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15 Best Bicycling News Stories of 2015

"From rogue llamas to naked bike rides, it's been a wild year in the cycling world." more...

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Towpath Section Closure Through Late January

12/31/15

"The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from the Station Road Trailhead for approximately 2,500 feet north along the Towpath Trail..." more...

Community Helps Man Get New Bike

Athens, OH - "When the community found out that Doug Latz was trying to pay off a bike purchase by selling cans he collected, 30 people decide to chip in with donations and give Latz a special holiday present." more...

2015 Bike Cleveland Year in Review

12/31/15

Cleveland, OH - "As we prepare to bring in the New Year, I find it's always good to look back on the previous one and remind yourself where you've been more...

Seattle Bike Blog's Top Stories of 2015

12/31/15

Seattle, WA - "In 2015, Seattle Bike Blog posted 359 stories..." more...

Woman Dies on MTB Trail

12/31/15

Auburn, CA - "...The 49-year-old woman had what the Placer County Sheriff's Office described as a "physical event" while riding... more...

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Seeking Funding for a Mega-Bike-Trail Plan

Cincinnati, OH - "...Relative to its peer cities, Cincinnati is lacking in on-street bike lanes, and its trail system - while ambitious - is still relatively disconnected. Bike activists across the city are trying to change this, and lately they've started thinking big." more...

Springfield to Install Downtown Kiosks

Springfield, OH - "...We're going to really start to push bike tourism even more so I think it's really important that we're constantly pointing to the fact that these trails go right into our downtown..." more...

Activists Use Traffic Cones to Improve Bike Lane Safety

Portland, OR - "Fed up with standard bike lanes that offer only paint as separation between bicycle and car operators, an anonymous group of activists has placed traffic cones on the bike lane at the intersection of Southeast Powell at Pershing." more...

Driver Tries Bike Lane, Gets Stuck

12/31/15

NY - "An elderly man drove his Toyota Prius down this bike lane in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and wound up getting wedged between two vehicles..." more

The New Front in the War on Pedestrians

12/30/15

"...Basically, if you feel the need to advertise reflective clothing for pedestrians and cyclists, you are advertising your complete ineptitude about building safe and liveable cities..." more

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Logan County Year in Review

Logan County, OH - "Logan County residents can take in more of the natural beauty of the area with the first full season at Myeerah Nature Preserve and the official opening of the Simon Kenton Bike Path extension and the John and Mary Rudolph Nature Area this year." more...

Group Faces Deadline to Save Rail Corridor Section

12/30/15

McKean County, PA - "A club that likes its trails with rails hopes to beat a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday to come up with $430,000 to buy the last 4 miles of the Knox and Kane Railroad corridor, from Mount Jewett into Kinzua State Park in McKean County." more...

Indiana Trails Fund Inc. Not Being a Good Neighbor

12/30/15

Bedford, IN - "...'You will see how neighborly the Indiana Trails Fund was,' Senator Steele wrote. 'They had to be dragged to court...'" more

Two Attacks On Greenway Worry Residents

Murfreesboro, TN - "Police have been called out to investigate a second attack in less than a month at an outdoor spot popular with families..." more

Does NC DOT Want to Restrict Bicyclists' Rights?

NC - "...your rights as a bicyclist in North Carolina are being placed in serious jeopardy." more...

Committee Supports Coastal Greenway Project

12/30/15

GA - "For more than two decades, there has been a push for a pathway stretching from South Carolina to Florida and running through the six Coastal Georgia counties between the two states." more...

Germany Opens Bicycle Highway

12/29/15

Germany - "It's every cyclist's dream: no red lights, no trucks, just a clear, smooth lane to zoom down with the wind in your face. Welcome to Germany's first bicycle Autobahn." more...

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US Street Design Sacrifices People Biking & Walking

12/28/15

"Here's a depressing fact: In 2013, 885 Americans drove away after killing a person who was walking. One in five "pedestrian fatalities" are hit and runs (for "cyclist fatalities," it's about one in six)..." more

Georgetown to Lewes Pathway will be Longest in DE

12/28/15

DE - "...The Georgetown to Lewes Rail with Trail will follow the Delaware Coast Line Railroad right-of- way 18 miles from Gills Neck Road in Lewes to the historic Georgetown rail station." more...

Regional Mashup Map for Bike Routes in D.C.

12/28/15

D.C. - "There are bike maps for lots of the jurisdictions in DC area, but no single source that combines them all so cyclists can easily plan for trips throughout the region..." more

Cyclists Required to Carry Photo ID & Wear Helmet

New South Wales - "Adult cyclists will be required to carry photo identification and fined 350 per cent more for not wearing a helmet under new rules and penalties to be introduced by the NSW government." more...

Stubborn Mountain Bikers Airlifted to Safety

12/28/15

CA - "A Huntington Beach and Long Beach man were stranded for 12 hours starting Sunday night after biking near Blue Jay Campground..." more...

Nick Diaz's Expensive Road Bike Stolen

"...In addition to the $50,000 bike that was stolen, Diaz says he's spent a ton of money on other triathlon cycles as well over the years." more...

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Blacklick Creek Trail Flooding

12/28/15

Columbus, OH - "The Blacklick Creek Greenway Trail is flooded underneath Winchester Pike. Please use caution in this area."

Source: metroparks.net

Citi Bike Cashing in on Late Fees, Warm Weather

12/26/15

NYC - "...New Yorkers and tourists have been slapped with more than $5?million in fines this year as total usage is set to reach a record 10?million rides by Dec. 31..." more

Bus Driver Replaces Stolen Special Needs Bike

12/26/15

Tacoma, WA - "...the generosity of a local bus driver has helped put Lori Niles back on wheels." more...

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Trail Improvements Planned in Lebanon

12/26/15

Lebanon, OH - "...Despite objections from two members of the city council, city staff is applying for an $82,500 state grant to help acquire 0.2 acres on Deerfield Road." more...

What the $800M FAST Act Means for Cyclists

"People for Bikes President Tim Blumenthal tells us what the impressive new transportation bill means for cycling." more...

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Christmas Day By Bike

12/25/15

Portland, OR - "Today, as children around the world were discovering what was inside of the wrapped boxes under their Christmas ree (or however else they celebrate the holidays). I did the same thing I do most days. I rode my bike around..." more...

How Bikes Can Fight Global Warming

"In the wake of the landmark Climate Change Summit in Paris this month, transportation researcher Lewis Fulton reminds us how bikes can fight global warming." more...

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El Nino Brings Unusual Ohio Winter

Columbus, OH - "It hasn't exactly been a typical December in Ohio." more...

Bikeway Signs to Direct Users to Downtowns

Tipp City, OH - "Miami County's cities are working on a coordinated signage program to entice Great Miami River Bikeway users to take a closer look at their downtowns." more...

Did You Know That the Towpath is Plowed up North?

12/25/15

NE OH - Aside from being open 365 days a year, the paved northern towpath in the Cleveland Metroparks is also plowed during winter.

Source: facebook.com/OhioandErieCanalway

New Wayfinding Signs on The 606

12/24/15

Chicago, IL - "Last month, colorful new wayfinding signs were installed near all of the access ramps for The 606, aka the Bloomingdale Trail." more...

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Alum Creek Trail Flooding

Columbus, OH - "The Alum Creek Greenway Trail is flooded underneath Highway 104. Please use caution in this area."

Source: metroparks.net

National Guard Lends a Hand in Unique Trail Partnership

MI - "...Teaming up with the Michigan DNR, the 1432nd Engineer Company began performing maintenance on local pathways, such as the Iron Range Trail-Crystal Falls to Iron River." more...

Allegheny County Plans Bike Lanes on Neville Island

12/24/15

Pittsburgh, PA - "Allegheny County's plans to include bike lanes along main thoroughfares on Neville Island is being called "a Christmas miracle" by Sean Brady..." more

Why ODOT Road is Dangerous by Design

12/23/15

Portland, OR - "For years now, whenever I drive on Lombard where it goes under 42nd Avenue, I'll shake my head and mumble angrily to myself. "So disrespectful. Makes me sick they can just drop a bike lane like that. Look how dangerous that is..!" more

Body Found Near Popular Trail

Silver Spring, MD - "...detectives were in the area of the Northwest Branch Trail near the Inner Loop of the Beltway when they found a body in the creek around 11:10 p.m." more...

Police ID Man Found Dead Along Bike Trail

12/23/15

Orlando, FL - "Orlando police have identified the 18-year-old found dead along a bike trail early Monday." more...

Greenway Advocate Dan Wright's Passes at 68

12/23/15

VA - "...For years, Roanoke runner Dan Wright laced up his sneakers, stretched and took off at 7 a.m. sharp. It was tough luck for runners who showed up to his house late." more...

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Towpath Times - Holiday Edition

NE OH - "With the passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill, the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area received a funding extension from $15 million to $17 million for the continued development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Towpath Trail and Connector Trails..." more

Bike Thief Gets Unprecedented Sentence

12/22/15

Portland, OR - "...Leroy Parsons, a prolific criminal and Portland's most brazen bike thief, was sentenced to 30 months in prison..." more

Louisville Removes Sidewalk "For Safety"

12/22/15

KY - "...Some good improvements are in the works, but the people in charge of Louisville's streets clearly need to get over some bad habits..." more

105 Goats Used to Maintain Grass Along Nashville Greenway

12/22/15

Nashville, TN - "...The goats have been on the job for two days so far. They're helping maintain the steepest portion of the riverbank by the Cumberland River Greenway at Metro Center." more...

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Tips for Riding in Columbus' First Protected Bike Lane

Columbus, OH - "The City of Columbus celebrated the grand opening of a new protected bike lane on Summit Street December 3..." more

More Bike Boxes Coming to Cleveland

Cleveland, OH - "Three Bike Boxes, offering sheltered parking for bicycles, are slated to be installed near the Cuyahoga River." more...

Improving Bicycle Safety for Kids with ADHD

"New research explains why children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have an accident while crossing the street on their bicycles." more...

Ohio Traffic Deaths on the Rise in 2015

12/22/15

"State officials are preaching road safety in anticipation of a surge in end-of-year holiday travel, as Ohio already has dozens more traffic deaths this year than in all of 2014." more...

Body Set on Fire on Orlando Bike Trail

12/21/15

FL - "Detectives are asking for help identifying the man whose body was found burned along an Orlando bike trail early Monday." more...

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Driver Mows Down Dozens of Pedestrians

12/21/15

Las Vegas, NV - "A driver veered onto a crowded sidewalk several times on the Las Vegas Strip, injuring more than 30 people in what authorities described as an 'intentional' act." more...

Was it a Wolf?

12/20/15

ND - "We'll probably never know whether the large, gray-colored canine Walt Folendorf saw last Sunday morning along the Red Lake River Greenway was a big dog or a wolf..." more

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Warren Boy Donates Repaired Bikes

Warren, OH - "Dozens of children in Warren will get bikes for Christmas, thanks to a teenager with a big heart..." more

Hundreds Attend Funeral of Former Seal Killed While Biking

Arlington, VA - "...Holden was riding on Massachusetts Avenue in August when a driver fell asleep behind the wheel and struck him, killing the 64-year-old Bethesda man." more...

1 Million+ Bike Trips Made on Main Thoroughfare

San Francisco, CA - "...The amount of bike trips counted on eastbound Market Street between 9th and 10th streets was 1,036,822 on Dec. 16, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency." more...

Number of Cyclists Increasing Around the Globe

12/20/15

"Rain, sleet, fog, heat. Whatever the weather, the cyclists keep coming, and when it comes to the daily commute the number of people ditching four wheels for two is on the rise." more...

This Santa Delivers Christmas Trees by Bike

12/18/15

Brookline, MA - "...Jimmy Rider, decked out in a red suit and hat, the cotton ball at the tip poking through a slit in his bike helmet, had just traveled from Somerville to Boston to Brookline by bicycle, lugging the six-foot tree in a trailer behind him." more...

TIGER Program receives $500M in Funding

12/18/15

"On December 18, Congress passed a bill to fund the government for fiscal year 2016. This particular bill includes $500 million in funding for the tremendously popular TIGER discretionary grant program..." more

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Zanesville Schools Sell Land for Future Trail

12/18/15

Zanesville, OH - "...The Muskingum Valley Park District bought the property for $310,000 with plans to construct a path from the Zanesville schools campus on Blue Avenue to the Ohio University-Zanesville campus on Ohio 146." more...

Mentor Trail Project Awarded

12/18/15

Mentor, OH - "Some folks living in Mentor's Newell Creek Preserve say they've waited 10 years for a bike and pedestrian path project to get rolling in their development." more...

How Soon Could 42-Mile City Loop be Completed?

12/18/15

Cincinnati, OH - "A 42-mile, off-road urban bike loop inside the city of Cincinnati sounds great, but the question remains whether it could happen within a time frame that the people who are excited about it actually get to use it in their lifetime." more...

Transportation Planning in NE Ohio

Cleveland, OH - "Is the mega Cleveland region ready to tap the brakes on decades of sprawl-inducing investments?" more...

Mayor on Trial for Deliberately Striking Cyclist With Car

MO - "...The testimony shows how certain witnesses were that Furrer had attacked Murdick deliberately, and also how angry they were at what they perceived as a deliberate attack." more...

A Map Should not be an Important Safety Tool

Portland, OR - "...As a bicyclist, I can't trust maps, Google, GPS-anything-to point me to a 'safe' route. And really, why aren't all routes 'safe'..?" more

Savannah Considers Bike Ban in Park

GA - "A proposed city ordinance would expand the current "dismount" zone in Forsyth Park to prohibit anyone over 12 from riding a bike anywhere in the park." more...

Bad Ped Design at Mars Intersection Where Vision Zero was Launched

D.C. - "...DDOT's rules say these 'beg buttons' are a bad idea, but they keep installing them anyway." more...

Bike-Friendly Colleges Are on the Rise

12/18/15

"Many are familiar with the League of American Bicyclists' List of Bike Friendly Businesses. Another category the League ranks is Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFUs)." more...

More Evidence that Idaho Stop is Safer

"...Like the oft-cited Meggs study, both seem to indicate that the Idaho Stop law is either safer or, at least, no less safe." more...

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Illegal Alien Indicted for Murder & Crime Spree

Painesville, OH - "..Razo is accused of killing 60-year-old Margaret Kostelnik in her Ravenna Road home...

"...Razo fired five shots at a 40-year-old Painesville woman and her two children as they walked along the bike path..." more

Man Carrying Knife on Bridle Trail

Moreland Hills, OH - "...a report of a man on the Metroparks Bridle Trail between Jackson and Miles roads, carrying a knife around noon on Dec. 11..." more

State Grant will Defray Park Cost

Westerville, OH - "Westerville will get some help from the state to build a new park adjacent to Big Walnut Creek." more...

Bike Plan Draws Support & Opposition

Oakley, OH - "The Oakley Community Council wants to make cycling safer; however, some residents argue a recent proposal will only make traveling worse for motorists." more...

Vigil at ODOT Draws Attentions to 409 Traffic Deaths

12/18/15

Portland, OR - "...Dan Kaufman, a volunteer with several traffic safety groups, said the 22 percent increase in deaths over last year is 'unacceptable.' He said poor road design was to blame for most of the carnage and that they were all preventable..." more

Retracing a Fallen Rider's Steps

12/17/15

Portland, OR - "...In the past few days I've noticed a familiar thread of conversation around this tragic crash: Why was Martin even riding on that section of Lombard when everyone knows to avoid it like the plague..?" more...

Impact of Greenway Enforcement Questioned

Portland, OR - "'...unsafe passing of bicyclists by motor vehicle drivers is the most important behavior to enforce on the Clinton Greenway,' Reese says. 'Officers did not station themselves at locations to observe this behavior'..." more

Will the Next Craigslist Fight Bike Theft?

12/17/15

"A new crop of well-funded Craigslist competitors has some anti-bike-theft organizers smelling an opportunity." more...

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Old Factory Site Along Little Miami to Be Repurposed

12/16/15

"Bloomfield/Schon and Associates plan to build a $25 million mixed-use development on 14 acres along the Little Miami River bike trail in Hamilton Township..." more

Great Guernsey & Towpath Trails Get Funding

Columbus, OH - "...The Guernsey County Community Development Corp. will receive nearly $299,000 for an extension of the Great Guernsey County Trail through Lore City...

"...the Tuscarawas County Commissioners will receive $75,000 toward a $500,000 project to complete a section of the Ohio & Erie Towpath next to State Route 800..." more...

Pittsburgh's Plans for New Downtown Bike Infrastructure

12/16/15

PA - "...By summer next year, a more biker-friendly Golden Triangle takes another step toward completion." more...

Greenway Enforcement Brings 60 Warnings/Citations

12/16/15

Portland, OR - "...Police stopped a total of 45 people driving cars and 15 people riding bicycles." more...

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42-Mile Cincy Urban Bike Loop Proposed

12/16/15

Cincinnati, OH - "A coalition of bicycle groups today will lay out a plan for an ambitious 42-mile urban loop [see map] throughout the city of Cincinnati that would connect 32 city neighborhoods and create a new, alternative transportation system." more...

Hamilton Developing Bikeway Master Plan

12/15/15

Hamilton, OH - "...Hamilton is developing a Bikeway Master Plan that will create a network of shared roadways, bike lanes and all-purpose trails throughout the city." more...

Tampa's 1st Protected Bike Lane Opens

12/15/15

Tampa, FL - "...a transformation have arrived in Downtown Tampa. Downtown's first dedicated bike lane -- safely separated from cars -- is now in place." more...

NYC's Vision Zero Gaining Traction

NYC - "...Over one seven-day period in early November, New York City recorded eight pedestrian deaths, including a woman who was struck by a city bus." more...

What Will It Take to Make Las Vegas Walkable?

12/15/15

NV - "Saying the future of the city's economy depends on it, Las Vegas tourism interests are pushing a $12 billion plan to improve transit and walkability, reports the Associated Press." more...

Alliance for Biking & Walking in Financial Trouble

12/15/15

"The Alliance for Biking and Walking, part of the country's web of nationwide biking advocacy groups, is facing a big funding gap and is likely to change in big ways." more...

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Bikes Set on Fire at OU

Athens, OH - "At least two bicycles were discovered set on fire outside of O'Bleness House residence hall on Ohio University's South Green early Thursday morning." more...

Cyclist Clotheslined by Rope Across Bike Lane

NY - "A cyclist was knocked off his bike by what appeared to be a nylon rope strong across the Prospect Park loop early Wednesday evening." more...

Man Stripped & Robbed on Murfreesboro Greenway

12/14/15

TN - "When Murfreesboro Police arrived on the Greenway trail near Old Fort Park, they found a 24 year old MTSU student completely naked..." more

Skokie Sues Cemetary for Land for Bike Trail

12/14/15

IL - "Skokie has filed an eminent domain lawsuit against the owner of Memorial Park Cemetery in an effort to acquire a small piece of the cemetery's property for a new east-west bike path..." more

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Cyclist Rescued After Being Run Over by Car

12/14/15

Beijing, China - "The video shows a woman cyclist getting crushed under a car and her cycle getting dragged for few metres..." more

Woman Stabbed While Walking on Trail in Nudist Resort

12/13/15

Miami, FL - "...Authorities have not identified the woman. Schloss said she was 18 years old and had arrived at the resort by bicycle on Saturday evening." more...

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New Bike Lanes Causing Some Confusion

12/13/15

Columbus, OH - "...City officials say any confusion is likely stemming from the fact that the traffic patterns are new..." more

Clearing the Path for a Katy Trail Companion

12/13/15

MO - "...What we are looking at is a 450-mile loop that would be unlike any trail in the world..." more

Cyclist Killed in Fatal Hit-Skip

12/12/15

Portland, OR - "A man was killed while riding his bicycle on NE Lombard/Portland Highway tonight..." more

Returning 100+-Year-Old Mileposts to their Home

NH - "...Volunteers have just returned another 1,400-pound granite milepost to its original position along the Northern Rail Trail in Boscawen, New Hampshire. This is part of an ongoing effort to recover and return all 58 to their initial positions on the corridor between Concord and Lebanon..." more

Group Wants Bicycle Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

12/12/15

"The Nobel Peace Prize 2016 should go to the bicycle - at least that is what two presenters on Italian state radio believe, and they have started a petition to push for it." more...

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Funding Will Close Gap in Emerald Necklace

12/12/15

North Royalton, OH - "The community is one step closer to seeing a major missing link in the Cleveland Metroparks' Emerald Necklace completed." more...

Alternatives For Liberty Street Reconfiguration Proposed

12/11/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Following a public meeting at the Woodward Theater on November 18, Cincinnati's Department of Transportation and Engineering is asking for feedback on the latest proposed alternatives to potentially narrowing the seven-lane, 70-foot-wide road corridor." more...

Delaware Signs Georgetown-Lewes Rail-with-Trail

12/10/15

DE - "RTC recently learned that the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has just signed and sealed the contract deal for the construction of Phase I of the Georgetown-Lewes rail-with-trail project. When complete, the trail-which will be built alongside an active rail line-will be the longest in the state!" more...

Bad Street Design a Factor in Rising Ped/Bike Fatalities

12/11/15

"A new report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office examines why people walking or biking account for a rising share of traffic deaths in the United States. While the conclusions aren't exactly earth-shattering, one culprit the GAO identified is street design practices that seek primarily to move cars." more...

The Problem With Designing Streets for Peak Hour Traffic

12/11/15

"When engineers make decisions about streets, they tend to emphasize the "peak hour" - the morning and evening rush when traffic is at its most intense. For the most part, city streets are still designed to move motor vehicles during this relatively short period of time, to the detriment of people outside of cars - i.e. the people who live in the neighborhood." more...

It's Blame the Victim Week on War on Pedestrians

"A hundred years ago, streets were used by everyone and people were outraged every time a pedestrian got hit or killed..." more

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Cyclist Struck & Killed in Newark

12/11/15

Newark, OH - "One person is dead after a crash involving a person on a bicycle and a vehicle on North 21st Street." more...

Road Diet Considered in Akron

12/10/15

Akron, OH - "...a study of the corridor from South Portage Path to Arc Drive showed that there is an "excess of pavement," with four and in some cases five lanes on the streets..." more...

Rogers Opens 1 of the Largest U.S. Bike Parks

12/10/15

AR - "...The bike trail boom continues in Northwest Arkansas as we head up to Rogers to check out their brand new bike park, the Railyard..." more

2,100 Letters to FHWA in Support of Less Restrictive Street Design

12/10/15

"Earlier this week, with our partners at the National Complete Streets Coalition, we delivered nearly 2,100 letters to FHWA supporting their proposal to ease the onerous federal design standards that make it needlessly difficult for local communities to build safer, more complete streets." more...

Changing Cycling Road Rules Won't Cause Chaos

12/10/15

"Washington, DC, is the latest city to consider changing its traffic laws to require cyclists to yield at stop signs and red lights but not come to a complete stop unless necessary. Similar proposals have recently surfaced in New York and San Francisco." more...

Transgender Racer Told She can't Enter Men's Event

12/10/15

Portland, OR - "Molly Cameron, a 39-year old local professional cyclocross racer and owner of Portland Bicycle Studio, has just gotten some bad news. Despite a stellar racing season where she amassed 14 top five finishes in the highly competitive men's "A" category, she has been told by USA Cycling (USAC, the governing body of racing in America) that she cannot race in the men's event at the Cycloross National Championships next month..." more

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Mad River Trail Detour Through 2017

12/10/15

Dayton, OH - "The Mad River Trail as it passes under the Harshman Road bridge is closed as the bridge undergoes a complete re-construction. A short detour has been put in place that will route trail users safely across Harshman Road with a push-button type crossing. Work on the bridge is scheduled through September of 2017."

Source: miamivalleytrails.org

Grafton Inmates Assembly Bikes for Foster Kids

Grafton, OH - "The lives of foster children and prisoners are similar - both live under the auspices of state systems and both experience a loss of freedom, albeit in different ways." more...

Popular Trail Won't be Plowed this Winter

12/10/15

MN - "Bicyclists who commute along the Gateway State Trail might have to find another route to work this winter." more...

D.C. Considers Idaho Stop

D.C. - "Bicyclists could legally pedal through stop signs if a proposal being considered by the D.C. City Council's transportation committee is approved." more...

Vermont Studies Expanding Bicycle Network

VT - "The state is completing the first phase of a bicycle route study that will lend "a sense of priority" to making bike travel easier on the state's highway network." more...

1090 Bicycle Friendly Businesses in 49 states

12/10/15

"The League of American Bicyclists welcomes 43 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFBs) to the Bicycle Friendly America program. More than 1,090 visionary businesses from across the country have earned this status over the past 7 years." more...

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Coroner Working on Innis Park Victims Case

12/8/15

Columbus, OH - "...'This is definitely a homicide,' Sgt. Rich Weiner, Columbus Police spokesman, said of Villeda's death, though he wouldn't elaborate.

"The second body was found soon after, within a couple of feet of Villeda's." more...

Summit Parks to Repair Oxbow Overlook

12/8/15

Summit County, OH - "...The work includes rebuilding the wooden observation deck, paving the parking lot and the half-mile trail, adding restrooms and eliminating an entrance.

"The commissioners also agreed to seek bids to extend the growing Freedom Trail..." more

Towpath Times Newsletter

Read the December edition.

Thieves Prey on Trail Users "To Pay for Holiday Expenses"

12/8/15

Columbus, GA - "... Justin Evans with the Columbus Police Department's bike squad patrol says to approach these trails with caution. He says the holiday season is typically when thieves work extra hard to prey on you so they can pay for their extra holiday expenses..." more

Drunk Driver Getting Oral Sex Strikes/Kills Cyclist

12/8/15

Polk County, FL - "The tragic case of a bicyclist killed in a hit and run crash in Polk County on Saturday took a bizarre turn when deputies arrested the suspect..." more

Florida DOT Unveils Its Big Plan to Fix Deadly Streets

12/8/15

FL - "Plenty of states are saddled with a legacy of roads designed to be deadly for pedestrians, but Florida stands out as a special case..." more

Nova Scotia Boosts Jaywalking Fine to Nearly $700

CAN - "Increasing the fine for jaywalking in Nova Scotia to nearly $700 is being roundly criticized by active transportation advocates and pedestrians alike." more...

Cyclists to get Cheaper Car Insurance

UK - "An insurance firm is shaking up the market by offering cyclists discounts on their car insurance because they are 'better car insurance risks than the average driver'". more...

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Mystery Surrounds Bodies Found in Innis Park

12/8/15

Columbus, OH - "...Police have been investigating in Innis Park after a passerby found the partially buried body of 17-year-old Wilson Omar Villeda in a heavily wooded area there on Wednesday. That case is being investigated as a homicide." more...

Summit Street Protected Bike Lane

12/7/15

Columbus, OH - Comments to this facebook post suggest some kinks need to be worked out.

Bronx has New Car-Free Link to Manhattan

12/7/15

NYC - "...The new Randall's Island Connector, which connects the South Bronx to Manhattan and gives residents access to "athletic fields, picnic tables, miles of beautiful greenways", is a good example of what can be done to improve an area." more...

Robbery at Knifepoint on Alexandria Bike Path

12/7/15

VA - "Incident was reported Monday night by police on social media." more...

City Loses Lawsuit After Bicyclist Death on Substandard Road

12/7/15

CA - "In June 2012, Dr. Gerald Brett Weiss, a nationally known neurosurgeon, was killed when he was hit from behind while riding his bicycle in the community of Indian Wells, CA. In mid-November of this year his family won a $5.6 million judgment against Indian Wells..." more

Latest Trend in Protected Bike Lanes

12/7/15

"Of all the reasons Denverites had to get excited about the two protected bike lanes their city opened Thursday, the most underrated was a feat that you maybe will only fully appreciate if you've ever worked in government." more...

Flashy Crosswalks on Stroads Misses the Point

12/7/15

"...[a] Tweet from the Florida Department of Transportation last week was intended to exemplify the agency's efforts to make walking and biking safer on the state's notoriously deadly roads." more...

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GAP to the Point Bike Lanes

Pittsburgh, PA - "For decades, there has been a dream to connect the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail to the Point, and that dream is soon to become a reality..." more

$2.5M Investment to Improve Trail

12/6/15

Tampa, FL - "A somewhat obscure 1.7-mile paved trail connecting to the Tampa Riverwalk will soon become a lot more visible." more...

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Portage Trail Paving Nearing Completion

Ravenna, OH - "The Portage Hike & Bike Trail closed October 26 for asphalt paving. It is set to reopen next Friday, December 11..." more

Hempstead Road Recreation Path Construction

Westerville, OH - "Existing path is being rebuilt as it does not meet current city nor Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards..." more

Mounds Greenway an Important Step

12/5/15

Muncie, IN - "...This proposed trail would connect Muncie's White River Greenway with Anderson, and then continue west to connect with Indianapolis' Monon Trail, a trail which already connects with the exceptional Indianapolis Cultural Trail..." more

Tags Allow Cyclists to Turn Traffic Lights Green

Denmark - "...Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, is currently running a trial where cyclists are given RFID tags that they attach to their wheels. As they approach a junction, the tag sends a signal to a nearby reader, which in turn switches the light to green..." more...

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Inmates Assembling Kids Bikes for Christmas

12/5/15

Toledo, OH - "With three weeks to go before Christmas, Toledo prison inmates were hard at work Friday assembling children's bicycles." more...

Still No Deaths on Citi Bike, 2.5 Years In

NYC - "Bike sharing's extraordinary safety streak shows how well the project has fit the city." more...

Woman Accused of Altering Cellphone Records After Fatal Crash

Seattle, WA - "A South Seattle woman was charged with vehicular homicide last week, accused of talking on her cellphone when she fatally struck an elderly pedestrian in February 2014..." more

Dueling Websites Lobby For/Against Rail Trail

12/4/15

Encinitia, CA - "Plans to put a trail, bike lanes and a fence along the railway corridor through Cardiff have divided the coastal community to the point that there now are dueling websites created by two people who live on the same street." more...

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Columbus Protected Bike Lane Open to Public

12/4/15

Columbus, OH - "While cyclists have already been utilizing some of the completed portions of the new bike lanes along Fourth and Summit Streets for several weeks, the new project officially opened to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony..." more

Towpath Detour in Effect

12/3/15

Akron, OH - "City of Akron officials said a new route for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail took effect Nov. 23 due to construction." more...

Mayor Hancock Cuts Ribbon on Parking-Protected Bike Lanes

12/3/15

Denver, CO - "...The two new bike lanes... run a little over one mile each, from Auraria Campus to 24th Street. They include traffic signals that finally give people on bikes a safe way to cross Speer Boulevard, Park Avenue, and Broadway." more...

Oceanside Aims to Boost Road Safety

12/3/15

CA - "Oceanside will implement several new safety features, such as installing more speed limit signs and speed-monitoring devices, on a stretch of Coast Highway after the recent death of a boy hit by a truck on the road while riding his bike to school." more...

Sharrows: Good Idea or Wishful Thinking

"Working as a Dutch bicycle engineer in the U.S. and Canada, people often ask me about the do's and don'ts from the Netherlands..." more

Bike Commuting on the Rise

12/3/15

"...though bike commuting is nearly insignificant compared to mass transit commuting in some metro areas, in other metro areas it's basically a junior partner." more...

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Bridge Funding for Urban Towpath Section

Cleveland, OH - "...Currently dubbed the 'Tremont Pointe Bridge,' the new West 7th Street bridge is part of the $17.5 million Stage 3 portion of the trail..." more...

Toledo Proposes Bike Plan

Toledo, OH - "...Monday night, city officials presented the plan that would include 13 different bike paths throughout the city, and could cost 32 million dollars." more...

Yay Bikes! Making a Difference

12/3/15

Columbus, OH - "As we pause to give thanks and reflect on our year, we are humbled by what our community of cyclists has been able to accomplish in 2015. Below is just a sampling of our advocacy impact." more...

Bike Lanes Coming to Neville Twp.

12/2/15

PA - "Five miles of bike lanes will be created on Neville Island next summer, and the Allegheny County Department of Public Works will hold a meeting Dec. 17 to discuss the project." more...

More "Nervous" Drivers Are Exactly What's Needed

12/2/15

"The deaths of two pedestrians and bicyclist in quick succession in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood have local street safety advocates demanding reforms and the mayor promising swift action." more...

RTC Awarding Trail Grants

"RTC launched a new grant program in 2015 to support organizations and local governments that are implementing projects to build and improve rail-trails. Under the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund, RTC will award a total of $85,000 per year for the next five years to qualifying projects through a competitive process..." more

Latest on New Transportation Bill Proposal

12/2/15

"On the afternoon of Dec. 1, Congress released the text of what is expected to be the final version of a five-year transportation bill, the FAST (Fixing America's Surface Transportation) Act..." more...

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City Tries New Source for Wasson Way Funding

12/1/15

Cincinnati, OH - "The city of Cincinnati is looking for other ways to fund the Wasson Way bike trail, and it has zeroed in on the state of Ohio..." more

Urban, Suburban Philly Join to Blaze New Bike Trail

12/1/15

Philadelphia, PA - "Ever since trains stopped running over it in 1986, Philadelphia's Manayunk Bridge, spanning the Schuylkill River, has been a glimmer in the eyes of rails-to-trails activists..." more

UW Police Host a Bike Theft Symposium

12/1/15

WA - "Bike theft is up, at least on UW campus." more...

Bad Street Design Kills People

12/1/15

"Traffic fatalities are on the rise up again, with an increase of 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration..." more

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Greenway Project Members Make Christmas Donation

Cortland, OH - "Individuals from The Mosquito Lake Greenway Project recently donated $420.00 to Elliot Heckman to help with his project, For the Love of Bikes and Warren...

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"...Elliot Heckman, a sophomore at Warren G. Harding High School, is collecting old children's bikes and fixing them up to give as gifts this Christmas. It started this Fall when Amy Heckman, Elliott's mother, brought home 8 discarded bikes she found on the side of the road. Elliott said, 'I decided to fix them up and give them away to kids who needed them.' Encouraged by the response they received they started a Facebook page, ' For the Love if Bicycles and Warren'"... more...

Cleveland Bike Share Wish List

11/30/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Here are some lessons from Cincinnati-and from other cities that are building successful bike share systems-as the Cuyahoga / Cleveland system gets built..." more

Deputy Describes Rescuing Buried Newborn

11/30/15

Los Angeles, CA - "...Deputy Adam Collette described for reporters Monday how he kneeled on asphalt near a bike path last week and heard the muffled cries of the child." more...

8-Year Downtown Greenway Detour Finally Ends

11/30/15

NYC - "Since 2007, people biking on the Hudson River Greenway in Lower Manhattan have had to take a circuitous detour into Battery Park City. Not anymore." more...

Grand Canyon Park Making Changes for Visitors

11/30/15

Flagstaff, AZ - "The Grand Canyon wants to change the way backcountry areas are managed as more outdoor enthusiasts take to the park's open spaces..." more...

U.S. Traffic Deaths Trending Up in 2015

11/30/15

"...NHTSA data from the first six months of the year shows motor vehicle fatalities are up 8.1 percent compared to the same period last year." more...

Carless Cities are Europe's Future

11/30/15

"Norway's capital, Oslo, has announced it will eliminate conventional automobiles from its city center by 2019, replacing them with electric cars..." more

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Lebanon Bike Park Plan

11/30/15

Lebanon, OH - "The Lebanon City Councils' Parks and Recreation Committee is to present its plan for development of a bike park on the city's former landfill property..." more

Giant Tricycle Doubles as Art & Bike Rack

11/29/15

Columbus, OH - "A giant red tricycle has appeared at the City of Columbus Public Utilities Department located at 910 Dublin Road." more...

Philly Leads U.S. Cities in Bike Lanes per Mile

Philadelphia, PA - "With 426 miles of on-street bike lanes, Philadelphia leads the United States with the most bike lanes per square mile..." more

Vancouver Residents Lead Canada in Urban Bike Trips

CAN - "The Cycle Cities report found that less than one of those 100,000 daily cycling trips in Vancouver results in a crash..." more

The UK's Unlikely Poster City for Cycling

UK - "Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby is using his strong mandate and the discovery of Richard III's remains to reverse decades of car-centric planning in this medieval city." more...

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Is Newark Getting Fair Share of Park Tax?

Newark, OH - "...A key component of the [tax] campaign that ultimately connected with voters was a pledge to take over maintenance and care of the county's extensive multi-use trail system..." more

Newborn Found Buried Alive Near Bike Trail

11/29/15

Compton, CA - "Los Angeles County sheriff's officials asked for the public's help Saturday in gaining information about a newborn baby deputies rescued after finding her buried beside a popular Compton bike path." more...

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Tipp City Closer to Installing Bike Path Near School

11/28/15

Tipp City, OH - "...The path is expected to be completed next year and will provide a safer route for Tippecanoe High School students." more...

Ancient Ohio Trail Connects American Indian Sites

11/28/15

Warren County, OH - "Fort Ancient Earthworks has yet to attain World Heritage Site status but already is one of one of four stops on the Ancient Ohio Trail." more...

Safety Urged Around Tallgrass Trail During Hunting Season

11/27/15

Marion, OH - "...Hunting is not allowed on the 100 foot wide Tallgrass Trail corridor, but there are a number of hunting areas adjoining the trail..." more

Advocates Tout Minneapolis' Progress on Protected Bikeways

11/27/15

Minneapolis, MN - "Minneapolis bike advocates say the city made significant progress in 2015 building new protected paths to get more people cycling around the city..." more

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$10M Push to Extend Grant's Trail Advances

11/27/15

St. Louis, MO - "A long-awaited extension of Grant's Trail near St. Louis is moving ahead, with the promise of what will become a continuous 17-mile route for bicyclists, walkers and runners." more...

Proposed Extension to London Trail System has $2.8M Price Tag

11/26/15

CAN - "The largest gap in London's vast network of trails could get a $2.8-million plug." more...

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City Gathering Public Feedback On Westwood Trail Extension

Cincinnati, OH - "The Cincinnati Department of Transportation & Engineering is taking public input on the proposed second phase of Westwood Trail. A public meeting was held last Wednesday..." more...

Bikesharing Deal Could be Key to a Low-Car City

11/25/15

Portland, OR - "The "single, supple mesh of mobility" that the government of Helsinki is hoping to use to "make car ownership pointless" by 2025 may be arising spontaneously and gradually in Portland." more...

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Google Renders Bike Layer Virtually Useless

11/25/15

"Sometime toward the end of October, Google decided to change the zoom level at which their Bike Layer displays on Google maps. As a result, the Bike Layer has become largely useless." more...

Parks Awarded State Grants

11/25/15

Greene County, OH - "Parks in Xenia and Yellow Springs have been awarded funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Nature Works grants program." more...

Metro Parks Plans $5M in Improvements Next Year

11/25/15

Columbus, OH - "Metro Parks plans to spend more than $5 million on improvements next year, including a new nature center at the Scioto Grove Metro Park in southern Franklin County and parking and river access the for Olentangy Greenway Trail extension..." more

Columbia River Historic Highway Trail Work Underway

11/25/15

OR - "Trail work has begun on the last piece of the Columbia River Historic Highway Trail." more...

'Ghost Bike' Honors Couple Killed While Cycling

Calvert County, MD - "Friends and family gathered around a fallen cyclist memorial in Calvert County to honor a couple who was struck [& killed] on their tandem bicycle early in November by a drunk driver." more...

Crossing a D.C. Street is Dangerous

11/25/15

D.C. - "The most surefire way to get killed in a traffic crash in Washington, D.C., is by crossing the street..." more

Commute Seattle will Install Bike Counter

11/24/15

Seattle, WA - "...Located on 2nd Ave between Madison and Marion Streets, the counter will tick away daily and annual totals as people bike by..." more

Portland Gets 1st Ped Scramble Intersection

11/24/15

OR - "...While I observed the intersection no one used the diagonal crossing. They were either unaware of it or unsure of how safe it would be. (I crossed diagonally several times and thoroughly enjoyed it.)..." more

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Another Cleveland Controversy on the Horizon?

Cleveland, OH - "...According to a source at the city, [city engineer Andy] Cross is going his own way, again. This time, with the redesign of West Boulevard. A key north-south connector..." more

Towpath Times Newsletter

NE OH - Read the latest edition.

Toledo Hires Firm to Develop Urban Core

11/24/15

Toledo, OH - "A public-private partnership focused on the revitalization and renaissance of downtown Toledo will announce today that a company has been hired to produce a master plan for future redevelopment." more...

Towns Support John Wayne Pioneer Trail

11/23/15

WA - "Four Eastern Washington towns have issued proclamations supporting the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, as the third and final public hearing on the fate of the rail-trail takes place in Ellensburg tonight." more...

Bicycle Coalition Director Steps Down After 8 Months

San Francisco, CA - "Longtime bike advocate Noah Budnick, who came from New York City's Transportation Alternatives to take the exec director job at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition just over eight months ago, is leaving his post already amid some ongoing hubbub..." more...

Orange Bikes Used for Marketing in Portland

11/23/15

Portland, OR - "A new gym that opened recently in Portland's Lloyd District is following its national marketing playbook and distributing a handful of orange-painted bikes on nearby streets." more...

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Congress Eyeing Federal Reserve $$ to Pay for Transpo Bill

"Even as members of Congress are slamming the Federal Reserve for being too political with its monetary policy, they are plotting to use the central bank as a government piggy bank. more...

Related story, 'Heritage Foundation Pans Highway Bill 'Gimmicks'.

Mudslinging on Bike Access Continues in Marin County

11/22/15

CA - "The Marin Horse Council would like to address a number of misstatements in the recent Marin Voice column by Vernon Huffman, president of Access4Bikes." more...

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Can Bicycling Help Fight Climate Change?

"A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." more...

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Lake County Bike Trail Reopens

Lake County, OH - "...The American Transmission Co. announced Nov. 18 that all segments of the Lake Country Trail are open. Portions of the trail had been intermittently closed since at least last fall while ATC worked to implement the replacement of several miles of transmission lines." more...

Bike Culture Sprouting Up in Akron

Akron, OH - "...'The number of bicyclists in Akron is growing slowly, but surely,' says Jason Segedy, director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) and a bicyclist himself." more...

$1.9M to Cuyahoga County Parks

11/20/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The grants will help pay for an all-purpose trail in Cleveland Metroparks, a path connecting Independence to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and a Towpath trail bridge over West 7th Street in Cleveland." more...

Canal Basin Park Plan Earns High Praise

11/20/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The plan describes how an area twice the size of Public Square would be transformed from crumbling parking lots and weed-choked remnants of the canal to one of the city's most important parks." more...

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Ohio Lags Behind in Bike Lanes, Transit

11/20/15

"It doesn't take rocket science to figure out why Ohio metros lag behind peer cities in the Midwest building the bike lanes, walkable streets, and new transit service that are the hallmarks of Millennial talent attraction." more...

Man Killed While Biking in Everett

11/20/15

WA - "A man driving a pickup truck in Everett struck and killed a man biking Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m." more...

Zig Zag Road Striping Calms Traffic

11/20/15

VA - "At 11 points in northern Virginia, the familiar straight dashed lines on the road gives way to a series of zig zags. The unusual markings, the result of a pilot project from the Virginia Department of Transportation, are meant to alert drivers to be cautious where the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail intersects with the road - and bicyclists and pedestrians frequently cross." more...

No Charges in Fatal Bike Crash

11/19/15

Bethesda, MD - "Area cyclists are calling for change after a crash that killed a retired Navy SEAL. That's because the driver cited in the crash, escaped with only a fine." more...

BIG Plans for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District

11/19/15

Pittsburgh, PA - "...The project is set to create over a thousand new homes, increase available public space, and improve connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians." more...

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Cost Overruns on Maple Highlands Trail

Chardon, OH - "The Maple Highlands Trail Phase I may be delighting walkers and bike riders in the uncommonly mild November weather, but Chardon City Council had to finish paying the bills on the project at its Nov. 12 meeting..." more

Bike Shop Teams Up With Trailside Brewing Co.

11/19/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...Oakley Cycles is pulling up roots at its 2709 Observatory Ave. location and moving to the Fifty West campus in Columbia Township at 7669 Wooster Pike, where it will be rebranded as Fifty West Cycling." more...

Miami Valley Trails Newsletter

11/19/15

SW OH - Read the fall 2015 edition.

Seattle Looking at "Alternative" Sidewalks

11/19/15

Seattle, WA - "...the city and sidewalk advocates think they can get 250 blocks of sidewalk for the cost of 150 by looking at alternative configurations." more...

Trying to Crack Down on Distracted Cycling

"Worried that bicyclists who chat, send messages or listen to music on smartphones are creating a danger, a number of cities have banned cyclists from using hand-held cellphones or texting while riding..." more...

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Work Begins on City Bike Loop

Mansfield, OH - "The Mansfield City Bike Loop is now more than just an idea. Volunteer contractors from the Ohio Contractor's Association put paint to pavement on Monday and continued through the week." more...

Alum Creek Trail Repairs

11/19/15

"Small section of Alum Creek Trail near Three Creeks Confluence Trails Area closed Nov 19 and 20 for asphalt repair. Use caution to get around obstruction."

Source: Columbus Greenway Trails

Bridge Construction Closes Mad River Trail Section

11/19/15

Dayton, OH - "On Monday, November 30 the section of the Mad River Bike Trail that goes under the Harshman Bridge will be closed for the remainder of the bridge construction.

"Detour signs are posted directing to the traffic light at the Eastwood MetroPark entrance..." more

Clermont County Bike Trail Extended

11/18/15

Clermont County, OH - "...Clingman said that what makes this trail unique is that it utilizes abandoned roads and shared roadways." more...

Piqua Achieves Bike-Friendly Status

Piqua, OH - "The League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Piqua with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFBSM) award, joining more than 370 visionary cities from across the country..." more

Potential Rails-to-Trail Project in Harrison County

11/18/15

Harrison County, OH - "...A 25-mile stretch of land will soon be part of a tri-county water system and a possible rails to trails [project]." more...

Best & Worst Cities for Cycling Safety

11/18/15

"...Using the U.S. DOT's Transportation and Health Tool, we compared the Urbanized Area of Cleveland to that of peer cities Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and St. Louis on some key indicators of mobility and health." more...

Possible Mobile Meth Lab Found on Greenway

11/18/15

TN - "What were believed to be the components of a meth lab were located on the Murfreesboro Greenway. The items were in a trash bag..." more

Downtown Airport Panel Seeks Money in Trail Suit

SC - "The Greenville Airport Commission has joined a lineup of property owners suing the federal government to collect payouts from a planned 3.29-mile southern extension of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail..." more

Rapid-Transit Plan Along Bike Path Draws Oppostion

11/18/15

WA - "...People have been taken aback by what is seen as an attempt to take away a greenbelt - in essence a park - in favor of paving two more lanes of bus expressway..." more

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City Backs Backward Bike Lane

11/17/15

Cleveland, OH - "...A buffered bike lane between the cyclist and cars would encourage hook turns across the path of cyclists. The city will not jeopardize the safety of our cyclists to create bike infrastructure that gives the illusion of safety." more...

OB comments: There is no evidence that a buffered bike lane is more prone to right hooks than a standard one. Learn more...

CMAQ Funding for Towpath Trail

11/17/15

NE OH - "...The Towpath Trail Extension Project has received $27,550,000 in CMAQ funding. $8.75M for Stage 1, $10.6M for Stage 3 and $8.2M for Stage 4." more...

Could Narrowing Liberty Street Unlock Development?

11/17/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...There is a wide street in Over-the-Rhine that cuts through the northern part of the neighborhood and the southern revitalizing part of it. It's Liberty Street." more...

Jogger Robbed, Pistol-Whipped on Riverfront Trail

11/17/15

Pittsburgh, PA - "Pittsburgh police are searching for two men who robbed a jogger on the South Side Riverfront Trail and hit him with a gun." more...

Madison Joins Elite Platinum Club

11/17/15

Madison, WI - "So Madison finally did it: platinum bicycle-friendly status. No What?" more...

New Cycle Bridge Would Tower 65M Above Water

11/16/15

Copenhagen - "Nordhavn harbour will radically change its skyline with a suspended track for cyclists and pedestrians that will link the seaport with the city." more...

Tell FHWA You Want Safer Designs for City Streets

11/17/15

"Earlier this fall, the Federal Highway Administration proposed a major policy change: Instead of requiring roads that receive federal funding to be designed like highways, the agency would change its standards to allow greater flexibility. The implications for urban streets were huge..." more

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New CVNP MTB Trail is Well Received

11/16/15

Boston Heights, OH - "The unseasonably warm, dry weather has provided an extra opportunity for cyclists to try out the new mountain bike trail that opened Nov. 2 off the Cuyahoga Valley National Park bike and hike trail..." more

Driver Sentenced for Fatal Hit-Skip

11/16/15

Columbus, OH - "A prison sentence for a hit and run driver means peace for the family of the bicyclist he killed." more...

Grant to Hire University Circle Traffic Planner

11/16/15

Cleveland, OH - "University Circle Inc. has received $150,000 from the George Gund Foundation to hire a traffic manager to help prepare the area for an influx of traffic congestion coming when the Opportunity Corridor is complete." more...

Woman Struck, Killed Crossing Road

11/16/15

Fairfax, OH - "...The victim, a woman believed to be in her 40s, was crossing Red Bank Road just south of Brotheron Court at about 8:15 p.m." more...

Jaywalking in Columbus

Columbus, OH - "Maybe you heard from several news reports, that last week the Columbus Division of Police has begun stepped up enforcement to crack down on jaywalkers and drivers who are not properly yielding to pedestrians. However positive the intent may have been, the tone of the coverage, as well as several quotes from the CPD raised some eyebrows both locally and nationally..." more

Friends of the Little Miami Newsletter

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135 Momorials Erected on Region's Streets

11/16/15

Portland, OR - "Yesterday local advocates for safer streets joined with family members of traffic victims for a somber ceremony: they placed white silhouettes of their loved ones on our area's most dangerous roadways." more...

Biking Advocate: 'I am not a Scofflaw'

Louisville, KY - "Citations come amid city push to add dedicated bike lanes in Louisville's core." more...

Cleveland County Part of Rails-to-Trails Lawsuit

11/16/15

NC - "...This case includes landowners who argue the rail-to-trail conversion of the Norfolk-Southern railroad corridor is a taking of property and that the Fifth Amendment requires the government to pay 'just compensation.'" more...

Expanding Bike Share to Include Canoes

11/16/15

MN - "...for travelers in the Twin Cities, bike shares are about to get a bit better. CityLab's Anna Bergren Miller reports that a pilot program will add canoes and kayaks to the mix next year." more...

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Maple Highlands Trail May Get Funding Boost

11/16/15

Chardon, OH - "...the city was conditionally awarded an Ohio Department of Transportation grant of $435,991 toward design, engineering and some construction of Phase 2." more...

Multiuse Path Construction in Toledo

11/16/15

Toledo, OH - "...a 10-foot-wide, multiuse path being built along the Anthony Wayne Trail will become part of a bike trail that will connect Maumee and downtown Toledo, city officials say." more...

Most of Denver Ped Deaths Happen on 4 Streets

Denver, CO - "...in 2015, 16 people have been killed while either walking or biking on Denver's streets. All were on foot except for one..." more

Bike-Friendly Communities Announced

11/16/15

"Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). Eighteen communities received their first BFC award..." more

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Man Bikes Piano To Paris Attack Site, Performs

Paris, FRA - "In a powerful, poignant gesture a man brought his piano--attached to his bicycle--and played John Lennon's "Imagine" in from of the Bataclan, the Parisian concert hall in which dozens were killed Friday night in a terrorist attack." more...

Knox County Installing Bike Racks

Knox County, OH - "...The Knox County Health Department obtained a Creating Healthy Communities Grant to help the park district with the installation of bicycle racks at six locations..." more...

Metro Introduces Covered, Secure Bike Parking

11/13/15

MD - "In an effort to encourage travel to the Metro station by bicycle, Metro is expanding bike facilities, introducing free, covered and secure storage at several stations." more...

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Councilman Wants Bikes to Ride on Sidewalks

Cleveland, OH - "...Kazy... doesn't know basic law as it pertains to people on bikes, nor does he understand why bike infrastructure is necessary, or the reality people on bikes face as they attempt to navigate our city." more...

Ilinois Completes Section of 500-Mile Trail Network

11/13/15

IL - "...A ribbon cutting recently took place in Chicago Heights, Illinois, to celebrate the completion of extensions for the 16-mile Thorn Creek Trail in Cook County and 22-mile, in-progress Old Plank Road Trail in Cook/Will counties." more...

Road to be Converted to Multiuse Trail

11/13/15

D.C. - "It's been closed to traffic since 1991, but today, the District is one step closer to converting Klingle Road to a multi-use trail." more...

Giving Bike Share Prime Real Estate Attracts More Riders

11/13/15

"...Here's a new theory on how station locations can have an impact on bike-share use..." more

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Cleveland Bike Lane Controversy Not Going Away

"...Peers react to Cleveland's unusual bike lane." more...

Miamisburg Trail Connector Opening

Miamisburg Twp., OH - "...The Miamisburg Multi-Use Connector Trail provides a continuous east-west multi-use corridor in southern Montgomery County from the Great Miami River Trail through Austin Landing to Yankee Road." more...

Waterfront Trail to Increase Public Access

11/12/15

Euclid, OH - " Even though the City of Euclid contains about four miles of Lake Erie shoreline, only a fraction of the lakefront - about 1,400 feet - is accessible to residents..." more

"Kingpin of Bike Theives' Arrested

Portland, OR - "A man who called himself the "kingpin of bike thieves" was arrested after an "Inside Edition" film crew shooting a story about stolen bikes in Portland tracked down a bait bike in his possession." more...

Another Sexual Attack on Greenway Trail

Durham, NC - "Durham police are investigating a violent sexual assault that was reported Wednesday night on the Ellerbe Creek Trail..." more

Rand Paul Loves Riding But Opposes Funding for Bike Lanes

11/12/15

"The presidential candidate tweets that he loves riding, but his bike politics are lukewarm." more...

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Downtown Connector Trail Nearly Complete

Mt. Vernon, OH - "...City Engineer Bryan Ball reported that the paving has been completed, the installation of the hand rails on the trestle across the Kokosing River was being completed Friday..." more

Cracking Down on Jaywalkers & Not Yielding to Peds

11/11/15

Columbus, OH - "Columbus Police will be on High Street during the next couple of weeks stopping jaywalkers and cracking down on drivers who don't stop for people crossing the street..." more

Bollard Crash Victim Awarded $6.95M

11/11/15

WA - "...Nine years ago, Camicia was biking on the I-90 Trail when she swerved to avoid some park-and-ride construction fencing that was sticking out into the trail. In her attempt to avoid the hazard, she struck a wooden bollard. Her neck broke in the crash, leaving her paralyzed." more...

Bikes on South Shore Trains to Chicago

11/11/15

South Bend, IN - "...We were testers, trying out the on-board bike racks that won't become a public amenity until April..." more

$12M Project Creates "Green" Street

11/11/15

Buffalo, NY - "...Gone is the gritty, post-industrial thoroughfare that once provided a speedy back-door route into downtown Buffalo for thousands of Southtowns commuters." more...

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Scioto Riverfront Reborn

11/10/15

Columbus, OH - "...After two years of work costing $36 million, the city and its funding partners got their money's worth. The vista from any of the Scioto bridges is magnificent..." more

NACTO Goes Global with New Street Design Guide

11/10/15

"...One big highlight of 2015 was the announcement of the impending release of the "Global Street Design Guide" which is the culmination of years of NACTO research in 46 diverse cities around the globe..." more

Green Paint for Bike Lanes on State Highway

11/10/15

WA - "The Washington State Department of Transportation is going green to try and make a large highway intersection a bit safer to ride a bike on. more...

Sun Belt Cities More Likely to Use Bike Share for Recreation

11/10/15

"A new report from Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research finds that Sun Belt city residents are most likely to use bike-share programs for recreation, compared with users in the Midwest or Northeast, who regularly use the same programs for their daily commute." more...

Google Maps gets Offline Search and Directions

11/10/15

"Google has upgraded its Android Maps app so it can provide directions when not connected to the internet." more...

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CVNP Awarded Grant for MTB Trail Expansion

11/9/15

CVNP, OH - "Cuyahoga Valley National Park won $120,000 to help pay for the second phase of a three-part mountain bike trail system." more...

Scioto Riverfront Project Opens To Public

11/9/15

Columbus, OH - "Five years since the idea was conceived, the Scioto Greenway opens to the public Tuesday, on time and on budget." more...

Cyclist Dies after Hit-Skip

11/9/15

Medina Township, OH - "A 48-year-old bicyclist died days after being injured in a hit-skip in Medina Township, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said." more...

Towpath Times

Read this November edition.

Jaywalking Beatdown Caught on Video

11/9/15

Austin, TX - "The arrest was recorded and shared on Facebook by Rolando Ramiro. He told the website Photography is Not a Crime that he and a group of friends were trying to cross a street that had been barricaded and closed to car traffic. As they crossed the street, an officer demanded ID, Ramiro said, and one of the friends refused. Then three of the five were tackled and punched by the police." more...

Woman Sexually Assaulted on Bike Trail

11/9/15

Belleville, IL - "According to Belleville police at around 1:30 am Sunday morning a 56-year-old woman was walking home from a business in the 1500 block of West Main Street when she was attacked by a stranger..." more

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Downtown Cycle Track Likely for Towpath Detour

11/8/15

Akron, OH - "...Ideas now are moving ahead for rerouting the trail down Main Street, planners seizing the opening to route bicycle and pedestrian traffic past Canal Park Stadium... " more

Columbus Experiments with Protected Bike Lanes

Columbus, OH - "The protected bike lane that appeared along E. Livingston Avenue on Thursday was only temporary, but city officials hope to add more of them permanently on major thoroughfares around Columbus." more...

What Now for Cincy Parks?

11/8/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...City leaders still grapple, meanwhile, with $55 million worth of maintenance work that leaders say is badly needed across the parks system." more...

Art Works Splashes Rainbow Hues on Norfolk-Southern Bridge

Cleveland, OH - "A $225,000 public art project financed by the city's Department of Economic Development and the Cleveland Foundation has splashed the colors of the spectrum on a previously unsightly Norfolk-Southern railroad bridge at East 55th Street and Euclid Avenue." more...

Public Meetings on Future of John Wayne Pioneer Trail

11/8/15

WA - "...These public meetings are the result of a failed attempt by an eastern Washington legislator to railroad an item through the state budget that called for turning over 130 miles of trail between the Columbia River and the town of Malden to adjacent private landowners." more

Study: No Link Between Helmet Laws & Head Injuries

"A major Canadian study has found no link between cycle helmet legislation and head injuries, and has recommended governments focus on providing bike infrastructure to protect cyclists instead." more...

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Map of Every Traffic Fatality in the U.S.

11/6/15

"What is the most dangerous street in your region? Which one most needs improvements to protect cyclists? Where do drunk drivers do the most damage? Thanks to a new tool from New York City data scientist Max Galka, you can get a pretty good sense with a few clicks." more...

Search Party Gathers for Missing Man

11/6/15

Oil City, PA - "...Goreczny left his home on foot, Friday, Oct. 30, around 7 p.m. He was last spotted on Saturday, Oct. 31, around 2 p.m., walking on a bike trail..." more...

2015 Clean Ohio Trails Fund Awards

Here's a breakdown of the grants awarded throughout Ohio by county and project. more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

Group Suggests Turning Dying Mall into Walkable Town Center

Cleveland Heights, OH - "These are tough times for malls and shopping centers in America. Mostly, they are struggling with relevancy as millennials express a preference for places that blend seamlessly into their daily comings and goings." more...

Letters Flood Newspapers Demanding Safer Streets

Pittsburgh, PA - "Enough is enough. The public won't stay quiet any longer. People are taking action and making their voices heard in the Post-Gazette's and Tribune Review's Opinion Sections..." more

Woman Who Killed Cyclist Gets Traffic Citation

11/6/15

Portland, OR - "...The Portland Police Bureau announced today that the Multnomah County District Attorney has decided to not pursue criminal charges in the case against Jolene Friedow..." more

Seattle Just Voted to Soar

" For those of us watching, the last two years have revealed a very clear new superstar in the country's progress toward protected bike lane networks. It's the Emerald City: Seattle." more...

Submitted by Jeff Westrich

More Portlanders Biking

11/6/15

Portland, OR - "More and more Portlanders are choosing to bike. That's the great news being confirmed this year by one data point after another..." more

Bike-Friendly University Awards

11/6/15

"In the latest round of Bicycle Friendly University awards announced this week, several top-performing schools rose to Platinum..." more

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ODNR Awards $11M for Outdoor Recreation

11/6/15

Columbus, OH - "...Franklin County is slated to receive more than $680,000. More than $400,000 of that sum will be used by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to complete the Camp Chase Trail..." more

Towpath Awarded $432k for Stage 3

11/6/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension will run from the Northern entrance of Steelyard Commons to Literary Ave. This stage will provide an important link between the Cleveland neighborhood Tremont, the employment and retail center Steelyard Commons and the public outdoor recreation area Clark Fields." more...

New Adam Run Trail Awarded $362k

11/5/15

Akron, OH - "...That grant to Akron will complete the first phase of the trail that runs along Adam Run, a tiny stream that flows into the Little Cuyahoga River near the Goodyear complex." more...

Wasson Way Awarded $500k

11/5/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...Wasson will receive $500,000 for construction of phase 1, a 3,200-foot stretch of the trail that will eventually stretch 7.6 miles." more...

Triangle Trail Extending Connections

Washington Court House, OH - "...the trail will connect in Washington Court House to four trail corridors which, among other things, would allow riders from Chillicothe to follow the trail all the way to Xenia if they wish." more...

Lebanon Considers Bike Park, Seeks Input

11/5/15

Lebanon, OH - "The City of Lebanon is considering the development of city-owned property, located at the dead end of East Turtlecreek Union Road, as a bike park." more...

INDOT Announces Designation of 3 U.S. Bike Routes

11/5/15

IN - "...The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved the routes totaling 610 miles last month..." more

Trails Well Positioned for Next Steps

11/5/15

D.C. - "In a show of bipartisan cooperation among Congressional leaders that has become all too rare on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a long-term surface transportation bill today that maintains funding for trails, walking and biking at current levels. The bill also includes policy changes championed by RTC to make innovative financing accessible to build trail and active-transportation networks." more...

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Downtown Park Along Scioto Set to Open

11/5/15

Columbus, OH - "The Scioto Greenways project Downtown is big. It cost $36 million and involved removing a dam, restoring the river channel and moving tons of dirt." more...

Raccoon Warning for Genoa Trail

Genoa Twp., OH - "...Over the last week we have received several calls on raccoons that appear sick or are acting oddly..." more

Man Walking Bike Struck/Killed

Miami Township, OH - "A man walking on the side of the road with his bike was struck and killed by a truck in Miami Township Monday evening." more...

Bike Share Vendor Chosen in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH - "The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, in partnership with Bike Cleveland, announces CycleHop-SoBi as the preferred vendor for a formal bike share system in Cleveland. Cuyahoga County will now enter contract negotiations with the goal of bringing a downtown based system ahead of the Republican National Convention in July of next year..." more

Students Build Their Own Bike Share

11/5/15

"...an inspiring story from ISU. Mark Kargol, a Lecturer in the Department of Industrial design at ISU, shared the evolving story of Cybike - a campus bike share system conceived and created entirely by students." more...

Bait Bike Programs Struggle to Convict

11/4/15

Portland, OR - "With Reed College's bait bike program dealing with enforcement challenges, local ABC affiliate KATU-TV is shedding more light on the thorny issue of theft deterrence." more...

Hand Grenade Found on Bike Trail

11/4/15

Martin County, FL - "A hand grenade found Wednesday afternoon at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound is a dud..." more

Harmful Amendments Defeated

"...The harmful [to walking and biking] amendments filed by Reps. Buddy Carter (GA-01) and Ted Yoho (FL-03) have been defeated!" more...

Liverpool Trying Fast-Walking Ped Lanes

11/4/15

UK - "City residents all over the world have long dreamed of a way to nudge rubbernecking tourists and other slow pokes to the side of the sidewalk. Liverpool in England has made that wish come true..." more

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Tallgrass Trail Awarded Grant for Further Expansion

11/3/15

Marion, OH - "The Marion County Park District announced on Tuesday the awarding of a $500,000 Clean Ohio Trails Fund grant for construction of several additional miles of the Tallgrass Trail." more...

Bike & Hike Trail Section Closed

11/3/15

Sagamore Hills Twp., OH - "A section of the Bike & Hike Trail in northern Summit County will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday (Nov. 4) for removal of a hazardous tree." more...

Coldwater, Fort Recovery Awarded Rec Grants

11/3/15

Fort Recovery, OH - "...Fort Recovery received a $120,000 Recreational Trails Program grant to help fund a recreational trail around Community Park, while Coldwater took home a $49,406 NatureWorks grant..." more

"Greening" Planned for Canal Basin Park

11/3/15

Cleveland, OH - "...representatives of Cleveland Metroparks will outline plans to remove a parking lot and install landscaping on a 1.5-acre fragment of the future 20-acre park..." more

Ohio Bicycle Federation Newsletter

Read the fall/winter edition.

Reports of Groping Continue on Schuylkill Trail

11/3/15

Philadephia, PA - "From runners to bikers and everyone in between, the Schuylkill River Trail is busy every day. But recently, some young people have decided to ruin the outdoor experience by harassing and groping people along the river." more...

House Voting to Cut Funding for Biking Projects

11/3/15

"On Wednesday and Thursday the House of Representatives are going to voting on the transportation bill- including up to three votes to cut eligibility for biking projects." more...

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Anti-Bike Thinking Alive & Well @ Plain Dealer

Cleveland, OH - "...Kevin O'Brien, deputy editorial page editor, The Plain Dealer: Cyclists should be prudent about where they ride. Roadways are for motor vehicles. Spending public money to design or retrofit them to suit a tiny minority should be a very low priority." more...

Park Train Strikes/Kills Hearing Impaired Woman

Peninsula, OH - "The Ravenna woman who died after being hit by a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train lived with a hearing impairment, according to a family member." more...

Stop Signs Going Up at Some Railroad Crossings

11/3/15

OH - "...The Ohio Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Ohio Rail Development Commission, reviewed nearly 2,000 of these crossings as a result of a change in state law. Around 1,000 of the crossings will be getting stop signs..." more

CVNP Opens First MTB Trail

11/2/15

CVNP, OH - "On November 2, 2015, the first mountain biking trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park officially opened. The 2.3-mile trail is the first phase of a multi-year plan that will eventually include 10 miles of new trails." more...

Chillicothe Considering Looped Bike Path

11/2/15

Chillicothe, OH - "A looped bike trail is being explored in Chillicothe under a proposal that seeks to connect the area with other existing trails in southwest Ohio and could become a reality in the next five to 10 years." more...

Stark Regional Planning Unveils Bicycle Map

11/2/15

Stark County, OH - "...This month, the Stark County Regional Planning Commission began distributing the roughly 22-by-29-inch folded map at locations such as bike shops and libraries all over the county. They also have an online version..." more

US Bike Route 21 Connects Atlanta to Chattanooga

Marrieta, GA - "... U.S. Bike Route 21 consists of about 161 miles of existing trails and bike lanes..." more

Poor Sidewalk Design Contributes to Death

11/2/15

D.C. - "A motorist killed my 95-year-old godmother while she was crossing the street near her Bethesda home last week..." more

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Western Reserve Bridge has Historic Significance

11/2/15

Trumbull County, OH - "When Zach Svette, Trumbull County MetroParks operations director, recently noticed a gap beside a post alongside the Western Reserve Greenway hike and bike trail, he decided to investigate." more...

Gunman Begins Rampage by Killing Cyclist

11/1/15

Colorado Springs, CO - "Gunman aimed at a woman standing outside her home before turning and shooting bike rider who pleaded for his life." more...

The Poor Bike, the Rich Bike-Share

"A chart-filled look at the cycling gap that's emerged in U.S. cities." more...

Study Suggests Walkable Cities Don't Make People Happier

"...a new study from the University of Virginia finds that people who live in more walkable areas are healthier - but not happier - than people living in places dominated by cars." more...

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Tri-County Trail Awarded $500k

Washington Court House, OH - "...This grant will be used to connect several parks, the YMCA and bring the Tri-County Triangle Trail into town, connecting four corridors in total." more...

More on Towpath Detour in Akron

10/31/15

Akron, OH - "...A one-mile Towpath section - between the current Memorial Parkway and Mustill Store Trailheads - has been created and re-mapped out along Hickory Street. This is being done to accommodate a needed work-around during the construction of the Akron Waterways Renewed! project." more...

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Fairfield Trail Attracts Over 10,000 Visitors per Month

Lancaster, OH - "About 450 people used the Fairfield Heritage Bicycle Trail each day this summer, according to a recent traffic study." more...

Western Reserve Trail Section to Remain Closed

Bristol Twp., OH - "A two year wait period is expected until a portion of a popular hiking and biking trail is opened again in Trumbull County." more...

Final Gap of Montour Trail Filled in Washington County

10/31/15

PA - "Montour Trail Council president Ned Williams said the completion of the Venice intersection and the three-span trail bridge that crosses over it was 'a great collaborative effort...'" more

3 Robberies on/near Metropolitan Branch Trail

10/30/15

D.C. - "Three robberies were reported in the past seven days on or near one of the District's major hiking and bicycling trails, and the police said they made arrests in all three." more...

Curb Extensions That Don't Block Bikes

10/30/15

Portland, OR - "Austin, where I spent a few days this week, is not yet a great city to bike in. But some of the ideas it's developed in its bid to become one are useful, and here's one." more...

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Long-Term Towpath Detour Coming

Akron, OH - "...[a] 1-mile section of trail will be closed by the city of Akron in order to begin digging a giant underground tunnel costing $184 million to curtail sewer overflows.

"It will be closed to walkers, joggers and bicyclists for up to four years..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/30/15

Read this week's edition.

Saving the Cuyahoga River from a Major Mudslide

Cleveland, OH - "Irishtown Bend is a water-soaked, slow-motion mudslide that is inching its way toward the Cuyahoga River navigational channel..." more

Wasson Way Trail Won't Receive $20M Grant

Cincinnati, OH - "The federal government passed on granting $20 million to a proposed 7.6 mile trail through Cincinnati's East Side." more...

TIGER Grants Awarded

10/30/15

"The Department of Transportation announced $500 million in new spending on Thursday, which includes millions for bike paths..." more

Decoy Rider Used to Enforce Bike Safety Law

Las Vegas, NV - "... A 'decoy' rider on the street worked with patrol officers to identify offenders." more...

More Severe Injuries After Painted Bike Lanes Installed

NYC - "...The findings, Wall says, show how important it is to analyze the designs of bike lanes and make sure they do prevent injuries, especially as the numbers of bikers rise." more

Vancouver to Tear Down Freeway Remnants

10/29/15

"...Vancouver made a decision that probably seemed insane at the time: They chose not to build and connect freeways through their city..." more

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Bike Lanes Should be Part of Cincy Road Overhaul

10/28/15

Cincinnati, OH - "When nationally known urban planner and designer Jeff Speck heard about Cincinnati's plan to spend $91 million over the next six years to repair and replace the city's streets and fleet, he saw an opportunity." more...

Bike Racks Coming to Dayton

Dayton, OH - "Seventy-one bike racks will be installed throughout Dayton. That's all thanks to a $10,000 grant..." more

Former Bishop Sentenced for Killing Cyclist

10/28/15

Baltimore, MD - "She used to be the second highest ranking Episcopal Church member in the state diocese, but now Heather Cook is a prison inmate." more...

Attempted Robberies on Northampton Trails

10/28/15

Northampton, MA - "Two men reported attempted robberies on bike paths near the city's downtown and in Florence Tuesday evening, according to police." more...

Removal of Buffered Bike Lanes Prompts Bloody Bike Displays

Boulder, CO - "Three bicycles splattered with blood-like red paint greeted motorists Tuesday morning along the stretch of Folsom Street where Boulder officials recently rolled back a controversial test of buffered bike lanes." more...

Portland Downtown Marriott Adds In-Room Bike Parking

Portland, OR - "When one of the world's largest hotel chains decides to update the interior of its Portland property with something that truly defines this city, what do you think they'd pick as inspiration?" more...

Bike-Friendliness & Walk-Friendless are Different

10/28/15

Portland, OR - "...Some new research from a recent Portland State University engineering grad helps to disentangle the science of these two awesome activities." more...

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Dayton Bike Share to Remain Open This Winter

Dayton, OH - "Some may rely on transportation by bicycle, so the LINK bike program is teaming up with the City of Dayton to make sure they're available this winter." more...

Towpath Times Newsletter

OH - Read the October edition.

'Bicycle' Rapist Sentenced to 29 Years

Cleveland, OH - "A man dubbed the 'bicycle' rapist by prosecutors will serve 29 years in prison for three rapes connected to him based on rape kit testing." more...

Scranton Flats Wins Landscape Architecture Award

Cleveland, OH - "Scranton Flats won a Merit Award in the "Design: Constructed" category at the 2015 Ohio Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects Awards." more...

GAP Amenity Upgrades in McKeesport

10/28/15

PA - "...the pavilion is being constructed next to an existing structure that once served as a concession stand and is slated to become a hostel for cyclists using the Great Allegheny Passage." more...

Uber Solving 'Last Mile' Problem in Jersey

10/27/15

NJ - "More commuters are turning to ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to cover that difficult 'last mile,' the distance between train stations or bus stops and their homes or jobs." more...

Moving Beyond "Drive-to Urbanism"

10/27/15

"What do you call a place where you can walk once you get there, but most people arrive in a car? Atlanta has plenty of these places, which Darin Givens at ATL Urbanist calls 'drive-to urbanism.'" more...

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Major Bike Route Proposed for Erie County

10/26/15

Sandusky, OH - "...The Erie County trail would link up with other proposed and recognized routes, such as the Sandusky Bay Pathway..." more

Potential Opportunity Corridor Boondoggle Not Going Unnoticed

10/26/15

Cleveland, OH - "...It's become a running joke that whenever a visiting dignitary is given the tour and told how Opportunity Corridor will revitalize the Central neighborhood, said national speaker may be heard later making a sound bite about it..." more

Pittsburgh Beats Cleveland at Biking

"The city of Pittsburgh has about 70 miles of bike lanes..." more

Community Raises $33K for Victim of Brutal Unsolved Bike Path Assault

10/26/15

Madison, WI - "...In little more than a month, more than $33,000 has been raised for the Isthmus resident and UW-Madison graduate student, who is now out of the hospital but has a long, uncertain road to recovery ahead of her." more...

How Chicago Built the Dearborn Street Bike Lane

10/26/15

IL - "During my first eight months, our outreach for the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 and the resulting feedback made it clear to us that Chicagoans were eager to have safer bike facilities near their homes, but also desired citywide connectivity..." more

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Parks & Trail Ideas Cincy Should Steal

10/25/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Big, bold visions for Cincinnati's parks and a first-ever urban trail network have made their way to the city's drawing boards." more...

Trail Pittsburgh Volunteers Log Thousands of Hours

10/25/15

PA - "They showed up just after daybreak, armed with shovels and picks.

...Some were mountain bikers. Others were cross-country skiers..." more

Casper to Dedicate New Downtown Bike Lanes

10/24/15

Casper, WY - "More than a year after the death of a cyclist in downtown Casper, the city is dedicating new on-street bike lanes." more...

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Green Space Plans for Tucarawas County

10/24/15

New Philadelphia, OH - "A series of meetings will be held in the coming weeks throughout Tuscarawas County to gather citizen input on efforts to update the county's trail and green-space plan." more...

Cincy Park Board Should've Stuck to 2007 Plan

10/24/15

Cincinnati, OH - "We were glad to see our Cincinnati Park Board finally weighing in on the contentious debate over Issue 22..." more

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Making Crosswalks Safer in Piqua

10/23/15

Piqua, OH - "A new-generation traffic signal will be making its debut in Piqua in coming days and weeks. Its purpose is to make crossing the street easier - and safer - for pedestrians." more...

Great Protected Bike Lanes in D.C.

10/23/15

D.C. - "Our friend Clarence over at Streetfilms went to the federal capital to have a look at some of the recent progress they've made building bike lanes..." more

Washington D.C.'s Protected Bike Lane Treatments on 1st Street from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Park Service to Close "Social Trails" Along Blue Ridge Parkway

10/23/15

VA - "More than 40 short, unsanctioned footpaths that connect the Blue Ridge Parkway to nearby roads and neighborhoods in the Roanoke Valley would be closed under a plan that recently passed a major milestone." more...

ODOT "Failures at the Highest Levels"

10/23/15

Portland, OR - "Apparently this is what happens when an elected official doesn't have to play nice any more." more...

Appalachian Trail Fugitive Pleads Guilty

10/23/15

OH - "A former bottling company accountant who hid for six years in plain sight as a hiker on the Appalachian Trail pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. federal court in Cincinnati to wire fraud as part of an $8.7 million embezzling scheme..." more

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National Road Bikeway Tunnel Closed

10/23/15

St. Clairsville, OH - "I would like to advise folks that the big tunnel, the biggest selling point of this trail, is closed..." more

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How Rowers Got Cleveland to Rethink a River

Cleveland, OH - "When you think of rowing, you don't normally think of Cleveland..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/23/15

"Read this week's edition.

Manayunk Bridge Set to Open to Peds & Bikes

10/22/15

PA - "...For those who walk or ride across, it will offer views of the Schuylkill River that few have seen in 30 years." more...

Driver Hits Ped, Tweets: 'I Jus Killed a Man'

10/22/15

Jacksonville, FL - "...Trevius Williams, 16, died after being hit by a car as he was crossing the street around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday." more...

Bike Stolen Outside Bike Shop

10/22/15

Portland, OR - "...Nate Gibson, an employee of Southwest Bicycle on the corner of Multnomah and Capitol Hwy, says someone took two new bikes they had on display in their parking lot right outside their front door..." more

Bike Lanes Easier to Build Under New Rules

10/22/15

Toronto, CA - "...Toronto will no longer do provincial environmental assessments (EA) to build on-street bike lanes. The assessments have been blamed for holding up projects such as the Richmond-Adelaide cycle track." more...

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Driver Causes Scare on Towpath Trail

10/21/15

Massillon, OH - "Police on Wednesday shared a cautionary tale of an elderly man who took a drive on the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail." more...

Road Widening Controversy Includes Bike Trail

10/21/15

Perrysburg, OH - "...the Fort Meigs [Rd.] plan also calls for an extra-wide multi-use path or sidewalk, which isn't covered under the quick-take process, homeowners say." more...

Funds Not Only Build Trails, But Unite River Cities

10/21/15

Covington, KY - "...Beshear presented two of Northern Kentucky's river cities with giant checks Wednesday morning totaling $4.5 million, money that will go toward developing the much-anticipated Riverfront Commons mixed-use trail project - a proposed 11.5-mile greenway..." more

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Officer Killed in Gunfight with Bike Thief

10/21/15

NYC - "A career criminal... was arrested and expected to be charged with fatally shooting an officer during a gunfight on a pedestrian bridge after stealing a bike..." more

Woman Suffers Serious Injuries in Collision with Cyclist

10/21/15

Portland, OR - "...The collision knocked her down and put her in the hospital for more than two days with four broken ribs, a separated shoulder, a chipped vertebra, lots of cuts and abrasions, and attacks of vertigo." more...

Ratings Agency Pins Dangerous Roads on Car-Free Young People

10/21/15

"...Standard & Poor's blames Millennials not only for the poor state of transportation infrastructure but also the impending decline of the entire American economic enterprise. Here's why: They're driving less." more...

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Can Cleveland Get Bike Lanes Right?

10/21/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Cleveland's cycling infrastructure is not great - there's lots of peril out there for cyclists trying to get around..." more

Akron Wants More Kids Walking to School

Akron, OH - "...An effort between the city, the schools, the region's transportation planners and, now, Summit County Public Health, is trying to reverse a decades-long trend of parents taking their kids by car..." more

Trail Saboteur Says He's Protecting Owls

10/20/15

Flagstaff, AZ - "The 81-year-old man who blocked a Flagstaff-area mountain bike race says he did it to protect an endangered owl species." more...

Man Rapes / Beats Teenager

10/20/15

MN - "...a 34-year-old man found a teenager asleep alone in her car near a bike trail and repeatedly sexually assaulted her in a terrorizing late-night attack..." more

Armed Robberies With BB Gun Along Greenway

10/20/15

Boston, MA - "At about 11:55 PM on Monday October 19, 2015, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for an armed robbery on the Rose Kennedy Greenway..." more

Oslo Aims for Car-Free City Center

Norway - "Cars will be banned from central Oslo by 2019 to help reduce pollution, local politicians said on Monday, in what they said would be the first comprehensive and permanent ban for a European capital." more...

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Lorain Avenue Bikeway Concept Approved

10/20/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The $16 million Lorain Avenue project would transform 2.25 miles of the four-lane avenue from West 20th to West 65th Street into a multi-modal route..." more

Red Bike is Tri-State Area's Largest Bike Share

10/19/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...the American Community Survey found that Cincinnati has one of the fastest growing bicycling communities in the nation, and the biggest in Ohio..." more

Trail Riders Spot UFO

10/19/15

Rochester, MN - "A Minnesota witness at Rochester reported watching a "large, morphing, transparent triangular craft" while biking along Douglas Trail in Rochester..." more

Communities Readying for Threat to John Wayne Trail

10/19/15

WA - "...Legislators will likely discuss selling off parts of the trail in the upcoming legislative session, and Snyder said he wanted to put forth the resolution to stop the proposal." more...

Police Tackle Cyclist for Riding Without Helmet

AUS - "John Beard had, admittedly, had a few drinks before he decided to ride his bike down a set of steps outside a nightclub in Gold Coast, Queensland, this week..." more

CA Approves E-Bike Use on Trails

CA - "...The first statewide law of its kind, the legislation is designed to encourage e-bike use and set guidelines for how cities should treat this relatively new class of bikes..." more

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Camp Chase Trail Newsletter

Read the October edition.

What Would a Cycling Utopia Look Like?

10/19/15

"'Flat, dense, permeable, car free.' That's the profile of the bicycle-friendly city advanced by Stephen Fleming, author of the book Cycle Space, which argues that cities could be improved with bicycle-specific architecture." more...

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New U.S. Bike Route Approved in Indiana

10/17/15

La Porte County, IN - "La Porte County can be the start or the end of the 610-mile bike route from the Michigan border to Kentucky. Either way, the newly-approved road segments allow Hoosiers another way to travel through the state." more...

20 Years Later, Trail Nearing Completion

10/16/15

MN - "Bike trail projects don't usually take more than 20 years to complete, but because of unforeseen setbacks, the Shooting Star Trail project is only now entering its final phase." more...

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Cleveland Considers Protected Bike Lane

10/16/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Community planners introduced city officials to the idea of a protected bike path by hosting a visit to Indianapolis, where a similar concept has spawned development along a landscaped, eight-mile route." more...

Great Guernsey Bridges Named

10/16/15

Cambridge, OH - "Friends of the Great Guernsey Trail has christened the bridges along the popular walking and biking trail that runs from Cambridge to Lore City..." more

Harmar Officials Support Trails, not Bike Lanes

10/16/15

PA - "The Harmar supervisors said they support the idea of a walking and biking trail through the township, but aren't fans of the idea of bike lanes on Freeport Road." more...

Man Goes Missing During Bike Ride

10/16/15

Franklin, WI - "...Blume went for his usual bike ride at about 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and hasn't been seen since." more...

Kansas Designates U.S. Bicycle Route 76

10/16/15

Topeka, KS - "The Kansas Transportation Department has designated 487 miles of state roadway to the cross-country route known as U.S. Bicycle Route 76, which eventually is to stretch from Virginia to Oregon." more...

Driver Kills Cyclist, Tests Positive for Cocaine

10/15/15

NYC - "The driver of a tractor-trailer who fatally struck a cyclist in Maspeth, Queens yesterday was found to be high on cocaine during the time of the crash." more...

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GMRT Section Closing Oct. 19-20

Piqua, OH - "The Great Miami River Trail under State Route 66 (near the Water Plant) will be closed on October 19 & 20, 2015."

Source: piquaoh.org/trail-to-be-closed/

Downtown Connector Taking Shape

Mt. Vernon, OH - Work on the connector that will link downtown Mt. Vernon with the Kokosing Gap Trail is moving along. more...

Funding for New Bridge Could Reopen Carriage Trail

CVNP - "A long-closed trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is inching toward a possible reopening." more...

Public Reacts to Dayton Transportation Plan 2040

Dayton, OH - "Making streets friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians while moving motor vehicle traffic along is the challenge for planners of Dayton's Transportation Plan 2040." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/16/15

Read this week's edition

Lighting Improvements Made to Trail After Rape

10/15/15

Madison, WI - "Madison Gas and Electric crews have finished their final lighting project on the Capital City Bike Trail where a Madison woman was brutally raped back in mid-September." more...

Owl Attacks Along Crescent Trail

10/15/15

Bethesda, MD - "...It's hunting season of a different sort along the Capital Crescent Trail. Signs abound, warning trail users of a young owl on the attack." more...

Baltimore Gets $2.3M for Bikes & Ped Projects

10/15/15

MD - "...The State Highway Administration awarded nearly $2 million to construct a protected bicycle track along Potomac Street in Baltimore..." more

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Fire Damage Closes Piqua Trail Bridge

Piqua, OH - "Piqua firefighters extinguish[ed] a fire on the bike path bridge across the Great Miami River on Sunday afternoon..." more

miamivalleytrails.org reports, "The closure affects the east-west route through Piqua, the Ohio-to-Indiana Trail (36). The north-south route through Piqua, the Great Miami River Trail (25), is not affected by this closure."

Phase 3 of Freedom Trail Moves Forward

Akron, OH - "Summit Metro Parks is proceeding next year to build the third phase of the Freedom Trail that runs through Tallmadge and Akron." more...

Avon Considers Update to Bike Plan

Avon, OH - "Avon is one of many cities currently looking at how to improve its bike path connectivity." more...

Mill Creek Trail Detour

Cincinnati, OH - From facebook.com/CincyBikes - "The Mill Creek Road Bridge (part of the Mill Creek Trail) will be closed from October 13th through November 13th for resurfacing. Motorists and trail users will be detoured via Beekman to Elmore Street or Spring Grove Avenue to Colerain. Thanks for your patience!"

Clark County to Install Flashing Lights Near Schools

Clark County, OH - "Clark County commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to spend $40,000 to install flashing lights at busy intersections near three local high schools to improve their safety." more...

Salt Lake City's Groundbreaking Protected Intersection Is Open

10/15/15

UT - "The second protected intersection in the country is open in Salt Lake City, another milestone for American bike infrastructure." more...

Church Claims Bike Lane Would Infringe Upon Its Rights

10/14/15

D.C. - "...one church has given a charged response to some proposals, saying that a bike lane near its property would infringe upon 'its constitutionally protected rights of religious freedom and equal protection of the laws.'" more...

Rahm Should Aim for 100 Miles of Bike Lanes Again, Not 50

10/14/15

Chicago, IL - "Last week at a press event celebrating the installation of 103 miles of buffered and protected bike lanes, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to build 50 miles of new bike lanes..." more

Federal Trial for Police who Tasered Hillsboro Cyclist

10/14/15

OR - "Two police officers and the City of Hillsboro are on course to defend themselves in a jury trial over their choice to Taser a man who they'd stopped for biking illegally..." more

Oregon Officially Endorses Progressive Street Design Guide

10/14/15

Portland, OR - "...the Oregon Department of Transportation has formally recommended that its street designers look for ideas in one of the country's most progressive bikeway design books." more...

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UT Launches Bike Share Program

10/14/15

Toledo, OH - "...the new University of Toledo bike share program called Rocket Wheels was unveiled in a ceremony at Rocket Hall." more...

Work Begins on Marblehead Bike Path

10/13/15

Marblehead, OH - "...On Tuesday, construction began on a $337,000 project to build a two-mile bicycle and walking path along Ohio 163 through the village of Marblehead past the lighthouse and then Lake Point Park." more...

Trail Plan Approved, Landowners Complain

10/13/15

Lebanon, OH - "A plan for a trail network connecting areas of Lebanon and Turtlecreek Twp. with the region's continuous 330-mile trail network was approved Tuesday after a debate with affected property owners." more...

Hamilton Earning Praise for Smart Growth

10/13/15

Hamilton, OH - "Last month, the City of Hamilton was recognized for its built projects by the US EPA as one of three National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement in 2015." more...

A Vision for 915-Mile Trail Network

10/13/15

Seattle, WA - "...Fully built, this would be a national gem of a trail system, stretching 915 miles across coastal wetlands, river valleys, mountain passes, pastoral landscapes, and bustling urban corridors." more...

Countering Criticism of Salt Lake's Protected Bike Lanes

10/13/15

Denver, CO - "George Chapman's recent opinion piece about Salt Lake City's protected bike lanes contains multiple statements lacking factual basis..." more

Downtown Denver Getting Protected Bike Lanes

10/13/15

Denver, CO - "October marks the beginning of construction for protected bike lanes in Denver." more...

Orange Dog Poop Highlights Health Concern

10/13/15

Corvallis, OR - "...About 20 volunteers picked up around 1,000 piles of poop at Oak Creek, Peavy Arboretum, Lewisburg Saddle and Calloway Creek trail." more...

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Red Bike Celebrates 100,000th Ride

10/12/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...According to Red Bike Executive Director Jason Barron, the details surrounding the 100,000th ride were nothing short of poetic." more...

Grange Hall Road Getting Turn Lane, Bike Path

Beavercreek, OH - "Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek is undergoing a $2.4 million construction project that would widen the two lane-road to add a center-turn lane and bike paths." more...

River Rec Center Project Remains on Track

10/12/15

Middletown, OH - "Negotiations have begun to acquire property along the Great Miami River for a proposed river recreation facility near downtown Middletown..." more

Ohio & Erie Towpath Newsletter

Read the latest issue of the Towpath Times.

Skeletal Remains Found Near Fred Meijer Trail

Gaines Twp., MI - "Skeletal remains were discovered Sunday in a wooded area north of M-6 and Eastern Avenue SE, near the Fred Meijer M-6 Trail." more...

Chicago Investing in Separated Bike Lanes

10/12/15

IL - "Compared to 100 miles of almost anything else a city can build, 100 miles of buffered and protected bike lanes costs practically nothing to install." more...

Ex-Footballer Admits to Killing Dallas Jogger

10/12/15

TX - "Police say former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson has admitted to randomly attacking and killing a man on a Dallas jogging trail." more...

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RTC Relocates to Yellow Springs

10/12/15

Yellow Springs, OH - "All are invited to join the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, or RTC, on Saturday, Oct. 17, as the Midwest Regional Office of RTC is officially relocated to Yellow Springs..." more

Tabled Bikeway Sees No Action

Piqua, OH - "A resolution concerning design services for a new multi-use bikeway remained tabled during the Piqua City Commission meeting on Tuesday evening..." more

Friends of Little Miami Scenic Trail Newsletter

Read the October issue.

Cyclists Test Amtrak's Rails-to-Trails Service

10/11/15

PA - "...We rode our bikes from Pittsburgh's North Side, just after 4 a.m., because they said to be there 30 minutes ahead of the train to get our bikes on board..." more

Nickel Plate Trail Joins National Bike Route from Canada

10/11/15

Peru, IN - "The Nickle Plate Trail, along with dozens of miles of roads in Howard and Tipton counties, has been designated to be part of a national bike route that runs from Canada to Kentucky." more...

Woman Attacked on Roswell Riverwalk

10/11/15

Roswell, GA - "...she was running the trail when a male approached her, and as he passed, struck her in the back of the head. She was knocked to the ground..." more

Bicycles May Use Full Lane

"...a simple change in the wording of bicycle-related roadside signage can help clarify the rules of the road for motorists and cyclists, and potentially make cycling safer." more...

Submitted by Nelson Shogren

Hiker Deaths in the News

10/11/15

Boonsboro, MD - "Authorities say an Appalachian Trail hiker has died after falling from Annapolis Rock." more...

Lincoln, NH - "New Hampshire officials say a 24-year-old Canadian man collapsed while hiking with friends and died despite extensive rescue efforts." more...

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Richland B&O Trail Celebrating 20 Years

10/11/15

Richland County, OH - "Get a commemorative sticker while using the trail!

"October is the month in 1995 when the B&O Trail opened for walkers, joggers, skaters and cyclists. Since its creation, it has become a major attraction for visitors to Richland County as well as providing a safe and peaceful setting for local exercise and solace seekers, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

"The 18.4-mile trail was part of the B&O Railroad and then CSX Transportation before the Rails to Trails Conservancy enabled funding to create a multi-use trail by reusing the abandoned rail bed. The trail runs from Butler north through Bellville, Lexington and terminates at North Lake Park in Mansfield. There are numerous public parking areas along the trail route.

"To mark this event, a commemorative vinyl sticker has been made available through the combined efforts of Richland Moves!, Richland Public Health, Y-Not Cycling and Fitness, and the Mansfield-Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"Trail users are encouraged to stop by Y-Not Cycling and Fitness in Lexington beginning Thursday, Oct. 8, to receive a free sticker while supplies last. Y-Not is open Monday through Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 11 am-4 pm."

Submitted by Nelson Shogren

Improvements Planned for TJ Evans Trail

10/10/15

Newark, OH - "...The first cooperative project will be crack-sealing on the 12 miles of path in the city. The $14,348 project may begin next week and be completed in a couple weeks..." more

Chief Pin Oak Stands Again Along Towpath

10/10/15

Akron, OH - "...Getting the sculpture repaired and mounted on a new concrete base was no easy task." more...

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Cleveland Wants Bike Share by 2016

Cleveland, OH - "The City of Cleveland and bike advocacy group BikeCleveland are seeking proposals to turn $446,000 in capital into a bike share system with a hoped-for launch by the RNC's arrival in 2016." more...

New Section of Cowboy Trail in Sheridan County

10/9/15

NE - "Thanks to the efforts of Cowboy Trail West, Inc. and the Nebraska Game and Park Commission (NGPC), 3 miles (two sections) of the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail in Gordon and Rushville have just been completed, culminating in a public dedication on Oct. 3, 2015." more...

Questionable Detours Along Mt. Vernon Trail

10/9/15

D.C. - "The Mt. Vernon Trail is one of the city's most popular routes for running, walking and cycling, but some people think its improvements could force cyclists onto narrow sections covered with mulch." more...

Planned Bike Trails to Create Regional Network

10/9/15

FL - "...Numerous bike trails connecting regional destinations are finally on the way, and hundreds of miles of these tracks will stretch across the tri-county landscape." more...

Lincoln County Commissioner Against Bike Lanes

SD - "...I've been learning more about the new bicycle lanes that have cropped up around town. I couldn't be more concerned about the hazardous conditions these create on our streets..." more

Pop-Up Protected Bike Lane Demos Now Being Funded by States

10/9/15

"A practice that began as guerrilla activism and was later embraced by professionals as "tactical urbanism" - using live on-street demos to test the effects of changes to city streets - hit a milestone last week." more...

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2,000 More Miles of U.S. Bicycle Routes

10/8/15

"The U.S. Bicycle Route Network continues to grow. Now standing at 11,053 miles, it is one-fifth of the way to achieving its goal of 50,000 miles of signed bicycle routes in the U.S." more...

Montana Amends Bike Laws to Improve Safety

10/8/15

MT - "...According to bicycling advocates, the most significant rule change regards old language indicating that bicyclists need to stay as far to the right as is 'practical.'" more...

Adirondack Rail Bikes May be Short-Lived

Saranac Lake, NY - "Long-unused and deteriorating railroad tracks in the Adirondacks have been put to use by a new tourist attraction imported from South Korea - pedal-powered rail-riding vehicles called rail bikes." more...

U.S. is Biking All Over the Place

10/8/15

"... latest analysis has certainly provided valuable insight into how different communities are stacking up in their transportation choices and, moreover, which cities in the U.S. are the most bicycle commuter friendly." more...

Woman Cited for Picking Fruit in Park

10/8/15

NYC - "A New York City woman was cited when police allegedly spotted her using a stick to knock fruit from a tree Wednesday afternoon in the South Bethlehem Greenway..." more

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Cyclist Injured in Cuyahoga Falls Hit-Skip

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - "A cyclist was injured in a hit-skip incident around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, Bath police reported." more...

Bike Service Station Installed Along Loveland Trail

10/8/15

Loveland, OH - "A Dero Bicycle Service Station has been installed along the Loveland Bike Trail in Nisbet Park..." more

Can New Bike Czar Lead Atlanta to Two-Wheeled Glory?

10/7/15

"...For the first time in Atlanta history, the city has hired a Chief Bicycle Officer..." more

Salt Lake City Bike Lanes Boost Business

"...In an in-house study of its new protected bike lane, Salt Lake City found that when parking removal was done as part of a wide-ranging investment in the streetscape - including street planters, better crosswalks, public art and colored pavement - it converted parking spaces to high-quality bike lanes and boosted business at the same time." more...

Injured MTB Hall-of-Famer Needs Your Help

10/7/15

"Charlie Cunningham helped pioneer the mountain bike. Now, he needs your help to save his life." more...

Strava Data on Cities with the Most Hardcore Bike Commuters

"Strava released a fun new tool this morning that opens up its expansive collection of commuting data points-136 billion of them-to the public..." more

Feds Ease Highway Standards, Allow More Local Control

10/7/15

"Federal highway officials have eased rules for designing low-speed roads built with government money, paving the way (pun intended) for local officials to add bike lanes and other features more easily." more...

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Examining the Cleveland Bike Lane Controversy

10/7/15

"...With Cross' willingness to do away with a buffer between drivers and bicyclists, you would think there is no need for one..." more

Rust Belt Wheelers Lead U.S. in Bike Commute Growth

10/6/15

Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland's strong showing as a city that wants to bike continues with its appearance in the Top Ten U.S. cities measuring growth rates of bike commuters." more...

Teen Shot on Bike Path Near School

Waldorf, MD - "...One of the suspects demanded his bicycle..." more

Cyclist Harrassed by Homeless on Trail

10/6/15

Albuquerque, NM - "An Albuquerque woman said she is being harassed while riding a popular bike trail that's goes through what has become a homeless camp." more...

Paris' 'Day Without Cars'

10/6/15

"The radical experiment to cut smog appears to have worked." more...

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Cincy Bike Commuter Growth 3rd Fastest in U.S.

10/5/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...According to the data produced by the American Community Survey, Cincinnati has the highest percentage of people commuting to work by bike of any city in Ohio." more...

Heart of Ohio Trail Section Closed

10/5/15

"The Heart of Ohio Trail near Graham Rd will be closed for maintenance work for the next 2 to 4 days."

Source: OTE on facebook

Virginia Capital Trail Opens

10/5/15

VA - "Despite the fact that Hurricane Joaquin was developing off the coast last week-the official opening of the Virginia Capital Trail on Oct. 2, 2015, was greeted by 300 enthusiastic supporters at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond." more...

Boston Police Turn to Bike Patrols

Boston, MA - "...They're at protests and parades working to maintain the peace. In the neighborhoods, they know the players in some of the city's toughest gangs and the residents who turn to them to keep their communities safe." more...

Citi Bike Stations: Landlords' Latest Tenant Perk

NYC - "...Jamestown is the first New York City landlord to use a sponsorship program to bring the shared bicycle system called Citi Bike to the front door of its Falchi Building..." more

New Interactive MTB Maps Unveiled

Moab, Utah - "...the mobile-friendly online tool features interactive maps for 20 of the nation's most popular trails on public lands..." more

Helsinki Puts Bicycle Use on Par with Public Transit

10/5/15

Finland - "...The Finnish capital city will start giving financial support to any city employee who purchases a bicycle for commuting to work, media reported on Monday." more...

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Dayton's 5th Street Wins Great Places Award

Dayton, OH - "Fifth Street is the commercial centerpiece of the Oregon District - Dayton, Ohio's oldest neighborhood and the first listed on the National Register of Historic Places..." more

Lakefront Bridge Design Approved

Cleveland, OH - "The city's planning commission unanimously approved early-stage plans for an "iconic" downtown lakefront bridge with an estimated price of $33 million..." more

Mayor Strives to Ease Gridlock in Brazilian Megacity

10/4/15

Sao Paulo, Brazil - "... a sweeping movement led by the city's leftist mayor is achieving something once thought impossible here: challenging the supremacy of the automobile." more...

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Amtrak Serving Cyclists From Chicago to D.C.

10/3/15

Harpers Ferry, WVA - "Bicyclists from major cities between Washington, D.C. and Chicago who want to bike the C&O; Canal towpath or Great Allegheny Passage can now take the rails to their preferred trails with Amtrak's new roll-on bicycle service." more...

Appalachian Trail Officials Visit Maine Over Hiker Problems

10/3/15

Baxter State Park, ME - "Officials with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the National Park Service say they will work to address bad behavior by long-distance hikers that have caused tensions at Maine's Baxter State Park." more...

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Tallgrass Trail Opens New Segment

10/2/15

Marion, OH - "With a ribbon cutting ceremony in Espyville on Friday afternoon, the Marion County Park District and community members celebrated a 3.6-mile addition to the Marion Tallgrass Trail." more...

James Corden Opens Fire on Coronado Bike NIMBYs

"...If you don't already know him, meet James Corden, host of the Late Late Show. Corden focuses on America's Most Famous NIMBYs, the white-haired residents of Coronado who took to City Hall to stop the influx of safe street projects graffiti-ing the streets." more...

Greenway, local parks closed due to weather

10/2/15

NC - "The Catawba River Greenway, Catawba Meadows Park, and Bethel Park in Morganton are officially closed and will remain closed until the Flash Flood Watch and hazardous weather outlook for the area has passed." more...

Everglades Bike Trail: Safe Path or Harmful Plan?

10/2/15

FL - "a proposal for a 76-mile paved bike path through the Everglades has run into trouble, with growing opposition from an unusually broad group..." more

Bike Commuting Still on the Rise

10/2/15

"The latest analysis of Census data from the American League of Bicyclists tells us which cities are cycling to work the most." more...

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Alum Creek Trail Opens

10/2/15

Columbus, OH - "The last link of the Alum Creek Greenways Trail opened today, completing a 22-mile trail connecting Westerville and Easton to Three Creeks Park near Groveport." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

10/2/15

Read this week's edition.

Most Dangerous Roads in Cincy

Cincinnati, OH - "...WCPO crunched data from four different agencies to compile a portrait of the most crash-prone intersections and stretches of road across Cincinnati." more...

Cyclists Protest Bike Lane Removal

10/1/15

Boulder, CO - "Cyclists in Boulder took to the streets yesterday to protest the City Council's unanimous decision Tuesday night to undo a large chunk of the Folsom Street protected bike lane." more...

Committee will Study John Wayne Pioneer Trail

10/1/15

WA - "An Eastern Washington state legislator is back pedaling on his scheme to close 130 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and turn it over to private landowners after a public hearing in Tekoa on Wednesday." more...

Final Rock Island Trail Segment Confirmed in 450-Mile Trail Network

10/1/15

MO - "There's been a lot of action surrounding the Rock Island Trail in Missouri this month..." more

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Cleveland Cycle Track Passes Important Test

Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland's marathon pursuit of its first separated bike lane (aka "cycle track") passed two very important hurdles last night, and is ready to enter the home stretch." more...

Repairs on Scioto Trail Oct. 5-6

Columbus, OH - "Repairs on Scioto Greenway Trail Oct 5 + 6, west of Souder Av to Dublin Rd. Go around the work but use caution."

Source: metroparks.net

Cleveland Accepting Bids for Bike Share Vendor

Cleveland, OH - "...bike share companies have until Oct. 19 to submit proposals, followed by a two week review period. A vendor will be selected by October 30th and can start laying the groundwork for a spring 2016 roll out!" more...

Wright Elementary Earns 'Safe Routes to School' Grant

Dublin, OH - "...There are no paths on West Case Road where the school sits and Saelzler envisions a path on the road or something that links the school to the neighborhoods behind it." more...

Riverfront Bike/Ped Trail to Reopen

Pittsburgh, PA - "Very soon, bikers and pedestrians will be able to enjoy a car-free ride or walk from the point all the way into the heart of the Strip District." more...

Juveniles Suspected of Running Bicycle 'Chop Shop'

Scranton, PA - "A case of two stolen bikes became a lot more complicated Tuesday when Scranton Police uncovered a bicycle chop shop in the city's west side." more...

Nonprofit Withdraws Bike Path Support

FL - "...Days are possibly numbered, they say, for a controversial and big-dollar project - the River of Grass Greenway, a proposed bicycle path that would link Naples to Miami..." more

Where We Rode in 2014: Analysis of Bike Commuting

10/1/15

"In our third edition of "Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities" we take a look at the growth of bicycle commuters throughout the country, based on new data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey." more...

Cop Gives Bicycle to Homeless Man

9/30/15

KS - "A Kansas police officer says he was just doing his job when gave a bicycle and duffel bag to a homeless man who had been commuting five hours per day by foot to his job..." more

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USDOT Looks 'Beyond Traffic'

9/29/15

"...These "Beyond Traffic" forums are an "invitation to the American public" to participate in the future of transportation in the country..." more

Cleveland Bike Lane Buffer Debate Continues

9/29/15

Cleveland, OH - "Is Cleveland charting new ground with its buffered bike lane design-unveiled by the city for W. 25th Street, sections of Lorain Avenue in Ohio City and on Lakeshore Boulevard in Collinwood-or is it out of step with the bike lanes that other cities are implementing?" more...

Ft. Ancient Scenic River Access Area Closed

9/29/15

Oregonia, OH - "Many users of the Little Miami Scenic Trail stage their cycling, running, dog-walking, etc. trips from the Fort Ancient Scenic River Access. It closed yesterday for two weeks for rehab - new surface for the boat ramp, revegetation, and kiosk installation. This ODNR project is scheduled to run, weather permitting, through October 12, 2015."

Source: miamivalleytrails.org

Learn more details regarding this closing.

82-Mile Off-Road East Cooper Trail Envisioned

9/29/15

Mount Pleasant, SC - "The 82-mile off road path is in its infant stages, expected to take around 20 years to complete." more...

Duluth Votes Down Bike Lanes

9/29/15

MN - "The Duluth City Council voted 7-2, Monday, against adding bike lanes to the upcoming Superior Street reconstruction project." more...

"Pot Tour" by Bike Includes "Free" Joint

9/29/15

Portland, OR - "Recreational marijuana will be available for retail purchase in Oregon starting this Thursday (October 1st) and Portland-based Pedal Bike Tours is looking to take advantage of the legal marijuana craze with a new weekly offering: A "Pot Tour" by bike." more...

Citi Bike 'Deserts' and the Race for the Last Dock

9/29/15

NYC - "So many commuters jump on a Citi Bike in the morning that it's incredibly hard to find an open dock to park one in parts of Manhattan. In the afternoon, the problem reverses..." more

Burglar Steals $104k Worth of Bikes

9/28/15

FL - "Surveillance video shows a thief crawling on the floor of a bike shop moments before he disabled the security system and stole roughly $104,000 worth of bikes and equipment." more...

Study Suggests Lower Crime Leads to Less Driving

9/29/15

"...The MTI study examined the impact of neighborhood level crime on transportation mode choice, finding that 'violent crimes near a transit rider's home deter them from walking or riding a bicycle to a transit stop and encouraged them to drive instead.'" more...

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Youngstown Kicks Off Better Block Series

9/28/15

Youngstown, OH - "The first Better Block event in Youngstown was held on Saturday, September 26th, on Mahoning Avenue on the West Side. The street was completely transformed for the day with bike lanes, street trees, outdoor seating, live music, a farmer's market, a cafe, and two art galleries." more...

Pickup Driver Charged in Cyclists Deaths

9/28/15

Brecksville, OH - "The truck driver involved in a crash that killed two bike riders and injured three others has been charged." more...

Coronado Residents Freak Out About Painted Lines used for Bike Lanes

CA - "A group of residents of the well-heeled community of Coronado, California lost their collective minds recently when their town rolled out a proposal to expand its bicycle lane program." more...

Mayor Vows to Veto Bike Yield Law

9/28/15

San Francisco, CA - "Mayor Ed Lee has vowed to veto the "Bike Yield Law" put forward by six supervisors. Assuming the mayor follows through, it will take a vote from eight of the 11 supervisors to override him." more...

Cyclist Hit by Car, Throws Car Keys Down Sewer

9/28/15

CAN - "...the cyclist took the keys from the car, walked to the nearest storm drain and tossed them..." more

Plans for Paved Trail Stir Debate

9/28/15

CA - "...More than 2,500 people have signed a petition against a paved path in the [Peters Canyon]..." more

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Reach-Arm Moving Continues on Wolf Creek Trail

9/28/15

Dayton, OH - "Reach-arm mowing and brush clearing will continue on the Wolf Creek Trail through the end of October. Portions of the trail will be closed daily."

Source: metroparks.org

2nd Cyclist Dies from Crash Injuries

Brecksville, OH - "...Lambert is the second man to have died following the collision Sept. 17 in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville. Thirty-three-year-old Brian Billings of Plain Township died at the accident scene." more...

Design Festival Brings Crowds to Greenway

9/27/15

Detroit, MI - "The Detroit Design Festival kicked off this week bringing crowds to the Dequindre Cut to explore the interactive art installations along the greenway." more...

Victims May Have Been Assaulted by Same Attacker

9/27/15

WI - "...Police say it is 'quite possible' that Gao was attacked by the same person who brutally assaulted a 33-year-old UW-Madison graduate student in the most recent attack. That woman was grabbed from behind, raped, choked and beaten, then left for dead in the bushes along the trail." more...

Attempted Trail Land Grab Draws Attention

9/27/15

WA - "The attempt by two eastern Washington state legislators to give away 130 miles of public rail-trail to adjacent private landowners is raising more public awareness to the possibilities for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail." more...

'Car-Free' Day Draws Crowds to Champs-Elysees

9/27/15

Paris, FRA - "...The initiative involves a ban on motor vehicles in the centre of the city." more...

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Nutter Park Gets Upgrades

Beavercreek, OH - "Residents living in neighborhoods near E. J. Nutter Park will have better access to the park and bike trail as a result of recent improvements..." more

Possible $14M Trail Around Bay

9/27/15

Detroit, MI - "Native Americans in the Upper Peninsula and the state of Michigan are exploring a plan to build a 12-mile hiking and bicycling trail that would connect two villages on opposite sides of a Lake Superior bay..." more

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Boulder May Pull the Plug on New Bike Lanes

9/25/15

Boulder, CO - "Boulder, Colorado, is considered one of the best cities for biking in the U.S. But the car is still king on Boulder's streets, and designs like road diets and protected on-street bike lanes are still new concepts for people to digest." more...

Police Seek Suspicious Man from Bike Path Encounter

9/25/15

Madison, WI - "Madison police said a 38-year-old woman recently reported that she had a "scary encounter" with a man on April 4 on the Capital City Trail." more...

Trail Saboteur Pleads Guilty to Mischief

9/25/15

CAN - "A Crown prosecutor says he'll be seeking a term of house arrest for a 64-year-old North Vancouver woman who has admitted to deliberately laying obstacles across a North Vancouver mountain biking trail." more...

Local Bike Shops Confirm Portland Biking Boom

9/25/15

Portland, OR - "After a few uneasy years for many local bike shops, the people whose businesses are built around Portland's core of daily bike commuters say they're feeling the boom." more...

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Little Miami Scenic Trail will Soon Get 3-Mile Extension

9/25/15

Anderson Twp., OH - "...this new leg of the regionally popular trail represents more than just a great recreational amenity: In a few years it will offer residents an alternate way to get as far as downtown Cincinnati..." more

Progress on Pierce Township Trail Loop

Clermont County, OH - "...after many years of planning and about a year of construction, the first loop is nearly done." more...

Toledo Unveils Bike Plan

Toledo, OH - "...The proposal unveiled this week calls for more than a dozen trails that would link neighborhoods and businesses..." more

Bike Thefts in Bexley

Bexley, OH - "Bexley police have received multiple reports related to stolen bicycles this month." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

9/25/15

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Man Dies From Bicycle Crash on Trail

9/24/15

Neillsville, WI - "...Investigators say Hanson was riding his bicycle when he hit something on the trail, flew off his bike and landed on the ground, apparently hitting his head..." more

Pope's Visit a Preview for Car-Free Philly

9/24/15

"To ensure Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia is successful and safe, many of the streets in Center City are being closed to personal vehicular traffic for three days." more...

Cities Won't Mainstream Cycling By Going Halfway

9/24/15

Like any city, Atlanta needs real bike infrastructure to make cycling an appealing option for most people. But like many other cities, a lot of times Atlanta only seems to be able to muster the will to designate leftover, marginal spaces to cyclists..." more

The World's Nuttiest Bike Lane Complaints

9/24/15

"Think you've read about every possible NIMBY objection to bike lanes? Think again..." more

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Towpath Section Closed Through Sept. 25

Sagamore Hills, OH - "The National Park Service will temporarily close the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, in Sagamore Hills, from the Red Lock Trailhead just north of Highland Road to the Frazee House Trailhead at Sagamore Road from Sept. 24, through 5 p.m. on Sept. 25..." more

Grand Rapids Enacts 5-Foot Passing Law

9/23/15

MI - "...Among the new rules, a "safe passing" law requires that motorists keep at least five feet between the right side of their vehicle and a bicycle they are passing..." more

World-Class Trail Network Closer to Reality

9/23/15

MO - "On Sept. 17, 2015, on the Katy Trail in Jefferson City, Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon officially announced the planned completion next year of 47 miles of trail from Windsor to Pleasant Hill." more...

"Wording Error" Saved Trail From Private Takeover

9/23/15

WA - "...Apparently, a simple typo was the only thing that prevented two eastern Washington legislators from giving away half the length of the cross-state John Wayne Pioneer Trail..." more

Missing Touring Cyclist Found Dead

9/23/15

Knightdale, NC - "A man who was missing since Friday while on a bike trip along the East Coast was found dead in the Raleigh area on Wednesday, officials say." more...

What If Traffic Engineers Were Held to Safety Standards Like Carmakers?

9/23/15

"...What's interesting, from a safety perspective that encompasses streets as well as vehicles, is that the auto companies are held to account for dangerous conditions to a much greater degree than the engineers who design our streets." more...

State Engineers Warm to Protected Bike Lanes

9/23/15

"The professional transportation engineers' association that writes the book on U.S. street design is meeting this week in Seattle - and talking quite a bit about protected bike lanes." more...

Bikeway Design Guide Will Be Nation's Most Advanced Yet

9/22/15

MA - "...The new guide, ordered up by MassDOT and prepared by Toole Design Group, will offer the most detailed engineering-level guidance yet published in the United States for how to build safe, comfortable protected bike lanes and intersections." more...

20's Plenty: The Movement for Safer Speeds in the UK

9/22/15

UK - "Five years ago, Streetfilms was in the UK town of Warrington to talk with the great folks behind 20's Plenty For Us, a largely volunteer group trying to get speed limits reduced to 20 mph..." more

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How Does 'Bike May Ue Full Lane' Work? - Part 2

OH - "Let's examine what Ohio law says about a cyclist's right to "take the lane." Though we're looking at the larger standard (state Law) here, keep in mind that local jurisdictions can also have their own bike laws." more...

Centerville Turns Down Development on Trail Corridor

9/22/15

Centerville, OH - "...The Centerville City Council unanimously rejected the controversial Ryan Homes development plan for the Pleasant Hill neighborhood area that would have obliterated the corridor for the Iron Horse Trail extension..." more

Columbus Bike Patrol Unit Now Largest in Country

9/22/15

Columbus, OH - "...there are now 129 full time bicycle officers, with almost 215 bikes to use at any given time." more...

Residents Sound Off Against a Proposed ODOT Plan

Hartwell, OH - "The Ohio Department of Transportation's attempt to replace the exit ramp at Cooper Road, which no longer fits the state's standard, isn't going over well with residents." more...

Hit-and-Run Victim Looks to Crowdfunding for Medical Bills

9/22/15

Portland, OR - "Hannah Davison was riding her bicycle home from work on September 10th when she was involved in a collision..." more

Proposed "Land Grab" Threatens Eastern John Wayne Pioneer Trail

9/22/15

WA - "...A couple of state legislators want the state of Washington to abandon a section of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and give it to adjacent private landowners." more...

Virginia Capital Trail Completed

9/22/15

VA - "After more than ten years of planning and construction, the 52-mile bike path that connects Richmond to Williamsburg and Jamestown is complete." more...

Advocates Prevail Over Road Diet Ban

9/22/15

NC - "Advocates for safer streets in North Carolina have beaten back an attempt to outlaw street designs that put people first." more...

Times Square Pedestrian Plazas to Stay

NYC - "Police Commissioner Bill Bratton won't de-Bloombergify Times Square after all." more...

London Calling New Ped & Bike-Friendly Zones 'Mini-Hollands'

9/22/15

UK - "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Dutch should be pretty pleased with recent plans underway in London." more...

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Bike Lane Controversy Continues

Cleveland, OH - "...Detroit-Shoreway resident Angie Schmitt, a writer and editor at Streetsblog USA, called out city engineer Andy Cross, who's responsible for the design..." more

Closure: Iron Horse Trail at Woodman Drive

9/22/15

"Access to the Iron Horse Trail at Woodman Drive will be restricted on September 29 and 30 and again on October 14 and 15."

Source: metroparks.org

Design Winner to Spruce Up Underside of Main Ave. Bridge

Cleveland, OH - "An architect with local roots, who played an early role in the current renovation of Public Square, will get a chance to shape the public front door to the new Flats East Bank development." more...

Plans Moving Forward on 29-Mile Allegheny River Trail

9/21/15

PA - "The nonprofit Friends of the Riverfront has begun working with a consultant and Norfolk Southern Railroad to thread a 29-mile bike and pedestrian trail along the Allegheny River from Millvale to Schenley." more...

Teen Arrested, Man Hospitalized After Trail Altercation

9/21/15

Danville, CA - "...The man was on the path around midnight on Sunday morning when he got into an altercation with several teenagers who were in a parking lot..." more

Round 2 of Active Transpo Program Yields $60M for Trails

9/21/15

CA - "Twenty-nine trail projects in California have been recommended for funding in the second round of California's 2015 Active Transportation Program (ATP), the largest single funding source for biking, walking and trails in the state." more...

Obama Staffer Killed in Bicycle Accident

"President Obama issued a statement Sunday saying he was "heartbroken" after a White House staffer, Jake Brewer, was killed in a bicycle accident." more...

11-Year-Old Calls Out LA's "Bullying" Drivers

9/21/15

Los Angeles, CA - "In case you need a reason to feel confident about the next generation of livable streets advocates, check out this viral video of 11-year old Matlock Grossman, standing up for a road diet in his Los Angeles neighborhood." more...

Protected Bike Lanes Even More Useful in Snowy Cities

9/21/15

"Here's the best argument not enough people are making for protected bike lanes: Winter." more...

$8.7M Embezzlement Suspect "Hid" on Appalachian Trail

9/21/15

Cincinnati, OH - "He was known as "Bismarck," a genial, thick-bearded hiker who had become a familiar character along the Appalachian Trail over the past six years..." more

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New Pump Bicycle Track in Bexley Park

South Euclid, OH - "...the ribbon was cut Saturday at Bexley Park opening the city's new pump bicycle track..." more

Google Wants To Make Silicon Valley Bike-Friendly

CA - "In theory, the heart of Silicon Valley-towns like Mountain View and Santa Clara-should be the ultimate place to bike..." more

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Police Recover Racer's Bike

9/20/15

Richmond, VA - "...On Saturday, police responded to a tip and located a person of interest in the theft at the corner of 5th and Broad streets. That person led them to the bike..." more

Animal Activist Reunites with Stolen Bike

9/19/15

San Diego, CA - "...The bike was found and returned to him by San Diego Harbor Police." more...

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Engineer Puts Buffer on Wrong Side of Bike Lane, Deliberately

Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland is finally installing buffered bike lanes along some major streets, but with the buffer between the bike lane and the curb, not between the bike lane and traffic." more...

GMRT Section Closing Sept. 22-23

Troy, OH - "The City of Troy (Miami County) will be closing a portion of the Great Miami River Trail in Troy for trail maintenance next Tuesday September 22 and Wednesday September 23 from 7am to 4pm. The closing will be from the foundation bridge to Miami Shores Golf Course."

Source: miamivalleytrails.org

Harrassment & Assaults Along "Best" Urban Trail

9/19/15

Philadelphia, PA - "...Thrown to the ground and bleeding from her elbow and knee, Hanby tried to grab her bike back..." more

Thief Uses Clicker to Enter Garage, Steal Bikes

9/18/15

Hanford, CA - "...four home surveillance cameras caught exactly what happened early Friday morning, just before Devin Durst left for work: A man walking into their garage, and riding one of their bikes out about a minute later." more...

Truck Driver Deliberately Runs Down Teen

9/18/15

Rockdale County, GA - "...The truck came by a third time and struck the teen from behind, throwing him at least 15 feet." more...

London's 1st Cycle-In Office

"Staff at this converted office complex on London's Finsbury Circus can cycle straight into the building and down a ramp that leads to a storage space for 250 bikes." more...

Racer's Bike Stolen From Hotel

9/18/15

Richmond, VA - "Thieves swiped a professional cyclist's bike from a downtown Richmond hotel days before the World Cycling Championships." more...

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5 Cyclists Stuck, 1 Killed in Brecksville

Brecksville, OH - "...A white pick-up truck going westbound on Snowville Road made a left turn onto Dewey Road, striking the cyclists..." more

City Bike Loop Closer to Launch

Mansfield, OH - "...Tuesday evening, chairman Nelson Shogren excitedly announced that the Mansfield City bike loop posts for signage have arrived, meaning the wait is almost over." more...

Eastside Greenway Envisions Future Connections

Cleveland, OH - "This summer, eighteen far-flung east side suburbs and the City of Cleveland took significant steps toward making the Eastside Greenway a reality." more...

Sharp Increase in Cincinnati Bike Commuting Last Year

Cincinnati, OH - "...new census data show pedaling to work is really cranking up in the Queen City." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

9/18/15

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New Data: Bike Commuting Growing Steadily

9/17/15

"...In total, the Census Bureau estimates that there were 904,463 bicycle commuters across the country in 2014. Since 2000, ACS data shows a 62% increase in bicycle commuting." more...

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Students Need Safe Crossing at University Circle

Cleveland, OH - "Learning how to dodge cars should not be a prerequisite for school. Yet that's the case at the south end of University Circle..." more

Portland Sees Surge in Bike Commuter Rates

9/17/15

Portland, OR - "It's not 2008. But for the first time in seven years, Portland's bike believers seem to have the wind at their back." more...

Hickenlooper Pledges $100M to Better Bike, Pedestrian Travel

9/16/15

CO - "Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday announced a plan to spend more than $100 million over the next four years to make Colorado 'the best state for biking.'" more...

Residents Protest Proposed Bike Trail

9/16/15

FL - "Dozens of agitated Gulfport residents turned out at City Hall Monday, September 14 to protest a proposed bike trail they said would invade their privacy, lower their property values and bring crime to their doorsteps." more...

Final Phase of Rotary/Mattamy Greenway Launched

9/16/15

CAN - "The largest urban pathway system in the world took a step closer to completion Wednesday as the third and final phase of the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway was launched in Calgary." more...

Nashville Neighborhood is Ditching Cars for a Week

9/16/15

TN - "...The Nations Neighborhood Association is launching its 'Don't Car Campaign' starting this weekend. More than 30 members of the West Nashville neighborhood will go without their cars from Sept. 19 to Sept. 25." more...

Americans Applaud as Cities Build Protected Car Lanes

9/16/15

"Driving is a dangerous activity. As a result, many Americans find it stressful and unpleasant." more...

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Towpath Section Closed through Friday

Sagamore Hills, OH - "...The trail from Red Lock Trailhead off West Highland Road in Sagamore Hills Township north to the Frazee Trailhead off Canal Road in Valley View will be closed to resurface the trail." more...

Little Miami Trail Closures

9/16/15

Kings Mills, OH - "The Little Miami Trail will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 16 near Grandin Road [Peters Cartridge Factory site] (mile marker 35). Intermittent closures continue weekdays through October." more...

Reach-Arm Mowing on Wolf Creek Trail

9/16/15

"Reach-arm mowing and brush clearing will begin on the Wolf Creek Trail on Wednesday, September 16 and continue through the end of the week from 9 am to 3 pm daily. [This will likely result in rolling closures of the work area.]"

Source: metroparks.org

Park District Trail Plan

Pickaway, OH - "...the Roundtown Trail, which is going to be built in 2016..." more

Cyclist Injured in Bike-Car Clash

Cleveland, OH - "A bicycling commuter who recently contacted Lakewood and Cleveland officials about the dangerous situation for cyclists along Clifton Boulevard can now supplement his complaint with a first-hand account of a car-bike clash." more...

Bollards Removed from Peoples Trail

Columbus, IN - "...The Columbus Park Board has approved removing all bollards along State Road 46 after a study by United Engineering found they could pose a threat to pedestrians and bicyclists." more...

Parks Officers Ignore Driver on Greenway Trail

NYC - "...The driver, who was heading south on the greenway, was likely on the path for a long time: The nearest street crossing is three-quarters of a mile to the north, at Gansevoort Street." more...

Initiative to Connect Greenways in Greater Boston

9/16/15

MA - "Residents in the Greater Boston area may soon have access to a 200-mile path spanning from the Mystic River north of the city to the Neponset River south of it." more...

Portland's Car-Free Bridge Is a Symbol of U.S. Mobility Goals

"Tilikum Crossing allows walkers, cyclists, and transit riders-but not drivers." more...

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Olentangy & Alum Creek Trail Alerts

9/15/15

Olentangy Trail - "Trail closed for surfacing 9/16 to 9/17 from Broadmeadows Bridge to Henderson. Detour signage posted, will add 1 mile to your trip."

Alum Creek Trail - "Construction at Easton soccer fields area Sept 16, use caution. Construction in area north of Livingston Avenue, Sept 17, use caution.

Alum Creek/I-670 Trail - "Trail bridge over Nelson Road subject to temporary closures on Fri 9/18 for maintenance."

Source: Metroparks Greenway Trail Alerts

Towpath Repairs in Tuscarawas County

"Volunteers completed repairs to the boardwalk in Tuscarawas County near St. Rt. 800 on September 11 and 12. The boardwalk had been lifted out of place on during heavy rain and snow melt in the spring.

"...This Friday, September 18, the final touches will be completed as the posts are cemented in, ensuring the boardwalk won't be lifted like it was this past spring."

Source: Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath E-Newsletter

Miami Valley Newsletter

9/15/15

Read their summer issue.

New Pittsburgh Bike Infrastructure Projects

9/14/15

Pittsburgh, PA - "Three exciting bike infrastructure projects are in the works and should be installed any day now..." more

Seattle Lets Neighborhoods Design Their Crosswalks

9/14/15

Seattle, WA - "...SDOT announced a new program to allow neighborhoods to officially implement custom crosswalks..." more

Bike Trail Lights Off During Sexual Assault

9/14/15

Madison, WI - "Madison traffic engineering officials say two of the three lights along a bike path where a sexual assault took place Saturday morning were shut off only minutes before the woman was attacked." more...

How America's Staggering Traffic Death Rate Became Matter-of-Fact

9/14/15

"How did more than 30,000 annual motor vehicle deaths become something that most Americans accept as normal? A new paper by Boston University professor Itai Vardi tries to answer that question." more...

New Ways of Counting Peds Could Change City Planning

9/14/15

"...Few cities systematically measure where people are walking or biking, in part because planning has been ruled for decades by automobile interests. That's changing now..." more

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Falling Concrete Closes Olentangy Trail Section

9/14/15

Columbus, OH - "A section of the Olentangy Trail between W. 3rd Avenue and Goodale Street was closed on Sunday because of falling concrete..." more

Red Bike Exceeds Expectations in First Year

9/14/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...In its first 12 months, Red Bike hasn't lost a single bike. It has logged 87,835 rides, 69 percent more than an early 52,000-ride projection..." more

Momentum Building for Downtown Bike Lanes

9/14/15

Scranton, PA - "Momentum is building to create bike lanes to connect Scranton's downtown, colleges and hotels to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail." more...

Amtrak Expands Bicycle Service

9/14/15

"...As the fall color season approaches, a new roll-on, roll-off service will commence on Amtrak's daily Capitol Limited trains between Union Station in Chicago and Washington, D.C..." more

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Why is Kids' Bike Safety Soaring?

"Last month, a fresh analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared some potentially terrific news: youth biking fatalities have plummeted 90 percent since 1977." more...

Brutal, Sickening Sexual Assault on Trail

9/12/15

WI - "...'The brutality, the savagery of this attack is something the likes of which typically I haven't even seen in my over 30 years of policing,' said Madison Police Chief Mike Koval. 'It was only but for the grace of God that this young woman was not killed.'" more...

'There are Transient Camps all Along that Bike Trail'

9/12/15

Billings, MT - "...Police suspect the attacker came from one of the transient camps in the Swords Park Trail area in the Billings Heights..." more

Udating the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities

"...the team has launched a survey for users of the Bike Guide to identify what should be changed and/or added to the current version. We invite you to take the survey..." suvey link

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ATV Crash on Western Reserve Trail

9/11/15

Champion Twp., OH - "Officials with Trumbull Metroparks say they'll be discussing the possibility of filing charges in connection with an all-terrain vehicle accident that seriously injured two people." more...

Red Bike Partnership Pumps the Brakes on Poverty

NE Ohio Transportation Agency Moves Toward Fix-It First

9/11/15

Cleveland, OH - "NOACA, the regional agency which shepherds in plans for transportation, air and water quality, started updating its policies and shifting priorities - from an enabler of a car-centric transportation system to one that reflects a fiscal austerity of a state still feeling the effects of the recession - at its quarterly board meeting today." more...

Cyclist Hits Pedestrian in Crosswalk

9/11/15

Seattle, WA - "A man in his 20s biking on the Ave collided with a man in his 40s walking in a crosswalk Thursday evening, sending both people to the hospital." more...

Testing Twin Cities Canoe-and-Bike Share Program

9/11/15

MN - "The launch of a first-of-its-kind National Park Service canoe- and bike-sharing service along the Mississippi River carries an undeniable "wow" factor. But park planners agreed this week that they need to find a location that's safe and convenient." more...

Volunteers Trying to Keep Greenway Safe

9/11/15

MN - "A series of robberies on the Midtown Greenway bike trail in Minneapolis has prompted more volunteers to mount up and help keep the trail safe." more...

Cyclist Protects Boston Bike Lane With Flowers

9/11/15

"...Jonathan Fertig told Streetsblog he was upset the city had striped bike lanes on Massachusetts Avenue, near where a truck driver killed surgeon Anita Kurmann in August, but hadn't yet installed flexible posts that would prevent drivers from parking in the lane. So he took matters into his own hands Sunday by adding a row of potted mums..." more

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Work at Rail Crossings to Smooth Camp Chase Trail

Franklin County, OH - "Bicyclists who use the Camp Chase Trail in western Franklin County should soon have a smoother ride over three railroad crossings." more...

Man Pleads Guilty to Causing Death of Bicyclist

Columbus, OH - "Matthew L. McQuirt's blood-alcohol level was just above the limit where a driver is considered impaired in Ohio when his pickup truck struck and killed a bicycle rider on a southern Franklin County road nearly three years ago." more...

Groundbreaking for New Walking Trail

South Bloomfield, OH - "Construction crews broke ground this week on a new walking trail at Marvin Webster Memorial Park..." more

Bike Fix-It Station Not in Service

Dayton, OH - "The RiverScape MetroPark Bike Fix-It station is currently offline due to minor vandalism and heavy use of the tools. Replacement parts have been ordered and should be reinstalled within the next two weeks."

Source: metroparks.org

Consider Biking Newsletter

9/11/15

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CVNP Striving to Improve Access

CVNP, OH - "Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is a park for all people. This philosophy is embedded in the park's DNA..." more

Why Cities Should "Steal" the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

9/11/15

"Indianapolis has set a great example for other cities with its 'Cultural Trail,' eight miles of biking and walking routes through the heart of the city..." more

Planners Dream of 64-Mile Bike Super Highway

9/10/15

TX - "Cyclists and city planners dream of a 64-mile bike superhighway connecting Dallas and Fort Worth..." more

Mountain Bikers Disrupt Hiking Experience

9/11/15

CO - "This summer, I hiked approximately half of the Colorado Trail, from Waterton Canyon to Highway 50 near Salida, covering about 250 miles in 23 days..." more

The World Could Save Trillions With Buses & Bikes

"The argument that embracing a low-carbon future is a road map to economic ruin is bunk, say a band of economists..." more

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Red Bike, CityLink Agree to Offer Low-Cost Memberships

9/9/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...Under the agreement, annual Red Bike memberships would be sold to CityLink for $20, which typically sell for $80. Those passes will then be offered to CityLink members for just $5." more...

Woman Fights Off Attacker on Trail

9/9/15

Billings, MT - "...The victim tells police she fled the scene after she hit the suspect with a coffee mug and he fell down a ravine." more...

Roanoke River Greenway Impasse Continues

9/9/15

Columbus, GA - "Roanoke leaders hope the Virginia General Assembly can cure its impasse with a local foundry over the Roanoke River Greenway crossing its property." more...

Sabotage Devices Found on Mountain Bike Trail

9/9/15

Frederick, MD - "...residents said someone sabotaged a recreational trail with razor-sharp devices apparently meant to flatten tires." more...

Call to Action on Walking

9/9/15

"Today, walking took center stage when the United States Surgeon General issued a national call to action to increase walking and walkability to address major public health challenges in America." more...

Unwalkable Places Are Hazardous to Your Health

9/9/15

"Physical activity is essential to people's health, but dangerous streets and spread-out, sprawling communities prevent Americans from getting enough of it, says the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy." more...

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How Does 'Bike May Use Full Lane' Work?

9/9/15

"...in narrow travel lanes (or lanes narrowed by parked cars, tire-sucking sewer grates, etc.) 'taking the lane' can make you safer." more...

Attempted Abduction on Urbana Trail

9/8/15

Urbana, OH - "A 15-year-old will face two counts of attempted abduction in juvenile court after he allegedly grabbed a woman on the Simon Kenton Trail in Urbana Tuesday morning." more...

Funding for New Trail & Beach Along Lakefront

9/8/15

Euclid, OH - "A walkway and a beach where visitors can launch kayaks and small sailboats is closer to reality now that Euclid is acquiring funding for the second phase of its ambitious waterfront improvement plan." more...

Bus & Bike Lane Being Used By Other Drivers

9/8/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Responding to reports that motorists frequently use the right lane to zoom around traffic on Clifton during rush hour, I decided to check for myself..." more

Portland Overhauls Bike Share Plan

9/8/15

Portland, OR - "Nine years after being one of the first U.S. cities to float the concept, the City of Portland plans to announce today that it's finally ready to launch a public bike sharing system." more...

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Whirlpool Gives $10k to Tallgrass Trail

Marion, OH - "...The generous donors of the Marion Community Foundation are matching donations to the Tallgrass Trail, so this $10,000 gift will immediately turn into $20,000..." more

Closures Along Great Miami River Trail

9/8/15

Dayton, OH - "The bikeway between Riverside Drive and the pedestrian bridge to Deeds Point will be closed until approximately midnight while a toppled construction crane is righted.

"Bikeway traffic will be routed through Riverscape to Webster St. then back onto the bikeway.

"Reach-arm mowing will be performed on the Great Miami River Bikeway from Innpark Circle south to the railroad bridge. Signs will be posted to indicate closures between 9 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9."

Source: metroparks.org

Cleveland's W. 25th Bike Lanes Raising More Concerns

9/8/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Chalk lines appeared on fresh blacktop last week marking out a bike lane on the northbound stretch between the West Side Market and Detroit Avenue. Ordinarily that would be cause for celebration..." more

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Woman Sexually Assaulted While Jogging on Trail

9/8/15

IL - "...The assault happened at 10:30 a.m. Sunday along the Illinois & Michigan Canal Bike Path near Larkin Avenue and south of I-80 between Joliet and Rockdale, according to Illinois State Police." more...

Proposal to Replace London Tube with Multiple Speed Moving Sidewalks

9/8/15

"...the big American architectural firm, NBBJ, has proposed replacing the trains with a system of moving sidewalks. They say that it would actually be faster than the trains because there is no waiting, and would increase capacity..." more

Reshaping Streets in the Land of the Car

9/7/15

Los Angeles, CA - "This city of fast cars and endless freeways is preparing to do what not long ago would have been unthinkable: sacrificing car lanes to make way for bikes and buses." more...

China Drivers Intentionally Kill Peds They Hit

"...It seems like a crazy urban legend: In China, drivers who have injured pedestrians will sometimes then try to kill them. And yet not only is it true, it's fairly common..." more

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Trail Proposal Would Link Cities with Little Miami Trail

9/7/15

Turtlecreek Twp., OH - "...The Lebanon Turtlecreek Trails Initiative proposes a web of routes leading to more than 330 miles of multi-use paths across the Miami Valley, already billed as the nation's most extensive continuous network." more...

Woman Killed at Road Crossing Along Trail

9/5/15

IL - "A Des Plaines woman died Saturday after her bicycle collided with a vehicle on the Far West Side of Aurora, police said." more...

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Bicycles Banned from Lakewood Ranch Street

9/5/15

FL - "...The return of the signs last spring concerns club cyclists. Troyer said Hidden River Trail is the only safe road riders can use to travel between the western portions of Lakewood Ranch and communities to the east during Wednesday night and Saturday morning rides..." more

Greenway Patrols Increased After String of Cyclist Robberies

9/5/15

Minneapolis, MN - "Minneapolis police officers, private security personnel and volunteers with the Midtown Greenway Coalition will be out riding the popular Greenway bike trail this weekend." more...

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Cost of Delayed Mentor Bike Path Goes Up

9/4/15

Mentor, OH - "...The Newell Creek Preserve trail, originally to be completed by June 2016, is to be rebid in late October..." more

Cyclists Targeted at Waterfront Park

9/4/15

Portland, OR - "Some people who use Waterfront Park have taken it upon themselves to enforce their version of the rules by instigating collisions with people who ride bicycles through the park." more...

New Numbers on Capital Crescent Trail Use

9/4/15

MD - "A report on the "State of Bicycling" in Montgomery County shows about 70,000 bicyclist and pedestrian trips on the Capital Crescent Trail in June..." more

Drunk Driver Crashes on Raccoon River Trail

9/4/15

Adel, IA - "...They say the man drove onto the eight-foot-wide trail and crashed his vehicle through a bridge and fell into the creek below just outside of Adel city limits, early Saturday morning." more...

Web of Valley Bike Paths Taking Shape

9/4/15

Tempe Town Lake, AZ - "...By 2017, walkers, runners and cyclists will be able to use hundreds of miles of paved paths to exercise and commute throughout the Valley." more...

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Portion of Stavich Trail Closed for Paving

9/4/15

PA - "Part of the Stavich Bike Trail will be paved starting Friday and the work will continue through Tuesday." more...

Columbus Hopeful for State Funds to Rebuild Railroad Bridge

9/4/15

Columbus, OH - "...a proposed rebuild of the bridge would also add a shared-use path on the south side of the street and a sidewalk on the north side." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

9/4/15

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Why is Taft's making a Red Bike Beer?

9/3/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Sept. 15 marks a big day for Over-the-Rhine businesses Taft's Ale House and Red Bike..." more

Newark Enforcing Bike Registration Law

9/2/15

Newark, OH - "Increased enforcement of a decades-old Newark law about bicycle registration has irritated the parents of several teenagers who were cited Monday night." more...

Cities Starting to Put Peds & Cyclists Before Motorists

"AT 6am on a sweltering Sunday the centre of Gurgaon, a city in northern India, is abuzz. Children queue for free bicycles to ride on a 4km stretch of road that will be cordoned off from traffic for the next five hours..." more

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The Easy Way To Make Cincy Streets Safer

Cincinnati, OH - "...With the current city administration focusing more on creating recreational trails for bicycle hobbyists, cyclists who bike as a form of transportation can only daydream about better on-street bicycle infrastructure." more...

$14.2M Needed to Close Trail Gaps along Heritage Trail

9/3/15

Lackawanna County, PA - "The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail could be one grant - albeit a large and highly competitive one - away from seeing all of its gaps closed between Taylor and Fell Twp." more...

3 Robberies in 3 Days Along Midtown Greenway

9/2/15

Minneapolis, MN - "...In two of the three cases, police said, assailants knocked the victims off their bicycles. A stun gun was used in one assault, and a revolver and homemade knife were used in another..." more

Bike Injuries on the Rise

9/2/15

"...Injuries among adult bicyclists are up since 1998... with injuries to cyclists older than 45 fueling the increase." more...

Protected Bike Lanes Have 7x the Impact of Striped Ones

9/2/15

"We all know that if your goal is to get meaningful numbers of people to ride bicycles, protected bike lanes are better than conventional ones painted into a door zone. But how much better?" more...

Why Cyclists Form Stronger Commuting Habits Than Drivers

"Among the many reasons that an overwhelming majority of people commute by car is that driving to work literally becomes a habit..." more

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Uncovering the Impact of U.S. Trail Use

9/2/15

"...This August, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is embarking on the first-ever nationwide survey of trail use..." more

Gibson Jack Trail Closed After Moose Attack

9/2/15

Pocatello, ID - "...Though the other four cyclists escaped unharmed, the cow moose charged Fernandez, striking him multiple times with its front hooves." more...

Woman Interrupts Stabbing on Bike Trail

9/31/15

PA - "A woman interrupted the stabbing of a 15-year-old girl on a wooded bike path in a Lancaster County park on Tuesday night, police said." more...

Foundry Fights Eminent Domain for Greenway

9/1/15

Roanoake, VA - "...During a news conference on Tuesday, the owner of Walker Foundry stood firm on his decision to not sell the company's land to the city." more...

Amtrak Launching 'Walk-On' Bike Service at Eastern Panhandle stations

9/1/15

Martinsburg, WVA - "Amtrak is set to launch "walk-on" bicycle service on its Capitol Limited route, including at its stations in Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., a company spokeswoman said Tuesday." more...

Robin Williams' Bikes are an Issue in Estate Fight

8/31/15

"A legal fight over late actor Robin Williams' possessions includes his large bicycle collection, artwork, books and other items worth millions of dollars..." more

Copenhagen Proves Bikes can Work in the Suburbs

8/31/15

"One common criticism of bicycling is that it's all well and good for dense core cities, but isn't a serious transportation option in suburban areas. Suburbs in other countries prove that's wrong." more...

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'Share the Road' Signs are Ineffective

"... a study published on Friday by researchers at North Carolina State University has confirmed what Delaware already knew: "Share The Road" is a problem." more...

'Boulevard of Death' Now has Protected Bike Lane

8/31/15

NYC - "'If Queens Boulevard can get a protected bike lane, you can probably put one on almost any street in the country,' writes our friend Clarence at Streetfilms, and he's probably right." more...

Vancouver Plans its 1st Raised Bike Lane

8/31/15

"Portland's neighbors to the north are planning a project that could set an important precedent in Clark County: a street rebuild that's currently set to include a raised, protected bike lane." more...

Neighbors Mobilize to Fight Transit Route Through Park

8/31/15

St. Paul, MN - "...[the] plan, which calls for running the proposed Rush Line corridor right through the heart of Swede Hollow, has long worried neighborhood leaders." more...

Urban Bike Trails Have Rich Economic Benefits

8/31/15

"Affirming a trend seen in other cities, Indianapolis's eight-mile Cultural Trail has been a boon to the neighborhoods adjacent to it - as well as the city as a whole..." more

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Alum Creek Trail Repairs

8/30/15

"Appreciate Metro Parks for replacing several short sections of asphalt on Alum Creek Greenway Trail that had been uprooted. This is located north of Cooper Park & Vineyard Church -behind the condos."

Source: Bike Commuting in Columbus

Stranger Replaces Boy's Stolen Bike

8/30/15

Providence, RI - "...Aidin rode his bicycle almost every day until his family was preparing for a yard sale and noticed his bicycle was gone." more...

Appalachian Trail Partying Raises Ire

8/30/15

Baxter State Park, ME - "When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring - not a rolling, monthslong frat party." more...

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Pinkerton Tunnel to Reopen in Mid-September

8/29/15

PA - "If all goes as planned, and it looks like it will, bicyclists on the Great Allegheny Passage will be able to pedal through the 849-foot Pinkerton Tunnel by mid-September." more...

An Interstate for Cyclists Coming Together

ME - "Beginning this fall, state road crews will install signs marking the first interstate route in Maine intended solely for bicyclists." more...

Hiker Rescued by Helicopter

8/29/15

Franconia, NH - "A hiker who reported having a medical emergency has been rescued by helicopter from New Hampshire's White Mountains." more...

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Cleveland Landfill Turning Green with Effort

8/28/15

Moreland Hills, OH - "The nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy has acquired a 28-acre former landfill in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood and plans to make it part of a growing green corridor..." more

Better Block Demo Winning Converts in Akron

8/28/15

Akron, OH - "In May, Akron pulled off one of the biggest Better Blocks in recent memory. A group of citizens and some well-placed city officials temporarily reconfigured a portion of the city's Main Street..." more

70-Year-Old Woman Brutally Attacked on Bike Path

8/28/15

Zion, IL - "A 70-year-old woman was attacked on a bike trail near her home in far north suburban Zion, police said." more...

Sergeant Borrows Bike During Wild Chase

8/28/15

Portland, OR - "...I pursued him on foot for about 2 1/2 to three blocks, and then a citizen of Portland came pedaling up on his bike, jumped off and said, 'Here sir, take my bike, use it...'" more

BikePortland.org Restructuring Due to Lack of Finances

8/28/15

Portland, OR - "...BikePortland as we know it today cannot continue to thrive unless more readers step up more often with financial support." more...

Appalling Rollback of Truck Safety Provisions in the DRIVE Act

8/28/15

"A battle is brewing over the Senate transportation bill's approach to truck safety. Though large trucks are involved in crashes that kill nearly 4,000 people a year - a number that has grown by 17 percent over the past five years - the DRIVE Act actually rolls back what few protections exist." more...

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Mill Creek Seeks Grant to Improve Trail

8/28/15

Youngstown, OH - "Mill Creek MetroParks is set to submit an application by today's deadline for grant funding to improve the East Cohasset Hike & Bike Trail." more...

Mohican Valley Trail Work

Mt. Vernon, OH - "...Slated to start soon... is the chip sealing of a stretch of the Mohican Valley Trail between Danville and the Bridge of Dreams." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

8/28/15

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Amtrak Ready to Allow Roll-On Bike Service

8/28/15

Pittsburgh, PA - "After years of promising it, Amtrak is about to offer roll-on bicycle service on the Capitol Limited route that passes through Pittsburgh." more...

Homeless Live in Shadow of Midtown Greenway

8/27/15

Minneapolis, MN - "Jose Gonzalez awakes at daybreak under a bridge on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis on one side of a concrete wall..." more

Man "Crushed" by Tree on Trail, Sues City

8/27/15

Austin, TX - "A man is suing the city of Austin after a tree fell and injured him on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail." more...

Fixed Gear Bikes can Confuse Google Self-Driven Cars

"Earlier this month in Austin, a cyclist and a Google self-driving car met at a four-way stop..." more

Man Hospitalized after Bison Attack

8/27/15

Avalon, CA - "The head of a conservation group has been gored by a bison on Santa Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast." more...

Group Tells Peds to Be Safe on Roads Built to Kill Them

8/27/15

"...In Everyone Walks: Understanding and Addressing Pedestrian Safety, GHSA notes that pedestrian deaths have increased 15 percent since 2009 and recommends a "3 E" approach - engineering, enforcement, and education. Except, forget the engineering part..." more

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OSU Campus Bike-Share System Set to Launch

Columbus, OH - "Ohio State's bike-sharing initiative is rolling out this semester with 115 rentable bikes available at 15 stations across campus..." more

Opportunity Corridor Committee Cite Need for Clearer Vision

Cleveland, OH - "It's time to clarify how building a $331 million boulevard across some of the city's poorest and most depopulated neighborhoods could boost redevelopment and create new jobs." more...

More Kids Hit by Cars as School Bus Service Cut

Akron, OH - "...In 2014, 20 kids in Summit and Portage counties were hit by cars during regular school hours..." more

Driver Claims Cycling "Mob" Chased Her

CA - "The 'mob' was actually a group of people on bikes trying to flag down a motorist who had hit one of their friends and driven off, dragging his bike." more...

New 'Bicycle Comfort Level' Map for Arlington

VA - "Arlington has a new map for cyclists that ranks streets by "comfort level." It illustrates the places where even kids or senior citizens would feel safe biking, helping people to avoid busy or fast roads..." more

Portland Tackles Master Plan for Off-Road Biking

8/27/15

Portland, OR - "There's an informal truce in effect between mountain bikers and Portland officials, while the city creates a master plan for expanding off-road biking opportunities in town." more...

Buenos Aires Pedestrian Streets are the Future

8/26/15

Argentina - "...the pedestrianized blocks - which feature extra-wide protected areas for those on foot - are part of a comprehensive strategy for managing the flow of people through the densest parts of the city..." more

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How to File a Bicycle Injury Claim in Ohio

"...If you've been injured in a bicycle accident, you have rights and may be entitled to damages to help you make ends meet during your recovery." more...

Video Leads to Citation for Dangerous Driver

Portland, OR - "...Tony Tapay caught a dangerous pass on camera last month and - even though there were no police or other witnesses around to see it - he doggedly pursued his case in hopes that the man who nearly hit him and his son would be brought to justice." more...

Jeffco Testing Separate Trails for Different Speeds

CO - "Idea would put cyclists on different trails than hikers, trail runners and equestrians at future parks." more...

Bike Store Owners Survive, Thrive amid Web Competition

"...The bicycle industry, as a whole, has been holding steady for the past dozen years..." more

Bike-Lane Skeptic 'Wants to Destroy Cycling in Sydney'

AUS - "Duncan Gay has made it his mission to rid Sydney of its network of segregated bike lanes..." more

'A Day Without Car' coming to Paris

8/26/15

"Imagine any big city anywhere in the world without traffic just for a day. Now, if that city were Paris..." more

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Franklin Metroparks Creating Strategic Plan

8/24/15

Columbus, OH - "As Metro Parks officials plan their first strategic plan, they're asking the community to rate the system: the parks, programs and facilities." more...

Hit-Skip Driver Failed Sobriety Test, Had Suspended License

8/24/15

Newark, OH - "...Knott is the suspected driver in a hit-and-run crash which killed Logan James Snedeker, 23, of Newark, around 10:25 p.m. Saturday on Newark-Granville Road." more...

Lake Link Trail is Awesome

8/24/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The completed portion runs from Hoopple's and the Columbus Road Bridge to Scranton Road, and it instantly has become the Industrial River Valley's most picturesque route for joggers and casual cyclists..." more

Raod-Rager Caught on Camera after Using SUV as Weapon

8/24/15

Portland, OR - "On Friday around noon a woman in the Montavilla neighborhood was the victim of road rage and now the police are investigating the incident thanks to the quick thinking of a passerby." more...

Feds to Traffic Engineers: Build Protected Bike Lanes

8/24/15

"The Federal Highway Administration wants to clear the air: Yes, state and local transportation agencies should use federal money to construct high-quality biking and walking infrastructure." more...

Cleveland Way Hiking Trails Being Mapped for Google Streetview

8/24/15

UK - "Lovers of the great outdoors will soon be able to sample the spectacular joys of one of the country's leading long-distance trails - from the comfort of their own home." more...

'Car Free Zone' begins in Rwanda

8/24/15

"Effective August 24, no vehicles will be allowed in the heart of Rwanda's capitalKigali, widely regarded as the cleanest city in Africa." more...

Mexico City Street to be Reclaimed as Linear Park

8/24/15

Mexico - "...Avenida Chapultepec is one of the city's busy main arteries, but is clogged with cars and splits the city. The historical road will feature an elevated park with green spaces and a layout tailored for those on foot or bike." more...

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Clintonville Residents Seek Neighborhood Greenways

8/24/15

Clintonville, OH - "...The plan would make it easier for neighborhood residents to walk or bike on shorter trips to the grocery store and coffee shops alongside car traffic or link to the Olentangy Trail for longer rides." more...

Sections of Iron Horse Trail Closed for Mowing

8/24/15

"Reach-arm mowing and brush clearing will close sections of the Iron Horse Trail this week from 9am to 3pm daily."

Source: metroparks.org

Newark Bicyclist Killed in Granville

Granville, OH - "A bicyclist was struck and killed by a motor vehicle on the 2400 block of Newark-Granville Road on Saturday night, according to Granville police." more...

Columbus Condemns Dam, Reclaims a City Center

Columbus, OH - "...Key to the effort has been subtracting steel and concrete and adding grass and trees..." more

Public Bike Sharing Coming to Detroit

8/24/15

Detroit, MI - "Detroit will get more than $1 million to launch a public bike share program, one of 14 projects tapped to get federal funding in the region..." more

Removing the Times Square Pedestrian Plaza a Terrible Idea

NYC - "New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, annoyed by "costumed menaces" in Times Square, are considering removing the pedestrian plazas altogether..." more

Abducted Chinese Cyclist Released in Pakistan

8/23/15

"A Chinese man kidnapped while cycling through Pakistan in May last year has been freed by the security forces, the Pakistani government has said." more...

Why Walkability Matters

"The ability-and perhaps, to some extent, the desire-to walk is largely disappearing from America, says Antonia Malchik..." more

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Bug Your Bike Program

Columbus, OH - "Help your bike find its way home by registering it for free with the City of Columbus." more...

Wildfire Smoke fills Portland Streets

8/22/15

Portland, OR - "...Some of Portland's streets are eerily empty tonight as the massive wildfires east of the Cascades send their smoke west into the city." more...

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Proposed Bike Lane in Cleveland Needs Fixin'

Cleveland, OH - "Why buffer a bike from the curb? That is what we were left wondering when we went out to see the planned bike lane for W. 25th Street..." more

Cyclist Dies from Injuries Sustained on Greenway

8/21/15

NY - "An 82-year-old cyclist has died of injuries he sustained while biking along the Hudson River Greenway a month ago, one of four traffic-related fatalities that occurred in New York City yesterday." more...

Mall Expansion Revisits Greenway Shading Issue

8/21/15

MN - "...Bicycling advocates generally oppose proposals that would shadow the Greenway, in particular because they would reduce the melting of ice in the wintertime..." more

MBT Could Learn from Chicago's 606 Trail

8/21/15

D.C. - "Chicago's new 606 trail is already very popular for biking, running, and walking, in large part because it's full of attractive landscaping and user-friendly amenities..." more

Oregon State Park's 'Modern Luxuries' for Bicycle Tourers

8/21/15

OR - "...Oregon Parks and Recreation Department was upping the ante on bike-camping facilities at three popular state campgrounds. OPRD has installed fix-it stations, group shelters, covered gear storage, and device charging stations just for people who show up by bike. The state calls these facilities 'modern luxuries.'" more...

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Springfield Bike Plan Seeks to Boost Tourism

Springfield, OH - "The city has drafted a plan to increase bicycle use in Springfield, seeking to boost tourism and promote alternative transportation." more...

Vectren Project on Great Miami River Trail

West Carollton, OH - "Trail users along a short section of the Great Miami River Trail in West Carrollton will need to follow detour signs to safely navigate a Vectren project beginning Monday, August 24, 2015.

"The project - between Squire Drive and Riverside Auto Salvage - could last up to three weeks and will also close the right-hand lane of southbound West Central Avenue to vehicular traffic."

Source: miamivalleytrails.org

Multi-Use Path Nearing Completion

Dublin, OH - "A multi-use path that will connect Tuttle Road to Historic Dublin will soon be completed." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

8/21/15

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Texting While Driving Should be a Primary Offense in Ohio

8/21/15

"Ohio state troopers cracking down on distracted driving last month wrote more than 1,000 tickets over a one-week period." more...

Honor Students Involved in Beating/Attempted Bike Theft

8/20/15

IL - "...Their crime, according to prosecutors: Pulling up in a Mercedes SUV with tinted windows and beating a man with bats and a metal pipe to steal a bike he was trying to sell for $500." more...

Washington Testing 1st ZigZag Crossing

8/20/15

WA - "...WSDOT is testing the state's first zigzag crosswalk warning. The zigs and zags get closer together as you approach the crosswalk, giving a very obvious warning that there is something coming up you need to pay attention to..." more

First Wolf Pack in N. California in Decades

8/20/15

CA - "California has its first wolf pack since the state's last known wolf was killed in 1924." more...

Injured 70-Year-Old Survives Week in Woods

8/20/15

Avon, NY - "Authorities say a 70-year-old man who fell while walking the woods near his western New York home survived a week outdoors by drinking rain water." more...

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Heart of Ohio Trail Section Closing August 24-26

8/20/15

"The Heart of Ohio Trail between Graham Rd. and N. Clayton St. will be closed Mon-Weds, Aug 24-26 for cleaning and sealing. (Weather permitting)"

Source: facebook.com/pages/Heart-of-Ohio-Trail

Organizations Promoting Student Safety

Lima, OH - "Local organizations have teamed up once again to remind drivers to be cautious on the road as students head back to school." more...

Remembering Deb Hubsmith

"It is with a heavy heart today that the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) mourns the passing of its founder, Deb Hubsmith..." more

Cyclist Dies From Hit-and-Run Injuries

8/19/15

IA - "...Gregary "Wade" Franck died Tuesday, two days after police say he was hit by a drunken driver while he was cycling in the Urban Assault Ride." more...

'Trail Rangers' Foster Feeling of Safety on D.C. Bike Trails

8/19/15

D.C. - "...The Trail Rangers cover about 20 miles of trail, focusing on the MBT, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, the Marvin Gaye Trail and the Suitland Parkway Trail." more...

Make Cycling Safer With Protected Bike Lanes / Lower Speed Limits

8/19/15

"What if the United States treated traffic violence like the public health issue it is? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would entail building bike infrastructure and slowing down drivers." more...

What is Killing the Fish in the Broad River?

8/19/15

NC - "Thousands of dead fish can still be seen along the banks of the Broad River, although the cause of the fish kill remains uncertain." more...

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2015 Proving Deadly on Ohio Roads

8/18/15

"...On Monday, the State Highway Patrol released statistics for this year and found a sharp uptick in fatalities..." more

Forest Ridge Preserve Footbridges Found to be Unsafe

8/18/15

Moreland Hills, OH - "2 footbridges' replacement determined too costly." more...

Confounded by Spike in U.S. Traffic Deaths and Injuries?

8/18/15

"Traffic fatalities in the U.S. increased by 14 percent through June of this year compared to the first six months of 2014, and serious injuries jumped by 30 percent, according to the National Safety Council [PDF]. At the current rate, the group says, nationwide road deaths would top 40,000 for the first time since 2007." more...

Easing Confusion About Downtown Bike Lanes

8/18/15

St. Louis, MO - "...Great Rivers Greenway has now produced a public service announcement... that explains what the different kinds of striping means to bike riders, drivers and pedestrians." more...

Flash Flood Leaves Group Stranded on Big Island

8/18/15

Honolulu, HI - "A group of tourists riding all-terrain vehicles in a remote, mountainous part of Hawaii's Big Island had to climb trees to keep from being swept over a 75-foot waterfall during a flash flood." more...

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New Bike Parking Program in Dayton

8/17/15

Dayton, OH - "Bike Miami Valley and Dero have teamed up to help Greater Dayton companies and communities meet the growing demand for bike parking..." more

Sections of Creekside Trail Closed for Mowing

8/17/15

Dayton, OH - "Reach-arm mowing will continue on the Creekside Trail this week. Trail closure signs will be implemented and moved as sections of the work are completed. The crew will be in the area of Spinning Rd. and the Greene County Line. The trail will be closed in this area from 9 am to 3 pm daily."

Source: metroparks.org

Women Safety Clinic Packed After Greenway Attack

8/17/15

Roanoke, VA - "...Monday night the Roanoke Police Department gave ladies special training at Fleet Feet Sports Roanoke's free Women's Safety Clinic..." more

Swastikas Found Along Lincoln Trail

8/17/15

NE - "Rabbi Craig Lewis is glad his 7-year-old son didn't understand what the markings on the wall meant." more...

Rider Dies at Leadville Trail 100 Race

8/17/15

"Scott Ellis, of Johnstown, Colorado, riding in his 19th Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race, suffered a heart attack Saturday on the 100-mile race's Power Line climb and died, despite efforts to revive him." more...

Fugitive Used Pacific Crest Trail to Elude Capture

8/17/15

Los Angeles, CA - "A man suspected of killing a retired dentist, taking three men hostage and wounding two deputies was likely traveling a section of the famed Pacific Crest Trail to elude searchers during an 18-day manhunt..." more

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Retired Research Materials Scientist Criticizes RTC

Santa Cruz, CA - "...I've found similar, more significant RTC rail trail information related to cost, use, compatibility, construction, etc. that is less than balanced in presentation." more...

Law Proposed to Limit Road Diets

NC - "The language of a bill being hashed out right now in Raleigh could determine whether North Carolina cities have the freedom to redesign streets to improve safety and promote a healthier range of transportation options." more...

Bike Crash Victim's Bike Stolen

North Providence, RI - "...according to Jason Reed, as the father of three lay in the road unconscious, two people stole his bike." more...

Thai Crown Prince Leads Bike Ride 'for Mom'

8/16/15

Thailand - "Thousands of Thai cyclists have joined Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn in a ride through Bangkok in honour of his mother, Queen Sirikit." more...

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Sculptural Displays Help Deliver Bicycling Safety Message

Cortland, OH - "While the Mosquito Lake Greenway Project continues to work on funding for their paved trail or greenway around Mosquito Lake, they're also working on creating a safer environment for motorists and cyclists alike as part of that destination.

"'Michael Swiatkwich, founder and chair for the MLGP, came to me with this idea about building some sculptures out of junk bikes last year,' said Aaron Chine, artist and sculptor. 'He wanted to use them to distribute some brochures about the state laws and bicycling. Over the Winter I worked on concepts of design incorporating a delivery system for those brochures and this Spring I started the de-construction and build,' said Aaron.

sculpture team photo

Left to Right: Kevin Piros, Nancy Dudzenski, Leah Simons-Brooks, Ted Webb, Aaron Chine, Tim Nash, Donna Zuga, Ed Jakubick, Mary Williams, Michael Swiatkwich

"The sculpted pieces are being used to distribute free brochures informing people about the Mosquito Lake Greenway Project and the laws of the state of Ohio and how they pertain to people who ride bicycles. The design of the brochures was donated by Kathryn A. Gainard Monroe of ADying Art Co. 'I do some work for non-profits in the valley,' said Kathryn. 'When Michael asked for help this year on their brochure, I immediately said yes. The safety issue was compelling but the opportunity to help develop existing recreational resources to provide sustainable revenue further justified my support,' she added.

sculpture team photo

"Individuals in Trumbull and Mahoning counties and the Girard Police Department donated old and unclaimed bikes for the project. Capt. Chris O'Brien of the Girard Police Dept. contacted the MLGP after seeing a press release asking for old junk bikes.

"'We had collected about 20 unclaimed and/or junk bikes that were just taking up room and would have gone to a land fill or junkyard. At least now they've been re-purposed to carry a message about the laws of the state regarding bicycling and might help to prevent some accidents,' he said."

Centennial Trail Transforms Public Land in Cleveland

8/15/15

Cleveland, OH - "...What Cleveland is doing with these connectors, and what it is doing with its parks to welcome all of the citizens of Cleveland into the great outdoors, is going to help build a generation that is healthier, stronger and cares..." more

Controversy Delays Paving Project on East Lake Sammamish Trail

8/15/15

WA - "A dispute over how many mature trees to preserve along a section of the East Lake Sammamish Trail - and other issues - has delayed upgrading a 1.3-mile segment of the rail-trail." more...

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Bridge Concern Closes Portion of Greenway

Bazetta Township, OH - "Trumbull County MetroParks announced on Friday that a portion of the Western Reserve Greenway trail will be closed..." more

Olentangy Trail Detour Not for Everyone

8/15/15

Columbus, OH - "...signs posted along the trail detour still recommend that only seasoned cyclists use it." more...

Pocket Guide to Cincinnati Bike Laws

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Sex Assault Victim Recants Story

8/14/15

Portland, ME - "Detectives said the woman admitted to them that she was not attacked on the Back Cove trail." more...

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Columbus Adds More Bike Lanes

Columbus, OH - "The City of Columbus is adding to its growing miles of bikeways with the installation of bike lanes on Linworth Road and Kelton Avenue this month." more...

Downtown Connector Project Under Way

Mt. Vernon, OH - "...The work is part of the Downtown Connector Trail project that will extend the Kokosing Gap Trail to South Main Street." more...

Rocky Fork Metro Park Trails Opening in August

Columbus, OH - "The first phase of the new Rocky Fork Metro Park is expected to open in northern Plain Township Aug. 14..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

8/14/15

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Idaho Stop Proposal Coming to San Fran

8/13/15

San Francisco, CA - "...The proposal is called the 'San Francisco Right-of-Way Policy,' but it closely dovetails what is commonly called the 'Idaho Stop...'" more

Cyclists Lead Funeral Parade for Suspected Road Rage Victim

UK - "...More than 2,000 people are estimated to have lined the streets of Worthing in West Sussex as the procession of at least 200 cyclists accompanied the hearse carrying Don Lock to the town's crematorium." more...

Cycling Deaths Among Children Have Plummeted

"The rate of cycling deaths among American children under the age of 15 has fallen 92 percent since 1975. That doesn't mean the roads are safer-it may just mean kids are riding bikes less." more...

Public Bike Infrastructure Shouldn't Have to Rely on Private Money

8/13/15

"Bloomberg published a national story yesterday about crowdfunding public infrastructure projects to ensure government bureaucracies actually implement them. The tactic is becoming more common..." more

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Bicyclist Struck and Killed on I-71

8/13/15

Columbus, OH - "...Investigators say the police radio room started receiving calls about a man riding a bicycle south in the northbound lanes right before the crash." more...

First Section of Cleveland Foundation Trail Ready to Open

8/12/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The Cleveland Foundation Trail is the transformation of a 1.3 mile abandoned railroad right-of-way through the West Bank of the Flats." more...

Euton Stresses Importance of Big Walnut Trail Fence

8/12/15

Gahanna, OH - "...Euton told Gahanna City Council on Aug. 10 that trail users could die by getting hit by errant golf balls from the Gahanna golf course if safety fencing isn't erected along the proposed Section 5 of the Big Walnut Trail." more...

Bike Cleveland Launches Public Awareness Campaign

8/12/15

Cleveland, OH - "Bike Cleveland is proud to launch its second comprehensive public awareness campaign entitled 'We're All Drivers...'" more

Pilot Project Aims to Bolster Dayton Innovation

8/12/15

Dayton, OH - "Equipping bike rentals with sensors could help cut the accident rate and accelerate commercial technology coming out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base." more...

Could Biking Between the C&O to the W&OD Trails Be Safer?

8/12/15

D.C. - "...to get from one to the other, cyclists have to ride along Route 15, which is dangerous." more...

Attack On Bike Trail Under Investigation

8/12/15

Sioux Falls, SD - "...The 43-year-old woman was jogging on the trail in Cherry Rock Park near South Cliff Avenue around 7:30 a.m. When a man jumped out of the trees..." more

Los Angeles Could Teach Portland About Open Streets

8/12/15

"...There's a problem caused by CicLAvias that is both stereotypically Los Angeles and something that occurs in Portland: while the event is a celebration of humanity without intrusion from cars, large numbers of participants drive to the events..." more

L.A. City Council Approves New Mobility Plan, Including Vision Zero

8/11/15

Los Angeles, CA - "After a lengthy and contentious debate, the full Los Angeles City Council approved the city's new Mobility Plan..." more

Students to Add Bike Riding to Their Lessons

8/11/15

D.C. - "...This year, public schools in D.C. will introduce kids to a form of fitness teachers hope the kids will adopt for life: riding a bike." more...

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Greenway Plan May Link 3 Communities

8/11/15

Cincinnati, OH - "A greenway plan that extends from Butler County to the Ohio River could include Evendale, Reading and Sharonville." more...

Random Acts of Brightness

Cleveland, OH - "...Bike Cleveland members and volunteers took to the streets of last Tuesday equipped with hundreds of free bike lights looking for unlit riders..." more

Body Recovered From Great Miami River

8/11/15

Hamilton, OH - "...A portion of the bike path near shelter 21 was closed while investigators were on the scene." more...

'Close Call' Database

"A community project for safer cycling." more...

Plans to Build Missing Trail Link

8/11/15

Louisville, KY - "The Beargrass Creek Trail winds through Cherokee Park and toward the Ohio River, but there's a missing link to connect it to downtown. Well, there's new plan to fill the gap now." more...

50,000 Turn Out to Preview the Car-Free "People's Bridge"

8/11/15

Portland, OR - "On Sunday residents of Portland got a preview of Tilikum Crossing, a.k.a. the 'Bridge of the People,' described by Michael Andersen of BikePortland as 'the first bridge in the United States to carry buses, bikes, trains, streetcars and people walking but no private cars.'" more...

Davis Quietly Debuts America's First Protected Intersection

8/11/15

Davis, CA - "The city that brought America the bike lane 48 years ago this summer has done it again." more...

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2 Youths Killed in Separate Bike / Train Crashes

NW OH - "Two scenarios are believed to have developed in recent bicycle-train collisions in northwest Ohio, each of which left a young rider dead." more...

Clintonville Greenways Idea Moving Forward

8/10/15

Clintonville, OH - "A proposal to build a network of bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets in Clintonville has received an initial round of funding from the City of Columbus..." more

Creekside Trail Mowing This Week

8/10/15

Xenia-Dayton Area - "Reach-arm mowing will continue on the Creekside Trail this week. Trail closure signs will be implemented and moved as sections of the work are completed."

Source: metroparks.org

Health Center Opens Public Walking Trail

8/10/15

Twinsburg, OH - "Employees and patients of The Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center and area residents alike can now enjoy the nearby wetlands and unique geology that surrounds the facility with a 1.5-mile scenic walking trail, completed in July." more...

Los Angeles Maps Out Sweeping Transportation Overhaul

8/10/15

CA - "...Council members are on the verge of approving a sweeping new transportation policy, one that calls for hundreds of miles of new bus-only lanes, bicycle lanes and "traffic calming" measures over the next 20 years..." more

Seattle Police Bust Bike Theft Ring

8/10/15

Seattle, WA - "After Seattle Police staged a sting to recover a stolen bicycle posted for sale on Craigslist a few weeks ago, they pushed the lead further and found even more stolen bikes..." more

Police ID Suspect in Greenway Assault

8/10/15

Roanoke, VA - "The Roanoke Police Department has identified the suspect accused of grabbing a jogger Sunday on the Roanoke Greenway." more...

Cities Aren't the Hoses, They're the Gardens

8/10/15

"Every bike lane believer has heard a variation on this concern: Won't our cities grind to a halt if we redesign our streets to have fewer passing lanes for cars?" more...

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Tallmadge Avenue to get Road Diet

Akron, OH - "...Bike lanes and improved sidewalks are also part of the overhaul, which is scheduled to begin in July 2017 and finish by May 2018." more...

Dayton Bike Share off to Strong Start

Dayton, OH - "...Link Dayton, the $1 million bike share program installed downtown earlier this year, has recorded 14,180 trips since its launch on May 5..." more

Friends of the Little Miami Trail Newsletter

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Armed Robbery on the Monon Trail

8/10/15

Indianapolis, IN - "...The armed robbery came just weeks after the curfew on the Monon was eliminated. The trail is now open 24/7." more...

Police Investigating Assault on Greenway

8/9/15

Roanoke, VA - "Roanoke police are investigating a woman's claim that a man grabbed her while she was jogging on Sunday morning." more...

Cyclists Randomly Attacked in Minneapolis

8/9/15

Minneapolis, MN - "...He was biking on a quiet south Minneapolis block of 41st Street when officers say he was attacked out of the blue. A woman who was hit was in the same area." more...

Search for Missing Trail Runner

8/10/15

CO - "...Joe and his friend went on an hour-long run July 23 on a lovely, sunshiny afternoon. They split up and agreed to meet at the house for supper. Keller never returned." more...

1st Leg of Provincial Bicycle Route Opens

8/9/15

CAN - "...Bicycle Nova Scotia has been working towards this day for eight years - since the beginning of the Blue Route concept for Nova Scotia in 2007..." more

Frank Gehry helping L.A. with its Los Angeles River Master Plan

8/9/15

Los Angeles, CA - "Architect Frank Gehry is working with city officials to draft a new master plan for the redevelopment of the Los Angeles River..." more

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Bike Path Project Angers Neighbors

8/9/15

Washington Twp., OH - "Residents are upset about a project to further expand a bike path on Austin Boulevard between Washington Church Road and Yankee Street." more...

Body Found on Bike Path

Dallas County, IA - "...The dead man was found along the bike trail north of 260th Street in Dallas County early Saturday..." more

Man Killed by Grizzly in Yellowstone

8/9/15

Yellowstone National Park, WY - "...Based on tracks found at the scene and other evidence, it appears that an adult female grizzly and at least one cub were likely involved..." more

Over-Wide Streets? You May Regret It

8/7/15

"A clear body of evidence has accumulated that narrower lanes are safer on major urban thoroughfares that also include pedestrians." more...

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Nature Preserve Created Near Athens Bike Path

8/8/15

Athens, OH - "A new nature preserve has been created along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

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5 New American Rail-Trails

"When the rail-trail movement was in its infancy in the mid-1980s, there were approximately 250 miles of open rail-trails. Today, there are more than 22,000 miles, and more than 8,000 miles of projects are waiting to be built." more...

French Couple Who Died in US Desert Likely Saved Son

8/6/15

Alamogardo, NM - "A French couple who died during an afternoon hike across the searing New Mexico desert likely saved their 9-year-old son by giving him two sips of water for each one they took before the supply ran out..." more

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Improving the Towpath Experience with ITowpath

8/6/15

Akron, OH - "...Freil said a number of additional improvements related to the iTowpath initiative are on the way." more...

Where Cleveland Young & Brainy Want to Be

8/6/15

Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland is in the midst of an impressive moment of "brain gain" even as the overall population declined 17% in the first decade of the Millennium." more...

Manhunt Prompts Closure of Pacific Crest Trail Section

8/6/15

Los Angeles, CA - "Authorities searching for a gunman linked to a kidnapping, killing and wounding of two deputies have closed a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail in the southern Sierra Nevada." more...

Number of UK Bike Commuters Doubles in 10 Years

8/6/15

UK - "...Statistics compiled and analyzed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the decade between 2001 and 2011 puts the capital well ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to bike commuting progress." more...

How Cambridge Became the U.K.'s Model Cycling City

8/6/15

UK - "...Official reports say 29 percent of Cambridge commuters cycle to work, and some advocates believe up to half of all trips in the city center are made on bikes..." more

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Stow Trail Closing for up to 2 Weeks

Stow, OH - "Due to culvert repairs and staging for construction equipment, the multipurpose Bike & Hike Trail and its parking lot and trailhead at 968 Springdale Road, Stow, will be closed for up to two weeks beginning Aug. 10." more...

Wright Brothers Trail Paving in Progress

Fairborn, OH - "Wright Brothers Huffman Prairie Trail in Fairborn is expected to reopen Monday, August 10, depending on the weather, after final paving is completed Thursday, August 6, and Friday, August 7. Periodic closures may occur next week as final striping and berm work is completed. The project is occuring between Zink and Marl Roads. There is no posted detour for this closure." more...

Little Miami Peters Cartridge Site Update

Kings Mills, OH - "Short term closures of the Ohio to Erie Trail / Little Miami Scenic Trail in Kings Mills, Ohio will continue during weekdays in August...

"...We are told that up to 20 minute closures may happen at various times for equipment to cross the Trail..." more

Man Paints Sunken Road Grate, State Calls it Vandalism

Portland, OR - "...After he marked the grate himself with yellow warning paint and with the letters "ODOT KNOWS," the agency is planning to visit the site . to erase his paint." more...

Passing Laws: Is 3 Feet Good Enough?

8/6/15

"The bicycle's narrow width of track allows lawful and safe sharing of the lane with motorists, at least theoretically and if everything goes right." more...

Cyclist Sues Runner, Wins $300k

8/5/15

Roanoak, VA - "A woman who collided with a jogger while cycling on the Roanoke River Greenway sued the pedestrian and has won a six-figure verdict from a jury." more...

Woman Mauled by Bear While Trail Running

8/5/15

Anchorage, AK - "Two employees of an Alaska backcountry lodge startled an adult grizzly bear while running on a trail in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula..." more

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Bike Thieves Entering Garages in Lakewood

Lakewood, OH - "The family living in a house that was the site of the attempted theft of two bicycles called it a 'brazen' act." more...

Detectives Seek ID of Female Body Found on Bike Path

Long Island, NY - "Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the woman whose remains were found in East Setauket." more...

Cyclist Drags Toddler Along Pavement

UK - "A cyclist who ran down a toddler and dragged her 12ft (3.6m) along a pavement has admitted [to] dangerous cycling." more...

Chippewa Valley Finally has a Detailed Bike Map

8/5/15

WI - "...the Chippewa Valley Bike Map has at last gone from the drawing board into bicyclists' back pockets..." more

Improving Laws for Bicyclists

"...In 2015, we recommended that 22 states adopt a 3 foot or greater safe passing law and 30 states adopt a vulnerable road user law..." more

How Tokyo Virtually Eliminated Traffic Deaths

"...traffic fatalities are near rock-bottom for Tokyoites. They occur at a rate of only 1.3 per 100,000 people." more...

Factors That Can Lead Any City to Transform Its Streets

8/4/15

"How did Portland get to be a national model for sustainable transportation and walkable development..?" more

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Opposition to Opportunity Corridor Grows

8/4/15

Cleveland, OH - "It appears that her "you could either get it gloriously right or horribly wrong," warning issued by Harriet Tregoning, principal deputy assistant secretary for community development at HUD, has created space for healthy dialogue about the $331 million "opportunity corridor" road project and its intentions." more...

Piqua Trail Section Closed Today

8/4/15

Piqua, OH - "The bike path is closed today where it passes under St. Rt 66 north of Piqua (near the Water Treatment Plant). It is scheduled to reopen by 5:00 PM."

Source: piquaoh.org

Columbus Bike Lanes Update

8/3/15

Columbus, OH - "This fall should see the completion of a trio of bike infrastructure projects..." more

Cleveland Safe Routes to School Plan

8/3/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The need for such a program is real. Between 2010 and 2012 there were 401 crashes involving kids on bikes, and 505 involving pedestrians resulting in over 761 injuries and 19 deaths..." more

Community Helps Honest Stolen Bike Buyer

8/3/15

Seattle, WA - "What started as yet another stolen bike story morphed into a wonderful tale of a guy who simply did the right thing and a community that came together to thank him..." more

Memorable Streets Draw More Pedestrians

8/3/15

"Think of the busiest blocks in your city. What's drawing all those people..?" more

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NCIT Ribbon Cutting in Norwalk

Norwalk, OH - "...Firelands Rails to Trails officials unveiled the latest path, which snakes through Norwalk..." more

Portion of Creekside Trail Closed Until 3pm Today

8/3/15

Dayton, OH - "The Creekside Trail will be closed between Airway Rd. and Burkhardt Rd. 8 am until 3 pm today for mowing and maintenance."

Source: metroparks.org

Senate Passes Surprising Good Transportation Bill

"As usual, reauthorization of the law governing federal transportation spending is long overdue, caught in D.C.'s gridlock. But on Thursday the Senate did its part to break the impasse..." more

EWS Bike Race Canceled After Death

8/2/15

Crested Butte, CO - "Organizers canceled round five of the Enduro World Series on Saturday in Crested Butte, Colorado, following the death of a competitor on Stage 3 during the second day of the three-day race." more...

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Work to Begin on Chestnut Trailhead

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - "...The city is partnering with Summit Metro Parks to create the Cuyahoga Falls Chestnut Trailhead. This is part of a larger plan, called Gorge Terrace..." more

Mill Creek Bikeway Gets New Bike Shop

8/2/15

Canfield, OH - "Users of the Mill Creek MetroParks Bikeway now have a convenient stopping point for all of their cycling- related needs..." more

A Test Drive on More Bike-Friendly Roads

Waterloo Region, Ontario, CAN - "...Cities are embracing a new form of road infrastructure, designed not for the cars and trucks that have ruled our roads for most of the past century, but for the humble cyclist, pedalling down the road on two wheels..." more

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Trail Users Witness Fatal Crash Aftermath

7/31/15

Austintown, OH - "...I was coming down the bike trail and all of a sudden, I saw someone waving me off and I saw a truck in flames..." more

Geauga County Trail Opportunity

Geauga County, OH - "...Geauga residents must travel to surrounding counties to take advantage of their trail systems. Recently, some residents have addressed these concerns and in speaking with the Geauga Park District, and now they want to hear from you..." more

Columbus Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan Wants Your Input

7/31/15

Columbus, OH - "...For the entire month of August, an interactive map is available for you, (yes, YOU!) to provide input..." more

Bike Protest Along the Wiggle

San Francisco, CA - "...Hundreds of cyclists rode through The Wiggle yesterday evening in protest of a San Francisco police captain's calls for a crackdown on bikers coasting through stop signs. But instead of breaking the law, protesters wanted to show the city just how bad traffic would be if every bicycle approached intersections just as a car does." more...

Distracted Driver Kills Cross Country Cyclist

Elk City, OK - "A man bicycling across America to raise money for affordable housing died after being hit by a car in western Oklahoma Thursday morning." more...

Canada has Crossed a Protected Bike Lane Tipping Point

"...Have you noticed? Something big is definitely brewing in Canada." more...

TIGER Demand Outpaces Available Funds

"...We've received 625 applications seeking $9.8 billion in funding, 20 times more than the $500 million Congress has made available..." more

Adult Bike Clases Help First-Timers Get in Gear

7/31/15

NYC - "...According to YouGov, a global research firm, about 13 percent of adults in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 34 don't know how to ride a bike." more...

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Closing Trail Cripples Local Transportation

7/31/15

Columbus, OH - "...I question the commitment to turn this into a transportation system and then allow this closure for that time span. What road would be closed for 15 months without a detour..?" more

Dayton, KY Get $21K Refunded for Pier Project

"Lack of funding for the potential pier in Dayton has allowed more resources to be focused on The Riverfront Commons Trail..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

7/31/15

Read this week's edition.

Work to Begin on New Bike Trail

7/30/15

Green Twp., OH - "...The township is moving ahead with its plans to turn the old Chesapeake and Ohio railroad line into a biking and hiking trail." more...

Midday Mugging Prompts Changes to D.C. Bike Trail

7/30/15

D.C. - "The midday mugging of a 29-year-old woman on a bicycle is leading to changes along the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast D.C." more...

Program Encourages Commuters to Drive, then Bike, to Work

7/30/15

Boston, MA - "Tired of sitting in downtown Boston's taxing bumper-to-bumper traffic? A new program rolling out this week is encouraging commuters to ditch their cars on the way to work, then bike the rest of the way." more...

Feds Forget Their Own Best Ideas on Street Design

7/30/15

"Antiquated, car-oriented road design guidance is losing its vise grip on our cities. Other manuals are challenging the dominance of the "design bible" issued by AASHTO, the coalition of state DOTs. But the federal government might be missing an important opportunity to enshrine street safety for all modes." more...

Driver Who Killed Cyclists Speaks Out Against Distracted Driving

"Life changed forever for Matt Boeve in 2014 when his 33-year-old wife, Andrea Boeve, died when she was struck by distracted driver Chris Weber..." more

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Lake Metroparks Shooter Goes on Spree Thanks to Feds

Concord Township, OH - "An illegal immigrant suspected of murdering one woman, wounding another and attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl was released earlier this month by Ohio sheriff's deputies after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents told them not to hold him..." more

SF Cyclists To Protest Stopping At Stop Signs

San Francisco, CA - "...The Wigg Party wants to demonstrate what it would look like if every cyclist made a full and complete stop." more...

Mayor Lee Doesn't Understand Cyclists

San Francisco, CA - "...Mayor Ed Lee weighed in today on the plan from bike commuters on the Wiggle to fully comply with the stop sign law en masse this evening, to highlight its absurdity." more...

RTC Releases TrADE Report

7/30/15

"Do you know how your favorite trail was funded?" more...

How Groningen Invented a Cycling Template for Cities

7/30/15

Netherlands - "...Groningen boasts two-thirds of all trips made by bike . and the cleanest air of any big Dutch city." more...

Florida's Bike Paths to Get $25m annually

7/29/15

FL - "Gov. Rick Scott was in a cutting mood after the state Legislature passed a $78 billion budget earlier this year, but one $25 million line item escaped his veto." more...

Guard uses Drone to Search for Missing Teacher

7/29/15

CA - "The California National Guard is using a drone to search El Dorado National Forest for a missing San Francisco teacher..." more

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$10M Bond Set for Murder Suspect

Concord Township, OH - "Juan Emmanuel Razo, the man accused of killing one woman and shooting another in the Lake Metroparks, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon on a charge of attempted murder." more...

Bike Sharing Grows in Cleveland

7/28/15

Cleveland, OH - "Bike-sharing is on a roll again in Greater Cleveland, with Zagster announcing five new locations where you can rent a bike for $3 an hour." more...

Bike Shop Employee Helps Recover Stolen Track Bike

7/28/15

Portland, OR - "...Stephen McLoughry reported his roughly $4,000 bike stolen last Tuesday, from the lockers at the Alpenrose Velodrome, where he races..." more

Millennials Favor Walkable Communities

7/28/15

D.C. - "Millennials prefer walking over driving by a substantially wider margin than any other generation, according to a new poll..." more

Walkability, Outdoor Access May be Key to Luring Talent to Burbs

7/28/15

Boston, MA - "It's hard for the suburbs to compete with the attraction of city life." more...

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Shooting Leads to Massive Man Hunt on Greenway

Concord, OH - "...The Metroparks bike path shooting happened on Liberty Street near Route 84 on the corner of the bike trail." more...

Zanesville Considers Circuit of Walking/Biking Trails

Zanesville, OH - "...One of the things they talked about is looking for opportunity to provide connectivity via transportation systems or trail systems..." more

Why Can't Cincy Have Bike Lanes?

7/28/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Recent rumblings out of Mayor John Cranley's office at City Hall have bloviated in blustery fashion that Central Parkway's protected bike lane is a 'disaster.'" more...

Motor City is Fast Becoming Bike City

7/27/15

Detroit, MI - "...'Biking has totally exploded,' said cycling advocate Tom Page..." more

Seattle Works to Cut Downtown Driving

7/27/15

Seattle, WA - "...We're geographically constrained in terms of auto capacity we can add to the network. If we're going to continue to grow, we need to use our streets more efficiently..." more

Wi-Fi Coming to New 606 Trail

7/27/15

Chicago, IL - "The new 606 bike trail is going high-tech, as Wi-Fi will soon be available along the path." more...

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Campaign to Make Towpath More Attractive in Akron

Akron, OH - "...The effort includes improving connections from the Towpath Trail to the Akron Art Museum, the Akron Zoo, Highland Square and North Hill..." more

Creekside Trail Closing July 28

7/27/15

"The Creekside Trail will be closed Tuesday, July 28 from 8 am until 3 pm from Springfield St. to Airway Rd for heavy clearing of tree and brush growth.

"Passage on the trail during operation is not feasible and unsafe. Signage will be posted within the work zone at the closest points of entry from both directions."

Source: metroparks.org

Why are Some Curbs Painted Green in Norwalk?

7/26/15

Norwalk, OH - The North Coast Inland Trail uses road routes to pass through a portion of Norwalk. The road route is marked by using green curbs. more...

Video of Man Pushing Cyclist off Bike Goes Viral

7/27/15

"A video of a man pushing a cyclist off their bike from a moving car has gone viral on Facebook, with the original poster stating 'this is the new challenge'". more...

Take a Ride on St. Louis's First Protected Bike Lane

7/27/15

St. Louis, MO - "Here's a nice milestone: Downtown St. Louis has its first protected bike lane." more...

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NCIT Completed Through Norwalk

Norwalk, OH - "The extension of the North Coast Inland Trail across Norwalk has been completed and the grand opening will be Friday July 31st at 6:30 pm.

The new section consists of a new 0.7 mile trail segment between N. West and Baker streets and a 2.2 mile signed bike route across city streets to the eastern edge of Norwalk."

Read the FRTTI newsletter to learn more.

Submitted by Josh Wyrick, FRTTI Trustee

Phone-In Campaign to Save Recreational Trails Program

"...Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced an amendment that eliminates the Transportation Alternatives Program-the nation's largest dedicated source of funding for trails, walking and biking..." more

More Action Alerts

"The Senate is voting on the transportation bill on Sunday..." more

Plans for 26-Mile Trail Around Detroit

7/25/15

Detroit, MI - "...Once completed, the loop will span from the riverfront downtown to north of the Davison Freeway and link neighborhoods through Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn, connecting 170 miles of existing bike lanes and shared-used paths..." more

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Olentangy Trail Section Closing August 10

Columbus, OH - "...The Olentangy Trail will be closed between Worthington Hills and Olentangy River Parklands at Wilson Bridge Road [for 15 months]." more...

Wheels in Motion for Expanded Trails in Medina

7/24/15

Medina, OH - "...the long-term goal is to be able to provide lanes and trails connecting the city to Medina County's Chippewa Trail to the south and beyond Lake Medina to the north and east." more...

Shaker Heights Road Diet Plan

Shaker Heights, OH - "The city plans to reduce Lee Road from four lanes to three lanes through most of town, leaving one lane in each direction and a center turning lane. [They are also adding bike lanes.]" more...

Red Bike 2nd Phase Kicking Bike Share into Higher Gear

7/24/15

Covington, KY - "...According to the newest Red Bike data, the 11 bike share stations spread across Covington, Newport and Bellevue have already seen 2,743 checkouts." more...

Driver Knocks Woman off Bike, Draws Charges

7/24/15

Pittsburgh, PA - "A man accused of pushing a bicyclist to the ground after a confrontation in Lawrenceville Thursday was charged Friday, Pittsburgh police said." more...

New Bike Lane Labeled a "Death Trap"

7/24/15

Colorado Springs, CO - "...One of the offending lanes is shaped like a question mark, and it's got veteran cyclists scratching their heads." more...

New Downtown Bike Lanes Confusing Drivers

7/24/15

St. Louis, MO - "The first protected bike lane in St. Louis is causing confusion for some drivers." more...

Calls for a Coalition and More Bike Advocacy Cooperation

7/24/15

Portland, OR - "You know that point in a relationship when something starts feeling a bit off and you're like, "Baby, we need to talk." That's how I've been feeling about the bike advocacy scene here in Portland..." more

Pooping Cyclist Starts Foothills Fire

7/24/15

Boise, ID - "Bureau of Land Management officials say a cyclist who couldn't hold it is responsible for starting a fire that scorched more than 73 acres in the Boise foothills." more...

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Sidewalk Project Construction Begins

Lancaster, OH - "...construction on new sidewalks on Eastwood Avenue, James Road and West Walnut Street has begun." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

7/24/15

Read this week's issue.

Property Values along Cultural Trail up $1B

7/23/15

IN - "Property values have increased by $1 billion, businesses report more customers and higher sales, and residents feel safer Downtown since construction of the 8-mile Cultural Trail..." more

Portlander's Rally to try to Find Stolen Bike

7/23/15

Portland, OR - "It feels like all of Portland wants to help Megan Holcomb recover her stolen bike." more...

'Bike Autobahns' Could Be Coming to Munich

7/23/15

Germany - "...Calling a bike path an autobahn might sound grandiose, but what Munich's plan proposes is certainly heftier and more ambitious than what it provides cyclists with at present..." more

3 Ways Urban Areas can be Bike Travel Friendly

"... urban areas are usually more commonly known for bike commuting rather than bike touring, and most bicycle touring routes tend avoid cities in favor of scenic, low traffic, rural routes." more...

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Central Ohio Trail Users Logged Almost 12M Miles in 2014

7/23/15

Columbus, OH - "...The online survey of 672 people showed that the Olentangy trail is the most popular, with 57.3 percent of respondents saying they used that trail most often..." more

Liberty Trustees OK Trail Connection

7/22/15

Liberty Township, OH - "The work of a Liberty Township committee aimed at connecting multipurpose trails in the area is starting to pay off." more...

Council Committee Calls for $100k Soil Analysis for Irishtown Bend

7/22/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The completion of the trail, known as "Lake Link," has been held up by uncertainty over the future of Irishtown Bend." more...

Bike Trail Repair Bid Higher Than Expected

7/22/15

New Castle, PA - "Only one company submitted a bid for emergency repairs to the Stavich Bike Trail, and that bid was higher than anticipated." more...

Moonshine Operation Sparks Fire along Trail

7/22/15

Orangevale, CA - "A "moonshine" operation was blamed for a small grass fire along the American River Bike Trail in the Orangevale area Wednesday morning." more...

Plastic Roads That Are More Durable, Climate Friendly

7/22/15

Netherlands - "The Netherlands is already home to the world's first solar road (or bike lane, technically). Now, the country could soon be the first to use recycled plastic as pavement." more...

Bison Injures Woman Posing for Selfie

7/22/15

Yellowstone National Park, WY - "Yellowstone National Park officials are warning tourists to keep their distance after a bison flipped a woman into the air as she posed for a selfie with the massive beast." more...

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Camp Chase Trail Repairs

Columbus, OH - "A trail washout is being repaired at Alton Road. Estimated completion date is July 24.

Council OKs Modified Trail Route

Gahanna, OH - "...An amended version of the original proposal was approved, realigning the trail closer to Olde Ridenour Road to preserve the northern sledding hill..." more

Akron-Cleveland Road Bridge Completion Celebrated

7/22/15

Boston Heights, OH - "Boston Heights-- Boston Heights celebrated the completion of the new Akron Cleveland Road bridge over the Summit Metro Parks Hike and Bike Trail just south of state Route 303 on July 17." more...

Cyclist Who Survives Hit-and-Run in Good Condition

7/21/15

Cleveland, OH - "The cyclist critically injured in a hit-and-run during the VeloSano Bike to Cure charity event is listed in good condition Tuesday morning." more...

Two-Wheel Dreams

Cincinnati, OH - "When it comes to sharing the road with bikes, Cincinnati is not Amsterdam. Yet." more...

Who Pays for Roads?

"As Congress struggles to renew the federal transportation law, a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund [U.S. PIRG Education Fund] and Frontier Group finds that drivers currently pay less than half the total cost of roads..." more

Right-Sizing Roadways has Shown Few Downsides

Austin, TX - "...The most typical type of right-sizing is when the city reduces a four-lane roadway to a three-lane configuration by removing one travel lane in each direction to create a center turn lane and two outer bicycle lanes." more...

David Cameron Considers Truck Ban in UK Cities

7/21/15

UK - "Following the death of 26-year-old cyclist Ying Tao, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would look into a truck ban for city centers throughout the UK." more...

How Istanbul Improved Air Quality by Putting Pedestrians First

7/21/15

Turkey - "Motorized vehicle emissions are a primary cause of air pollution and yield some of the most adverse impacts on public health..." more

Now Even North Korea Has Bike Lanes

N. Korea - "City and national leaders around the world are joining the movement to create safer streets for cyclists. Now that even includes North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un." more...

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Juveniles Identified in Trail Sign Theft

Mentor, OH - "Authorities have identified two juveniles who were caught on camera stealing a sign from the Greenway Corridor..." more

Important Moment for Transportation

Cincinnati, OH - "We have arrived at an important moment for transportation planning in Greater Cincinnati and Ohio." more...

Driver Kills Cyclist in Hit-and-Run on Sidewalk

Atlanta, GA - "An arrest has been made in the Sunday hit-and-run crash that left a southwest Atlanta bicyclist dead." more...

The Evolution of Detroit's Non-Motorized Transportation Network

7/21/15

Detroit, MI - "...A decade ago, Detroit hardly had any bike lanes and lacked most other features of a non-motorized transportation system..." more

Firefighters Rescue Bike from Would-Be Thief

7/20/15

Portland, OR - "...Last week Erin Goldwater noticed someone had put a U-lock around her bike while she was at work - and she says it was done intentionally by a thief who planned to steal her bike..." more

Gov. Inslee Mulling Spending Bike/Walk Money on Highways

7/20/15

Seattle, WA - "...The Governor is currently mulling an idea that would trade hundreds of millions of dollars in bike/walk safety and trails funding for so-called "clean" fuels standards." more...

Wellington Street Gets "In Your Face" Makeover for Cyclists

Ottawa, CAN - "...Public works painted a series of detailed, close-knit sharrows down the middle of the road between Parkdale and Holland avenues on the weekend of July 11, along with a unique strip..." more

Newly Weds Struck By Lightning During Hike

7/20/15

Buena Vista, CO - "A newlywed couple from Denver were struck by lightning while hiking Mount Yale near Buena Vista, Colorado, on Friday, killing the bride." more...

100,000 Celebrate New Brussels Pedestrian Zone

7/20/15

Belgium - "...Several hundred metres of Boulevard Anspach, which runs through Brussels' historic city centre, have been closed to cars with the space now solely reserved for pedestrians." more...

Stockholm Is Banning Cars to Promote Green Energy

7/20/15

Sweden - "...The Swedish capital plans to block the use of motorized vehicles in the city center for one day on Sept. 19, as a way to help citizens envision life in the city with fewer cars..." more

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Hit-and-Run at Charity Bike Event

7/19/15

Ceveland, OH - "Hospital officials say a 26-year-old Ohio man is in serious condition after a hit-and-run incident during a charity bike event outside Cleveland." more...

City-Wide Spike in Stolen Bikes

Columbus, OH - "The city has stressed the importance of protecting your bike and proving it's yours as one shop owner in particular has seen a spike in bike thefts in central Ohio." more...

Construction Planned for 6-mile Stretch of Stroop Rd

7/19/15

Kettering, OH - "...The East Stroop project includes a proposed multi-use sidewalk and bike path along East Stroop Road from Wilmington Pike to Glengarry Drive..." more

Utah Transit Authority is a Model of Bike-Friendliness

UT - "UTA is giving $40 worth of free bike safety gear and $20 gift cards for electronic bike lockers at transit stations for free as part of an ongoing effort to encourage people to bike to transit stations instead of driving..." more

Fort Worth's New Visitor Wayfinding System

7/18/15

TX - "Fort Worth city and civic leaders are counting on a nearly $1 million signage system in downtown, the Cultural District and the Historic Stockyards to do a better job of getting visitors to their destinations." more...

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Bicyclists & Motorists Ignore Traffic Laws at Similar Rates

7/18/15

"...When it comes to obeying traffic laws, 'we're all criminals,' says Wesley Marshall, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado." more...

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Mayor Wants to Scrap Central Parkway Bike Path

Mohawk, OH - "The mayor of Cincinnati throws his support behind a growing group of business and property owners who say the Central Parkway bike path is a big mistake." more...

New Alum Creek Greenway Trail Section Opens

Columbus, OH - From Bike Commuting in Columbus, "...The Alum Creek Greenway Trail 1/4 mile section between Easton soccer fields/Easton Way-Champions golf course-Innis Park is now open for the public travel. The connection extends south to Brittany Hills trailhead & Bethesda Ave/Sunbury Rd..."

columbus.gov adds, "...This section now opens up a seamless 12 miles of path, from Westerville to Brittany Hills."

Comprehensive Bike Plan Delayed

7/18/15

Toledo, OH - "Bicycling enthusiasts are clamoring for Toledo to adopt a new comprehensive, nearly 100 mile, citywide bike plan - a document city council's zoning committee recently delayed for two months." more...

Pedestrain Dies from Injuries

7/18/15

Toledo, OH - "A Toledo man died after being struck by a vehicle Friday night on Tremainsville Road." more...

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Cleveland Bike Lanes Suffer Growing Pains

Cleveland, OH - "...The Euclid Corridor lanes are unswept, cyclists riding in the roadway rather than the lanes to avoid broken glass and debris." more...

Eastside Greenway Planners to Present Final Plans

Cleveland, OH - "The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission and LAND Studio will present final plans for a trail dubbed the Eastside Greenway..." more

Cuyahoga County, Shaker Heights Receive $120k for Transpo Study

Shaker Heights, OH - "...The study will look at how additional bus routes and all-purpose paths... might help commuters reach emerging jobs in Shaker Heights, Warrensville Heights, Highland Hills and North Randall." more...

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7/17/15

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Citi Bike Unveils Over 100 New Stations

NYC - "New York City's Citi Bike brings great benefits to the city, making it easier and more convenient to thousands of people - including tourists - to move around the city under their own power, on two wheels..." more

Distracted Driver Kills Bicyclist, Injures Child

Sacramento, CA - "...One 33-year-old man is now dead, and his eight-year-old son hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a car veered into the bike lane of Edison Avenue in Sacramento, and hit the two..." more

Senate Preserves TIGER, While House Punts on Long-Term Bill

7/16/15

"Advocates successfully mobilized to prevent the Senate from eliminating the multi-modal TIGER grant program in its long-term transportation bill, but that bill appears to be on hold for at least another five months after the House passed another short-term extension of the current law." more...

Improving Bike Share Access for Low-Income Users

7/15/15

"...With its deliberate concern for low-income individuals, D4E is just one way American bike-share programs are showing a budding interest in equity and equality." more...

Tell the Feds to Make Good Street Design the Standard

7/15/15

"The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is poised to issue new guidance about street design across the country. Will the new guidance include walking, bicycling, and transit facilities?" more...

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Commericial Tours of Moonville Rail-Trail Cause a Stir

7/15/15

Zaleski, OH - "Should people or businesses not affiliated with Vinton County or the association be able to profit off of Moonville?" more...

Alum Creek Trail Bridge Remains Closed

7/15/15

Columbus, OH - "Repairs on a suspension bridge over Alum Creek near Wolfe Park likely won't be finished until March." more...

Stavich Trail to get Repairs

7/15/15

PA - "A culvert washout and a partially collapsed hillside on the Stavich Bike Trail in Union Township will undergo repairs." more...

Turning Pleasant Street Into a Neighborhood Connector

7/15/15

Cincinnati, OH - "A coalition of community organizations organized a public event on July 11 that encouraged people to explore Pleasant Street and showcase it as a model pedestrian pathway connecting two of Over-the-Rhine's biggest anchors." more...

Columbia Gorge Highway Trail Nearing Completion

7/15/15

OR - "...The Oregon Department of Transportation is working to complete reconstruction of the country's first scenic highway, partially as a slow driving alternative to Interstate 84 or, in other sections, as a bicycling/pedestrian trail." more...

Citizens Rail on Tampa's 'Unjust' Bicycle Policy

7/15/15

Tampa, FL - "The US Department of Justice met with citizens of Tampa, many who say the police department's bicycling policy targets blacks." more...

NYC Vision Zero Vigil

7/15/15

"...Last night in New York City 1,000 people gathered for what's being called the largest rally for street safety and vision zero in U.S. history..." more

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Scenic Bikeways Pump $12.4m into Oregon Economy

7/14/15

OR - "...The 12 carefully selected routes that showcase the best road riding in the state accounted for $12.4 million in economic activity in 2014." more...

An Attempt to Seek Justice from Video Evidence

7/14/15

Portland, OR - "...The video captured the type of blatantly dangerous driving behavior that is common on our streets - yet usually goes unnoticed and unpunished." more...

2 Arrested for Metropolitan Trail Robbery

7/14/15

D.C. - "...Police say officers arrested two teenaged boys from Northeast D.C. on Tuesday for the incident and have charged them with robbery force and violence." more...

Bike Infrastructure Better than Helmets

7/14/15

"...in the UK people do wear helmets and hi-vis vests- because they are afraid not to." more...

Teen Survives Plane Crash, Hikes to Safety

7/14/15

Seattle, WA - "...The teen left the burning wreckage of the small plane and did what she could: She headed down the steep slope, following a creek to a river..." more

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New Fairport Harbor Bike Route

7/13/15

Lake County, OH - "Work has begun on a new bike route within the Village of Fairport Harbor..." more

Program Helps with Stolen Bike Recovery

Columbus, OH - "...While it won't prevent a bike from being stolen, the "Bug Your Bike" program could increase the odds of recovery." more...

Crowdfunding for Bike Lane

West Olive, MI - "A two-week-long online crowdfunding campaign is underway... to trigger matching funds for a four-foot-wide, three-mile-long bicycle lane..." more

Mobile Startup Hopes to Gather Bike Data

Portland, OR -"One of Portland's most interesting tech startups is about to move into its next phase: attempting to recruit thousands of local bike users to become rolling bikeway evaluators." more...

Enhancing the Everglades Through Eco-Friendly Transportation

FL - "National parks across the United States are struggling with growing concerns about the environmental impacts of providing vehicle-only access to their lands and amenities. Everglades National Park in south Florida is no exception..." more

The Plan to Pedestrianize Central Milan

ITA - "Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Dublin-and now Milan. Italy's second city is the latest of a string of European metropolises to start expelling cars from its downtown..." more

Urbanist Shares Vision for Making Tampa More Walkable

7/14/15

Tampa, FL - "The Tampa Bay region is abuzz about the billion-dollar project Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik has in the works for the Channel District in downtown Tampa." more...

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Why Aren't More Women Riding Citi Bikes?

NYC - "...According to a recent study from New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation, less than 25 percent of all Citi Bike trips are taken by women..." more

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Vehicularitsts & U.S. Bike Infrastructure

7/12/15

"Have you ever wondered why the U.S. is not among the world leading countries in bike infrastructure..?" more

Hamilton Completes New Bike Path

Hamilton, OH - "...This 1.6-mile stretch completes a project, which is part of the Great Miami River Recreation Trail, that took 15 years and $5 million to complete." more...

Boring Machine to Tunnel Under Downtown Akron

7/12/15

Akron, OH - "...The tunnel will be the single largest element in Akron's $1.14 billion plan to curtail sewer overflows that pollute the Cuyahoga and Little Cuyahoga rivers and the Ohio & Erie Canal." more...

Coastal Georgia Greenway a Work in Progress

7/12/15

GA - "Jim Langford envisions that in 50 years, hikers will be able to walk from one side of the United States to the others on trails that will span the country." more...

New 'Bike Barometer' Installed in Madison

7/11/15

WI - "...It's called a "bike barometer", and it tracks and displays the daily and yearly count of bicyclists who ride by on one of the city's busiest trails." more...

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Body of Missing Man Found in CVNP

7/10/15

Boston Township, OH - "Officials say the body of 33-year-old Matthew Fabian of Hudson was found Friday afternoon. Crews had been searching the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for the missing man. Authorities say there is no sign of foul play." more...

Closed Section of Blackhand Gorge Trail Reopens

7/10/15

Toboso, OH - A bulldozer has repaired the slip along the closed section of the Blackhand Gorge Trail, allowing access to the full length of the trail once again.

This is not a permanent repair, however, and visitors are asked to use extreme caution when using the trail here.

Residents Invited to Weigh in on Downtown Improvements

7/10/15

Massillon, OH - "Comment forms are being distributed around the city to garner opinions regarding downtown aesthetics and beautification for an upcoming streetscape study." more...

Construction Begins on Freedom Trail Remake

7/10/15

Boston, MA - "Portions of historic downtown Boston will soon be equipped with separated bike lanes and wider sidewalks as part of a $23.7 million project meant to remake a number of streets along the Freedom Trail." more...

Cycling Sabotage

UK - "...Recent incidents involving tacks scattered on roads and neck-high wire strung across cycle paths have taken the vilification of 'Lycra louts' to a whole new level." more...

Cities Are Reinventing Transportation Planning

7/10/15

"As protected bike lanes and other new-to-North-America designs have spread, they've created an exciting new era for American traffic engineers, who are once again getting the chance to solve new and interesting problems on our streets." more...

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Golfers Not Happy With Big Walnut Trail Plans

7/9/15

Gahanna, OH - "...Sixteen-year Gahanna resident Benjamin Preston told council July 6 that golfers are 'more than a little upset' about the proposed path." more...

Little Miami Trail Expansion Draws Closer to Downtown

7/9/15

Cincinnati, OH - "By next spring, the 75-mile-long Little Miami Scenic Trail will be one bridge away from connecting to the Lunken Airport and Otto Armleder Memorial Park bike trails..." more

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Central Ohio Sisters Rescued from Wilderness

7/9/15

Jackson, WY - "Three sisters who vanished over the weekend on a hiking trip in northwest Wyoming have been found alive." more...

Teen Sexually Assaulted on Springfield Trail

7/9/15

Springfield, MO - "A fourteen year old girl is sexually assaulted along a Springfield greenway trail, and the 22 year old suspect is now behind bars." more...

Bodies of 2 Hikers Found in Mountainous Desert

7/9/15

Gila Bend, AZ - "Authorities have found the bodies of a man and his 12-year-old grandson who had been hiking in central Arizona." more...

Vehicle Damages Ped Bridge on Columbia Trail

7/8/15

NJ - "...Photos show tractor-type tire tracks leading up from the side of the vehicle-restricted recreational trail and then onto the bridge." more...

If There Aren't as Many Women Cycling as Men, You Need Better Infrastructure

London, UK - "As a cyclist in London, it can feel as if you are taking your life in your hands - especially if you are a woman. Can the city make the roads safe for everyone?" mroe

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Tuscarawas County to Update Trails Plan

7/8/15

New Philadelphia, OH - "Tuscarawas County commissioners have approved spending more than $14,000 to revamp the county's Trail and Greenspace Plan, which hasn't been updated in a decade." more...

Loop Path Construction at Cox Arboretum MetroPark

7/8/15

Dayton, OH - "Excavation for the first leg of the Loop Path has begun..." more

Break-ins Plague 2 Westside Bike Shops

7/8/15

Cleveland, OH - "...They stole helmets, tires, accessories and even drove away with a company van in one of four break-ins reported at two West Side bike stores in the past two weeks." more...

Improved DCI App Helps Visitors Navigate Downtown

Cincinnati, OH - "Just in time for the All Star Game, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. (DCI) is launching a new version of its Downtown Cincinnati app." more...

Portland's Next Great Bike Neighborhood

7/8/15

Portland, OR - "...we're publishing a three-part series, told over the next six weeks, about the past, present and future of a neighborhood that could one day be the single most important hub of bicycling in the United States." more...

Paris to Let Cyclists Skip Red Lights

7/8/15

FRA - "Cyclists in Paris are to be allowed to ride through red lights after tests showed the move would not lead to accidents." more...

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Warrior Trail Seeks Donations for Shelter House

7/8/15

Ohio City, OH - "The construction of a new walking and bike path set to be paved along an old railroad track in Ohio City has been postponed [until] next spring, but a committee is still raising funds for a shelter house to be installed along the path." more...

Granville Ped Bridge Dedicated

7/8/15

Granville, OH - "...The bridge, costing approximately $1 million, connects to the T.J. Evans Bike Path on the north side of the creek and to Granville's east side..." more

Rocy Fork Metro Park Trails Should Open in August

7/7/15

New Albany, OH - "The first phase of the new Rocky Fork Metro Park is expected to open in northern Plain Township Aug. 14..." more

Improving Pedestrian Safety in Eureka

7/7/15

Eureka, CA - "...pedestrians in Eureka have a higher-than-average risk of being hit by a car..." more

National Bike Routes Bring Cyclists, Cash to Rural Towns

7/7/15

Spokane, WA - "Washington state's U.S. Bicycle Route 10 accounts for just 416 miles in the nationwide network of bike routes, which has nearly 9,000 miles..." more

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Pump Track Coming to South Euclid

7/6/15

South Euclid, OH - "...Skilled bikers will be able to ride the 85-foot-long path using only their momentum by shifting their body weight over the handlebars in a pumping motion..." more

Riverfront Commons Trail Receives $1.6M Grant

7/6/15

KY - "A trail along the Ohio River will get a small pedestrian bridge and more paved walkways thanks to $1.6 million in grants." more...

Cherry Creek Bike Path Sustains Heavy Storm Damage

7/6/15

Denver, CO - "Several heavy gage steel fences lie in a twisted heap along the Cherry Creek bike path, evidence of the force of flood waters that rushed through following a torrential rainstorm on June 24." more...

2nd Toddler Dies on King County Street

7/6/15

WA - "...The tragedy came just days after a four-year-old was killed in an Issaquah crosswalk." more...

Toronto Bike Share to Double in Size

7/6/15

CAN - "Metrolinx is doubling the size of the city's bike sharing system with $4.9 million aimed primarily at making more bikes available at transit stations." more...

Changing the Paradigm

7/6/15

"For the past 40 years, planners have thought the best way to deal with cyclists was to treat them like vehicles. But that policy has left only "fearless" cyclists using the roads. Bikes don't have to remain a rarely-used alternative. We can change the paradigm." more...

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The Rails-to-Trails Legacy

"The High Line, New York City's famed linear park, made a huge splash when the first section of it opened in 2009. But the underlying concept behind it-the conversion of a disused rail corridor into a welcoming public space-didn't come out of nowhere..." more

How to Enforce 3-Foot Passing Law

"...In state after state, police and legislators say that the 3-foot law is unenforceable." more...

Hiker Dies on Hot Desert Trail

7/6/15

Palm Desert, CA - "Riverside County authorities say a 61-year-old man died after suffering a medical emergency during a hike on a sweltering desert trail." more...

It's Hot: Cycling in Ocean City

NJ - "...Ocean City has the only true street cycle track existing in New Jersey..." more

Brussels Launches Development of Pedestrian Blvds

Belgium - "The future pedestrian boulevards of the Brussels City Center will be the stage for recreational and cultural activities throughout the summer..." more

Lessons from Overseas Cycling Infrastructure

"Civil engineering professor Glen Koorey from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has spent the last three-months touring North American and European cities to investigate best practices in cycling infrastructure planning and design..." more

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Bike Share Available for Trail Riding in Montgomery County

7/4/15

Oaks, PA - "An inexpensive bicycle rental program for residents and tourists who want to ride, rather than walk, dozens of miles of smooth, asphalt-paved trails across Montgomery County is now available..." more

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Camp Chase Trail Paving Starts Next Week

7/4/15

Columbus, OH - "Metro Parks will begin paving a 2-mile stretch of the Camp Chase Trail in western Franklin County next week..." more

Professional Help for Metro Parks Mountain Bike Trails

7/3/15

Summit County, OH - "Getting the best new mountain bike trails at Hampton Hills Metro Park is tricky business as Summit Metro Parks workers have discovered." more...

American Cities Again Redefining Independence

7/3/15

"Sometime in the 1920s, the American auto industry worked very hard and very consciously to achieve a great victory: they successfully associated their product with freedom." more...

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Chessie Circle Trail Opens

7/3/15

Toledo, OH - "A first section of a walking and cycling trail that planners hope will someday extend from northwest Toledo to northern Perrysburg Township officially opened Thursday morning."more...

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7/3/15

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Washed Out Stavich Trail Section to be Replaced

7/2/15

Union Twp., PA - "...trail repairs will involve installing larger drainage pipes and replacing the trail's base. Engineering consultants are examining the damage, and the county will begin soliciting bids Monday. County commissioners could award a contract later this month, with repairs to begin in early August." more...

Why I Need Bike Share in Cleveland

7/2/15

Cleveland, OH - "I'm thinking, maybe my next bike should be owned by someone else? Not only owned but repaired and looked after by another..." more

TriMet Moves to Clear Unused Bikes from its Racks

7/2/15

Portland, OR - "The Portland area's public transit agency has given itself the power to seize and discard bicycles abandoned at its stations for more than a few days." more...

Toronto Drops Speed Limit to 19 MPH on Residential Streets

7/2/15

CAN - "'There is no war on the car,' said Toronto City Councillor Paula Fletcher. 'There's basically been this continued war on people who don't have a car.'" more...

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Fairborn Bikeway Construction to Begin Despite Concerns

Fairborn, OH - "A long-awaited project to connect a bike path through Fairborn will soon become reality." more...

Projects Aimed at Improving Traffic Flow and Safety

Columbus, OH - "A $1.8 million project that got under way last month to add sidewalks and turn lanes to a stretch of Smoky Row Road..." more

Judge, Prosecutor Crash Bikes the Same Day

7/2/15

Franklin County, OH - "The Franklin County prosecutor and a Franklin County judge were both injured on Sunday afternoon in separate bicycle crashes." more...

Miami-Dade Extends Time to Comment on Controversial Glades Bike Trail

7/1/15

FL - "Twenty-three protesters slowly walked in circles outside of County Hall in downtown Miami on Wednesday, protesting plans for the Rivers of Grass Greenway - a 76-mile bike trail that would run from Naples to Miami." more...

Vandals Hit Brownsville Hike and Bike Trail

7/1/15

TX - "Vandals broke windows, damaged machinery and lit small fires near the Southmost Hike and Bike Trail over the weekend." more

How "Complete" are Indianapolis Streets?

7/1/15

IN - "Indianapolis passed a Complete Streets ordinance in 2012 to much fanfare. Three years later, how well is the city designing streets for walking and biking?" more...

Newark Solves Parking in Bike Lane Problem

NJ - "Three months after Newark drew national attention for considering removal of its state's only protected bike lane in order to allow illegal double-parking, it's found a different solution." more...

Woman Kills 4-Year-Old in Crosswalk

7/1/15

Seattle, WA - "A 67-year-old woman struck four-year-old Hao Chen Xu while he crossed in an Issaquah crosswalk with his mother Friday. Sadly, he died the next day in the hospital." more...

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Authorities Investigate Fishing Line Tied Across Trail

Waynesburg, OH - "...Runners reported seeing the fishing line tied between trees across the trail on separate occasions last Friday and Saturday." more...

Ped Safety in Twinsburg Starts with Sidewalks, Wider Roads

7/1/15

Twinsburg, OH - "Three road projects related to the city's downtown redevelopment plans could pave the way toward a safer, more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly city by 2021." more...

Upgrade for W. 5th Avenue Bridge to Begin August 3

6/30/15

Columbus, OH - "...The demolition work will clear the way for construction of a new, upgraded bridge that will safely accommodate motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists." more...

HUD Urges Cleveland to Improve Plans for Opportunity Corridor

6/30/15

Cleveland, OH - "...she also challenged Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to do a better job of designing the city's Opportunity Corridor so the $331 million road project helps create jobs and dense, walkable neighborhoods..." more

10 Takeaways From Latest Towpath Announcement

6/30/15

Cleveland, OH - "The Towpath Trail project has been ongoing for decades... it becomes more and more complex and difficult to understand. Hence, we offer up the following bullet points to help clarify the status of this growing urban treasure." more...

How Seattle Is Reclaiming Its Waterfront From an Elevated Urban Highway

6/30/15

Seattle, WA - "The Alaskan Way Viaduct is coming down, and a vast new park system is coming up." more...

Vehicularists Stymied U.S. Bike Infrastructure Development

6/30/15

"Salt Lake City is on track to implement the nation's first "protected intersection" - a Dutch-inspired design to minimize conflicts between cyclists and drivers at crossings. For American cities, this treatment feels like the cutting edge, but a look back at the history of bike planning in the United States reveals that even here, this idea is far from new..." more

More Steps Taken to Return Streets to Pedestrians

6/29/15

Vancouver, BC - "Something very odd happened when the City of Vancouver recently announced yet another bike lane reducing car capacity on the Burrard Bridge: nothing." more...

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Shaker Develops 1st Bike Blvd in Region

6/29/15

Shaker Heights, OH - "...I understand a Bicycle Boulevard to be a street open to all forms of traffic but prioritizing bikes by closely following a desired route, incorporating signage and design features that calm traffic, making bicyclists feel more comfortable..." more

Residents Want to Put the Brakes on Bikeway Connector

6/29/15

Fairborn, OH - "A bike path which has been a welcome sight for bicyclists has become the biggest headache for a few Fairborn residents." more...

West Shoreway Lane Closes and Speed Limit Drops

Cleveland, OH - "...The project aims to transform the six-lane, 2-1/2-mile West Shoreway, that is Ohio 2 west of the Cuyahoga River, from a freeway to a slowed-down scenic road." more...

Stavich Trail Section Closed Due to Flood Damage

PA - "Part of the Lawrence County portion of the Stavich Bicycle Trail is closed due to flood damage." more...

Capital Crescent Trail Congestion

6/29/15

MD - "...When county officials recently placed automated counters along the trail, they found roughly 700 users per hour in Bethesda during the busiest part of a Sunday in April..." more

How will New Technology Affect Bike Safety?

6/29/15

"...Last year, we asked on social media whether automated cars will increase or decrease safety for people who bike and walk - and most people said they didn't have enough information to know." more...

Device to Stop Cars From Driving Too Close to Bikes

6/29/15

"...Simmons got the device, which was actually paid for by a local bike advocacy group called Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga, on May 17..." more

Can a New Way to Measure Streets Help Advocates Tame Speeding?

6/29/15

"...A new digital tool called Placemeter aims to measure streets at a much more fine-grained level, analyzing a variety of different aspects of movement in an urban environment." more...

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Towpath Reopens, Scenic Railroad Remains Closed

Brecksville, OH - "The National Park Service reopened the closed portion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park after flood waters receded." more...

Weather Delays Iron Horse Trail Sealcoating

6/29/15

"The Iron Horse Trail will be closed on Monday, July 6, 2015 for sealcoating. If everything goes as planned it should be open the following day..." more

Weather Batters Connellsville-Area Bike Trail

6/29/15

PA - "...At least two dozen trees have fallen across the Great Allegheny Passage in the Connellsville area in recent days." more...

Patrol Car Mirror Strikes Cyclist

6/29/15

Philadelphia, PA - "...Whitemarsh Township Police Cpl. Christopher Wilhelm hit Nelson with his patrol car's passenger side mirror on June 6 while passing a group of cyclists on Hector Street..." more

New Bike Sharing Record Set in Twin Cities

6/28/15

MN - "Twin Cities cyclists logged 5,613 trips with bike sharing program Nice Ride Minnesota on Saturday-the most ever recorded by the organization in a 24-hour period." more...

Free Bike Share Rolls Out in Hastings

6/28/15

Hastings, MN - "A free bike-share program will be rolled out this week along downtown Hastings' riverfront..." more

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Towpath Trail Section Closes Due to Flooding

Brecksville, OH - "The National Park Service has closed the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) from Hunt Farm to Lock 39 due to high waters from Saturday's storm." more...

Mansfield Bike Loop on Hold Until August

Masnfield, OH - "Despite city council's unanimous approval last week, construction of the 5.73 mile Mansfield bike loop has been put on hold until mid-August..." more

HB154 [3 foot passing law] Needs Your Support for House Vote

6/28/15

"This session's 3' law bill HB154 passed the House Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee on June 24 with a unanimous vote of 12-0. Please contact your House representative now to ask him or her to vote for HB154 when it comes to a full House vote..." more

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Towpath Trail Extension Details Outlined

6/26/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Stage 3 is one of four planned sections of trail extending six miles from Harvard Avenue..." more

See a map of the trail extension through Cleveland.

Ohio Planners Eye Various Transit Modes

6/26/15

"...officials mapping out Ohio's transportation projects for the next few decades are considering how buses, bicycles and other modes of transit might fit with solo-driver commute..." more

Police Search for Attacker in Trail Sex Assault Case

6/26/15

Avon, CT - "The Avon Police Department is advising joggers to work out in pairs while on the rails-to-trails after a woman was sexually assaulted on the popular bike path." more...

Novick Says Bikes & Density Are Keys to Fighting Climate Change

Portland, OR - "...Novick said... sure, people get frustrated by cyclists and new developments, but bicyclists and new developments might be vital for Portland to meet its ambitious climate goals..." more

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Towpath Receives $700k for Stage 3 Extension

Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland Towpath Trail Awarded $700,000 Dollars from Ohio Department of Public Works..." more

Little Miami Trail Extension Groundbreaking Ceremony

Cincinnati, OH - "...The 3.2-mile extension will connect Little Miami Golf Center in Newtown to State Route 32 and Beechmont Avenue..." more

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Consider Biking Newsletter

6/26/15

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Bike Thief Faces Multiple Charges

6/25/15

Worthington, OH - "Worthington police last week charged a 34-year-old Columbus man with stealing a bicycle and providing false information to police." more...

Central Parkway Bike Lane - Not a Disaster

Cincinnati, OH - "...I read with interest Mayor Cranley's recent comment that the Central Parkway protected bike lane is a "disaster." ("Cincinnati faces govt shutdown" June 16) I respectfully disagree." more...

Cyclist Exonerated in Court

6/25/15

Portland, OR -"A Portland man who was blamed for a collision on a notorious section of North Broadway three years ago has been absolved in court." more...

Ohio 3-Foot Passing Law Clears Committee

"Progress continues on the statewide 3-ft passing law for the State of Ohio. House Bill 154 (3 feet passing clearance and proceeding with nonfunctioning traffic signals)..." more

Levy Has Big Plans for City Parks

6/24/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...The plan calls for renovating more than a dozen parks and historical landmarks throughout the city; building bike trails along Mill Creek; and creating a long-delayed marina at the city's riverfront." more...

Demonstrators Demand Action for Safer Streets

6/24/15

Portland, OR - "If the 75 or so Portlanders who came to City Hall this morning to kick off a full day of protests could be said to be speaking for any single person, it might as well have been one of the people there: Brittany Gratreak." more...

Cities Exploring Innovative, Bike-Friendly Traffic Light Tech

6/25/15

"Austin, Denver, and London are investigating devices that can detect cyclists to address the growing number of riders on the road." more...

Improved Trail Data Collection Technology Introduced

6/25/15

Sioux Falls, SD - "...The $50,000 system will help the city decide where improvements on the path are most needed by monitoring the traffic 365 days a year." more...

Bike Stolen from Cyclist near Lakefront Trail

6/24/15

Chicago, IL - "A bicyclist riding near the Lakefront Trail Thursday morning says she was knocked off her bike by a man who grabbed it and rode off." more...

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City Awards $7.8M Contract for Tremont Road Project

6/24/15

Upper Arlington, OH - "...It will include resurfacing Tremont between Ridgeview and Fishinger roads; curb, gutter and stormwater replacements; the installation of bicycle lanes and a shared-use path..." more

Red Bike on Pace to Shatter 1st Year Projections

6/24/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Community leaders gathered in Covington yesterday to celebrate the opening of the first six of 11 new Cincy Red Bike stations in Northern Kentucky. Four additional stations will be opened in Newport, and one in Bellevue, by the end of the week." more...

Bus Driver Allegedly Drives into People at Crosswalk

6/24/15

Portland, OR - "Last night a TriMet bus operator turned her bus directly into a group of people who were using North Williams Avenue..." more

Man Wakes Up With Bike Lock Around His Neck

6/23/15

UK - "This situation brings a whole new meaning to the term 'headlock.'" more...

DRIVE Act Gets A Tune-up

6/24/15

"This morning the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met to debate and discuss the DRIVE Act, the Senate's proposed transportation bill..." more

Anatomy of a Dangerous Intersection

6/24/15

"...'We say it so often that it's cliche,' writes Matchett, 'but it shouldn't take the death of child to fix intersections that are so obviously dangerous.'" more...

Walkable Development Is on the Rise in Michigan

6/24/15

"...Apartments in Michigan's walkable urban areas rent for 28 percent more than in driveable suburban areas. The premium on walkability is greater for home prices, which are 56 percent higher in those walkable urban places." more...

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Downtown Cleveland Turning Traffic Hub Into Public Park

6/23/15

Cleveland, OH - "To hear Clevelanders talk, Public Square is a place you pass through to reach somewhere else..." more

Should Bike Helmets Be Mandatory?

6/23/15

Dayton, OH - "The death of another young bicycle rider prompted 2 NEWS to check on the status of a bike helmet bill working its way through the Ohio Statehouse." more...

Ride Buddy Launched to Get More People to Bike to Work

Columbus, OH - "The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has teamed up with a local nonprofit to boost the number of people who ride their bikes for transportation." more...

Marina Sues City to Block Cycle Track Construction

Seattle, WA - "For more than a year, a group of Westlake residents, business owners, industry leaders and community members - including people who walk, bike and drive - have been meeting regularly to work with designers and the city to craft a design plan for a safe Westlake bikeway that considers everyone's needs." more...

'Aggro' Driving on Neighborhood Greenways

6/23/15

Portland, OR - "Here's another take on the much-discussed and increasingly well-documented problem of people who are in a big hurry to drive on some of Portland's neighborhood greenways..." more

Proximity to Bike Share Stations Augments Property Values

6/23/15

Montreal, CAN - "...We know that an extra bedroom, and a metro station nearby will make your house more valuable. Now it turns out that a bike-sharing station nearby will do the same." more

DRIVE Act - Not as Big a Disaster as You Might Think

6/23/15

"No, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's new six-year bill, obnoxiously named the DRIVE Act (Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy) [PDF], won't usher in a more enlightened era of federal transportation policy. But neither would it be a significant step backward..." more

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Boy Killed While Riding His Bike

6/22/15

Bradford, OH - "A 12-year-old Miami County boy is dead after being struck and killed while riding his bike Monday night." more...

Crime on Yakima Trails Down From Last Year

6/22/15

WA - "...Crime strikes Yakima's outdoor hotspots every so often-- but the numbers are dropping." more...

Calgary Opens a Downtown Protected Bike Lane Network

6/22/15

CAN - "One of North America's unlikeliest and most ambitious protected bike lane projects is now on the ground." more...

Why Cycletracks Should be the Next Great U.S. Transit Project

6/22/15

"...Experts say that for cycling to truly blossom in the United States will require networks of cycletracks - bike lanes separated from vehicular traffic by vertical barriers - so that bikers of all ages can ride without fear of serious harm." more...

A Look at the Drive Act

6/22/15

"As is evident in the acronym, The Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act, or DRIVE Act, is not focused on improving multi-modal transportation but rather on the interstate and highway system..." more

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Red Bike Bringing 6 Stations to N. KY

KY - "...Cincy Red Bike installed six stations in Covington this week, with five more on the way throughout Northern Kentucky's river cities." more...

Detroit to Get Protected Bike Lanes

6/20/15

Detroit, MI - "The first protected bike lanes - lanes separated by barriers from the nearby traffic - will be built in coming weeks on East Jefferson Ave." more...

Nonprofit Launches Grand Rapids Bike-Share Program

MI - "Grand Rapids will see its first bike-share program in July when a nonprofit launches a pilot bike-sharing program downtown." more...

Closing Streets to Cars Becoming More Popular

"As more U.S. cities adopt Vision Zero plans and adapt to become more bike and pedestrian friendly, so are they closing down their streets to cars..." more

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Bike Paths Planned for Ohio River Greenway Trail

6/20/15

PA - "The Ohio River Trail Council is moving forward with the first two phases of its Ohio River Greenway Trail, planning to begin construction in 2016..." more

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Cyclist Forced off His Bike by Bike Thief

6/19/15

Johnstown, OH - "A man told to Johnstown police his bicycle was stolen at 11:37 a.m. June 7 near the 100 block of South Williams Street." more...

Cyclist Struck by Vehicle Downtown

6/19/15

Newark, OH - "A cyclist was flown to the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

6/19/15

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Cyclists Stage Die-In to Protest Deaths

6/19/15

Toronto, CAN - "Thirty-one pedestrians and cyclists have been killed by cars so far this year; last year it was 13 by this time..." more

Lawsuit Says Greenway Lacking Traffic Barriers at Dangerous Curve

6/19/15

IN - "...De Jesus was on the Greenway training for a marathon when Cox's truck plowed over a bench and a sign and knocked De Jesus into a drainage ditch..." more

18 Victims will go to the Hospital by the Time the Trail Study is Complete

6/19/15

Seattle, WA - "Hours before a public meeting Thursday to discuss the missing 1.4 miles of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard, an ambulance pulled away from NW 45th Street under the Ballard Bridge to take another injured person to the hospital." more...

Free-Range Family Case Leads to New Directive

MD - "Maryland officials have taken steps to clarify their views about children playing or walking alone outdoors in a new policy directive that says Child Protective Services should not be involved in such cases unless children have been harmed or face a substantial risk of harm." more...

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Sunbury Road to be Rebuilt in 2016

6/19/15

Westerville, OH - "...The project will add a lane to Sunbury Road between County Line and Maxtown roads, plus curbs, storm sewers, streetlights, a sidewalk on the west side of the street and a multiuse trail along Hoover Reservoir on the east side." more...

Friends of the Little Miami Newsletter

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Trending: '6 Signs You're a Bike Jerk'

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National Park Service Tracking People

Cheyenne, WY - "Scientists are putting tracking devices on a new species - people - as they try to learn more about how their movements affect ecosystems in national parks." more...

Pop-Up Bike Lane in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI - "As the entire vision of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is still in the works, the community will get a taste of what it could be Thursday." more...

Portlanders Heading to Copenhagen for Week-Long Study Tour

6/19/15

Portland, OR - "Top staff from the Bureau of Transportation and some of Portland's most powerful leaders from the downtown business community will get a first-person view of one of the world's most bike-friendly cities next week." more...

More Hiker Rescues from Cleveland National Forest

6/18/15

CA - "...The rescues come two days after a hiker fell unconscious on the Cedar Creek Falls trail and later died." more...

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5 Questions About Bike Share Getting Funded in Cleveland

6/17/15

Cleveland, OH - "NOACA recently approved a $357,000 grant for building a citywide bike share system in Cleveland. The ultimate goal is to raise $2 million to either expand the existing Zagster pilot project or start over with another operator..." more

Separated Downtown Bike Lanes Set to Grow

6/17/15

Toronto, CAN - "A recommendation to extend separated bike lanes on downtown Richmond and Adelaide Sts. breezed through Toronto's public works committee." more...

Hiker Dies on Steep Trail

6/17/15

CA - "The young man who died while hiking along the Cedar Creek Falls trail in the Cleveland National Forest Tuesday has been identified..." more

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Downtown Connector to Kokosing Gap Coming this Year

6/16/15

Mt. Vernon, OH - "...The project will extend the Kokosing Gap Trail from where it now ends at Memorial Park, to a paved parking area between the building housing Creno's Pizza and Whit's Frozen Custard and the old railroad trestle over the Kokosing River..." more

Ohio River Trail West Set to Receive Grant

6/16/15

Cincinnati, OH - "The city is set to accept federal funding for nearly 2 miles of a new, dedicated mixed-use biking and walking trail along the West Side riverfront." more...

Cleveland to Get its 1st Protected Bike Lane

6/16/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Cleveland has the most ambitious protected bike lane project, maybe in the country, with The Midway..." more

Red Bike Leads to Split in Bellevue Budget Vote

KY - "...Councilmen David Slater and Rodney Poynter spoke strongly against the budget's inclusion of line items related to Red Bike, the Cincinnati-based bike sharing program that will be expanding into Covington, Newport, and Bellevue in the coming weeks." more...

Long-Term Maintenance Issues for Shoreline Trail Bike Path

6/16/15

Buffalo, NY - "...Months after the snow's melted from a harsh winter, there's no shortage of stones, glass and garbage in the streets and bike paths..." more

Seattle Uses Posts That Can Take a Punch

6/16/15

"As American cities have looked for simple, cheap ways to get physical barriers between bikes and cars, they've been reminded of a sad truth: You get what you pay for." more...

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Attempted Armed Robbery on Greenway Trail

6/16/15

Ashtabula, OH - "Two men with a handgun attempted to rob a man walking on the Greenway Trail early Sunday morning, but the man argued with the would-be robbers until they ran off, according to police reports." more...

CoGo Expands Bike Share Stations

Columbus, OH - "...Columbus has purchased 110 new bikes and 11 new stations that will link its existing system with several neighborhoods..." more

Google "Bike Vision" in Limbo After Mountain View Rejects Office Expansion

6/14/15

CA - "...On May 5, the council approved just one office building, at Landings Avenue, and held off on approval of the other four expansion sites. Without those approvals, Google won't cover the costs of several major improvements for walking and biking." more...

E-Bikes May be Allowed on Pinellas Trail

6/15/15

FL - "...A committee has been formed to study the possibility and will take the next several months to sort out the pros and cons." more...

Crews Locate Missing Kayakers Along Flint River Greenway

6/15/15

Huntsville, AL - "...According to their mother, two sisters, ages 14 and 19, went kayaking in this area earlier in the day with a group." more...

Cargo Bike Deliveries are Taking Over UK Cities

UK - "Eco-friendly cycle logistics firms are popping up across the UK, carrying everything from Amazon packages to takeaway food and bouquets." more...

Antwerp's Text-Walking Lanes for Peds

Belgium - "Smartphone addicts in Belgian city are given special "text walking lanes" so they won't bump into other pedestrians while texting on the trot." more...

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Athens Achieves 'Bike Friendly Community' Status

6/14/15

Athens, OH - "On Friday, the city announced that it had been designated a "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists..." more

Wasson Way Price per User Exceeds Streetcar

6/14/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...the expense of acquisition and construction is $32 million, with a ridership of 100,000 per year (and that is optimistic), the cost of use per rider is over $30 per bike for the first 10 years!" more...

Rape Reported at Huntsville Walking Trail

6/14/15

Huntsville, AL - "A woman was reportedly sexually assaulted late Saturday night." more...

Many North Texas Trails Still Unusable

6/14/15

TX - "...Anglin has been hit with a near-constant stream of inquiries from eager biking enthusiasts since the storms that pounded North Texas have subsided." more...

Dublin Planners Taking Cars Out of the Picture

IRE - "On Wednesday, Dublin City Council unveiled plans for a radical redesign of the city's traffic management..." more

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Plans for Lowellville Bike Partol

Lowellville, OH - "The seclusion of the Stavich bike trail can be pleasant, but it also raises safety concerns.

"'We've been getting a lot of complaints lately about people being harassed on the bike trail,' village Police Chief Ryan Bonacci said..." more

Iron Horse Trail to Close for Sealcoating

Dayton, OH - "The Iron Horse Trail will be closed on Monday, June 22, 2015 for sealcoating. If everything goes as planned it should be open the following day.

"The trail will be closed for its entire length in Centerville/Washington Township. The trail will be closed from the southern end at the foot of I-675 to the Kettering city line north of Rahn Road.

"Questions about this maintenance work may be directed to Grant George at the Centerville-Washington Park District - (937) 433-5155."

Source: miamivalleytrails.org

Signage Nearly Complete Along Mississippi River Trail in MN

6/14/15

MN - "...Signs are being installed this summer in Minnesota from Elk River to Itasca State Park, establishing the northernmost segment of the Mississippi River Trail, a 3,000-mile-long bicycle route following the river in its entirely..." more

Bicyclist Badly Injured on W&OD Trail

6/14/15

VA - "..The man suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital, the police report said." more...

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Spokes Opens at Champion Creek Trailhead

6/12/15

Medina, OH - "At the new Spokes of Medina at 406 South Broadway, you can rent a bike, cool off in the air conditioned lounge after a hike along the Champion Creek Multipurpose Trail, or enjoy a snack and a Cool Beans coffee at the umbrella tables on the new deck or patio." more...

Vote to Eliminate Bike/Ped Enhancements for New Transit Starts

6/12/15

"...Without any warning, there was a vote to eliminate funding for projects that make new transit systems safer and more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians.

"This was pretty wonky stuff, and could easily have been missed. The word 'bicycle' didn't actually appear in the language of the amendment..." more

Tonawanda-to-Buffalo Trail to Offer New Commuter Route

6/12/15

NY - "Picture riding a bike from your home, then switching to the subway to downtown Buffalo - while crossing just a handful of well-marked intersections." more...

Transportation Budget Proposal Could Threaten Missouri Bike Plan

6/12/15

MO - "A long-awaited bike trail spanning most of Missouri from east to west could be endangered by a pending transportation budget bill." more...

$21M Lawsuit calls out Dangerous Stretch of Road

6/12/15

Portland, OR - "A man whose legs were paralyzed in an unsolved 2013 hit-and-run on Interstate Avenue has sued the city, state and regional transit agency for $21 million." more...

Portland Battles Speeding Epidemic

6/12/15

Portland, OR - "Of all the ingredients that make up a dangerous roadway environment, most pundits and policymakers agree that speeding is one of the biggest threats..." more

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Wasson Way Backers Seek $600k

Cincinnati, OH - "...The Wasson Way Project nonprofit announced plans to raise $600,000 to perform design and engineering work on the trail, which is proposed to run nearly 8 miles through some of Cincinnati's most desirable neighborhoods." more...

On a related note conerning when the trail might open: "The Wasson Way bike trail could open as soon as the summer of 2017..." more

Lakefront Projects Show Solid Progress

Cleveland, OH - "Clevelanders were treated last week to a blitz of meetings about four projects aimed at improving the city's hard and mean-looking lakefront..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

6/12/15

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Gunmen had History of Behavioral Issues

6/11/15

Menasha, WI - "A gunman who opened fire on a Wisconsin trail bridge last month, killing three people and wounding another before taking his own life, was drunk, had stopped taking medication..." more

Edgewater Residents Divided Over Proposed Bike Greenway

IL - "...A proposed bike path on a Far North Side stretch of Glenwood Avenue has ignited community tensions from Edgewater to Andersonville, with some residents fearing the one-mile lane will bring traffic to a standstill, endanger cyclists and blight the community with ugly signs." more...

Seattle Gifting Those Who Obey Traffic Laws

6/11/15

Seattle, WA - "...Staff and volunteers from Pronto Cycle Share and Cascade Bicycle Club were out on 2nd Ave Thursday afternoon giving opposite tickets: $5 Starbucks gift cards for following the law." more...

Pregnant Mom Sucks Rattlesnake Venom from Child's Leg

6/11/15

CA - "...On their way back from a walk on the bike trail, Caramazza's sone Vinny accidentally stepped on a rattlesnake." more...

Seattle Adds 'Streateries' to America's Growing Pavement Culture

6/11/15

Seattle, WA - "...The street eateries are platformed oases with decorative shrubs that semi-permanently usurp one or two parking spaces..." more

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Growing Backlash Against Unnecessary Highways

"...Since 2007, however, US vehicle travel has basically flatlined, driven by economic and demographic shifts. Yet many states have kept building new roads and highways at a frenetic pace..." more

The San Diego Leaders Who Sacrificed People for Parking

6/10/15

"Earlier this year a street safety plan for Hillcrest and other San Diego neighborhoods was derailed after NIMBYs complained about the loss of curbside parking." more...

How Bike Index is Changing the Bike Theft Game

6/10/15

Seattle, WA - "...Seattle Police received 581 stolen bike reports January through May, according to police report data at data.seattle.gov. But though that is a ton of bikes, that's actually fewer than the 809 reports during the same period in 2014." more...

5 Key Lessons From Europe's Vision Zero Success

6/10/15

"From the moment that Vision Zero began capturing attention in American cities, we've heard many admiring references to its success in Europe, particularly in its birthplace of Sweden." more...

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Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Building a Woodsy Walking Trail

Twinsburg, OH - "...The hospital is in the midst of creating a 1.4-mile walking trail through a wooded section of its 80-acre campus located about 25 miles outside of downtown Cleveland." more...

New Round of Bicycle Friendly Communities Announced

6/10/15

"Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 42 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With this new round, 69 million people live in a Bicycle Friendly Community." more...

Wisconsin Developing State-Wide Bike Route System

6/9/15

WI - "Several agencies are teaming together to develop a network of mapped bicycle routes across the state of Wisconsin." more...

Seattle Proposes Massive Cycle-Share Expansion

6/8/15

Seattle, WA - "Pronto Cycle Share is an amazing transportation tool, but only if it's limited service area fills a hole in your specific trip..." more

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Marblehead to Build Bike Path

6/8/15

Marblehead, OH - "This time next year, residents and visitors will be able to bike, run or walk on a freshly paved bicycle path along Ohio 163 through the village of Marblehead to the lighthouse and Lake Point Park." more...

Friends of the Little Miami State Park

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Park Could Reach New Heights in Cleveland

6/8/15

Cleveland, OH - "...Lennie Stover envisions something more along the Red Line. Where you see overgrown brush, he sees a linear park." more...

Lakewood Bicycle Thefts Spike

Lakewood, OH - "Lakewood police have received a dramatic spike in bicycle theft reports as the weather has turned warmer in recent days." more...

A Look at Akron Road Diets

6/8/15

Akron, OH - "...The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATs) produced an amazing report, a "Road Diet Analysis." Not only does it explain what to do with excessively wide roads (reclaim space for community uses), it also lists the top 60 roads in Akron with excess capacity and which the transportation agency says are ripe for a slimming." more...

Cleveland's 1st Parklet Approved by Planning Commission

6/8/15

Cleveland, OH - "The parklet revolution is coming to Cleveland." more...

Semi Crashes on Bear Creek Greenway

6/8/15

OR - "A semitrailer wrecked just off the Bear Creek Greenway in Medford late Sunday, demolishing sections of a guard rail and fence and traveling over the bike path before coming to a stop in the brush." more...

7 Cities Get $375k to Work on Bike-Share Equity

6/8/15

"...Zoe Kircos, PeopleForBikes grant manager, explains that BBSP is trying to establish best practices for equitable bike-share systems that can be replicated everywhere." more...

PBOT to Unveil City's First Creative Crosswalk

6/8/15

Portland, OR - "...The Bureau of Transportation just announced that they'll debut a new crosswalk design tomorrow (6/9) in Old Town." more...

Congress Extends Transportation Funding Deadline... Again

6/8/15

"At the end of May, the president signed an extension of MAP-21, the nation's surface transportation law to fund roads, bridges, public transportation, and walking and biking projects, just as the current law was set to expire..." more...

Would Jesus Blame the Crash Victim?

6/8/15

"Last year New York City made it a misdemeanor for a driver to harm a pedestrian or cyclist who is walking or biking with the right of way. Since then, the Right of Way Law has come under attack from the MTA bus drivers union and members of the City Council, many of whom helped pass the law." more...

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West Shoreway Speed Limit Reduced to 35

Cleveland, OH - "Construction to convert the West Shoreway into a 35-mile-an-hour, greened-lined boulevard is about to begin..." more

Public Library Introduces Book Bike to City Streets

Cleveland, OH - "...The contraption will serve as traveling library, complete with a checkout station..." more

Consider Biking Newsletter

6/8/15

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The 606 Opens to Massive Crowds

6/8/15

Chicago, IL - "On its opening morning, thousands of eager children, teens, adults and leashed dogs ascended onto the Bloomingdale Trail..." more

Cyclist Killed in Collision with Police Cruiser

6/7/15

San Fran, CA - "A young man killed Friday when his bike collided with a police car in San Francisco was identified as a well-loved 23-year-old, who was active in the city's bike polo scene..." more

The Pedestrianization of Times Square

NYC - "For decades, vehicles and visitors jockeyed for space in New York City's famed Times Square. The battle is over: Pedestrians won..." more

Dangerous, Car-Centric Streets Put People at Risk

"The Denver Post ran a commentary today by Aaron Schwartz, recounting a regular day gone wrong: A car crash injured his son and pregnant wife, who were walking near East Alameda Avenue and South Monaco Parkway. It's a moving story that should impel change, but the culprit is not, as the headline suggests, 'high density.'" more...

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Cleveland Corridor Links Art, Education, Healthcare & Communities

"After visiting Grand Rapids Downtown Market in Michigan, the Bruner Foundation team headed to Cleveland to visit another of the five 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence finalists." more...

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Barberton Launches Miracle Mile Towpath Connector

Barberton, OH - "...Friday morning, Barberton unveiled its Magic Mile, a designated path that guides visitors to downtown - hopefully to spend money at area restaurants, theaters, art galleries and stores." more...

Wasson Way Trail Could Someday Extend to Uptown

Cincinnati, OH - "...I feel very strongly that we have a chance to have the best urban bike trail in the United States..." more

Mayfield Looks to Expand SOM Center Road Sidewalk

Mayfield, OH - "Village council will vote at its next meeting on legislation that would approve $294,000 for an extension of the sidewalk along the west side of SOM Center Road." more...

$95M Bloomingdale Trail Opens

6/6/15

Chicago, IL - "The 606, also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, officially opened today." more...

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Indy Parks Gives 24/7 Access to Greenway Trails

6/6/15

Indianapolis, IN - "...Williams says extending trail hours will be especially useful for people who commute to and from work on a bicycle. In particular those who do not work typical 9 to 5 hours." more...

Planners See More Bikes in Utah's Future

6/4/15

UT - "...a just-updated, 25-year plan now makes bicycles one of three major pillars of transportation in Utah, along with highways and mass transit." more...

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Trail Expansion Plans in Lorain County

6/4/15

Lorain County, OH - "...The parks district is lengthening the Black River Trail, the most heavily used trail in the Metro Parks system. Two multipurpose trails are being constructed along West River Road North..." more

Does Ohio Have the Largest Paved Trail Network?

6/4/15

Dayton, OH - "...Oberg, who just relocated to Yellow Springs, said he's '100 percent confident' that we have the nation's largest paved trail network." more...

Will Sinkhole Swallow Hudson River Greenway?

6/4/15

NYC - "Remember the sinkhole in the Hudson River Greenway that took almost a year for the Parks Department to fix? Now there's another one." more...

Trail Sabotage at River View Natural Area

6/4/15

Portland, OR - "...Someone has been placing sticks and logs on the River View trails in an attempt to stop or hurt mountain bikers. They are around blind corners and after drops..." more

10 New National Recreation Trails Announced

6/4/15

"On June 4, 2015, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis designated 10 local and state trails as national recreation trails, adding more than 150 miles to the National Trails System." more...

House Voting to Slash Transpo Programs Locals Count On

6/3/15

"...The programs targeted by the House for cuts are precisely the ones that cities, towns and metro regions of all sizes throughout the country are depending on to help them stay economically competitive and bring their ambitious transportation plans to fruition." more...

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Man Sought After Attack on Walking Trail

6/3/15

Delaware, OH - "...The teen told police she was walking near the path close to U.S. 23 when a man who she had just passed attacked her." more...

Iron Horse Trail Closing for Maintenance June 3

Centerville, OH - "The Iron Horse Trail in Centerville will be closed for weed control maintenance on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 8am-noon..." more

Bike Loop Proposal Presented to City Council

6/3/15

Mansfield, OH - "...Shogren, a Mansfield resident, explained, 'Our proposal for the city is to make Mansfield more bicycle friendly.'" more...

Scouts Clearing Trail in Mohican Area

6/3/15

Butler, OH - "...As part of the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, scouts from Portage Lodge 619 will construct and clear about seven miles of trail." more...

Groups Unite to Protect Mountains to Sound Greenway

6/3/15

WA - "A coalition of outdoor recreation groups has collected more than 3,000 signatures calling on Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area." more...

Overexcited Man Kicked out of Naked Bike Ride

UK - "Cyclists looking to take part in Cambridge's first naked bike ride will hope for better luck than one rider in Kent on Saturday, who was removed by police after becoming 'over-excited'." more...

Bison Attacks at Yellowstone Park

6/3/15

Cheyenne, WY - "...The latest attack Tuesday was an especially violent scene, as a bison charged a 62-year-old Australian man and flung him into the air several times." more...

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Economic Benefits of Wasson Way Trail

Cincinnati, OH - "...Proponents of the bike trail are predicting higher property values, job growth and $10 million in annual spending from bikers and walkers who use the trail..." more

Body Found Near Trail Had Visible Trauma

Salt Lake City, UT - "Police say a man found dead near the Jordan River Parkway Trail had visible trauma..." more

Ghost Bike Gets Run Over Too

Portland, OR - "The white bicycle memorial to recent Reed College graduate Mark Angeles, 22, was wrecked late Monday or early Tuesday, apparently by the wheel of a motor vehicle." more...

World Class MTB Trail System Opens on Maui

HI - "...The new trail system is located within the Makawao State Forest Reserve and features miles of professionally designed and designated mountain biking trails..." more

One U.S. City Makes Global Bike-Friendly List

"...Minneapolis is the first U.S. city to make the list since the firm increased the number of cities up for consideration in 2013..." more

Research Says E-Bikes Encourage More Cycling

6/3/15

"...new research by the government-funded Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics (Transportřkonomisk institutt) set out to see whether giving people e-bikes for a few weeks changed their minds - and their habits." more...

Protests and Politics

6/2/15

Portland, OR - "May was a tumultuous month for Portlanders who care about safe streets. There have been tragic losses, protests, calls for reform and the early signs of progress..." more

Exploring the London & Cambridge Bike Scenes

6/2/15

UK - "I just got back from a whirlwind one week visit to see London and Cambridge. There was lots of cycling to be had and I had to get used to cycling on the opposite side of the road. But I was really not prepared for the numbers of bikes on the streets of London during rush hour..." more

6 Bike Share Cities You Should Watch

6/1/15

"Equity in bike share isn't going to happen on its own." more...

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Paintball Shooting Blinds Cyclist

Columbus, OH - "A 72-year-old bicyclist was blinded in his eye after being shot Friday night with a paintball gun." more...

More Details on Wasson Way Purchase

6/1/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...Norfolk Southern has agreed to sell part of the Wasson Way rail line to the city for $11.8 million..." more

Red Line Greenway Project a Long Way Off

6/1/15

Cleveland, OH - "...given the current funding picture, the earliest construction can begin on the linear park running adjacent to the RTA rapid tracks from Downtown to Detroit-Shoreway is 2019." more...

Teen Killed after Falling off Embankment at West Side Quarry

6/1/15

Columbus, OH - "Students and staff met with grief counselors Monday night at Grandview Heights High School to mourn the loss of one of one of their own, after a fall at a quarry." more...

London's 1st Ciclavia a Success

6/1/15

UK - "Five years ago, David Love visited NYC's Summer Streets and was so captured by the warmth and excitement he saw decided he just had to bring an open streets London." more...

CicLAvia Draws 40,000 in Pasadena

CA - "Colorado Boulevard transformed into a haven for tens of thousands of bicycles and other motorless forms of transportation Sunday as CicLAvia brought its massive, festival-style bike ride to Pasadena for the first time." more...

Man Charged in Stabbing Death on Greenway Bound to Grand Jury

6/1/15

Knoxville, TN - "...Timothy Ison, 24, appeared in Sessions Court on Monday morning. Witnesses and an investigator testified to help piece together how Stefany Fairbanks, 42, was murdered..." more

System Glitches During Bike Share Launch

6/1/15

Pittsburgh, PA - "...The debut of the system, which will eventually number 500 bicycles at 50 kiosks, didn't quite go off without a hitch. Because of a problem processing payments, the automated kiosks weren't working." more...

Top 10 U.S. Cities Where You Can Find Jobs To Walk To

6/1/15

"How many jobs are within a 10-minute walk of your home? How about 20 minutes? Chances are, there's a lot more if you live in Philadelphia than in Memphis." more...

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Wasson Way Trail Clears Another Hurdle

5/31/15

Cincinnati, OH - "...the city has reached an agreement with Norfolk Southern on the terms of a deal to purchase the right-of-way on the unused railway tracks near Wasson Rd." more...

Bike Path Repairs Delayed

5/31/15

Athens, OH - "Ohio University's contractor has stopped long-awaited repair work on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway between Richland and Stimson avenues while it addresses 'questions' relating to the project." more...

Is There Time to get the Opportunity Corridor Right?

Cleveland, OH - "Terry Schwarz, director of Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, posed a zinger of a question at the City Club forum on Wednesday about the city's massive Opportunity Corridor boulevard project." more...

Bike Partol Training in Delaware

Delaware, OH - "...Last Friday, officers from Cleveland, Youngstown and several central Ohio departments completed the week of training for which they'll become certified police cyclists through the International Police Mountain Bike Association." more...

Survey Polls 17,000 to Learn Why Cyclists Break the Law

CO - "...Wesley Marshall, a professor of civil engineering, recently asked more than 17,000 people to complete what he called the "Scofflaw Survey" to figure out what makes them disregard traffic laws." more...

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Lawsuit Probable Over Trail Raiload Crossing

Mt. Vernon, OH - "It's looking more like the city will have to resort to court action to get a crossing of the Heart of Ohio Bicycle Trail over the Genessee and Wyoming tracks at Ariel-Foundation Park." more...

Ohio-ot-Erie Signs Go Up Along Kokosing Trail

Mt. Vernon, OH - "Kokosing Gap Trail board member, Derick Busenburg, and his son, Zack, recently assisted in the installation of new Ohio to Erie Trail signs along the Kokosing Gap Trail..." more

OB: To our knowledge, this is the furthest point north that OTE wayfinding signs have been placed to date.

Kerry Breaks Leg in Bike Crash

5/31/15

"The US Secretary of State John Kerry has broken his leg in a biking accident in the French Alps." more...

Portage Road Projects Top $36m in Latest AMATS Plan

5/31/15

Akron, OH - "The new four-year regional transportation plan adopted recently by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study includes $36.3 million worth of projects in Portage County." more...

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Girl's Death Prompts Road Safety Check

Hamilton County, OH - "The Hamilton County Engineer's Office will take a look at a section of Pippin Road where 12-year-old Bridgette Shepherd was killed May 24 to check for safety issues." more...

Injured Swimmer Rescued in Taylorsville MetroPark

5/29/15

Vandalia, OH - "...the girl and a few other teens were swimming in a tributary of the Great Miami River, located in a restricted, wooded area off the bike trail in the north part of the park." more...

Johnson County Bike Trail Closure Draws Protests

5/29/15

North Liberty, IA - "...I am extremely disappointed that the School District cares so little about the safety of Johnson County residents that you would close a public transportation and recreation connection with no thought to an alternative route and with no public input or discussion..." more

New Antebellum Bike Route in Georgia

5/29/15

GA - "After 30 years, Georgia tourism promoters have found a new way for folks to explore the Antebellum Trail." more...

San Pablo Man Linked to Brutal Rape on Greenway

5/29/15

Richmond, CA - "DNA evidence helped connect a San Pablo man to a horrific incident in December 2013 during which a victim was repeatedly raped and then robbed along the Richmond Greenway..." more

Mayor, Commissioner Call 'Urgent Meeting' in Wake of Collisions

5/29/15

Portland, OR - "Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have just announced an "urgent meeting" that will take place next week at City Hall to discuss bike safety following a spate of collisions that has sparked widespread concerns." more...

Too-Broke-for-Bike-Lanes WI Building Pricey New DOT Headquarters

5/29/15

WI - "...James Rowen at the Political Environment relays the news that state lawmakers are preparing to put the kibosh on funding for walking and biking trails. That's in addition to a proposal to nix the state's complete streets policy..." more

Uber Launches On-Demand Bike Rack Option in Portland

5/29/15

Portland, OR - "...Dubbed "UberPEDAL" the new system will allow Uber customers to request a car through their app that can pick both them and their bike." more...

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81-Year-Old Exposes Himself on Dayton Bike Trail

Dayton, OH - "...MetroParks Rangers involved in an undercover operation Wednesday afternoon in the 2600 block of Deweese Parkway said one of them approached Fredie Williams of Dayton along a recreation path and started a conversation." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

5/29/15

Read this week's edition.

Uptown Leaders Need Street-Calming Plan

5/28/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Cincinnati's uptown neighborhoods are experiencing a bit of a boom..." more

4 Cities Race to Finish the First U.S. Protected Intersection

5/28/15

"...Fifteen months after American bikeway designer Nick Falbo coined the phrase "protected intersection" to refer to a Dutch-style intersection between two streets with protected bike lanes, the concept hasn't just ricocheted around the Internet - it's been approved by four different cities." more...

Rick Browning on Protected Bike Lanes in Downtown Portland

5/28/15

Portland, OR - "...As we reported earlier this month, downtown is probably the most bike-intensive part of the city that has almost no all-ages bike infrastructure..." more

Goats along the Greenway in Asheville

5/28/15

Ashville, NC - "In addition to the runners, bicyclists and dog walkers, expect to see some hairy, horned and hungry visitors to the Hominy Creek Greenway over the next few weeks." more...

U.S. Bike Route 10 Extends into Idaho

5/28/15

"The U.S. Bicycle Network grew by 874 miles this month when a national highway organization approved routes in Idaho (66 miles), Utah (782 miles) and Minnesota (26 miles)." more...

Missing Man Found After 3 Days in Cleveland National Forest

5/28/15

CA - "A Placentia man who spent three days lost in the Cleveland National Forest was rescued Wednesday, injured and severely dehydrated but expected to make a full recovery." more...

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Mentor Bike Trail, Gateway Projects Delayed

5/27/15

Mentor, OH - "...Only two bids were received for a job combining construction of an asphalt bike trail in Newell Creek Preserve and enhancements to the Route 615-Interstate 90 interchange area." more

A Plea for States Like Ohio to Wake Up to the "New Reality"

5/27/15

"Ohio's cities have been declining, and traffic congestion isn't the problem. The highway system, if anything, is overbuilt." more...

Bicycles & Equity

5/27/15

Cleveland, OH - "...bikes are more than just fun; they're a critical component of a healthy and livable urban landscape. We need to think of the bicycle as more than a recreational vehicle, and view it as an instrument of change for our region..." more

New Greenway Trail Creates Urban Bike / Run Path

5/27/15

Tampa, FL - "It's 1.7 miles of dedicated path right through the heart of downtown Tampa: the new Selmon Greenway Trail." more...

Pushing "Traffic Violence Apologists" Out of Office

5/27/15

Portland, OR - "A Northeast Portland couple launched a political action committee this week that aims to push politicians out of office if they support the status quo on American streets." more...

Evidence That Wider Lanes Make City Streets More Dangerous

5/27/15

"The "forgiving highway" approach to traffic engineering holds that wider is safer when it comes to street design. After decades of adherence to these standards, American cities are now criss-crossed by streets with 12-foot wide lanes. As Walkable City author Jeff Speck argued in CityLab last year, this is actually terrible for public safety and the pedestrian environment." more...

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Man Found Dead on Bike Trail

5/26/15

Howard, OH - " A man was reported found unconscious at the Kokosing Gap Trail in Howard on Monday evening." more...

Unveiling of Red Line Greenway Vision

5/26/15

Cleveland, OH - "Backers of the Red Line Greenway are planning a "community unveiling" on Wednesday of a concept for a three-mile linear park that could significantly brighten the future of the city's West Side." more...

12-Year-Old Killed Crossing Street

5/26/15

Colerain Township, OH - "Family and friends gathered and sang songs on the narrow Pippin Road shoulder Monday night for a vigil honoring Bridgette Shepherd, who was struck by a car and killed Sunday." more...

Casket Turns up on Bike Trail After Flood

5/26/15

Houston, TX - "A casket turned up on a bike trail near South Braeswood Boulevard, the Houston Police Department said. How it got there remains unknown." more...

Missouri Bike Trail Plan Creates Both Hope & Lawsuits

5/26/15

MO - "...Now they hope to re-create [the Katy Trail] success in Missouri's northern Ozarks region where the abandoned Rock Island railway line will be converted into a new 145-mile recreational trail..." more...

Using the Mayors' Challenge as an Local Advocacy Tool

5/26/15

"Let's face it: Bike advocates have it tough. Winning our goal of safer streets is a game played in multiple arenas..." more

"Self-Parking" Car Mows Down Onlookers

5/26/15

"Last week, a gossip blog based in the Dominican Republic called Remolacha published a disturbing video of what it said was a 'self-parking car accident...'" more

"Free Range" Parents Cleared of One Charge

5/26/15

MD - "...Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Dec. 20 incident when they let their kids walk home from the park in Silver Spring, Maryland..." more

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Iconic Lakefront Ped Bridge Construction Delayed

Cleveland, OH - "...Originally, the county, which is leading the construction, had hoped to complete the bridge in time for the Republican National Convention in 2016." more...

Dutch Bike Path Could be Precursor to Solar Energy Roads

"A bike path in the Netherlands that's shorter than a football field could be the future of energy and travel." more...

Car-Free Commuting Just Got Easier in D.C.

Arlington, VA - "Arlington County is developing a simple suite of tools it hopes can change the way people get to work." more...

Whatever Happened to Bike Sharing in Norfolk?

5/25/15

Norfolk, VA - "...The dearth of interest from the [Bike Share] industry told staff they need to do more to improve the city's bike infrastructure..." more

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Students Want Safer Road Crossing

Groveport, OH - "Groveport officials are hopeful that the growing number of concerned organizations -- now including civics students from Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools -- may finally bring changes to pedestrian safety along state Route 317." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

5/24/15

Read this week's edition.

Des Plaines River Trail to be Completed

5/24/15

IL - "The missing link in the 33-mile Des Plaines River Trail is set to go under construction this summer and open by early fall." more...

Texas Trail Projects to Share $2.38M in Grants

5/24/15

TX - "The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday approved $2.38 million in federal grants for 17 recreational trail projects across the state." more...

Yellowstone Injuries: Slips, Falls Outpace Bear Mauling

5/24/15

Casper, WY - "Getting hurt at Yellowstone National Park isn't quite as dramatic as you might think." more...

Cities Give Alleys New Life

"Several cities are starting to see more potential in once dangerous and usually underused backstreets." more...

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New Parks Opening Soon in Springfield

5/24/15

Springfield, OH - "The National Trail Parks and Recreation District will open two new locations in the next two weeks, including a dog park and children's nature park." more...

Ogden Faces Uphill Ride to Bike-Friendliness

5/23/15

Ogden, UT - "The interest in bicycles in Ogden as a viable form of transportation continues to grow as the city moves forward with its plans to be a bicycle hub." more...

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Could Innerbelt Cap be Coming to Cleveland?

Cleveland, OH - "One of the coolest places I visited in Dallas was probably Klyde Warren Park..." more

Seattle's Antidote to Aggressive Driving in Neighborhood Greenways

5/22/15

Seattle, WA - "I'm in Seattle today joining the second leg of a study tour for a group from Indianapolis that's visiting Portland and Seattle to study neighborhood greenways, the relatively low-cost, low-controversy bike infrastructure Portland imported from Vancouver BC..." more

Proposed Bike Trail Concerns Residents

5/22/15

Quincy, FL - "An overflow crowd of concerned citizens packed the Bill McGill Library conference room in Quincy last week to voice their opinions about a proposed paved bicycle trail planned between Quincy and Havana." more...

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Dayton Working to Improve Trail Connections

Dayton, OH - "...members of the city council were given the opportunity to ask questions and make additional requests or proposals to improve the parks and trail system within the city and the park district..." more

Portland Trying Mile-Long Pop-Up Park

5/22/15

Portland, OR - "...Starting today, May 22 and going through June 5, Portland is creating pop-up bike and pedestrian lanes by taking over a 15-foot, mile-long stretch of pavement normally reserved for northbound car and truck traffic..." more

The Case for Baking Bike Infrastructure Into Vision Zero Projects

5/21/15

NYC - "London is surging ahead with big plans for protected bikeways that span the city. By comparison, New York's bike plans, while moving forward incrementally, feel piecemeal. Has safe cycling infrastructure become an afterthought in the city's Vision Zero program?" more...

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Riding the Rails of the (Future) Red Line Greenway

5/21/15

Cleveland, OH - "The Red Line Greenway, a proposed three-mile bike-and-hike trail and linear park that would be built alongside the RTA Red Line on Cleveland's west side, could be one of the most transformational projects the city has seen in years..." more

The Power of a Sign

5/20/15

Cleveland, OH - "Its unusual when a traffic sign turns into a cocktail party conversation starter. But when the subject turns to biking, suburbanites across the east side of Cleveland have noticed and are talking about one in particular..." more

Sinkhole Closes Trail Section

Dayton, OH - "The Buckeye/North Country trail is closed in Taylorsville MetroPark from the Tadmor Lot (2005 U.S 40) to Old Springfield Rd. due to a large sinkhole. Users are advised to use the Great Miami River Bikeway as their route for this portion of trail until further notice."

Source: www.metroparks.org

Portland's First-Ever 24-Hour Bike Count

5/20/15

Portland, OR - "...A 24-hour count of bike traffic at the corner of Southeast Ankeny and 28th Avenue observed 2,231 bike trips from noon on Thursday, May 14 to noon on Friday, May 15..." more

Legislature To Consider Money For Bike, Running Trails

5/20/15

FL - "Voter-approved money for land and water conservation could be used to help create asphalt and concrete bicycle and running paths across Florida." more...

Mountain Bikers Balk Over New State Park Fee

IN - "Indiana mountain bikers are upset about a new pay-to-play fee imposed on trails that were built almost entirely with volunteer labor." more...

Map Guide to Walking Safely in NYC

5/20/15

NYC - "f you live or visit a city like New York walking is one of pleasures the city gives you. Unfortunately it might be also dangerous..." more

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University Circle to Test 7 Road Diets

Cleveland, OH - "...After a yearlong study and gathering feedback from more than a thousand people, University Circle, Inc. decided it should immediately deal with some of the worst offenders-where unusually high levels of crashes occur between cars and pedestrians." more...

Bicycle Fixit Stations Debut in Metroparks

Toledo, OH - "...new self-service bicycle repair stations have been installed in a handful of locations along trails in the Metroparks of the Toledo Area system." more...

Defendants get Life for Bike Trail Murders

5/19/15

Kirkwood, GA - "A jury has convicted and sentenced two men charged with killing a U.S. Army reservist in on a bike trail Kirkwood in 2013." more...

FHWA Launches Separated Bike Lane Planning & Design Guide

"... I am excited to announce the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) new Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide." more...

Feds Finally Onboard with Protected Bike Lanes

5/19/15

"...Eight years after New York City created a trailblazing protected bikeway on 9th Avenue, designs once perceived as unfit for American streets have now been detailed in a new design guide by the Federal Highway Administration." more...

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Extending the Western Reserve Greenway to the Harbor

5/19/15

Ashtabula, OH - "Ashtabula County Metroparks is laying groundwork for the Ashtabula City North Shore Trail, a project which will extend the Western Reserve Greenway from its northern trailhead to Bridge Street." more...

Sealcoating Closes SKT Trail Section

5/18/15

Urbana, OH - "The trail from County Line road north will be closed May 18 - 21 to sealcoat the trail.

"Please check the website and face book out for updates, it is possible if the weather permits to be done before the 21st."

Source: Simon Kenton Pathfinders

Dublin Trail Underpass Closure

5/18/15

Dublin, OH - "The bike path underpass at Brand Road, just east of Bristol Parkway, is closed for repairs. Bicyclists and pedestrians are still able to travel through the area across Brand Road. The closure is expected to last through Thursday, May 21, 2015."

Source: dublinohiouse.gov

Contractor to be Selected for Bike Trail Construction

5/18/15

Miamisburg, OH - "The selection of a contractor for the Miamisburg Multi-Use Connector Trail is scheduled to addressed today." more...

CSU Students Breathe Life into Waterfront Neighborhood

5/18/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The students' plan leverages completion of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail (aka the Lake Link Trail), which will connect the 101-mile-long Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail to Cleveland Metroparks' Wendy Park, located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on Lake Erie." more...

Summit Parks Installs Bike Repair Stations

5/18/15

Akron, OH - "Crews this month installed bike repair stations in three Metro Parks locations, on the Towpath Trail's Memorial Parkway Trailhead; the Wilbeth Road Trailhead and the Ohio 303 parking lot of the Bike & Hike Trail." more...(scroll to "Summit County...")

Brecksville to Reroute Buckeye Trail

5/18/15

Brecksfville, OH - " Brecksville expects to reroute a 300-foot portion of the Buckeye Trail to help alleviate flooding along Riverview Road near Valley Parkway." more...

Summit County Parks to Dedicate Hudson Location

5/18/15

Hudson, OH - "Thanks to a Hudson resident who enjoys the Summit Metro Parks and the Fall Hiking Spree, the city's first standalone addition to the park system will open to the public after a ribbon cutting Tuesday at 11 a.m." more...

Another Attack on Anchorage Bike Trail

5/18/15

Anchorage, AK - "An Anchorage cyclist was attacked by a teenager Monday morning while commuting to work on the popular Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail..." more

Bike Ferry Makes Ceremonial Debut

5/18/15

Buffalo, NY - "...Mayor Byron W. Brown said the ferry continues the city's commitment to bike transportation..." more

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Bike Lane Potholes Causing Problems

Cleveland, OH - "Many of you have told us about the problems pothole craters create for cyclists. In honor of National Bike to Work Day, we pedaled to Cleveland City Hall to find some answers." more...

OSU Getting 2 CoGo Stations

Columbus, OH - "Two months after selecting a CoGo competitor to run its own bike-share system, the Ohio State University has pledged nearly $100,000 to bring two CoGo docking stations to campus this summer." more...

Newport on the Levee Contributes to Cincy Red Bike

Newport, KY - "Newport's biggest retail outlet and tourist draw has doubled down on bringing Cincy Red Bike across the river to Northern Kentucky." more...

Bike Path Redesigned to Bypass Willow Tree

5/16/15

Lolo, MT - "A save-the-tree campaign to keep a giant weeping willow along U.S. Highway 93 from being chopped down for a bike trail just went past-tense." more...

Brussels Pedestrianisation 'Ahead of Schedule'

Brussels, BEL - "Brussels authorities have decided to speed up the implementation of an expansion of pedestrianised areas in the city centre." more...

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It's Official: Simon Kenton Extension is Open

5/16/15

Bellefontaine, OH - "'Places that have touted themselves as cycling destinations across the country don't have anything on the Miami Valley,' Eric Oberg, Midwest regional manager of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy..." more

Pilot Program Studies Public Paddling on Cuyahoga River

5/16/15

Pennisula, OH - "The National Park Service is working with Kent State University to look at opening up the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) River for canoeing and kayaking." more...

Route of Hiawatha Trail Opens

5/16/15

ID - "...The Hiawatha includes 10 tunnels and seven trestles as high as 230 feet along Loop Creek canyon within the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains. The trail is considered the "crown jewel" of all rail-to-trail projects in the country and delivers a one-of-a-kind adventure for riders from around the world..." more

Woman Dies After Fall from Crowders Mountain

5/16/15

NC - "...Rescuers said she fell about 150 feet from the King's Pinnacle Trail..." more

Evidence That the Census Undercounts Walking & Biking

5/15/15

MN - "...Researchers at the University of Minnesota set out to design a better way to track how people move around the Twin Cities region, and one key finding is that walking and biking appear to be growing a lot faster than the Census indicates." more...

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Lunken Trail Reconstruction

5/15/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Construction will close part of the Lunken Airport Loop Trail for much of the summer. The stretch along Wilmer Avenue will be rebuilt, with a 12-foot wide concrete pathway, with two-foot shoulders on each side..." more

Cleveland Bike Projects to Watch in 2015

5/15/15

Cleveland, OH - "...we celebrate National Bike to Work Day and Bike Month (May) by bringing you 19 Bike Projects to Watch in Greater Cleveland, the 2015 edition." more...

Safety Tips for Riding Along Streetcar Route

5/15/15

Cincinnati, OH - "In honor of Bike Month, the City of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) are asking bicyclist to be mindful of five easy bike safety tips when riding along the streetcar route." more...

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Better Block Project Coming to North Hill

5/14/15

Akron, OH - "...Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, the vacant storefronts and barren sidewalks will disappear. Volunteers, with support of the city and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, are transforming North Main Street into a vibrant arts district the immigrant neighborhood has not seen in decades." more

Walkability an Issue for New Kroger Store Plans

Toledo, OH - "...'I can't send my kid to that Kroger on a bike because I am not going to get my kid on a bike in the middle of that awful traffic,' Ms. Taylor-Lyphout said. 'I can't walk there or send my kids to the store to walk across Secor.'" more

Bike Accidents Raise Mandatory Helmet Issue

5/14/15

Dayton, OH - "One boy was killed and two were injured in bike accidents this week..." more

Granite Bike Lane on Cobblestone Street

5/14/15

NYC - "...New York City figured out how to make a cobblestone segment of Varick Street friendlier to cyclists..." more

Solar Bike Paths Surpass Energy Expectations

5/14/15

"A solar panel clad 70-metre bike path in the Netherlands is outstripping feedback predictions just six months into the trial by generating enough electricity to power a small household for a year." more...

Horse Rescued After Tumble off Trail

5/14/15

Lake Oswego, OR - "...the owner of the horse named Major called for help after an accident late Wednesday afternoon as he rode the horse on the Iron Mountain Trail..." more

The Problem With Bike to Work Week

5/14/15

"...cyclists are cynical about Bike to Work Week because we want bicycle commuting to be more inclusive. We don't want it to be something people do once a year out of a sense of obligation..." more

Study Ranks Cities for Accessibility to Jobs by Walking

5/14/15

"...In a new report in the Access Across America series from the U of M's Accessibility Observatory, researchers ranked accessibility to jobs by walking in the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States..." more

Why is 2% a Success?

5/14/15

"Two percent is not ideal. It isn't proportional to any statistics about how much bicycling and walking is a part of how people get around." more...

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Little Miami Trail Improvements Coming

Loveland, OH - "...$88.5 million was allotted to Ohio State Parks for capital improvements. Matt Eiselstein, of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said $3 million has been approved for improvements to the Little Miami State Park, commonly called the Loveland Bike Trail." more...

Bike Share has Successful First Week

Dayton, OH - "...Organizers of Link say more than 1,300 bike trips were ridden during the first week that the bikes were available..." more

Ohio Senate Eyes Bike Helmet Bill

"...Senate Bill 157, introduced May 5, would require all Ohio children under 16 years of age to wear a properly fitted safety helmet while on a bicycle." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

5/14/15

Read this week's editon.

At Die-In, ODOT Says it's Doing its Best to Improve Street Safety

5/13/15

Portland, OR - "About two dozen people lay in the one-way street outside the Oregon Department of Transportation's Portland regional headquarters Wednesday afternoon in a mostly silent demonstration in support of safety improvements on Portland's urban highways." more...

Monmouth County Guts Its Complete Streets Policy

5/13/15

NJ - "In 2010, Monmouth County made a landmark commitment to safer roadways by being the first county in New Jersey to adopt a Complete Streets plan. Sadly, the progress that was put in motion five years ago is in danger of grinding to a halt..." more

Bikes / Peds Conflicts on Sacramento Sidewalks

CA - "...Hilary Abramson was physically maimed when she was struck from behind - by a cyclist - on a city sidewalk a year ago. The horrific incident highlighted an escalating tension between pedestrians and cyclists in downtown Sacramento..." more

A Futuristic Garden Greenway Over the Thames

5/13/15

London, UK - "...The bridge itself features dedicated planting area of 2,500 square meters that will include 270 trees, 2,000 shrubs, hedging plants, and climbers, 22,000 perennials, ferns, and grasses and 64,000 bulbs..." more

Bike Shares Have a Rosy Digital Future

5/13/15

"Eliot Fishman, a researcher formerly at Utrecht University and now at Australia's Institute for Sensible Transport, reviewed the English-language bike share literature and found out what makes bike share systems around the globe popular." more

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Bellefontaine Bike Path Grand Opening

5/12/15

Bellefontaine, OH - "Former mayor Adam Brannon, a long-time advocate of the creation of a bike path connecting West Liberty and Bellefontaine... [announced] the grand opening celebration of the bike path being held Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Carter Avenue hub." more...

Park District Announces Grant Winners

5/12/15

Circleville, OH - "The Pickaway County Park District Board of Commissioners has awarded seven different Pickaway County organizations grant money to improve parks and trails." more...

Vigil Held for Victim in Dayton SUV-Bike Crash

Dayton, OH - "The family of 7-year-old Kaleb Mondale Cook, who was killed by an SUV while riding his bike Monday, is asking motorists to be more cautious when driving this summer." more...

Why Philly is a Bike Success Story

5/12/15

Philadelphia, PA - "Philadelphia might not be the first place that you think of when you think of a city where cycling is thriving, but according to the latest U.S. Census, the city's bicycle commuting rate of 2.3% is significantly superior to Chicago (1.6%) and more than 2X New York's (1.0%)..." more

What's Next for Michigan's Trails?

5/12/15

MI - "...Michiganders not only want funding to fix crumbling roads, they also want to continue to fund public transportation, improve rail service and invest in biking and hiking trails. In short, Michiganders want a better, balanced transportation system that includes trails and places to safely walk and bike." more...

Does Portland's Bike Infrastructure Cost = 1 Mile of Highway?

Portland, OR - "...'You know in 1993 we weren't the bicycling capital of America,' he says. 'Seventeen years later, for the equivalent cost of a single mile of freeway, we have a bike infrastructure.'

"Could that be true? We checked it out." more...

Michael Bennett Launches Charity Foundation with Bike Ride

5/12/15

Seattle, WA - "...Bennett has launched his own charity foundation taking aim at childhood obesity, and he kicked it off with a community bike ride..." more

Biking & Walking Get About as Much Research Funding as Chicken Trucks

5/12/15

"When traffic engineers don't want to install protected bike lanes, they'll often say that more research is needed to prove their safety (because any results from outside America don't count, of course)..." more

When is a Tragic Accident just an Accident?

OR - "It was just a moment or two of inattention. Larry LaThorpe was driving his Ford Ranger along Main Street in Springfield when something made him lose focus as the intersection at 54th Street approached." more...

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New Round of Eastside Greenway Meetings

5/11/15

Cleveland, OH - "The latest version of plans for the Eastside Greenway system in Cuyahoga County is ready for another call-and-response round of public comment and feedback starting Tuesday." more...

Ohio Ranks 16th for Bicycle-Friendliness

"...Ohio scored 45 out of 100 possible points, which is how many the Buckeye State scored last year." more...

Protest on SE Powell Slows Traffic, Draws Big Crowd

5/11/15

Portland, OR - "Portlanders who want safer streets showed up in force today at the busy intersection of 26th and Powell in southeast Portland. They were spurred into action after a gruesome collision on Sunday severed a man's leg off..." more

Bike Riders Pitch in for Rail Trail

5/11/15

Urbana, IL - "People in central Illinois are donating thousands of dollars for a new bike trail. When it's done, the Kickapoo Rail Trail will connect Champaign and Vermilion counties..." more

No Link Between Victim & Alleged Greenway Attacker

5/11/15

Knoxville, TN - "...the Knoxville Police Department said Monday investigators can find no connection between a Knoxville woman slain on the Third Creek Greenway last week and her attacker." more...

Also, see tips for staying safe on the greenway.

Porsche Donates $500k To Atlanta BeltLine Project

5/11/15

"Car manufacturer, Porsche has decided to be apart of the revitalization project for the Atlanta BeltLine, by donating $500,000 towards development efforts." more...

How Scott Walker Would Make Roads Less Safe

WI - "There are too few sidewalks in Wisconsin, not enough access to public transportation and not enough bike lanes. And if legislators in Madison don't make some big changes to Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal, all these things are going to get worse, not better." more...

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OU Bike Path Paving Begins this Week

Athens, OH - "Ohio University's contractor will begin paving this week as part of repairs to a popular section of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway on the Athens campus between Richland and Stimson avenues." more...

Cleveland Bike Share Could Expand

Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland's fledgling bike share program could expand 10-fold or more next year, with a large stable of rental bikes in place by the time visitors arrive for the Republican National Convention..." more

Black Bear Spotted Near Greenway

Orwell, OH - "...The most recent sighting occurred on Friday in the vicinity of Staley Road and the Western Reserve Greenway bike trail." more...

DNR May Tack on MTB Trail Fees

5/11/15

North Liberty, IN - "...The Indiana DNR is proposing a new fee for mountain bike trail use -- a $20 annual permit, or a $5 daily charge..." more

Sunday Collision Severes Cyclist's Leg

Portland, OR - "...Police said the injured man's leg was severed after the northbound truck turned left onto Powell in front of him..." more

Related story: Local dad calls for 'super-legal slow-down' of Powell Boulevard during Monday rush hour.

Bike-Friendly State Rankings Released

5/11/15

"...For the eighth year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, but states like Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Utah moved up the ranking in 2015, shaking up the top 20." more...

The Future of Cars in Cities

"Bikes, buses, pedestrianisation ... are we really beginning to see the end of the car age in cities..?" more

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Roundtown Trail Plans Progressing

5/9/15

Circleville, OH - " Despite delays, work on the Roundtown Trail, intended to connect Ohio Christian University to the area behind the YMCA and Circleville City Schools campus, is still moving forward with organizers hoping to break ground later this year or early next year." more...

Woman Takes Down Pro Riders on Bike Trail

5/9/15

CA - "A woman riding her bike on the American River bike trail in the Rancho Cordova area took a blind curve too wide Saturday and caused a pileup of top pro cyclists training for Amgen Tour of California's Sacramento stage on Sunday." more...

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Connecting Downtown Scranton to Nearby Greenway Trail

5/9/15

PA - "Bicycle lanes could eventually connect downtown Scranton to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail about a mile away." more...

Man Sentenced for Sexually Assaulting Teen on Trail

5/8/15

Farmington, UT - "A 26-year-old man who admitted to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl on a bike/walk trail has been sentenced to serve jail and probation." more...

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Genoa Trail Closure

5/8/15

Genoa Township, OH - "Sections of the Genoa Trail, will be closed today and tomorrow, May 7th and 8th. The trail will be closed between Freeman Road north to Lewis Center Road.

The township maintenance crews will be extracting large undermined sections of the trail, repairing base, and repaving the repaired sections. Large trucks, milling machines, and pavers will make the trail impassable to pedestrians. This will be a full closure due to the need to insure public safety..."

Source: Consider Biking Weekly Newsletter

Planners Ready to Roll with Cycling Master Plan

New Albany, OH - "New Albany City Council is expected this month to review a proposed bicycle master plan that was developed by a 16-member committee." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

5/8/15

Read this week's edition.

Little Miami Trail News

Friends of the Little Miami State Park TrailMail, May 2015 trail news.

Vigil for Greenway Stabbing Victim

5/7/15

Knoxville, TN - "A vigil for the woman who was stabbed to death on a Knoxville greenway will be held on Thursday." more...

Clean Ride Mapper Helps Cyclists Avoid Polluted Air

5/7/15

"What if before you took a ride somewhere on your bike, you could look up not only the shortest and fastest way to get there, but also the one that has the cleanest air..." more

Honolulu's First Protected Bike Lane Cuts Sidewalk Biking

5/7/15

HI - "A few months after Honolulu opened its first protected bike lane, it's the latest to demonstrate a very consistent trend across the country: Almost every protected bike lane immediately cuts sidewalk biking by at least 50 percent." more...

Bikee-Share Operator Now Makes Its Own Bikes

5/7/15

"Motivate, the company that runs bike-share systems in several large American cities, is now manufacturing its own bikes. That might explain why the timetable for Citi Bike expansion has been getting a lot firmer." more...

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Abandoned Freeway Eyed for Big Creek Greenway

5/6/15

Cleveland, OH - "A highly urbanized area that straddles Cleveland and Brooklyn is the proposed canvas for a 6 ˝-mile biking and walking trail that would be a green link between the Towpath Trail along the Cuyahoga River and Big Creek Reservation in Parma." more...

Trail Closure Near Kings Mills Continues

5/6/15

Kings Mills, OH - "The [Little Miami] trail between mile markers 35.0 and 35.5 will continue to be closed intermittently on weekdays through May 22. When the gate is closed across the trail, stay out of the work area..." more

Township Applies for Trail Grant

5/6/15

Lawrence Township, OH - "...Erin Begue, funding administrator for the Ohio Department of Transportation, has applied for grants to construct a River Community Park-Wilkshire Boulevard Trail in the township." more

Village Prepares for Park Construction

5/6/15

New Bremen, OH - "A new interactive art park in New Bremen will be under construction soon." more...

Open House Meetings to Help Create Statewide Trail System

5/6/15

WI - "Several agencies are teaming together to develop a network of mapped bicycle routes across the state of Wisconsin." more...

Salt Lake City to Install Nation's First Protected Bicycling Intersection

5/6/15

UT - "...The intersection design is based on a Dutch template that minimizes potential conflicts between people biking, driving, and walking..." more

Dallas Bike Lanes Get Juiced

"Riding a bike in a public can be a relaxing way to enjoy nature. But should that experience include being smacked with advertisements..?" more

Organizations ask USDOT Secretary to Step Up Bike/Ped Safety Initiatives

"...We commend USDOT Secretary Foxx for his great leadership and focus on increasing bicyclist and pedestrian safety. However, while great strides are being made, the expected policy component of this safety initiative has not visibly advanced..." more

Noted Lawyer Opposes Mandatory Rear Bike Lights

5/6/15

"...This means that every person and child riding a bike bought from their local bike shop or Fred Meyer store would be in violation of the law if they rode the bike at dusk in their neighborhood without having bought and installed a rear red light..." more

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Commissioners Approve Towpath Maintenane Deal

5/5/15

Tuscarawas County, OH - "Tuscarawas County commissioners approved extending the technical assistance agreement with the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition (OECC) for an additional year for $12,500 to support maintaining trails and green space..." more

Miami Valley Trails Newsletter

5/5/15

SW OH - "Read the Spring 2015 edition.

Driver Hits Cyclist, Cyclist Gets Blame

5/5/15

Dayton, OH - "A man on a bicycle is being blamed for being hit by a car on South Broadway and Germantown streets, police said." more...

Trial Set for Woman Who Booby-Trapped Trails

5/4/15

Vancouver, CAN - "North Vancouver hiker Tineke Kraal has set a trial date to fight allegations that she set booby traps on some of the North Shore's famed mountain bike trails." more...

Building Streets for Humans Could Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

5/5/15

"Steve Dombek is an activist with an unusual cause. He wants US cities in general - and San Francisco in particular - to adopt narrower streets, along the lines of what you'll often see in cities that were built before the 19th century." more...

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3 Rivers Bikeway Ped Bridge Reopens

5/4/15

Coshocton, OH - "... state and local officials unveiled a new plaque commemorating it and hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially reopen the span, which recently underwent about $600,000 in renovations..." more

Family Gunned Down While Bicycling

5/4/15

Menasha, WI - "The Stoffel family set out on a bike ride on a beautiful spring evening, the young Wisconsin couple and their three children pedaling across a bridge they had ridden before..." more

Attempted Murder on Trail Earns Man Prison Time

5/4/15

Kearney, NE - "A Nashville man has been sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison for the attempted murder of his friend on the hike-bike trail underpass in Kearney in November." more...

Pinellas, Pasco Trails to be Park of Coast-to-Coast Connector

5/4/15

St. Petersburg, FL - "One of the first steps in completing an ambitious 275-mile cycling trail from St. Petersburg to Titusville is a project that will link more than 100 miles of bike paths stretching from Pinellas County to Hernando County." more...

New Bike-Share Will Have Electric-Assist Bicycles

5/4/15

Birmingham, AL - "When Birmingham rolls out its new bike-share program this fall, it will be the first in North America to incorporate electric-assist bikes into its fleet." more...

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Giant Floating Sculpture Rises Over Greenway

5/3/15

Boston, MA - "...Brookline artist Janet Echelman's light-as-air sculpture, which turned heads as it soared over the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Sunday morning, took a village to raise." more...

Fatal Stabbing on 3rd Creek Greenway

5/4/15

Knoxville, TN - "...Knoxville Police have a person of interest in custody after a fatal stabbing on the Third Creek Greenway." more...

Crowdsourcing for New Mountain Bike Trail

5/3/15

Makanda, IL - "Students at Southern Illinois University are trying to fund the only professional mountain bike trail in our area through crowdsourcing." more...

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Welcome to National Bike Month 2015!

"Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month is a 31-day celebration of travel by two wheels. Communities big and small are hosting bike-centered events, teaching bike education classes, voting on resolutions to deem May Bike Month in their towns and much more." more...

Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Safe Streets Act of 2015

"A new bill in the House of Representatives would help communities across the country make streets safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them." more...

Grand Canyon Tourist Falls to Death from South Rim

5/2/15

AZ - "A 29-year-old Nevada man accidentally fell about 400 feet to his death while visiting the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park..." more

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Hamilton County Trails Top 1M Visits in 2014

5/1/15

Hamilton, County, OH - "Hamilton County's walking and biking trails saw over 1 million visits in 2014, according to new data just released by the county." more...

Does NE Ohio Need a "Recovering Engineers" Club?

5/1/15

"There are a lot of professed "recovering traffic engineers" at this year's Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) happening in Dallas..." more

Spinlister CEO Touts Plan for Private Bike-Share System

5/1/15

Portland, OR - "The user-owned bike share system due to launch in Portland in September says that participants won't have to pump the tires in any bikes shared on their network." more...

Commisioner Novick proclaims Active Transportation Week

5/1/15

Portland, OR - "Bureau of Transportation staff have had their say about grumblings in the community that Portland doesn't deserve its "Platinum" bicycle-friendly status.

"Now it's City Hall's turn." more...

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Grant Will Accelerate MTB Trail Development at CVNP

Akron, OH - "...The park will receive $183,400 from the National Park Service's Centennial Challenge program.

"The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will add $198,700..." more

Wegerzyn MetroPark Bikeway to Close May 6

Dayton, OH - "MetroParks Conservation staff will be spraying for broadleaf plants on Wednesday, May 6, in some of the meadow areas at Wegerzyn MetroPark. They will be spraying along the bikeway in the early morning. The area will need to be temporarily closed off during herbicide application."

Source: www.metroparks.org/alerts

Hit-Skip Driver Injures Cyclist, Gets Probation

Columbus, OH - "Brad A. Young had nothing to say in court on Friday to the driver who slammed into his bicycle and drove away, leaving him critically injured..." more

Man Faces Charges After Roaming Dog Bites Cyclist

Delaware, OH - "A Delaware man faces a misdemeanor charge after his dog allegedly bit a bicyclist earlier this month." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

5/1/15

Read this week's edition.

East Coast Greenway Aspires to be 'Urban Appalachian Trail'

4/29/15

"Spanning 15 states and the District of Columbia, the East Coast Greenway trail network eventually will link scores of local greenways from Canada to Key West, Florida -- nearly 3,000 miles." more...

Support the Safe Streets Act

"Over 700 towns, regions, and states have adopted their own Complete Streets policies. Now, a bill in Congress will help those places, and hundreds more, design and build streets that are safe for everyone, regardless of who they are and how they are traveling." more...

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Hilliard to Expand Trails

4/29/15

Hilliard, OH - "Two projects to expand Hilliard's network of pedestrian trails and bicycle paths are slated to be completed late next year." more...

Absurd "Pedestrian Safety Kit" Highlights the Perils of Walking in America

4/29/15

"Given how fundamental walking is to our humanity and our health, it's sad to see how marginalized pedestrians have become in our transportation system." more...

House Bill Proposes to Slash TIGER Funding

4/29/15

"Federal lawmakers are running out of time to come up with a long-term transportation funding solution by May 31, when the current bill expires. Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee has released a budget for FY 2016, which begins in October, that proposes to drastically reduce funds for projects that promote walking and biking." more...

Better Walkability = Higher Valuation?

"There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that companies are relocating in significant numbers to areas of better walkability - which tend to be urban cores - than to less-walkable suburban locations..." more

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Little Miami Trail Extension Coming This Summer

Cincinnati, OH - "...This project is the result of a partnership between Anderson Township and Great Parks of Hamilton County and involves adding a 3-mile link to the trail that extends south from the Little Miami Golf Course in Anderson Township..." more

Moonville Rail Trail Needs Bridge

Moonville, OH - "...The Moonville Rail Trail Association wants to install a permanent bridge over Raccoon Creek near the tunnel..." more

East Rim Trail a 21st Century Recreation Opportunity

"...According to the National Park Service, this federal support will be matched by $198,687 from the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to build the East Rim Trail, "a 21st century recreation opportunity [that] will become part of a network of major regional long distance bicycle and hiking trails..." more

Man in Crosswalk gets Run Over... Twice

Dry Ridge, KY - "An elderly Dry Ridge man is expected to fully recover after being run over by a car, dragged a short distance, and the run over once more." more...

Helmet Study Authors Change Their Tune

"The first major study of bicycle helmet effectiveness, and probably the most famous and most often quoted is the 1989 case-control study of the effectiveness of bicycle safety helmets by Thompson, Rivara and Thomas..." more

If You Want Bike-Share to Succeed, Put Stations Close Together

4/29/15

"A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials [PDF] adds credence to the theory that station density is a key factor in whether a bike-share system will flourish or flop." more...

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ODOT Likes Bike Lane Concept for Opportunity Corridor

Cleveland, OH - "The city, after some nudging from the nonprofit advocacy organization Bike Cleveland, has forwarded a formal request to the ODOT to include a protected bike lane in the design for Opportunity Corridor." more...

Advertisers Using Bike Paths

"...Beginning this month, ads for the [Pepsico] brand began appearing along paths at a public park in Dallas and in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Negotiations are underway to bring branded bike lanes to Boston and Portland, Ore." more...

Activists "Bike Loud" for Safer Greenway Routes

4/28/15

Portland, OR - "...city leaders haven't maintained the right mix of traffic along the greenway, surpassing the city's goal of no more than 1,000 vehicles using the street each day." more...

Embacher Bicycle Collection to be Sold at Auction

4/27/15

"f you dreamed about owning one of the amazing bicycles from the Cyclepedia exhibition when it was at the Portland Art Museum in 2013, now is your chance." more...

Woman in Critical Condition after Canyon Fall

4/27/15

Ogden, UT - "...Officers found 19-year-old Sophie Hillmeyer near a popular hiking trail, where she had fallen about 50 feet in waterfall canyon." more...

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Streetcar Tracks are a Cycling Hazard

Cincinnati, OH - "...As Cincinnati tries to become a more bike-friendly town, the under-construction streetcar is making bicycling more hazardous..." more

Park Partners Invest Heavily In National Parks

4/27/15

"Skim down through the list of centennial projects that will help paint buildings, repair trails, restore fisheries, help giant sequoias thrive, involve youth in the parks, and you have to give thanks to park friends groups." more...

Landowner kicks Superior Hiking Trail off property

4/26/15

MN - "A landowner along the Superior Hiking Trail near Gooseberry Falls State Park is kicking the trail off his land starting May 1 after ongoing run-ins with hikers." more...

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Q&A With Director of Virginia Capital Trail Foundation

4/25/15

VA - "Beth Weisbrod is executive director of the foundation that is overseeing completion of the Virginia Capital Trail, a paved multiuse path linking Richmond with Virginia's original capital, Jamestown..." more

More Bike Routes Opened in St. Louis

4/25/15

MO - "St. Louis now has 135 miles of on-street bike routes..." more

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Granville Pathway Application

4/24/15

Granville, OH - "Will the third time be a charm for a pathway connecting the Kendal retirement community to Granville?" more...

2.1 Million Visit CVNP in 2014

4/24/15

Brecksville, OH - " Cuyahoga Valley National Park saw 2.1 million visitors who spent $136 million in nearby communities last year, a National Park Service report found." more...

Newport Positioned to Benefit from Red Bike

4/24/15

Newport, KY - "About a dozen community leaders and activists got an update on Red Bike's planned arrival in Newport this week." more...

Feds to Investigate Tampa Bike Ticketing

"The U.S. Department of Justice will review the Tampa Police Department's enforcement of bicycle laws after a Tampa Bay Times investigation found 79 percent of the agency's bike tickets go to black residents." more...

Tell Congress to Support Federal Bike/Ped Funding

"...we tallied up the signatures for our national petition and found that nearly 21,000 supporters like you had responded. The current federal surface transportation bill will expire on May 31, 2015, and now is the ideal time for supporters of trails, walking and biking to have your say..." more

Avoid Bikelash By Building More Bike Lanes

4/24/15

"...A recent study shows that when bicycle use rises but cities don't add bike lanes to put the new bikers in, traffic congestion actually gets worse." more...

The 5-Ingredient Recipe for a Great Bike City

4/24/15

"If anyone in the country knows what it takes for a city to improve its bike transportation, it's a woman whose entire business depends on cities doing so: Mia Birk." more...

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Flasher Reported on Olentangy Trail

Columbus, OH - "...A woman reported a man was exposing himself and pleasuring himself Wednesday afternoon on the Olentangy Trail behind Tuttle Park." more...

Towpath Crew Member Discovers Body

Cleveland, OH - "...Owen said he was with a crew in the area to take soil samples ahead of work on the Towpath Trail." more...

City Plans to Repair Ped / Bike Bridge

Columbus, OH - "The city plans to repair a suspension bridge across Alum Creek that has been closed to pedestrians and bicycles for a week after two cables snapped..." more

Opportunity Corridor Update

Cleveland, OH - "...UPDATE: On April 7, 2015 the City convened a meeting with representatives of Bike Cleveland and various City departments to present a compromise on the bike facilities along the corridor..." more

Evans Foundation Buys Trailhead Site

Johnstown, OH - "The Thomas J. Evans Foundation recently purchased about 4 acres at the trailhead of the T.J. Evans bike path in Johnstown." more...

Readers Respond to Expanded Cincy Bike Plan

4/24/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Cincinnati plans to ask the federal government for funding to build a broad network of bike trails linking neighborhoods together that would enable people to commute for work, education, shopping and recreation..." more

Link Volunteers Prepping for May 5th Bike Share Launch

Dayton, OH - "Dozens of volunteers are turning boxes into finished bikes. The finished product is something residents will enjoy for years to come." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

4/24/15

Read this week's edition.

Philly Launches Bike Share

4/24/15

Philadelphia, PA - "Yesterday, Philadelphia launched a bike sharing program that has been many years in the making..." more

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Some Residents Oppose Spartan Trail in Lakemore

Lakemore, OH - "Residents who live near a proposed hike-and-bike trail west of Canton Road say they are under siege." more...

Miamisburg OKs Scaled Down Riverfront Park Plan

Miamisburg, OH - "Plans for a riverfront park will go forward now that the city council on Tuesday night passed a revised package." more...

Olentangy Extension on Hold

Columbus, OH - "...We as a park district have kind of decided to slow down the process and put it on hold, due to different challenges that exist, from funding to land acquisition to community support to constructibility, because all three options have major obstacles..." more

Proof That Bicycling Boosts Many Economies

4/23/15

"...In study after study in state after state, the results show that bicycling has a positive impact on the economy..." more

Greenway connection links 55 Calgary communities

4/22/15

CAN - "...The $60 million project is about $10 million away from total funding allotment and will likely be completed in the spring of 2017..." more

Number of NYC Cyclists Tripled in Past 10 Years

4/22/15

NYC - "New York City is becoming more and more a city of bikes..." more

Drivers Much More Likely to Yield to Pedestrians on 20 MPH Streets

4/22/15

"On streets where people drive fast, they are much less inclined to yield for pedestrians at unsignalized crosswalks, according to a new study published by the Transportation Research Board." more...

Safe Routes to Schools: Train the Trainers

Nashville, TN - "In the Summer of 2009, the Nashville Area MPO staff worked with the Program Director of Walk/Bike Nashville to develop a two-week Walking and Bicycling Safety curriculum to be taught by elementary school P.E. teachers to their students." more...

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Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail Set to Open

Cleveland, OH - "The first segment of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail (formerly known as the Lake Link Trail) is scheduled to open this summer..." more...

Mosquito Lake Greenway Project works with ODOT on Bike Signage

Cortland, OH - "The Mosquito Lake Greenway Project contacted ODOT in 2014 regarding cautionary signage alerting motorists about people who ride bicycles on some state highways.

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Left to Right: Steve Zerefos, John Terbovich, Joe Parthemer, Michael Swiatkwich

"'There are some established bicycle routes/rides that use state highways in Trumbull county,' said John Terbovich, a member of the MLGP Encouragement committee. The MLGP Encouragement committee working with the MLGP Engineering committee mapped some of those routes including the frequency of rides and the approximate number of cyclists per ride. This information was then submitted to ODOT.

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Bike Route Sign

"...In late Fall of last year, the MLGP received confirmation from ODOT that ten signs would be placed in Trumbull County at specific locations in the Spring.

"'We feel it is a small but significant step towards increasing awareness and safety for both cyclists and motorists in Trumbull county and thereby supports our efforts to create a bicycle friendly destination of Mosquito Lake,' said Steven Zerefos, a member of the Engineering committee. 'We thank the engineers of ODOT for their time and will be following up with the county this year for additional signage,' said Michael Swiatkwich, founder and chair."

Submitted by Michael Swiatkwich

Cleveland Heights Continues to Devise Safer Routes to School

Cleveland Herights, OH - "...And the biggest innovation may be the $15,000 request to the Ohio Department of Transportation for a fleet of 30 bicycles, 100 helmets, and a trailer to move the bikes around to participating schools." more...

More Details on 5-State Trail Plan

4/22/15

Summit County, OH - "...Oberg said the trail system would span 53 counties including Summit, with most counties in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He added that the trail system is 53 percent complete, with another 800 miles to be added." more...

Speak Up for Trails, Walking, and Biking!

4/22/15

"Sign the letter to Congress supporting the Transportation Alternatives Program by April 24." more...

League Awards 161 Bicycle Friendly Businesses

4/22/15

"Today, the League of American Bicyclists has awarded 161 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses in 31 states..." more

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North Coast Inland Trail Expanding into Norwalk

Norwalk, OH - "The North Coast Inland Trail will be crossing the heart of Norwalk, Mayor Rob Duncan and Firelands Rails to Trails have announced." more...

Read the latest Firelands Rails to Trails Newsletter for more NCIT progress.

Submitted by Josh Wyrick

Village to Participate in Canal Consortium

4/21/15

Spencerville, OH - "...'The market study will help create a brand for this section of the corridor and leverage each community,' Mills said. 'It's not just about recreational trails, it's about economic development and getting people off the trail and spending money in town.'" more...

Action Plan Includes Expanding Trails

Mansfield, OH - "...There are efforts underway to connect the campus to downtown and extend the bike path and sidewalk from Ohio 30 the campus entrance." more...

Austin Bringing Smartphone Tech to Trails

Austin, MN - "...They are now in the process of adding QR codes to the signs. People can scan the code with their smartphones and a map will pop up showing them the city's trails and where they are on the map." more...

Mercer County Group Seeks Trail Input

4/21/15

PA - "The Great Allegheny Passage - its portion in Connellsville known locally as Yough River Trail - may be extended from Erie to Pittsburgh if a group from the Mercer County area has its way." more...

Police Targeting Cyclists in Tampa

4/21/15

Tampa, FL - "...A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that Tampa police are targeting poor, black neighborhoods with obscure subsections of a Florida statute that outlaws things most people have tried on a bike, like riding with no light or carrying a friend on the handlebars." more...

Cop Parks in Bike Lane for Emergency Pizza Run

4/20/15

"Ever suspect that the officer who parked a squad car in the bike lane, forcing you to swerve into traffic, isn't really on pressing police business..?" more

5 Cities Show the Future of Walkability

4/20/15

"To walk in our cities is more than just a simple act of transport. Walking represents an appropriation of urban space for daily life..." more

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Commuter Bike Trails Could Be Coming to Cincy

Cincinnati, OH - "Cincinnati plans to ask the federal government for funding to build a broad network of bike trails linking neighborhoods together that would enable people to commute for work, education, shopping and recreation." more...

Temporary Removal of Kinzie Protected Bike Lanes

Chicago, IL - "Alderman Brendan Reilly submitted an order to city council on Wednesday that would compel Chicago Department of Transportation Rebekah Scheinfeld to remove the Kinzie Street protected bike lane between Dearborn and the Chicago River because he says it conflicts with Wolf Point construction truck traffic." more...

Transit, Walkability Brings 900 Jobs to Midtown

Atlanta, GA - "When Kaiser Permanente was looking for a site for its new innovation and information technology hub for 900 new employees, the company sought public transit and a walkable community." more...

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

"...But if bikeshare is going to take its rightful place as a bonafide transportation option in more and more of our cities, advocates have got to stop selling the notion that you can build and operate a robust bikeshare system at no cost..." more

Developers Respond to Growing Carless Population

Chicago, IL - "One-person, no-car households are growing in Chicago, just as it did at the beginning of the last century." more...

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Montour Trail Gets Needed Updates

4/18/15

PA - "Four major projects to extend or enhance sections of the Montour Trail in the South Hills are scheduled to finish this year, officials said, including three bridges to separate trail users from busy roads." more...

Tunnel Vision: A Look at an Aging Turnpike System

4/18/15

Harrisburg, PA - "...The idea of the highway itself - a giant public works project to employ tens of thousands of men amid the Depression - was so far-fetched that opponents said it couldn't be completed, much less in the single year of construction called for in the project's timeline." more...

OU Set to Repair Bike Path

4/17/15

Athens, OH - "Repairs to the section of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway extending from Richland Avenue to Stimson Avenue will occur beginning in early May, according to a news release from Ohio University." more...

42-Mile Trail Added to MI Network

4/17/15

MI - "The 42-mile Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail is one of the latest additions to Michigan's extensive trail network..." more

Governor's Transportation Plan Includes Trails

4/17/15

CT - "Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's 30-year vision to improve the state's transportation system includes an unprecedented level of spending for bike lanes, recreational trails and pedestrian pathways." more...

Police Remove Squatters from Makeshift Trail Campsite

4/17/15

Springfield, MA - "Four people, rousted Friday morning from a makeshift campsite that they had set up underneath an elevated portion of the Connecticut Riverwalk & Bikeway, told police they had been living there for weeks..." more

Governor Signs "Dead-Red" Bill into Law

4/17/15

WA - "Basically, if a red light or turn signal cannot detect your bike and an entire traffic signal cycle goes through without changing, you can now run that light when you get a safe opportunity." more...

Demand for Construction Industry to Take Responsibility in Cyclists' Deaths

4/17/15

UK - "Four of the five deaths of London cyclists were caused by tipper trucks, or what we call in North America, dump trucks..." more

Don't Traffic Engineers Love Complete Streets, Too?

4/17/15

OH - "Let me tell you a story-a true story-about a community that wants to make its main street more bike, pedestrian and transit friendly but was fought every step of the way by the state department of transportation." more...

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SKT Northern Route Flooded

Logan County, OH - "The new Northern extension of the Simon Kenton Bike Path has a flooded/unusable area, North of Liberty Hills Golf Course in Logan County; between TR 190 and TR 199." more...

Orange Township Improves Trail Crossings

Orange Township, OH - "Orange Township officials hope a project to transform three bike-trail crossings into pedestrian crossings will create a safer, less-confusing environment for drivers and walkers alike." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

4/17/15

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Trail Saboteur to Plead Guilty

4/16/15

CAN - "A North Vancouver woman accused of sabotaging mountain biking trails is expected to plead guilty to a criminal charge in the case." more...

Transportation Bureau Defends Portland 'Platinum' Status

4/16/15

Portland, OR - "The Bureau of Transportation wants to remind everyone that Portland still deserves to be Platinum." more...

Drunk Driver Runs Over Jogger on Sidewalk

4/16/15

IL - "Avid Evansville runners, a bit more alert now after a man is hit by an alleged drunk driver while jogging through downtown." more...

"Free Range" Family Fights Back

4/15/15

MD - "Maryland parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv say they're afraid of their children being snatched away from them. They are not, however, concerned about the ominous threat of stranger danger. They say they're worried about local authorities..." more

Man Arrested While Attempting to Build Guardrail Where Daughter Died

4/15/15

GA - "A grieving north Georgia father took the state's infrastructure backlog into his own hands last week when he attempted to construct guard rail along a bridge where his daughter recently died." more...

Japan's National Bike to Work Ban

"Strict government policies regarding employee travel insurance, and inflexible insurance company policies, have created a situation where cycling to work is effectively banned in Japan..." more

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Ohio 3-Foot Passing Bill HB154 Introduced

4/15/15

OH- "Ohio House Representatives Henne and Sheehy have introduced HB154 which includes the 3' passing and the malfunctioning signal laws for cyclists..." more

Trail Closure at Taylorsville MetroPark

4/15/15

Dayton, OH - "The Buckeye/North Country trail is closed in Taylorsville MetroPark from the Tadmor Lot (2005 U.S 40) to Old Springfield Rd. due to a large sinkhole. Users are advised to use the Great Miami River Bikeway as their route for this portion of trail until further notice."

Source: www.metroparks.org/alerts

Akron Getting Bike Lane

4/15/15

Akron, OH - "...In an $8.5 million "right-sized roads" project will replace West Exchange from Broadway to Portage Path with four wide lanes, complete with wider sidewalks, redesigned intersections and bike lanes..." more

Midway Cycle Track Gets Nod From Planners

4/15/15

Cleveland, OH - "Bike lanes at the center of those wide Cleveland avenues where streetcars once chugged have gotten a friendly reception from regional planners." more...

Litterbugs Trash Warren Bike Trail

4/15/15

Warren, OH - "A Warren councilman wants the city to install cameras along the bike trail in Warren after they discovered that someone dumped several bags of garbage on it recently." more...

Mayor Looks Forward to Another Exciting Year

4/15/15

Aurora, OH - "...The mayor said parks are expanding, sidewalks and trails are being developed and the Town Center is growing in distinctiveness." more...

Cincinnati the Next Urban Bike Mecca?

4/15/15

Cincinnati, OH - "Downtown is becoming more bike friendly - at least that's [what] one magazine is saying." more...

3 Ideas to Retain Young People in Dayton

Dayton, OH - "...The group's annual summit brought together about 200 mostly young professionals from all over the city to the Dayton Art Institute in a bid to craft ideas to improve life in the city..." more

2014 Was The Most Popular Year For Bicycling In NYC

4/15/15

The popularity of cycling in NYC continued to increase in 2014, based on data collected by DOT and released today." more...

Portland's Platinum Downgrade Petition Nears 500 Signatures

4/15/15

Portland, OR - "Looks like the grassroots effort to get a national organization to officially downgrade Portland from its lofty Platinum bicycle-friendly status has some legs..." more

FHWA to Help Cities Get Serious About Measuring Biking & Walking

4/15/15

"The lack of good data on walking and biking is a big problem. Advocates say current metrics yield a spotty and incomplete picture of how much, where, and why Americans walk and bike..." more

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Alum Creek Trail Bridge Out at Wolfe Park

4/15/15

Columbus, OH - The suspension bridge that crosses Alum Creek at Wolf Park is currently out. The cable supporting the northern side has broken. The bridge is now on its side. Please note that the trail on both sides of the bridge is also blocked off.

Submitted by Tony Winegardner

See detour route suggested by Columbus Parks.

Building Highbanks Trail Will Take Years

4/15/15

Columbus, OH - "...It could be two or three years before officials choose which of three routes to take, said Metro Parks Executive Director Tim Moloney after updating park commissioners during a meeting on Tuesday." more...

Lakefront Ped Bridge Design Video Released

Cleveland, OH - "An animated video of the design for Cleveland's lakefront pedestrian bridge that was intended to be shared privately by civic leaders and public officials has been posted publicly on YouTube..." more

Kettering Installs New Trail Signs

Kettering, OH - "If you've driven around the city of Kettering you may have noticed some new signs showing off its regional bike trail." more...

Summit Metroparks Asks Trail Users to be Safe, Courteous

Summit County, OH - "...Summit Metro Park rangers, who are asking users of the Bike & Hike, Freedom and Towpath trails to follow these simple guidelines..." more

Student Robbed at Gunpoint on Econ Greenway Trail

Orlando, FL - "...The 21-year-old victim told WESH 2 that three men approached her as she was riding her bike along Little Econ Greenway Trail around 10 p.m. Monday. One of the men pointed a gun at her while the others took her bike, backpack, cellphone and Kindle." more...

Minneapolis Parks Consider Repealing Bike Path Speed Limit

Minneapolis, MN - "The 10 mph speed limit for bike paths in Minneapolis parks may soon be gone under a proposal that park commissioners will consider Wednesday." more...

Don't Make Cyclists More Visible, Make Drivers Stop Hitting Them

4/15/15

"About 100 years ago, the auto industry pulled off a neat trick: It stole the public roadways from us." more...

2 More States Adopt 3-Foot Passing Law

4/14/15

"The state legislatures in Wyoming and South Dakota passed laws this year that require motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing..." more

10 Tips for Cities Ready to Replace Car Parking With Space for Biking

4/14/15

"A curbside parking spot is just 182 square feet of urban space. But for advocates of better American bike infrastructure, few obstacles loom larger." more...

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Lakewood Man Challenges City's Bike Law

Lakewood, OH - "Lakewood resident George Bendycki believes the cops are biased - against his bicycle." more...

Effort to Strip Portland of 'Platinum' Bike-Friendly Status

4/13/15

Portland, OR - "It's been nearly seven years since the League of American Bicyclists bestowed Portland with its highest honor; a Platinum-level bicycle-friendly community designation.

"Now there's an effort to strip Portland of that award." more...

Rail-Trail Roundup for April

"...Here's a few of the latest rail-trail happenings..." more

BikeChat: Roads Were Not Built for Cars

4/13/15

"On Friday, during our weekly #BikeChat on Twitter, we spoke with Carlton Reid, author of new book, 'The Roads Were Not Built for Cars.'" more...

Why More Austinites Are Choosing Bikes

4/13/15

Austin, TX - "...The percentage of people commuting to work by bike in Austin has nearly doubled in the last five years. In some parts of the city, well over ten percent of people use a bike for their commute now..." more

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Wooster to Apply for Bike Trail Grant

Wooster, OH - "In order to stay in touch with the growing cycling scene, City Council approved applying for a grant to fund a proposed bike trail through the city..." more

Mother Abandons Quadriplegic Son Near Walking Trail

4/12/15

Philadelphia, PA - " Philadelphia Police say an arrest has been made after a 21-year-old quadriplegic man was found alone in a wooded area in Cobbs Creek..." more

Crosswalk Violation Costs $197 in L.A.

4/11/15

LA, CA - "...More than 13,000 citations were issued downtown during a four-year period to pedestrians who stepped off the curb when the red hand was flashing." more...

Pittsburgh Mayor Seeks Complete Streets

4/11/15

Pittsburgh, PA - "...On Friday, Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order to build a complete streets policy..." more

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Best Family-Friendly Bike Trails In Cleveland

4/10/15

Cleveland, OH - "...The Cleveland area has many family-friendly bike trails for a day out together for some fresh air and exercise. Here are some of the best bike paths in the area along with some great views for all ages..." more

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Ohio Hopes to Get Smarter About Transportation

4/10/15

"Ohio's $7 billion roadbuilding budget is a sop to highways of dubious value-chief among them the $429 million "bypass" of the town of Portsmouth (pop. 20,000). But it may be the last gasp of a dying industry." more...

Wayne National Forest Prepares to Open Trails

4/10/15

Nelsonville, OH - "Wednesday is opening day for Wayne National Forest's trail system featuring more than 400 miles of designated trails, which includes motorized, horse, mountain bike, and hiking trails." more...

Cyclist Issues Citizen Citation After Police Decline to Investigate Collision

4/10/15

Portland, OR - "A man nearly crushed last week by a large box truck whose driver allegedly ran a red light on Martin Luther King Boulevard has issued a rare citizen citation after Portland police declined to investigate." more...

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Effort to Donate 9,300 Bike Helmets to Ohio Kids

Columbus, OH - " An estimated 9,300 bicycle helmets will be going to children across Ohio thanks to a partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics..." more

Warren Courting Food Vendors for Greenway

Warren, OH - "The people running the Trumbull County MetroParks believe they can make the experience of biking or walking the Western Reserve Greenway or using other MetroParks more enjoyable if they allow vendors to operate food trucks there." more...

Plans for City Bike Loop Moving Forward

Mansfield, OH - "Richland Moves!continued discussions Tuesday evening about the proposed Mansfield bike loop that is in the works..." more

Grant Sought for Fenwick Road Park

University Heights, OH - "The city will apply for an Ohio Department of Natural Resources grant that would help pay for construction of the new 6.5-acre Fenwick Road park." more...

Consider Biking Newsletter

4/10/15

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How Could MI's Proposition 1 Impact Walking and Biking?

MI - "...While much of the funding in Proposition 1 goes toward repairing Michigan's roads, a small portion would be dedicated to other modes of transportation, including walking and biking..." more

RTC Launches Trail Traveler

"Trail Traveler is the "Insider Guide to America's Greenways"; a new digital magazine that brings you unique and vivid trail experiences, expert advice with local recommendations and travel tips..." more

Korean Highway Bike Lane Sports Solar Panels

4/10/15

South Korea - "...what's really special about this one is that it is covered with solar panels, generating electricity and shading the cyclists as they ride." more...

Officier Who "Died" on Trail is Out of Hospital

4/9/15

Dallas, TX - "A Dallas police officer is back home two weeks after doctors declared him dead..." more

Complete Streets are a Bargain

4/9/15

"Normal, Illinois, doesn't sound like a typical spring break destination-but for me, it was the perfect getaway..." more

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3 Fixes for Highway Happy Ohio

4/8/15

"We've looked over Ohio's five-year, $7 billion transportation budget and found it lacking any real vision for how to make the state more sustainable." more...

Lawrence County, PA Joins Lake Erie-to-DC Trail Effort

4/8/15

New Castle, PA - "An effort to establish a trail network connecting Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington D.C. cities in the region and beyond now will include Lawrence County." more...

Cops Taser/Tackled Man For Biking Through Stoplight

4/8/15

Hillsboro, OR - "The City of Hillsboro and two of its police officers may head to trial this fall over a largely unreported 2012 incident in which the officers Tasered a 39-year-old Hillsboro man and kneed him into the ground after he allegedly rolled through a "don't walk" light on his bike and then refused to give his name." more...

Checking Facebook While Driving OK in Washington

4/8/15

WA - "The Washington State House of Representatives took a bold step Tuesday to defend the rights of people who choose to check Facebook while driving." more...

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Delphos Council Nixes Canal Path Plan

Delphos, OH - "A proposal to build a towpath/bicycle/walk path along the Miami-Erie Canal from Lock 24 at the north end of Stadium Park in Delphos to Fifth Street was met with a resounding "no" by city officials..." more

Plans Moving Forward on CVNP MTB Trail

CVNP, OH - "...The mountain bike trail, part of the park's 15-year plan, will be in the east rim area between Boston Mills Road and the Ohio Turnpike..." more

Red-Bike Gets Corporate Sponsor

Cincinnati, OH - "Bike share in Cincinnati just became doctor's orders..." more

Work Begins on $20M 50-Mile Bike Loop

4/8/15

Albuquerque, NM - "...The idea was to take some of the 520 miles of existing bike lanes and trails and "connect them into a 50-mile loop that goes through our city, from the mountains to the river, from Uptown to Downtown, from historic Route 66 to urban areas to agrarian areas..." more

Crosswalk Enforcement Leads to 61 Citations in 4 Hours

4/7/15

Portland, OR - "In Oregon and Washington as in many states, every corner is a legal crosswalk, and all vehicles are supposed to stop for someone trying to use it." more...

Bike League Announces New Strategic Plan

4/7/15

"...to resonate with more than just an enthusiastic core, we must make bicycling valuable to all people, to help make the bicycle a tool to help them achieve their goals and solve their most critical problems." more...

Bike-Sharing Taking Off Around the World

4/7/15

"...According to a recent blog post from leading bike-sharing consultancy MetroBike, 855 cities across the globe had bike-sharing systems in 2014..." more

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Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Progress

PA - "...Although the highway distance between the two cities is 128 miles, the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail - or EPT - when completed years from now, is projected to be 270 miles." more

Lakewood Park Repairs May Close Walking Trail

4/6/15

Lakewood, OH - "...The city of Lakewood is doing emergency maintenance at the east side of Lakewood Park..." more

Cyclist Kills Duck, Starts Controversy

4/6/15

Portland, OR - "On the many paved, off-street trails that wind through the subdivisions of Washington County, there are some path users who are truly vulnerable..." more

How Not to Buy a Stolen Bike Online

4/6/15

Seattle, WA - "...When a bike is stolen, it's very likely to end up for sale online. Craigslist is the clear leader in stolen bike listings. In fact, stolen good sales through Craigslist is so common that Seattle Police now offer precinct lobbies as safe places to exchange goods." more...

Time to Let Kids Walk to School Again

4/6/15

"...Just a few short decades ago, it was estimated that almost half of all children walked to school each day. That's a great thing. It means more independence, more physical activity, more bonding with other neighborhood children, and a stronger relationship with one's city..." more

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