The Columbus area bike network continues to grow. [Scroll past
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Columbus, OH - "A bicyclist is hospitalized with critical injuries after a hit-and-run car accident earlier this week."
10/2/19 - Lazelle Road Sidepath Paved
10/1/19 - House Bill 288 Testimony Continues
Columbus, OH - Those opposed to House Bill 288, legislation that would no longer permit the use of eminent domain for trails, testified against the bill.
An interesting double-standard in the proposed legislation has come to light. Apparently, "...Eminent domain would still be permitted for other recreational purposes, such as parks..."
9/30/19 - Olentangy Trail Work Continues
Columbus, OH - Work continues on the trail tunnel under the ramp from Bethel Road to 315.
The widening of the
Olentangy Trail at Antrim Lake has been completed. Still in-the-works is bike lane access to the trail from Bethel Road. more
9/24/19 - Proposed Bill Would Stop Eminent Domain Use for Trails in Ohio
Related: Learn more about
Eminent Domain use for trails.
9/23/19 - Camp Chase Trail Extension Nearing Completion
9/17/19 - Shepard Connectors Progress
Columbus, OH - See
photos or a map of the connectors.
9/11/19 - Ohio Eminent Domain Reform Bill in Committee
"...The legislation being debated, H.B. 288, would amend the state’s eminent domain laws to limit this power by prohibiting the seizure of land for creating a recreational trail."
9/5/19 - Teen Charged with Raping Trail User
Columbus, OH - "...According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, on April 12, 2019, 16-year-old Desmond Lee Thomas pulled a gun and sexually assaulted the woman who was pushing her child in a stroller on the
Camp Chase bike trail on the west side of Columbus." more
8/31/19 - Former Chief Counsel to Governor Killed While Biking
Hilliard, OH - "A 58-year-old man, who served as the Chief Counsel for Gov. George V. Voinovich, died Saturday morning after he was struck by a vehicle while riding on a bicycle in Brown Township near Hilliard."
8/30/19 - How to Prevent Vehicle Break-Ins
Columbus, OH - Some good tips from Columbus Metroparks on how to properly secure your valuables and vehicle when parking at trailheads.
8/30/19 - Weakpoints in Central Ohio Wayfinding Signage
Columbus, OH - There's a lively discussion going on over at the Central Ohio Greenways page regarding a
trail user survey. A poll there asks whether you 1) frequently get lost along Central Ohio Greenways, or 2) never get lost ('3 - seldom get lost' would have been a worthwhile option as well).
Unfortunately, ineffective signage has long been the norm for many Ohio bike trails, particularly in urban areas. This
old blog post illustrates how urban wayfinding signs can often be less than helpful.
8/29/19 - Central Ohio Greenways Poll
Columbus, OH - "Central Ohio Greenways is taking a look at wayfinding and signage along the trails. We would like to know about your experience."
Take the survey.
8/28/19 - New Sturbridge Trail Serves as Important Link
Hilliard, OH - The new Sturbridge Trail is an important connector that links the
Heritage Trail in Hilliard with the nearby Hellbranch Trail. more
8/16/19 - Olentangy Trail Section Closure Aug. 19
Columbus, OH - Beginning Monday, August 19, and continuing through the end of September, the
Olentangy Bike Trail will undergo construction of a new section, enhancing the green space along the river as part of the Cannon Drive relocation project.
As part of this work, the trail between 5th Avenue and the SR-315 off-ramp will be closed for approximately one week but then will reopen. The section between the SR-315 off-ramp and Herrick Drive will remain closed for the duration of the project. Detour signage will direct cyclists to the shared-use path located just west of Cannon Drive.
8/14/19 - Catherine Girves Receives Award
Columbus, OH - "...The 2019 Non-Profit Sector Professional of the Year award goes to Catherine Girves, Executive Director of Yay Bikes! in Columbus, Ohio..."
8/2/19 - Scioto Trail Closure for Pelotonia Aug. 2 - 4
Columbus, OH - Beginning Friday, August 2nd, the
Scioto Trail between Broad St/Battelle Riverfront Park and the west side of North Bank Park will be closed for Pelotonia. Please cross to the West Bank of the Scioto Trail using Souder Ave to the north and Broad St or Main St to the south.
7/24/19 - Cyclists Debate Usefulness of New Camp Chase Trail Section
Columbus, OH - "[
Camp Chase Trail] looks to be complete along Georgesville Rd." See comments.
7/22/19 - Buses & Bikes to Share Downtown Bike Lane
Columbus, OH - "...Over the next two weeks COTA buses and bike riders will both be able to ride along North and South 3rd Street in the bike lane during the evening rush hour..."
7/22/19 - Olentangy Construction Detour
Columbus, OH - "Trail alert! TODAY, the construction on the
Olentangy trail section from the Broadmeadows Bridge to Bethel Road begins. This section of the trail is CLOSED and will reopen on August 12th!.." more
7/21/19 - ODOT Wants to Hear from Walkers & Bicyclists
Columbus, OH - "...An online survey is available through the end of August via ODOT’s website, dot.state.oh.us. It will serve as the first step of the Walk.Bike.Ohio initiative, a program with the goal of encouraging more people to use active transportation forms, such as biking and walking..."
7/20/19 - Alum Creek Trail Alert
Columbus, OH - "City of Columbus will be doing utility work on the
Alum Creek Trail North of Livingston Avenue and South of Morse Rd for the next several months. The trail will remain open, but watch for flaggers and equipment on the trail."
7/20/19 - Connect Columbus Plan Meeting July 24
Columbus, OH - "Do you want a Complete Streets policy and standards plus a new master bikeway plan for Columbus? Attend next week's meeting to see what's in store and provide your public comments..."
7/18/19 - Trail Traffic on the Olentangy Trail
Columbus, OH - "Metro Parks officials want bicyclists, joggers and pedestrians to understand that they must share the
Olentangy Trail, which is the busiest multipurpose trail in Ohio..." more
7/18/19 - Police Investigating Stabbing/Robbery on Camp Chase Trail
Columbus, OH - "...The May 21 incident happened on
Camp Chase Trail between North Hague Avenue and Holton Park. " more
7/15/19 - Olentangy Trail Section Reopens
Columbus, OH - "
Olentangy Trail 3rd-5th Ave (south of OSU campus) is back open for travel, looks like no more detour." more
7/12/19 - OSU Study on Bicycling in Columbus
Columbus, OH - "An Ohio State University study found that people who live Downtown or in densely populated neighborhoods, such as those near the Ohio State campus, are more likely to use their bicycles to commute than those living in other types of neighborhoods."
7/10/19 - Abandoned Bikes Given New Homes
Columbus, OH - "The annual summer bicycle abatement program is underway at The Ohio State University."
7/5/19 - Olentangy Trail Upgrades Coming to Antrim Lake
Columbus, OH -
The bikeway will be closing July 22 for a widening project that will extend the trail width from 9 to 12 feet in the Antrim Lake area. This closing is expected to last 3 weeks and a signed detour will be provided.
Construction of a new connector trail under Rt. 315 at Bethel Road is also in the works, with expected completion by November 2019.
7/3/19 - Opening of Dam Causes Olentangy Trail Flooding
Columbus, OH - "Bike paths and trails along the Olentangy River are flooded after a dam north of here was open to alleviate flooding."
7/2/19 - No Scooters Allowed at Red-White-and-Boom
Columbus, OH - "...Police say there will be hundreds of thousands of people plus vendors crammed into a small area. Scooters will make it dangerous for both the people riding and the people walking."
6//27/19 - Trail Closings for July 4th Celebrations
Columbus, OH - From Columbus MetroParks, "The following trail closures are expected due to 4th of July events...
"July 3rd (unknown time) - west side of
Scioto Trail for Red, White & Boom!"
Olentangy Trail near Whetstone Park -- from end of July 3rd until July 5th."
some sections of the Olentangy Trail in and around Worthington are closed due to high water.
6/26/19 - Alum Creek Trail Flooding Update
Columbus, OH - From Columbus MetroParks, "The
Alum Creek Trail is still flooded in several sections including near Refugee Rd. Please use caution"
6/19/19 - Cars Seen Driving on Camp Chase Trail
Columbus, OH - "We're receiving reports of motor vehicles on
the trail. Please be on the lookout for these reckless drivers (Hall Road Area). Law Enforcement needs a license plate, driver description and car description..." more
6/18/19 - Worthington Adopts Complete Streets & Bike Plan
Columbus, OH - "...Last evening Worthington's City Council adopted both a Complete Streets policy and a Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan. Thanks to the City of Worthington Government and Worthington Parks & Recreation Bike & Pedestrian Advisory Board for all their fine work..."
6/12/19 - More on Bus Lane Controversy
Columbus, OH - "...But Catherine Girves of Yay Bikes! said she fears those buses will push away bicyclists."
6/10/19 - City Planning to Allow Buses to Use Bike Lanes
Columbus, OH - "...The City of Columbus is planning to allow COTA buses to travel in the bike lanes downtown on Third Street during evening rush hour. In the days since Yay Bikes! was alerted, we have been actively working to reverse this decision..."
6/4/19 - Details on Cyclist Fatality
Columbus, OH - "Delaware County troopers tell NBC4 39-year-old Michael Tighe, of Westerville, was doing everything he was supposed to be doing safety wise while riding his bike early this morning when he was struck and killed by a car."
5/29/19 - Expanded CoGo in Upper Arlington
OH - "The unveiling of a new bicycle-sharing station outside a Lane Avenue bistro earlier this month marked the completion of a project to install five of the docks throughout Upper Arlington."
5/28/19 - New Bike Path Construction Coming to Westerville
OH - "Westerville plans to add another bicycle path along the south side of College Avenue with construction starting in the fall, according to city officials."
5/23/19 - Paved Trail Section Closed
Columbus, OH - "The Lazelle Rd paved trail is dug up and inaccessible from Worthington-Galena Rd west to just before Sancus."
5/21/19 - ODNR Announces New Statewide Trails Plan
Columbus, OH - "...This is an exciting time for trails in our state, and the 2019 Ohio Trails Vision will help guide development as we continue to build Ohio’s world-class trails system..."
5/13/19 - New Scooters, E-Bike Startup Coming to Columbus
Columbus, OH - "...Roam Bikes, a startup founded by local entrepreneur Kelly James, plans to deploy 200 e-bikes on the streets of Columbus this June, with a total fleet of about 500 in place by the fall."
5/11/19 - The Importance of Documenting Car / Bike Collisions
Columbus, OH - "...Catherine Girves, executive director of the bike advocacy group Yay Bikes!, wants city police officers to interview all parties and take reports on all bicycle-motor vehicle collisions, even when no one is obviously hurt..."
4/30/19 - Break- In at Franklinton Cycle Works
Columbus, OH - "Saddened to see that Franklinton Cycle Works building was broken into. Two bikes and their cash drawer were stolen."
4/16/19 - Thousands of Children to Receive Bike Helmets
Columbus, OH - "This spring, 9,000 children within the state of Ohio will receive bicycle helmets, thanks to the 'Put A Lid On it!' campaign."
4/10/19 - Camp Chase Trail Construction
Columbus, OH - "New trail along Georgesville Rd connecting the
Camp Chase Trail to Sullivant Ave..." more
4/3/19 - Moving Forward on Scioto Trail Extension
Columbus, OH - "...The city's parks and recreation department recently put out a request for proposals for design and engineering to extend the
Scioto Trail from its current end point at 5th Avenue to Griggs Park..." more
3/25/19 - Bikes for All Celebrates 5 Years
Columbus, OH - "One Columbus organization has given away dozens of bicycles to children in its community over the last five years."
3/1819 - West Broad Street to Get Bike Lanes, Lose Parking Spaces
Columbus, OH - "For 28 years, Chuck Sugarman has operated his office furniture retail store at 971 West Broad Street in Franklinton, but he says if a 2020 street reconstruction project happens, it could spell the end for his store."
2/22/19 - New Look at Olentangy Corridor Ideas
Columbus, OH - "The latest plans for a west campus “innovation district” have inspired planners at Ohio State University to take a new look at where recreation facilities are located and how they can better be aligned with the Olentangy River."
2/20/19 - Projects Involve 700 Acres of Farmland West of I-270
Columbus, OH - "Two large development projects with contrasting approaches have been proposed for land that sits on the western edge of metropolitan Columbus."
2/2/19 - Plan for More Trail Connections
Columbus, OH - "The Ohio State University’s City and Regional Planning Department’s Transportation Studio will be working with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), Columbus Recreation and Parks, and Central Ohio Greenways (COG) on the development of six new trail connections throughout the Central Ohio region..."
1/31/19 - New Infrastructure Improvements Planned for Linden
Columbus, OH - "...The city is designing the reconstruction of Hudson Street between Interstate 71 and Cleveland Avenue, to the south of Linden Park. That $11.7 million project could include sidewalks on the north side of the street and an “urban greenway trail” on the south side of the street, providing a rare east-west connection to the city’s major bike trails..."
1/29/19 - Lime Bike Share Pulls Out of Dublin
Columbus, OH - "We quite recently heard that Lime has pulled out of providing their bike share to City of Dublin, Ohio - Government. Apparently due to low rider numbers..."
1/28/19 - Council Approves Funding Polaris Parkway Road Project
Columbus, OH - "...It also will resurface a smaller portion of Olde Worthington Road/Orion Place, add sidewalks and a shared-use path, replace traffic signals, and build a retaining wall, street lighting and landscaping in the area."
1/28/19 - The Future of Performance Bike
Columbus, OH - "The closing sale at Performance Bicycle at 6674 Sawmill Road will conclude in February — but the store could reopen soon afterward, assuming that the chain’s purchase out of bankruptcy goes through."
1/23/19 - CoGo Ridership Down in 2018
Columbus, OH - "2018 saw the first significant decline in CoGo ridership since the bike share system was established in 2013..."
1/21/19 - Road Diet Doing its Job
Columbus, OH - "...Indianola Avenue, however, has stayed on its “road diet” for a year and half now."
1/20/19 - Snow Removal on Columbus Trails
Columbus, OH - "Many Greenway Trails had snow removed earlier today [1/20/19] thanks to Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks crews..."
12/11/18 - Ohio Passes E-Bike Law
Columbus, OH - "Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill making Ohio the 11th state with an e-bike law supported by the industry."
12/5/18 - Sierah’s Law’ passes Ohio House
Columbus, OH - "...In 2016, 20-year-old Sierah Joughin of Fulton County was riding her bike when she was attacked, kidnapped and murdered...."
11/14/18 - Park Could Blaze Quarry Trails as Regional Attraction
Columbus, OH - "Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks hasn’t broken ground yet for its 20th central Ohio park, but its project already has won an award from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission for collaborative efforts to push it forward."
11/9/18 - Developer Hopes RV Park Will Draw Cyclists
Columbus, OH - "A new “upscale RV resort” planned for 20 acres of land behind the Columbus Hollywood Casino will feature 135 spots for campers and trailers, a central lodge and fitness center, and a vertical camping platform designed to attract thru-bikers on the
Ohio to Erie Trail." more...
10/18/18 - E-Bikes Arrive on Columbus Streets
Columbus, OH - "...A Lime spokesperson said that the new bikes were deployed starting the second week of October around the Ohio State University campus..."
10/2/18 - Scooter Numbers Rising Fast
Columbus, OH - "...Our August scooter census showed 150 on the streets. By the end of September, there were like 16,000..."
9/21/18 - New CoGo Bike Share Stations Open
Columbus, OH - "...Many of the two dozen-plus new stations are already stocked with bikes, and the attached kiosks..."
"...The new additions bring the total number of stations to 72..."
9/19/18 - Columbus to be 'Lenient' with New Scooter Rules
"...In order to embrace these new types of mobility we’re going to be rather lenient. There will be a learning curve for everybody..."
9/17/18 - Protected Bike Lane Attracting Riders
"When plans for two new bike lanes stretching from Downtown to Hudson Street were first announced in 2015, it was clear that the project was meant to be a departure from the norm for the city."
9/12/18 - The State of Alternative Transportation in Columbus
"Over the course of the last five years, there has been a lot of transportation news in Columbus..."
9/11/18 - E-Scooters Banned from Columbus Sidewalks
"The ban of electronic scooters on city of Columbus sidewalks proposed by mayor Andrew Ginther is now in effect."
8/28/18 - 500-Mile Trail Network Concept Proposed
"Central Ohio Greenways wants to add 500 miles of multiuse trails through eight counties over the next three decades..."
8/28/18 - Columbus Regulates Shared Scooters / Bikes
"The city of Columbus on Tuesday began regulating shared mobility devices, most commonly known as shared scooters and bicycles."
8/27/18 - Police get E-Bikes for Bike Patrol
"...Five e-bikes were deployed in the Downtown area. The sixth is being used on the West Side."
8/20/18 - Columbus Considers E-Scooter Regulations
"...Since their arrival, there have been several calls to the emergency rooms and we know one accident even resulted in a death in Cleveland."
8/13/18 - Limebike Expands Bike, Scooter Service to OSU
Columbus, OH - "Lime introduced 125 dockless bicycles and an unknown number of scooters to the Ohio State University campus Monday, as thousands of students are returning to the area for the start of fall semester classes Aug. 21."
8/1/18 - Cyclist's Complaint Spurs Positive Action
"...Tonni was experiencing hostility on a segment of her daily commute—the narrow, one-lane bridge with a hill on St Claire Avenue that doesn't readily allow cars to pass when she's taking the full lane for safety (as is her right)..."
7/25/18 - CoGo Coming to UA by Late September
Upper Arlington, OH - "Upper Arlington is expected to get its first bicycle-sharing stations by the end of September as part of a project to bring more than two-dozen new stations to Columbus and three suburbs."
7/11/18 - Bird Scooters Come to Columbus
"...The dock-free, motorized scooters have begun popping up Downtown and in the Arena District, Short North and Bexley..."
7/9/18 - CoGo to Add Stations at Easton
"CoGo Bike Share has announced new bike stations will be coming to Easton as ongoing plans for expansion into Bexley, Grandview Heights, and Upper Arlington are underway."
Construction of the Alum Creek Trail was finished in 2015. At around that same time, the 33-acre riverfront park along the Scioto Trail was also completed. Area trail and park expansions continue, as the city's commitment to greenspace moves forward.
The Olentangy and Scioto Bikeways have been a fixture in Columbus, Ohio for many years. But the completion of the Alum Creek Trail in 2015, along with the (near) completion of the Camp Chase Trail, not only brings more trail miles to the table, but it lays down the route for the cross-state
Ohio-to-Erie Trail through the city.
When completed, the 320-mile Ohio-to-Erie Trail will not only connect Columbus with Cleveland and Cincinnati, it will also link Columbus with the other 2 most developed bikeway regions in the state. The result of that connection will mean that the
3 largest trail regions in Ohio will all be linked by trail, thanks to the cross-state Ohio-to-Erie Trail.
Major trail routes are not the only trail options in the Columbus area. The city park network also offers trails within its borders, as do suburbs such as
Dublin and Westerville.
There's no better way to demonstrate the bicyclist's perspective to local officials, than to put them on two wheels and in the road with traffic. So simple, yet brilliantly effective.
Yay Bikes! has also taken their show on the road, working in other Ohio communities. And of course, they put on rides and events throughout the year in Columbus, including '
Bike the Cbus.'