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Philly Looks to More Traffic Cops to Improve Safety

Philadelphia, PA - "...The glut of activity, a side effect of Center City’s successful growth, contributes to making Center City streets such as Walnut, Chestnut, and Market among the most dangerous in the city..." more

Discarded Bike Share Bikes Turned into Art?

Dallas, TX - "At least one person has resorted to making street art installations out of the shared bikes that are littering the streets of Dallas." more...

Adaptive Bike-Share Pilot a Success

Portland, OR - "...The Adaptive Biketown pilot ran for 14 weeks, from late July to the end of October..." more

Residents Say no to Barrow Greenway

1/22/18

IRE - "...surveys showed that walking was the most popular of all activity holidays visitors took here and the hard surface was less comfortable for walkers and would encourage cyclists to go at a speed which intimidated walkers and other users..." more

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Mini 'High Line' Envisioned for Columbus

1/21/18

Columbus, OH - "Imagine walking or bicycling along an abandoned rail line with a clear view of the Downtown skyline. That’s what’s being planned for Franklinton: a mini-version of Manhattan’s wildly popular High Line trail." more...

National Parks Government Shutdown Notice

1/21/18

CVNP, OH - From nps.gov/cuva (Cuyahoga Valley National Park), "...Trails and roads will remain open. Restrooms and visitor facilities will be closed. For more information, see www.doi.gov/shutdown."

Vermillion Group Widening Support for Trails

1/21/18

Vermillion County, IN - "...They were coming our way on the old railroad bridge. It seems kind of imperative that we acquire the railroad grade on our side [of the county line] so the trail along the bridge can go somewhere..." more

Couple Donates $2M to Greenway Project

Grand Haven, MI - "A couple has donated $2 million to support the Grand River Greenway Trail project in western Michigan." more...

What Are Sharrows Good For?

"Maligned and misunderstood, sharrows are the cause of much frustration for cyclists and drivers alike. But they can play an important role—if they’re used correctly." more...

MIT Builds Autonomous Bicycle

"MIT has unveiled its new autonomous bicycle, with promises to make the transport of packages and movement of city dwellers easier." more...

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MT Bike Trail Coming to Boyle

KY - "...the Boyle County Industrial Foundation’s board of directors unanimously approved two perpetual trail easements on Jan. 11, which make it possible to create a mountain bike park..." more

Goshen Studies Bike & Ped Plan

1/20/18

IN - "With the help of a comprehensive study, city leaders may soon be able to steer a plan for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure into reality." more...

Allegan County Backs Bike Path along Lakeshore

1/19/18

MI - "...The proposed 20-mile non-motorized path is planned to run on the west side of Blue Star Highway from South Haven to Saugatuck..." more

180-Mile Yellowstone Bike Trail in-the-Works

1/19/18

"...The Greater Yellowstone Trail is a 180-mile loop of paved and gravel road that will circumscribe the park across all three of the states it encompasses. Scheduled to open in 2019, the Trail was made by piecing together existing biking and hiking trails..." more

Student Shows How to Redesign Streets Around his High School

1/19/18

Seattle, WA - "...The ideas he presents are bold, thoughtful and based on real-world examples from around the world..." more

Helping Cars Talk to Bikes for Safer Streets

1/19/18

"A new partnership with Ford and Tome shows how cycling interests are finally being included in the development of driverless cars. Here's what it could mean for the future of our roads." more...

How Poor Street Design Prevents Women from Walking

1/18/18

"... I was confident the kids could walk that far, and I knew it would be the healthier and more interesting choice for all of us--but without good walkability, I wasn’t sure that I could keep them all safe." more...

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Retiming Traffic Signals to Improve Safety

1/17/18

Richmond, VA - "...The City is leveraging this timing project as part of an overall $3.5 million initiative to improve pedestrian safety..." more

Raleigh Plans its First 'Cycle Track'

NC - "...It will essentially be a two-way street just for bicycles running down one side of West Street, set off from car traffic with signs, traffic tape, flexible posts or planters." more...

Deadly Road Design in Atlanta

GA - "The mere presence of bus stops near destinations doesn’t make a place transit-friendly or walkable — not when streets are deadly for pedestrians..." more

Why Drivers Don't 'See' Cyclists

"New research explains why cyclists can enter a driver's field of vision but still go unseen—a phenomenon known as 'inattentional blindness.'" more

Blame the Infrastructure, not the Cyclist

"I broke my jaw last July after falling off my bike. I was headed south on 14th Street in Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C., and swerved to avoid another cyclist, who was riding in the opposite direction in my one-way, painted lane..." more

E-bikes: Education, Training & the Law

1/17/18

"...My purpose in writing this post is to point cyclists and cycling instructors in the direction of educational, training, skills and legal aspects associated with e-bike use. This serves only as a starting point. Never stop learning and improving your skills, whether on a 'traditional' bike or e-bike!" more

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Cuyahoga Greenway Planning Enters Round 2

1/17/18

Cleveland, OH - "...In round two, what you’re going to see is the analysis we’ve done so far and the data and feedback we’ve collected, as well as the results from the ongoing survey..." more

New Trails will Bring Benefits to Athens County

1/17/18

Athens County, OH - "...When finished, the 88-mile system of trails will connect and add on to multiple mountain bike trails and multi-use trails throughout Athens County..." more

Cadiz Considers Nature Trail

1/17/18

Cadiz, OH - "Mike Sliva and Mark Chisnell of the Cadiz Community Improvement Corporation (CCIC) spoke to council concerning a proposed nature trail that would run from Ohio 9 near the entrance of the new Harrison Hills City School District to Country Club Road..." more

Creating '20-Minute' Neighborhoods in Cincy

Cincinnati, OH - "...research shows an increased demand for hyper-local, "20-minute" communities where citizens can access neighborhood amenities like stores, parks and entertainment in just a short walk." more

Hudson Greenway Terrorist Wants to Avoid Death Penalty

1/17/18

NY - "Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people in a Halloween attack on a New York City bike path said he would plead guilty if the death penalty is not an option." more...

$620K Trail Study Awarded

CA - "Sonoma County’s Regional Parks Department has been awarded a $620,000 state grant to study the feasibility of creating a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the lower Russian River." more...

'20 Is Plenty' Rolls Out in Portland

1/17/18

Portland, OR - "Today the Portland will make official one of the key pillars in the war on speeding: A blanket 20 mph speed limit on 70 percent of our entire street network." more...

LimeBike Blames Residents for Stray Bikes

Dallas, TX - "...This week, one company pointed the finger at Dallas residents for some of those issues saying they're making it look like a dump." more...

A Message to President Trump & Congress

1/17/18

"...Trails, and more specifically trail networks, must be part of any infrastructure plan that comes out of Congress. Just like roads and railroads, they are fundamental infrastructure for a modern American economy and way of life." more...

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Ohio River Trail Extension Back on Track

Cincinnati, OH - "...As 2017 drew to a close, a group of governments and a nonprofit health organization scraped together the local match, to keep the $4 million federal grant." more...

Little Miami & Ohio River Trail Connections

Cincinnati, OH - "Design of the final segment of the Little Miami Scenic Trail needed to connect it to the Ohio River Trail – and eventually downtown Cincinnati – will be completed by 2019, with construction set to be finished by 2021.

...The city of Cincinnati has yet to work out a deal to use the Oasis rail line right-of-way to complete the Ohio River Trail to downtown..." more

Philly Could Woo Amazon with Better Bike Lanes

Philadelphia, PA - "...In light of the recent news about our bike lanes, though, Philadelphia may need to think about doing more to impress Amazon." more...

Trail Crossing Bid Approved

1/17/18

IN - "...There will be a 'refuge island' in the center of the street at the crossing where bikes and pedestrians can wait for traffic to clear." more...

California Commuters Take to the Sea

CA - "Mudslides have closed US 101 above Los Angeles, so tourist boats are offering an ad-hoc ferry service between Ventura and Santa Barbara." more...

Road Diet Cuts Crashes by 90%

CA - "A breakthrough design on La Jolla Boulevard in San Diego cuts crashes by 90 percent and gives local business a shot in the arm." more...

Florida’s Miami LOOP

FL - "...Termed by one state trail advocate as 'an extraordinarily brilliant idea,' and with plans to link a network of existing trails and planned routes, the LOOP would cut a 225-mile triangular path through Miami-Dade County with a grand vision to “expand transportation options..." more

New Chair at NCUTCD

1/16/18

"The men and women who write the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices are an obscure bunch. But their influence over our living environments and how we get around extends almost everywhere you go in America." more...

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Broadview Heights Adding Bike Lane

1/15/18

Broadview Heights, OH - "The city of Broadview Heights is looking to add bike lanes along Wallings Road between Broadview Road and the Brecksville border." more...

Work Continues to Enhance Summit Lake Area

1/15/18

Akron, OH - "Neighborhoods on the east and west shores of Summit Lake will see more options for recreational activities and a variety of enhancements to public spaces in 2018..." more

Sidewalks Coming for Colerain Students

Cincinnati, OH - "After years of complaints about Colerain High School students walking down the middle of Joseph Road, a workable solution may be on the way." more

Foundations Contribute $860K to Greenway

1/15/18

Grand Haven, MI - "Two western Michigan foundations have together contributed $860,000 toward a trail effort that would connect Grand Haven in Ottawa County to Millennium Park in Kent County. more...

Ofo Bike Share Employees Cite Poor Working Conditions

"...there's a lot of guys riding in the back of vans with no seat belts..." more

Trails Closed at Night for Owls

1/15/18

CA - "In a deal to protect breeding owls, the Marin County Open Space District has agreed to close 10 trails at night..." more

Study: Cycling Does No Harm to Men's Sexual Health

"Researchers compared cyclists with runners and swimmers and found their sexual and urinary health was comparable." more

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Cuyahoga County Greenway Meetings

Cleveland, OH - "...On Wednesday and Thursday at locations across the county, a team of planners and engineers will hold public listening sessions to get reactions on the first rough draft of what's being called the Cuyahoga Greenways." more...

Paint Creek Trail E-Newsletter

Fayette & Ross Counties, OH - Read the winter edition.

Bike Lanes Rarely Plowed in Philly

1/15/18

Philadelphia, PA - "Society Hill resident and cyclist Jon Williams was fed up with the city’s response to the snow storms earlier this month, especially as it pertained to the bike lanes outside his house..." more

Bike & Ped Plan Draw Concerns

1/14/18

PA - "Downtown GC parking is already at a premium, locals say." more...

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Bike-Hike Trail Section to Close for 3 Days

Hudson, OH - From Summit Metro Parks, "The Akron Bike and Hike Trail, between the SR 303 trailhead and Route 8, will be closed from Tuesday, 1/16 to Friday, 1/19 while a contractor collects soil borings."

$2M Gift for Greenway Trail

1/13/18

Ottawa County, MI - "A $2 million gift from the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation to the Ottawa County park system announced Friday will help shore up support for the long-planned Grand River Explorers Trail greenway project." more...

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Central Ohio Trail Alerts

1/13/18

Columbus, OH - From Franklin MetroParks, "The Alum Creek Trail is flooded north of 3 Creeks Park.

"There are 4-5ft. snow drifts on some sections of the Camp Chase Trail. Please use caution in these areas."

Connecting the Little Miami Trail with Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH - "...This project will include a bridge over the Little Miami Scenic River, a retaining wall underneath the bridge, and a tunnel under the State Route 32 westbound ramp to Beechmont Avenue.

"Design of this phase is fully funded and is expected to be complete in 2018. The project has received a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant in the amount of $4.3M, and construction is scheduled to begin in summer of 2019." more...

Effort Seeks to Fill Olentangy Trail Gap

Columbus, OH - "...Currently, a gap in the trail from Northmoor Park to Clinton-Como Park forces cyclists to ride on surface streets and to cross West North Broadway at its signalized intersection with Milton Avenue." more...

Friends of the Little Miami Trail E-News

Read the latest edition.

Troy-O'Fallon Bike Trail Nearing Completion

1/12/18

IL - "...When finished, the $9.9 million project, which is largely being constructed on abandoned railroad right of way, will link up the 130 miles of pedestrian/bike trails that crisscross Madison County with the 183 miles of shared-use trails in St. Clair County." more...

The Viral Video of Santa Ana River Trail Homeless

CA - "Jay Mendoza never expected the video he shot of tent encampments occupied by homeless people along the Santa Ana River Trail in Orange County to get the kind of attention it did..." more


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How Will Driverless Cars Change Downtown Columbus?

Columbus, OH - "...A group of City and Regional Planning students at OSU recently studied the issue for a studio class..." more

Why Can't We Shovel Our Sidewalks?

Syracuse, NY - "Syracuse is the snowiest big city in the nation. Yet somehow, we've never been able to figure out how to keep our sidewalks passable." more...


U.S. Traffic Fatalities for Kids Rated Highest

"A study calls on Americans to do “everything possible” to address these preventable deaths." more...

BLM Approves Expansion of Phil’s World

CO - "Decision allows for 22 more miles of trails." more...

70% of Children Walk or Bike to School in this Town

1/12/18

IRE - "...there’s an Irish town that is similar to Dutch towns in terms of cycling rates - Westport." more...

Why Bikes & E-Bikes will Eat Cars

1/12/18

"Cities should prepare for, and encourage, an electric bike revolution." more...

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Licking County Taking Steps to Connect Trails

Mt. Vernon, OH - "...the Licking County Planning Commission has successfully applied for a grant to buy a 1.1-mile parcel that will connect two sections of trail: the Heart of Ohio Trail and the Meredith State Road Trail." more...

Stark Parks Working to Connect Trails

1/10/18

Alliance, OH - "...The city of Alliance is working with Stark Parks, the city’s Parks & Recreation department and the University of Mount Union to develop a grant application this month that will fund the project, designed to connect the existing hike/bike trails north and south of the Carnation City." more...

Plans for "Hospital in a Park"

1/10/18

Cleveland, OH - "...The latest version of the transformation plan for the county health system's main campus on West 25th Street calls for turning nearly half of the complex into open green space with connections to the Towpath Trail and other amenities." more

Commissioners Set Guidelines for Greenway Trail

1/10/18

IN - "...electric or motorized bicycles and wheelchairs traveling no more than 15 miles per hour would be permitted on the trail." more...

Greenway Impasse Still Unresolved

1/10/18

Roanoke, VA - "Roanoke officials and Walker Machine & Foundry found a small point of cooperation to advance construction of the Roanoke River Greenway, but the two remain at odds over city efforts to build the greenway across the foundry’s Norwich plant site." more...

Trek & Ford Partner on Bike-to-Vehicle Technology

1/10/18

"Trek and other companies are looking into Bicycle-to-Vehicle technology, which would allow bikes to automatically alert drivers to the presence of cyclists." more...

Bicycle-to-Car Communication Systems?

1/10/18

"It is not about making the world safer for cyclists, it is about making the world safer for autonomous cars." more...

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'Beer Trail' Along the Loveland Bike Trail?

Loveland, OH - "Joe Brenner, manager of the newly opened Little Miami Brewing Co. in Milford, can see it..." more

Deer Culling Closures at CVNP Jan. 8 - March 16

CVNP, OH - "...NPS has secured permits by the Ohio Division of Wildlife to use sharpshooting on park property to reduce deer populations... ...Most culling activities will be away from established trails...

"...Activities will take place between dusk and midnight, on weekdays (Monday through Thursday). At times, specific areas will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety. NPS staff will patrol the park during removal actions to ensure compliance with park closures and public safety measures, and accompany USDA-WS teams in the field." more...

$1.88M to Improve Bonnie Park Water, Restore Wetlands

Strongsville, OH - "...The Metroparks announced a $1.88 million grant today from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to improve the water, foliage and wildlife in Strongsville's Bonnie Park, a popular part of Mill Stream Run Reservation." more...

Foundation Awards $785K to Summit Parks

Akron, OH - "Akronites are about to get some new green space near downtown, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation to Summit Metro Parks." more...

Metroparks a Money Tree for CEO

Cleveland, OH - "...Zimmerman's current pay of $237,723 exceeds the head of the U.S. National Park Service, who made around $180,000 in 2016. Zimmerman is paid more than Ohio Governor John Kasich..." more

Trail Work at Thomas City Park

1/10/18

WV - "...Tucker County is home to some of the East Coast’s premier mountain biking opportunities..." more

LimeBike Adding E-Bikes to Seattle Streets

1/9/18

WA - "Shareable electric bikes are likely coming to Seattle—and soon." more

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Help Wanted! - Little Miami Trail Resurfacing Effort

Little Miami State Park, OH - "...resurfacing is a lower priority and may not begin for years. The Friends of the Little Miami State Park would like to see repaving of the oldest (1983) and most deteriorated sections done sooner..." Visit their facebook page to learn how you can help.

CVNP Breaks Ground for New Visitor Center

1/8/18

Boston Twp., OH - "Despite cold and sleet, about 50 enthusiasts gathered in the valley on Monday to break ground for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park's $6 million state-of-the-art visitor center." more...

Towpath Times E-News

NE OH - Read the latest edition.

Bicycling Growth Continues in D.C.

D.C. - "D.C. bicyclists can expect 2018 to be another year of steady (but slow) progress toward the improvement of the region’s bicycling scene..." more

A Trail Runs Through It

1/8/18

CA - "California officials tell hundreds to leave homeless camp." more...

Is Your State Bike-Friendly?

1/8/18

"Do you live in the safest or the most dangerous state for riding a bike?.." more...

A Global Directory for Bike Share Systems

"Bikeshare.com was designed to help connect users, system operators, sponsors and suppliers." more...

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Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run

Columbus, OH - "A man was killed late Friday when he was struck by a vehicle that left without stopping, the first traffic fatality in Columbus this year." more...

Best of the Worst Bike-Share Fails

Dallas, TX - "Many things aren't clear about Dallas' growing hoard of bike-share bikes..." more

Mayor to Speak to Landowners Regarding Trail Plans

1/7/18

Plaquemine, LA - "...Reeves said he'll need consent from two landowners with properties along parts of the levee that will make up the proposed trail before the city can move forward..." more

Runners Waiting for Trail Safety Improvements

Austin, TX - "...Makan said he was hoping to see safety improvements along the trail after several sexual assaults last year..." more

Google Bikes are Continually Stolen

1/7/18

Mountain View, CA - "A helpless, flailing Google is unable to stop people from running off with hundreds of the free bicycles available at its Mountain View, California headquarters..." more

Is it Dangerous to Bike in Traffic with Kids?

"In short, your children are in vastly more danger in their own driveways than they are in a bicycle child seat." more

Dutch Cycling Statistics

"The Dutch cycle more. They cycle more often and they cycle longer distances..." more


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Ohio Fatal Bike Crashes in 2017

OH - "...I’ve reviewed the preliminary ODPS stats, which reflect a total of 19 cyclists killed in Ohio in 2017..." more

$860K Boosts Grand River Greenway Campaign

1/6/18

MI - "...Once complete, the trail will complete a contiguous connection from Grand Haven to Millennium Park in Kent County, and the recreational areas in between." more...

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Metro Parks Bikeway Extension Facing Opposition

1/5/18

Mahoning County, OH - "As planning continues for the final phase of the Metro-Parks bike trail in Mahoning county, the project still faces opposition from some property owners along the proposed trail route." more...

Conservancy Makes Pitch for Land Acquisitions

Athens County, OH - "...One [parcel] is along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway and would connect two separate halves of the Athens Conservancy Bluebell preserve while also connecting to the Wayne National Forest." more...

Freezeway on the Greenway Could Open Soon

1/5/18

ND - "...the Freezeway will be an ice skating rink designed as a pathway in which skaters cruise on a loop beneath strings of overhead lights." more...

U.S. Bicycle Route Status Sought for Rt. 66

1/5/18

MO - "...Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is leading the request to make this happen and Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, Route 66 tourism organizations, and local and national cycling advocates all support MoDOT’s endeavors..." more

Seattle's Safest Driver App Shows Promise

1/5/18

Seattle, WA - "Among the 4,000 or so people who initially downloaded the 'Seattle’s Safest Driver' app, speeding decreased 10 percent and phone distraction decreased 15 percent, according to SDOT." more...

The Rise of Women in Bike Advocacy

"...there has been a growing array of very talented women involved in bike advocacy from the get go, but in the early days those women could certainly feel a bit, well, rare." more...

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Green Twp. Looking at Recreation in 2018

1/5/18

Green Twp., OH - "...township officials plan to revisit potential work on a new bike trail." more...

Indiana Would Reap Benefits by Connecting Trails

IN - "...Multiple [bike-friendly] ratings put the Hoosier state near the bottom, including 38th in the League of American Bicyclists’ 2017 Bicycle Friendly States list..." more...

Flashing Crosswalks a Thing of the Past?

1/5/18

St. Petersburg, FL - "The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a letter of termination in late December which turned back its previous approval of the signals, known as rectangular rapid flashing beacons, or RRFBs." more...

Traffic Calming Concrete Balls

St. Louis, MO - "New traffic calming infrastructure arrived in Tower Grove East ahead of Christmas, but for many residents the sets of spherical concrete bollards at intersections are proverbial lumps of coal..." more

Doctors Charged with Illegal Riding, Resisting Arrest

1/4/18

CA - "Two Marin doctors have been charged with riding their bicycles illegally on Marin County open space land where bikes are prohibited and resisting arrest when a Marin County sheriff’s deputy attempted to issue them a citation." more...

Snowmobilers Rescue Moose Trapped in Deep Snow

1/4/18

CAN - "With its head sticking out of the snow, the 1,000-pound moose was frantic." more...

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Pathfinders Purchase Land for Greenway

1/3/18

VA - "Pathfinders for Greenways is giving a major boost to the urban trail system in the Roanoke Region." more...

Adventure Cycling Newsletter

"This is the 419th issue of Bike Bits, Adventure Cycling’s twice-monthly bicycle bulletin..." more

Dormant DL&W Rail Line Will Become Greenway

1/3/18

Buffalo, NY - "...We would like to see this formerly industrial landscape become a place where people can reconnect with nature and each other..." more

Crash Highlights Need for Guardrails Along Lakefront Trail

1/3/18

Chicago, IL - "...While the crushed vehicle had been towed away, debris from the car and some of the victims’ clothing was still strewn across the path." more...

Portland is Overrated as a Bike City

1/3/18

Portland, OR - "One of the most well-known bicycling and urban planning consultants in the world had harsh words for Portland after a visit over the holidays." more...

Another perspective on Portland called, 'A Swede’s view on cycling in Portland.'

The National Trails System

1/3/18

"In 2018, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, which provided an incredible legacy for all Americans. The 1968 law allowed for the establishment of long-distance National Scenic Trails (spanning more than 100 miles) and National Recreation Trails, which can be found in all 50 states..." more...

FL Study on Cyclist / Driver Interactions

1/3/18

"...The results do not support the assumption that cyclists are reckless rule-breakers." more...

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Bikeway to be Built on Huffman Dam

Dayton, OH - "...The trail will run from the intersection of the Mad River Bike Trail and Wright Brothers-Huffman Prairie Bikeway to Lower Valley Pike, near the entrance to Huffman MetroPark, according to MCD." more...

Bike Share & Park Development Coming

1/3/18

Blue Ash, OH - "...Blue Ash will introduce Zagster, a bike-share program, next summer." more...

Ray Petro’s New Year Update

1/2/18

Cleveland, OH - "...Hearing that he was making some big improvements was the highlight of the trip..." more...

NYC Poised to Install 1,500 Bollards

1/2/18

"Officials plan to put 1,500 metal posts at high-traffic locations — including the bike path where a suspected terrorist killed eight people." more...

[OB: Trail bollards are a known hazard for trail users. Learn more here.]

Frustration With Bike Lane Safety

Baltimore, MD - "Protected bike lanes are becoming more prevalent across Baltimore, but some say the lanes are driving them crazy and putting lives in danger." more...

Lawsuit Over Fatality in Streetcar Track Crash

1/2/18

Seattle, WA - "...McCloud was biking with friends May 2016 when she crashed, passing away a week and a half later..." more...

Many Disabled People Cycle in Cambridge

1/2/18

UK - "...Many don’t realise that more than a quarter of disabled commutes in this university city are made by bike." more...

China's Bike Share Companies Hit the Wall

1/2/18

CHN - "The industry boasted close to 60 startups as recently as 18 months ago, according to Yu Xue, an internet research analyst at IDC China. He predicts fewer than 10 will survive the next year." more...

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Michigan Moving Ahead on Bike Laws

MI - "...lawmakers are trying to make up for lost time by seeking some of the nation’s strictest bike-safety regulations and tough new penalties for distracted motorists who cause serious injury or death while using a mobile device." more...

Monon Trail Upgrades Coming

IN - "...The city plans for the widening and complete makeover of the Monon Greenway from Main Street to just south of City Center Drive..." more

Residents Calling 911 on Bike Share Users

D.C. - "...residents of the upscale Georgetown neighborhood have lately taken their dislike to another level, calling 911 to report suspicious activity when they spot anyone riding one of the bikes." more...

LimeBike Working on Creating Virtual Parking Spots

"It’s the company’s answer to cities’ concerns over bike congestion." more...

Should E-Bikes be Allowed in Colorado?

CO - "...Boulder County commissioners will likely decide sometime this month whether to ban e-bikes from almost all of the county’s parks and open space trails..." more

Falcon Attacks Prompt Trail Detour

1/2/18

NZ - "...Nesting falcons Sery and Ford have been swooping, talons drawn, at cyclists and small dogs on a popular piece of the Te Ara Ahi cycleway, just south of Rotorua." more...

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Lowellville Awarded Money for Dam Removal

1/1/18

Lowellville, OH - "...We’ve already got the bike trail here, so we’re hoping to bring in people who are looking for those outdoor adventure-type activities. more

Park District Hires its First Employee

Madison County, OH - "Early in 2018, the Madison County park district will hire its first-ever employee." more...

County Changing Bike/Ped Trail Plan

1/1/18

Bristol, IN - "The Elkhart County commissioners view a new option for a bicycle/pedestrian path near Bristol as a compromise to move the project forward and cool some of the heated controversy." more...

Mother Nature Closes Ute Trail

1/1/18

Aspen, CO - "The universe apparently decided it had had enough of the crowds on the Ute Trail up Aspen Mountain this summer when an Aug. 31 thunderstorm struck the namesake outcropping at the top of the hike with a bolt of lighting." more...

Bike Stunt Gone Wrong

"If you've ever asked how lucky a person can be, there is now a definitive answer." more

3 Beneficial Ways to Use Cycling Cameras

"Cycling cameras are gaining in popularity and being used for anything from recording memories to serving up justice." more

Zac Efron Says He 'Narrowly Missed Death' On a London Bike Ride

"Zac Efron says he’s lucky to be alive after he nearly collided with a bus during a bike ride with Hugh Jackman." more...

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Cincy Keeps Sidewalk Bicycling Ban

Cincinnati, OH - "City Council's transportation committee pumped the brakes last week on a move to allow bicycles on all city sidewalks." more...

Eastern Trail Alliance Meets Fundraising Goal

Portland, ME - "The Eastern Trail Alliance has reached its $4.1 million fundraising goal to build two bridges to complete 16 miles of uninterrupted trail from downtown Saco to Bug Light Park in South Portland." more...

Man Dies From Bike Trail Crash

CA - "...it appears the San Rafael man was riding his bicycle on a paved path near the Lincoln Avenue exit of southbound Highway 101, when he struck an object off the trail and was ejected..." more

Bike Network With Just Trails is Like a Car Network With Just Highways

"...Greenways remain an important endeavor to link our region and provide recreational opportunities, but as recognized by a growing number of cities, on-street protected bikeways are much more effective at providing transportation options and connecting a city." more...

League of American Bicyclists Looks Back on 2017

3/31/17

"Thanks to all who have followed and supported the League during 2017! It’s been a productive year..." more

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The USBRS Top Five from 2017

"As 2017 comes to a close, we’re celebrating U.S Bicycle Route System (USBRS) successes from the past year and looking forward to the year ahead. Here are our top five highlights from 2017." more...


City, Property Owner Battle over Price for Trail Land

12/29/17

Sioux City, IA - "Sioux City has gone to court to avoid paying $34,000 for land for a proposed recreational trail..." more

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Driver gets Prison Time for Hitting Cyclists

Cleveland, OH - "...Investigators say Dungy was drunk on June 3 when he hit the cyclists, critically injuring three of them..." more

City Takes Step to Putting Park & Rec Levy on Ballot

North Olmsted, OH - "Less than a month after Mayor Kevin Kennedy announced a proposed $44.8 million levy to improve the city's park and recreational facilities, North Olmsted City Council recently took the first step towards getting the tax increase on the May 8 ballot." more...

Drunk Driver gets Prison Time for Hitting Teen on Bike

MI - "A Benzie County woman will spend time in jail for driving drunk, hitting a teen on a bike and then taking off." more...

Land Purchase Adds New Trails to Greenway

VA - "...Pathfinders for Greenways closed Thursday afternoon, on a more than 200-acre property that will connect the Roanoke River Greenway with Carvins Cove." more...

Bicycle Beltway Proposed for D.C.

12/29/17

D.C. - "...The full Outer Loop would be 45 miles long. The beltway would also have additional connections in the middle, through the heart of downtown D.C. along the National Mall, that would bring the total marked trail to about 60 miles long." more...

World-Class Urban Greenway

CHN - "...the second phase of a green belt encircling China's largest urban lake in the central metropolis of Wuhan opened to public on Dec. 26..." more

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Human Remains Found Near Greenway

12/28/17

Warren, OH - "Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe says the human remains found by hunters Christmas Day near the Western Reserve Greenway bike trail south of Hyde Oakfield Road in Bristol Township are with county Coroner..." more

MT Bike Trail Legislation Tops Agenda

12/27/17

"...a unanimous vote to create a working group tasked with supporting legislation tied to a new regional mountain bike trail network." more....

Bikes, National Parks & Beer

"What do bikes, national parks, and beer have in common? The New Belgium Brewing Company." more...

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A Look at Getting Around in Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH - "...Cincinnati covered a lot of ground with its bike trail projects in 2017, with more planned for next year." more...

Remembering Ginger

Central OH - "...I met Ginger Ballard for the first time at COP Canal Winchester rides, then on various rides like TOSRV and a early regular to the Dublin Tuesday Night rides..." more

Towpath Times E-News

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North Liberty Residents Benefit from Walking Bridge

IN - "Town making strides to become walkable and bikeable." more...

No, MTBikers Aren't About to Take Over the Pacific Crest Trail

"This article hyperbolically implies that H.R. 1349 would open all wilderness to mountain bikes, even the Pacific Crest Trail. This is misleading." more...

How Lowering Speed Limits is... Hurting Pedestrians?

"Many cities are trying to make pedestrians and cyclists safer by lowering speed limits, but perplexingly, that can lead to an increase in fatalities." more...

Sale Marks New Era for Rail Trail

12/27/17

NZL - "A business that has transported thousands of cyclists over the Otago Central Rail Trail has notched up another milestone in its own journey..." more

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Big MTBike Trail System In-the-Works

12/25/17

Athens, OH - "The U.S. Forest Service has approved design of a large new mountain biking (and general-use) single-track trail system through the Wayne National Forest’s Athens Unit." more...

Cleveland Planning a Greener, Healthier Future

12/25/17

Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland was built as a gray industrial city with the vast Emerald Necklace of the Cleveland Metroparks restricted to its periphery for decades." more...

Report Out on Fatal Crash That Killed Teens

Chardon, Twp., OH - "...ODOT conducted a study of the Route 44-Hosford Road intersection in Chardon Township following the death of two teens in June." more...

Trail Boosters Excited about NB-Chicago Plan

12/25/17

MI - "...The Marquette Greenway is a planned 58-mile trail from Chicago’s Calumet Park through northwestern Indiana to downtown New Buffalo. About 28 miles of the 10-foot wide path have either been built or funded." more...

Ohio River Greenway Transformation

12/25/17

IN - "...The 7-mile bike and walking path between New Albany and Jeffersonville — linking to Louisville at the Big Four Bridge — is on pace to be completed in 2018..." more

Garbage Truck vs. Bicycle Accident Leads to $2.6M Settlement

NJ - "The City of Clifton agreed on Dec. 5 to a $2.6 million settlement in a Passaic County suit lodged by a bicyclist who was struck by a city sanitation truck." more

Cycling World Remembers Jason Lowndes

AUS - "The world of cycling has paid tribute to Australian professional Jason Lowndes, who was tragically killed while training in Bendigo, Australia on Friday." more...

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Proposed Trail will be a Destination

12/24/17

Athens, OH - "Plans are advancing to build an 88-mile mountain bike trail through the Wayne National Forest in Athens County, exciting the growing community of trail riders in central and southeast Ohio." more...

Police Shut Down Driver For Mocking Winter Cyclist

12/23/17

CAN - "...After a Toronto public figure took to Twitter to deride a winter cyclist for — gasp — daring to commute using a different mode of transportation than her, police sent out a gentle reminder on social media that cyclists have a right to the road too." more...

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$788K Grant to Build Park, Connect Trails

Columbus, OH - "A new bridge over the Olentangy River to connect the Arena District to the busy Olentangy Trail. A trail connecting a Northeast Side neighborhood to a library and the Alum Creek Trail..." more

Trail development Calls for Griffith-to-Winfield Connection

12/23/17

IN - "A little-known Region trail connecting several Merrillville neighborhoods continues to grow." more...

Hiking/Biking Trail on Tap for Harrison

12/23/17

PA - "Silver Lake Park in Harrison will be getting a face-lift in the spring thanks to a $249,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant and 22 acres of donated land." more...

Push Back Against Proposed Wabash River Trail

12/23/17

Peru, IN - "...landowners are pushing back against a proposed 33-mile bike and walking trail along the Wabash River..." more

Grinch Strips Ornaments from Trailside Tree

12/23/17

CO - "...The scrub oak along the route has been adorned with Christmas ornaments for years. That is, until this winter." more...

County Approves Forest Preserve Trail Despite Concerns

12/23/17

Dubuque, IA - "A county in eastern Iowa has approved a privately financed trail through a forest preserve after it was stalled due to opposition from some neighboring residents." more...

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Piqua Trail Section Closed

Piqua, OH - "A section of the bike trail from Ziegler Road to the old Water Treatment Plant will be closed, effective immediately, due to a small breach in the levee..." more

Blacklick Trail Flooding

12/23/17

Columbus, OH - From Franklin MetroParks, "The Blacklick Greenway Trail is flooded underneath Winchester Pk. Please use caution in this area."

2 Fatal Hit-Skips at Euclid Avenue Intersection

South Euclid, OH - "...Vernice Crutcher was hit and killed while walking in Euclid Avenue near Grand Boulevard at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Police are still looking for the person who hit her, and have released a photo of a possible suspect car..." more

E-Bike Crackdown Hurting Delivery Cyclists

NYC - "No city has come down on e-bikes quite as hard as New York. But thousands of the city's delivery cyclists rely on them to work long hours, cover huge distances, and keep their customers satisfied..." more

Why Some Bike Retailers are Embracing Bike Sharing

"Bike sharing systems improve city bike infrastructure for all riders, but when they began proliferating all over the U.S. a few years ago, many local bike shops looked on with wary eyes and big questions. Would bike share lead people to eventually buy their own bikes, or would it hurt retailers..." more

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Council Oks River Trail Connector

Cincinnati, OH - "During a marathon City Council meeting Wednesday, one of the dozens of ordinances the outgoing council passed paved the way for the long-awaited Ohio River Trail connection on Kellogg Avenue between Salem Road and Sutton Avenue." more...

Navarre Towpath Closure Jan. 6-9

Navarre, OH - From starkparks.com, "The trail south of Riverland Ave. in Navarre will be closed on the following dates due to deer gun season hunting on property near the trail: Jan. 6 to Jan. 9, 2018.

"Expect occasional closures north of Wooster St. in Navarre until further notice for a construction project next to the trail. Varying trail conditions should be expected. Please use caution and be aware of construction equipment in the area."

Mayor Says No Money for Protected Bike Lanes

Philadelphia, PA - "...Philadelphia’s mayor vowed to improve safety for cyclists in the city. The issue, he said, is how to pay for it." more...

3 Years Later, Bikeway Plans Still Hazy

Fresno, CA - "Fresno State in 2014 got four grants designed to help construct a bikeway along Barstow Avenue. Three years later, the bikeway has not been built." more...

E-Bikes Still Not Allowed on Grand Junction Trails

CO - "Despite a push to change a city ordinance, and several city members voting 'yes' on the measure, e-bikes are still not allowed on local paved trails." more...

More Dallas Bike Lanes on the Way

TX - "Interest in cycling surges in Dallas with arrival of bike-share companies." more...

Streetsies: Vote for the Best and Worst of 2017

12/22/17

"...Yesterday we introduced the nominees for Best Street Transformation (cast your vote if you haven’t yet). Today we’re asking you to judge the highs and lows of 2017." more...

Bicyclists Falling Under Trucks?!

12/20/17

"In Brooklyn and Toronto, the same story: 'accidents' where cyclists somehow lose control, fall under rear wheels." more...

No Simple Formula for Rolling Out New Bike Lanes

12/20/17

"...Ken McLeod, policy director for the League of American Bicyclists, says that while many cities have shown interest in developing better bike infrastructure, only a few are leading the way." more...

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Vision Zero Coming to Cleveland

Cleveland, OH - "There were more than 1,000 traffic deaths in Ohio last year. Vision Zero looks at traffic crashes as preventable incidents that can be systematically addressed." more...

Bike Cleveland Looks Back on 2017 Accomplishments

Cleveland, OH - "It’s been another productive year here at Bike Cleveland, and we’re proud of what we have accomplished on behalf of cyclists on the streets of our favorite city..." more...

$55M Urban Trail Vision

Ann Arbor, MI - "After years of work, the city of Ann Arbor now officially has a formal master plan for a potentially $55 million urban trail known as the Treeline." more...

Old Railroad Marker Uncovered in Wheeling

WV - "...The extinction of the rail tracks through Wheeling gave rise to a new era of walking, jogging, running on what today is known as Wheeling Heritage Trail..." more...

Support for Marquette Greenway

New Buffalo, IN - "Plans for the final 3.8 miles of the 58-mile Marquette Greenway hike and bike trail received a grate deal of support during a Dec. 14 Giveback Dinner at at the Bentwood Tavern..." more

New Trail on SR 520 Bridge

12/20/17

WA - "For the first time, bicyclists and pedestrians can go all the way across Lake Washington on the new bridge." more...

Vision Zero Progress in U.S.

12/20/17

"...In Boston, Philadelphia, and other cities that have proclaimed Vision Zero, people are frustrated by the lack of progress." more...

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Driver Runs Down Cyclist

12/20/17

UK - "...The police said that “it was not possible to establish how [the collision] occurred based on the footage and conflicting accounts” drawing criticism from numerous cycling campaigners, with Chris Boardman calling the police’s response “real failure in your duty of care.” more...

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CVNP to Break Ground on New Visitor Center

12/20/17

CVNP, OH - "...In early January, the CVNP will break ground on a new $5.9 million visitor center to welcome the two million people who visit the park annually." more...

Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault on Trail

Warren County, OH - "A Warren County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 63-year-old woman while she was running on the Little Miami Bike Trail this summer..." more

Ohio-to-Erie Trail 2018 Map Sets

OH - Pre-orders now being accepted. Learn more.

Cincy Sidewalk Cycling Ban Staying in Place

Cinicnnati, OH - "...A council committee was asked to repeal that law Tuesday, but the request was withdrawn." more...

10 Best New Bikeways in 2017

U.S. - "...every December, we at PeopleForBikes scour news reports and public records and talk to experts around the country to recognize the most impressive new links in those networks. Here are the brightest gems we found in 2017." more...

Bicycling's Top 10 News Stories from 2017

"Looking back at a year's worth of crashes, controversies, and cute animal photos, these are the news stories 'Bicycling' readers liked the most." more...

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$7.5M Revitalization Project for Dover

Dover, OH - "...Plans include a ramp from Wooster Avenue and Front Street to improve access to the riverfront park along the Tuscarawas River, new signage, plantings and bicycle trails." more...

Brighter Street Lights Coming to Hamilton

Hamilton, OH - "...New light fixtures... will feature not only traditional illumination lamps for the street, but also, lower on each pole, closer to the sidewalk, a pair of lamps that will cast a glow for pedestrians." more...

Nearly 1,000 Rides Logged with Midland Bike Share

12/19/17

MI - "In its first season, 991 bike rides were logged with Midland's new bike share program, Bike Midland." more...

Rats on the Greenway

12/18/17

NYC - "...Councilmember Mark Treyger contacted Parks regarding what he described as a 'large, growing number of rats that have been spotted at the Promenade and Greenway'...” more

State Supreme Court Rules in Bike Crash Liability Case

Highland Park, IL - "The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that people have the right to sue local governments when they are injured on bike paths..." more

Bike Trail Bottleneck a Problem

12/18/17

Austin, TX - "...the city has known for a long time that at least one section of the path is unsafe – and it’s only getting worse." more...

The Dockless Bike Share Takeover

12/18/17

U.S. - "U.S. cities are being invaded by dock-less bike share. It’s going to be messy—and worth it." more...

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Protest Planned after 2nd Cyclist Struck

Philadelphia, PA - "...She is the second bicyclist hit in the area in three weeks. On Nov. 29, 24-year-old pastry chef Emily Fredricks was killed when a private garbage truck struck her on 11th Street near Spruce." more...

Bike Share Pilot Program Ending

Seattle, WA - "...But the bikes will remain until at least July, as the city studies data and works to improve how bikes are parked." more...

Houston’s New Downtown Bike Lane About to Open

12/17/17

TX - "...You’ll soon be able to ride from one end of downtown to the other totally separated from cars." more...

West Baton Rouge Gears up for Legal Fight Over Levee Bike Path

12/17/17

LA - "...Some owners of property that abut the levee are challenging the parish's authority to encroach on their properties, prompting the parish last week to hire a high-profile lawyer..." more

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Clintonville Bike Routes Plan Stalls

12/17/17

Columbus, OH - "...the plan is still not close to completion. And it appears that the city won’t have money to implement the plan anyway in 2018." more...

Tree Cutting Leaves Bike Trail Bare

12/16/17

WI - "...Not only have they changed the face of the bike path, but they’ve kind of left it in a mess..." more

Latest on Fate of Commuter Bike Benefit

12/15/17

"The conference report that reconciles the Senate and House tax bills keeps the Senate provisions that eliminate the bicycle commuter benefit." more...

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Grant to Fund Study of Trail Network

Ebensburg, PA - "A state grant for $30,000 will allow Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority to explore development of a new trail connecting its two most popular recreation trails. more

Bids Open for Delaware River Trail

12/15/17

PA - "The city-government-affiliated nonprofit... has begun soliciting bids from contractors interested in building the southernmost portion of a 3.3.-mile walking and cycling trail planned between Fishtown and South Philadelphia." more...

Seattle Bike Share Ridership on a Tear

12/15/17

WA - "...For the first two months, the brand new bike share services carried just under 120,000 trips. Since then, as the number of bikes ballooned, the number of trips accelerated even as typical seasonal biking trends say ridership should have been slowing down..." more

BMX Star Dies at 45

12/15/17

WA - "Kevin Robinson, who said his approach to BMX riding was 'a matter of repetition,' set a record when he soared 27 feet above a ramp in Central Park in 2008." more

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Elves & More to Distribute 1,000 Bikes to Kids

Akron, OH - "This Sunday, families in two area neighborhoods will awaken to the rumbling of 14 semi-trucks as they roll in loaded down with brand-spanking-new bikes." more...


New Trail at Leelanau State Park

12/14/17

MI - "...A new, marked winter sports trail at Leelanau State Park — open to hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat-tire biking — opened Dec. 1..." more

Busy Bike Lane to get Upgrade

12/14/17

Philadelphia, PA - "...City officials will construct a protected bicycle lane, installing flexible delineator posts along the painted stretch on South Street from 21st to 27th Streets..." more

Accused Teen in Greenway Rape Charged with 2nd Attack

12/14/17

Yakima, WA - "The 16-year-old charged with raping a jogger on the Yakima Greenway path was charged with attempting to rape another woman on the pathway earlier this year." more...

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Pacman Jones Donates 400 Bikes to Cincy Kids

Cincinnati, OH - "...Adam “Pacman” Jones donated 400 bicycles to students at Bond Hill Academy Elementary School." more

Plans for Quarry Metro Park Move Forward

12/13/17

Columbus, OH - "...Metro Parks is creating a 220-acre park on the west side of the Scioto River and north of Trabue Road..." more

Towpath Times E-News

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New Bike Lane, Bike Racks in Pontiac

MI - "...the team has added 38 bike racks throughout the city, completed a new bike lane on Saginaw Street, worked to complete sidewalk assessments and more... more

County Considers MTB Trail Network

12/13/17

WV - "...I just want to discuss an idea that was raised during the Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, which is the creation of a mountain biking trail network throughout Mon County..." more

Plans for Cross State Trail Moves Forward in FL

12/13/17

Tallahassee, FL - "Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed to spend $1.08 million Wednesday for land that will help link a bicycle and pedestrian trail planned to stretch across Central Florida..." more

Cyclists Are Safer Behind the Wheel

"New research suggest that getting more people on bikes could make the streets safer for everyone." more

How Hard is it to Walk in American Suburbs?

12/13/17

"I was stuck near Hartford, Connecticut (actually, according to readers, East Windsor-Springfield) because of a blizzard that kept the little planes from flying me home to Toronto..." more

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Body Found Near Olentangy Trail

12/12/17

Columbus, OH - "Columbus Police were on the scene of a body found near the Olentangy Trail and Dodridge Street." more...

Camp Chase Trail Connector Construction Underway

Columbus, OH - "Construction of new 10' wide shared-use path along the south side of Sullivant Avenue from Camp Chase Trail to Georgesville Road..." more...

Modified Bikes for Special Needs Children

Marysville, OH - "...Kendall was one of 16 children with varying disabilities who spent their gym class Friday afternoon trying out any one or more of 17 modified cycles..." more

Politician Impersonates Cop, Bullies Cyclist

12/12/17

NY - "Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden tried to pull over a bicyclist by impersonating a cop..." more

October Terror Attack Spurs Action

12/12/17

WA - "...The motion adopted by the Council on December 11, directs the County Executive to evaluate the safety of King County’s 175-mile Regional Trail system..." more

9 Hot New Rail-Trails in 2017

12/11/17

"Say hello to the newest batch of rail-trails! As 2017 wraps up, we end the year with more than 2,000 such trails all across the American landscape. We’ve highlighted a few of these remarkable new pathways..." more

Biking Fatalities on the Rise

12/11/17

"...the last five years have shown a disturbing upward trend that may bear a suspicious correlation to smartphone usage." more

The Move to Shrink Protected Land for National Monuments

12/11/17

"The Trump administration’s decision to roll back federal protections at national monuments could have serious consequences for cyclists." more...

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Chardon Eyeing Grant for Park Upgrades

12/11/17

Chardon, OH - "...Proposed improvements include the addition of a walking/hiking trail, driveway extension, parking expansion, multipurpose field and landscaping of the south side of the property..." more

Helping Hearts Gives Away 350 Bikes to Kids

12/11/17

KY - "Christmas came early for hundreds of families in Northern Kentucky." more...

Upcoming Railroad Abandonment in Greenbrier County

12/11/17

WV - "On or about Nov. 30, 2017, CSX Transportation filed for the abandonment of 0.42 mile of track near Rainelle in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. We are providing this information because it presents an opportunity to develop a real regional asset: a multi-use trail that can accommodate hikers, bikers, equestrians and other appropriate uses." more...

Google Engineer Found Dead Near Bike Trail

12/11/17

CA - "...A bicyclist spotted the body of Chuchu Ma, of Mountain View, California, in the water along the Bay Trail on the Sunnyvale-Moffett Field border last Thursday morning." more

'Freezeway' Project on Pace for January Opening

12/11/17

ND - "Nick Jensen and his father, Warren, were out on the Greenway on Friday afternoon, building a cool creation they hope will bring skaters to downtown Grand Forks in droves." more...

Congress Considers Allowing Bikes in Wilderness

12/11/17

MT - "...Right now the land is off limits to motorized and mechanized machines, including everything from four-wheelers to chainsaws. However, a bill in the Federal Lands Committee, H.R. 1349, aims to amend the Wilderness Act to allow bikes, game carts and strollers." more...

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PennDOT Installs Bike Lanes along 3 State Highways

Caln, PA - "...In its ongoing effort to enhance the bicycle experience across the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has completed new bicycle lanes on three suburban state highways in the Philadelphia region..." more...

Beech Leaf Disease Spreading Throughout NE Ohio

Concord Twp., OH - "...Since 2012, beech leaf disease has decimated large tracts of trees in several Lake County parks, and spread to nine other counties in Northeast Ohio, as well as to parts of western Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario." more...

Man Shot While Bicycling on West Side

Detroit, MI - "... he heard a noise and realized he had been shot in the head..." more...

Old Stoplight Fixtures Made into Trail Bridges

12/11/17

MI - "Bridges in Midland's city forest mountain bike trail system were heavily damaged during the June 2017 flooding, but were replaced by an innovative construction project." more...

Couple Claims They Were not Paid for Trail Land

12/10/17

MA - "...the Glicksmans are suing the city, claiming it never paid them for two portions of their land and that city attorneys say they never even owned the portion of their property, which Ruth Glicksman purchased from the state in 1996." more...

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More Details on Wayne National Forest MTB Trail

Nelsonville, OH - "...Once completed, the new trails will link to local communities through existing mountain bike trails at Sells City Park and Strouds Run State Park by way of the 21-mile Hockhocking Adena Bikeway..." more

Delaware County Lays Out Game Plan for Trails

Delaware County, OH - "A new master plan for Delaware County’s trail systems recommends further study of more than a dozen 'conceptual corridors,' including potential connections with the regional Olentangy Trail and state-spanning Ohio to Erie Trail." more

Indiana Lacking Trail Networks

12/10/17

IN - "...That ability to traverse our state via trail systems is extremely appealing, and is drawing tourism to other states..." more

Seed Money Given for Trail in Greene Township

12/9/17

PA - "...Greene Township received the largest grant -- $100,000 to proceed with the first phase the Conococheague Trail..." more

Why Bicycling Popularity will Continue to Soar

"...More than 100 million Americans rode a bike in 2014, and bicycles have out-sold cars most years in the U.S. since 2003." more...

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Little Miami Trail Tree Removal Sections Reopen

12/9/17

SW OH - From Friends of the Little Miami, "... ODNR crews and FLMSP volunteers worked this week to remove over 1200 dead and dangerous ash trees from along the trail. Clean up work will continue so please use caution around crews and equipment.

"Thank you for your patience as we work to make the trail safer for our users."

Downtown Akron Redevelopment Plan

Akron, OH - "New townhomes along the Ohio & Erie Canal, stronger connections to the Towpath Trail and a pedestrian bridge from downtown to the Northside Arts District are all recommendations in a plan to make downtown Akron more vibrant. more

Walking the Walk

Cincinnati, OH - "After high-profile fatalities, the city has finally started moving on pedestrian safety. Will the efforts be enough?" more...

Single Track Coming to Wayne National Forest in SE OH


Test Riding Seattle Bike Shares

WA - "Hey Seattle — congratulations! In just five months, you’ve become a leader in bike sharing." more...

Greenway Repairs Begin More Than a Year After Hurricane

NC - "More than a year after flooding rains forced the city to close a section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway, contractors will soon begin repairs on three sections of boardwalk..." more

Des Moines' $33M Street Overhaul

IA - "Several years from now, one of the country’s best downtown bike networks could be in the capital of Iowa." more

Train Made for Bike Commuters

JPN - "A Japanese railway company unveiled a train with room for nearly 100 passengers—and their bikes." more

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Little Miami Trail Closure Through March 2018

12/8/17

Xenia Twp., OH - "The Little Miami Scenic Trail from Brush Row Road to Clifton Road (between Xenia and Yellow Springs) will be closed effective immediately for a water main installation project..." more...

NOACA Boosts Protected Bike Lane Projects

12/8/17

Cleveland, OH - "...The board of the transportation planning agency announced at a meeting that it would allocate $47 million in federal transportation dollars to 21 projects including two that would create the first major protected bike lanes in the city." more...

Mohican State Park MTB Trail on IMBA Epic List

Loudonville, OH - "...IMBA EPICS are what many mountain bikers live for and make travel plans around..." more

Work Begins on Greenway

12/7/17

PA - "...After 13 years of planning, scouting for funding and rallying support, work has started on the Marsh Creek Greenway to connect the Pine Creek Rail Trail terminus to Wellsboro." more...

Petition Demands Faster Action to Improve Cycling Safety

12/7/17

Philadelphia, PA - "Philadelphia’s leading biking advocacy organization is pushing the city to move faster on seven safe-streets initiatives following a cyclist’s death last week in the city." more...

Siblings Both Killed by Drivers

12/7/17

Portland, OR - "When I first heard about the fatal collision in Beaverton near Southridge High School last week I was sad. But that was before I made a heartbreaking realization." more...

Dangerous By Design

12/7/17

U.S. - "...As pedestrian deaths rise alarmingly fast in the U.S., with nearly 6,000 lives lost last year, the difference between the American and European approaches to the regulation of car design stands out strongly." more...

What Cyclists Need To Know About Trucks

"Cyclists hit by turning trucks is a repeating news story which highlights the most serious deficiency in our system — education of cyclists. Sometimes these crashes are caused by the truck driver passing a cyclist prior to turning right, but very often they are caused by the cyclist passing the truck on the right. In both cases, the cyclist has the power to avoid the crash." more...

Mountain Bike Boom Down Under

12/7/17

AUS - "...With world-class mountain bike trails having opened to riders a couple of years ago, Derby was earning a reputation that was drawing an estimated 30,000 bike enthusiasts to the region each year." more...

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Response to Columbus Making Dangerous Cycling Cities List

OH - "...As soon as I saw this list I thought, 'Hmmmm… where are all the Florida cities?' Florida is renowned for having, by FAR, the highest number of cycling fatalities and the worst “fatality rate” in the country..." more

Grant Sought for 58-Mile Marquette Greenway Trail

IN - "...The grant, which would help construct 30 miles of trail, would come from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program..." more

Task Force Focused on Improving Bike Trails

IN - "The 2017 Indiana General Assembly passed legislation to create the Indiana Bike Trails Task Force and that group is now working on improving connectivity and safety for cyclists across the state." more...

Communities Must Embrace Bike Visitors to Gain Benefit

PA - "A biking-hiking trail like the Great Allegheny Passage is an economic development opportunity for the communities it passes through --- but only if those towns capitalize on it." more...

Court Rules Absolute Immunity Not Applicable to Bike Path

IL - "We recently wrote about the confusion in Illinois law on what constitutes a 'Riding Trail'..." more

IMBA Advocates for Collaborative Wilderness Perspective

12/7/17

"...Today the US Federal Lands Subcommittee is discussing H.R. 1349 – a proposal that would amend Wilderness Act regulations to permit mountain bike access in designated Wilderness areas. IMBA has in fact submitted testimony OPPOSING this legislation." more

No Street Is “Complete” Without Taking Equity Into Account

12/6/17

"For 10 years, the National Complete Streets Coalition has scored thousands of 'complete streets' proposals from around the U.S. This year, for the first time, they’re including equity and diversity outcomes as part of their grading rubric." more

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Columbus Makes 'Most Dangerous Cities for Cyclists' List

OH - "...Even though U.S. cities tend to be reasonably safe for commuters on two wheels, 70 percent of all fatal bike accidents still tend to occur in urban areas..." more

Ohio River Trail Connection still an Option

Cincinnati, OH - "Hope for connecting Hamilton and Clermont counties via the Ohio River Trail glimmered Tuesday when the city's transportation committee weighed committing roughly $250,000 to the project." more

North Olmsted Considers Recreation Amenity Levy

12/5/17

North Olmsted, OH - "...Mayor Kevin Kennedy recently proposed putting a $44.8 million levy on the May 8 ballot for residents to decide whether they want to improve the city's park and recreational facilities..." more

Assault with Knife on Lincoln Bike Trail

12/5/17

Lincoln, NE - "...one of the men pulled a knife, swung at the victim, and struck him..." more

Greenway Meeting Goes off the Rails

12/5/17

Portland, OR - "...The crowd that’s vehemently opposed to a diverter at 50th and Lincoln was apparently very aggressive and nearly took over the meeting." more...

RTC Accomplishments in 2017

"...As 2017 draws to a close, here’s a look back at just a few of the ways we made a difference for trails this year." more...

25 Best Bike-Friendly Companies

12/5/17

"Our inaugural roundup of the 25 most bike-friendly workplaces in the United States might make you rethink your career choices." more...

Cities are Clamping Down on Cars & Promoting Bikes

12/4/17

"...But as the [NYC] Mayor notes, 'Queens Boulevard is the ultimate example of what was wrong in this city for decades. I love my city but something was broken that we had a street called the Boulevard of Death and we accepted that.'" more...

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Towpath Sections Closure Dec. 11 - June 2018

Peninsula, OH - From nps.gov, "Towpath sections closed between Boston Store Visitor Center & Interstate 271 Bridge; and between Hunt House and Deep Lock Quarry. There will not be access to Boston Store Visitor Center from Lock 29 Trailhead. Towpath open at lock 29 to closed areas."

New Stadium Could Hurt Walkability

12/4/17

Cincinnati, OH - "...The thing is, widening roads is never good for a neighborhood's pedestrian-friendliness..." more

Iron Belle Trail to Receive Grants

12/4/17

MI - "The trail runs from Detroit through Macomb and Oakland counties all the way to the upper peninsula." more...

Educating Drivers about Bike & Ped Safety

NJ - "...Senate Bill 2894 would require that bicyclist and pedestrian safety information included in: The New Jersey Driver Education Course, The New Jersey Driver Education Manual, and The New Jersey Driver’s License Written Exam." more...

Graveyard of Shopping Carts along Greenway

TN - "Residents in West Knoxville said abandoned shopping carts have created an eyesore along the Ten Mile Creek Greenway." more...

Man Robbed at Gunpoint on Bike Trail

AR - "A man told police he was robbed at gunpoint of his cash and Nike shoes on a North Little Rock trail Sunday morning..." more

Windsor Cyclists not Riding to Work

12/4/17

CAN - "Only 1 per cent of Windsorites commute to work, according to Statistics Canada." more...

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Alum Creek Drive Improvements

Columbus, OH - "...The planned improvements will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and mobility-impaired and vision-impaired users." more...

Bike Lanes Repainted after Cyclist Dies

Philadelphia, PA - "...The repainting of the lane, from Second to 24th Streets, was something activists had long demanded, along with the repainting of other bike lanes throughout Philadelphia." more...

Erie Group Plans Viaduct Protest March

PA - "...The group wants to see the eastside bridge, which was closed by the city in June 2010 because of structural concerns, restored as a pedestrian walkway or public park." more

320-Mile Greenway Being Developed

12/4/17

PA - "The Main Line Canal Greenway is a 320-mile corridor for hikers and bikers between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg that is partly a reality and partly unfinished." more...

Hand-Painted Bike Lane Removed in Boston

MA - "It started out as maybe a protest, or maybe a joke, or maybe a little of both. But the City of Boston has washed away the hand painted bike lane on the Congress St. bridge." more...

Trail Efforts Incense Pitkin County Officials

CO - "Wilderness Workshop is trying to stop the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail by spreading propaganda and misinformation, a majority of Pitkin County commissioners said recently." more...

Will Dockless Bike Shares Boost Bike Commuting?

"...Something about this new business model, something about the dollar ride is very attractive to people that weren’t riding before..." more

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Senate Votes to Eliminate Bike Tax Benefit

"...the Senate voted to eliminate the $20 per-month tax benefit available for those who bike to work while maintaining the $255 per-month vehicle and parking benefit." more...

North Coventry Trail Plans on Track

12/3/17

PA - "...If all goes as planned, shoppers like the Rigbys will have access to a walking trail that connects the plaza along Route 100 on a 22-acre site called Hanover Meadows Park..." more

Council Votes Against Coal Run Hollow Greenway Project

12/3/17

WV - "Fairmont City Council voted against closing Coal Run Hollow to install a greenway during last week’s meeting, with more than a dozen city residents voicing their distaste for the project." more

Grant to Extend Trails in Martinsville & Henry Counties

12/2/17

VA - "Henry County will receive nearly $1.4 million to help extend the Dick and Willie Passage Rail Trail to Spruce Street." more...

Frederick County Working to Connect Main Streets with Bikeway

12/2/17

MD - "...It’s always been a priority to connect Frederick to the C&O Canal..." more

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No Fix Yet For Deadly Cincy Intersection

Cincinnati, OH - "...Cole was grabbing coffee for her coworkers from the shop across the street, Sidewinder Coffee, when she was hit during the afternoon rush hour last September." more...

Potential Trail Towns get Landscaping Advice

12/2/17

KY - "...we’re hoping is that we can get ideas to take back to our communities that will make our communities more adventure tourist friendly..." more

NYPD Security Theater Takes Manhattan

NYC - "Obtrusive new police barriers interfering with walking and biking paths are cropping up in Midtown and elsewhere. Do you feel safer, New York?" more...

Small Town Builds Bicycle Blvd

Ellensburg, WA - "...This year, Ellensburg became one of the smallest cities in the country ever to construct a neighborhood bikeway..." more...

Boise Considering E-Bike Rules

ID - "...The proposal, which will open for public comment and go before the Boise City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 5, would regulate Class 1 and Class 2 bikes—with power output no greater than 750 watts..." more

Man Shot While Jogging on Trail

12/2/17

MO - "...About 30 yards after the teacher ran past Curtis, the teacher heard a loud bang, felt pain in his back and fell to his knees..." more

520 Bridge Trail will Finally Open in December

12/2/17

WA - "...The region’s most significant new biking and walking connection in decades will open December 20 at 3 p.m., nine hours before the winter solstice." more...

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Bicyclist Struck, Killed in Lake Township

Lake Twp., OH - "...The crash remains under investigation, but the patrol said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident." more...

Driver Sentenced to Prison for Killing Baby in Stroller

Columbus, OH - "A woman who drove her SUV off a Mifflin Township road and struck and killed a 7-month-old boy in a stroller offered no explanation for her actions Wednesday during her sentencing hearing." more...

Kettering Seeks Grants to Replace Bridge

Kettering, OH - "...Kettering used an online survey to poll Oakwood and Kettering residents on three potential options for future investment in the bridge..." more...

Wayne County Trails Photo Review of 2017

Wayne County, OH - Check out the photos.

Urban Freeway Could be Reconfigured with Bike Lanes

Detroit, MI - "...Proposals range from merely upgrading the current freeways to creating two one-way streets with a greenway." more...

Human Barrier Protects Philly Bike Lane

Philadelphia, PA - "About 100 people gathered on a downtown Philadelphia street before work Wednesday morning. Their purpose: create a human shield protecting the Spruce Street bike lane..." more

Bike Shares Flood Katy Trail in Dallas

Dallas, TX - "News of a fifth bike-sharing company is touching a nerve with several people along the Dallas Katy Trail." more...

New Bike Share Concept Coming to U.S.

"...'We are dockless without the drawbacks,” says Zagster CEO Timothy Ericson'..." more...

Toronto Neighbors Calm Street Using Only Leaves and Chalk

12/1/17

CAN - "...a group of neighbors in Toronto has made 'nature’s traffic calming' a multi-season activity." more...

For more news, visit the 2017 Archive.

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