bicycles, Seattle is looking to use similar technology for its bridges. Specifically, the city is looking into a carbon fiber design for the Northgate walk/bike bridge over I-5..." more

Portland Examining Neighborhood Greenway System Data

Portland, OR - "As cities from Seattle to St. Louis to Louisville work to duplicate Portland's "neighborhood greenway" concept on their residential streets, Portland is giving its trend-setting system a closer look." more...

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Philly Mapping Out Bike Sharing Stations

Philadelphia, PA - "Philadelphia's bike-share program will move a bit closer to reality this week..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

11/21/14

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'Spot the Chief' for a 10 Spot

11/21/14

Juneau, AK - "...The Police Chief has also started a new campaign called "Spot the Chief for a 10 spot". Any member of the public who spots the Chief as he rides through town with a spotted jersey can call into the Police Department and receive ten dollars..." more

Boeing Employees Donate to Bike Works

11/19/14

Seattle, WA - "After hearing about a string of break-ins at Bike Works a couple months ago, Boeing Employees reached out and offered some big bucks to help the Columbia City organization..." more

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Council Decides to Close Olentangy Trail for 18 Months

11/19/14

Worthington, OH - "Worthington City Council members will sign a letter supporting the closure of a portion of the Olentangy Bikeway for 18 months, despite the disappointment of local cyclists." more...

Bike Trail Extension Proposed in Newark

Newark, OH - "A 1-mile extension of Newark's bike path would help connect residents with the health department, schools and athletic facilities, a transportation study shows." more...

Towpath Trail Through Cleveland Will Offer a History Lesson

Cleveland, OH - "...Far from a necessary evil, the brownfield portion of the trail through Cleveland will perhaps be its most intriguing stretch..." more

How Pittsburgh Builds Bike Lanes Fast

11/19/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "Four months - that's how long it took Pittsburgh to announce, plan, and build its first three protected bike lanes." more...

Bicycle Super Highways Push Regional Cooperation to New Highs

11/19/14

Copenhagen, DM - "Each weekday morning here, hundreds of commuters in the municipality of Furesø get on their bikes for the one-hour ride into Copenhagen." more...

Dirt Rider Says Hikers Don't Want Him Near Pacific Crest Trail

11/18/14

CA - "More than a decade ago Chris Horgan decided riding trails wasn't enough and that he should work to improve them." more...

American Trails Newsletter

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Tech Helps Build Better Cycling

"...rest assured, the modern tech company is a huge benefit to cities..." more

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Input on Worthington Hills Trail Closure Needed

11/18/14

Worthington, OH - "ODOT is rebuilding the connection between 315, 270, and 23. This will involve building 2 new bridges over the Olentangy Trail at 270, as well as lowering the trail." more...

Phoenix Ready to Launch Bike Share

11/18/14

AZ - "Renting a bike to cruise around downtown and central Phoenix is about to get as easy as clicking an app on your smartphone." more...

Ramsey County Working on Comprehensive Bike Plan

MN - "With St. Paul's citywide bike plan in the final draft stages, Ramsey County is looking to draw up a plan of its own to connect existing clumps of bike trails throughout the county's 19 cities." more...

"Leading Ped Interval" Signals Confuse Cyclists

11/18/14

Portland, OR - "Have you ever noticed how the "WALK" sign over in a crosswalk sometimes turns green while your signal remains red? This phenomenon has confused a few readers who aren't sure if they can start riding when the walk sign turns green or if they must wait for the main signal." more...

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Bike-Friendly Communities Now in all 50 States

11/18/14

"Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With this new round, 69 million people live in a Bicycle Friendly Community..." more

CA Trail Projects Get $54M Boost

11/17/14

"...On Wednesday, Nov. 12, California took yet another substantial step forward by approving $133 million worth of regional ATP projects-including more than $54 million for 24 trail projects across the state..." more

The Case for a Little Healthy Chaos on City Streets

11/17/14

"Imagine yourself in a small town enjoying a coffee next to what looks like a public square. Except there are no curbs, no sidewalks, no traffic lights, no striping, not even a stop sign." more...

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Memorial Ride Honors Fallen Bicyclist

11/16/14

Aliquippa, PA - "Beth Ann Banks recalls the last meal she shared with her son Taylor." more...

Why Lowering NYC's Speed Limit Can Save Lives

"...'I'd estimate that a person is about 74 percent more likely to be killed if they're struck by vehicles traveling at 30 mph than at 25 mph,/ says Brian Tefft, a researcher with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety..." more

4 Reasons Ped Injuries Have Fallen Along Protected Bike Lanes

11/14/14

"Protected bike lanes are good at making it safer to bike. But they are great at making it safer to walk." more...

Americans Are Commuting Less

11/14/14

"Jillian Golan got tired of paying repair bills for her 2001 Volkswagen Cabriolet convertible last year and started walking the 20 minutes to her job..." more

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Murder on Klamath Falls Bike Trail

11/14/14

Klamath Falls, OR - "A manhunt is underway following the murder of a Klamath Falls man...and the shooting has neighbors on edge." more...

9 NYC Bike-Ped Projects Get Federal Funding

11/14/14

NYC - "Nine bicycle and pedestrian projects in New York City are receiving federal funds distributed through New York State DOT, according to an announcement late last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The projects range from pedestrian safety fixes on streets near busy expressways to upgraded plazas and greenways." more...

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Athens County Donates Easement for Bike Path

11/14/14

Athen, OH - "The Athens County Commissioners agreed to donate an easement for construction of the Columbus Road bike path spur being pursued by the city of Athens." more...

Loveland Breaks Ground on Loveland Station

Loveland, OH - "...It is an honor and a privilege to be able to develop a residential project on the river and the bike trail that people can come home from work and break out their bike or get on the river and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings that Loveland is so famous for..." more

MORPC Seeks Input on Central Ohio transpo Plan

"Draft goals for the 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan are now available. These goals will help guide regionally based investments in the transportation system through 2040. Tell us what you think - send comments on the goals to mtp@morpc.org by Friday, November 21..." more

3rd Phase of Trail Named After County Commisisoner

Champion, OH - "When the third phase of the Western Resere Greenway bike trail is dedicated at 1 p.m. Friday behind the Trumbull Career and Technical Center, special recognition will be given to Paul E. Heltzel, the county commissioner who died in office last June." more...

4 Year Sentence for Brick-Throwing Teen Who Assaults Cyclist

11/14/14

Portland , OR -"Robert Hudgens, a 15-year-old who threw a brick into the face of a man bicycling past him on NE Tillamook back in April was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday." more

100th Bicycle Parking Corral in Portland

Portland, OR - "The Portland Bureau of Transportation today announced that New Seasons Market at 4034 SE Hawthorne Boulevard is the site of the 100th bicycle parking corral in the city. The installation is a milestone in a program that has helped Portland businesses increase on-street customer parking ten-fold in the last nine years." more...

Protected Bike Lanes Improve Safety for People Walking

11/14/14

"It's been shown over and over that quality protected bike lanes improve safety for all road users. In fact, protected bike lanes are one of the most effective tools we have to improve safety and comfort for people on foot." more...

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Summit Metro Parks Applies for Freedom Trail Study Grant

Summit County, OH - "...The park district is looking at extending the Freedom Trail to connect that bike-and-hike trail with the O & E Towpath Trail." more...

Consider Biking Newletter

11/14/14

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Bennington Approves Montreal to NYC Bicycle Route

Bennington, VT - "The Select Board gave its blessing for parts of Route 7 to be added to the Western New England Greenway, a bicycle route that would link New York City and Montreal." more...

Portland's Battle Against Bike Theft

11/13/14

Portland, OR - "Portlanders are rising up to fight the growing scourge of bike theft." more...

Man Videos Women Inside Trail Restroom

Austin, TX - "Austin police have arrested a 24-year-old man accused of recording close to a dozen videos of women using a restroom on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail near Austin High School." more...

9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying

"...I propose we retire a few overused and underwhelming opinions in the bikes vs. cars debate..." more

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Stark County Dedicates Final Towpath Connection

Massillon, OH - "The last piece of the puzzle is finally in place, and walkers, cyclists and others who regularly traverse the Towpath Trail through the city are thankful." more...

Mayfield Greenway Trail Officially Open

Mayfield Village, OH - "The Greenway Trail in Mayfield Village is officially open, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held October 25 to celebrate the village's accomplishment..." more

Miami Valley Trails Newsletter

11/13/14

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Europe's Cycling Economy has Created 650,000 Jobs

"Cycling industry employs more people than mining and quarrying with potential for a million jobs by 2020, says new study." more...

REI Awards $25K in Rapid Response Grants

11/13/14

"...Advocacy Advance deploys Rapid Response Grants to help advocacy organizations take advantage of unexpected opportunities to access public funds for bicycling and walking investments. These quick turnaround grants range from $1,000 - $3,000 and are awarded on a rolling basis..." more

"Travel With Care" Campaign Launched

11/12/14

"National industry-funded bicycle advocacy group People for Bikes (formerly Bikes Belong) has launched a new PSA campaign dubbed 'Travel With Care.' The campaign aims at 'humanizing people on bikes and encouraging better behavior among drivers and bike riders.'" more...

Officials Balk at Price Tag for Trail Along Bridge

CA - "Investigators are looking at surveillance video and conducting interviews, but they have yet to identify any suspects in the killing of a 23-year-old woman whose body was found at a New Mexico park." more...

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Support Ohio Bill 145 for Safer Cycling

OH - "...House Bill 145 would do two good things for Ohio's cyclists:

  • Require that motorists leave a safe passing distance of at least three feet when passing Ohio cyclists. Passage would make Ohio the 23rd state to have this safer passing requirement.
  • Permit all Ohio vehicles to proceed after stopping and yielding right-of-way when not detected by the device meant to move the traffic light from red to green." more...

Shaker Council Approves Lakes-to-Lakes Trail Connector

11/11/14

Shaker Heights, OH - "Wasting no time on a recommendation from the Planning Commission the previous week, City Council met in special session Monday (Nov. 10) and approved the missing link on the Lake-to-Lakes recreational trail connector." more...

New Park & Trailhead Design for Westside

11/11/14

Columbus, OH - "The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is finalizing plans for a 45 acre park on the west side. Wilson Road Park, which will occupy a long-vacant triangle of land across the railroad tracks from the Hollywood Casino, will also serve as a trailhead for the recently-funded Columbus portion of the Camp Chase Trail." more...

Cincy Bike Movement Growing

Cincinnati, OH - "...Biking in Cincinnati is not, however, just a question of jumping on the trendy bike-share bandwagon. The city is one of the nation's leaders when it comes to growth in the number of bicycle commuters..." more

Support Sought for MTB Access in CVNP

"Mountain bikers have a unique opportunity to help expand bike access in Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The park has proposed construction of 15 miles of new trails, but needs to enact a special regulation to permit bicycle use on them." more...

Wind Topples Tree Onto Woman Bicyclist

11/11/14

Portland, OR - "According to a Portland Police Bureau report, a woman who was biking in downtown Portland survived a tree falling on her in the bike lane. It happened just after 4 p.m., according to police. She received 'traumatic but not life-threatening injuries.'" more...

56 Projects Received Federal Funds for Transportation Alternatives

PA - "Fifty-six projects to improve transportation alternatives are in line for $33 million in federal funds, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch announced today." more...

6 Tips for Crowdfunding a Bike Project

11/11/14

"...A year after a neighborhood enhancement group in Memphis turned heads around the country by raising $70,000 for a new protected bike lane using the crowdfunding site Ioby.org, business leaders in Colorado's capital are following suit." more...

Study Shows Bike Friendly Infra Increases Bike Commuting

11/10/14

MN - "A new study released last week of the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis ties city investment in bike infrastructure to higher rates of bicycle commuting." more...

Walkable Communities Can Blunt Cognitive Decline

"...The investigation shows neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults." more...

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Cleveland Towpath Designs Have Dramatic Overlooks

11/10/14

Cleveland, OH - "Plans for the final miles of the Towpath Trail show an elevated section traveling underneath the Harvard-Denison Bridge and a stretch in Tremont that converts much of University Road into a bluff-side path with dramatic overlooks." more...

Towpath Section Closing Nov. 12

11/10/14

CVNP, OH - "The National Park Service (NPS) will temporarily close the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), from Frazee House to Station Road Trailhead, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 through Friday, December 5, 2014." more...

Relocation of Bike Path Surprises Homeowners

Carolina Beach, NC - "Richard Cecelski was working from home in Carolina Beach when he noticed surveyors staking a line near the edge of his property..." more

Bike Louisville Implementing City-Wide Bike Blvd System

Louisville, KY - "...Louisville, like a lot of cities, has many options besides expressways and arterials, including secondary connector streets, low-traffic alleys, and quieter neighborhood streets which can provide a lower-stress transportation experience..." more

Vision Zero Momentum Builds From Philly to Portland

11/10/14

"This Friday, more than 200 movement leaders for safe transportation will gather in New York City for a symposium on Vision Zero - how New York and Sweden did it, and how their city can too. New York's leadership on the issue has been inspiring: If you can make it (to zero) there, you'll make it (to zero) anywhere." more...

Advocacy Advance Awards $30K in Big Ideas

11/10/14

"Last month Advocacy Advance held an open call for applications from bicycling and walking advocacy organizations for innovative campaigns to address the most pressing issues in bicycling and walking advocacy investments. Today, we're excited to announce the three campaigns receiving our "Big Idea" Grants." more...

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Camp Chase Trail Progress

11/9/14

Columbus, OH - "The trail currently ends at Alton Road, the next section to open will be to Galloway Road.

In late September, the bridge was placed over Hellbranch Run, West of Galloway Rd. We expect this section between Alton Road and Galloway Rd to be paved late in 2014. (We hear this will happen this week)." more...

East Coast Greenway Report

11/9/14

VA - "I am one of 44 cyclists who rode to Fredericksburg in a weeklong, 325-mile bike ride from Philadelphia in October.

"Our mission was to check on the progress of the East Coast Greenway..." more

Tech Making Travel Safer

11/9/14

Detroit, MI - "Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing in front of them. Bicycles and cars that communicate with traffic lights..." more

Amsterdam Gets World's First Solar Bike Path

11/8/14

"Every morning, around 2,000 cyclists commute along a bike path between the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer. But beginning next week, that stretch of bike trail will be serving two purposes: shuttling cyclists and generating electricity." more...

London's "Japanese fan" Footbridge Opens to the Public

11/7/14

UK - "A footbridge over a canal is not usually something that would attract attention for being an architectural spectacle..." more

Burbs Drawing Homebuyers with Walkable, Town-Center Design

11/7/14

"Master-planned communities and suburban models that once dominated homebuilding are shifting to include walkable, compact town centers..." more

How Livable Are Our Cities?

"An international study has devised a new measure for the "livability" of major cities across the world..." more

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Another Assault on Biker on Metropolitan Branch Trail

D.C. - "A bicyclist was attacked on the Metropolitan Branch Trail on Wednesday night by a robber who got away with just $5." more...

Man Chases, Threatens Woman on Bike Trail

11/7/14

CA - "A 47-year-old man was arrested Friday morning after he was accused of chasing and threatening a woman walking along the American Rive bike trail near California State University, Sacramento." more...

Husband Sues Forest Preserve District in Bicycling Death

IL - "The husband of the Chicago stage actress who died in September when a tree fell on her while she rode her bike through Erickson Woods is suing the Forest Preserve District of Cook County." more...

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Cleveland Towpath Heading for Finish Line

Cleveland, OH - "...The 101-mile recreational trail stretching from Tuscarawas County to Cleveland's Flats will be complete in 2020, with the Cleveland section having a 2019 expected completion date." more...

Progress Continues on Pickaway Trail

Circleville, OH - "The Pickaway County Park District is continuing to work toward its goal to have a trail across Pickaway County." more...

Temporary Closures Possible on Stillwater Trail

11/7/14

Dayton, OH - "Starting Nov 12 we will be completing a bridge repair project on the Stillwater Bikeway near Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark. This project will cause temporary closures of the bikeway. The closures should be minimal and will only be in place for short amounts of time while certain parts of the project are completed. The work is expected to be completed before November 21."

Source: metroparks.org

North Royalton Considers Sidewalks, Bike Paths

North Royalton, OH - "The city is launching a study to determine where it should build sidewalks and bike paths -- and it's seeking input from residents." more...

The Economic Case for a New Chicago Area Trail

11/7/14

IL - "Steve Buchtel pitched the 26-mile Cal-Sag Trail, which will stitch together disparate suburbs of Chicago, as offering benefits beyond recreation." more...

Will DC Repeal Its Unfair Treatment for Injured Cyclists & Peds?

"In Washington, DC, if a driver crashes into a person on foot or on a bike, and that person walking or biking is deemed to be even 1 percent at fault, he or she cannot collect any damages from insurance." more...

The Best Thing About a Bike-Friendly City Isn't the Bikes

"...When U.S. city officials visit the cities of Northern Europe with PeopleForBikes, the sheer volume of ordinary people going about their lives on bikes is captivating. But it's not the quantity of bicycles that makes us look to Northern Europe for inspiration. It's the quality of the cities." more...

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New Plan For Wasson Way

Cincinnati, OH - "...a new land-use study completed in October could pave the way for the line to be developed into a multi-modal corridor for pedestrians, cyclists and, eventually, light rail users." more...

Wayne National Forest Plans for More Trails

Athens County, OH - "...The Wayne National Forest offers over 440 miles of multiple-use trails, which include ATV, off-highway motorcycle, horse, mountain bike and hiking trails..." more

State Grants will Help Link 4 Trails

PA - "Longtime supporters of regional hiking and biking trails are excited about a $200,000 state grant that will link four trails about 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh near Freeport." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

11/7/14

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Approaching 1M Bike Trips Over Fremont Bridge

11/6/14

Seattle, WA - "Despite work on the Fremont Bridge that has at times restricted access to sidewalks in recent months, the city is still on track to reach one million bike trips across the bridge in 2014. But it will likely come down to the wire." more...

Should Cars & Bikes be Separated?

11/6/14

"...Many city planners are now trying to separate motorists and cyclists as more and more people take to two wheels." more...

Speedy Road Design Undermines Safety

11/6/14

"Despite gradual improvements, the U.S. is falling behind its peers in terms of traffic safety. Making matters worse, our nation's most vulnerable road users-pedestrians and cyclists-make up a growing share of traffic fatalities in recent years..." more

Group Pushes for Greenway Planning Funds

11/5/14

NY - "Plans for a Hudson River Greenway took a small step forward on Oct. 30 as members of Community Board (CB) 8's Special Committee for the Greenway met to discuss the controversial biking and hiking path along the river from Manhattan to the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Yonkers." more...

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Tallgrass Trail Extension Now Open

11/5/14

Marion, OH - "The newest section of the Tallgrass Trail is now open for walkers, runners, and bikers, according to the Marion County Park District..." more

Walkable Neighborhoods Should be Part of Future Development

11/5/14

Columbus, OH - "It makes sense for central Ohio communities to grow inward instead of outward, building walkable neighborhoods for the growing number of singles and empty nesters seeking that kind of housing." more...

Cars on the Hudson River Greenway

NYC - "The Hudson River Greenway is supposed to be a place where New Yorkers can walk and bike without fear of being hit by motorists. But this is not the case, as regular greenway users are well aware..." more

Arlington's Bluemont to get Road Diet

VA - "Arlington County is putting Wilson Boulevard on a road diet. The stretch of Wilson west of the Ballston Metro that serves as the Bluemont neighborhood's de facto main street will shrink from four lanes to three plus bike lanes." more...

Bike Infrastructure Increases Bike Commutes & Improves Health

"The number of people commuting by bike has increased by 60% over the past decade, but until now, the increase has not been closely tied to a supportive city infrastructure..." more

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Planning Commission Modifies Lake-to-Lakes Trail Design

11/5/14

Shaker Heights, OH - "The debate continued Tuesday over what kind of flashing lights -- yellow or red -- to install at Fairhill Road and East 127th Street for the connector on the Lake-to-Lakes Trail." more...

Columbus Approves $4.2 Million to Link Camp Chase Trail

11/4/14

Columbus, OH - "...The City Council unanimously approved the contract with the Righter Company last night." more...

Columbus Bike-Friendly Plans Moving Forward

11/3/14

Columbus, OH - "Mayor Coleman is taking legislation to council on a long-awaited project on a major segment of the Ohio to Erie Trail." more...

Student Stabbed, Robbed on Bike Trail

11/3/14

NH - "A Keene State College student suffered a minor stab wound in an armed robbery on the bike path that runs between the campus and the Riverside Plaza, police said." more...

Chicago Getting Raised Cycle Track

11/3/14

Chicago, IL - "...Raising the bike path up to the sidewalk's level also circumvented the Illinois Department of Transportation's ban on protected bike lanes along state routes like Roosevelt - also known as Illinois Route 38. This treatment is common in Europe, but is still rare in the United States." more...

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It's Official: Cincy Changes Gears on Bike Plan

11/3/14

Cincinnati, OH - "The city of Cincinnati withdrew its application for a $4.3 million federal grant to build another segment of the Ohio River bike trail, money that will now be returned to the state to reallocate." more...

Council Considers Final Link of Camp Chase Trail

11/3/14

Columbus, OH - "Columbus is spending $4.2 million to complete one of the final links of the Camp Chase multiuse trail that will connect the West Side to Downtown through Sullivant Avenue." more...

Metro Parks Crime Statistics Reported

11/3/14

Columbus, OH - "...So far this year, rangers have taken more than 340 reports... Only nine were classified as assaults. Just a few fit the scenario that trail users fear most - a random attack." more...

Preservation Parks Gets $400K for Meredith State Trail

Delaware County - "Preservation Parks of Delaware County will receive a $429,170 grant to construct a 1.6-mile trail that will be part of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail." more...

Knoxville Area Gets New Cycling Resource

11/2/14

Knoxville, TN - "As the Knoxville area becomes increasingly bicycle friendly, a new and free online resource is helping connect East Tennesseans to the great outdoors." more...

New Shared Street Concept Coming to Chicago

Chicago, IL - "Chicago is about to take a gamble on a four-block stretch of town where drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are all equal..." more

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MTB Trails Coming To Summit Metroparks

Summit County, OH - "Summit Metro Parks is slowly moving to add mountain biking to the Hampton Hills Metro Park." more...

What to do With Abandoned Tracks in Queens?

11/2/14

Queens, NY- "In the past year, proposed uses for the old Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) right-of-way between Rego Park and Ozone Park, abandoned since 1962, have received much media attention." more...

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Licking County Tax Rebates for Bike Path Property

Newark, OH - "County officials are rebating $906 in property taxes for 12 residents of the Lakewood School district who own property alongside the bike path." more...

Milestone for Chance-of-a-Lifetime Trail

11/1/14

New Zealand - "...So enraptured by the scenery, she told Mike the trail needed to go around the mountains. People could not afford to miss out on what they were experiencing." more...

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Grad Student Develops Cincy Bike Map

Cincinnati, OH - "...The Cincinnati Bike Map not only charts bike trails, but includes everything from bike shops and public transportation hubs to water fountains and grocery stores..." more

Athens to Move Forward With Bike Path Spur

Athens, OH - "A recent grant award from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund means the city of Athens will more than likely move forward with construction of the Columbus Road bike path spur in 2015." more...

Great Miami Trail Section Closing on Monday

10/31/14

Hamilton, OH - "Great Miami River Recreational Trail (Bike path) from Lodders Park to Fairview Avenue and the Parking Lot at the West End of Fairview Avenue will be closed to pedestrian and bicycling from Monday, Nov. 3, until Monday, Nov. 17..." more

OTE Concludes Director Nominations

10/31/14

"Nominations have now closed for Ohio to Erie Trail Board of Directors for the term beginning January 1, 2015. We sincerely appreciate the interest of all potential candidates who applied. Please watch our website for news of our new slate of Directors, to be announced soon..." more

Ohio AAA Considering Roadside Assistance for Cyclists

10/31/14

Cleveland, OH - "Ohio chapters of auto club AAA are gauging interest in providing emergency roadside assistance for bicyclists in the state, an Ohio spokeswoman said." more...

Study Uncovers What Makes Bicyclists Stop at Red Lights

10/31/14

OR - "...a study that found that (as we reported last year) 94 percent of observed bike users in Oregon stopped for red lights, a Portland State University civil engineering student has also found that every additional person waiting next to you on a bike makes you 78 percent less likely to run the light on your own bike." more...

Courts, Not Cops, at the Core of Bike Theft Neglect

10/31/14

OR - "...bike theft doesn't get penalized because a bike can be the most important object in someone's life even though it's only worth $50." more...

FirstEnergy Donates $5k to Towpath Companion

10/30/14

Akron, OH - "The FirstEnergy Foundation has donated $5,000 to the Ohio & Erie Canalway Corridor to assist with publishing the organization's Towpath Companion, an award-winning guidebook for hikers and bicyclists along the 101-mile trail." more...

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Transit Users Left Out of ODOT Public Meeting

10/30/14

"...While the gathering has good intention, it fails to meet the basic criteria of planning a public involvement meeting..." more

Cincy Bike Plan Controversy Continues

Cincinnati, OH - "Only a few miles separate Cincinnati from the rest of Ohio's bike trails, but now an old plan to link them is getting rerouted." more...

Ribbon Cutting for Completed Towpath in Massillon Nov. 12

Massillon, OH - "A ribbon pulling is set for 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12 on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Viaduct to celebrate the final Towpath Trail connection through Massillon." more...

Dealing With Damaging Tree Roots Along the OTE

"...Tree roots are growing under the portion of the Ohio To Erie bike path that runs through Madison County. In some places, those roots are heaving up the asphalt, creating bumps that can catch cyclists off guard and off balance." more...

Engineering Firms Vying for Whiskey Island Bridge Design Job

Cleveland, OH - "Four engineering teams are vying to complete the design for a new pedestrian bridge on the eastern end of Whiskey Island that will help complete the Lake Link Trail and connect Ohio City and Cleveland's West Side directly to Wendy Park on Lake Erie." more...

Adapting To A New Culture Of Cycling

10/30/14

"...there is much to be done to safely incorporate cyclists onto our roadways..." more

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Intermittent Closures on Iron Horse Trail

Kettering, OH - "The Iron Horse Multi-Use Trail may be temporarily closed between Whipp and Rahn Roads from 11/03/14 to 11/07/14 for the removal of dead ash trees. Crews are scheduled to work 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday."

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Update on Traverse City's Vasa Snow Bike Trail

10/29/14

MI - "With a snowflake appearing on the Traverse City weather forecast this week, and for the first time this season, we figured we'd better check in with the snow bike people..." more

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Study Exposes Bias in Transportation System Design

Denver, CO - "Roads built for cars - bikes, pedestrians, public transit ignored." more...

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Is Cincy About to Throw Away $4.3M Trail Grant?

Cincinnati, OH - "Five members of Cincinnati City Council have signed a motion directing the city's transportation officials to focus on a bike trail that will run along the Oasis Rail Line and not one along the Ohio River." more...

Oxford Gets $500k for Trails

Oxford, OH - "... the Oxford Trails group has spent the past decade working toward the building of scenic, multi-use recreational trails around Oxford. The funds, awarded by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will go toward the first phase of these plans." more...

Thinking Big: The 750-Mile Trail "Circuit"

10/29/14

NJ, PA - "...The Circuit is a planned 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails in the Greater Philadelphia region, 450 miles of which already exist..." more

4-Lane Death Roads Should Be Illegal

10/28/14

MN - "...Death RoadT is what I call 4-lane streets that have been shoehorned into a narrow right-of-way in an urban area. If you bike or walk around Minneapolis or Saint Paul, you can recognize a Death RoadT in an instant..." more

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Bike Boom Has Been Fantastic for Bike Safety

10/28/14

"...As dedicated bike infrastructure has boosted U.S. ridership, risk has plummeted 78 percent." more...

Crowdfunding for Protected Bike Lane Design

10/28/14

Denver, CO - "The Downtown Denver Partnership hopes to gather enough donations via a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the design of a new protected bike lane in the city." more...

Some Durango Trails Facing Closure

Durango, CO - "A passionate group of residents met with city officials Monday to discuss the future of many steep and eroding trails in the city's open space." more...

Man Ticketed for Painting Speed Limit on Street

PA - "A Pennsylvania man who admits to spray painting the speed limit of his town's Main St. vows to fight his ticket." more...

MAP 21 Extended Through May 2015

"The current federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) was a two-year bill that started on October 1, 2012. Two years later, MAP-21 was set to expire on October 1, 2014 but has received a slight extension through May 31, 2015..." more

'Fearless' Transportation Ideas Discussed in Portland

10/28/14

Portland, OR - "If you want to figure out how to move a city's people around in a way that does not bow to dominant, auto-centric power structures and paradigms, you've got to have guts..." more

How Not to Build a Parklet

10/28/14

San Francisco, CA - "...A lot of downtown SF has reached the point that its sidewalks are pretty much crowded all day. Nowhere is that more true than Powell Street..." more

Making Room for Transit can Make Better Streets for All

10/27/14

"...Giving transit a place on our busy streets can be a hard sell, especially when it means displacing cars. But a recent trip to Minneapolis shows how it can create better places for everyone, including drivers." more

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New Trail to Connect With O & E Towpath

10/27/14

Wadsworth, OH - "A new two-mile bike trail will connect downtown Wadsworth to the 85-mile Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail that runs from Tuscarawas County to Cuyahoga County." more...

Towpath Section Closes Oct. 27

10/27/14

CVNP, OH - "The National Park Service (NPS) announces the closure of the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) from Lock 29 Trailhead to Route 303 in Peninsula, from Oct. 37 to Dec. 19.

"A detour is provided through the Village of Peninsula..." more

NY Announces $70M for 68 Bike & Ped Projects

10/27/14

NY - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced approximately $70 million in awards to fund 68 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation projects in New York. The projects, funded by the Federal Highway Administration and which leverage a total investment of $103.7 million, will promote walking and biking, and boost tourism and economic development opportunities in dozens of communities across the state." more...

Alta Buyout a Done Deal; Citi Bike Fleet to Double

10/27/14

NYC - "...Rubinstein reported that REQX plans to double the size of the Citi Bike fleet to 12,000 bikes. In July, the expansion was rumored to reach up to 145th Street in Manhattan and into western Queens and another ring of Brooklyn neighborhoods..." more

The Future of Trails in Washington

10/27/14

WA - "...More than 300 people turned out to the (biennial) Washington State Trails Conference (WSTC) in Bellingham recently..." more

'Bicyclist Safety' Report Gets it Wrong

10/27/14

"A report released by the Governor's Highway Safety Association Monday is a perfect example of what can go wrong when safety experts get stuck behind their own windshields." more...

25 Mph Bill Signed in Gotham

10/27/14

NYC - "It's official. This morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio, surrounded by administration appointees, elected officials from the City Council and state legislature, and families of traffic violence victims, signed legislation that lowers New York City's default speed limit to 25 mph. The law takes effect November 7." more...

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Building the NCIT in Bellevue

10/27/14

Bellevue, OH - "For some time we had tried to convince landowners to allow the continuation of the bike trail into Bellevue from where it currently ends without success. At the end of 2012, the administration decided to take the strategy of bringing the trail into town on U.S. Route 20..." more

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Submitted by Josh Wyrick

Accessing the Bike Trail to Nowhere

10/26/14

Pierce County, WA - "A 1.3-mile section of Pierce County's scenic Foothills National Recreation Trail is paved, bridged and waiting for cyclists, hikers and horse riders. There's just one hitch - there's no good way to get to it." more...

Strong Support for Cross State Bike Trail

FL - "Anyone who doubts the changing perception of bike trails in Florida needs only to look at the Coast to Coast Connector." more...

Aging Baby Boomers Could Help Push Walkable Infrastructure

"...Transportation walking among seniors, as well as recreation or exercise, is also on the rise." more...

Half of Austrailians Would Cycle to Work if They Were Paid

10/26/14

"Heart Foundation says a European-style ride-to-work cycle scheme would boost bicycle use and reduce healthcare costs." more...

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Towpath Trail gets Grant For Tremont Construction

10/24/14

Cleveland, OH - "A $500,000 state grant has fallen into place to keep the newest section of the Towpath Trail along the Cuyahoga River -- a one-mile stretch in Tremont -- on schedule for a construction start next fall." more...

LAB Not Interested in Tackling Cherokee Schill Case

10/24/14

"...We have chosen not to actively support Cherokee Schill's case. That's not because we don't believe in her right to the road..." more

Doral Bike Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

10/24/14

Doral, FL - "...cyclists are giving the plan mixed reviews. They're excited about some of the paths - those that aren't part of a regular street. They're not so happy about other paths - so called 'sharrows...'" more

Cyclist Taken Down in Road By Another Rider

London, UK - "...the last thing you expect commuting across the capital is to be deliberately knocked off your bike by another rider..." more

Are Protected Bike Lanes Safer?

10/24/14

"...Anecdotally, I feel that protected bike lanes could prove to be more dangerous..." more

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Ohio Recreational Trails to Receive $1.68M

10/24/14

Columbus, OH - "The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced that 16 recreational trails in Ohio have been selected to receive more than $1.68 million in federal funds through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)." more...

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Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Short Term Closures For Olentangy & Scioto Trails

10/24/14

Columbus, OH - "...[Olentangy Trail] construction will begin on November 3rd. As a reminder, the project will take place South of Broad Meadows Bridge and North of Bethel Road..." more

Strong Opinions Offered as CVNP Considers Mountain Bikes

"Mountain bikers are thrilled at the prospect. But a few other people are downright cranky about the possibility that the National Park Service might open 10-plus miles of looping, narrow, unpaved trails to mountain bikes in Cuyahoga Valley National Park." more...

5 Local Rec Trails Get Federal Funding

10/24/14

Dayton, OH - "...One grant will restore a stone walkway across the top of a dam spanning Yellow Springs Creek in the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, which is owned by Antioch College." more...

New Bremen Snags $94,472 State Trails Grant

10/24/14

New Bremen, OH - "A project to connect a Kuenning-Dicke Natural Area trail to the Miami and Erie Canal towpath got a big financial boost this week from the state." more...

Updates Coming to Coastal Corridor

10/24/14

Northern OH - "...By late spring, officials plan to update their plan for the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail - a 293-mile passageway guiding motorists, bicyclists and the like near scenic lakeside features and historic monuments..." more

Will Seattle's Helmet Law Hurt Its New Bike-Share System?

10/24/14

Seattle, WA - "...this bike-share launch is a little more complicated than most, because Seattle has a mandatory helmet law for riders of all ages. Riding a bike in Seattle without the proper head gear can land you an $81 ticket." more...

Latest Bike-Friendly Univeristy List

10/24/14

"Twenty-five institutions of higher learning earned passing grades to achieve a spot on the League of American Bicyclists list of Bicycle Friendly Universities this fall." more...

Paintings in National Parks Cause Uproar

10/24/14

Salt Lake City, UT - "A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online." more...

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Black Ridge Connector Receives Grant

Oxford, OH - "The Oxford Area Trails group in conjunction with the City of Oxford, Oxford Township, Miami University, Oxford Visitors Bureau, Oxford Museum Association and Metro Parks of Butler County are the recipient of the Clean Ohio Grant in the amount of $500,000." more...

Local Trails Get New Mile Markers

Cincinnati, OH - "Four paved trails will receive new mile markers this week, helping first responders locate injured trail users more quickly." more...

Summit County Parks to Improve Oxbow Trail

Akron, OH - "...The new project also calls for paving the parking lot and trail plus adding a heated year-round restroom and drinking water." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/24/14

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Woman Dies After Savage Bike Trail Attack

CAN - "A woman in her 20s died this morning after she was savagely beaten on a bike path in Longueuil, Que." more...

4,000 Rides in First Week for Seattle Bike Share

Seattle, WA - "Just a week in and Seattle's bike-share program has clocked roughly 4,000 rides with its stable of 500 bikes and netted 1,450 memberships..." more

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Tallgrass Trail Length to Double, Thanks to $500K Grant

Marion, OH - "Just as the paving project of Marion's all-purpose trail nears its completion, officials are ready to plan the next phase that will double the length of the trail." more...

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Submitted by Dan Sheridan

Olentangy Trail to Close for 18 Months in 2020

Worthington, OH - "A portion of the Olentangy bikeway likely will be closed for 18 months when the interchange at Interstate 270 and state Route 315 is constructed." more...

Mill Creek Connector Bridge to be set Next Month

Cleveland, OH - "With the addition of nearly 1.25 miles of trail, area walkers, bikers and runners will have improved access to the Mill Creek Valley, a lesser-known scenic urban waterway, by spring of next year." more...

Westlake Residents "Wish List" for Recreation, Parks

Westlake, OH - "...The meeting was the the second, community-wide workshop since planning began in earnest in May. During that time, city consultant Brandstetter Carroll Inc. has surveyed residents about what they want, and a steering committee has added its input." more...

Bicyclists' Rights in Kentucky

10/23/14

KY - "...Kentucky, like several other states, does not provide clear rules for bicyclists, or the motorists who share the road with bicyclists..." more

Multi-Modal Seattle Race During Rush Hour; Who Wins?

10/22/14

Seattle, WA - "Using a Pronto Bike, a Personal Bike, a Cab, a Bus, a Car, and Our Own Two Feet." more...

Safe Routes to School Programs Boost Walking & Biking 30%

10/22/14

"...A study published in this quarter's Journal of the American Planning Association found that over time, SRTS programs produce significant increases in the share of children who walk or bike to school..." more

Livable Streets Guru Visits San Francisco

10/21/14

San Francisco, CA - "This weekend, San Francisco was treated to a visit by Enrique Peñalosa, the livable streets visionary who spearheaded a transportation revolution as mayor of Bogotá, Colombia by championing ideas like car-free streets..." more

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Red Line Greenway Dream Moves Closer to Reality

10/21/14

Cleveland, OH - "RTA board members voted Tuesday to collaborate with the Cleveland Metroparks and the Rotary Club of Cleveland on a study of a proposed greenway trail that would extend from West 65th Street to downtown Cleveland.

"The Red Line Greenway is a long-held dream of members of the Rotary Club of Cleveland... more

Police Recover Cross-Continent Cyclists' Stolen Bikes / Gear

Mt. Vernon, WA - "Two months after a pair of Australian cyclists riding from Alaska to South America had their bikes and gear stolen from outside a Mount Vernon restaurant, police have arrested a married couple suspected to be responsible." more...

A Comparison of Portland & Dutch Transport Choices

10/21/14

"...Rotterdam - the Netherlands' second-largest city, it has almost exactly the population of Portland - we can get a useful look inside the differences and similarities between our country's bike-friendliest major city and our planet's bike-friendliest country." more...

Bike-on-Sidewalk Tickets Most Common in Black and Latino Communities

10/21/14

NYC - "Of all the possible ways to break the law on a bicycle, pedaling on the sidewalk ought to be one of the most sympathetic." more...

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CVNP Seeking Input on MTB Trail Proposal

CVNP, OH - "The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking public comment on a proposal to allow mountain biking in designated areas." more...

Olmsted Twp. Residents Provide Input on Sidewalks, Bike Trail

Olmsted, OH - "...with the demographics of the southern half of the township being in the 25-44 year old range, there's a growing need - and demand - for sidewalks and bike paths for recreational purposes." more...

Bicyclist Killed in Clintonville Had 'a Servant's Heart'

10/21/14

Clintonville, OH - "For most of his life, D'Juan McCreary saw the world in darkness." more...

Bomb Squad Disarms Tripwire Device Found on Trail

10/20/14

Portland, OR - "The Portland Police called in the bomb squad Saturday night to disarm an explosive device connected to a tripwire strung across a trail that leads into Forest Park." more...

Portland Needs to Protect Bicyclists During Road Construction

10/20/14

"A construction project is currently blocking that entire right lane where all the bicycle riders are, forcing people into a mixed-zone environment with only humans as traffic calming measures." more...

How Walkable Communities Are Good for Us

10/20/14

"We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too." more...

Intersection Designs That Prioritize Pedestrians

"Crosswalks and signals are supposed to make walkers safe as they step off the curb, but a tragic example from New York City last month shows that pedestrian infrastructure just isn't enough..." more

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Cincy Bike Share Exceeding Expectations

Cincinnati, OH - "Cincy Red Bikes have been used more than expected since organizers rolled out the system four weeks ago." more...

What Price for Killing a Bicyclist?

10/20/14

Rockwell City, IA - "According to Iowa law, Shawn Gosch's life was worth about $1,500 - or $3,500 less than the bicycle he was riding this year when a car hit and killed him on a rural highway." more...

Millennials Favoring Transportation Alternatives

10/18/14

"Young Americans are just not into driving the way their elders are or did at their age. They are less likely to own cars or use cars..." more

Majority of Americans Are Multi-Modal

"New data show a clear mobility "continuum" from car-only to car-less." more...

Time for Hong Kong to get on its Bike?

10/18/14

"Authorities say city's urban areas are too congested for cycle paths, yet London, where roads are just as busy, is building Europe's longest." more...

Kid Unfriendly Streets

NYC - "Walking down the street shouldn't mean risking your life. But that is the case at this Brooklyn intersection..." more

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Dallas to Fort Worth Trail Taking Shape

TX - "...Back in December, Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price started the ball rolling on an idea to connect 30 miles of existing bike trails in Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Irving and Dallas with a proposed 34 miles of additional trails..." more

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Bicyclist Killed in Crash With Bus

10/18/14

Clintonville, OH - "Columbus police are investigating a crash involving a COTA bus that killed a bicyclist last night on the North Side." more...

Trail Construction News Brief

10/17/14

Aberdeen, OH - "...In Brown County, a shared use bike and walking path is being constructed along U.S. 52, between Huntington Avenue and Elm Street in Aberdeen, Ohio..." more

NE Ohio Parks Providing "Tangible & Intangible" Benefits

10/16/14

"Numbers jump off the page in a big-picture consideration of Cleveland Metroparks, Geauga Park District, Lake Metroparks and Lorain County Metro Parks..." more

#1 North Lake Shore Drive Request: Separate Bike, Pedestrian Trails

10/16/14

Chicago, IL - "This week, the Redefine the Drive study team listed the most requested improvements (PDF) that Chicagoans want to see as part of the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive..." more

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Wasson Way Land Use Study Results

Cincinnati, OH - "...The study's findings and recommendations offer the clearest guidance to-date as to how to proceed with redeveloping the abandoned freight rail corridor..." more

Bike Share Looking to Take Hold in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH - "...Carson, sponsor of a recently launched bike-sharing program that offers rental bikes at six self-serve locations in Ohio City, saw a man outside his Lorain Avenue brewery eyeing the lineup of bicycles locked to the station there..." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/17/14

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Greenway Trail Ribbon Cutting Oct. 25

10/16/14

Mayfield, OH - "The village will mark the official opening of its Greenway Trail with a ribbon-cutting ceremony later this month..." more

Bridge Project Nearing Completion

10/16/14

Avon, OH - "...The project, which widened the bridge and added sidewalks and bike paths on both sides, was in the works since 2010..." more

Ambitious Elevated Park-Over-River Concept

10/16/14

D.C. - "Scott Kratz had a successful career in museum education until he stumbled upon a new calling: building an ambitious, elevated park over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C." more...

Atlanta Trail Network Taking Shape

10/16/14

Atlanta, GA - "...The massive Beltline trail and an impressive grid of protected lanes that will connect the trail system to key urban destinations are poised to remake transportation in the city that anchors the country's ninth-largest metro area..." more

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Consultants Hired to Study Connecting Cincy Bike Trails

Cincinnati, OH - "Interact for Health... has given $186,000 to another nonprofit to analyze the best way to connect existing and planned bike and hike trails in greater Cincinnati." more...

Women Struck, Killed Walking Along Miami Trail Lane

Colerain Twp., OH - "Patricia Lutz and her daughter Jessica walked in the dusk Sunday evening near their home on Miami Trail Lane..." more

Piqua Earns Trail Town Designation

Piqua, OH - "The City of Piqua is pleased to announce the Buckeye Trail Association and North Country Trail Association have designated Piqua a Trail Town. Piqua is only the fourth community in Ohio to Attain Trail Town status..." more

25 mph Speed Limit Coming to Gotham

10/15/14

NYC - "With less than a month to go before the speed limit drops from 30 to 25 miles per hour in New York City, officials are launching a public awareness campaign..." more

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Awards Mini-Grants

10/15/14

PA - "...The purpose of the mini-grant program is to advance public and private efforts to connect people with the natural and cultural resources of the Susquehanna and promote a sustainable and healthy environment..." more

Woman Attacked on Trail, Sex Offender Arrested

10/14/14

Menanads, NY - "A convicted sex offender has been charged with stalking and sexually assaulting a woman." more

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New Bluffton Trail Only Part of the Story

Bluffton, OH - "When the Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway opens on Oct. 21 it is not the first step nor last in creating a bike and walking path that encircles Bluffton." more...

Plan to Turn a Queens Railway Into a Park

10/14/14

NY - "What use is an abandoned railway, its rusted tracks overgrown with invasive vines, snaking past split-level houses, big-box stores and forested parkland?" more...

Chicago's Most Dangerous Intersections for Peds

10/14/14

Chicago, IL - "On the same day that a new report is out on how young adults are shifting away from the automobile, the Active Transportation Alliance is releasing its list of the 10 most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in Chicago..." more

Big Ideas for Bike Advocacy

10/14/14

"Imagine putting all of the brightest minds in bicycling advocacy in the same room to hear what they had to say? That's what is happening at the National Bike Summit this year." more...

Advocacy Group Pushes for a People-Friendly Oakland

10/13/14

Oakland, CA - "A group of planning-savvy Oakland residents and workers has formed Transport Oakland to advocate for sustainable transportation and livable streets." more...

Copenhagen's Piles of Bicycles

10/13/14

"Copenhagen is one of the best places in the world to be a cyclist but there is a downside - thousands of parked bicycles..." more

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Goodale Bike Ramp Construction Back on Track

10/13/14

Columbus, OH - "The Goodale Street bike-ramp opening was delayed when a key support beam sagged under the weight of wet concrete, but officials say it should open before the end of the year." more...

Suburban Pittsburgh Leaders Push for Bike Lanes

Pittsburgh, PA - "Emulating Pittsburgh, leaders in Ross and other suburbs hope to make their communities a safe haven for bicyclists and pedestrians." more...

Dallas Bike Lane Network Has Growing Pains

10/13/14

Dallas, TX - "With 16-plus miles of bike lanes already built - and another 55 miles in the works - Dallas' on-street bike network is starting to come together. And with that comes some growing pains." more...

Bryce Canyon National Park Considers Bike Path

10/12/14

UT - "...recent efforts to build a multi-use visitor path leading to the park and continuing on to some of its most popular viewpoints could give people a new way to take in the scenery." more...

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Bluffton Bike Path Dedication Oct. 21

10/11/14

Bluffton, OH - "The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the Lions Way Bike and Pedestrian Pathway at 4 p.m Oct. 21 at the Comfort Inn, 117 Commerce Lane..." more

Bike Share Coming to Dayton

Dayton, OH - "Following in Cincinnati's trail, Dayton is getting a bike share program." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Seattle Bike Share Goes Live

10/12/14

Seattle, WA - "Seattle's Pronto Cycle Share system will be ready to roll by Monday afternoon with 500 bicycles available at 50 stations scattered between the International District and University of Washington." more...

St. Pete Teen Slain on Pinellas Trail Bridge

10/11/14

St. Petersburg, FL - "On Saturday afternoon a legion of cyclists rode up the pedestrian bridge where the Pinellas Trail crosses 34th Street South, rolling past the spot where a teen was shot dead hours earlier." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/10/14

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Lobbyists Out to Stop London Segregated Cycle Plans

10/10/14

London, UK - "The main political parties and 60 big employers support 'Crossrail for bikes' - yet behind the scenes there are intense efforts to poison the project, says Chris Boardman." more...

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Trail Town Program Moving in Right Direction

10/11/14

PA - "Bicyclists and hikers using the Great Allegheny Passage in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette and Somerset counties have more signs telling trail users where they are, the distance to the next town and pointing them to where they can find amenities..." more

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Ohio's 1st Protected Bike Lane Attracting New Riders

Cincinnati, OH - "The Central Parkway cycle track provides a new protected, on-street route for bike travel between downtown and neighborhoods to the north..." more

Consultant to Assess Olentangy Trail Extension

10/11/14

Columbus, OH - "Metro Parks is hiring a consultant to help determine the best route for extending the Olentangy Greenways Trail in northern Franklin County and southern Delaware County." more...

U.S. DOT Releases New Guidelines for Safer Streets

10/10/14

"...This week, U.S. DOT released a new guide for transportation professionals it calls Bikesafe. The online resource includes recommendations for state departments of transportation and local governments on how to make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians." more...

Demonstration of How Bikes Reduce Traffic Jams

10/9/14

"In Latvia, as part of International Car Free Day, some cyclists went to a lot of trouble to tangibly demonstrate one huge difference between bikes and cars: the amount of space they take up on the road." more...

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Woman Sexually Assaulted, Set on Fire on Blacklick Trail

Columbus, OH - "A woman who was out for a walk on a sunny fall afternoon was dragged into bushes off a Far East Side trail, sexually attacked and set on fire yesterday, authorities say." more...

Off-Road Vehicles Damage Trail

Urbana, OH - "Off-rode vehicles riding on the $800,000 Simon Kenton Trail extension from Bellefontaine to Urbana have damaged nearly two thirds of the trail and delayed completion of the project." more...

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Planning Commission Holds Off on Trail Recommendation

Shaker Heights, OH - "The City Planning Commission plans to review input from a third public meeting held Tuesday (Oct. 7) on the proposed Lake-to-Lakes Trail connector before making a recommendation next month." more...

Floating Bike Lane Proposed for London River

10/10/14

"Bike lanes are wonderful things, but those pesky cars and drivers want to keep that space where the bike lanes want to be. So designers keep trying to come up with ideas to create bicycle highways that separate the bikes from the cars. In London, the ideas are particularly imaginative..." more

MI DOT Planning Protected Bike Lane

10/9/14

Kalamazoo, MI - "...What makes this project especially unusual is that it is being led jointly by the city of Kalamazoo and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Generally, state DOTs have been obstacles to protected bike lanes, not leaders..." more

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Liberty Twp. Seeks Donations for Bike Trail

Liberty Twp., OH - "Lacking the funding necessary to complete a comprehensive bike and pedestrian trail system in Liberty Township, the Bike Path Committee is seeking the help of residents." more...

Indy Bikeshare Beats Denver

10/9/14

"Indianapolis greener than Denver? Who would have believed it?" more...

Bike-Friendly Store Prepares to Expand

10/8/14

Portland, OR - "The "healthy convenience store" startup founded by the former CEO of New Seasons Market says it's exceeded its sales expectations thanks in part to even more non-car traffic than expected." more...

Why Narrower Streets are Safer

10/8/14

"If you could change one thing about your city, to make it a safer and more pleasant place, what would you pick?" more...

Are Their Differences Between Peds & Motorists Brains?

10/8/14

"You are probably familiar with paper maps, computer maps, GPS maps, but are you as familiar with the map inside your brain?" more...

Detroit Needs a Bike-Friendly Culture

10/7/14

"Cities of the future will be accessible, people-friendly and have healthy inhabitants. That's what we want for Detroit..." more

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Explosive Device Found in Gorge Metro Park

10/7/14

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - "...On Sunday, the Summit County Sheriff's Bomb Squad came out and found an improvised explosive device about a half mile down the trail." more...

Wolf Creek Bikeway Construction Update

10/7/14

Dayton, OH - "The work on the trail has now resumed - beginning with the application of the gravel berm on both sides of the new asphalt. That is expected to be completed by October 3. Installation of the new ADA-compliant curb ramp/street crossings is scheduled to start Wednesday, October 8, and be completed by October 15..." more

Saint Paul's 8-80 Vitality Fund Concept

10/7/14

St. Paul, MN - "...The goal, he said, is to 'create places where people feel safe to walk and bike, businesses feel confident in investing, and all means of transit and travel, including cars, work harmoniously together.'" more...

Bike Clinics Tune Up Camden Neighborhoods

10/7/14

NJ - "A green box of a trailer attached to a purple bike rolls through a neighborhood in Camden, N.J., on a hot summer morning. It's only 11 a.m., but the sun is already at full strength." more...

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Western Reserve Greenway Construction

10/6/14

Warren, OH - "...The [2.1-mile phase 3] Greenway project, which runs between Champion Avenue East in Champion and North River Road near the Trumbull County Engineer's Office in Warren, should be finished by the second week of November." more...

Simon Kenton Trail Progress

Bellefontaine, OH - "...the bike path is about 75 percent done. When finished, the path will connect bike trails from Bellefontaine to Cincinnati." more

Parking Changes on Long, Spring Streets Worry Some Businesses

Columbus, OH - "The city's plan to shuffle parking meters and add bicycle lanes on Long and Spring streets Downtown has some businesses worried about the future of the corridor." more...

Ameren Abandons Rail Line, Paves Way for Cross-State Trail

10/6/14

St. Louis, MO - "A move by Ameren Missouri to abandon an unused rail line is being touted by bicycle boosters as a victory for efforts to create a 145-mile, cross-state biking and hiking trail." more...

When Harassment of Bicyclists & Peds is a Crime

10/6/14

"Kansas City, Missouri, is the latest city to pass legislation prohibiting drivers from "intimidating or injuring" walkers and bikers." more...

Strategy for Getting People to Bike Needs Work

10/6/14

"Veronica O. Davis thinks "bike to work" is the wrong message." more...

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New Trailhead Planned for Hike & Bike Trail

10/5/14

Stow, OH - "A year from now, bikers and hikers using the Stow Hike and Bike Trail off Young Road may have a new trailhead, if all goes as planned." more...

Boulder Considering Complete Streets

10/5/14

Boulder, CO - "...City Council is likely to approve several tweaks aimed at allowing the city to experiment with protected bikes lanes and other unique transportation ideas." more...

Cyclist Dies on Otago Bike Trail

10/5/14

New Zealand - "The body of a 65-year-old cyclist has been recovered from a bank near an Otago cycle track today." more...

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Vote Changes Middletown-Franklin Trail Project

10/4/14

Middletown, OH - "A recent vote by Middletown City Council to provide a portion of the funding for a joint project with the city of Franklin to connect the bike path may have hit a road bump for regional cooperation." more...

Downtown Akron Installs Towpath Maps

10/3/14

Akron, OH - "...Large, detailed maps have been installed at six locations along the trail this week by the Downtown Akron Partnership." more...

Dedicated Cycle Tracks Recommended in Kalamazoo

10/3/14

Kalamazoo, MI - "Downtown Kalamazoo's busy thoroughfare could see a dedicated space for bicyclists in future years if plans unveiled Friday for a two-mile stretch of Michigan Avenue and Stadium Drive come to fruition." more...

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Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge Dedication

Piqua, OH - "The Miami County Park District [dedicated] the Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3." more...

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Bike Shop to Open in Beavercreek

Beavercreek, OH - "...Sean Reeder, a Beavercreek native who has worked in the bicycle industry in Chicago and Wisconsin for 13 years, is opening FAAST Cycles at 3888 Dayton-Xenia Road." more...

Did Missouri Mayor Intentionally Hit Cyclist?

10/3/14

"The St. Louis County Police Department has Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer with 2 felonies in connection with allegations that he intentionally ran a bicyclist off the road with his car.

"Furrer was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree property damage, according to reports in the Call online newspaper. Both charges are felonies." more...

Missouri Rail-Trail 1 Step Closer to Reality

MO - "...some wonderful news concerning our campaign to preserve the 145-mile Rock Island Line in Missouri for future conversion to a rail-trail.

"The Missouri Central Railroad Company yesterday announced its intention to undertake the necessary steps to have the corridor "railbanked," and to work with the State of Missouri to have it preserved for trail development." more...

Providence Will Transform Freeway Crossing Into Car-Free Bridge

10/3/14

Providence, RI - "Pretty soon, folks in Providence, Rhode Island, will be able to stroll casually over the Providence River on the same span once occupied by Interstate 195. Construction is set to begin in the spring on the Providence River Bridge, which will connect parks on both sides of the river." more...

Puncture Vine Causing Trail Trouble

Ogden, UT - "A prickly plant is spreading its vines along Ogden paths, causing a lot of irritation for cyclists." more...

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Why Fewer U.S. Women Cycle Than Their Dutch Counterparts

10/3/14

"American women aren't being put off by a lack of bike lanes but by lives that are disproportionately filled with domestic chores." more...

Tega Cay Bicyclist Dies After Crash on Trail

10/1/14

Fort Mill, SC - "...Ford, 59, was killed Tuesday evening when he crashed while riding his mountain bike on a trail in Baxter Village..." more

Palmetto Partners With FDOT for New Bike/Hike Trail

10/1/14

Palmetto, FL - "A new walking/biking trail in the works for Palmetto will eventually link the city's parks and improve its riverfront." more...

Can LA Learn From Pedestrian Friendly NYC?

10/1/14

"One of the major goals for Mayor Eric Garcetti is something he calls "Great Streets" - a project with the Department of Transportation to create more pedestrian-friendly streets." more...

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Public Divided on Toledo Trail Plans

Toledo, OH - "A crowd that turned out to the Tremainsville YMCA on Tuesday night to view the charts and maps of a planned 1.9-mile walking-biking trail was about equal parts worried neighbors and avid bicyclists." more...

Bicyclist Dies After Being Hit By Car

Columbus, OH - "...Columbus police said Sherman Gaskin, 54, died at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center on Friday, which was his birthday." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/2/14

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Praise & Skepticism for Eastside Greenway

9/30/14

South Euclid, OH - "Officials in Mayfield and South Euclid are praising the Eastside Greenway, a proposed network of bike paths that would intersect 17 east-side suburbs. But residents of Belvoir Boulevard, where a path is proposed to meander through the median, say it sounds like a waste of money." more...

Bicycle Crash Kills Another Pedestrian in Central Park

NYC - "One chilly morning in December, 2003, I was midway through my daily run in Central Park when I felt a powerful jolt from behind. The next thing I knew, I was splayed across the asphalt, certain that I had been hit by a car..." more

Child Hit "Like a Dog" By 2 Hit-Skip Drivers

10/1/14

Seattle, WA - "A seven-year-old girl is in serious condition in the Harborview ICU after she was struck by two different cars on MLK at S Genesee Street last night." more...

The Outrageous Rule That Lets Drivers Who Hit Peds Off the Hook

10/1/14

NY - "Earlier this year, a 9-year-old boy named Cooper Stock was struck and killed by a New York City taxi cab while crossing the street with his father. They were in the crosswalk and had the walk signal at the time..." more

Suspect Nabbed in Trail Attacks

9/30/14

New Lenox, IL - "A car accident led to a suspect's arrest after two women were allegedly attacked in separate incidents by a man on a bicycle along a popular Will County Forest Preserve trail." more...

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Petition to Add Trail to Florida Rail Corridor

9/30/14

FL - "A national recreational trail advocacy group has launched a petition to have the $2.5 billion Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail corridor include a pathway for walking and biking." more...

Cyclists on Track for Sleek New East West Link

9/30/14

Melbourne, AUS - "Melbourne's lycra brigade could soon have some new tracks to attack. The most recent plans for the Coalition's beleaguered East West Link revealed a number of new bike paths, which will connect some of Melbourne's most popular cycling tracks." more...

Helsinki's Plan to Get People to Stop Owning Cars

9/30/14

"A system being developed in Finland would allow people to subscribe to all kinds of mobility options and pay for everything on their phones." more...

7 Ways to Make Cities Friendlier to Pedestrians

9/30/14

"...For those who don't have the time and inclination to read through dozens of pages of case studies and design advice aimed at policymakers and architects, SPUR has drilled the piece down to seven principles that make for better urban design." more...

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Cuyahoga's Proposed Eastside Greenway

9/29/14

Cuyahoga County, OH - "Cuyahoga County is justly proud of its Emerald Necklace of Metroparks reservations. Yet the surprisingly reality... on the county's east side is that parks and trails are anything but close to home." more

Read another post on this topic. And some common questions regarding the project.

Greater Philly Building Imressive Trail Network

9/29/14

Philadelphia, PA - "When all 750 miles of the Circuit are connected, Greater Philadelphia will have a trail network unlike any other in the country-connecting the urban, suburban and rural communities of the fifth-largest metropolitan region in the U.S." more...

Madrid Moves Toward a Car-Free Center City

9/29/14

Madrid, Spain - "Beginning in January, Madrid will enact new policies to keep cars out of almost 500 acres in the core of the city, part of a long-term plan to entirely pedestrianize the center city." more...

Bike Commute Data Analyzed

9/29/14

"...This morning, the American Community Survey (ACS) released new data on bicycle commuting in the United States." more...

Walkable Communities Help Old & Young Alike

9/29/14

"When Dan Biederman was 9, his uncle and his dad took their sons for a walk through Manhattan. While the men talked business, the youngsters stared in awe at bustling scenes unlike those of the suburban communities where they lived." more...

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The Blind Eye of Trail Advocacy

"If you've spent much time on the Ohio Bikeways website, chances are you have encountered some content that's frank, raw or surprising." more...

Is Bike Sharing for White Gentrifiers?

"...At a "Future Bike" panel, Adonia Lugo of the League of American Bicyclists passed out sheets of paper with the outline of an elephant and asked audience members to jot down what they thought was missing from the national conversation about bicycling..." more

Connecting Walkability & Affordable Housing

"As walkable urban places have become more commonplace across the national real estate landscape, the subject of affordability within these communities has become a greater concern..." more

Immersion in the Best of City Biking Can Change Everything

9/29/14

"...Since 2009, Zach Vanderkooy and his PeopleForBikes team's Green Lane Project has taken about 250 people from select cities in the United States to look at state-of-the-art bicycle infrastructure in its natural habitat - the cities of the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark." more...

Automobile Backlash may Spark Bicycle Renaissance in China

9/28/14

"Traditionally a "Kingdom of Bicycles," China is eyeing a bicycle comeback for urban commuters, making public bikes available for rent in cities to relieve traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions..." more

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Oakland Gets $3.2M for Bike Bridge

CA - "Biking from Lake Merritt to the San Francisco Bay Trail could get a lot easier, with the help of a new transportation grant that will enable the city to push forward with its plans to build a bicycle and pedestrian bridge..." more

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Akron Towpath Section Closing Sept. 29

9/27/14

Akron, OH - "About a mile of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail will be closed Monday, Sept. 29.

"A division of the ODNR will be operating a large boom mower from the trail, from about a mile south of the Wilbeth Road Trailhead (392 W. Wilbeth Rd., Akron) to about a mile north of the trailhead." more...

Plans for W. Todedo Trail Ready for Review

9/26/14

Toledo, OH - "...The plans to be done this year will be the subject of an open house next week where the public will be able to question local officials and look at detailed plans and charts. The event is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the West Toledo YMCA, 2110 Tremainsville Road." more...

Commissioners Tout Trail System

Tuscarawas County, OH - "...accomplishments include nearing completion of connecting Canal Lands Park to state Route 800, completing the Towpath Trail from Fort Laurens through the village of Bolivar and the opening of the aqueduct trail bridge on the Towpath Trail in December 2013." more...

Great Miami River Trail Completed in Miami County

Piqua, OH - "The Great Miami River Recreational Trail is now complete in Miami County as construction on the Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge comes to an end.

"The official bridge dedication ceremony will take place on October 3 at 3 p.m. at the bridge located in Farrington Reserve." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

9/26/14

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Are Bike Shops as Important as Infrastructure?

9/26/14

"Should advocates for bicycling consider retail bike shops as something more than just a place to hang out and buy stuff..?" more

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Developers Building Luxury, Bike-Friendly Buildings

9/25/14

"Developers in cities like Minneapolis and Seattle are bulking up on bike-friendly amenities." more...

Florida Tries Bike Lanes on Highway Bridges

9/25/14

FL - "A few years ago, a person living in a working-class neighborhood of Miami and commuting to the tourism district in Miami Beach could pretty much forget about walking or biking there. Her choices were either to pay for the bus or buy a car, but healthy, active transportation was impossible - or at least, illegal. Biking and walking were banned on the causeways between the mainland and the barrier islands." more...

All Aboard Project Needs Trail Component

9/25/14

FL - "Rails-to-Trails Conservancy believes that All Aboard Florida could be a great investment in the state - but only if it includes a rail-with-trail component..." more

Complex Near Burke-Gillman Trail Caters to Cyclists

9/24/14

WA - "...The project, the 171-unit Velo Apartments just off of Stone at 3635 Woodland Park Ave. N., is opening this week, and just over a third of the units have been leased, according to the developer, Mack Urban Communities." more...

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Trail Options Considered in Aurora

Aurora, OH - "A hike and bike trail may some day connect Garrettsville and Aurora, Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin has said." more...

Woman Dies After Being Hit By Cyclist

NYC - "A woman whom a cyclist struck in Central Park last week died on Monday, her family said." more....

North Side Greenway Concept Evolving

Minneapolis, MN - "It would be a massive project with little precedent nationwide: Replacing miles of residential streets in north Minneapolis with a greenway intended to serve walkers and bicyclists." more...

Trio Charged With Stealing High-End Bikes

Chicago, IL - "Three young men have been arrested for allegedly stealing $20,000 worth of high-end bicycles and accessories from a small shop along the Chicago Lakefront Trail." more...

Does the 3-Feet Law Work?

9/24/14

"California's rule requiring cars to give cyclists a three-foot berth went into effect last week. Too bad it doesn't actually keep riders safe." more...

Good Cities Need More Streets That "Fail"

"...by the measure of moving cars our streets are failing or nearly failing. And if you ranked streets by friendliness to bicyclists and pedestrians the maps would look very different." more...

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Brunswick Lake Trail Opens to Public

Brunswick, OH - "It's official. The long-anticipated trail around Brunswick Lake is open. The official ribbon cutting took place Sept. 20 at the new wooden span behind Panera and the Cleveland Clinic." more...

Bicycle Friendly Businesses Announced

9/24/14

"Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 150 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 39 states and the District of Columbia." more...

Doctor Dies From Bike Collision Injuries

9/23/14

Troy, OH - "David Perilman died on Sept. 20 as a result of injuries he suffered in the Aug. 17 bike collision [on the Great Miami River Trail]." more...

Roadway Changes Coming to Long and Spring Streets

9/23/14

Columbus, OH - "Mayor Michael B. Coleman's vision for Columbus streets includes as many bicycle accommodations as possible within the existing right-of-way. This project is the first phase of bike lane improvements planned for Long Street and Spring Street." more...

Public Meetings for Eastside Greenway

Cleveland, OH - "A public meeting about the Eastside Greenway project -- a trail network that would connect the east side of Cleveland with 14 other communities, including Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Beachwood and University Heights..." more

Man Dies 3 Days After Crashing on Bike Trail

9/23/14

Decorah, IA - "A man has died three days after crashing his bicycle on a recreational trail in the northeast Iowa city of Decorah." more...

Panel Ponders Portland's Slide from Cycling Superstardom

9/23/14

Portland, OR - "What happened to Portland? Did we really deserve to lose our spot atop the podium of America's best bike cities? Is this whole stagnation thing for real?" more...

U.S. DOT to Publish Its Own Manual on Protected Bike Lanes

9/23/14

"Before the end of this year, the Federal Highway Administration will release its own guidance on designing protected bike lanes." more...

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Armed Robbery Attempt on Newark Trail

9/22/14

Newark, OH - " A couple walking on the TJ Evans bike trail near Cherry Valley Road on Sunday afternoon told police a man tried to rob them and showed them a gun." more...

"Copenhagenizing" Pittsburgh

9/22/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "...In his short time in office (less than a year), the very pro-walking, pro-biking, and pro-transit mayor has made more progress than his predecessors have in years..." more

FDOT Embraces Complete Streets

FL - "At the Sept. 19th Lee MPO Board meeting, FDOT District 1 Secretary, Billy Hattaway, updated officials on the statewide bike/ped focused initiative, and unveiled many upcoming FDOT policy changes, including a new FDOT complete streets policy and implementation plan..." more

Safety Experts to Peds: Put the Smartphones Down

"A14-year-old boy was injured when he walked off a six-foot-high bridge into a ditch while talking on his phone. A 23-year-old man was hit by a car while walking down the middle of a road talking on his phone." more...

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Gov. Brown Approves Bill to Expand Trails

CA - "Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two measures aimed at helping cities and counties expand and improve bike paths and trails, including one allowing local ballot measures to pay for the work." more...

Are You a "Vehicular" or "Segregated" Cyclist?

9/22/14

"...whether bikers should simply share the road with cars, obeying all of the same rules (a philosophy commonly called "vehicular cycling"), or whether cities should be investing in specialized infrastructure so that bikes and cars don't have to mingle (a position often called "segregated cycling")..." more

The Need for Walkable Cities

9/21/14

"Many cities around the world are designed for automobile vehicles so much so that we rely on them to nearby places which we could instead walk to..." more

Lake is Vital Link in Coast to Coast Connector

9/20/14

FL - "What will be one of the longest continuous bicycle paths in the country is expected to bring roughly $120 million in economic impact annually to the state once it is completed while giving cyclists a safe alternative to biking on the road." more...

Sidewalk Cycling Ban Again Proposed for Downtown San Jose

CA - "San Jose Department of Transportation (SJDOT) officials announced at a community meeting Wednesday evening that a downtown sidewalk cycling ban is again under consideration, explaining that the "Walk Your Bike" signs and banners installed in December 2013 had largely failed to convince bicyclists to ride in the streets rather than on sidewalks." more

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Latest on West Side Bike Trail Hub

9/20/14

Columbus, OH - "There's no project budget and the design is still up in the air, but the city has paid WSA Studio $42,000 to design a hub on the Camp Chase Trail, a path that would connect the West Side to Downtown and link the Ohio-to-Erie trail through Columbus." more...

Bike St. Louis to Add 100 Miles of New or Upgraded Routes

9/20/14

St. Louis, MO - "By next spring, bicyclists will be able to explore St. Louis' neighborhoods, parks, business districts and cultural areas on almost 102 miles of new or upgraded street routes for bikes." more..."

San Diego Bike Coalition Board Member in Critical Condition

9/20/14

Tillamook, OR - "Kerry Kunsman, a 67-year old bicycle safety instructor and board member of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is in critical condition after being hit from behind by a pickup driver while riding near Tillamook yesterday." more...

Congressman Opposes Lejeune Memorial Gardens Bike Path

9/19/14

Jacksonville, NC - "Congressman Walter Jones is speaking out against long-standing plans to build a bike path through the Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville." more...

Portland Expanding Safer Bike Routes

9/19/14

Portland, OR - "...Designated bike boulevards and greenways which prioritize cyclists and pedestrians over motorized traffic are being built all over town, thanks in large part to the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Bicycle Plan for 2030." more

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"Big Mick" Named Top Bike Trail in U.S.

9/19/14

Hill City, SD - "Bicycling Magazine is honoring the George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills. It has named the South Dakota bike-and-hike route the number one car-free bike path in the US." more...

Access to Trails Lowers Youth Obesity

"Researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Minnesota have found that local governments can help cut record levels of youth obesity by expanding public lands available for recreation." more...

Parking Day Parklets Bloom on 6 Continents

9/19/14

"Cities on six continents are celebrating Park(ing) Day today, now in its tenth year of temporarily transforming curbside space for cars into public spaces for people. Some of the pop-up parks that caught our eye this Park(ing) Day include..." more

Peds & Cyclists Receive "Reverse Toll Money" in Norway

"As part of Norway's ongoing European Mobility Week celebrations, around 10,000 NOK (?1,200) was handed out in the town of Lillestrøm to pedestrians and cyclists in "reverse toll money"..." more

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UD Police Arrest Bike Path Flasher

Dayton, OH - "...University of Dayton police confirm they have arrested a man matching the description given by several female callers of a man exposing himself in the area of the of the bike path in the 800 block of Irving Avenue in Dayton." more...

Marblehead Residents Check Out Bike Trail Drawings

Marblehead, OH - "Marblehead's plan to construct a safe bikeway path along two miles of SR 163 on both sides of the road is becoming the talk of the town." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

9/19/14

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DC & NYC Bike Commuting Has Doubled in Four Years

"For the first and second U.S. cities to start building networks of modern protected bike lanes, the payoff seems to have arrived." more...

Florida Water, Land and Legacy Conservation Amendment

9/19/14

FL - "...If passed, the Florida Water, Land and Legacy Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) would provide upwards of $16 billion over 20 years for the protection and restoration of environmentally sensitive lands and water resources. This funding could be used in many instances to build and maintain trails." more

Advocacy Advance "Big Ideas" Grants

"...This fall 2014, Advocacy Advance is announcing its "Big Ideas" Grants... Advocacy Advance will award $30,000 total-3 grants of $10,000 each-to organizations that are pushing forward on some of the most important areas of bicycling and walking advocacy..." more

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Transportation Strides in Pennsylvania

PA - "...Today, the federal government and many states around the country are facing the same problem: our transportation infrastructure is crumbling, and to fix it, systems are in need of smart, long-term funding sources. With political gridlock at every level, finding a solution can be difficult. Last year, Pennsylvania proved to be a leader with a unique solution to this common problem..." more

Census Shows Recent Biking Trends

9/18/14

"...2013 Census estimates released Thursday show the big cities that led the bike spike of the 2000s - Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver and, most of all, Portland - all failing to make meaningful changes to their commuting patterns for three years or more.

"Meanwhile, the same figures show a new set of cities rising fast - first among them Washington DC." more...

Read another article on this subject.

Towson Bike Beltway Officially Open to Riders

9/17/14

Baltimore County, MD - "Baltimore County has listened to "spokes-persons" who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway." more

Portland to Install Signs in Park to Discourage Unsafe Riding

9/17/14

Portland, OR - "...Concerns about unsafe passing and crowded conditions have spurred the Portland Parks Bureau to partner with the Bureau of Transportation to install signs encouraging faster bike riders to use Naito Parkway and all others to ride slowly and use caution when the path is crowded..." more...

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No Protected Bike Lanes for Downtown

Columbus, OH - "The city revealed plans last month for new bike lanes on four major downtown arteries; Long, Spring, Third and Fourth streets. These plans call for a combination of painted bike lanes, signs and sharrows along the length of each of the streets Downtown. The plans do not call for physically separated lanes..." more

California Gets 3-Feet Law

9/16/14

"...The state of California on Tuesday became the 24th state to require motorists give bicyclists and pedestrians at least 3 feet of space when passing." more...

Surprisingly Civil Bike/Car Crash

9/16/14

Oregon City, OR - "Collisions between bike riders and car drivers are not uncommon. What is uncommon however, is the level of civility displayed by reader Ben Koker after he was thrown to the ground following a slow-speed collision with a man driving a Lexus SUV earlier this month." more...

Bike Traffic Triples After City Builds Protected Bike Lane

9/15/14

Seattle, WA - "It was clear from day one that bike use on 2nd Ave was higher than normal. But new data collected by SDOT staff shows just how much a safe bike lane can draw people..." more

OU Professor Compiling Trail Use Data

OK - "An OU professor is working with City of Norman officials and others to catalog bicycle traffic along an almost mile long trail to determine if the trail should be extended." more...

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U.S. DOT Prioritizes Safety for Bicyclists & Peds

9/15/14

"Last week, U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the department's new plan to increase walking and biking and reduce pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities..." more

Why Bike Lovers Should Be Happy About 'Bikelash'

9/15/14

"Public hatred of biking culture is actually a natural part of its evolution into the mainstream." more...

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Twin Brothers Stabbed on Bike Trail

9/13/14

Anchorage, AK - "...The 22-year-old brothers, Joshua and Justin Toliver, were walking along the trail near 88th Avenue and the Old Seward Highway Friday night when they got in an altercation with a group of teenagers." more...

Wider Bike Lanes Make Drivers Less Anxious

9/13/14

"More than half of motorists don't believe cycle lanes are big enough, with large numbers saying they feel 'anxious' and 'aware' when driving near cyclists." more...

88% of New DC Households are Car-Free

9/12/14

"For the vast majority of DC's new residents, Car Free Day (September 22) isn't a once-a-year event, but a year-round occasion..." more

What Exactly Is a 'Road Diet'?

9/12/14

"...[U.S.] DOT says that road diets can reduce traffic crashes by an average of 29 percent, and that in some smaller towns the design approach can cut crashes nearly in half." more...

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Parkersburg Planning Ohio River Trail

9/13/14

Parkersburg, WV - "City of Parkersburg workers were busy Friday afternoon surveying and charting possible routes for a bike path along the Ohio River. The path would begin near Point Park and travel north to Vienna." more...

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Sewer Project Could Close Towpath in Akron

Akron, OH - "The overhaul of Akron's sewer system could close a section of the popular Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail for up to four years." more...

Save a Life Watch for Bikes Campaign

9/12/14

Cleveland, OH - "Bike Cleveland, in partnership with several local bike shops, has launched the "Save a Life. Watch for Bikes." campaign." more...

The Bike Lane on Bridge Experiment

9/12/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "The Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014 conference took place this week in Pittsburgh. Even though the Andy Warhol Bridge already has a nice shared bike-ped path on it, for one week the city decided to put bike lanes on its roadway..." more

US DOT Awards 72 TIGER Grants

9/12/14

"This afternoon, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will announce the latest round of TIGER grants awarding $600 million among 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia..." more

Protected Bike Lanes Speed Traffic Up While Decreasing Accidents

9/11/14

"...While nobody will argue that protected bike lanes aren't a great way to make cyclists a lot safer, many motorists argued that they would slow down traffic and make congestion worse. It turns out that this isn't the case in most places..." more

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Awaiting a Decision in Missouri

9/11/14

MO - "Rail-trail supporters in Missouri and across America have been holding their breath these past few weeks as they await a decision that could have lasting ramifications for the state." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

9/12/14

Read this week's edition.

US Bike Route 10 dedication is Sunday

9/11/14

Anacortes, WA - "Washington Bikes is inviting folks interested in bicycle travel to attend the ribbon cutting on the new US Bike Route 10 in Anacortes this Sunday." more...

Examining Wilmington's New Bike Lane Network

9/11/14

"Where is California's most concentrated bike lane network? Long Beach? Davis? San Francisco? Santa Barbara? San Luis Obispo?

"How about Wilmington? more...

Next Fight Over Bike/Ped Funding Won't Be Like the Last

9/11/14

"When Congress passed a two-year transportation bill in 2012, active transportation advocates had to scrape and claw for every penny of funding for walking and biking programs. When the dust settled, it seemed they would have to repeat the same old battles when the law expired." more...

Was One-Month Bike Lane Pilot Designed to Fail?

9/11/14

Boise, ID - "...In May, the agency that oversees Boise's streets added buffered bike lanes to several major arterials. Oddly, that agency is not the City of Boise..." more

Why No Bicyclists Have Been Killed Using Bike Shares

9/11/14

"When Mike reported on the fact that there have been 23 million bike-sharing trips in the US since 2007 and 0 deaths, one of the first things I thought was, 'How could that be..?'" more

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Cleveland Launches Small-Scale Bike Share

9/10/14

Cleveland, OH - "A pay-as-you-go community bike-sharing pilot launches today, Sept. 10, with a handful of participating businesses in and around Ohio City spearheading the initiative and hoping more urban organizations come along for the ride." more...

Globetrotting Family Rolls Through Ohio

"...a family from Quebec, Canada who have set out to see the world by bicycle. They are travelling through Northeast Ohio this week..." more

Feds Consider Putting Streets on Road Diet

9/10/14

"Federal transportation officials, alarmed by increases in pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities as the vehicle injury rate dropped, are making a push to correct the trend, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday morning." more...

Former Senator Accused of Threatening Jogger on Bike Trail

9/9/14

Washington Twp., MI - "A former state senator has been charged with disorderly conduct after police said he threatened a jogger and had a backpack of beer." more...

Cyclists & Peds Make Up a Huge Share of Flushing Ave Traffic

9/9/14

NYC - "Biking has skyrocketed on Flushing Avenue by the Brooklyn Navy Yard since the installation of bike infrastructure in 2010, according to new counts released by the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. The route is slated for more biking and walking upgrades as the city builds out the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway." more...

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Great Ohio Lake-to-River-Greenway Closer to Completion

Lisbon, OH - "The Columbiana County Park District is close to realizing its long-term goal of reaching the Ohio River with the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail." more...

Marblehead Bike Path Meeting

Marblehead, OH - "...an informational meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at village hall for Marblehead residents and merchants who want to learn more about village plans to construct a bike path along two miles of Ohio 163 to improve the safety of bikers and walkers." more...

Towpath Section to Close for Marathon Sept. 27

9/9/14

"...The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, between the Mustill Store Trailhead (248 Ferndale St., Akron) and Portage Path in the Merriman Valley, will also be closed for the race from 6 a.m. until noon Saturday." more...

2nd Ave Bike Lane Revolutionizes Biking Downtown

9/9/14

Seattle, WA - "...Monday morning, city workers completed work on a protected bike lane on 2nd Avenue connecting from Pike to Yesler, ringing in the beginning of a more family-friendly streetscape in the heart of the city's downtown neighborhood." more

Gardaí Believe Burglars May be Using Greenway

9/9/14

Ireland - "Gardaí investigating four burglaries in the Westport area believe thieves may be using the Great Western Greenway to scope out homes..." more

Pedestrians Wave Red Flags

9/9/14

Fort Lauderdale, FL - "Earlier this year we noted how Bridgeport, Connecticut was asking pedestrians to wave silly yellow flags with pictures of pedestrians waving flags. Now Fort Lauderdale is getting into the act, suggesting that pedestrians pick up and wave a red flag as they cross the street at a busy intersection." more...

4 Mayors Building Bike Networks

9/9/14

"A growing number of mayors want to make big strides on bike policy, and they need smart advocates to help them do it." more...

Best U.S. Bike Cities

"The statistics and descriptions here represent just some of what we consider when compiling this list..." more

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The Challenges of Pittsburgh's Biking Infrastructure

9/9/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "Pittsburgh's hills, valleys and rivers make for a beautiful landscape. They also make it a challenge when design­ing infrastructure and planning transportation, especially bicycling." more...

Trail Maintenance, A Community Priority

9/8/14

PA - "Maintenance. It's the least flashy part of the trail world, but it is one of the most important aspects of the work being done by trail organizations, municipalities and agencies across the country." more...

Mall's Owners Block, Then Restore Pedestrian Path

9/8/14

MD - "...When the owner of a Rockville shopping center inadvertently closed a popular footpath to nearby apartments, residents spoke out..." more

The Letter That Foresaw NYC's Biking Triumph

9/8/14

"With the recent news that Bicycling Magazine has named New York America's best city for biking, this seems like a particularly good moment to share the very first time protected bike lanes were mentioned in The New York Times." more...

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Incidents Reported Along North Coast Inland Trail

9/5/14

Sandusky County, OH - "The North Coast Inland Trail, a path that spans 28 miles from Bellevue to Elmore, has seen a spike in incidents in recent months..." more

Freak Accident Takes Life of Bicycling Actress

9/5/14

Chicago, IL - "...Veteran Chicago stage and television actress Molly Glynn died Saturday of the injuries she sustained when a tree fell on her in the Erickson Woods Forest Preserve, in suburban Northfield." more...

Bike Lanes Can Reduce Traffic Delays

9/5/14

"In New York, smart street design helped the city have its safety and its speed, too." more...

Maryland Provides $2.3M Grants to Improve Bike Paths

9/5/14

Baltimore, MD - "The state has awarded more than $2 million in grants to improve bike paths across Maryland, including more than $80,000 to better connect West Baltimore with downtown." more

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Cross State Trail Possible for Missouri

MO - "The Missouri Bike and Pedestrian Federation wants to create The Rock Island Trail, a bike path that would span from Kansas City to St. Louis. The organization is in talks with Ameren Missouri about purchasing 120 miles of land it owns from Windsor to Union..." more

Unlocking Florida's Latest Long Distance Rail-Trail

9/5/14

FL - "...By itself, it is only a short section of trail. But it is a significant link in the bigger effort..." more

How Vancouver Designs Intersections With Bike Lanes

9/5/14

CAN - "...Vancouver is famous for its livable urban core, the ease with which its citizens can live without a car (as 26 percent of downtown residents do), and its enviable investments in bicycling and transit..." more

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Report Warns of Runaway Sprawl in Columbus

"By 2050 the city of Columbus, Ohio and its expanding suburbs could more than triple the city's footprint, according to a new study examining sprawl around Ohio's capital." more...

$1M Naches Trail Extension to Start Soon

Naches, WA - "Yakima County is making a big investment on the outdoors. It's spending more than a million dollars to extend the Naches Trail. The long-term plan is to connect it to the Yakima Greenway..." more

New Tool in the Fight Against Bike Theft

"...While recovering that stolen bike can feel unlikely and impossible during your initial mourning period, two websites have recently joined forces to make the search a lot less daunting." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

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9/5/14

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Subsidizing Commuters That Bike

9/4/14

France - "France is launching a pilot subsidy program that pays commuters who opt to bike rather than drive their cars 25 euro cents per kilometer..." more

How Intersection & Signal Design Impact Pedestrian Behavior

9/4/14

"Pedestrians hit by vehicles when crossing on red are 56% more likely to be severely injured than those crossing on green..." more

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Buckeye Trail Being Rerouted in Medina County

Medina County, OH - "Ohio's Buckeye Trail is coming to downtown Medina. The Buckeye Trail - a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state..." more

Crews Recover Body of 8-Year-Old From Great Miami River

9/3/14

Cleves, OH - "The body of Bryan Morales, the 8-year-old boy who fell into the Great Miami River Monday, was recovered Wednesday." more...

Bike Safety an Issue After Teenager's Death

9/3/14

Fullerton, CA - "The death of a 19 year-old on a dangerous section of a Fullerton bike trail has led to safety upgrades to the trail and calls for a broader conversation about the need for bike safety improvements in North Orange County." more...

Trans-Canada Touring Cyclist Killed

9/3/14

"After dipping the tires of his heavily laden bicycle into the salty water at Stanley Park in Vancouver, 24-year-old Graeme Loader set off from British Columbia in mid-July to raise money for the World Wildlife Foundation." more...

Urge U.S. DOT to Include Public Health in Transportation Planning

"Please sign on to the following letter urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to require the inclusion of public health considerations in their proposed Transportation Planning rule." more...

Bicycle-Only Highways Set For Central London

9/3/14

"It will soon be possible to cycle through central London on two new "highways" reserved only for bicylists..." more

Citi Bike Deal Delayed, But Expansion Slated for Next Year

9/3/14

NYC - "When we last checked in on the deal - in which venture capital firm REQX was negotiating to infuse Citi Bike's ailing bike share operator Alta with much-needed cash..." more

How Should Streetcars and Bikes Interact?

9/3/14

"Streetcar service could finally begin this year in Washington, DC. Trial runs are already taking place. And the debate about how people on bikes will navigate the tracks is already raging." more...

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Possible Widening of Rt. 161 Puts Bike Path on Hold

9/3/14

Columbus, OH - "A plan to build a controversial multiuse trail along Rt. 161 has been shelved as city of Columbus officials determine whether to widen the busy road." more...

Distracted Deputy Kills Cyclist, No Charges Filed

9/2/14

CA - "Last December, Milton Olin was enjoying a bicycle ride along the shoulder of Mulholland Highway in Calabassas when he was struck from behind by a car and killed..." more

CA Approves $43M For Trail Projects

9/2/14

CA - "Twenty trail projects in California got good news in August when they were funded in the first round of Statewide and Rural projects under California's new Active Transportation Program (ATP)." more

Do Elevated Cycletracks Create More Problems Than They Solve?

9/2/14

"This year, two designs - one proposed and one built - for elevated cycletracks, which create bicycle highways above street level, have gained considerable media attention..." more

Denver Urbanists vs. Traffic Calming Conspiracy Theorists

9/2/14

"With a fast-growing transit network, Denver is grappling with how to build walkable places around its new rail lines..." more

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OTET Seeking Directors

9/2/14

"The Ohio to Erie Trail Board of Directors is seeking interested candidates to begin two-year terms on January 1." more...

Biggest Bike Share Stations in U.S.

"Throughout 2014, DC and New York have jockeyed back and forth over which city's bikeshare system has the most stations in the United States. But who has the biggest stations?" more...

"Pedestrian Error" Doesn't Tell the Whole Story

"Walking is a great way to exercise and, for many, a necessary mode of transportation - but in parts of car-centric Baltimore County it could also get you killed." more...

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GetAbout Columbia Says More People Using Trails

8/31/14

Columbia, MO - "In the nine years since the federal government chose Columbia as one of four communities to receive tens of millions of dollars in federal grants to build infrastructure for cyclists, pedestrians and people who use wheelchairs, getting projects finished continues to be an uphill pedal." more...

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Olentangy Bridge Flaw Puts Off Opening

8/30/14

Columbus, OH - "...A steel support that runs along the curve of the $4.8 million horseshoe-shaped ramp buckled under the weight of wet concrete on Sunday, and the city is working with contractors to determine why." more...

LAB Rep Assesses Athen's Bike-Friendliness

Athens, OH - "Athens city officials and residents spent Thursday morning exploring pathways to making the city safer and more accessible for two-wheeled travelers." more...

Death of Seattle Bicyclist Brings Sadness, Raises Questions

8/30/14

WA - "There's much heartache in the Seattle bicycling community today after the death on Friday of Sher Kung, a young mother who was killed at a downtown intersection on Second Avenue at University Street." more...

51-Mile Bike Path 2 Miles Closer to Reality

8/29/14

Los Angeles, CA - "The city of Los Angeles just got a little bit friendlier for cyclists: Officials unveiled half a mile of glistening new bike trail along the Los Angeles River this week..." more

GM Wants to Put Tech Employees on Bikes

"Faced with a serious transportation problem on its sprawling technical center campus in a Detroit suburb, General Motors Co. has turned to a solution that predates cars - bicycles." more...

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Body Found in CVNP

Penninsula, OH - "Authorities found a body in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Thursday while searching the area for a missing Eastlake woman." more...

Final Phase Groundbreaking for Alum Creek Trail

"On Aug. 26, ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. and University trustees joined Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus Recreation and Parks officials and other community leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony for the final phase of the Alum Creek Trail." more...

Another Body Found on Greenway Trail

San Antonio, TX - "A 19-year-old man was found shot to death Thursday on a Northwest Side trail - the second such body to be found in the area in as many weeks." more...

The Small City That's Embracing Livable Streets

8/29/14

Kokomo, IN - "...What I discovered is that Kokomo has done a lot more than just build a trail..." more

Posts & Paint Bring a New Bike Bridge From Good to Great

8/29/14

"...The bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Little Walnut Creek... officially opened Monday after 17 years of planning. It created a direct link between Hart Elementary School and the residential neighborhood to the north - but the link also required pedaling on a wide street that many people would see as unsuitable for children." more...

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Safety Concerns For Lake-to-Lakes Trail

Shaker Heights, OH - "Safety was very much on the minds of those who attended Wednesday the second public meeting held to discuss the planned Lake-To-Lakes Trail..." more

Heritage Trail Repairs Coming

Hilliard, OH - "Repairs to the section of the Heritage Trail west of Cosgray Road and south of Hayden Run Road are scheduled to begin after Labor Day." more

Lancaster Pedestrian Killed by Driver

Lancaster, OH - "A prosecutor said yesterday that a Lancaster man was driving drunk when he mowed down and killed a pedestrian pushing a shopping cart in the middle of the night." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

8/29/14

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Portland Demoted to 4th Best Cycling City

8/28/14

"...After years of being in the top one or two, Portland's no longer even in the top three American bike cities, according to the magazine. We're number four." more...

North American Bikeshare Association Launches in U.S.

8/28/14

"...The term "bikeshare" is quickly becoming a household term, with programs now in more than 300 cities worldwide. In the United States, bikeshare programs exist in more than 60 municipalities..." more

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Friends of Capital Crescent Trail Sue U.S. DOT

8/27/14

Washington, D.C. - "A trail group in Bethesda, Maryland, is suing the U.S. Transportation Department, alleging a planned light-rail route through some Washington suburbs would harm two rare, shrimplike creatures." more...

State Takes 15 Years to Payout Trail Funds

8/27/14

Amherst, NY - "It took awhile, but Amherst finally received all the money that the state promised 15 years ago for the extension of the Ellicott Creek bike path." more...

Balancing Bike Share Stations

8/27/14

"If "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" were written today, bike-share stations would play the role of the porridge. A station that's too full is a bad thing, because that means riders can't return a bike there..." more

Being Able to See Down City Streets Impacts Walkability

8/27/14

"...the visual continuity of street networks matters. Some streets - the ones that create longer vistas - attract more pedestrians..." more

Group Wants City Trails Open 24/7

8/26/14

Indianapolis, IN - "...Two years ago, they got the trails to stay open dawn to dusk or 5am to 9pm. But they say Indy's still behind other major cities when it comes to greenway hours, and it makes it dangerous for cyclists who are forced to ride on roads on off hours..." more

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Search for Missing Woman in CVNP Continues

8/26/14

Boston Township, OH - "...The National Park Service is directing the search, now in its fifth day, for Hillary K. Sharma, 30, in an isolated corner of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park." more

5th Teen Pleads Guilty in Greenway Murder

Raleigh, NC - "A Raleigh teenager will spend the next seven to 10 years of his life in prison for his role in the brutal beating death of a man on a Raleigh greenway." more...

Did Operation Safe Cycle Work?

8/26/14

NYC - "Today marks the last day of Operation Safe Cycle, an initiative of the New York City Police Department aiming to "help ensure the well-being of cyclists..." more

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Revised Freedom Trail to Towpath Connection

Summit County, OH - "Summit Metro Parks is trying to revise its plan to get the expanding Freedom Trail to connect to the Towpath Trail near downtown Akron.

"How that will be done is unclear." more...

CoGo's 1st Year an Uphill Climb

8/25/14

Columbus, OH - "CoGo Bike Share patrons have taken more than 60,000 trips since the service launched last summer." more...

Paving to Begin on Tallgrass Trail

8/25/14

Marion, OH - "Barricades will be erected on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at the end of the currently paved section (at the first bridge) of the Marion Tallgrass Trail..." more

PA Game Commission Considers Fees to Ride Trails

8/25/14

Kleinfeltersville, PA - "A recommendation by the Pennsylvania Game Commission may result in fees being charged to traverse state game lands trails, including those on the Middle Creek Wildlife Management area." more...

A Community on Bikes Rallies Against Violence

8/25/14

Portland, OR - "...Reeling from a (yet another) violent summer where gang members have ruled the streets with guns, about 150 people joined the Take Back the Streets Ride in New Columbia on Sunday..." more

Nashville's Lack of Sidewalks Sparks Campaign

8/24/14

Nashsville, TN - "...For Dorris, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt, the missing sidewalks in her neighborhood and across the city represent one of the biggest downsides for living in Nashville." more...

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Towpath Construction in Massillon

Stark Parks gave an update in their Fall 2014 newsletter about a milestone in Towpath Trail development:

"Work is underway on the Tremont bridge to connect the existing Towpath Trail and Lincoln Way Ave. The project is scheduled to be completed in Nov. and is the last section of trail to make the Towpath Trail complete [through Stark County] from Summit County to Tuscarawas County!

"Crews are continuing to resurface the area south of Craig Pittman Park to the Aqueduct Bridge in the southern portion of the Towpath Trail."

Submitted by Bob Nupp

Parma Heights 'Greening Initiative'

8/25/14

Parma Heights, OH - "...In 2010, upon taking office, I put into place a 'Greening of Parma Heights Initiative,' and we have had numerous projects and grants that support and further that initiative..." more

Chicago Bike Share to Add 175 Stations

Chicago, IL - "Chicago's Divvy bicycle-sharing program plans to add 175 stations and 1,750 bikes in the spring..." more

7 Examples of Repurposed Bike Infrastructure

"...here is a roundup of brilliant bike routes, bridges and tunnels built on old footprints." more

Walkability or the Ability to Walk

"...There is a profound and distinct difference between "walkable" and the "ability to walk" within a place..." more

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Grants Should Attract Corporate Dollars for Parks & Trails

8/24/14

Cleveland, OH - "The seven-figure donations from the Gund and Cleveland foundations to help complete the Lake Link Trail weren't just welcome investments in public green space projects, they were an invitation to the corporate community to join the party." more...

Patrols Increase After Teen Attacked on Greenway

Charlotte, NC - "Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers and park rangers are stepping up patrols at McMullen Creek Greenway after a 16-year-old girl was attacked by a man at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday." more...

Rails-to-Trails E-Magazine

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Plans for West Side Bike Trail Hub

8/23/14

Columbus, OH - "...Planners the city hired are designing a hub that could be the center of activity on the Camp Chase Trail, a path that will connect the West Side to Downtown and link the Ohio-to-Erie trail through Columbus." more...

Partial Closure for Tallgrass Trail

8/22/14

Marion, OH - "Barricades will be erected Wednesday at the end of the paved section at the Marion Tallgrass Trail. The closed section of trail will extend across Herr Road and Ohio 203 to Espyville Road." more...

China Ahead of the Pack as Bike Sharing Goes Viral

8/22/14

"...with the bike-sharing boom still in its first decade, Asia is already outpacing the European towns that gave birth to the phenomenon." more

Tampa: A Deadly Place For Pedestrians

8/22/14

Tampa, FL - "You'd be hard-pressed to fund a more deadly place for pedestrians in all of the U.S. than Tampa's Hillsborough Avenue." more...

Protected Bike Lanes Could fit in DC's Traffic Circles

"London is adding protected bike lanes to one of its traffic circles. Could the same design work in DC..?" more

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Bicyclist Dies After Being Punched

Lancaster, OH - "A 22-year-old Lancaster man was arrested and charged in connection with the death of a bicyclist who was found on the side of the road this week." more...

Tracking Bike Thieves in D.C.

Washington, D.C. - "...The bait bike program started two years ago to combat one of Metro's biggest crimes: bike theft. Last year, more than 400 bikes were stolen from Metro stations. There were 1,060 bike thefts in the rest of D.C..." more

Little Miami May Be Moved Off Street in Springfield

Springfield, OH - "...Springfield city commissioners are scheduled vote Sept. 2 on whether to spend $20,000 to buy land to create a multi-use trail to connect existing segments of the Little Miami Trail..." more

Vehicles Driving on Lima Bike Path

Lima, OH - " A small stretch of developing bike paths has begun to be disturbed due to cars traveling on it." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

8/22/14

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NPS Bans Drones Over Appalachian Trail

8/20/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail." more...

2 More Teens Guilty in Greenway Murder

8/20/14

Raleigh, NC - "A teenager charged in the beating death of a homeless man found dead along a Raleigh running trail two years ago could be out of prison by the end of the year..." more

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Woman Assaulted on Stavich Trail

Mahoning Township, PA - "Mahoning Township police are investigating an assault of a Lawrence County woman on the Stavich Bike Trail." more...

Withlacoochee State Trail Closer to Statewide Connection

Tallahassee, FL - "The Withlacoochee State Trail, which runs through Hernando County, is closer to connecting to a network of greenways throughout the state thanks to a new multi-use Dunnellon Trail and Bridge." more...

America's Progress on Street Safety Is Pathetic

8/20/14

"...The traffic fatality rate in the United States (10.7 per 100,000 people) is nearly four times higher than in the United Kingdom (2.8 per 100,000) and close to double that of Canada (5.8). To put that in perspective, if America had the same traffic fatality rate as the U.K., around 25,000 fewer people would be killed every year." more...

Is Your City a Great Place to Raise Kids?

8/20/14

"...while Seattle has a lower share of the population under age 15 than the rest of the state of Washington, that gap is closing. The number of kids in Seattle is growing far faster than in the rest of the state." more...

Is The Future of Utah Transpo Biking? Walking?

UT - "As they looked out picture windows at the Salt Lake Valley below to imagine how growth may change it, officials held a summit Tuesday to discuss a possible revolution in transportation to reduce congestion and improve health." more...

Most Boston Pedestrian Accidents go Unreported

Boston, MA - "...The state's records on pedestrian accidents in Boston capture only a fraction of such accidents here. That is because the Boston Police Department has refused for years to report most crashes..." more

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Foundation Gives $5M to Boost Lake Link Trail

Cleveland, OH - "The Cleveland Foundation today announced a $5-million gift to the Trust for Public Land to underwrite the Cleveland Metroparks' project to build the Lake Link Trail that will join the Flats to the Lakefront." more

Scioto Trail Closure Aug. 25

8/20/14

"On Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26, the Scioto Trail between Grandview Avenue and the Dublin Road Post Office crosswalk will be closed for a water line project. The trail will re-open on August 27."

Source: columbus.gov

New Portland Bridge Bans Cars

8/19/14

Portland, OR - "...Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles..." more

Central Indiana Reservoir Foes Back River Trails

8/19/14

IN - "Environmental groups are proposing a system of trails to promote use of the White River in central Indiana rather than damming it for a possible seven-mile-long reservoir." more...

6 Things to Like About Seattle's Broadway Bike Lanes

8/19/14

Seattle, WA - "...Steve Durrant of Alta Planning and Design, a lead consultant on the project, said the lanes allow biking on a major artery that had been 'essentially a forbidden street.'" more...

Hills to Blame for Pittsburgh Ped Injuries?

8/19/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "...In a letter to the editor published in the Post-Gazette and on the Bike PGH blog, Bricker says blaming the city's hills is a copout..." more

116-Mile Tahoe-Area Bike Trail Wins Award

8/18/14

"A Reno-based group helping to build a 116-mile bike trail in Nevada and California will be honored todaywith a federal Green Transportation Award." more...

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CareFlight Called After Bicyclists Collide

8/18/14

Troy, OH - "A bicyclist was seriously injured Sunday in a collision with another bicyclist on the [Great] Miami River Recreational Trail near Troy." more...

Puritas Avenue Bike Lane Progress Continues

8/18/14

Cleveland, OH - "As the city continues to keep to their promise to install 80+ miles of bike lanes by the end of 2017 a new 1.1 miles of bike lanes has been installed on Puritas Avenue..." more

Bicyclists / Peds get Their Own Lanes on River Trail

East Lansing, MI - "...'We're separating the bike path from the walking path, and we're providing the space for those two activities to occur separately,' said MSU construction administrator Leisa Williams-Swedberg." more...

How to Make a Case For Bike Lanes Over Parking Spaces

8/18/14

"Convincing your city's decision-makers and other citizens to replace some car infrastructure with bike infrastructure can be a huge challenge. Unfortunately, arguing that shifting more people to bicycling will free up space on the roads and reduce congestion isn't always effective..." more

Adding Biking & Walking Routes Along Active Rail Lines Makes Sense

8/18/14

"...trails don't need to be built on the graves of defunct rail lines. A growing number of them, in fact, are constructed next to active rail lines. In 1996, there were slightly less than 300 miles of these trails. Today there are about 1,400 miles." more...

Ambitious Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities

8/18/14

Los Angeles, CA - "...The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan... aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways..." more

Driving Instructors Don't Know Cyclists Rights on Roads

8/18/14

CO - "...Most of these instructors are retired truck or bus drivers, or even law enforcement officers, he explained. They think they know everything they need to know about the rules of the road and they often have little respect for cyclists..." more

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Company Stops Seizing Bikes After Cyclist Complains

Toronto, CAN - "The property company that came under fire for cutting locks off Toronto cyclists' bikes has put the brakes on its policy." more...

Paul Bunyan Trail Completed

8/17/14

Brainerd, MN - "...With the final 61/2 miles through Crow Wing State Park complete, today it's possible to pedal the entire 115-mile route linking that park south of Brainerd to Lake Bemidji State Park." more...

On a Mission to get Bikes off Sidewalks

8/17/14

Sacramento, CA - "A neighbor in a third-floor apartment heard me scream. But all I remember is looking for my left foot." more...

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Piqua's Efforts to Improve Streets Recognized

Piqua, OH - "The National Complete Streets Coalition has recognized Piqua, as a national leader in making streets safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them." more...

Working to Create a More Bike-Friendly City

8/15/14

San Francisco, CA - "Every Thursday, more than 100 cyclists meet up to ride as a group around Frisco. Spandex-clad, they split into groups of different skill levels and hit the streets as part of the Shawnee Trail Cycling Club's Thursday Night Rider, the group's largest ride of the week." more...

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Cincinnati Launching Bike Share Next Month

Cincinnati, OH - "Cincinnati city officials and community leaders are expected to gather at Fountain Square Tuesday morning to unveil the first of Cincy Bike Share's 35 stations. The ceremony will mark the official start to construction of Ohio's second and largest bike share system." more...

Lone East-West Bike Path Gets Plenty of Use

Worthington, OH - "Cyclists, walkers and joggers already are giving a workout to Worthington's newest multiuse trail, which connects the Olentangy Parklands to North High Street." more...

Pickerington Looks to Connect Parks & Trails

Pickerington, OH - "...The path would serve to connect the multi-use trails in both parks by constructing a connector under the bridge on Lockville Road.

"The city has budgeted $250,000 for the design work this year." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

8/15/14

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Tourists Attacked on Bethlehem's Greenway

8/14/14

Bethlehem, PA - "Two tourists visiting the Sands Casino from New York City were victims of attacks police think are connected." more...

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Powell to Widen Road, Add Bike Path

Powell, OH - "...The project will widen Route 750 between Sawmill Parkway and Wellington Boulevard, just east of the zoo, with the goal of easing traffic congestion in the area. It also will widen Sawmill Parkway at its intersection with Route 750 and add a stretch of bike path..." more

Wesleyan Rec Trail Closed for Sewer Repair

Dayton, OH - "The Wesleyan Rec Trail will be closed August 19-21, 2014 for emergency sewer repair by the City of Dayton Sewer and Water Maintenance Department..."

Source: metroparks.org

Company Steals Bikes Parked in Front of Their Building

8/14/14

CAN - "...After a meeting in Toronto's Hudson Bay Centre, Lisa Ferguson came out to find her bike was missing from the pole where she locked it on public property outside the building..." more

Bike Lane Demos Have Swept America This Summer

8/14/14

"...Around the country in the summer of 2014, community groups across the United States have been using open-streets events and other festivals to give thousands of Americans their first taste of a protected bike lane." more...

The Secret to D.C.'s Soaring Walkability

8/14/14

"Washington D.C. is the most walkable metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report by George Washington University and Smart Growth America." more...

Body Found Near Leon Creek Greenway

8/13/14

San Antonio, TX - "A man was found dead Wednesday on the Leon Creek Greenway on the Northwest Side." more...

Teen Pleads Guilty to Murder Near Raleigh Greenway

8/13/14

Raleigh, NC - "A teen charged with killing a homeless man in 2012 before dumping his body in a trash can off a Raleigh greenway pleaded guilty Wednesday to a first-degree murder charge." more...

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Should Bike Shares Provide Helmets?

8/13/14

"Cities with bike share programs see rise in cyclist head injuries," the Washington Post's erroneous headline stated." more...

Teen Arrested in Murder of Woman Near Pinellas Trail

Clearwater, FL - "Police have charged a Clearwater teenager in the death of a woman whose body was found near the Pinellas Trail." more...

Toronto Will Protect Downtown Bike Lanes

8/13/14

"In a victory for bike safety in Toronto, officials have agreed to add protective posts to three new downtown bike lanes." more

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Driver Pleads Guilty in Hit-Skip Case

8/13/14

Columbus, OH - "An Upper Arlington man pleaded guilty yesterday to aggravated vehicular assault for striking a Dispatch business reporter riding a bicycle in November." more...

No Fatalities Reported For U.S. Bike Shares

8/13/14

"Today, Reuters pointed out an encouraging fact about the 36 bike share programs currently operating in US cities: after an estimated 23 million total rides, there has still not been a single fatality of a cyclist using bike share." more...

Local Residents Speak Out Against Paving Trail

8/12/14

Leon Valley, TX - "The city does not have the "statutory or constitutional authority" to call an election on the city's proposed and hotly debated hike-and-bike trail, according to city attorney Charles Zech." more...

Mokena Man Dies After Bike Trail Crash

8/11/14

IL - "...Just before 11 a.m. Saturday, Vaidas Varpucanskis, 42, of Mokena, tried to pass a jogger on the Hickory Creek Junction Trail in Frankfort Township when he swerved to avoid another bicyclist riding toward him and fell off his bike..." more

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Wolf Creek Trail Paving Progress

8/12/14

Montgomery County, OH - "The upper Wolf Creek Recreation Trail has been reopened for public use. The work is about 85% finished, but completion will be delayed until mid-September due to scheduling conflicts. The trail has been reopened now, rather than keeping it closed while the project is idle for several weeks." more

A Case for Protected Bike Lanes in the Countryside

8/11/14

"I have often lamented the lack of physically separated bike lanes in Durham, North Carolina-but a transportation-geek friend of mine reminds me that they're hard to implement in many newer American cities where every house has a driveway." more...

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2nd Cross-State Trail Possible for MO

8/9/14

St. Louis, MO - "...The proposed Missouri Rock Island Trail would stretch from Windsor in the west for about 130 miles to the Franklin County town of Beaufort in the east while twice crossing the 236-mile Katy Trail..." more

Trail Project to Connect WI & MN

8/9/14

"Many more bicyclists may be turning their handlebars toward the Minnesota-Wisconsin border in coming years, thanks to trail projects underway and in development." more

Tampa Bay Area is Bad News for Pedestrians

"They never saw the Honda, and its driver never saw them. The sport utility vehicle smashed into Jayla Shubbar before she and her older sister reached the convenience store across the street." more...

Copenhagen's Newest Bike Lane Totally Rules

"In Copenhagen, where bicycles outnumber people and nearly 40 percent of residents cycle to work, bike-friendly infrastructure is key." more

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Short Term Closures Coming to Olentangy Trail

Columbus, OH - "This is an advanced notification advising that the Olentangy trail will be under construction to stabilize the riverbank from September 1st to November 1st between Antrim Lake Park and Henderson Road. The trail will still be open, but may be shut down for 15-30 minute increments during the day..." more

Plan to Link Long Island With Queens by Trail

NYC - "...Runners and cyclists will gather this weekend near the Queens County Farm Museum in a spot that they hope one day will be a 2-mile long greenway linking Queens to Long Island." more...

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Mt. Air Neighbors Don't Want Trail

8/9/14

Columbus, OH - "...Barbara Bergmann, and Knepper have written letters published in The Dispatch that oppose the Mount Air route, citing safety concerns of riding beside Rt. 315/Olentangy River Road..." more

Jersey City to Newark Trail Covered in Weeds

NJ - "A bike path connecting Jersey City and Newark that was unveiled two years ago by former Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy has fallen into disrepair..." more

Bike-Friendly Streets Help Denmark Combat Inequality

8/8/14

"We don't have to dream of a country where protected bike lanes and other quality bike infrastructure have dramatically improved life for poor people. We can visit it." more...

How People Perceive Streets

8/8/14

"What can an algorithm tell us about how people perceive streets?" more...

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Portions of Gallia Trail Closing for Bridge Work

Gallipolis, OH - "Portions of the Gallia County Hike and Bike Trail will be closed off throughout August for bridge deck repairs, according to O.O. McIntyre Park District officials." more...

Motorist Charged in Crash That Killed Pedestrian

Columbus, OH - "A Northeast Side motorist was charged yesterday in connection with a Sunday night crash in his neighborhood that killed one pedestrian and seriously injured another." more...

Miami Valley Trails Newsletter

8/7/14

Read this summer's edition.

Data on Biking & Household Income

8/7/14

"... How much do people bike because they need to get somewhere, and how much do they bike for fun..?" more

Elly Blue Interview

8/7/14

"...Recently, I caught up with Blue to talk about her book, investments in bike infrastructure and equity within the bicycling world." more...

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Vision For Cleveland Bicycle Expressway

8/7/14

Cleveland, OH - "A big, bold way to connect Cleveland neighborhoods, pump up businesses and add tree-lined bikeways to miles and miles of city streets is hiding in plain sight." more...

10-Mile "Linear Park" Could Come to South Florida

8/6/14

Miami, FL - "If a South Florida group has their way, Miami is about to get a whole lot greener. The Greenlink Project would create the largest linear park ever, one that would stretch 10 miles long from Brickell to Dadeland right underneath the Metrorail." more...

Trail Advocates Making Push to Claim 145-Mile Rail Corridor

8/5/14

MO - "Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and our local partners in Missouri are taking a bold step to secure a 145-mile rail corridor stretching through the heart of the state." more...

How "Share-the-Road" Fails

"...Yet it's self-evidently bizarre to argue that the solution to drivers' killing people is to ask everyone to be nice..." more

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Bike Shaker Seeks Trail Plan Adjustments

8/5/14

Shaker Hieghts, OH - "In response to an open letter from the Bike Shaker riding organization, city officials have set an Aug. 27 public meeting to further discuss plans for the Lake-to-Lakes Trail." more...

Bike Ride Planned to Continue Focus on Brutal Beating

Atlanta, GA - "The husband and brother-in-law of a woman brutally attacked last week while walking on the Silver Comet Trail will lead a round-trip ride that was organized to keep attention focused on the incident that has horrified some and frightened others who use the popular walking and biking path." more...

New Trail Proposed Along Great Western Corridor

St.Charles, IL - "...If some St. Charles leaders have their way, a third [trail] - dare we call it "the Middle Great Western Trail"? - could be laid down soon for about three miles right through the heart of their city..." more

Tourists Say Canada Needs Parks, Not Parking Lots

8/5/14

"People come to Canada expecting mountains and Mounties standing on guard for thee, but one Danish couple were so shocked by what they found that they wrote an open letter "to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada..." more

Ped Fatality Rates Highest in Low Income Neighborhoods

8/5/14

"...People on foot make up a growing proportion of people killed in traffic - 15 percent in 2012, up from 11 percent in 2007..." more

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2 National Bike Routes Coming to Xenia

Xenia, OH - US National Bike Routes 50 & 21 will intersect at Xenia Station, bringing more two-wheeled travelers to Ohio's largest paved trail hub. more...

Closings Announced for Bike & Hike Trail

Sagamore Hills, OH - "Due to work conducted in Sagamore Hills by FirstEnergy and its contractors, the Bike & Hike Trail will be closed between Nesbitt Road and Merritt Drive through Friday, Aug. 15. The trail will be closed between Sagamore Road and Valley View Road through October." more...

SunRail Trains Carry Bikes For Free

8/5/14

FL - "...the maiden voyage in May of the SunRail commuter train from Orlando to communities north crept a little under the radar of most trail users, with the excellent news that SunRail trains would carry bikes for free." more...

How Does Short Term Transpo Funding Fix Affect Walking / Biking?

8/4/14

"...The good news is that, at least for now, funding for trails, walking and biking, through programs like the Transportation Alternatives Program and the Recreational Trails Program, will continue at current levels..." more

East Coast Trail Debate Continues

8/4/14

CAN - "The debate over whether to allow mountain bikes on parts of the East Coast Trail has been ongoing all summer. Maybe it's time to shift our focus." more...

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2 Cyclists Hit, 1 Killed in Columbus

8/4/14

Columbus, OH - "A female was killed and a male critically injured last night in an accident involving a bicycle and a car at Appian Way and Collier Drive on the Northeast Side, Columbus police said." more...

Aug. 5 update: The bicyclists were walking their bikes on the road shoulder.

Duluth Becoming a Mountain Bike Destination

8/2/14

Duluth, MN - "Duluth's mountain bike trail system is expanding to over 100 miles. The buzz about the growth is bringing people here from all over the country just to ride their bikes." more...

Mayor Out to Transform LA Streets

Los Angeles, CA - "...Mayor Eric Garcetti hopes to transform Gaffey and 14 other major thoroughfares into hubs of neighborhood activity. In a process the mayor describes as "urban acupuncture," the city plans to add bike racks, plazas, crosswalk upgrades and other amenities aimed at drawing in pedestrians and attracting new businesses." more...

Pro-Car/Anti-Bike Movements

8/1/14

"A group of San Francisco activists wants equal rights for cars. Pushing a ballot measure that would limit parking fees, build garages and create a "Motorists Citizen Advisory Committee..." more

Suburban Sidewalk Retrofits

8/1/14

MN - "The lack of suburban sidewalks has long been a legitimate urbanist complaint. While more new suburban developments are being built with sidewalks, it's still a huge job to retrofit all the suburbs that grew up without them..." more

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Work Begins on Trail Honoring Slain Soldier

8/1/14

Pimento, IN - "Organizers are mapping out some 16 miles of bike trails through a western Indiana county park for a memorial to a soldier killed during the war in Afghanistan." more...

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Trail Clearing Helicopter Crash Being Investigated

Marion, OH - "The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Logan County Tuesday evening told state troopers the cause of the accident was likely engine failure, but it's still being investigated, according to officials." more...

Sippo Valley Trail Bridge Reopens

"The trail bridge washed out earlier this year, on the Massillon end, west of Bottoms Park, has been repaired.

"I rode the Sippo today and noticed everything was clear from Massillon to Dalton."

By Ray Holloway

Cyclists, Drivers Seek Truce At Gathering

Columbus, OH - "A gathering to improve relations between bicyclists and motorists and improve safety on city streets drew only 16 people last week to the Charity Newsies building on Indianola Avenue -- but those who attended had some strong feelings on both sides of the equation." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

8/1/14

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MO Mayor in Hit-n-Run Incident With Cyclist

8/1/14

"Accusations are flying back and forth in the St. Louis suburb of Sunset Hills, Missouri, where the mayor is accused of sideswiping a cyclist after a rolling argument." more...

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Marion Park District Approves Trail Extension

7/31/14

Marion, OH - "...The Marion County Park District approved the use of $559,174.40 to extend the trial section of the Marion Tallgrass Trail three miles." more...

Trail Could Connect MI & IN

St. Joseph County, MI - "An agreement approved today promises to bring the bike and pedestrian trails of Indiana and Michigan closer together." more...

"Safe Routes" Goes Global

7/31/14

"To get to Seoul Gumsan Elementary School in South Korea, students have to cross a heavily trafficked road with a blind curve. Between 2009 and 2010, 89 children were injured and one killed in 86 traffic crashes near the school." more...

Town Turns Drug Path Into Bike Trail

7/30/14

Rio Grande City, TX - "Officials in a Texas border city have repurposed a suspected drug and human trafficking path as a bike trail." more...

Critical Mass Tragedy Sparks Bicycle Boom

7/30/14

Brazil - "...in February 2011, the rolling circus protesting for the right to ride in peace turned tragic when an irate driver crashed into the crowd. Thirty people were injured, many severely, in an event that shook the cycling community to its core." more...

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Westerville Ped Bridge Opens Aug. 1st

7/30/14

Westerville, OH - "The new Westerville B&W Pedestrian Bridge will provide safe crossing to more than 500 cyclists, runners and walkers daily over County Line Road. The trail addition will not only be enjoyed by path users in the Westerville area, but will be utilized statewide as a part of the Ohio to Erie Trail that will run from Lake Erie to the Ohio River." more...

Iron Horse Bikeway Construction Update

7/30/14

"Construction is complete on the section of the Iron Horse Bikeway that passes under US-35 however restoration work is still in progress around the construction area. Please use caution in the area and watch for barrels and caution tape."

Source: metroparks.org

GMRT Segment Closed For Repaving

7/30/14

"The Ohio Department of Transportation will be completing a repaving project of the Great Miami Bikeway through Moraine, West Carrollton, and Miamisburg starting July 28. The work is scheduled to be completed by August 31. Street level detours will be posted during the project."

Source: metroparks.org

Ohio-to-Erie Trail Summer 2014 Newsletter

7/30/14

View the online edition.

How Bike-Friendly is Cincinnati?

7/29/14

Cincinnati, OH - "...The number of people biking in the city of Cincinnati has increased by more than 80 percent in the last 10 years." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Heard About The Bike Route Across Ohio?

"...Ohio's route traverses several road segments and portions of 14 trails, including parts of the Olentangy, Alum Creek and Camp Chase trails in Columbus..." more

Woman Works to Build 5 County Trail

7/29/14

IA - "Kathy Fueston is on a mission.[She] hopes to one day ride her bike from Okoboji all the way to Des Moines..." more

Cleveland Greenway Becoming Hot Spot for Crime

7/29/14

Cleveland, TN - "Broken glass lies in the parking lot leading to Cleveland's Greenway, just a few feet away political signs have profanity spray painted across them. Across the street, multiple businesses and even a nearby school fell victim to the same crime over the weekend." more...

To Keep Bicyclists Outside the Door Zone, You Need a Buffer

7/29/14

"A new study has found that buffered bike lanes are better than conventional bike lanes when it comes to encouraging bicyclists to ride outside the door zone. The study draws its conclusion, in part, based on a test done with bike lanes in Chicago." more...

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Tree-Cutting Helicopter Crashes While Clearing Trail

7/29/14

Logan County, OH - "Leo Boucher, pilot of the MD 500 helicopter that crashed during a tree- and brush-clearing operation, was at about 100 feet cutting a tree line west of Township Road 188 when it went down..." more

Submitted by Billy Helfrich

Simon Kenton Trail Extension Progress Report

7/29/14

"...The Simon Kenton Trail from Springfield to Bellefontaine will be approximately 35 miles long when finished, with a connection to the Little Miami Scenic Trail in Springfield..." more

Submitted by Billy Helfrich

One-Day Plazas and Bike Lanes Can Change a City Forever

7/29/14

Minneapolis, MN - "...Despite relatively high levels of biking, Minnesota has somehow neglected to install even a single on-street protected bike lane - though Minneapolis has approved a plan to build 30 miles of them by 2020..." more

Plan to Make "Bicycle Interstates" Out of Utility Network

7/29/14

Houston, TX - "Long lanes of grass alongside power lines are almost as ubiquitous in Houston as highways. There are roughly 500 miles of high-voltage utility rights-of-way criss-crossing the city, and they're mostly just dead spaces, forming weedy barriers between neighborhoods." more...

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Nice Ride Loans Out 140 Bikes

MN - "...Utilizing the same orange bikes that hit the streets in Bemidji last month, this pilot program will be working to provide a resource for creating 140 new cyclists ..." more

All Aboard Florida Must Include Trail

"...Miami now joins a groundswell of communities standing up and saying loudly that the rail project has the potential to transform Florida's transportation system for the better-but only if it includes a parallel rail-with-trail pathway for biking and walking." more...

Feds Getting Onboard With City-Friendly Design

7/28/14

"The heavyweights of American transportation engineering continue to warm up to design guides that prioritize walking, biking, and transit on city streets..." more

How Can Laws Promote Bicycling?

7/28/14

"...While we've made many gains over the years, there are still plenty of examples "legal impediments" to bicycling..." more

Measuring Traffic by People, Not Vehicles

"...If you took the numbers at face value, you might be left with the impression that cars are the most important thing moving around New York. But when you measure people instead of vehicles, the numbers look quite different." more

Evidence That Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

"..The denser the urban environment (particularly for rail), the more bikesharing provides new connections that substitute for existing ones. The less dense the environment, the more bikesharing establishes new connections to the existing public transit system." more...

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Killer Sought in MI Trail Murder

Armada, MI - "Garrett Edwards walks his black lab every day on the Armada bike path where the body of 14-year-old April Millsap's body was found." more...

Is Canada Missing Out on Cycling Tourists?

7/27/14

"For Steve Langston, a Winnipegger with 30,000 kilometres of world-wide bike travel under his belt, the cycling trails in Quebec felt "like Amsterdam," and proved a rare exception to most others he'd traversed across this country." more...

Walkability Paradox: Cars May Improve the Ped Experience

7/27/14

"It may seem counterintuitive, but cars are needed to make most walkable urban retail environments successful. The key is how communities manage those cars..." more

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Input Needed For Medlar Bikeway

Montgomery County, OH - "Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District (TID) is seeking comments from the cycling community about the proposed connector from Medlar bikeway to Austin Blvd. We are making a call out to submit letters of support by no later than August 1st." more...

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Sewer Repair on I-670 Trail

Columbus, OH - "Emergency sewer repair is occurring on the I-670 Trail near Nelson Road and Monticello Place. Please use caution with navigating around this trail closure."

Source: columbus.gov

MORPC Surveying Central Ohio Trail Users

"The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is conducting a study to learn more about how people use and value multi-use trails in Central Ohio..." more

How Paying For Bike Parking Could Be Awesome

7/26/14

"The other day, an exchange about one of BikePortland's favorite topics (the many benefits of charging money for car parking) took a turn when a reader who goes by "meh" asked if we all wanted to pay to park in bike corrals, too." more...

Portland Mostly Finished Adding Auto Capacity

7/25/14

Portland, OR - "In case you weren't sure whether Portland is truly unusual as mid-sized U.S. cities go, the 20-year comprehensive plan map released this week ought to make it clear." more...

The Citi Bike Deal Is Great News for Other Cities Too

7/25/14

"Andrew Tangel at the Wall Street Journal had an encouraging update this week on the Citi Bike buyout plan..." more

Bus Driver Seriously Injures Cyclist on Hudson River Greenway

7/24/14

NY - "A bus driver seriously injured a cyclist on the Hudson River Greenway in Hell's Kitchen this morning." more...

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Connecting Central Ohio Walkways & Bike Paths

7/25/14

"Recreational paths in central Ohio are becoming more than just weekend diversions for cyclists, runners, dog walkers and strollers." more...

Bike & Hike Trail Tunnel Construction

Boston Heights, OH - "...Construction crews will work through 2015 to replace a deteriorated bridge with a tunnel along the Akron-Cleveland Road portion on the trail, according to Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

7/25/14

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Where Are Drivers More Likely To Yield To Peds?

7/24/14

"...According to a national survey of experts, that depends on a few factors, including the width of the road you're trying to cross, how many other pedestrians are in the area, and even what part of the country you happen to be in." more...

BFCs, Watch Out For Steve Clark

7/24/14

"If your city proudly proclaims its Bicycle Friendly Community designation, you might want to re-read your application and make sure you didn't exaggerate. That's because Steve Clark, the new staffer in charge of the program for the League of American Bicyclists, is on a three-year, 300 city tour to find out if they live up to the hype." more...

Urban Cycling: How to Breathe Less Pollution

7/23/14

"With a homebuilt $300 pollution monitor strapped to his bicycle and seven years of Portland State University education in his brain, Alex Bigazzi has been leading a deep exploration into your lungs." more

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Locals Hail Alum Creek Connector

7/23/14

Columbus, OH - "When Columbus City Council approved a connector to the Alum Creek Greenway Trail July 14, Columbus residents weren't the only ones in central Ohio looking forward to pedaling into Downtown." more...

Police Seek Suspects in Bike Trail Robbery

7/23/14

Toledo, OH - "oledo police are asking for the public's help identifying two males they say assaulted and robbed two boys biking along the University Metroparks Trail." more...

Bike Frame Builder Dies During RAGBRAI

7/23/14

"A bicyclist remembered as a renowned Iowa custom bike-frame builder collapsed during Monday's stage of RAGBRAI and later was pronounced dead at a hospital." more...

LA on Cusp of Becoming Major Walkable City

7/23/14

CA - "Despite its long love affair with the car, Los Angeles is on the cusp of becoming a "major" walkable urban area. And doing so could do wonders for its real estate market, at least in spots." more...

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Stillwater River Trail Closure

7/23/14

Dayton, OH - "A multi-year Ohio Department of Transportation project to rebuild the Interstate 70 bridge over the Stillwater River will close the trail underneath the interstate and south to the parking lot in Jake Grossnickle Park..." more

New Lakefront Ped Bridge Requires High-Speed Design

7/22/14

Cleveland, OH - "...Coupled with plans to revamp Public Square by 2016, the pedestrian bridge has the potential to project a global image of Cleveland as a can-do city..." more

Upper Arlington Seeks More Ped / Bike Friendly Street

Upper Arlington, OH - "...He called the road's current state 'a disaster.' It needs to be more welcoming to pedestrians, cyclists and shoppers." more...

Plan Unveiled For Iron Curtain Trail

7/22/14

"Plans for a 6,800 km cycle path along the former Iron Curtain - the line which divided Europe into East and West for almost half a century - were presented at the House of the European Union in Vienna on Monday." more...

Getting Rural Kids Walking & Biking

7/22/14

"...'Rural areas typically do not have the sidewalks, crosswalks, etc. that urban settings do, so SRTS work in a rural setting has the unique challenge - or opportunity, as I like to think of it - of utilizing what is available and advocating for more pedestrian accommodations,' Christensen said." more...

Man Rescued From Trail in Stonycreek Township

7/21/14

Stonycreek Township, PA - " A man was recused after falling several feet down an embankment along a Cambria County walking and bicycling trail Monday afternoon." more...

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New Plan Aims to Unite Recreational Assets

7/21/14

Marysville, OH - "...The goal is to tie communities, subdivisions, parks, schools, natural and historic sites, and businesses with a system of on- and off-road trails for walking, running, canoeing or kayaking (water trails), horse riding and/or biking..." more

Bike Path Should Put Preservation & Safety First

7/21/14

"...The long-established MORPC expansion of the Olentangy Bikeway east of the river would be a much-less-intrusive solution, well to the east of the fragile, scenic river banks..." more

Woman Found Dead in Rocky River Reservation

7/21/14

Rocky River, OH - "The body of Karen Bey 57, was found in the river, a Cleveland MetroParks spokesperson said Monday" more...

Cop Video Jokes About Running Down Cyclists

7/21/14

CA - "A California police officer got in trouble over the weekend for a YouTube video she posted making fun of bicyclists and joking about how she'd love to run them over..." more

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

$1.8M Bike Path Slated for November Opening

7/21/14

Zeeland Township, MI - "Federal funds and Ottawa County millage revenue will pay for a $1.8 million connector between the Fred Meijer Kenowa Trail and existing bike path on Adams Street." more...

Crashes Plague Bike Tunnel

7/21/14

Eastham, MA - "...I can guarantee you someone will be hurt in the next few days at the bike tunnel." more...

People Living Near Multiuse Paths Get More Exercise

7/21/14

"People who live near safe, high-quality biking and walking infrastructure tend to get more exercise than people who don't, according to a study published last week in the American Journal of Public Health." more...

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Why Bike Lanes Must Be Kept Clear

7/21/14

"...It is one of those things that indicate whether or not a city takes cycling seriously..." more

Wildfires Close Bike Routes

7/20/14

WA - "Bicyclists traveling across the state of Washington should check for road closures before they get too far along. Numerous wildfires are burning across forestland, creating road closures and bad air quality." more...

Woman Jogger Assaulted on Fairfax Trail

7/19/14

Fairfax, VA - "A woman was assaulted while running on a residential Fairfax trail by a man who was riding a bicycle, police say." more

Visiting Stevie at Lady Bird Lake

7/19/14

Austin, TX - "Many Austinites first experience the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue while jogging or riding past it on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail..." more

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Los Angeles River Greenway $1B Vision

7/19/14

Los Angeles, CA - "...thanks to an agreement this spring between the city and the federal government, the overlooked waterway is slated for a $1 billion restoration effort..." more

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Community Responds, Citizens Sign Up For Bike Patrol

7/19/14

Warren, OH - "...A training meeting was held Friday afternoon for those people who signed up to volunteer to be part of the patrol. About 20 people attended, but Warren Councilman John Brown said there are several more people interested who could not attend..." more

Celebrating Cleveland's Latest Bike Lanes

Cleveland, OH - "This summer the City of Cleveland made true on their promise to add bike lanes to Detroit Avenue, the latest in their commitment to add 80+ miles of bike lanes by 2017..." more

Dublin Expanding Bike Path Network

Dublin, OH - "Named a Bicycle Friendly City by the League of American Bicyclists in 2013 - Dublin continues to expand its bike path network. This summer 5-foot wide bike lanes will be constructed along Muirfield Drive from Moors Place to Glick Road, in addition to new shared use paths with pre-fabricated pedestrian bridges over the North Fork Indian Run connecting the new bike lanes to existing shared-use paths located at the Muirfield Drive/Brand Road roundabout." more...

Ped Bridge to Connect Trails With Downtown

Mt. Vernon, OH - "Mayor Richard Mavis told the News Friday that the old railroad bridge behind Winestein will eventually become a paved pedestrian bridge where pedestrians and bicyclists can safely cross the Kokosing River..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

7/18/14

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Drunk Driver Severely Injures Cyclist, Gets New Trial

Cleveland, OH - "A Sagamore Hills man sentenced to five years in prison for hitting and seriously injuring a bicyclist on the Lorain Carnegie Bridge after an evening with friends at Ohio City breweries has been granted a new trial." more...

Contraflow Bike Lanes Finally Get Nod In U.S.

7/18/14

"Buffered bike lanes have been used in some American cities for decades now, and an increasing number of cities are implementing contraflow bike lanes. But only just now are these street designs getting official recognition from powerful standard-setters inside the U.S. engineering establishment." more

Best Bike Cities? Let's Start Asking Mobile Apps

7/18/14

"...going to and from work, which is the only bicycle activity the Census measures across the United States, accounts for less than 20 percent of our trips..." more

America Can Learn From French City's Complete Streets

7/17/14

"Strasbourg, France is a beautiful city that takes its complete streets to heart. The roads through the old city gracefully mix street trams/light rail with bicycle paths and friendly traffic calmed streets..." more

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Bike & Hike Trail To Get New Tunnel

Hudson, OH - "Work is expected to begin Friday on a new tunnel that will take Summit Metro Parks Bike & Hike Trail users beneath Akron-Cleveland Rd." more...

Bike Group Seeks to Transfer Trail Funds

Troy, OH - "The Miami County commissioners were asked Wednesday, July 16, to approve the transfer of money contributed to the county Bike Trail Task Force during the countywide trail development project from The Troy Foundation to the Friends of the Miami County Park District." more...

Cannonball Path to Feature Bicycle Roundabout

7/17/14

WI - "A tunnel, a bike bridge and the first bicycle roundabout in the area. Those are a few more features of the Cannonball Path, which in a few weeks will give bicyclists 4.5 miles of straight bike trail..." more

Bike-Share Expansions Unlikely in 2014

7/17/14

"Despite continually growing ridership, Alta Bicycle Share-operated bike-share systems across America will probably not be adding bikes or docks this year." more...

Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Bill Proposed

WA - "U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area. Senate Bill 2602 is a companion to legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Dave Reichert in 2013." more...

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Green Spaces Are Vital to Cleveland's Future

Cleveland, OH - "...The new Scranton Flats park is only nine acres of reclaimed property, including 3,000 feet fronting the river, but inspirationally it's a giant step toward the conversion of Greater Cleveland into a greener, more interconnected region." more...

Crews Extinquish Fire Along American River Trail

Sacramento, CA - "Sacramento fire crews on Tuesday evening knocked down a fire that burned an area along the American River bike trail, prompting closure of the Capital City Freeway for about 20 minutes." more...

Finland's Plan to Make Cars in Cities Pointless

7/17/14

"...the Finns attempt to make Helsinki a city that does urban mobility better than any of us by designing a system that doesn't rely on personal cars. In fact the Finns have set a goal to have zero personally-owned cars in capital city Helsinki by the year 2025..." more

East Coast Trail For Hikers, Not Bikers

7/16/14

CAN - "A private tour company is organizing mountain bike tours along sections of the East Coast Trail, but the association that oversees the trail is opposed to it." more...

What's the Best Way to Make Biking Mainstream?

7/16/14

"How can you turn a car-dependent city into a place where most people feel safe cycling for transportation?" more...

RTC Goes to Work in Florida

7/15/14

FL - "...Over the next nine months, a small handful of key votes, projects and funding battles will shape the landscape of Florida for decades to come. So RTC is making sure that everyone who uses and loves trails in the Sunshine State is heard during these vital decisions." more...

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Funding Approved For Completing Alum Creek Trail

7/15/14

Columbus, OH - "...Tonight, the Columbus City Council unanimously approved $6.2 million to finish 1.25 miles of the path, which will then make the trail, at 22 miles, the longest continuous bike path in central Ohio." more...

Man Attacked on Greenway

Minneapolis, MN - "A Twin Cities man is recovering after an attack on a busy section of the Greenway Bike Trail." more...

What Happens When a Congressman Attacks Trail Funding?

"...Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, had proposed an amendment to the Preserving America's Transit and Highways Act to eliminate funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), by far the largest dedicated source of funding for trails and biking and walking infrastructure." more...

How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

7/15/14

"Three policy lessons for cities trying to achieve more transport equity." more...

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Yellow Springs Hiker Killed by Lightning

"A 42-year-old Yellow Springs woman was killed by a lightning strike on Friday while hiking with her husband and a friend in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado." more...

Man Dies While Biking the Lehigh County Trail

PA - "A 74-year-old man died from natural causes Saturday during a bike ride on a Lehigh County hiking trail." more...

Bike Lane Backlash

7/14/14

Chicago, IL - "...Over the past decade, "bike lane backlash" has been commonplace as communities big and small have established thousands of miles of dedicated cycling lanes throughout the country..." more

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Will E-Car Drivers Respect Bike Commuters?

7/14/14

"Will drivers of electric cars prove as intolerant of bicyclists as their ICE-age driving counterparts..." more

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Minor Bike Spill Leads To Life-Threatening Battle

7/12/14

"Kylie Marble, 21, is likely to take a break from the bike trail for while, after a minor biking injury she sustained last month nearly took her life." more...

Cedillo Kills North Figueroa Bike Lanes

Los Angeles, CA - "As a candidate, Gil Cedillo pledged his support for the approved road diet bike lanes on North Figueroa Street.

"Once elected, Los Angeles City Councilmember Cedillo maintained that he was listening to community concerns, while he and his staff phone-banked and canvassed to rally opposition to the bike lanes." more...

Heat Cameras Could Fix Intersections for Cyclists & Drivers

"...many cities are starting to incorporate new tech that can sense when cyclists are waiting at an intersection and cut their wait times." more...

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Trail Group Studying GAP Economic Impact

7/12/14

PA - "The Trail Town Program is seeking volunteers to collect information to help determine the economic impact of the Great Allegheny Passage." more...

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How LeBron Can Help Get Cleveland Biking

7/11/14

"...Aside from his phenomenal basketball skills, LeBron has moonlighted as a bit of a bike advocate..." more

Medical Mutual Sponsoring CoGo Bike Share

7/11/14

Columbus, OH - "Medical Mutual of Ohio will sponsor the CoGo bike-sharing program in Columbus for the next five years with a $1.25 million grant, city and company representatives said Friday." more...

Denver's Opportunity for World-Class Streets

7/11/14

Denver, CO - "Just a few months ago, Denver opened its first protected bike lane on 15th Street. But was that a one-off project or will the Mile High City change the way it designs streets citywide?" more...

ATV Rams Bicyclist on Bike Trail

IL - "Saline County Sheriff's Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a man believed to have assaulted a bicyclist with an all-terrain vehicle on the Harrisburg-Eldorado Bike Path July 1." more...

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Scranton Flats Towpath Ribbon Cutting

7/11/14

Dublin Approves Ped Bridges & Bike Lanes

Dublin, OH - "Even though it will cost twice as much as originally estimated, Dublin will go ahead with building two pedestrian bridges across the north fork of Indian Run and constructing bike lanes on Muirfield Drive." more...

River Bank to Be Repaired Near Olentangy Trail

Columbus, OH - "Metro Parks will spend as much as $66,000 to shore up a section of a stream bank to protect the Olentangy Greenways Trail south of Bethel Road." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

7/11/14

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Road Rage Against Cyclist, Sheriff Blames Victim

Orange County, CA - "On May 31, 2014, Bryan Larsen was bicycling on a crowded stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in south Orange County. He began to notice a pattern of harassment by the occupants of a large white 4×4 Ram Truck..." more

Cities & Developers Peddling Bike Lanes

7/10/14

"In Vancouver, Cadillac Fairview is building lots of bike storage, change rooms and showers into their buildings..." more

Protected Bike Lanes Double in Cities Bid to Attract Youth

7/10/14

"U.S. cities trying to attract young residents and the businesses that hire them are increasingly finding magic in the bike lane." more...

Retailers Propose Protected Bike Lanes

7/9/14

Portland, OR - "A coalition of 30 Old Town bars, restaurants and entertainment venues is proposing adding a quarter-mile of planter-protected bike lanes and street cafe seating to 2nd and/or 3rd avenues." more...

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Westerville Trail To Be Rebid

7/9/14

Westerville, OH - "After receiving five bids for its planned connector between the Alum Creek and Sharon Woods multi-use trails, Westerville City Council was forced to reject all of them as too costly." more...

Courtland Milloy's Bike Hate Piece Gets Response

7/9/14

"Bicyclists, pacificists, and reasonable people everywhere are up in arms today about Courtland Milloy's outrageous column, published last night on Washington Post's website..." more

The Next Great Biking Cities

"For years, the growth in bicycle commuting in the auto-centric United States was like a slow and steady climb up a steep, winding hill. But recently, biking to work is picking up speed, with the wind at its back, thanks to more cities becoming bicycle friendly." more...

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Warren Seeks Volunteers For Bike Patrol

Warren, OH - "The city of Warren wants to form a citizen bike patrol in which volunteers will monitor approximately 2.5 miles of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail that weave[s] through the city." more...

Ambitious Web of Philly Region's Trails Taking Shape

Philadephia, PA - "Connect the Circuit, the ambitious plan to complete a 720-mile web of bike trail throughout the Philadelphia region, is two years under way, and far from finished." more...

Cross-Charlotte Bike Trail Proposed

Charlotte, NC - "The whirr of bike chains and snap of gear shifts should become more common sounds in parts of Charlotte in coming years." more...

Downtown Connections Key For Cleveland

7/9/14

Cleveland, OH - "A report set for release today argues that connections, ranging from pop-up shops to bike lanes and pedestrian bridges, will be critical to maintaining downtown's momentum during the next five to seven years..." more

Shift Coming For Transit Projects in California

7/8/14

CA - "The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country." more...

Dubai to Build 'Temperature-Controlled Pedestrian City'

7/7/14

"Dubai is already home to the tallest tower in the world, so it was just a matter of time until the glitzy emirate planned another record-breaking construction." more...

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Wolf Creek Trail Resurfacing

7/7/14

"A portion of the Wolf Creek Bikeway will be closed for repairs from July 21 to August 15, 2014 between Albert Road in Brookville, OH and Preble County Line Road in Clay Township, Montgomery County, OH. The trail east of Albert Road will not be affected.

"The work includes the removal of deteriorated asphalt in selected areas, installation of 1-1/2" of new asphalt over the entire trail surface, and the construction of new street crossings." more...

Great Miami Trail Reopens North of Miamisburg

7/7/14

"Trail damage caused by heavy storms in June resulted in a trail closure at Sycamore Creek, just north of downtown Miamisburg.

"As of July 7, 2014, this trail repair project has been completed by the Miami Conservancy District and the trail has been re-opened for use by the general public. You can read more about the issue here."

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How Communities are Paying for Innovative Bike Infrastructure

7/7/14

"Advocacy Advance recently released its latest report, "How Communities are Paying for Innovative On-Street Bicycle Infrastructure." The report provides examples of how communities across the country are paying for separated bicycle infrastructure..." more...

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

7/7/14

"Scott Simon's bio on the NPR website describes him as "one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters," and it's tough to argue with that..." more

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Skyrocketing Airline Fees For Bikes

7/6/14

"At the same time that Amtrak is improving its policies for carrying bicycles, the airlines are continuing to jack up prices on bicycles as baggage." more...

Mexico City's Car-Free Sundays a Catalyst for Change

"...Every Sunday for the past seven years, the city has closed many of its streets to cars, and opened them up to pedestrians ready to dance, to jog, to bike, and connect to their community in new ways..." more

Thinking Bigger About Transit-Oriented Development

"The growing popularity of bike-share represents a shift toward embracing shared-transport networks. But there's a much larger picture to consider." more...

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Coast-to-Coast Trail Short $3M

7/5/14

New Zealand - "A shortfall of up to $3 million to finish a coast-to-coast cycleway could force the Far North District Council cap-in-hand to the Government for more money." more...

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Clean Ohio Grant Funding Available

"Communities in the area have an unusual opportunity to take advantage of the next round of Clean Ohio funding." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

7/4/14

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Lake Oswego Residents Balk at Bike Trail Plans

7/3/14

Lake Oswego, OR - "Approval of an update to the city's transportation system hit a roadblock on Tuesday as residents balked at plans for trails and bike paths on private property." more...

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North Ridgeville Trail Becomes A Reality

North Ridgeville, OH - "Five years ago, two high school girls had a dream of running through South Central Park on a clear, safe path." more...

Rash of Bike Crashes in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH - "Over the past two weeks at least eight bike-car crashes have been brought to Bike Cleveland's attention. They have been recorded throughout Greater Cleveland..." more

Officials Puzzled By Trail Damage

7/3/14

Moab, UT - "It's been just over a month since state and local dignitaries celebrated the official grand opening of the Colorado River Pathway, yet one stretch of the trail is already showing mysterious signs of wear and tear." more...

Sharing The Streets in Pittsburgh

7/3/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "...The biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference is taking place in Pittsburgh, a city that's shedding its "Rust Belt" image and emerging as a leader in progressive street design with the help of a new mayor who's committed to biking, walking, and public space." more...

Copenhagen's Bike Commute Rate Jumps 5% in 1 Year

7/3/14

"A somewhat odd factor at play in Copenhagen, starting in 2012, seems to have stimulated a bike boom in the already leading bike city. Bicycle commuting jumped from 36% to 41% from 2012 to 2013, after years of a fairly stable bike commute rate." more...

What a Great Pilot Bike Lane Project Looks Like

7/3/14

"From Calgary to Seattle to Memphis, the one-year pilot project is becoming the protected bike lane trend of 2014." more...

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The "F" Word in Trail Building

7/3/14

"The obscene term in trail building that landowners dread hearing doesn't start with the letter "F." But it sends a similar message." more...

Bike Shaker Offers Suggestions For Lake-to-Lake Trail

Shaker Heights, OH - "Bike Shaker organizers have added a list of recommendations to the city's plans for the connecting leg of the Lake-to-Lakes Trail." more...

Xenia a Buckeye Trail Town

Xenia, OH - "The City of Xenia is widely known as the Bicycle Capital of the Midwest. Now it is hoping to become a destination for hikers and campers as well." more...

Statewide Network of Bike Trails Nearing Reality

WI - "The Bike Fed's vision to make Wisconsin "America's Best Ride" includes the creation of a statewide network of interconnected bikeways..." more

How Google Maps Makes The World Better for Biking

7/3/14

"...Google Maps biking directions are a big boon to bicyclists, even if other apps - like the fancy Hammerhead - may keep adding new and fancier bits..." more

The Critical Mass for Safer Intersections

"City intersections grow significantly safer when 200 or more cyclists ride through daily, according to a new study by University of Colorado-Denver..." more

The Case of The Erased Bike Lane

7/1/14

MN - "The streets will speak to us, if we stop and listen." more...

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The Nicest Bike Share in The U.S.?

7/1/14

Minneapolis, MN - "A Twin Cities-based service based on Minnesota values is embraced by an unexpectedly robust marketplace." more...

Oklahoma City to Add 62 Miles of Bike Lanes

7/1/14

Oklahoma City, OK - "...The council gave the go-ahead to advertise bids to find a construction company to install the next 62 miles of bike lanes - the second phase of the project. Fifty-seven percent of the cost is being funded by a 2010 Transportation Enhancement grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation." more...

Paris Vélib' Launches Bike-Share for Kids

7/1/14

"While in the U.S., bike-share systems are issuing threatening letters to parents who invent ways to tote their kids along, Paris is pioneering bike-share for the under-10 set. As far as we know, P'tit Vélib' is the first of its kind in the world." more...

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PA Portion of Stavich Trail Closing For Repairs

7/1/14

"Hi everyone - wanted to update everyone on the schedule and current events on the repair and seal job for Stavich.

"The contractor is going to break the job up into three days but each section will need 48 hours for curing of the sealant.

"Piatt Landscaping will mow Monday July 7 and Tuesday, July 8 to allow for better visibility of the edge for the contractor... NOTE THIS MEANS NEXT WEEKS MOWING HAS BEEN MOVED BACK A WEEK SO THE TRAIL WILL NOT BE MOWED FOR 4th of JULY.... Please understand it is only one holiday for the longevity of the trail.

"CLOSING will occur at Dusk on Tuesday, July 8 and will reopen on Sunday, July 13 at Dawn. NO PEDESTRIANS, BICYCLIST, or VEHICLES will be allowed on the trail or parking areas..." more

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Historic Tunnel To Be Added To GAP Trail

6/30/14

PA - "...After decades of being boarded up and blocked off, the Pinkerton Tunnel near Markleton in Somerset County is set to be renovated and made part of the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail sometime next year." more

Indiana Gets "Dead Red" Law

One of the range of new Indiana laws that takes effect July 1 will allow motorcyclists and bicyclists to proceed through a red light if they wait two minutes to ensure that the road is free of cross traffic." more...

Arizona Police Arrest "Jaywalking" Professor

6/30/14

"Arizona earned its reputation for police excess yet again recently when an officer demanded identification of an African-American pedestrian - for the crime of walking in a campus street to avoid construction on the sidewalk..." more

94% of Bike Riders Wait at Red Lights

"...a new study suggest[s] that speeding in a car on local streets is at least six times more common than running a red light on a bike." more...

Cargo Bikes Coming Back in Germany

"Cargo bikes are undergoing a renaissance in Germany as companies attempt to battle city congestion and pollution." more...

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Progress Seen on Athens-Belpre Trail

6/29/14

Athens, OH - "... A local effort to help connect regional trails is underway, with the former B&O railroad grade making up much of the path that will connect Athens to Belpre, an Ohio community across the Ohio River from Parkersburg, West Virginia." more...

Cleveland's Expanding Trail Network

Cleveland, OH - "...Across the region, communities are turning forgotten and underused outdoor spaces into trails and greenways designed to promote health, recreation and beauty." more...

More Bike Service From Amtrak

6/29/14

"More options for bicycle travel are in the offing as Amtrak says it is installing baggage cars with bicycle racks on all 15 of its long-distance routes by the end of the year." more...

Car Drives Off Bridge, Lands on Bike Trail

6/29/14

Denver, CO - "...The car drove through the barrier on the Lawrence Street bridge and flipped, landing upside down on the bike trail below..." more

Did Bike / Walk Advocates Fabricate Census Commuting Controversy?

6/27/14

"File under: 'Don't believe everything you read on the Internet (especially when it comes to scary scenarios about The Man oppressing bicycle rights).'" more...

Driver Messes With Wrong Cyclist

Beaverton, OR - "Here's the thing about a big metro area swarming with bicyclists: You never know who is pedaling in the bike lane next to you." more...

Study: More Cyclists on Road Means Fewer Collisions

"A University of Colorado Denver study examining collisions between bicycles and motorists, shows bicyclist safety significantly increases when there are more bikes on the road, a finding that could be attributed to a 'safety in numbers effect.'" more...

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PA Gets $7.5M Trail Network Boost

6/27/14

PA - "...The money will fund 11 projects in all five counties, closing a critical gap in a Central Bucks trail, building a multi-use trail in Lansdale, putting sidewalks in Swarthmore, and adding $1.25 million to the city's bike share program, launching next spring." more...

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More Paving Set For Tallgrass Trail

6/27/14

Marion, OH - "Phase 2 of the Tallgrass Trail Project is expected to begin after August and be finished before November, which will expand the quarter-mile trail by 2.98 miles." more...

Name The Scranton Flats Park Pier

6/27/14

Cleveland, OH - "...The development adds another winding two-thirds of a mile to the Towpath Trail, which now consists of 85 miles, with several gaps..." more

CVNP Reopens Trail Near Eagle's Nest

6/27/14

Brecksville, OH - "...Open again to foot traffic are railroad tracks and a 30-foot right-of-way on either side, from the Route 82 Bridge at the Station Road visitor area north to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad's railroad tracks at Fitzwater Yard." more...

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Projected Costs For Wasson Way Trail Vary Widely

Cincinnati, OH - "Supporters of the Wasson Way bike trail have revealed three options for construction of the bike path through Cincinnati's East Side - and they vary widely in both their cost and how much room they leave for a potential commuter rail line to co-exist along the corridor." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

6/27/14

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Baltimore Mayor Speaks Out Against "Knockout Game"

Ohio Bikeways has been reporting on this deadly "game" here in Ohio.

It's pretty rare to find any frank reporting on the subject anywhere in the U.S. This piece out of MD states that, "...The "games" have caused deaths in New York, New Jersey and Missouri." more...

Citizen Places Park Board Under Arrest

6/26/14

Clark County, IL - "...Around 30 people showed up at a Clark County Park District Board meeting in May, hoping to openly speak about recent park-related controversies. After most sat though a two and a half hour closed session, the board returned to open session only to inform the crowd that they would not be allowed to speak to board members." more...

Motorists Give Cyclists in Bike Lanes More Room

6/26/14

"Drivers give cyclists a wider berth on streets with painted bike lanes than on streets with no bike lanes, according to a new study by a Canadian research team with the University of Waterloo [PDF]. Common sense? Sure, but it's more evidence that cyclists feel safer in dedicated infrastructure for a reason." more...

FHWA: Bike-Ped Investments Pay Off

6/26/14

"Nine years after launching a program to measure the impact of bike and pedestrian investments in four communities, the Federal Highway Administration credits the program with increasing walking trips by nearly a quarter and biking trips by nearly half, while averting 85 million miles of driving since its inception." more...

Athenians Continue To Fight For Bike Lanes

6/26/14

"In Athens, Greece, cyclists raise their voices for their safety and rights. Authorities return that there is no room in Athens for bicycles. But it's more correct to say that "there is no more room for cars in Athens - and plenty of room for bicycles!" more...

Teen Sentenced For Bike Trail Slaying

6/25/14

Riverton, WY - "A teenager has been sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison for his role in killing a man and beating a woman on a bike trail in Riverton last September." more...

VDOT Retracts Greenway Funding

6/25/14

"...The Virginia Department of Transportation last month pulled $3.5 million in funding for the project because in four years only a fraction of it had been used. VDOT steered the money to a traffic signal project near Culpeper." more...

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Wasson Way Trail Gets Boost

Cincinnati, OH - "A new study found no major barriers to building the proposed Wasson Way trail - good news for hikers and bikers." more...

Westerville Trail Closures

Westerville, OH - "Due to recent storms, Westerville Recreational Pathways have the following closures..." more

Searchers Find Body Of Belgium Mountain Biker

Moab, UT - "The body of a 46-year-old man from Belguim was recovered from a Moab bike trail Tuesday." more...

What's a 'Sticky' Street?

6/26/14

"...A term coined by Netizen's Brent Toderian, former director of City Planning in Vancouver B.C., a sticky street is simply one where human beings like to hang out. To walk on, bike on, sit at cafés and sip coffee on, do multiple errands and have multiple interactions on." more...

NTSB Recommends Truck Side Guards to Protect Peds & Cyclists

6/25/14

"22-year-old Sylvia Bingham was riding her bike to work in September, 2009, when she was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer driver in Cleveland. The driver, who was later convicted of vehicular homicide, never stopped and claimed he didn't realize he'd hit the recent Yale graduate." more...

Designing Bikeable / Walkable Neighborhoods

6/25/14

"...while the vast majority of their citizens in developing cities don't own cars, infrastructure is still being designed and financed to support motor vehicle travel. In Mexico, for example, less than one-third of urban trips are made in cars, but three-quarters of the federal mobility budget is allocated to highways." more...

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Another Trail User Attacked In Columbus

Columbus, OH - "A 20-year-old OSU student is still trying to figure out why he was the victim of a brutal beating on a bike path this afternoon..." more...

OB Commentary: Reports of trail users being attacked on the Alum Creek Trail surfaced in 2010 and again in 2013. Now we have such a report from the Olentangy Trail in 2014.

Columbus area trails have become the hotspot in Ohio for this type of criminal activity.

Until these attacks are properly reported and investigated (as appears to be the case here), there is little to deter perpetrators. A good trail volunteer and safety program would go a long way to assist local authorities in addressing this problem as well.

Is your trail affected by these crimes? Learn more about how to combat these crimes in your community.

Conotton Creek Trail Gets New Covered Bridge

6/24/14

Scio, OH - "Another covered bridge has been constructed on the Conotton Creek Bike Trail near Scio, according to Dee Horstman, trail committee member. The bridge is off the new OEU access road by way of state Route 151..." more

Easton Launches Bike Share Program

6/24/14

Columbus, OH - "Easton Town Center announced yesterday the launch of a new bike share program for the 1,300 acre area through a partnership with Boston-based bike service provider Zagster. The system includes 22 bikes parked in six locations spread throughout Easton at offices, hotels and shops..." more

371 Mayors To Congress: We Want Bike/Ped

6/24/14

"In May of this year, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) invited Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) to testify in front of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) on the importance of local control over the Transportation Alternatives Program -- a program that funds bicycling and walking projects and other local priorities." more...

Amtrak to Begin Welcoming Bikes on Long-Distance Routes

6/24/14

"...Amtrak announced last week that it is installing new baggage cars - equipped for bike storage - in all trains on its long-distance routes by year's end. The change will allow Amtrak riders to "roll on" their bikes, rather than disassembling them and transporting them in boxes. The new baggage car equipment is being tested in Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, and the Northeast Corridor..." more

Missing Hiker's Body Found

6/23/14

Seattle, WA - " A 70-year-old hiker who died of hypothermia in rugged terrain in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend was experienced, prepared and knew the mountain well after having written dozens of stories about treks through the area." more...

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Great Miami Trail Closure

6/23/14

Miamisburg, OH - "Due to heavy rains on June 20-21, 2014, the bridge over Sycamore Creek along the Great Miami River Trail has been washed out. The trail is CLOSED in this location (just north of Sycamore Street) in both directions, indefinitely. There are no available detours for this closure." more...

CVNP Towpath Closing For Repairs

6/22/14

"The National Park Service, continuing to respond to the aftermath of severe spring storms, will close the Ohio & Erie Towpath Trail from Lock 29 Trailhead to S.R. 303 in Peninsula today through Friday afternoon for emergency repairs." more...

Trail Spur To Link West Side With University Estates

6/22/14

Athens, OH - "The city is one step closer to completing the northwest spur of the local bike path - slated to go from West State Street Park to University Estates Boulevard over wetlands the city hopes to revitalize." more...

No Trace Of Missing Cyclist At Flower Mound Park

6/22/14

Flower Mound, TX - "After two days of combing a network of trails along Grapevine Lake, officials have found no trace of a missing mountain biker." more...

RTCA Taking Apps For Rec & Conservation Project Assistance

6/22/14

"...When a community asks for assistance with a project, National Park Service staff provide free, on-location facilitation and planning expertise. We help guide a project from conception to completion." more...

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People Aged 60-79 A Factor In Biking Boom

"The national surge in bicycling since 1995 may have more to do with healthy hips than with hipsters." more...

San Diego Added 39.1 Miles of Buffered Bike Lanes

San Diego, CA - "...Donald Pornan, who works at the city's Transportation and Storm Water Department, said that his department oversaw the implementation of 39.1 miles buffered bike lanes, which includes both directions of travel." more

Sprawling Cities Could Become Walkable Regions

"Cities - even those that have been traditionally known for their sprawl - are valuing walkability more and more." more...

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Council Asked To Extend Little Beaver Creek Trail

6/21/14

Lisbon, OH - "Village Council is being asked for an easement so the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail can be extended to the Day's Inn." more...

Erie County Developing Bike Plan

6/21/14

Erie County, OH - "...Sometime later this year, officials expect to debut Erie County's first modern bicycle comprehensive plan." more...

Trans Allegheny Trail Network Formed

6/21/14

Ebensburg, PA - "To the sounds of applause and squeaking bicycle horns, rails-to-trails advocates on Friday announced the formal launch of the Trans Allegheny Trails network." more...

Trail 'Guru' Missing On Mt. Rainier

6/20/14

Seattle, WA - "Crews searched Mount Rainier National Park on Friday for a prominent hiker and outdoors writer who was reported missing late Wednesday while she researched a story." more...

Trail Stewardship Act Encourages Forest Service Volunteers

"...The purpose of the legislation is to address the endless lack of maintenance on federal public lands. The bill states that the 158,000-mile National Forest trail system has a maintenance backlog of $314,000,000. According to the Government Accountability Office, 'the Forest Service is only able to maintain about one-quarter of National Forest System trails to the agency standard.'" more...

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Public Health Often Ignored In Transportation Policy

"A new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows public health issues are often ignored in many transportation projects, especially when major roads are built through lower-income neighborhoods." more...

Tacoma Has Reached Kidical Mass

6/20/14

Tacoma, WA - "...Kidical Mass in Tacoma is awesome and adorable." more...

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Looking For Clues In Bike Trail Murder

Middletown, OH - "...A murder in April was to blame why the bike trail wasn't busier on a beautiful June morning." more...

Riverfront Commons Path Opens

Newport, KY - "It started more than a decade ago with a simple vision: create a way for people to walk and bike along the southern shore of the Ohio River.

"The path ahead wasn't easy, however..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

6/20/14

Read this week's edition.

How Crazy Bike Rides Make Cyclists Safer

6/20/14

"The numbers are in. This year's World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) in Portland, Oregon drew more than 9,000 riders, a more than 10% increase from last year's ride." more...

Pittsburgh's Plan For Bike-Only Lanes

6/19/14

Pittsburgh, PA - "The city will go ahead with a plan to convert a section of Penn Avenue in Downtown and the Cultural District to bicycle-only lanes." more...

Farmers Fight Bike Path On Old Rail Route

6/19/14

Monroe, OR - "The future of a former rail line that runs through fields, farms and a national wildlife refuge between Monroe and Corvallis has sparked a fierce controversy in rural Benton County." more...

Congressional Support Sought for American Discovery Trail

6/19/14

"...Trail backers are trying to bring more recognition to the American Discovery Trail by getting Congress to pass the National Trails Discovery Act of 2014." more...

Bike Lobby Meets With DC Lawmakers

6/19/14

"...Many leaders in Washington, D.C., love bicycling personally and recognize the cost-effective benefits of government investments in bike infrastructure and related programs," said Blumenthal. "Networking bicycle industry executives with other influential leaders is essential to the future of bicycling and will help create the kind of long-term influence our industry needs." more...

2nd Woman Attacked Along Metropolitan Bike Trail

6/18/14

D.C. - "A second woman says she was attacked along the Metropolitan Branch Trail Monday, hours after another woman was assaulted." more...

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Scranton Flats Towpath Dedication July 7

6/19/14

Mentor Bike Path Plans Move Forward

6/18/14

Mentor, OH - "...Council on June 17 approved several property acquisitions related to building a 4,000-foot multi-use trail in the Newell Creek Development." more...

Wolf Creek Bikeway Closure

6/18/14

Dayton, OH - "The City of Dayton is completing a rail repair project on the rail line near Wesleyan MetroPark and Adventure Central. The focus of the work will be on the rail bridge that passes over the Wolf Creek Bikeway. The nature of this work will cause some bikeway closure.

"We have worked with the city to minimize the disruption to the bikeway and the facilities. The City has set an official start date of June 23, although they may not be active on site until July."

Source: metroparks.org

Cyclist Doored, Run Over, Gets $2.4M

6/18/14

Philadephia, PA - "...McKean, a Temple student, was riding her bicycle when she was doored by a Honda Accord and then struck from behind and then run over by a van. According to a lawsuit she filed, she suffered multiple hip, pelvis and leg fractures, some of which caused permanent damage." more...

Driver Kills Ped, Gets Ticket

6/18/14

Seattle, WA - "The person who failed to stop at a Kenmore crosswalk and killed 19-year-old Caleb Shoop in March has been issued a $175 ticket." more...

WV Launches New Trails Map

"Outdoor enthusiasts in West Virginia now have the ability to plan trips on about 4,000 miles of recreational trail entirely online, whether from a desktop, tablet or smartphone." more...

Dangerously Walkable? - A tale of two studies

6/18/14

Atlanta, GA - "Smart Growth America, an advocacy organization promoting "smart growth," and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University published a report this week ranking Atlanta eighth in the nation for walkability.

"While that report tells a story of a city that's experiencing a growth in in-town real estate development, a report released a month earlier by the same organization tells a very different story." more...

Tell Census Takers Bicyclists Count

6/18/14

"How do we know how many people are biking? In most cases, we rely upon the American Community Survey." more...

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Glen Echo Trail Feasibility Study

Columbus, OH - "A $17,000 grant from the Columbus Foundation's Green Funds, awarded last week to the Coalition United for Glen Echo Ravine, is being called a step in the right direction toward a trail to connect Glen Echo Park with the Olentangy River." more...

Cincinnati Awarded $1 Million For Bike Trails

"A $1 million federal grant will help the City of Cincinnati expand a bicycle route for West Side students and fix up a pothole-ridden section of the Lunken Trail." more...

74-Year-Old Refuses To Give Up Bike To 3 Men

New Haven, CT - "Police are looking for a third suspect who fled after trying to steal a 74-year-old man's bike Sunday afternoon on the Farmington Canal Trail..." more

Bicyclists Can Ride In Downtown Scottdale - For Now

Scottdale, PA - "...Borough officials are studying an ordinance that bans bicycling in the downtown business district. And while they study the ordinance, Mayor Chuck King has asked the borough police department to hold off enforcement." more...

800-Miles Added To U.S. Bicycle Route Sytem

6/17/14

"A network of signed bicycle routes designed to criss-cross the US has grown to 6,790 miles with the certification of new routes in Washington state, Massachusetts, Ohio, Illinois and the District of Columbia." more...

Warning Signs Use Radar To Detect Cyclists

6/17/14

WA - "A flashing "Watch for Bikes" sign on State Route 150 on Lake Chelan's north shore uses radar to detect when bicyclists are using the winding, shoulderless road." more...

The Helmet Alarmist Who Cried Wolf

6/17/14

"In December 2012, Dr. Fred Rivara gave an alarming TED Talk about the spread of bikeshare programs across the nation. This was a big problem, he argued, because bikeshare riders generally do not wear helmets. He predicted mass carnage as a result..." more

Separated Bike Lanes Offer Cleaner Air

6/16/14

"...safety isn't the only reason why separation makes sense. Air quality could be another good incentive. A new study finds that bike paths are significantly less polluted than lanes painted on the road..." more

911 Locators Used To Improve Trail Safety

6/16/14

San Antonio, TX - "...As more people hit the Greenway's nearly forty-five miles of trails this summer, the city is putting new safety measures in place, in case of an emergency." more...

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Bikeway To Connect Austin Landing With River Trail

Washington Township, OH - "...The new two-mile asphalt trail is expected to be finished and opened to the public by fall. It will begin at the corner of Medlar and Miamisburg-Springboro roads and end at the Great Miami River trail." more...

Peds Take Back Pavement For Car Free Day

6/16/14

Vancouver, CAN - "Vancouverites took to the streets without their cars in four neighbourhoods on Sunday." more...

Trail Bollard Hazard In Schenectady

6/16/14

Schenectady, NY - "...the accident site just east of the Kiwanis Park is still dangerous. After Ms. Botelho's accident, vandals removed the post she collided with, but the county elected to replace it with a new and even bigger obstacle..." more

How To Make Cycle Tracks Public Art

6/16/14

"As more cities build more protected bike lanes, some are beginning to use them as opportunities for public art..." more

U.S. DOT Aims To Regulate Map Apps

6/15/14

"...The department is intensifying its battle against distracted driving by seeking explicit authority from Congress to regulate navigation aids of all types, including apps on smartphones." more...

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Pittsburgh's New Planning Director Brings Experience

Pittsburgh, PA - "...We are working now on plans for protected lanes Downtown and through Schenley Park. There has to be continuing education" about bicycles as part of the traffic mix....'" more

Library Opens Story Book Trail

6/15/14

Avon Lake, OH - "...The Story Book Trail is located along an asphalt walking path that begins at the south side of the Library's parking lot. This is one of the entrances to the reservation. The trail is approximately three-quarters of a mile long. The trail loops around and finishes back at the library entrance." more...

World Naked Bike Ride Celebrated Around The Globe

6/15/14

"Around 1,000 people have gathered for the World Naked Bike Ride in Mexico City in an effort to raise awareness of cycling." more...

3 Jailed For Cyclist's Death

6/15/14

UK - "Three people have been jailed over the death of a cyclist after they attacked him when one of them claimed the man had molested her." more...

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1st Leg of Riverfront Commons to Be Dedicated

6/13/14

Newport, KY - "...The project, a new walking path atop the floodwall that runs east of the Levee to the Daniel Carter Beard (I-471/Big Mac) Bridge, is the first completed phase of Riverfront Commons, a waterfront recreational project connecting Northern Kentucky's River Cities." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Trio of Attackers Stab, Rob Man on Trail

6/13/14

Redmond, WA - "Redmond police say three men robbed and stabbed another man Friday afternoon on a secluded trail near the Sammamish River." more...

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Summit County Trails Win Awards

6/13/14

"...The winners were Richfield's Carter-Pedigo Trail StoryWalk and volunteers from the Cleveland Sight Center who pedal tandem bicycles with blind riders on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park." more...

Little Miami To Get Multi-Million $$ Upgrades

6/13/14

SW, OH - "...These projects will be completed in phases, with the first costing $3.5 million, and will be aimed at enhancing the safety and enjoyment of everyone that utilizes this more than 50-mile stretch of scenic trail." more

Wrong: Head Injuries Are Down, Not Up, In Bike-Share Cities

6/13/14

"A Washington Post headline proclaimed today that cyclist head injuries have increased in cities with bike-share systems, based on a study published in the American Journal of Public Health [see article below]. But University of British Columbia public health professor Kay Ann Teschke is challenging that conclusion, pointing out that the data cited by the WaPo actually leads to the opposite conclusion: In cities with bike-share systems, head injuries and injuries of all kinds have gone down." more...

Thousands of Trail Supporters Speak Out

6/13/14

"On Monday, we asked trail users like you to support TIGER, a critical federal program that supports investments in trails, walking and biking. In just a few hours, thousands of you wrote to your representatives, and thanks to your swift action, support for TIGER has only grown." more...

34-Mile Niles To Mishawaka Trail Making Progress

Niles, MI - "Imagine, being able to ride your bike from Niles to Mishawaka without having to risk your life on a busy road. Soon, that may be a reality thanks to the Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail." more...

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Planners Envision a Greener Cuyahoga County

6/13/14

Cleveland, OH - "...planners, landscape architects, elected officials and public health experts shared visions for the East Side Greenway, a 60-mile network of current and future trails that would link Cleveland to its eastern suburbs, the Metroparks and Lake Erie." more...

Development of Game-Changing Trail Planning Tool

"Earlier this month, RTC announced the launch of T-MAP (Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform), a three-year, $1.2-million initiative with the potential to set a new standard for trail planning in America. In partnership with researchers and trail managers in 12 U.S. cities, RTC will lead the first-ever nationwide survey of urban trail use and produce planning models and metrics that can forecast the returns on investment that trails stimulate around the country." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

6/13/14

Here's this week's edition.

Why Sharrows Don't Cut It

"When a driver rear-ended Bert Hill, he was using all of the safe bicycling techniques in the book - after all, he's one of the most heavily-consulted bike safety instructors in San Francisco..." more

Bike-Related Head Injury Rates Up

6/12/14

"...a new report out on Thursday from Washington State University shows bicycle-related head injuries are up 14 percent in the U.S. and Canada since bike-sharing programs began." more...

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U.S. Bike Route 50 Progress In Ohio

"Ohio's newly approved U.S. Bicycle Route 50 begins at the Indiana border on Paint Road in Preble County Ohio, traversing 313 miles and leaving Ohio at the Market Street Bridge to West Virginia.

"Thirty-nine jurisdictions around Ohio collaborated on the development of USBR 50, and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) coordinated the efforts.

"Ohio's segment of USBR 50 is the state's first USBR designation, and the cross-country route will eventually connect Washington, DC to San Francisco." more...

Buffalo's Tour De Neglect

6/11/14

Buffalo, NY - "A bike tour in Buffalo that aimed to "inspire feelings of civic duty and moral outrage" may have also exposed weaknesses in a movement's philosophy." more...

American Tobacco Trail Footbridge Now Open

6/11/14

Durham, NC - "The footbridge over I-40 has been open for about three months now in Durham, NC. i have been using it personally."

Submitted by Larry D. Giles, Treasurer, Triangle Greenways Council

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Red Line Greenway Concept Poised For Next Step

Cleveland, OH - "A revolutionary proposal from the Rotary Club of Cleveland to thread a greenway trail from the city's West Side to downtown over the Cuyahoga River could take a critical step toward reality Tuesday at a transit authority meeting." more...

Bike & Ride Program To Include More Scenic Trails

6/10/14

Traverse City, MI - "...a popular program helping bicyclists enjoy the paved trails one-way and catch a bus ride back is expanding to include more communities." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

State Funding Sources for Walking and Biking Projects

6/10/14

"As the federal funding landscape changes for active transportation funding, more and more states are turning to local public revenue sources to raise the local match or fully fund bicycling and walking projects." more...

RideScout Provides More Transportation Options

6/10/14

"The Austin-based company has expanded its free smartphone app in 69 cities, which will give people an array of transportation options for moving around." more...

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Columbus Works to Complete Alum Creek Trail

6/10/14

Columbus, OH - "Columbus soon will be a half-mile closer to creating 22 miles of a continuous multiuse trail extending from Three Creeks Metro Park north to Westerville." more...

City Dismantling "Best Thing" It Has Done For Cycling

6/9/14

San Antonio, TX - "...City Council representatives have voted 10-1 to remove 2.3 miles of bike lanes on South Flores Street, which the local blog Bike San Antonio says is one of the few cases where the city put a bike lane 'where one needs to be...'" more

Do Bike Shares Really Hurt Bike Shops?

6/9/14

"...bike shops in Washington have described the opposite since Capital Bikeshare launched here in 2010. And transportation officials report -- this is anecdotal again -- that the system seems to have created new casual users who graduate into buying their own bikes." more...

Chicago Bikes: 125K Daily Trips

6/9/14

"Biking [in Chicago] is big.

"Chicago averages about 125,000 daily bike trips, and a new study has broken the trips into categories." more

10,000 Comments for Bicyclist Safety

6/9/14

"Your comments and visits are making a difference on Capitol Hill. At the National Bike Summit this March and throughout the spring, you've helped to push the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a national goal to reduce bicyclist fatalities. If you've haven't added your voice to this important campaign, please take action today!" more...

Younger People More In Favor Of Protected Bike Lanes

6/9/14

"Before we totally wrap up our coverage of last week's big new study of protected bike lanes, we couldn't resist sharing one last detail that might be of interest to American politicians on the lookout for emerging majorities." more...

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Official Coast-to-Coast Trail for Hikers?

6/8/14

"...While the AT and PCT are fairly well-known references, even to non-hikers, the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail has a much smaller following of devotees, but the 6,800-mile trail might soon get the credit it deserves, thanks to a long-discussed bill recently introduced in the Senate to amend the National Trails System Act in order to include the ADT." more

WV Enacts New Laws To Make Bicycling Safer

6/8/14

"...This new law also requires drivers to give bicycle riders an audible signal when passing. Drivers must also pass on the left at a distance of not less than three feet." more...

Residents of Tiny Town Ask For Slower Speed Limit

6/7/14

Bill, WY - "...The highway speed doesn't slow through Bill - not for the store, the school or the hotel. Trucks race by at 65 mph or faster..." more

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Opening of New Coastal Greenway

6/6/14

Wantagh, NY - "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of Long Island's new Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway, a 3.6-mile path between Jones Beach State Park and Tobay Beach..." more

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Scottdale Looks To Amend 'No Bikes' Rule

PA - "...Jim Pallygus said that in 2010 council passed an ordinance that prohibited the use of bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates and roller blades in the business district." more...

Is Bike Share Hurting Local Bike Shops?

6/6/14

NYC - "...the owner of two bike shops in Manhattan says bike sharing has been hurting his sales..." more

Scientific Evidence That Parking Makes People Crazy

6/6/14

"...Even when a protected bike lane project creates on-street parking spaces where none existed before, 30 percent of nearby residents think the project made parking worse." more...

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Seattle Is Now Where Copenhagen Was 30 Years Ago

"Nikolaj Lasbo is a duel Danish and American citizen who works for the Seattle Times. He recently wrote a column for the paper comparing the experience of biking in famously-cycle-friendly Copenhagen to biking in Seattle..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

6/6/14

View this week's edition.

Helmet Law Enforced Unevenly

Dallas, TX - "Feel free to ignore Dallas' bike helmet ordinance with impunity at White Rock Lake, in Lakewood, along the Katy Trail and on other popular biking routes.

"But don that helmet downtown, where one enthusiastic police officer has apparently made enforcement of the ordinance his personal mission." more...

How You Can Tell Your City Doesn't Care About Pedestrians

6/5/14

"If you live in a town that doesn't consider pedestrian safety a very high priority, the signs are probably pretty obvious if you spend any time walking." more...

Is America's Love Of The Automobile Running Out Of Gas?

6/5/14

"The '57 Chevy was still a year away when the launch of the interstate highway system kicked U.S. car culture into high gear. But six decades later, changing habits and attitudes suggest America's romance with the road may be fading." more...

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Maple Highlands Trail Will Be Connected

Chardon, OH - "We received word today from the Chardon City Manager that the Geauga County Commissioners voted 2-1 to transfer the needed parcels of land to the city to connect the Maple Highlands Trail..." more

Fat Head's Brewery Raises Money For Metroparks Trails

Cleveland, OH - " Matt Cole crafted Trail Head Pale Ale at Fat Head's Brewery a year ago to raise money for the Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund. Now it's back - in cans - and just in time for National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7." more...

Completing The Alum Creek Trail

Columbus, OH - "...[Mayor] Coleman submitted legislation to Columbus City Council today that would allocate $1.6 million to the project to complete the connector, which includes two bridge crossings over Alum Creek and a smaller tributary in addition to normal asphalt, concrete and boardwalk construction..." more

Why Bicycling Explodes On Streets With 2-Way Bike Lanes

6/4/14

"...I'm going to dig in a bit more on one point - the explosive growth in bicycling on streets with two-way protected bike lanes. And I'll also examine some criticism of these bike lanes." more

Edible Walkway Receives Grant

6/4/14

Wilmore, NC - "...The idea, called an "edible walkway," earned $2,500 as one of two city Keep Charlotte Beautiful neighborhood beautification grants awarded last week..." more

San Antonio Cyclists Protest Bike Lane Removal

6/3/14

San Antonio, TX - " A group of 40 to 50 bicyclists met at La Tuna Grill on the South Side on Wednesday to ride in a bicycle lane that won't exist for much longer." more...

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Man Arrested For Robbery On Bike Trail

6/3/14

Warren, OH - "A Warren man has been arrested and charged for an April robbery on Warren Greenway bike trail." more...

Little Miami Trail Repairs Scheduled For June

6/3/14

"From Monday June 9th to end of day Friday June 13, crews from McDaniel's Construction will be doing work on the Little Miami State Park trail in the following 6 areas..." more

Teen Faces Robbery Charges

6/3/14

Warren, OH - "An 18-year-old Edgewood Street Northeast man is charged in the March 14 robbery on the Warren Greenway bike trail in which a 14-year-old boy was assaulted and had his cellphone and clothes stolen." more...

8.75 Millions Bike Share Trips, Zero Deaths

NYC - "...New York City's bike-share program is not the only one with a sterling safety record. Washington, D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare hasn't seen any riders fatally injured either..." more

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

CenterPoint Giving $1.5M For Trail Construction

6/2/14

Houston, TX - "...Hiking and biking trails will be allowed along CenterPoint's utility ROWs (that's right-of-ways). According to a press release from the mayor's office, the ROWs will provide north-south connections to Houston's growing network of trails, most of which either run east and west or are planned to do so." more...

Bike Lanes Increase Ridership

6/3/14

"...The study, by Portland University for the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, looked at five bike lanes in Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago and Washington, and found that within a year of installation, ridership increased between +21% to +171%." more...

France Paying People To Bike To Work

6/3/14

"A 6-month experiment has begun in France to try to boost cycling. 20 companies and institutions with around 10,000 employees will be paying 25 Euro cents (about 34 US cents) per kilometer that is biked to the workplace..." more

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Landmark Study of America's Protected Bike Lanes

6/2/14

"...Portland State University's National Institute of Transportation and Communities released its voluminous findings from a far more wide-ranging study of protected bike lane intersections in five U.S. cities..." more

Rider Dies After Injury In MTB Park

Whistler, BC - "A 40-year-old American man is dead after sustaining serious injuries in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park on Friday (May 30)." more...

How To Save $10K Per Year: Stop Driving

6/2/14

"...The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) just put out a report showing that the "average person" in 16 of 20 large US cities would save over $10,000 a year by using public transit instead of driving..." more

The Accidental Protected Bike Lane

6/2/14

Toronto, CAN - "...As many of my readers might now, there was a long extended fight with Councillor Vaughan and a bunch of planners who were trying to plan cyclists out of the picture and create a pedestrian arcade (but with cars) out of John Street..." more

New York's Big Step Toward Safer Streets For All

6/2/14

"A package of legislation passed late last week, including "Cooper's Law," shows the city is finally getting serious about reducing traffic fatalities." more

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Mural Planned For Westerville Bikeway

"While some communities deal with graffiti and tagging problems by covering them up or making arrests, the city of Westerville is hoping to meet street artists halfway by engaging them in their new "Mural on the Path" project." more...

Cyclist Shot At Randonneur Event

British Columbia, CAN - "A 59-year-old cyclist participating in the Cache Creek 600 endurance bike race suffered a gunshot wound while he rode through the darkness near a small British Columbia town Sunday morning." more...

Australia 'Playing Catch-Up' On Modern Urban Planning & Bike Lanes

6/2/14

"Mikael Colville-Andersen says Australian cities are years behind others around the world in providing infrastructure for bikes." more...

Citi Bike Owes NYC $1M For Lost Revenue

"New York City's bike share system, Citi Bike has had a rough first year. The bikes are in bad shape, the docking technology is glitchy, and the system has been plagued with financial troubles for months..." more

Hiker Rescue Team Keeps Busy In Southern Ohio Parks

6/1/14

"...the rope team is summoned for five or six rescues annually for people who fall or get stranded. Carryout rescues, which number 35 to 40 annually, are more common..." more

Where Walking Is Safer, It's Also More Popular

"As a nation, we Americans don't walk very much, especially compared to residents of other countries..." more

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Central Ohio Waterway Warning

"The Ohio department of health has issued an ecoli advisory for several bodies of water including Alum Creek, Buckeye Lake, Madison Lake, & Scioto Trail." more...

Greenway Construction To Pick Up In New Albany

5/31/14

New Albany, IN - "The ballyhooed opening of the Big Four pedestrian bridge in Jeffersonville has garnered a great amount of attention, but there are other significant projects affecting the Ohio River Greenway on the horizon." more...

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Wyoming Installs Bike Repair Stations

5/30/14

Wyoming, OH - "Cyclists have a place to stop for adjustments and minor repairs in Wyoming, with the addition of two bicycle service stations." more...

Montreal Bikeway Network To Grow

CAN - "The city's $10M plan includes 49 sections of new bike paths." more...

Seattle Tries Out 1st Play Street In Madrona

5/30/14

Seattle, WA - "Seattle is experimenting with its first ever play street... It's up in Madrona as part of St. Therese Catholic Academy's field day. It will be open Friday from 8:45 a.m. until 3 p.m." more...

Which Transport Mode Grew Most Between 2000 & 2012?

5/30/14

"...Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period..." more

Which Transport Mode Puts You In The Best Mood?

"Utilizing data from the American Time Use Survey, collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the researchers were able to determine the average mood felt by people during different types of travel." more...

News Flash: Bike Lanes Are For Bikes

5/30/14

"...Everybody complains about the "killer cyclists" and then just take over the bike lane..." more

Building A Bike-Ped Data Model For Transpo Planners

5/30/14

"It's hard to make the case for public spending on biking and walking without hard data. And quality data has been hard to come by. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is looking to change that..." more

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Towpath Connector Bridge Dedication

Barberton, OH - "Joe Polacek played a big role in Wednesday's dedication of a new pedestrian bridge that connects the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to downtown Barberton." more...

"Opportunity Corridor" Gets Federal Approval

Cleveland, OH - "...Angie Schmitt, one of the organizers of Clevelanders for Transportation Equity, said ODOT didn't make many changes in response to comments and criticism it received." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

5/30/14

Read this week's edition.

How Much Would It Cost to Minneapolize the Country?

5/29/14

"What would it cost to retrofit the entire United States to be reasonably bikeable?" more...

How Seattle Can Close The Cycling Gap With Copenhagen

5/29/14

"On one recent spring day, I almost got hit by a car - twice - while commuting in Seattle by bicycle." more...

Teen Charged In Greenway Sex Attacks

5/28/14

Gary, IN - "A chance sighting of a suspect in an assault last year has led to felony charges against a Glen Park neighborhood teen in connection with two attacks on the recreational trail..." more

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Little Miami Trail Closure

5/28/14

From miamivalleytrails.org, "Warren County (Monday, May 27, 2014) - To accommodate bridge work on the original northbound Interstate 71/ Jeremiah Morrow bridge, Interstate 71 between the SR 73 and SR 48 exits will be closed to traffic from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, June 1.

"Also, during this time frame, traffic on the Little Miami Scenic River and Bike Trail will not be permitted between Wilmington Road and SR 350. Law enforcement and construction personnel will be on site at various access points to the interstate, river and bike trail to enforce these restrictions."

Teen Sexually Assaulted On Wake Forest Greenway

5/28/14

Wake Forest, NC - "Police say a 14-year-old boy was sexually assaulted along a Wake Forest greenway Monday afternoon." more...

Re-Thinking The Sidewalk

5/28/14

"The vast majority of sidewalks in my home town, Richmond, Va., are made of concrete slabs..." more

The Health Consequences of Dangerous by Design

5/28/14

"...Many of the metro areas that were ranked among the least safe for pedestrians were also some of the least fit..." more

What Makes A Good Main Street Work?

5/27/14

"...While some Main Streets seem well past their prime, others - like Corning's - remain thriving to this day. Why..? more

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Little Miami To See Trail Improvements

5/27/14

"Some of the worst parts of the Little Miami Scenic Trail will be repaired this summer thanks to the fundraising efforts..." more

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Citi Bike Owes NYC $1 Million In Lost Parking

5/27/14

NYC - "Add it to the list of financial problems: In the fine print of the city's contract with the bike-share program, parent company Alta is responsible for reimbursing parking revenue missed out on because of rental stations..." more

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Illegal Trail Blocked On PA Game Lands

5/27/14

"The Pennsylvania Game Commission has blocked a one-mile [bike] trail built recently on state game lands near Mount Gretna." more...

How Elastic Are Your Intersections?

5/26/14

"...I have observed that some intersections are more "elastic" than others, and this flexibility comes from people's attitudes rather than road design." more...

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Students Clean Up Clyde Trail

5/25/14

Clyde, OH - "...Hailey and Brooke Ameling, a senior and sophomore, have been cleaning portions of the North Coast Inland Bike Trail - just because it needed to be cleaned..." more

Restricting Cars On Lombard Street

San Francisco, CA - "...It will restrict car access on two blocks, and nothing else. Non-"local" drivers will be banned for some hours on some days over a few weekends..." more

Baltimore Bike Share Pushed Back To 2015

Baltimore, MD - "...It's the second significant delay this year in the effort to bring bike sharing to Baltimore and third in recent years." more...

Vehicle Miles Driven: Another Population-Adjusted Low

5/25/14

"The Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Commission has released the latest report on Traffic Volume Trends, data through March." more...

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Confusion Over Licking County Trail Maintenance

5/25/14

Licking County, OH - "...Newark Service Director David Rhodes said that when he voted for the levy in 2012, he thought he was voting for bike path maintenance throughout the county." more...

Big 4 Bridge Allows Ohio River Crossing

5/24/14

Jefferson, IN - "Days after folks on both sides of the Ohio River flocked to the newley opened Big Four pedestrian and cycling bridge, Jeffersonville officials say the ramp into its historic downtown seems to be giving it the boost they had hoped." more...

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Calgary Claims Largest Urban Pathway System

5/24/14

Calgary, CAN - "...The completion of another phase in the Rotary Mattamy Greenway project was celebrated Saturday. The 140-kilometre network of paths will run around the perimeter of Calgary, connecting 55 communities." more...

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Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Expands

5/23/14

MI - "Phase 2 of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, a 5.5-mile stretch between the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb and Empire, is close to completion..." more

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Bike & Hike Trail Flooding Damage

5/23/14

"Work is continuing on the flood-damaged Bike & Hike Trail in Munroe Falls and Stow, and two other parks might be closed for much of the summer." more...

Another 1.4 Miles Of Towpath Reopens

"Brecksville -- The Towpath Trail is now open from Lock 29 in Peninsula to Hunt House in Cuyahoga Falls (a 3.3-mile stretch); and from Lock 39 in Independence to Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls (a 1.4-mile stretch)." more...

Could Cleveland's Red Line Trail Be The Next Linear Urban Park?

"...The Ohio city's planned greenway would occupy a three-mile stretch along the old RTA Red Line trail and pass through five Cleveland neighbourhoods." more...

Infamous YouTube "Run 'em in a Ditch" Driver Arrested

5/23/14

AL - "An Alabama man whose YouTube videos made him an internet villain among cyclists has been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment." more...

Cyclists Getting Hit From Behind Now A Common Event

5/23/14

"...A shocking 40% of the deaths are "hit from behind" incidents, where drivers just go right over a cyclist. This is disproportionately large in relation to the number of cycling accidents." more...

High Fatality Rate For Native American Peds In Pacific Northwest

5/23/14

"If you are Native American in Washington State, you are almost four times more likely to die in a traffic collision than the general population..." more

8 Takeaways From Study of Cyclist Fatalities

5/22/14

"When someone is killed while riding a bike in the United States, the most follow-up you'll usually see is a newspaper article or two. There's rarely a trial or a detailed examination of what went wrong." more...

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Dublin Rapaving Bike Paths

Dublin, OH - "Several of Dublin's bike paths will be repaved or seal coated in the spring and summer of 2014..." more

Village's Greenway Trail Set To Open

5/21/14

Mayfield, OH - "Mayfield Mayor Bruce Rinker will unveil the village's new walking path at the Greater Cleveland Trails & Greenways Conference June 12." more...

Ohio & Erie Towpath Section Reopens

5/21/14

"The National Park Service (NPS) has completed trail work and has reopened 3.3 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula to Hunt House Trailhead in Cuyahoga Falls.

"NPS staff will continue to make repairs on the remaining closed 3.4 miles of the Towpath Trail from Hunt House Trailhead in Cuyahoga Falls to Botzum Trailhead in Akron." more...

Educating The Next Generation For Sustainable Mobility

5/21/14

"Today's children are inheriting an environmental crisis - a simultaneous combination of depleting resources and increasing pollution..." more...

Every Bicyclist Counts Initiative

5/21/14

"...For a 12-month period, we set about the grim task of tracking and documenting every fatal traffic crash involving a bicyclist captured by relevant internet search terms. We also wanted to offer a place to remember the victims and raise the hope that their deaths would at least inform efforts to prevent such tragedies in the future.

"The result was the Every Bicyclist Counts initiative: everybicyclistcounts.org..." more...

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Chardon Trail Extension Gets Boost

Chardon, OH - "...[City] Council on May 19 approved several pieces of legislation authorizing agreements with the county to resolve issues involving the Maple Highlands Trail and residential incentive districts." more...

Great Ohio To Lake Greenway Progress

Boardman, OH - "The Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway bicycle trail, which eventually will connect Lake Erie in Ashtabula with the Ohio River in East Liverpool, is nearing completion." more...

Columbia Tusculum To Become More Bike Friendly?

5/21/14

Cincinnati, OH - "...At a recent meeting, Community Council members voted to support three initiatives revolving around bikes." more...

Fitness Trail Finally Gets Funding

5/21/14

Chillicothe, OH - "For 15 years, Ed Ryan has been unable to secure funding for a proposed fitness trail at Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center." more

Trail Bridge Erected

Circleville, OH - "The Northwood Bridge for the bike trail that will connect Circleville to Mary Virginia Crites-Hannan Park has been put in place, allowing for the final construction to begin on the trail." more...

Biking Saves U.S. Riders Billions A Year

"New data highlight that bicyclists in the United States save at least $4.6 billion a year by riding instead of driving." more...

Congressional Action Urged For Ped Safety

"More Americans die while walking than in natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, report says. Congress urged to act to make streets safer for those on foot and bicycles." more...

Paris To Set Default Citywide Speed Limit Below 20 MPH

5/21/14

"Slow-speed zones are an increasingly widespread tactic to improve street safety and urban livability. Inspired by a German town that limited motor vehicle speeds to 30 kilometers per hour - or roughly 19 miles per hour - British activists have made 20 mph zones a core street safety policy across the nation." more...

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Shaker Receives Bike-Friendly Honorable Mention

Shaker Heights, OH - "It proved to be a very good National Bike Month for the city, earning honorable mention as an official 'Bicycle Friendly Community.'" more...

Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Peds

5/20/14

"Between 2003 and 2012, 47,025 pedestrians were killed by drivers in the United States." more...

The Problem With "Same Road, Same Rules"

5/20/14

"A recent post on Vox went viral with the argument that cyclists shouldn't have to make full stops at stop signs and should be allowed to proceed through red lights 'Idaho stop'-style." more...

"The Better Block" Celebrates Four Years

5/20/14

"...a few weeks ago, we were able to sync up and chronicle the fourth anniversary of The Better Block in Oak Cliff, Texas." more...

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Little Miami Conservancy Unveils Nature Preserve

"On April 27, Little Miami Conservancy (formerly Little Miami Inc.) dedicated a new nature preserve just north of Morgan's River Campground on the section of the trail adopted by Dirk and Lori Morgan..." more

Why Cyclists Roll Through Stop Signs

5/19/14

"Regular readers will know my position that stop signs are designed for speed control of cars, not right-of-way management..." more

Why Bike-Friendly States Rankings Matter

5/19/14

"Two years ago, Arkansas came dead last in the Bicycle Friendly State (BFS) ranking. There was no state advocacy group and Arkansas is one of two states where the state highway agency doesn't even pretend it is anything other than that (Nebraska Dept. of Roads, meet the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Dept.)." more...

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Google Maps Launches Elevation Data For Bike Routes

5/17/14

"Bikers and hikers can now avoid steep hills (or go in search of them) with a new feature available on Google maps." more...

Car-Centric Salt Lake City Explores Alternatives

Salt Lake City, UT - "In Utah, a booming region works to curb its reliance on the automobile." more...

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More On Cincy Policy Shift In Bike Infrastructure

Cincinnati, OH - "...The city's proposed budget would shift the focus towards bike trails instead of bike lanes on existing roads. Mayor Cranley's office says this is a policy shift focusing on bike trails in the near future." more...

Springfield's Quest For Bike-Friendly Status

Springfield, OH - "The first phase of the Springfield Bike Plan shows a large inventory of cycling assets, including trails and bike racks." more...

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3-Foot Law Proposed For Columbus Bicyclists

5/17/14

Columbus, OH - "...Mayor Michael B. Coleman has proposed a law that would create a 3-foot buffer for cars passing bicycles on city streets. Commercial vehicles, such as semis, would have to leave a 6-foot gap." more...

Mayor Switches Focus To Off-Street Biking In Cincy

5/16/14

Cincinnati, OH - "Buried deep in Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's proposed 2015 budget is a radical shift in the city's policy toward bikes." more...

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NE Ohio Parks Returning To Normal After Storms

5/16/14

"Parks in Northeast Ohio are slowly returning to normal as workers make repairs to damage from Monday night's storms.

"The National Park Service late Friday reopened a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in northern Summit County." more...

Ammo Factory Alongside Trail Could Become Lofts

5/16/14

Hamilton, Township, OH - "It's nearly impossible to fathom that anything useful could come of the hulking monstrosity towering above the Little Miami Scenic River and bike trail." more...

Alec Baldwin Arrested For Salmoning

NYC - "...it did not deter them from writing him up for riding his bicycle the wrong way on Fifth Avenue near 16th Street, or from taking him to the precinct station house when he could not provide identification." more...

What Is Salmoning? Learn The Lingo

"...While salmoning is a funny word, it's a dangerous action. In a bike lane, it can bring on an unwelcome game of chicken when a wrong-way cyclist heads toward cyclists going the proper way..." more

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Minneapolis Building $3M Bike-Walk Trail

5/16/14

MN - "...Supporters say the $3 million trail and tunnel being built beneath two major bridges is a crucial connection between the University of Minnesota and downtown." more...

Mandatory Helmet Use A Bad Idea

5/16/14

"...in the world's most popular biking cities, particularly in Europe, very few bikers wear helmets. And there are good reasons for that: biking, it turns out, isn't an especially dangerous form of transportation in terms of head trauma..." more

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Sippo Trail Bridge Washout

Recent heavy rains and flooding have caused a trail bridge washout on the Sippo Valley Trail near Massillon. more...

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CVNP Towpath Reopens

"...The area from Lock 39 Trailhead in Independence to Station Road Bridge Trailhead in Brecksville are now open..." more

Columbus Bike To Work Day Making Progress

Columbus, OH - "...The number of people biking to work in Columbus is growing, new census data show, and the city has been trying to promote cycling with more bike lanes, racks and a bike-share program." more...

Plans To Extend Ohio River Trail

PA - "...The Ohio River Trail Council hosted an open house May 1 at the Community College of Beaver County in Monaca to present the latest engineering drawings and plans for the proposed 41-mile Ohio River Trail that will thread its way through 21 communities along the Ohio River in Beaver County to the Ohio-Pennsylvania border." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

How TIGER Program Revived A Cleveland Neighborhood

"Cleveland doesn't look like a dying Rust Belt city these days in the Little Italy and University Circle neighborhoods. In fact, it looks like it's thriving." more...

Man Sues Oprah Over Trail Access

Denver, CO - "A man who lives near Oprah Winfrey's new property above Telluride, Colorado, is suing her for allegedly blocking access to hiking trails open to neighbors for decades." more...

What Happens When You Divert Bikeways From Commercial Streets?

5/16/14

"Some of the streets around Indianapolis's widely lauded Cultural Trail are seeing a development boom, while others are not." more...

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Licking County Trail Plan Adopted Despite Opposition

5/14/14

"...The plan makes recommendations for trail expansion, connections throughout the county and coordination of resources, but does not trigger any construction without the approval of local communities." more...

Flooding Closes CVNP Towpath

"The National Park Service has closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park due to high waters, washouts, and flooding from Monday night's storm. Multiple sections of the trail are anticipated to be affected by flooding..." more

Next Phase Of Camp Chase Trail Construction

5/14/14

"Metro Parks is to spend $2.9 million for the next link of the Camp Chase multiuse trail - a 1-mile section between Hall Road and Sullivant Avenue that crosses over I-270." more...

Meeting To Formalize 7,00-Mile Great Lakes Loop

"Supporters of a proposed international biking, hiking and paddling route around the Great Lakes basin are meeting this week in southwestern Michigan to collaborate on the idea..." more

Why Cyclists Should Be Able To Roll Through Stops

"...While it's obviously reckless for [cyclists] to blow through an intersection when they don't have the right of way, research and common sense say that slowly rolling through a stop sign on a bike shouldn't be illegal in the first place." more...

Bike Share Facts

5/14/14

"In early 2014, some 600 cities in 52 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of more than 570,000 bicycles." more...

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Steubenville Heritage Trail Coming Soon

"The Steubenville Heritage Trail, a bike path born from Steubenville's recently adopted Comprehensive plan, is expected to be ready for traffic as soon as this summer." more...

Little Miami Trail Closure May 13-16

5/13/14

"May 13 through May 16, 2014 between Strout Road and Senior Road (between Morrow and Ft. Ancient) to re-route the Little Miami Scenic Trail due to river bank erosion. A possible detour exists on low-volume township roads." more...

Bike Advocates Push 3-Foot Law At Statehouse

5/13/14

Columbus, OH - "...A group of bicycle advocacy and planning organizations led by the Ohio Bike Federation are lobbying state legislators today to approve several bills geared toward safer cycling, including a three-foot passing rule." more...

DC Police Ticket Road Rage Victim

5/13/14

"DC-area readers are wondering whether police bias was at work after a cyclist who claims to be a victim of road rage was ticketed by police in a hospital emergency room." more...

NY Looks To Sweden For Road Safety

"...While roadway deaths [in Sweden] have not been eliminated, the country's rate of fatalities has been whittled down to an international low. Now its approach faces perhaps its stiffest test: the streets of New York City." more...

Louisville Considering Underground Bike Park

Louisville, KY - "Mountain bike enthusiasts are excited about the possibility of the world's first underground bike park being built in Louisville." more...

Biker Fined For Improving Trail

5/13/14

DE - "...Clayton says he knew park rangers would not endorse a citizen building his own trail, but he thought if he did a good job, cleaned up the area and got others to back the plan, state officials would realize the trail is a good addition to park amenities..." more

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Hit-n-Run Cyclist Sought In Washington

5/12/14

WA - "...crashes on the bridge are somewhat rare, but that is probably no comfort to one woman who was injured in an April 30 collision with another woman on a bike." more...

A Deep Dive Into Biking and Walking Census Data

5/12/14

"We were so excited about the first-ever Census report exclusively on biking and walking that we devoted this entire episode of the Talking Headways podcast to an interview with its author, Brian McKenzie." more...

Anger Over Rosslyn's 'Intersection Of Doom'

5/11/14

Rosslyn, VA - "May is National Bike Month, but the celebration is off to an inauspicious start in Arlington, where a resident says she was ticketed in her hospital room after being hit by a car." more...

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Springfield Gets Sharrows & Bike Plan

Springfield, OH - "...Last week the city painted shared lane markings that feature a drawing of a bicycle on streets around the core block downtown to connect the Little Miami and Kenton trail systems..." more

More Details On Shook Bikeway Bridge

5/11/14

Miami County, OH - "The Great Miami River Recreational Trail moves closer to completion in Miami County as construction on the Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge continues." more...

UK Considering 'Cycle Streets'

5/11/14

"A 'bold initiative' which will see drivers banned from overtaking cyclists on designated 'cycle streets' could be introduced in cities throughout the UK in a bid to reduce the number of road deaths." more...

Golden Opportunity Our Cities Are Missing

5/11/14

"Living in the city means you don't often see a whole lot of green - but it doesn't have to be that way." more...

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Bikeway To Be Built Near Side Cut Metropark

5/9/14

Maumee, OH - "A new bicycle path along River Road near Side Cut Metropark in Maumee will be taking shape soon and cyclists say they're ready..." more

New Orleans Looks To Create Greenspace

LA - "A panel of real estate, urban planning and architecture experts studying how to create more open, green spaces in downtown New Orleans will reveal their recommendations..." more

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Tacoma Vows To Prosecute Rogue Crosswalk Painters

5/9/14

WA - "A group calling themselves "Citizens for a Safer Tacoma" has painted five crosswalks around the city, in hopes of pressing officials to take pedestrian safety more seriously.

"The city of Tacoma, meanwhile, has reacted defensively, threatening to prosecute the group..." more

Why Memphis Is Building Protected Bike Lanes

5/9/14

"While the Green Lane Project team was interviewing smart people around the country for our new video about the rise of protected bike lanes, we asked Mayor AC Wharton of Memphis why he's been such a supporter of protected bike infrastructure in a city that, before he came to office, didn't have a single bike lane." more...

How protected bike projects are saving Memphis money from Green Lane Project on Vimeo.

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Trail Town Program Officials Assess McKeesport

5/9/14

PA - "Trail Town Program officials and stakeholders in the McKeesport section of the Great Allegheny Passage took to the city's trail and streets on Thursday with a checklist to assess how user friendly the Tube City is for cyclists." more...

The Libertarion Case For Bike Lanes

"...While auto-centric Rob Ford-style "libertarians" have consistently attacked cyclists, it's always seemed to me that bike-friendly development ought to be a no-brainer for true libertarians..." more

Woman Attacked On NW Indiana Bike Path

Gary, IN - "Police are looking for a man who assaulted a woman on a Gary bike path Tuesday." more...

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Wasson Way Corridor Ideas Presented

Cincinnati, OH - "As part of UrbanCincy's ongoing partnership with the University of Cincinnati's Community Design Center, we gathered interested members of the public at the Niehoff Studio in Corryville on April 17 to view the work of students studying the Wasson Corridor." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Little Miami Trail - Mother's Day Closure

"To accommodate bridge work on the original northbound Interstate 71/ Jeremiah Morrow bridge, Interstate 71 between the SR 73 and SR 48 exits will be closed to traffic from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 11.

"Also, during this time frame, traffic on the Little Miami Scenic River and Bike Trail will not be permitted between Wilmington Road and SR 350. Law enforcement and construction personnel will be on site at various access points to the interstate, river and bike trail to enforce these restrictions."

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Bikeway Bridge Construction Progress

Troy, OH - "...The bridge will connect the Troy and Piqua sections of the Great Miami River Recreation al Trail in Miami County, completing the trail in the county. The opening is expected in August..." more

Bidding Set For Bikeway Bridge In Granville

Granville, OH - "Granville Township officials on Tuesday tied up loose ends to allow the proposed Granville Rotary Club bridge project across Raccoon Creek to commence." more...

Driver Gets 6 Months For Running Down Bicyclist

VA - "A 29-year-old McLean woman has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and hit-and-run charges in a crash with a bicyclist on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail." more...

How To Create A Bike Lane In Seconds

5/9/14

"...[the Armadillo} actually creates a separated bike lane on the roadway, which is much more preferred than a bike lane that is simply painted on the side of the road and almost looks like a road shoulder rather than a dedicated path for bicyclists." more...

Biking On The Rise In Smaller U.S. Cities

5/8/14

"...Although large cities have led the way with bike infrastructure innovations and grabbed the national headlines, bicycling is also on the rise in many small and midsized cities..." more

Low Income Americans Walk / Bike Commute Most

5/8/14

"The U.S. Census Bureau just released its first-ever report exclusively on walking and biking..." more

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Marion County Parks Levy Fails

5/7/14

"...'We're extremely disappointed,' Sheridan said. 'We didn't know what to expect and thought it would do a lot better.'" more...

Q&A With A Carless Guy In Cincy

5/7/14

"Back in 2011, CityBeat spoke with downtown resident Jeff Beyer, a guy whose primary mode of transportation is his bicycle, to find out what life in Cincinnati is like for people who don't have cars..." more

State Of Cycling In Cincy

5/7/14

"Cincinnati's quest to become a bike-friendly city has long been riddled with social and political realities progressive cities moved past decades ago..." more

Miami Valley Trails Spring Newsletter

"...It's spring, finally, and the MIami Valley Trails are ready to host thousands of visitors each day..." more

Building Better Bike Maps

5/7/14

"Any bicyclist knows that maps can be quite deceiving at first glance. The first time I tried to traverse San Francisco on a bicycle, I foolishly set out from the bike-rental shop on Fisherman's Wharf with a basic street map..." more

Seattle's Bike-To-School Revolution

5/7/14

"Today was National Bike-to-School Day. Kids all over Seattle biked to class this morning. That's not all that unusual, but there were definitely more than most days." more...

Bike Funding Cut from TIGER?

5/7/14

"The next round of federal TIGER grants may EXCLUDE walking and bicycling." more...

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Bike Month Highlights Cincy's Burgeoning Bike Culture

5/6/14

"...there will be more than 100 Bike Month events in Cincinnati this May-so many, in fact, that there have been discussions about the city having its own "Bike Month 2" this September." more...

The Rise Of The Protected U.S. Bike Lane

5/6/14

"...Protected bike lanes have been shown to reduce traffic crashes for all users by 34%. Aside from making bicycling safer, these protected bike lanes help to make drivers more aware of their surroundings and more cautious..." more

The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S. from Green Lane Project on Vimeo.

Michigan DOT Takes Pedestrian Perspective

5/6/14

"A lot of state transportation departments talk the talk when it comes to designing streets that are safe for everyone. But Michigan - forgive the pun - is literally walking the walk." more...

PCB-Tainted Soil Along Trail To Be Removed

5/6/14

WI - "City of Madison officials want an open trench along the Capital City Bike Trail that is contaminated with 100 times the maximum allowed level of PCBs cleaned up as soon as possible." more...

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GAP May Receive National Bike Route Signs

5/5/14

PA - "...The concept is similar to the highway system - establishing designated routes that connect urban, suburban and rural areas across the country to one another..." more

Analysis Of Bike Accidents Pinpoints Lexington Problem Areas

Lexington, KY - "If you ride a bike around Lexington, there are some places where pedaling with extra caution might be wise, a new study suggests." more

Triumph and Tragedy in "America's Bicycle Capital"

5/5/14

"...In the summer of 2012, Portland was so confident of its place in the world, that it declared itself America's Bicycle Capital, boldly painting the phrase in 10-foot high letters on the side of a building downtown." more...

How We Got FDOT To Install Flasing Lights For Peds

"...FDOT took control of Alton Rd, hijacked West Avenue, a formerly quiet residential Boulevard, and dumped thousand of trucks, busses, taxis, and motorcycles right in front of our homes..." more

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New Trail Links To Improve Columbus Area Biking

5/5/14

"A year from now, central Ohio will have a new and healthy competition going. The venerable Olentangy Trail, which has hosted bicyclists, walkers and runners for decades, will have an East Side peer." more...

Has Cycling Gone Mainstream In UK

"...In recent years, there has been a palpable change in the balance of power. Cycling has more than doubled in London in 10 years and through sheer weight of numbers bikes oblige cars to take more notice of them..." more

Rep. Jim Oberstar Remembered As Cycling's Friend

5/4/14

"Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar is being remembered as perhaps cycling's greatest supporter in congressional history." more...

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How Bikes & Cars Can Share The Road

Cincinnati, OH - "Like friendship and money, bicycles and cars don't mix especially well. And as Cincinnati's bike infrastructure grows, tensions between cyclists and drivers are on the rise..." more

Town Making Videos To Promote Local Trail

Erie, CO - "...Behlen, most commonly seen by town residents in a suit and tie, presenting to Erie trustees on town infrastructure, could soon be best known as the man in the helmet cam." more

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Paving The Miami-Erie Towpath In New Bremen

"Progress is being made in the Miami-Erie Canal Towpath project, with New Bremen Village Council amending a resolution..." more

Groundbreaking For Warren Trail Expansion

"...A groundbreaking was held Friday morning in Champion behind the Trumbull Careeer and Technical Center for the third phase of the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail. The two-mile trail will connect Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail Project." more...

3 Neighborhood Plan Updates Approved In Cleveland

5/3/14

"Three new plans designed to update specific neighborhoods on the East and West sides of Cleveland aren't about to become reality overnight." more...

Teen Drives Over Bottle-Throwing Boy On Bike

5/2/14

Sacramento, CA - "A 17-year-old girl behind the wheel of a Mercedes SUV is accused of mowing down a boy on a bike in Sacramento after he reportedly threw a water bottle at her vehicle, authorities said." more...

Strava App Moving Beyond Recreation

5/2/14

"Strava may be making the leap from feel-good gadget for hard core exercise buffs to serious planning tool for cities looking to improve active transportation." more...

Highlights Of The Grow America Transportation Act

5/2/14

"...Key parts of that vision include enhancing active transportation networks by building more trails, sidewalks and bike lanes and increasing pedestrian and bicycle safety." more...

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Cincy Council Votes On Central Parkway Bikeway

Cincinnati, OH - "The Central Parkway bicycle track will get built. The Cincinnati City Council approved a modification to the plan on a 5-4 vote..." more

Bike-Friendly State Rankings Released

"...For the seventh year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, but states like Utah, Minnesota and California moved up the ranking in 2014, shaking up the top 10." more...

Washington Is Most Bike-Friendly State

"Despite very little improvement over 2013, Washington State was able to hang on to the top spot on the League of American Bicyclists' annual list of bike-friendly states..." more

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Are Automated Cars Safer For Bikes?

5/2/14

"...As advanced vehicle technologies take over the driving of cars, what does this advancement means for bicyclists, pedestrians, and others who share the road with those cars?" more...

Toronto's Proof That Bike Lanes Reduce Accidents

"One of the first thingsToronto Mayor Rob Ford did when he was elected was rip up the fresh new bike lanes on Jarvis Street..." more

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Council Approves $1.9M Cincy Bike Plan

"The plan will give $1.9 million to five bicycling projects in Cincinnati. The projects include Cincy Bike Share and bike trails along Wasson Way, the Oasis Corridor, Mill Creek and the Ohio River Trail West." more...

OU Bike Path Repairs Won't Fall Through Cracks

"...'We plan to repair the section of the bike path between Richland and Stimson in the near future, and $150,000 is budgeted for that repair,' Quaranta said. 'Many of the sections needing repair were cut and patched when lighting was added to the area a few years ago.'" more...

Fairfield County Seeks To Build Covered Bridge To Link Trails

5/1/14

Lancaster, OH - "Fairfield County and the Friends of the Sensory Trail want to build a covered bridge to connect the trail to the city bicycle path near Forest Rose School." more...

Trail Progress Reported In Pickaway County

5/1/14

"...Three members of the board, Tom Davis, Marshall Fields and Pete Hartinger, all attended the meeting to discuss the ongoing efforts with the Pickaway Trail and the Roundtown Trail." more...

Portage Park District Seeks Levy

"The Portage Park District wants to improve the trails and parks it has and to open the more than 800 acres it owns but can't afford to develop." more...

Sustainable Communities Centered Around Transportation

"...in the 21st century, transportation's focus will shift to a sustainable transport paradigm of managing existing infrastructure (as opposed to building new roads) and improving accessibility. This will be enhanced through transit-oriented development and 'networked livable communities.'" more...

Virginia Creeper Trail Makes Rail-Trail Hall Of Fame

4/30/14

"...RTC is very pleased to announce that the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is to be the latest inductee. more...

KY Bike Commuter's Court Victory

4/30/14

"This week in Kentucky, a judge held up the right of a single mom to ride her bike to work, after she was ticketed three times by local law enforcement for 'reckless driving.'" more...

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U.S. Bike Route 50 To Cut Through Coshocton County

4/29/14

"...The U.S. Bicycle Route 50 path would enter from Guernsey County into Linton Township and connect with Ohio 93 just south of Plainfield and go into Muskingum County." more...

New Covered Bridge On The Little Miami Trail

"A new covered bridge built in a style popular more than a century ago officially will open on the Little Miami Bike Trail on May 9." more...

Big Walnut Trail Bridge Closed

4/29/14

Gahanna - " The bridge is currently closed for painting. It should reopen by May 26, weather permitting." more...

Drunk Drives Onto Trail During Substance Abuse Charity Race

4/29/14

WI - "West Bend police arrested a 33-year-old woman Sunday, after she allegedly drove drunk onto a state trail being used for the Adrenaline Eisenbahn Marathon, a race staged to raise money for the Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Washington County." more...

Nationwide Project for Better Bike Lanes

4/29/14

"Staring down a highway trust fund that he described as "teetering toward insolvency" by August or September, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday that better bike infrastructure projects are part of the solution." more...

Minneapolis' Nonmotorized Pilot Program

4/29/14

"Recently, I concluded my role as director of Bike Walk Twin Cities (BWTC) with Transit for Livable Communities, the nonprofit identified by Congress as one of four local sites across the country to administer the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. The program enabled the Minneapolis area to make $28 million worth of investments in bicycling and walking transportation." more...

Disparity Of Ped & Bike Mode Share, Fatalities & Funding

4/29/14

"...The fact that bikes and pedestrians require much less infrastructure and space also makes investment in their infrastructure very fiscally conservative and efficient." more...

Warm Climate Doesn't Increase Bike Ridership

4/29/14

"We've all heard it - 'this city' or 'that city' has more bicyclists because it has warmer weather. Looks like it's time to retire that statement." more...

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Portland Domino's Pizza Tries Cargo Trike

4/28/14

"After "kicking the idea around for a year or two," a Portland Domino's Pizza owner recently decided to purchase a cargo trike for some of the pizza place's delivery needs." more...

Bicycling Means Business in Pittsburgh

4/28/14

"In 2009 BikePGH saw that the demand for bike friendly workplaces was high. Productive employees wanted to ride bikes to work, and employers wanted to retain those employees..." more...

When State DOTs Make Roads Dangerous

4/28/14

"A terrible car collision in Wisconsin on Friday has orphaned five children.

"Their parents struck a utility poll on Highway J, or Highway 164, in Richfield Township. They were pronounced dead at the scene." more...

Can Local Bike Shops Survive?

4/28/14

"Bicycle shops in the U.S. have been shuttering their doors at a brisk pace over the past decade or more, even as the number of Americans who identified themselves as bike riders grew by some 2%." more...

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Construction Will Complete Alum Creek Trail in 2015

4/28/14

Columbus, OH - "...Construction is slated to begin this year on two projects that will connect the northern and southern legs of the trail to a 4.5-mile central section that was completed in 2012." more...

Cyclists Call For Safer Lanes, Tougher Penalties

4/27/14

Indianapolis, IN - "...Twenty-three-year-old Neil Kelty died Thursday when his bike collided with a school bus. Investigators say the bus driver turned left across the bike lane and into Kelty's path." more...

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Huron River Greenway Issues Linger

4/25/14

"...I am a property owner along the corridor that was officially closed in the fall of 2011. To date, only two property owners have had their properties legally transferred back into their names." more...

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Pierce Twp. To Finish Legendary Run Path

"It's been years since Pierce Township planned a hike-bike path extension and the project should finally come to fruition this summer." more...

Driver Kills Cyclist, Then Sues Victim's Parents

4/25/14

CAN - "...The [victim's] parents say that the [crash] investigation was biased, and that it was the kids' were blamed because "only two of the bikes had what the police called "minimal reflectors," because they were riding abreast, because their clothing was dark, albeit with reflectors, because they weren't wearing helmets..." more

Using Google Street View To Show Street Transformations

4/25/14

"If you ever want to show someone that it's possible to change streets and cities for the better, Google Street View can now help you do it." more...

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1,400-Mile Trail Project To Span 4 States

"...a 1,400-mile trails project initiated by Power of 32. Ultimately the trails will connect Buffalo, N.Y., to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Morgantown, W. Va., and beyond." more...

Cincinnati Region's Trails Mapped

"...On Thursday, Green Umbrella will unveil the region's first master plan for the dozens of trails that stretch across Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana." more...

NJ Awards $775K For Recreational Trail Projects

"State officials announced today the approval of 39 applications totaling $755,054 for recreational trails projects in 15 counties across the state..." more

FL House & Senate Agree On Cross-State Trail Funding

"The House and Senate have agreed to $15.5 million in the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-15 state budget on the Coast to Coast Connector, a project to link 275 miles of paved bicycling trails across Central Florida." more...

Company Hires Ford Exec To Help Build HPVs

4/25/14

"...In the latest sign that this is more than just a niche player, Organic Transit has announced it's hiring Dr. Apoorv Agarwal-a former Ford Motor Company Executive-as its general manager..." more

'Road Diets' A Stroke Of Ingenuity

4/24/14

MN - "..."It's just painting new stripes when you re-surface the road. It doesn't cost any more to do it." more...

Taking the Wrong Route to Bike Lane Benefits

4/24/14

"FiveThirtyEight went viral in our circles earlier this month, with a post titled 'Bike Lanes Don't Cause Traffic Jams If You're Smart About Where You Build Them.'" more

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Bicycle Deaths And The Law

This video (& podcast) features Steve Magas, Leslie Strader and Catherine Girves in a discussion with All Sides host Ann Fisher about Ohio bike safety and cycling trends. more...

Akron Bike-Hike Trail Closing Due To Pipe Relocation

"The multipurpose Bike & Hike Trail is tentatively scheduled to be closed at Akron-Cleveland Road, between SR 303 and SR 8 in Boston Heights, as a nearby gas pipe is relocated on the following dates: Thursday & Friday, April 24 & April 25; Wednesday & Thursday, April 30 & May 1." more...

Bike Path Plan Pitting Businesses Against Bicyclists

Cincinnati, OH - "...Cincinnati's Vice Mayor, David Mann unveiled a compromise to City Council Wednesday to build the path and preserve parking spaces even that may not be enough to keep this project coasting along." more...

More reading on this topic from CityBeat and 700WLW

ODNR Announces $88.5M Upgrades To State Parks

"State officials are preparing to invest $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio's state parks over the next two years.

"The outlay headed to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources through the state capital budget is more than four times larger than average..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

4/24/14

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'Pure Michigan' Trails Legislation Approved

4/23/14

"The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved legislation to recognize top-notch trails as "Pure Michigan" trails and to create a mobile app for trail users." more...

Residents Claim Rail Trail Is Invasion of Privacy

Westfield, MA - "There are rail trails in many communities, used for walking, biking, and recreation. But Westfield residents aren't happy with the one in the city, because they say it's now right in their yard." more...

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5 Ways Biking Is Getting Better In The U.S.

4/23/14

"...As May is coming up and it is National Bike Safety Month, maybe it's a good time to take a moment and reflect on what's good about biking right now. That's not to say there isn't more to improve..." more

New Maps Help Bicyclists Navigate The Ohio-to-Erie Trail

4/22/14

"It'll be easier than ever to bike the length of the Buckeye state this summer, thanks to a new map that outlines and illustrates the 300-mile route from Cleveland to Cincinnati." more...

Businesses That Invest In Bicycling

4/22/14

Washington, D.C. - "...Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 80 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 29 states and Washington, D.C. These new awardees join a trendsetting group of almost 700 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 100 companies in 46 states and D.C. that are transforming the American workplace." more...

Suspect, Motive Unknown In Greenway Shooting

4/21/14

Roanoke, VA - "...The victim told detectives he was walking along the greenway and noticed someone approximately 50 yards in front of him keep looking back in a paranoid state..." more

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Cyclist Records 3-Feet Law Violators

4/21/14

Houston, TX - "A Houston bicyclist is fighting back against inattentive, dangerous drivers with a flag, a camera and YouTube." more...

Seattle 2nd Safest City For Walking & Biking

4/21/14

"...it's probably hard to believe that Seattle may be the second safest big city in the US for people walking and biking. But that's what the data suggests, according to the 2014 Alliance for Biking & Walking Benchmarking report and the Seattle Times' Gene Balk." more...

Car-Free Bridge Angers Drivers

4/21/14

Portland, OR - "Now that Portland's newest Willamette Bridge has a name, many readers are once again expressing their frustration that 81 percent of the Portland region's commuters won't be able to use it because they drive cars." more...

Death Toll From Cars Is Even Higher Than You Thought

4/21/14

"...Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues a grim summation of the death toll on American roads: 33,561 killed in 2012. The year before that: 32,479. The year before that: 32,999. But this statistic leaves out many fatalities caused by cars and drivers. And the victims it undercounts the most are pedestrians and cyclists - and children." more...

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Cyclist Stabbed On Trail, Bike Stolen

Durango, CO - "A 24-year-old Durango resident was stabbed nine times when three assailants allegedly attacked him in Rank Park on the Animas River Trail near the 2200 block of North Main Avenue early Saturday morning." more...

Grants Awarded To 2 State Parks For Trails

4/20/14

Frankfort, KY - "...The foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to Nolin Lake State Park at Mammoth Cave for a .5-mile section of the Brier Creek Mountain Bike Trail that will be used by cyclists..." more

Cycle Tracks Are The Sustainable Choice

4/19/14

Calgary, CAN - "...Why is spending $42 million to build barely a kilometre of road on a route that was being driven by just 5,000 vehicles per day no issue at all, while between $9.3 million and $14.5 million spent on 7.6 kilometres of cycle track for a downtown that already sees 12,000 bicycle trips daily - up 35 per cent just since 2006 - has become a source of scrutiny and ferocious debate?" more...

When Does a Cycling Boom Go Wrong?

Santiago, Chile - 'Despite growing ridership, Santiago's transportation infrastructure "is not high quality, and not sufficient,' according to César Garrido, a local cycling advocate. He told a recent CNN Chile panel: 'Five years ago it may have been advanced-now it's saturated.'" more...

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Liability Issues Keep Bikes Off Trail

4/19/14

CT - "Concerns over liability for the arsenic beneath the rail trail have held up plans to allow bikes on it and link it up to other trails." more...

Moray MTB Trail Fast Becoming A Tourist Attraction

4/18/14

UK - "Moray has scored a major tourism success thanks to a new mountain bike trail averaging almost 1000 visitors a month since it opened late last year." more...

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Cyclists Causing Parking Problems In Loveland

"...Tim O'Grady said it was the committee's opinion that cyclist[s] coming to use the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail were contributing the parking problem because they come in large groups and stay for a long time..." more

More Bike Lanes May Be In Store For Tri-State Area

4/18/14

Cincinnati, OH - "When it comes to biking, the trails along the rivers and hills may come to mind, but more bike lanes are popping up on Tri-State streets." more...

Stavich Bike Trail In Need Of Repairs

4/18/14

"...'The worst part is at the 2.5-mile mark, if you start from Struthers,' recalled McCormick, 67. 'There's a section there, just past Lowellville, that's got a lot of bumps on it, where the heat has buckled up the blacktop.'" more...

Troy Receives Grant To Design Mountain Bike Trail

4/18/14

"...one group of bicycling enthusiasts in Troy are starting to put together a plan for a rugged terrain trail, which would mirror the Montgomery County bike trail's MoMBA dirt trail." more...

Aussie Driver Hits Cyclist, Doesn't Care

"...I just don't care because I've already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is, like, pretty expensive and now I have to fix it..." more

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Police Seek Driver That Attacked Man With Car

4/18/14

WA - "...DeWitt was biking to work on Wallingford Ave near N 40th Street when a person driving a Subaru Impreza struck him on purpose and fled the scene..." more

What Is Your State Doing to Improve Walking and Biking?

4/18/14

"...The Alliance for Biking and Walking has made it easy to find out with this at-a-glance chart, released as part of its biannual Benchmarking report this week." more...

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Police Have Leads In Warren Trail Attack

"Warren police believe they know who beat and robbed a 14-year-old boy of his clothes and cellphone but have not made any arrests yet." more...

Police Presence Keeps Crime Low At Mill Creek MetroParks

"...Crime statistics inside the MetroParks system in Mahoning County are much lower than many other parts of the area, which Willock attributes to a 24-hour police presence." more...

Cincy City Council Asks For Trail Funds

"Cincinnati City Council approved several bike-related ordinances on Wednesday, including an application for a grant to design and do a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed Wasson Way trail..." more

The Time Of Year When Bike Lanes Disappear

4/17/14

Toronto, CAN - "Cycling to and from lunch yesterday on Toronto's Davenport Road bike lane, I counted sixteen cars and delivery trucks blocking the lane both ways...." more

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Cincy Mayor Freezes Central Parkway Bikeway Project

"Mayor John Cranley directed the city administration not to award a contract for the Central Parkway bikeway project..." more

Boy Beaten And Robbed On Bike Trail

Warren, OH - "A Warren boy tells police, he was beaten and robbed of the clothes off his back, while walking on a bike trail in the city." more...

Contract Awarded For Warren Trail Construction

"The third phase of the Warren bike trail is about to get under way." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

4/17/14

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Why A Portland Domino's Started Delivering Pizza By Trike

4/16/14

"As bicycling has come to account for a greater share of trips in Portland, the shift is also noticeable among deliveries and cargo hauling." more...

5 Things To Know About Biking & Walking In U.S.

4/16/14

"The Alliance for Biking and Walking released its big biannual benchmarking report today, a 200-page document that measures the scope, status, and benefits of biking and walking across the United States, using 2011 and 2012 data to update its previous reports." more...

Climate Not Much Of A Factor For Biking & Walking

4/16/14

"...Alaska, the coldest state in the U.S., has the highest rate of active commuting. About 8 percent of workers there commute by foot and another 1 percent by bike." more...

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DC Inspires Bike Lane Envy With Curb-Protected Cycling

4/15/14

"Here's a good sign that protected bike lanes are here to stay in American cities: Cities are increasingly trading plastic bollards for concrete curbs, making the lanes a more permanent feature of the landscape." more...

Woman Raped Near Trail In SW Tallahassee

TN - "A Tallahassee woman said she was raped near a southwest Tallahassee bicycle path about 1 this morning." more...

Which City Has The Best Bike Share?

"...When it works, bikeshare is like the Sesame Street of urban cycling: The bikes are big and cartoonish and comfortable..." more

Trails Lead To A Vibrant, Successful GA

"This past weekend in Athens, 150 trail advocates, users, builders, and supporters came together for the first statewide trails conference in fifteen years..." more

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Canal Clean up Near Delphos

"...'This is an ongoing project,' Holman said, 'cleaning the towpath site of the Miami Erie Canal. It's been a number of years of a work in progress and hopefully we can get this done and open for a walking and biking path...'" more

Next Phase Of Ohio River Trail Coming In 2017

"City officials are advancing the designs for the next phase of the Ohio River Trail. The 2.2-mile segment will run from Salem Road to Sutton Road in Cincinnati's California neighborhood on its eastern riverfront." more...

Man's Death Along Bike Trail Puzzles Police

Middletown, OH - "Police say they are puzzled by the death of a 25-year-old Middletown man who was found in a pool of blood along a bicycle path Sunday." more...

Bicycle Chop Shop Busted In Seattle

Seattle, WA - "Seattle police believe the owner of a Belltown bicycle shop has been wheeling and dealing with convicted felons to traffic thousands of dollars worth of stolen bikes through his store." more...

Bixi Bike-Share Bankruptcy Saga Continues

"The long, strange story of Bixi, the Montréal-based company that provides equipment for some of the world's largest bike-share systems, got even weirder last Friday, as its bankruptcy sale ended with a courtroom drama." more...

1/3 Of Amsterdam City Trips Made By Bike

4/15/14

"One-third of trips made in Amsterdam are by bike, by far the highest percentage in Europe, according to a new report..." more

Ontario To Build Bike Infrastructure

4/14/14

CAN - "...Transportation Minister Glen Murray announced that cycling would be incorporated into every provincial highway and bridge project from now on." more...

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Body Found On Middletown Bike Trail

4/14/14

"Middletown Police are investigating after a man's body was found on a bike trail." more...

Wisconsin Governor Signs Vulnerable User Bill

"On Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker signed the Vulnerable User Bill and we heard that he is scheduled to sign Assembly Bill 730 next week, both of which the Bike Federation supported..." more

Police Step Up Patrols On El Cerrito Greenway

CA - "Patrols have been increased in response to at least four reported armed robberies and three strong-arm robberies in March along the Ohlone Greenway, the linear strip of open space beneath the BART tracks, and adjacent streets." more...

China's Bike Culture Forges Its Way

"...'We all rode bikes in the past, and you could cycle as you pleased, there were no specific lanes,' says Shi. 'Today, people are not used to the car rules and still drive as they please, scrambling to get right of way.'" more...

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Future Trails Envisoned By Portage Parks

4/13/14

"Making connections between existing trails is a big part of Portage Park District Executive Director Christine Craycroft's vision for the northwest portion of Portage County, including Aurora, Streetsboro and Kent." more...

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1 Mile Of Blackhand Gorge Trail Closed Indefinitely

4/11/14

"...The Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed the Brushy Fork Road entrance and about one mile of the 4.2-mile path closed March 1 because of a slippage along the hillside adjacent to the path." more...

Circleville Roundtown Trail Plans Move Forward

"...We are funded now, and it is going to happen this year..." more

Work Begins On Ironton Riverfront Path

"One of the City of Ironton's Riverfront Development project's four phases is underway - a shared walking and bike trail that stretches from Second Street at Storms Creek to the old marina area." more

Do Bike Lanes Slow Car Traffic?

4/11/14

"...Planner Gretchen Johnson and MIT PhD candidate Aaron Johnson munch the stats on bike lanes to answer the question: do bike lanes increase car traffic congestion..?" more

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Stillwater Trail Search For Missing Persons

"Dayton homicide detectives, in a search for the remains of 25-year-old Nichelle McKnight and her 4-year-old son Zaden, combed a wooded area near a bike trail in Harrison Twp. on Thursday." more...

Man Dies After Medical Emergency On Portage Bike Trail

"A 74-year-old man died Wednesday following a medical emergency on the Portage Hike and Bike Trail in Ravenna Township." more...

Iron Horse Bikeway Closure

"...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. The closed section is located just south of where the trail connects with the Creekside Bikeway near the intersection of Linden Avenue. While the contractor has been encouraged to open the bike path intermittently whenever possible, trail users should plan to use the provided detour until the project has been completed.

"ODOT estimates the completion date for this project to be July 15, 2014.

See the detour map. more...

Man Gets 45 Years For Sexually Assaulting Jogger

SC - "...Michael Evans, 22, of Summerville pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime." more...

California Transpo Could Be Changing Fast

4/11/14

"...In a surprise announcement Thursday night... the head of the country's largest highway department said his agency will officially endorse NACTO's street design guide, a document that tracks the best practices for adding protected bike lanes to U.S. streets." more...

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Olentangy Trail Flasher Reported

"...a man was reportedly seen exposing himself to runners along the Olentangy bike path near Tuttle Park." more...

2014 Miami Valley Trails Guide Map

"The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) is pleased to announce the release of the Miami Valley Ohio Bikeways Guide Map - 2014 Edition. This fourth edition of this very popular map will be available from parks agencies, some local governments, and various local bike shops in mid-April..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

4/10/14

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Missouri House Defeats Anti-Bicyle Amendment

"...Thousands of cyclists lit up capitol switchboards, email, and social media in the past few days in opposition to the amendment. Dozens of organizations from across Missouri joined in the effort to fight the anti-bicycle amendment, as did major national bicycle, pedestrian, and trails groups." more...

Ped Hit-And-Run On Oregon Trail

4/9/14

Portland, OR - "A hit-and-run on the Springwater Corridor Trail left jogger Karla Koenig badly hurt, and now a month later she wants to find the cyclist who left her in so much pain." more...

U.S. Behind Other Nations On Street Safety

4/9/14

"...compared to our international peers, the United States is still doing a poor job of reducing traffic deaths..." more

Strategies for RTP Reauthorization

4/9/14

"The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has engaged in some productive efforts in support of continued funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)..." more

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Scioto Trail Detour

4/8/14

From columbus.gov, "Columbus Recreation and Parks will be conducting trail safety improvements on the Scioto Trail at Confluence Park beginning Tuesday April 8th. The bridge over the Olentangy River will be temporarily closed to all bike and pedestrian traffic until the evening of Thursday 10th.

"To reach downtown and the Lower Scioto Trail please access the west side Scioto Trail via N. Souder Ave at Rickenbacker Dr and the Broad St access point near COSI and Veterans Memorial.

"Construction will be weather dependent.. Please see this detour map.

CitiBike Reveals How New Yorkers Ride Their Bikes

4/8/14

"...New York's bike share's move in the direction of more transparency: They have officially opened their trove of usage data to the public..." more

California Transportation Gets More Active

4/8/14

"...the California Household Travel Survey just released a detailed report on the travel patterns of more than 100,000 people statewide and found that the percentage of trips made by biking and walking in 2012 was nearly double what it was in 2000." more...

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Columbus Plans $5.6M In Bike-Related Upgrades

4/7/14

"...The city plans to spend $5.6 million painting sharrows (see below), building bike paths and segregating bike lanes, among other plans." more...

Ohio Bikes & Cars Clashing Less

4/7/14

"...More than 1,500 people were injured in bicycle crashes statewide last year, down from about 1,900 in 2012, according to Ohio Department of Public Safety data..." more

Bicycling Under Attack In Missouri

4/7/14

"...From the MoBikeFed: "The bicycle ban is back -- new and improved for 2014. And it is accompanied by something new -- a proposal to eliminate bicycling from the $8 billion Missouri Transportation Funding proposal." more...

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More Bike Lanes For Chicago

IL - "The city plans to install 20 more miles of bike lanes this spring and summer as part of a continued push to make Chicago more bicycle friendly." more...

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Bike Trails - When Does Recreational Use Immunity Apply?

"...a recent Washington State Supreme Court decision makes it clear that the purpose of a bike trail can make a big difference when it comes to potential landowner liability when there's a bike accident." more...

The Memphis Greenprint & Sustainability Plan

4/5/14

MS - "...A greenprint is similar to a blueprint in that it ties together greenways and recreational parks and trail projects in the greater Mid-South region." more

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CVNP Towpath Reopens After Flooding Scare

4/4/14

"The Cuyahoga Valley National Park reopened a 19.7 mile stretch of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath trail Friday afternoon after flooding concerns eased." more...

County Working On Camp Chase Trail Issues

"...'By late 2015, the trail will be up to Sullivant Avenue,' Studenmund said, adding that the next step is to take the trail into Valleyview to the Norfolk Southern Railroad, which should be done by 2016." more...

Pacers Bikeshare On Cultural Trail

4/4/14

IN - "...The Indiana Pacers are the namesake of a new bikeshare program along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail that features 25 stations and 250 bicycles dotted throughout the city." more...

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Work To Begin On Connecting Western Reserve Greenway

"...Trumbull County Commissioners on Wednesday awarded a nearly $1.4-million contract to Burton Scott Contractors of Newbury, Ohio to build a ten foot wide, 2.19 mile long paved trail." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

4/4/14

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7,000-Mile Trail Proposed Around Great Lakes

4/3/14

"A seven thousand mile trail around the coasts of the Great Lakes is in the works. A meeting between various groups of cyclists, paddlers, and planners is planned in Saugatuck for May 15th...

"...this project has been in the works for about ten years, adding it will result in a long distance recreational trail unlike any in the United States." more...

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Licking County Trail Plan Ready For Public Review

4/2/14

"...The county plan is intended to help local entities connect the county's 60 miles of off-road bike paths and on-road dedicated bike lanes." more

Ohio State Park Fire Contained

"..Franklin Township Fire Chief Mike Menendez tells the Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAWTH'-ee) Gazette that the fire burned an estimated 25 to 35 acres of state property. He says it came within about 100 feet of several homes but none was damaged, and no one was hurt." more...

Arlington County Installs 'Bikeometer' To Count Cyclists

VA - "...The new electronic device, called a "bikeometer," is the only one of its kind on the East Coast. It will tabulate and display the number of cyclists who pass by the busy intersection of Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, just south of the Key Bridge." more...

Support The Recreational Trails Program

4/2/14

"The Coalition for Recreational Trails announces a wonderful opportunity to boost awareness of and support for the Recreational Trails Program within the United States Senate. However, we have to take action by April 9!" more...

Lost Runner Survives By Sleeping In Bushes

CA - "A missing Northern California runner survived two days in a treacherous and snowy mountainous region by sleeping on a cliff and kept warm in freezing conditions by curling up in bushes, authorities said Tuesday." more...

Proposal To Make Bike Share Membership Tax Deductible

4/2/14

"If you drive to work, the IRS allows you to pay for parking with pre-tax money. Same goes if you take the train or the bus (though transit commuters can't claim as much tax-free earnings as car commuters). People who ride their own bikes are also eligible to deduct some associated costs. But if you get to work using Citi Bike, Divvy, Nice Ride, or any of the other bike-share systems sprouting up in American cities, you get no such assistance from Uncle Sam." more...

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Cincy Trying To Buy Rail Line For Eastside Trail

"The city of Cincinnati has submitted a proposal to purchase the Norfolk Southern rail line that runs roughly parallel to Wasson Way, the site of a potential bike and pedestrian route that rail supporters would prefer to see turned into a light rail line." more...

Alum Creek Trail Bridge Reopens

4/1/14

The Academy Park Suspension Bridge is now open.

Where's Ohio's 3-Feet Law For Cyclists?

4/1/14

"A rash of tragedies involving bicycles and motor vehicles should make everyone more mindful of their behavior on the road. And the Ohio legislature ought to be looking at whether the state is doing what it could to reduce the number of these incidents." more...

$375K To Boost Cincy Play & Fitness Areas

4/1/14

"Interact for Health has awarded 11 grants to area communities and organizations to plan, build or enhance play and fitness areas in the Cincinnati region..." more

Bicycle Friendly America: 2013 Guide

4/1/14

"Year in and year out, it's consistently the most popular and most requested issues of American Bicyclist: our annual spotlight on the Bicycle Friendly America program. The 2013 edition is now online and hitting the mailboxes of League members, once again showcasing the hundreds of communities, businesses and universities that are using the League's blueprint to make biking better nationwide." more...

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Study Finds Ultra-Endurance Athletes Harming Health

"If running 15 miles a week is heart healthy, running 45 miles a week gives you a cardiovascular system three times as clean and strong, right?" more...

Film Awards Stir Controversy With Angry Bike Anthem

4/1/14

"...In this year's first place film by John Benson & Ward Evans -- AKA sausage -- a pair of US-based directors have tapped into a deep vein of anger among bike riders..." more

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Bike Share Toronto Takes Over For Bixi

3/31/14

"Toronto's Bixi bikeshare share system was taken over by the City of Toronto last fall after it struggled to service its debt..." more

Can Cities Change the Face of Biking?

"There's a growing trend of teaching young people (especially those from demographic groups that historically haven't embraced biking) how to repair and ride bikes." more...

Complete Streets Taking Baby Steps In Ottawa

3/30/14

CAN - "...If you look at the Transportation Master Plan, you will see there is this great policy discussion on complete streets and then there are six pages of road-widenings..." more

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Dayton Bike Share Coming In 2015

"...Dayton's bike share will feature 22 strategically located stations, all within an approximate two mile radius of downtown Dayton. Each station will contain six to ten bikes, totaling more than 200 bikes..." more

Small Trail Grants Make Big Impact

3/30/14

PA - "...Now in its seventh year, the Trail Assistance Mini-Grant Program managed by RTC was begun as a way to assist trail organizations or municipalities who need to make small repairs and improvements to their trail..." more

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Work Begins On Towpath Conector Bridge In Barberton

"Work on a pedestrian bridge that connects the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to downtown Barberton is officially underway." more...

Scioto Bikeway Detours

3/28/14

"Due to construction on Liberty St. the southbound detour for Scioto Trail will now follow Fulton St and make a right onto Front St. This is a minor change and will be signed accordingly. This will be effective Monday March 31." more...

1,000-Mile Bike Route To Link 911 Sites

3/27/14

"Organizers of an effort to create a 1,000-mile bike trail connecting all three sites of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks unveiled a commemorative map on Thursday..." more

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New Westerville Park Projects For This Summer

"...After hearing positive feedback from the community and increasing emphasis on walkways, the city has decided to connect the Alum Creek Trail to Sharon Woods Park." more...

Trail Expansion Raises Concerns

Licking County, OH - "...My concerns with the public health issues along the TJ Evans Trail are currently not adequately addressed..." more

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Endangered Toad Forces Trail Plan Changes

PA - "The spadefoot toad won't have to cross the road to get to the other side of its habitat in the wetlands near Circleville Park." more...

Realtors' Survey Indicates Strong Interest In Walkable Neighborhoods

3/27/14

"...Most Americans now want to live in a walkable neighborhood where they can walk to shops and restaurants and parks, and many are willing to give up a large yard to do so..." more

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Ped Bridge Construction At North Lake Park

3/26/14

Mansfield, OH - A pedestrian bridge linking North Lake Park with the Richland B&O Trail in Mansfield will be closed for construction.

Weather permitting, the construction of a new bridge will begin on March 27 and last about 30 days.

Trail users should be aware that this bridge is the only crossing point for Touby Creek. While the closure exists, there will be no access between the trail and the park.

Citi Bike Manager Resigns

3/26/14

"Citi Bike's general manager is leaving as city officials have grown increasingly frustrated with the Portland, Ore., company that runs New York City's bike-share program, according to people familiar with matter." more...

Boston's Prescribe-A-Bike

3/26/14

"...'There is no other program like this in the country,' said Mayor Walsh in a statement. 'Prescribe-a-Bike makes the link between health and transportation, and ensures that more residents can access the Hubway bike share system.'" more

No Growth In UK Cycling Commuters

3/26/14

"Cycling to work has stagnated in the UK in the past decade, with only a handful of cities bucking the trend, according to census data released today." more...

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Report Calls For Greater Investment In Cycling

"The health benefits to society from cycling outweigh negative impacts by up to a factor of 20, according to the final research report "Cycling, Health and Safety" from the ITF Working Group on Cycling Safety..." more

Remembering Joe Giampapa

3/26/14

"The Cycling Community is grieving the loss of Joe Giampapa who died during a 200 mile Randonneuring event on Saturday March 22, when he was struck by a mini-van near Piqua, Ohio. The crash is under investigation." more...

Drunk Driver That Injured Cyclist Gets 2 Weeks

Delaware, OH - "A Worthington doctor was sentenced to just over two weeks in jail on Monday morning in connection with a drunk driving crash that seriously injured a cyclist." more...

Catching Hit-And-Run Drivers With Amber Alerts

3/26/14

"A Portland woman whose son was killed by a drunk hit-and-run driver has proposed a new method to apprehend motorists who flee the scene of a deadly collision. She hopes to bring an Amber Alert-like notification system to Portland to help nab the bad guys. The proposal is based on a system that's already up and running in Denver, reports Michael Andersen at Bike Portland." more...

Law May Curb Aggression Against Cyclists

3/26/14

Oakland, CA - "Motorists who harass, threaten or assault bicyclists or pedestrians in Oakland may soon find themselves facing a hefty out-of-pocket penalty for their unruly behavior." more...

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More GMRT Detours

3/24/14

"...a portion of the bikeway at the top of the levee between between the Webster Street bridge and the Deeds Point MetroPark Pedestrian Bridge will be blocked by construction. Please use Monument Ave. during this closure." more...

D.C. To Require Bike Parking In Some Buildings

3/24/14

"The District is trying a second time to establish a mandate for including secure, indoor bicycle parking in most residential buildings with eight or more units." more...

Delivering A Safer Environment For Peds

3/24/14

London, UK - "Four years on from the opening of the Great Queen Street development in central London, a better division of space between vehicles and pedestrians has been achieved, drastically improving the area for all." more...

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Landslide Wipes Out Rail-Trail Corridor

3/23/14

Snohomish County, WA - "That landslide on Saturday that swept down a hillside along the North Fork of the Stillaquamish River also took out a section of the White Horse Trail, a mountain biking and hiking trail." more...

The "Menance" Of Urban Cycling

AUS - "The Australian weighed in to the "dooring" debate on Friday with an editorial titled The menace of urban cyclists..." more

The Death Knelling Over Citibike

"In the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Laura Kusisto, Eliot Brown and Andrew Tangel kick off a report on the challenges facing New York City's rent-a-bike program..." more

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Dublin Cyclist Struck, Killed

3/22/14

Miami County - "A Dublin, Ohio, man was struck and killed Saturday morning during a 200-mile ride with a bike club." more...

Driver Posts Bike / Ped "Kill" Tally On Van

3/22/14

Seattle, WA - "Six months ago, John Demaree was driving around town when he got an idea for a joke." more...

Bicyclist Hurt In American Tobacco Trail Crash

3/21/14

Durham, NC - "An ABC11 staffer cycling to work Friday morning came upon a strange scene on the American Tobacco Trail." more...

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Great Miami River Trail Detours

3/21/14

"The Deeds Point MetroPark Pedestrian Bridge will be closed starting March 27, 2014 at 8:00 am for minor repairs to some of the bridge chords. This work is expected to be completed in one work day. However, if work extends into the following day the closure will be in place until work is completed..." more

Complete Streets from Policy to Project Part 1

3/21/14

"In this first of a six part series, Cindy Zerger and I introduce a recent research report on complete streets from the University of Minnesota and highlight key findings..." more

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Athens Closer To Linking Trail With Columbus Rd

"The longtime goal of connecting the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway to Columbus Road is coming closer to reality with city officials holding an open forum last week to gather input from the public." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

3/21/14

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A Quiet Bike Renaissance In Rockville, MD

3/21/14

"The DC suburb of Rockville, Maryland, is quietly becoming a bike-friendly city." more...

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Navy Pier Flyover Ready For Take-Off

IL - "A notorious bottleneck along the lakefront path near Navy Pier that has created a dangerous free-for-all between cyclists, joggers, skaters, pedestrians and motorists is about to be eliminated - finally." more...

How Did Bicycling Take Over The Netherlands?

3/19/14

"...the country's superior bicycle infrastructure hasn't been in place as long as many people think. The transformation into a country with such superior bicycle infrastructure has come in just the past few decades or so." more...

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Huge Economic Impact From Miami Valley Trail Users

"...they're spending an estimated $13 million a year on their trail visits. What region of this country couldn't benefit from that amount of tourism dollars annually?" more...

Doored Cyclist Told To Bug Off

3/19/14

AUS - "...There was plenty of outrage on social media yesterday at the boorish way three men conducted themselves after one of them "doored" a cyclist in Collins St, Melbourne on Tuesday." more...

UK Bringing Back "Play Streets"

"Dozens of roads are now being closed to traffic for up to three hours a week as part of a nationwide drive to bring back 'play streets.'" more...

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Body Found Off Lower Scioto Greenway Trail

3/17/14

"Detectives are called to investigate after a body is found off of a multi-purpose trail near downtown [Columbus]." more...

Interpreting The Recent High Court Decision Against Trails

3/17/14

"...Last week, the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in favor of Marvin Brandt. While RTC is disappointed by the decision, after examining the details of its potential impact, we believe that the vast majority of rail-trails and rail-trail projects will not be directly affected..." more

Bike San Diego Wins National Advocacy Award

3/17/14

"Bike San Diego won this year's Advocacy Organization of the Year award from the Alliance for Biking and Walking at the National Bike Summit earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Pretty good for an all-volunteer-run organization that has only been around for a little over a year." more...

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Licking County Editorial Responds To Negative Trail Comments

"...In this age of caring about fitness, why would anyone be opposed to bike paths and people using them?" more...

Pollution Triggers Paris Car Ban

3/16/14

"Only motorists whose cars have odd-numbered registration plates are allowed to drive. On Tuesday, if the restrictions remain in place, it will be the turn of those with even-numbered plates." more...

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Trucker Runs Over Bicyclists, Gets Misdemeanor Conviction

VA - "...When the truck swerved back in the lane, I saw John go under the wheel." more...

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Little Miami Trail Receives Grant For Improvements

"...the total grant amount of $150,000 will be put toward several specific improvements on the trail including, repairing old sections of the trail north of Loveland, improving drainage on part of the trail near Milford, and repaving some of the trail." more...

Making Chattanooga Streets "Complete"

3/14/14

TN - "...They're drafting a complete streets policy that would formalize how city streets are designed and developed. The goal is to create a transportation network that is safe for all users, regardless of age, ability or mode of travel." more...

15 Different Ways To Protect Bike Lanes

3/13/14

"Posts, curbs, flower beds, parked cars, armadillos, parking stops - there are so many beautiful ways to separate bike and auto traffic. But which is best?" more...

Senator Pulls Ogden Canyon Bill

3/13/14

UT - "A bill that would have allowed the state to use eminent domain to build trails near highways has been pulled by the senator who sponsored it after he spoke to Ogden Canyon residents." more...

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Encouraging More Female Riders In Cleveland

3/13/14

"...If women indeed are the barometer of a healthy cycling city, as experts say, then how can we make women feel safe while cycling in Cleveland..?" more

"Cantankerous" Couple Threatening Trail Users

3/12/14

Portland, OR - "A fun day of mountain biking for Chris Hess, his wife, Angela, their daughter and their dogs quickly turned into one of the most traumatic experiences of his life when they encountered an agitated couple on the Sandy Ridge Trail." more...

Cycle Sting Nets 3 Adults; Busts Teens for Truancy

3/12/14

CA - "Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's deputies conducted a late-night saturation patrol operation Tuesday using patrol vehicles, bicycles and T3 electric standup patrol vehicles on the paseos, trails and streets throughout the City of Santa Clarita..." more

2013 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report

"A report on the use and benefits of Federal Recreational Trails Program funds across the United States." more...

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B&O Trail Bollard Removal Completed

The last of the trail bollards that stood directly on the trail surface were removed on Tuesday.

The project to improve trail safety was implemented following the death of Giuseppe (Beppe) Maino in 2012. The cyclist died from injuries he suffered from a trail bollard crash on the trail in Bellville, Ohio.

"...We've been forced to conclude that bollards cause far more injuries than they prevent..." more

Orange Residents Voice Support For $5M Trail Construction

3/13/14

"...The village held its second public meeting about the all-purpose trail plans Wednesday evening. About 30 residents and council members showed up to the meeting to show support for the plans and to discuss possible concerns." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

3/13/14

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Licking County Residents Speak Out Against Trail Funding

3/12/14

"A plan that may expand, connect and improve Licking County bike paths, and a survey about the trail system, drew the ire of a few residents at a transportation meeting Tuesday." more...

Steubenville Contemplates National Bike Route

3/11/14

"A proposed national bike trail from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco will include Weirton and Steubenville, a Steubenville Revitalization Group official said Monday night." more...

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How Does Supreme Court Decision Affect Rail-Trails?

3/11/14

"...The U.S. Supreme Court decision was undoubtedly disappointing for supporters of rail-trails. But after examining the Court's decision, it is clear that its reach is much narrower than has been reported in the press." more...

Zero-Maintenance Trail Bridge Goes Up at Germantown MetroPark

3/11/14

"...'We were very impressed with the ease of installation of this product,' saysChris Pion, park project manager for Five Rivers MetroParks..." more

Bicycle Safety Must Be A Priority

3/11/14

"...This morning, the federal government released a traffic safety proposal that turns a blind eye to the rising number of bicyclist and pedestrians deaths." more...

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Supreme Court Ruling A Blow To Trail Development

"...The justices ruled 8-1 that government easements used for railroad beds over public and private land in the West expired once the railroads went out of business, and the land must revert to its owners." more...

Read another take on the ruling from the RTC.

Lowellville looks To Start Bike-Safety Program

3/10/14

"Capt. Stacy Karis readily admits that the village lacks a strong bike-safety program, but is hopeful that will soon change." more...

Green Lane Project Selects 6 More Cities

3/10/14

"More than 100 cities applied for the second round of the Green Lane Project, the program that helps cities build better bike infrastructure, including protected lanes." more...

London's Plan to Move Cyclists to Side Streets

3/10/14

"After years of planning, London is finally poised to witness a quiet revolution for two-wheeled transport: an exhaustive citywide network of new cycle routes. This overhaul will nonetheless be coming with a substantial twist..." more

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Miami Valley Trails Traffic Boosts Local Economy

3/9/14

"...The trail system brings in an estimated $13 million annually to the local economy. The survey found there's also enthusiasm among hikers, bike riders and others who touch the trail network." more...

High Line on the Anacostia

D.C. - "...With the old bridge pillars, which would otherwise be demolished, still in the water, Tregoning envisioned a linear park laid out atop them, bridging - literally and figuratively - the gap between the Navy Yard area and the poorer neighborhoods east of the river..." more

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Used Bikes Sought For Bikes In Bloom

3/8/14

Greenfield, IN - "What do you do with a bike rack that might not look all that much like a bike rack? Stick a bike in it, of course." more...

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Mentor Bike Lane Project Awarded

"...City officials said the start of this phase of the Morton-Headlands Trail project - widening and resurfacing part of Jordan Drive - has yet to be established, but is to get rolling this spring." more...

1st Phase Of Green Township Trail Moving Ahead

"...The first phase for a new bike trail is moving forward as trustees in Green Township get closer to closing a deal to buy some property..." more

Bike & Ped Infra In Charleston & Pittsburgh

"...Pittsburgh recently made a slick switcharoo by turning a cars-only road that went through a scenic park into a no-cars-allowed road..." more

KY Reverses Course, Will Allow Peds On Bridge

3/7/14

"The state of Kentucky announced today it will allow pedestrians on the Clark Memorial Bridge after all..." more

If Pittsburgh Can Make Streets Bikeable, Anyone Can

3/7/14

"Bike advocates from places like Portland, New York, and Boulder got a little Rust Belt envy this week when Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto spoke to the National Bike Summit Tuesday morning." more...

7 Dutch Bike Bridges Offer Lessons

3/7/14

"...I snapped a handful of pictures of cool bike bridges and bike-friendly bridges when I lived in the Netherlands..." more

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Potected Bike Lanes Are Not Too Expensive To Build

"...dramatically improving biking and walking in a city costs almost nothing compared to many other transportation projects..." more

Ped Deaths Edge Down Following 3-Year Rise

3/6/14

"...The decline follows a three-year period in which pedestrian deaths rose 15 percent from an all-time low in 2009." more...

Houston Launching "Sunday Streets"

"...It all started in early 2013 when a local magazine editor launched a petition drive asking the city to close streets during certain periods so people could walk and ride their bikes." more

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Women Now The Majority In Family Bicycling

3/6/14

"...approximately one-third (28%) of U.S. cyclists, or 7.8 million adults, are participating in biking as a family activity. Of those 7.8 million, a god bit over half (58%) are women." more...

Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

3/6/14

Here is this week's edition.

Making The Cross-FL Trail A Reality

"...pedaling 275 miles across the country's most lethal state for cyclists could be done in perfect safety." more...

Bike Shares Make Inroads In U.S. Cities

3/5/14

"Many US cities have embraced bike-sharing, but with no clear commercial offerings, can it survive without taxpayer assistance?" more...

Bike Infra Can Be A "Ladder Of Opportunity"

3/5/14

"...Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's blog post is all about bicycling. He opens by touting the complete streets policy he helped implement in Charlotte (it passed before he was mayor) and the city's bike-share system - the largest in the Southeast." more...

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Chardon Trail Link Still Unresolved

3/5/14

"...Council was believed to be discussing a proposal from commissioners that would simultaneously address the Maple Highlands Trail extension project easement - sought by the city - and the city's newly created residential incentive districts..." more

GMRT Section Closing South Of Carillon

3/5/14

"Repairs to a support wall along the Great Miami River Recreation Trail west of Carillon Historical Park in Dayton will close the trail beginning tomorrow.

"Erosion at the base of the wall could undermine the trail if it isn't repaired. The bikeway will be closed for about 200 feet near the former Tait Station low dam.

"Because the bikeway goes from the levee top to the riverbank in that section, there are no detour options. The repairs are expected to take three to 10 days, depending on the weather and river levels."

Source: miamivalleytrails.org

Creekside Trail May Become Part Of U.S. Bike Rt. 50

3/4/14

"Creekside Trail could become part of a nation-wide network of bicycle routes, according to information presented at city council Monday." more...

Is Portland A Good Fit For Bike Share?

3/4/14

"...With the launch already a year behind schedule, the roll out still might be this summer. But because of concerns over the bankruptcy of a high-tech rental bike supplier used by the contractor, it may have to wait until sometime in 2015." more...

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U.S. DOT Fails to Get Travel Forecasting Right

3/3/14

"The U.S. Department of Transportation seems to be stuck in a bizarre time warp. For nine years in a row Americans have decreased their average driving miles. Yet U.S. DOT's most recent biennial report to Congress on the state of the nation's transportation system, released last Friday, forecasts that total vehicle miles will increase between 1.36 percent to 1.85 percent each year through 2030." more...

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Mountain Biker Lost In Cleveland National Forest

3/2/14

"On the morning of March 1, 2014, around 7 a.m. Andres Marin began an 18-mile bike ride at the Skyline Trail-head, as reported by Riverside County Sheriff Lt. Zachary Hall.

"As of 7:30 this morning, Marin had not been located..." more

People Friendly Streets Not Just For Big Cities

2/28/14

"...'This is not just an urban priority,' Schatz tells Grist. 'It's important for people to be able to move within their community safely.'" more...

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How Portland Stopped Building Neighborhood Greenways

2/28/14

"...The city's decision to nearly eliminate local funding for neighborhood greenway construction isn't due to any conscious opposition in the Portland Bureau of Transportation. At every level, PBOT officials are proud of the program and eager for it to resume.

"Instead, it's a sign of just how severe PBOT's revenue crunch is..." more

Could Bridge Become Hippest Ped Crossing in Stockholm?

"...Seeking a creative alternative to walking beside a busy highway, Visiondivision is proposing the space beneath the bridge be used as passage for those traversing the river on foot..." more

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Roundtown Trail Coming To Circleville

2/28/14

"...The Roundtown Trail will begin at the YMCA, go around the north side of the new Circleville City Schools property and connect to Ohio Christian University behind the Maxwell Center." more...

Google Says: Driving With Google Glass Should Be Legal

2/28/14

"...A handful of states are trying to get out ahead of any risk this product might present to public safety. Bills are bubbling up in eight states would ban the use of Google Glass while driving." more...

Bicycle Roundabout In The Sky

Netherlands - "...The Netherlands is known for its bicycle-friendly streets and bike paths, so you'd probably think that bicycle infrastructure in the sky would be completely unnecessary there. But even this bike leader has intersections that are excessively large and centered too much around cars..." more

bird's-eye view Hovenring Eindhoven (the Netherlands) designed by ipv Delft from ipv Delft on Vimeo.

Recently Introduced Bills Could Further Active Transportation

2/28/14

"A couple weeks ago, the Partnership for Active Transportation-a national coalition of transportation, health and economic development groups organized by RTC-released our federal policy platform calling for three policy innovations..." more

Dangerous Streets Limit People's Neighborhood Experience

2/28/14

"...As the research of Donald Appleyard showed decades ago, the quality of our streets makes a profound difference in our lives..." more

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GAP Trail Town Program Adds 4 Areas

2/27/14

"Four local business districts are being added to the list of designated Trail Towns along the Great Allegheny Passage this year." more...

Capital Bikeshare put on hold in College Park

2/27/14

MD - "A plan to bring Capital Bikeshare to College Park is on hold as a result of the bankruptcy filing of a company that manufactures the bicycles for the operator of the program..." more

Cycling Infra Is Cheaper To Build Than Not To Build

"...Interestingly, the author of the story put the case that while the new cycle-path would cost $2-3 M, the benefits greatly outweighed the costs..." more

Maps Show Where Traffic Takes the Most Lives in NYC

2/27/14

"As city government started work on the Vision Zero Action Plan, statistics professor Ben Wellington saw an opportunity to use data on crashes and fatalities to show the magnitude of the challenge." more...

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Westerville Bridge Will Let Bicyclists Jump County Line

"Pedestrians traversing the Ohio to Erie Trail through Westerville soon will have safe passage over one of the city's busiest streets." more...

Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

2/27/14

Here is this week's edition.

Friendship Trail Awarded $247K

2/26/14

"...the Controlling Board approved $247,188 in funding for the development of the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail, which includes 2.2 miles of paved shared-use trail on a former utility corridor." more...

Transportation Empowerment Act - What's That?

"...The Transportation Empowerment Act creates a new system where Americans would no longer have to send significant gas-tax revenue to Washington, where politicians, bureaucrats, and lobbyists siphon off precious resources before sending it back to the states with strings attached. Instead, under this proposal, states and cities could plan, finance, and build better-designed and more affordable projects." more...

Land Grab For Trail Causing Stir

Dakota County, MN - "...Two Minnesota sisters lost their father, and then they had to stand by an watch as the land he loved [is] yanked away as well...

"...The county refused to accept a property easement offer by the sisters which would have permitted the completion of the bike path..." more

Adventure Cycling Maps For New 518-Mile Off-Road Route

2/25/14

"The Adventure Cycling Association has release a new two-map set that guides cyclists through the breathtaking landscape of central Idaho..." more

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Next Trail Link Coming For GOLTRG

2/25/14

"Trumbull County MetroParks is gearing up for the third phase of construction that will connect Warren bikers with the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway.

"Trumbull County Commissioners are currently accepting bids for the construction. The contract is expected to be awarded on March 13." more...

Making the Natchez Trace Parkway Safer For Bikes

2/25/14

"...the parkway is designated a bicycle route by the National Park for its entire route and commercial traffic - trucks - are prohibited.

"Even so, many cyclists avoid this route, citing safety concerns." more...

E-Bikes In NYC: How Not To Solve A Problem

2/25/14

"Electric-assist bicycles, however, have been banned from this expansion and improvement in NYC's urban mobility, despite their adoption in other cities and despite the fact that they are an EcoOptimistic solution..." more

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Miami Valley Trails Winter Newsletter

2/24/14

"The Miami Valley Trails are open daily and can be a beautiful way to experience the winter outdoors..." more

The Upcoming Bike Summit Agenda

2/24/14

"We're just one week away from the start of the 2014 National Bike Summit and we want everyone to be prepared to make "the asks" on Capitol Hill. So here's the legislation we'll be focused on when we meet with our members of Congress and background on what these bills do." more...

A Pro-Bike Lane Argument That Seems To Work

2/24/14

"Roger Geller, one of the most respected bicycle professionals in North America, was not having a terrific afternoon. His baritone had slid up to a tenor." more

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Bicyclists Have To Wait For Clear Travel After Heavy Snows

2/22/14

D.C. - "A collective cheer went out from Washington area commuters a little over a week ago as plows worked overtime to clear the region's most significant snowfall in years, but the plight of one group of travelers went largely unnoticed: bicyclists." more...

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Bicycle Route 50 May Use Prairie Grass Trail

2/22/14

"...The Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee and the Clark County Park District signed resolutions of support to have the Prairie Grass Trail bike path through South Charleston designated as part of the U.S. Bicycle Route System." more...

Alliance Landowner Has Misgivings About Trail Using His Property

"...An easement through Collen's yard would link the Stark County Park District's Mahoning Valley Trail with Alliance's Carnation Walking and Bike Trail in Early's Hill Park.

'...I think I will tell them if they want it, they can buy it and I will move,' Collen said." more...

Driver Arrested For Fatal Hit-n-Run

2/22/14

Union Twp. - "...Police say Todd Shaw, 51, fatally struck bicyclist Fredrick Carey on Round Bottom Road and then fled the area. Authorities say that alcohol was a factor in the hit-and-run." more...

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Controversy Over Ball Field Plan In Libery Twp.

"Liberty Township will push forward with a plan to build competition-level softball fields at South Liberty Park over the objections of one trustee.

"...'These parks are owned by the taxpayer,' Leneghan said. 'The taxpayer in this community has never once on any survey said that they wanted their parks used for girls softball.'" more...

TN: Landowner Fights Land Grab For Greeway Trail

2/21/14

"Jack Carter hopes the city will find a way to expand its greenway while letting him keep his farm's half-acre access to the Stones River." more...

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Woman On Bike 'Attacks' Photoshoot

Chicago - "For some people, cycling is a healthy way to get around. For others, it's a thinly-veiled excuse to act like a self-righteous, affronted jackass as much as possible..." more

Protected Intersections, A Safer Alternative

"Protected bike lanes are great, and thankfully they are becoming more common. But when you reach an intersection on a bike, you usually have to leave the protected zone and fend for yourself..." more

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.

Advisory Council Calls Pace Of Trail Construction 'Glacial'

D.C. - "The D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council - a D.C. Council-appointed group that advises the city government on cycling issues - is calling for more attention to be paid to trails, bike parking and infrastructure maintenance in the coming year." more...

Should Electric Scooters Be Allowed In Bike Lanes?

2/21/14

"E-bikes scare me to death. Not the electric assisted bikes like the Copenhagen wheel or the Bosch bike, but the things that look like Vespas with pedals..." more

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CVNP Towpath Closed In Anticipation Of Flooding

"The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has closed its Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail until further notice due to anticipated flooding." more...

Cleve Metroparks Looking To Improve Lakefront Parks

2/21/14

"The Cleveland Metroparks system is moving into high gear to make improvements to the former state-run lakefront parks it took over last year." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

2/21/14

Here's this week's edition.

CO: Officer Runs Over Man On Rio Grande Trail

2/20/14

"...Madden responded in his patrol car and, after making a sharp left-hand turn on the trail, ran over Christopher Kahle of Carbondale." more...

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Franklin Metro Parks Prioritizes Plowing Trails

2/19/14

"...Metro Parks quickly clears 38 miles of paved paths after every snow accumulation, said Larry Peck, the system's deputy director." more...

Tipp City Seeks Trail Grant

"Tipp City again is seeking a state grant for a proposed trail/bikeway from Manchester Chase Park north through the city-owned Lesher Woods on the way to the area of Tippecanoe High School..." more

Westerville Bridge Work Date Change

2/19/14

"Due to a transportation delay and rain in the forecast, the Westerville G&W (Bike & Walkway) Ped Bridge will be placed over County Line Rd. on Friday, Feb. 21 instead of Wednesday." more...

Boston's Winter Cyclists "Living in the Wrong City"

2/19/14

"...Frankly, I am tired of our dedicated team wasting valuable time addressing the less than .05% of all cyclists who choose to bike after a snow/ice event..." more

NJ: Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City To Launch Bike Shares

2/19/14

"The cities of Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City are teaming up to launch a regional bike share program by this upcoming summer.

"The program is expected to be the largest next-generation bike share system in North America..." more

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Piqua Makes 'Best Complete Streets' List

"...Piqua scored points for passing a policy that all street interventions - not just road reconstruction or resurfacing - bring the project area into compliance with complete streets standards. Complete streets policies that only apply to new construction or are ambiguous about what projects they apply to get docked in SGA's rating system." more...

Gordon Park Trail Repairs Coming

2/19/14

"KS Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, has completed design and is providing construction-phase services for the Gordon Park Bike Trail and Revetment Repair Project in the City of Cleveland..." more

FL Bicyclist Struck By Car, Dumped Behind Garbage Bin

2/18/14

"The Florida bicyclist who was left for dead behind a trash bin by a hit-and-run driver last December has been hospitalized since the crash but is showing signs of improvement." more

WA: Bicyclist Attacked For Riding On Sidewalk

2/18/14

"Seattle police were called to the western slope of Capitol Hill Saturday afternoon after a cyclist called 911 and said he was attacked for riding on the sidewalk." more

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Woman Assaulted On Sharon Woods Trail

2/18/14

"...a female jogger reported that she was assaulted by a male, grabbed, and pushed down on the multi-purpose trail inside the park..." more

TX: Peer-To-Peer Bike Share In Austin

2/17/14

"The website of Austin startup Spokefly lists a variety of bicycles its members may borrow.

"This peer-to-peer bike share was founded by Nate McGuire and Dan DeFelippi and launched in October..." more

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Input Sought For Licking County Trails

2/16/14

"...On Tuesday, Newton gathered people familiar with bike trails in Licking County to plan toward making connections and get ideas from local leaders. The goal was to get people on the same page and begin work on a planning map for trail expansion." more...

Licking County residents are encouraged to provide input through this survey.

Columbus Police Search For Hit-N-Run Driver

2/15/14

"Columbus Police are searching for a car after a child on a bicycle was hit." more...

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Brimfield, Suffield, Kent Trail Study

2/14/14

"The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study is sponsoring a feasibility study to see whether a multipurpose trail can be built that would connect Suffield, Brimfield and Kent." more...

D.C. Team Plows Bike Lanes

2/14/14

"...On Thursday night and Friday, the District Department of Transportation's bike team took up the cause on behalf of city cyclists. They drove a light plow truck around the city to clear snow from bike lanes and the Metropolitan Branch Trail..." more

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MN: 75-Acre Land Grab To Build Trail Along Mississipi River

"...Dakota County plans to go to court to claim eminent domain for the remaining properties that it wants to acquire for a riverside park because several residents haven't been convinced to sell their land..." more

Campuses Becoming Transpo Trailblazers

2/14/14

"...According to a new study released by U.S. PIRG Education Fund, colleges and universities are working to reduce driving on campuses by promoting biking, walking, transit, car sharing, and even online distance learning as alternatives to personal vehicles." more...

Bogota's Care-Free Week

2/14/14

"...Recently, it pushed for car-free day to be extended into an entire car-free week for the Colombian city. The city agreed. Now, the first-ever Bogotá car-free week (February 6-13) has just wrapped up." more...

Taiwan's YouBike System

2/14/14

"...The number of stations to pick up and drop off a rented bike is growing and Taipei now has over 560 kilometers of bike trails around the city." more...

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Westerville Ped Bridge Going Up Feb. 19

"The Westerville B&W (Bike & Walkway) Pedestrian Bridge will be placed over County Line Rd. on Wednesday, February 19." more...

Great Miami River Trail Closure Mar. 4-5

2/13/14

"On March 4 and 5 Five Rivers MetroParks staff will be removing trees along the northern section of the Great Miami Recreational trail. This project will demand the closure of a portion of the trail between US Rte. 40 and Old Springfield Rd. The closure will be in effect on both days from 8:00AM till 4:00PM each day."

Source: metroparks.org

Consider Biking Newsletter

Here is this week's edition.

Urban Bike Lanes Good For The Economy

2/13/14

"For cities struggling to decide whether cycling infrastructure is a sound investment, here's a compelling reason to make the leap: It boosts business and property values..." more

Zagster To Offer Bikes To Hotel Guests

2/12/14

"Zagster, the Massachusetts-based company that provides bikes-as-a-service, has partnered with the Hyatt Regency Sacramento hotel to offer bike-sharing to guests, what Zagster called the first bike-share in Sacramento." more...

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Commission Paves Way For Sandusky Bike Path

"Sandusky officials envision transforming a rather dim and dangerous corridor into a progressive pathway of sorts, pairing recreational assets with commercial activity." more...

Land Purchase Will Expand Metro Parks & Trail

2/12/14

"...The park district will spend $1.1 million to buy the land in northern Franklin County from the Keith Urban trust to expand Highbanks Metro Park and develop the Olentangy Greenway Trail northward." more...

10 Point Plan To Transform Cycling

"Cycling org British cycling normally serves the lycra crowd, but has nonetheless released a new report that promotes everyday urban bicycle use..." more

Bringing Back Mississippi Riverfront Towns

"...in recent decades, different riverfront-development organizations have sprung up along the Mississippi River that have helped boost communities' economies, promote recreation, and stem the flow of pollution." more...

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Support The Safe Streets Act

2/12/14

"...the Safe Streets Act (HR 2468) was introduced in the House, and the bill is gaining momentum. Last week, the same bill (S 2004) was introduced in the Senate..." more

FL: Another Robbery On The Pinellas Trail

2/10/14

"Police have arrested a man they say forced a woman from her bike and robbed her on the south end of the Pinellas Trail on Sunday." more...

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Lucas County Looks To Connect Trails

2/10/14

"...A joint cooperation agreement among the Lucas County Commissioners, the city of Sylvania, and the Olander Park System has been presented to the three parties to construct a continual path that would hook up with other trails in the city and township." more...

4 Reasons Aussies May Be Overthinking Cycling Infra

2/10/14

"On his blog post 'Cycling in a broad church,' @GregVann recently wrote, "Danes don't consider themselves cyclists - just as they use vacuum cleaners, but don't consider themselves 'vacuum cleanerers'!' This got me thinking. Are we overthinking cycling in Australian cities?" more...

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Stillwater Bikeway Detour Feb. 17

"The Stillwater Bikeway under Ridge Avenue will be detoured for bridge construction beginning Monday, February 17, 2014 and remain closed until September 2015..." more

View the detour map.

ODOT Seeks Support For U.S. Bicycle Route 50

"The Ohio Department of Transportation is requesting that 38 local governments throughout Ohio join us by providing a resolution of support to designate a national bike route through our state. The deadline to submit the resolution to ODOT is April 1." more...

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Piqua Downtown Riverfront Development Project

2/8/14

"Earlier this week after months of planning, we publicly unveiled the Concept Plan for the Downtown Riverfront Redevelopment Project..." more

London Bans Trucks Without Side Guards & Cyclist Safety Equipment

"...it isn't that difficult to change existing trucks to make them less dangerous. In fact, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, last week passed a measure to ban heavy trucks without cyclist safety equipment on its busiest main roads." more...

Atlanta BeltLine Wins Smart Growth Award

"...This 22-mile loop of mostly abandoned rail corridors is being redeveloped into a network of modern streetcar and light-rail transit, multi-use trails, 1,300 acres of green space, thousands of affordable homes, and billions of dollars worth of new economic development." more...

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Old Rail Line To Become Greenway Twp. Trail

"The township is buying an old railroad right of way for the purpose of developing a biking and hiking trail." more...

CA: Relocating Part Of The Monterey Bay Trail

"Despite objections of bicycle advocates, county transportation officials Thursday set in motion a process that could relocate one the longest and most expensive segments of the planned Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail." more...

Bill For Safer Streets Back On Senate Floor

2/7/14

"Has the moment finally arrived for a national complete streets law?" more...

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Chardon Makes Case For Trail Link

"...The path project involves adding 1.33 miles of trail that eventually will link to a continuous 21-mile multimodal route serving the county. The Maple Highlands Trail connects to the Greenway Corridor in Lake County, with the goal of extending to Lake Erie." more...

Powell Considers Bike Paths, Annexation

"...Improvements to the city's bike-path system were one of the major topics of discussion at a goal-setting session held Monday, Feb. 3." more...

Safety Key For New Cleveland Bikeways

2/6/14

"The city of Cleveland's plan to add 70 miles of bikeways by the end of 2017 is a worthy effort so long as it puts a premium on safety and doesn't merely increase the number of roads designated as bike-friendly thoroughfares." more...

Parts Of CVNP Closed Due To Nesting Eagles

"...The park will close parts of the Pinery Narrows area near Brecksville, Ohio until July 31. The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail will remain open." more...

Top 10 U.S. Bike Facilities

2/6/14

"...I'm mostly focusing on infrastructure, but as any good materialist will tell you, ideas too can become a material force! So here are not only the Top 10 treatments I've witnessed..." more

MO: No Detour For TransAmerica Trail Followers

"The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has decided to allow bicyclists riding along the TransAmerica Trail this spring to use a contractor crossing to traverse Mill Creek while the Route P bridge is being replaced..." more

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Cleveland Gets $10K For Outdoor MTB Park

"The City of Cleveland has been awarded $10,000 from the International Mountain Bike Association to develop plans for a mountain bike park at Kerruish Park, a large green space in the Lee-Harvard neighborhood on the southeast side of the city." more...

Aurora Seeks Safe Routes To School Grant

"City leaders are working on two fronts to put more sidewalks and bike paths in the city." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

2/6/14

Here is this week's edition.

FL: Brazen Attacks Along Pinellas Trail

"...A couple was attacked between 43rd and 49th Street at 3 p.m. while they were out on a bike ride. They were cut-off, beaten, and had both bikes stolen..." more

5 Ways Colleges Are Coaxing Students Away From Cars

2/5/14

"The University of Wisconsin-Madison provides bike valet at its football games. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supports free transit for everyone in the region. The University of California, Irvine launched a bike-share system in 2009, long before any major city in California had done so." more...

Alta Bicycle Share Teams Up With Former Tech Provider

"In a big move that will impact bike sharing in the United States and beyond, Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share has announced a new "strategic partnership" with 8D Technologies." more...

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Traffic Signals That Give Cyclists Priority

2/5/14

"If you're walking to a signalized intersection in the United States, there's a good chance if you don't push a button, you're not getting a signal to cross.

"That cars-first approach can get to seem like the natural order of things. But it doesn't have to be that way. In the Dutch city of Assen, the situation is reversed at some traffic lights..." more

VA: Woman Drives Car On W&OD Trail

"A woman drove her car down the bike and jogging trail Saturday. Is the W&OD trail marked clearly enough?" more...

Bill Proposes Loans For Ped / Bike Projects

"...The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act (HR 3978) would allow communities to access low-cost loans to build bicycling and walking networks..." more

The Effects Of Disparities & Walkability On Health

2/5/14

"By using the rigorous methodology laid out in this 2007 survey study, Washington, D.C., is the most walkable city in the U.S." more...

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Cincy Bike Share To Open In June

2/3/14

"Cincinnati is set to join the ranks of American cities with bike sharing with the launch of Cincy B-Cycle [this] summer..." more

Akron Sets Out to Dismantle a Giant Road

2/3/14

"...The Akron region will spend more money this year to reduce road capacity than to add it, according to Jason Segedy, head of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, the regional planning organization..." more

The $600 Protected Bike Lane

2/3/14

"...The video [below] shows footage of the "pop-up" protected bike lane created by a community group called Bikeways for Everyone..." more

Bikeways for Everyone-HD 720p from Knowble Media on Vimeo.

CO: Conflicts Grow Over Biking In The Mountains

2/2/14

"...Go to any online outdoor forum these days, and you'll see lots of chatter about the compatibility of bikes and other activities, ranging from allowing bikes on trails in national parks to whether battery-assisted bikes belong, well, anywhere..." more

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NY: Trail Proposal Will Give Boost To Adirondacks

2/1/14

"...The trail, running about 80 miles from Old Forge to Saranac Lake and through some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the nation, already exists. It is already cleared and leveled and wide enough not only for bikers in summer and for snowmobilers in winter." more...

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Cleveland's New Bike Plan Off To Good Start

1/31/14

"But the number of downtown residents has rocketed to more than 12,000, echoing a nationwide back-to-the-city trend among Millennials and empty-nesters." more...

CA: Angry Bikers Protest At Mission Trails

1/31/14

"Hundreds of trail riders, equestrians and trail walkers gathered at the Visitor Center at Mission Trails Regional Park on Jan. 11, claiming they are being forced out of one of the region's prime recreation spots..." more

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WA: Bollard Crash Brings Lawsuit

1/30/14

"A badly injured bicyclist is testing whether the City of Mercer Island is immune from lawsuits involving the I-90 bike trail." more...

Japanese Bicyclist Ordered To Pay $459K

1/30/14

"A court in Tokyo has ordered a cyclist to pay nearly half a million US dollars in damages to the family of an elderly woman he knocked down and killed." more...

San Fran Cycle Tracks Setting Example

1/30/14

"San Francisco has been blazing the trail toward safer cycling with innovative designs such as cycletracks, or bike lanes that are physically separated from cars..." more

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Feedback Sought For Tallgrass Trail

"The Marion County Park District invites public feedback concerning plans for Phase 3 of the Marion Tallgrass Trail." more...

Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

Here's this week's edition.

Anti-Bicycle Policing In Baltimore

"...Henry Densmore was crossing legally within a section of sidewalk clearly marked as a bicycle/pedestrian path, and the officer wrongly told him that he was illegally riding on a sidewalk..." more

Bill Would Make Bike/Ped Projects Eligible for TIFIA Loans

1/30/14

"The day after President Obama's State of the Union plea to improve economic opportunity for struggling Americans, New Jersey Democrat Albio Sires introduced a bill that he says will help meet that goal." more...

KY: Bike Advocates Want Changes To $30M Road Project

"[Newport] officials are organizing a meeting with state transportation officials to discuss the potential of making bike-friendly changes to the Route 9/AA Highway extension project set to begin late this spring." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

New Zealand's 1st Cycle Lane

1/30/14

"...It will be the first location in New Zealand to install this type of cycle lane, which cycling advocates say is the ''gold standard'' internationally." more...

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Donation Funds Alum Creek Trail Connector

1/29/14

"As Orange Township prepares to apply for grants to fund a new recreational trail, the township board of trustees has received a donation to help pay for the trail project to reach Alum Creek State Park." more...

Clinton-Gayette Friendship Trail Alignment Approved

1/28/14

"Sabina Village Council has approved an in-town bike path alignment for the Clinton-Fayette Friendship Trail." more...

Greenway Success Through Interdepartmental Collaboration

1/28/14

"...What happens in NYC that I haven't seen in L.A is significan[t] inter-departmental collaboration. While greenways are neither of these departments' core mission, both NYC DOT and NYC Parks have staff that work on the city's greenways..." more

Queens Advocates Hope to Turn "Motor Parkway" Into Greenway

1/28/14

"Union Turnpike, running 10 miles through the midsection of Queens and across the border to Nassau County, is one of the borough's most unsafe places to walk or bike. Now, a group of eastern Queens residents is looking to extend an existing walking and biking path through state- and city-owned property parallel to the multi-lane road." more...

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Broadview Heights Commits $100K To Trail

1/28/14

"...The new stretch of trail will run for 6.6 miles through Brecksville, Broadview Heights and North Royalton, according to city Finance Director Molly Regan. It will connect to the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail." more...

Wyoming Looks To Extend Bike Trail

1/27/14

"...Members unanimously passed a resolution authorizing City Manager Lynn Tetley to apply for a grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for funds to extend Wyoming's hike/bike trail." more...

FL: Coast-To-Coast Trail May Be Approved This Year

1/27/14

"Florida bicyclists this year may achieve their dream: a safe, nature-lined bicycle trail connecting the state's coastlines." more...

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AZ: Scottsdale Pays $420K For Bicycle Crash

1/27/14

"...Scottsdale had been getting complaints about the section of path in Indian Bend Wash for eight years before the city repaired it. Funds originally appropriated to pay for maintenance had been transferred to transform a golf course into a park." more...

NJ Ped Safety Bills Get 2nd Chance

1/27/14

"Last spring, toward the end of the 2012-2013 legislative session, several New Jersey legislators (both Democrat and Republican) introduced an arsenal of bills focused on improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable users of New Jersey's roads." more...

4 Reasons Why Your Bike Could Save Your City

1/27/14

"As Americans grapple with a wide range of societal problems like obesity and other health issues, traffic gridlock and reduced family time, and socially isolated city-centers, we might stop to ask how we got this way and how we can change." more...

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FL: Protest & Applause At Volusia Trail's Start

"The happy groundbreaking Friday on one side of the county was followed by the uncomfortable groundbreaking two hours later on the other side..." more

TX: A Cycle Of Losses

Houston - "As tensions grow between bikers and drivers, death toll comes into stark focus." more...

TN: Walkable Neighborhoods Gain Traction

1/26/14

"From the suburbs to the heart of the city, homebuilders are crafting smart-growth communities where residents can park the car and walk or ride a bike to nearby parks, restaurants and shops." more...

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