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Long-Term Funding in Doubt for Baileys Trail System

2/19/20

Athens, OH - "...two of the Commissioners said last week that they’re not going to support the 'pay for success' model that has been asked of the county for the project." more

Trailside Clean Up along the NCIT

2/19/20

Norwalk, OH

Cincinnati Working to Create 176 Miles of Bike Lanes

2/19/20

Cincinnati, OH - "...City Council member Greg Landsman says the city is working to create as many protected lanes as it can." more

OurStreets App for Better Streets in Cleveland

2/19/20

Cleveland, OH - "...OurStreets is a reporting tool, and the more people that use it – the better it gets..." more

Bike-Path Killer Threatened to Behead Jail Officer

2/19/20

NY - "A man charged with killing eight people by driving a truck down a lower Manhattan bike path in October 2017 recently threatened to decapitate an officer at the jail that has housed him since his arrest.." more

Greenway to be Expanded to Austin Peay State University

TN - "The Clarksville Greenway will soon be connected to Austin Peay State University, in a plan that will eventualy allow people to bike, walk or run from APSU all the way to Billy Dunlop Park." more

20 mph is Too Fast for E-Bikes

2/19/20

"...The American e-bike market needs to re-direct itself by looking at the European market and learning from it. Twenty is too fast." more

OB: We expressed the same concerns back in 2018.

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Demolitions Along Proposed Trail Route

Ashland, OH - "...The legislation, passed unanimously, will essentially be the first truly visible action taken in support of the proposed trail, which will run along what’s most commonly called 'Town Creek.' It was formerly called 'Center Run' on early maps." more

Electric Citi Bikes are Back

2/19/20

NY - "...Starting this week, Citi Bike will begin adding “several hundred” e-bikes to its network of 900 stations in New York City. The rollout will increase gradually over the next several months, with operators hoping to have a promised 4,000 e-bikes as part of the fleet by the end of the year." more

Green Wave Plan for Bike Lanes

NYC - "The city Department of Transportation boasted that it’s ahead of schedule in its 'Green Wave' plan announced last year, which expands the protected bike lane networks in Brooklyn and Manhattan." more

Man Fat-Biking in State Park Found Dead

2/18/20

ME - "The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says a 59-year-old man was found dead on the side of a trail in Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal on Monday." more

Governor Joins in Protesting Drilling on Slickrock Trail

UT - "...The Governor appreciates the unique beauty of the Slickrock area and wants to ensure that nothing is done that would be detrimental to the visitor experience or local water quality..." more

‘Nighttime Nailer’ Sentenced to 30 Days

Portland, OR - "An Oregon City man who threw roofing nails onto city streets will spend 30 days in jail." more

Investing in Cycling Pays Off

UK - "A report shows that when bike lanes are built, people cycle more and drive less." more

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Ann Arbor Mulls Shifting Car Culture

MI - "Ann Arbor hopes to get more people out of cars..." more

Marquette Greenway Construction Begins this Year

IN - "Construction on one section of the Burns Harbor portion of the Marquette Greenway Trail is set to begin this year..." more

Driver Kills Cyclist in Hit-and-Run

2/18/20

Charlotte, NC - "Police are searching for the driver who they said hit and killed a bicyclist before speeding away late Monday in east Charlotte" more

Commissioner Pledges $7.4M To Bayou Greenways Project

Houston, TX - "The funds, which are pending approval by the Harris County Commissioners Court, are intended to help finish up a massive bike trail project linking up the city’s waterways." more

Are More People Biking These Days?

U.S. - "...The number of daily trips made by walking or biking ― whether running errands or getting to work or school ― hadn’t changed from 2001 to 2017." more

NZ's 1st Dockless E-Bike Shares in Auckland

2/18/20

NZL - "More than 600 dockless electric ride share bikes will hit the streets of Auckland from February 19 - the first of their kind in New Zealand." more

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South Loop Bike Lanes are Hazardous

IL - "...Concrete barriers are meant to protect bike lanes and ensure cyclist safety by separating the pathway from car lanes. However, they can also create an unexpected tripping hazard for cyclists and pedestrians due to visibility issues..." more

Crashes Involving Peds Rare in Trail Town

Damascus, VA - " Despite thousands of hikers passing through town every year, it’s been nearly four years since a pedestrian has been struck in Damascus, Virginia..." more

Mighty Touch and BCycle’s 3.0 Dock

2/17/20

WI - "Mighty Touch, a division of Menomonee Falls-based Connected Technology Solutions, teamed up with BCycle, a Waterloo, Wisconsin-based bicycle sharing company owned by Trek Bicycle, to develop an all-in-one bike dock that allows users to check out a bike using an app or membership card..." more

Bucharest on the Verge of Micro-Mobility Revolution

2/17/20

ROM - "The shared economy and micromobility are increasingly discussed in the context of the development of modern cities just like Bucharest..." more

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Cleveland can do Better with Complete Streets

2/16/20

Cleveland, OH - "...The failure to create a downtown loop is an example of the mixed record of Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration in observing the city’s 2011 'Complete and Green Streets' ordinance..." more

Bicycle Takeover in Pittsburgh

2/16/20

PA - "Dogs pee on trees and those alert bicycle enthusiasts and their clever strategists here in Pittsburgh have copied this primal territorial approach..." more

Grants Breathe Life into Northern Panhandle Projects

2/16/20

WV - "...The Center for ActiveWV has announced a slate of inaugural grant funding for 13 projects that increase or improve pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure in communities, schools and health centers across the state." more

Memphis to Arkansas City by Trail

2/16/20

AR - "...That $20 million will be matched (mostly with federal funds) by the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism in order to complete the Delta Heritage Trail, an 84.5-mile biking and hiking route from Lexa in the north to Arkansas City in the south." more

If Denver Wants People to Bike to Work, It Has to Clear the Snow!

2/15/20

CO - "...Getting more people to bike to work — and to do so year-round — will be a critical step for Denver as it seeks to lower the share of Denver residents commuting in single-occupant vehicles..." more

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Indego E-Bikes Return to Philly Docking Stations

2/14/20

PA - "10% of the vehicles were recovered — but the city won’t say how many went missing in the first place." more

Sculptures Stolen from White River State Park

2/14/20

Indianapolis, IN - "...The two basketball-sized sculptures were stolen from their posts on the park's Environmental Trail sometime between Feb. 6 and Feb. 8..." more

Cyclist Cuffed & Arrested for Rolling a Stop Sign

2/14/20

FL - "...Javier Lopez, 18, was arrested during a group ride near Oveido, Florida, this past weekend after he rolled through a stop sign." more

Bicycle Lanes are Moving Everyone Forward

2/14/20

BRA - "The intersection of Avenida Leste Oeste and Avenida Pasteur in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza was always tricky to navigate by bicycle..." more

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Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Flooding

Athens, OH

Authorities Rescue Woman Who Fell Ill on Trail

Twinsburg, OH - "...If not for the plowed bike and hike trail, our response vehicles would have had a harder time trying to navigate the main path..." more

Eminent Domain Hearings Continue

2/14/20

Columbus, OH - "...This legislation gives our constituents another avenue to protect their property [from trail use] from the government’s reach..." more

Fairfield Developing Connectivity Plan

Fairfield, OH - "...The number one overall comment (was) … we need connectivity, we need walkability..." more

Kettering Suspends Shared Bikes, Scooters

2/14/20

Kettering, OH - "...Law Director Ted Hamer told council the vehicles have disrupted pedestrians and business owners in other cities." more

Old-Time Racks for Bikes

Mt. Vernon, OH - "A dozen new bike racks will appear near the new parking lots along Gay Street and by the Kokosing River entrance to Ariel-Foundation Park and in other areas in downtown..." more

Concerns Over Proposed Trail Extension in Cambria County

PA - "PennDOT and local legislators have presented a plan to connect the James Mayer trail with parts Ferndale Avenue, creating a continuous three-mile loop..." more

New Bike Repair Stations along D&L Trail

PA - "...new bike repair stations have been installed along the D&L Trail on Bethlehem’s Sand Island,.." more

Petition in Support of Protected Bike Lanes in Nashville

TN - "Walk Bike Nashville representatives and Metro Nashville Councilman Freddie O'Connell delivered more than 2,000 signatures to the mayor's office Thursday morning in support of building protected bike lanes downtown." more

Bike Share Shocker in Boston

MA - "... it was that bike-sharing program that left Samantha’s head spinning this past fall when a $2.50 ride turned into a $1,200 missing bike ordeal." more

Cyclists Lies Dying in a Ditch While No One Calls 911

GA - "...Instead of calling 911, the driver left the scene and called his friend, state Rep. Trey Kelley, according to police documents..." more

Truck Driver Knocks Cyclist Off His Bike

2/14/20

UK - "Video has emerged of the moment a cyclist was slammed to the ground by a Tesco delivery driver who turned left across a painted cycle lane." more

Green Transport Making an Impact

UK - "From public transport to cycling, sustainable transport is on course to overtake driving in the world’s biggest cities within a decade, according to a study released on Monday." more

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Levy Project to Impact Towpath, New Stark County Trail Maps

Perry Twp., OH - "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to reinforce one of its levees and could close a trail section..."

...Separately, Fonte told the board that his staff is updating the park district’s maps so they only show existing trails and trails under construction, not proposed trails that go through private property..." more

Efforts Underway to Reduce Pedestrian-Vehicle Crashes

Columbus, OH - "...Columbus Police said they investigated 431 pedestrian crashes in 2019. 23 of those crashes were fatal..." more

Ypsilanti to Repave Trail Segment

MI - "Crews will repave and expand a portion of a pedestrian-friendly pathway in Ypsilanti’s Frog Island Park." more

Plans For McNichols Streetscape Project

Detroit, MI - "...The city plans to improve sidewalks, lighting, bus shelters, bus stops, crosswalks and landscaping..." more

New Protected Grand Street Bike Lane Is Still Not Protected

2/13/20

NY - "...Bikers are still forced to swerve into traffic thanks to cars and trucks continuously parked in what’s supposed to be a new-and-improved protected bike lane along one of North Brooklyn’s main corridors to the Williamsburg Bridge." more

Flagler County has had Zero Bike Fatalities Since 2017

2/12/20

FL - "...Flagler County is one of the safest counties in Florida for bike riders and the safest in Central Florida, statistically, at least in 2018 and 2019." more

New Links To Northern Strand Trail Coming

2/12/20

MA - "The Baker-Polito administration announced last week the groundbreaking of a $13.7 million project to complete the remaining unbuilt sections of the Northern Strand Trail to Western Avenue in Lynn by the summer of 2022." more

Austin Traffic Fatalities Nearly Triple in January

TX - "...The City of Austin, TX is off to a rough start for achieving its Vision Zero goals in 2020." more

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Fire Closes Section of Olentangy Trail

2/12/20 -- 9:16 am

Columbus, OH - From MetroParks, "Please avoid the Olentangy Trail between King Avenue and 3rd Avenue as firefighters fight a fire at Battelle Institute. Please use alternate route until the area is cleared."

Towpath Trail Section Closure Feb. 17

Barberton, OH - The Towpath Trail will be closed from Fairview Avenue south to Robinson Avenue, a distance of 1.2 miles, for approximately 90 days while Ohio Department of Natural Resources works to plug an oil/gas well adjacent to the canal corridor.

Towpath Closure Feb 17
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Closure in Summit County in NE Ohio

Planned Winona Railway Trail Extension Moves Forward

2/11/20

Goshen, IN - " Plans for an extension of the Winona Railway Trail on the city’s south side got their initial start Tuesday during a meeting of the Goshen Redevelopment Commission." more

Mill Race, Parts of People Trail Closed for High Water

2/11/20

Columbus, IN - "...The parks department also warns people to use caution as additional sections of the People Trail System and Noblitt Park may become inaccessible due to rising water." more

Denver Nears Bicycle Tipping Point

2/11/20

CO - "...the increasing percentage of people commuting downtown by bike, is putting the city on the brink of a culture shift, advocates say." more

How London Got Rid of Cars & Grew More Congested

2/11/20

UK - "Britain’s biggest city has almost ground to a halt, thanks to the rise of Uber, delivery drivers – and cycle lanes. Can anything be done to end the gridlock and pollution?" more

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Impaired Driver Kills Bicyclist in Lorain

2/10/20

Elyria, OH - "...Gill was arrested and is charged with operating a vehicle impaired, aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to control and failure to stop after an accident." more

Ped Deaths on the Rise in Columbus

2/10/20

Columbus, OH - "As the number of people struck and killed by vehicles in Columbus has increased each of the past three years, the state’s largest city is working to find ways to reduce the number of fatalities." more

Arlington Reveals ‘No Scooter’ Zones

2/10/20

VA - "By the end of the month, Arlington County will start posting signs making it clear where e-scooters and e-bikes are not welcome." more

Section of Roanoke River Greenway Closed Due to Rain Damage

VA - "Due to heavy, soaking rain that led to flooding last week and this weekend, a major portion of the Roanoke River Greenway stretching from Wasena Park to Bennington Park is closed." more

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Towpath Times E-News

NE OH - Read the latest edition.

Actor Struck by 2 Drivers, Dies

CA - "Orson Bean, the 91-year-old veteran actor-comedian and a mainstay of the Westside’s theater scene, was killed when he was hit by two cars Friday night while crossing Venice Boulevard on his way to see a play..." more

Town Rejects State Recommendation for Bike Path Route

RI - "The town will continue to push for the completion of the South County Bike Path to the town beach through Canonchet Farm, despite rejection of the route at the state level..." more

Cyclists Linked to Illegal Trail Fight Vandalism Charges

2/10/20

CA - "Three Marin County men are facing prosecution on charges they caused thousands of dollars of damage to public land by building an illegal bike trail in Indian Valley Open Space Preserve." more

Most Ped Crashes are From Cars Turning at Intersections

Seattle, WA - "...two-thirds of pedestrian and vehicle crashes involved a vehicle turning at an intersection, which the city is addressing by installing signals that give pedestrians a head start." more

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Eminent Domain Playing a Role in Park Levy Renewal Opposition

2/9/20

Stark County, OH - "...'We have no intentions of building a trail through somebody’s property who doesn’t willingly sell it to us, period,' he said. 'His constituents (Stoltzfus) has heard from are misrepresenting what’s actually happened'." more

The Future of Kokomo Trails

2/9/20

IN - "...The project, in many ways, represents the finishing touches of former mayor Greg Goodnight’s vision for the downtown span of Kokomo’s Wildcat Creek and has also sparked interest in Mayor Tyler Moore’s goals for a biking and walking system that has evolved into one of the city’s primary amenities." more

Smithtown Settles Suit Over Skate Boarding Death on Trail

2/9/20

NY - "...Lawyers said the town was negligent for not properly maintaining a trail they described as bumpy and broken, with “trap like” conditions, including the 16-inch crack that caused Castrillon’s fall." more

Fatal Bike Crash Remains a Mystery

2/8/20

IL - "...How does an experienced cyclist, wearing a helmet and pedaling uphill, sustain such massive injuries from a simple fall?" more

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Large Tree Down on the Kokosing Trail

Knox County, OH

Snow in Cleveland Bike Lanes

Cleveland, OH

Canfield Township Closer to Bike Tail Connector

2/8/20

Canfield, OH - "Canfield Township is getting closer to making a connection from the township park on Herbert Road to the Mill Creek MetroPark’s bike trail." more

Board Supports Riverside Trail Plan

2/7/20

Muncie, IN - "...Muncie should also be proud that our community has a robust vision for the buildout of new trail miles and a truly connected bike/pedestrian network. The inception of the Cardinal Greenway trail in the 1990s was only the beginning." more

County gets OK to Build Onondaga Lake Trail

2/7/20

Syracuse, NY - "Two years ago, the state cautioned Onondaga County not to build a trail on contaminated land along Onondaga Lake before a cleanup plan for the whole site was in place." more

Idaho Parks Considers Trail Pass Program

2/7/20

Boise, ID - "The director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation said Friday that his agency is starting a voluntary trail pass program as part of a long-range goal to raise awareness and eventually money for non-motorized trail maintenance." more

Officials Oppose Oil, Gas Leasing In Sand Flats Rec Area

2/7/20

UT - "...Sand Flats Recreation Area is home to the internationally known Slickrock Bike Trail. The county estimates Sand Flats contributes nearly $7 million dollars in net value to the local economy." more

Coronavirus Could Cause Bike Shipment Delays

2/7/20

TWN - "The CEO of A&J Bicycles — one of the world's largest original equipment bike makers, with factories in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia — is warning customers of possible shipment delays due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China..." more

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Howard Arch to Receive Historical Marker

Howard, OH - "...The arch now serves as a bridge for U.S. 36 over the Kokosing Gap Trail. The former Howard railroad station now has a playground for children and is a stopping point for travelers on the trail." more

Cool Bike Racks in Fremont

Fremont, OH

Autonomous E-Shuttle in Columbus

Columbus, OH - "...An electric-powered shuttle funded mostly by the federal government will give residents access to services that have slowly vanished from the area..." more

Pittsburgh Plan Would Add 120 Miles of Bike Lanes

PA - "The city of Pittsburgh on Thursday released a draft of a bike master plan that envisions adding 120 miles of bike lanes to the city streets and 32 miles of trails." more

VeoRide Ceasing Bike-Share Services at WKU

2/7/20

KY - "...Though the program has been well-received by WKU students, VeoRide gave notice that they were refocusing 2020 efforts in markets that were focused on multi-modal fleets centered on eScooters and eBikes." more

2-Way Traffic, Bike Lane Project to Begin

2/7/20

Ann Arbor, MI - "...Restoration work will also include two-way bike lanes on the east side of the road, an enhanced streetscape and pedestrian experience and curbside improvements for loading or drop-off..." more

Burned, Abandoned SUV Found on Trail

Henrietta Twp., MI - "...Someone reported an abandoned 2006 Pontiac Torrent around 10:20 a.m., Feb. 5, on the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail near Wooster Road and Root Station Road..." more

Activist Tries Shaming Cops to try to Stop Them from Parking in Bike Lanes

NYC - "...'This NYPD officer is an asshole,' reads a new flier that activist Rich Mintz slapped on squad cars in the bike lane in Columbus Circle on Thursday." more

Greenway Closes Due to Human Waste, Unsanitary Condition

Denver, CO - "Human waste, pest activity, unsanitary conditions, and garbage has lead to the second closure of an outdoor recreation area in Denver, Colorado." more

Man Arrested for Threatening People on Greenway

WA - "Police arrested a man in Yakima who they say was threatening people along the Greenway with a big stick." more

Former Trek Exec Says E-Mountain Bikes are Too Powerful

2/7/20

CA - "...'The industry has a history of what I call 'ready, fire, aim,' Vadeboncoeur said. 'The industry didn't do all the things it should have done (before launching e-MTBs), but there is still time'." more

OB: The same e-bike classes are being applied to both mountain bike trails and multi-use, paved trails. As pointed out in this blog post, E-Bike Class 1 is also too powerful for paved trails.

Ancient Human Remains Found on Port Angeles Trail

2/6/20

WA - "It’s not every day that a bike ride through the Olympic Discovery Trail turns into an ancient human remains discovery." more

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Towpath Section Closure Feb. 6-21

Brecksville, OH

A New Way to Pay for Trail Building

Athens, OH - "Athens, Ohio, has ambitious plans to build 88 miles of singletrack in three years. To make it happen, they’re eyeing a new funding model that could make it easier to bring recreation to rural America." more

Committee Gives Green Light to Sheltered Bike Lanes

PA - "Pennsylvania state lawmakers came one step closer Wednesday to authorizing safer bike lanes on state-owned streets across the Commonwealth." more

Tired Of The City Not Maintaining Bike Lanes

NYC - "Months after cyclist Carla Aiello has hit and killed by a truck at Milwaukee and Kilbourn avenues, someone repainted the faded bike lanes this week." more

Inaction After Tragic Crashes is Unacceptable

Chicago, IL - "...Last November Lee Luellen, 40, was fatally struck on his bike five blocks north of Jackson’s crash site at 67th and Stony Island in Grand Crossing..." more

Senate Gives Preliminary Nod to Bike Lane Bill

2/6/20

CO - "Motorists who fail to yield to cyclists who are properly riding in bike lanes could get a $70 ticket under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Wednesday." more

Response to: "Bike Lanes Cause Misery for Teachers"

2/5/20

"...This is how efforts to build safe and convenient places for cyclists are demonized—as something that screws up the lives of motorists struggling to get somewhere important..." more

Doppelt Trail Fund Helps Fill Critical Funding Gaps

2/5/20

U.S. - "Today, in anticipation of the 2020 spring trail season, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the recipients of the 2020 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grant program, awarding a total of $100,000 to six impactful trail projects across the United States." more

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Man Arrested for 2 Attacks at Brookside Reservation

2/4/20

Cleveland, OH - "...On October 20, 2019, Barker is accused of attacking a 61-year-old woman near the Meadow Ridge Picnic area in the Brookside Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks." more

Expansion of Funding for Transportation Safety Projects

Columbus, OH - "Thanks to the recent increase in the state motor vehicle fuel tax, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is making it easier for local governments to fund much-needed safety improvements..." more

Pittsburgh’s 1st Complete Street Debuts

PA - "The future of street design has arrived in Pittsburgh." more

Is D.C. Waging a ‘War on Cars’?

D.C. - "Is the District waging a 'war on cars?' The available evidence suggests the answer is absolutely..." more

Tampa Earns First-Ever Bike Friendly Airport Award

FL. - "Tampa International Airport has been designated the first bicycle-friendly airport in the USA by the League of American Bicyclists." more

Funding Boost for Completing Bike Path

2/4/20

Minneapolis, MN - "Minneapolis officials first started making plans for a trail system that encircles the city almost 140 years ago." more

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Richland B&O Trail Alert

2/4/20

Richland County, OH

GoFundMe Effort for Water Fountain & FixIt Stand

Mt. Vernon, OH - "The Mount Vernon terminus of the Kokosing Gap Trail; is the most heavily used access point on the KGT. Trail users will no doubt appreciate a water fountain and bicycle repair Fixit station at this trail head. more

Rail Trail Project Back on Track

2/4/20

Zionsville, IN - "A section of the Rail Trail that will connect Zionsville and Whitestown is the focus of a $4 million plan to get it done by the end of the year 2021." more

Planned Greenway Shutdown Angers Advocates

2/4/20

NYC - "...Orcutt demanded parks honchos release more information about the closure, including its exact dates and location so that the nearly 3,000 cyclists who ride through Riverside Park each day can plan ahead." more

Cycling Death on Causeway Leads to Safety Push

2/3/20

FL - "...We can't have a situation where a cyclist loses her life, it's preventable, and there's no mobilization to fix the problem." more

Port to Block Valet Parking in Bike Lane

2/3/20

CA - "...The Port of San Francisco is asking transit officials to protect bike lanes along a stretch of the Embarcadero where the restaurant Waterbar is known to valet park its customers’ vehicles." more

Lawmakers Propose $2.5B Over 5 Years for Bike, Pede Projects

2/3/20

U.S. - "The federal government would offer up to $500 million annually in competitive grant funding for sidewalks, bikeways and other 'active transportation' projects for cyclists and pedestrians..." more

More Tariff Exclusions for Bikes, Tires & Trailers

2/3/20

D.C. - "The Trump administration has announced additional Chinese tariff exclusions for some bike-related products..." more

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Park Improvements Include Trail Repairs

2/3/20

Youngstown, OH - "...[also] resurfacing the MetroParks Bikeway will include asphalt repair and paving, and aggregate shoulders." more

E-Bike Setback Shouldn’t Detour Philly Cycling

2/3/20

PA - "Advocates like the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia characterize Philly’s e-bike thefts as a bump in the road as the city and the region work to encourage private cycling and bike-sharing, and to expand cycling infrastructure..." more

Debate Over Proposed Bike Route

2/3/20

East Rockhill, PA - "Officials aren't slamming the brakes on a request that bike route signs be added in the municipality, but they're also not ready to push down hard on the pedals." more

Lime Scooters Can Detect Sidewalk Riding

"Lime has been hard at work developing a new sidewalk riding detection program that can be pushed to its existing electric scooter fleet..." more

Traffic Accidents Increased in 2019

CA - "A new national traffic safety study from Go Safe Labs shows that accidents across the United States increased 6.8% year-over-year in 2019 – with nearly 1 million crashes on America’s roadways." more

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Vehicle Spotted on Huffman Dam Trail

Dayton, OH

Trimming Brush along the NCIT

Huron County, OH

Bill Could Benefit NEPA Trails

2/2/20

PA - "A bill introduced in Congress to close gaps on hiking and biking trails, or to extend those trails, could benefit trail organizations in Northeast Pennsylvania." more

A Sea of Vehicles & Peds Flow Thru Oakland

2/1/20

PA - "...Investigators have not yet said who they suspect was at fault in a Port Authority bus accident on Jan. 18 that killed pedestrian Barbara Como, 20, a University of Pittsburgh senior..." more

Will They Vote to Rescind Bicycle Ban?

KY - "...The following Frankfort City Commission candidates responded..." more

Louisos Presents Trails Plan

WV - "Commissioner Tom Louisos on Friday presented a proposal to the county commission to expand the county’s involvement in trails development." more

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Safe Cycling an Issue in the Miami Valley

2/1/20

Dayton, OH - "...Making those on-street infrastructure improvements to help people safely bike to the trails or other destinations is certainly a growing area..." more

More on Summit Metro Parks New Park Restoration

Akron, OH - "...We are going to restore the physical habitat to the river, we’re going to reforest it, and we’re also going to recreate and restore about 60,000 acres of floodplain..." more

Northern Tier Trail Construction Starts Soon

1/31/20

Lansing, MI - "...This extension will reconstruct 2,100 feet of pathway to the already 4.8-mile Northern Tier Trail, weaving through White Park and connecting the trail from Pebblebrook Lane to the intersection of Lake Lansing Road and Birch Row Drive..." more

Reckless Truck Driver Killis Cyclist, No Charges From NYPD

1/31/20

NY - "A Brooklyn cyclist was killed by an illegally turning truck driver in East Williamsburg on Thursday — marking the first cyclist fatality of the new year." more

Residents Want to Shut Down Trail Project

1/31/20

WI - "...Clair says her neighborhood had no knowledge of the proposed access point and said the city ignored her safety concerns." more

Is Critical Mass Responsible for Car-Free Market Street?

1/31/20

San Francisco, CA - "...Sometimes the unauthorized, outlaw expression leads to the institutionalized version, which then leads to changes in infrastructure..." more

New Segment of Great Redwood Trail Opens

1/31/20

Ukiah, CA - "An ambitious plan to build the nation’s longest trail on a former rail line took a leap forward in Mendocino County on Friday with the opening of a new mile of paved path in city limits..." more

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Final Alignment for Trail is Set

1/31/20

Warren, OH - "...The Trumbull County commissioners have selected the final alignment for the Western Reserve Greenway Phase IV trail. Approximately 21 acres of the project will include 1.115 acres of temporary right-of-way required from 17 property owners to construct the project..." more

Dublin Pedestrian Bridge Opening in March

Dublin, OH

Carmel's Secret to Reducing Traffic Fatalities

IN - "...Compared to national average traffic fatality rate of about 12 per 100,000 people, Carmel’s fatality rate is at two per 100,000..." more

Take Back the Streets with OurStreets App

U.S. - "...OurStreets is available now for download on both Android and iOS and crowdsources the reporting of dangerous driving like blocking of bike lanes and crosswalks, near misses and aggressive driving..." more

Pop-Up Bike Lanes Report

1/31/20

Atlanta, GA - "...According to the city, 73% of the people surveyed reported they felt safe during the one-week pop-up period." more

Westfield Breaks Ground On Columbia Greenway Extension

1/30/20

MA - "A new trail link in the city of Westfield will extend a network of rail trails that leads all the way to New Haven, Connecticut." more

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Funding Approved for Trail Linking Wendy Park to Flats

Cleveland, OH - "...Cleveland Metroparks will build the 700-foot trail connecting the existing end of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail through the Willow Street Bridge to the Wendy Park Bridge." more

Clearing Low Hanging Branches on the Kokosing Gap

Knox County, OH

Bike Racks Coming to Tremont

Cleveland, OH

Ann Arbor Debates Bike Lanes

1/30/20

MI - "A proposal to eliminate street parking to make room for bike lanes on Barton Drive is being considered by City Council." more

Homicide Suspect Arrested

1/29/20

Sacramento, CA - "Sacramento police said they have arrested a man in connection with the death of a woman who was found near a bike trail." more

If it Takes a Hike, Riders Won't Use Bike Sharing

1/29/20

"...It’s no surprise that people want stations close to them, but it’s much closer than most planners and bike-share systems thought they needed." more

Every Street In Paris To Be Cycle-Friendly By 2024

1/29/20

"Should she get reelected as Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo plans to turn the French capital into a myriad of neighborhoods where “you can find everything you need within 15 minutes from home." more

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Richland B&O Trail Alert

1/29/20

Bellville, OH

2 Proposed Road Projects to Include Trails

1/28/20

Cleveland, OH - "...Plans include adding bike lanes to Dunham and Tinkers Creek roads in Maple Heights and Walton Hills, and adding a multi-use trail to the Mastick Road bridge in Fairview Park, according to a news release." more

Akron Pledges $3M to Revitalize Summit Lake

1/28/20

Akron, OH - "...The project would include the addition of a new outdoor amphitheater to the west, an art installation of giant marbles, a boat launch area to the north and a trail lopping all the way around the water’s edge along the historic Ohio & Erie Canal." more

Mayfield Heights Seeks Trail Grant

1/28/20

Mayfield Heights, OH - "...It is hoped that the trail will be the start of a trail system that will not only connect the entire city, but also connect with other communities’ paths." more

Emergency Call Boxes Installed After Greenway Rape

1/28/20

KY - "...After pleading guilty in October, Orlando Leavell was sentenced to 10 years in prison this month for rape, disorderly conduct and resisting and evading arrest..." more

Stalled Negotiations Slow Rail Trail Development

Clarksburg, WV - "Harrison County and Rails-to-Trails officials are determining the best way to move forward after a series of property acquisition negotiations along the rail trail system seem to have come to a halt." more

Driver Hits Woman in Bike Lane

1/28/20

OR - "A driver hit a woman riding a motorized wheelchair in a bike lane on Monday evening, according to police." more

Construction Begins on Pilot Solar Bike Lane

NLD - "The electricity generated by the PV panels will be used to power the surrounding lighting system, as well as to heat the lane in winter to prevent road slipperiness caused by snow, ice or water..." more

Coronavirus Could Disrupt Industry Travel & Production

1/28/20

UK - "The U.S. industry, which depends on China for about 95% of its bikes as well as many of its parts and accessories, is bracing for disruption due to the Coronavirus..." more

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Prototype Trail will Open in New Metro Park

Akron, OH - "...The 200-acre site off Cuyahoga Street was the former Valley View Golf Club. It was purchased for $4 million in 2016 with the goal of returning the property to its natural state and linking together three area Metro Parks..." more

Groups Taking Sides Regarding Eminent Domain Bill

Columbus, OH - "...HB 288 also drew opposition from several cities in Ohio, including Akron, Cincinnati, Dublin and Upper Arlington. The Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, the Ohio Municipal League and the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association also voiced their opposition to the bill." more

Perry Road Going on a Diet in Grand Blanc

MI - "...The city of Grand Blanc is hoping to shave the roadway down from four lanes down to three lanes. The two eastbound and westbound travel lanes would be converted to a single lane in each direction with a center turn lane and bike lanes on each side." more

Is The Joe Louis Greenway a Pathway to Success?

Detroit, MI - "...Based on what developers saw during their tour of the Atlanta BeltLine, Dick says, this may be exactly what neighborhoods need." more

PeopleForBikes: NY E-Bike Bill Needs Amendments

1/28/20

NY - "...Our main issues are a bad Class 3 definition, e-bikes being restricted from roads with a speed limit greater than 30 mph..." more

Another Body Found Along American River Bike Trail

1/28/20

Sacramento, CA - "Another body has been found along the American River Parkway, less than 24 hours after the first one was discovered." more

California Bike Fatalities Hit 25-Year High

1/28/20

CA - "...In California, the 2016-18 rate of such accidents was at its highest for any three-year period since the mid-1990s. Nationally, the three-year death rate was at its highest since the mid-2000s." more

Trails Transform America

U.S. - "New federal legislation has been introduced that will connect the nation’s trails and active transportation system." more

Uber Calls on US Legislators to Prioritise VRUs

1/28/20

U.S. - "Uber is urging the US House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure to prioritise the safety of vulnerable road users (VRUs) through funding and incentive programmes." more

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Building the Hewitt Avenue Bikeway Connector

1/27/20

Dayton, OH - "Kettering and Centerville are joining efforts to build the Hewitt Avenue Bikeway Connector, which will begin at the Iron Horse Bike Trail and continue east to tie into an existing trail." more

Wayne County Rails to Trails E-News

Wayne County, OH - Read the latest edition.

City Council Finally Moving on Student's Sidewalk Request

Cincinnati, OH - "After years of lobbying city, neighborhood and school district leaders, a Mount Washington student's pursuit of a safer walk to school saw its final step realized Thursday afternoon, but not in time for the Sands Montessori sixth-grader to use the new sidewalk herself each morning." more

Pryor Mountain Trails Reassessed

MT - "An order allowing some electric bicycle use on trails — along with negative public reaction to the rule — has prompted the Billings Field Office of the BLM to take a closer look at some Pryor Mountain trails." more

Mayors Believe Their Cities Are Too Car-Oriented

U.S. - "Mayors from around the U.S. in a new survey released on Tuesday raised concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety..." more

Embracing Dockless Bike-Share

1/27/20

"...This latest breed of dockless bike-sharing systems builds on a remarkable history of bike-sharing modalities that goes back half a century." more

Cycling Group Named on Counter-Terror Watch List

UK - "...Critical Mass was named among a collection of 'Left Wing and Associated Single Issue Groups' that were included in a document issued to counter-terrorism police units." more

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Pennsylvania Connector Trail Planned

1/26/20

Ashtabula County, OH - "...The trail will ultimately run from the Pennsylvania state line through Dorset and connect to the Western Reserve Greenway Trail, a stretch that is more than 25 miles. The Metroparks have owned the land where the trail will exist since 2003. It was originally a rail line." more

Winter Trail Cleaning

1/26/20

Richland County, OH

Philly Declares all Indego E-Bikes ‘Stolen Property’

1/25/20

Philadelphia, PA - "A memo instructs officers to 'stop and ID' anyone caught riding one." more

Bill Would Restore Eminent Domain Use for Trails

1/25/20

Salt Lake City, UT - "...that option was removed through a bill passed in 2008. The current law states that eminent domain can’t be used for trails." more

Vermont Hopes to Complete 93-Mile Rail Trail

1/25/20

VT - " The completion of a 93-mile rail trail across northern Vermont would help link an ever-expanding network of recreation trails across New England and beyond..." more

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Little Miami Trail Connector Phase 1

1/24/20

Columbia Twp., OH - "...Preliminary construction on the trail extension [into Mariemont] began earlier this month with an anticipated Grand Opening in early May." more

Lots of People Riding Scooters in Cbus

1/24/20

Columbus, OH - "...There were a total of 796,438 scooter rides taken in Columbus in 2019, according to data collected from the companies by the city and compiled by Columbus Underground..." more

When You Take an E-Bike, You Have to Return It

1/24/20

Philadelphia, PA - "...Apparently some riders don't understand the rules of the game." more

Man Dies From Bollard Crash on Virginia Capital Trail

1/24/20

VA - "An elderly bicyclist died after hitting a post and getting thrown from his bike." more

OB - Severe injuries and deaths occur on trails with bollards. But no statistics are kept on these crashes and they are so rarely reported that there is virtually no public awareness regarding this danger.

Two cyclists have died on one trail in Ohio (the Richland B&O Trail). But again, since no stats are recorded on these crashes, no one knows what the count may be for other Ohio trails. Learn more about this ongoing trail danger.

Court Dismisses Bike Share Contract Lawsuit

1/24/20

Chicago, IL - " Social Bicycles' lawsuit against the city's transportation department for renegotiating a share-bike contract with its rival and giving it exclusive rights to operate was dismissed Wednesday in U.S. District Court." more

No Jail Time for Driver Who Killed Cyclist

1/24/20

Denver, CO - "...David Anton, 51, was sentenced by Denver Judge Nicole M. Rodarte after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge last month..." more

IMBA Announces 8 New Trail Accelerator Grant Recipients

1/24/20

Boulder, CO - " The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to award its third round of Trail Accelerator grants to eight recipients in six states, putting $91,000 into new trails in communities across the country..." more

Off-Duty Police Officer Attacked on Bike Trail

1/24/20

Austin, TX - "Sources say the officer was knocked off her bike. When the corporal revealed her pepper spray, the suspect ran away." more

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Bike & Hike Trail Closure

1/24/20

Northfield, OH - "A 300-foot section of the Bike & Hike Trail will be closed for one day [on Jan. 29] immediately south of Brandywine Road for work on the gas line adjacent to the trail."

Bexley Bike Plan

Bexley, OH - "...Catherine Girves, executive director of Yay! Bikes, a Columbus-based organization that promotes bicycle safety, is overseeing the drafting of Bexley’s bicycle plan." more

Commissioners Salute Ghost Town Trail Developers

1/24/20

PA - "...Patterson said that the creation and expansion of the 46-mile-long trail system has always been a multi-county effort." more

Proposal to Connect Kokosing Gap with Downtown Gambier

1/23/20

Gambier, OH - "...One of the projects outlined in the plan would connect the Kokosing Gap Trail with downtown Gambier, using a trellis bridge for bikers and pedestrians that would cross Ohio State Route 229..." more

D.C., MD & VA's Most Dangerous Roads

1/23/20

"Less than five hours into the new year, the District of Columbia had already recorded its first traffic death of 2020." more

Capital Bikeshare Trips Slide

1/23/20

D.C. - "Thousands of people appear to be using shared dockless scooters or bikes in place of Capital Bikeshare, posing a challenge to the publicly-owned system that remains popular with regular users." more

Oil & Gas Leasing Proposed for Moab

1/23/20

UT - "...The Bureau of Land Management now proposes leasing the world-famous outdoor recreation hot spot for oil and gas drilling..." more

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The Scooter is Just the Beginning

1/23/20

"Sustainability head Melinda Hanson believes 2020 could be a big year for dockless scooter companies to cut emissions while encouraging safer streets." more

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Lot Donated to New London-Greenwich Trail

New London, OH

2019 an Ugly Year on Ohio Roads

OH - "2019 was an ugly year on Ohio’s roads. We have documented some 23 fatal bicycle crashes…23 cyclists killed on the roadway. .." more

Bicycle Education Center Puts Education First

1/22/20

Elyria, OH - "A group of volunteers has undertaken the task of educating the people of Elyria about their bikes." more

NYC May Finally Legalize E-Bikes

1/22/20

NY - "After vetoing a bill that would legalize e-bikes and e-scooters late last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will legalize them this year if his budget is passed unscathed." more

Can Washington Ave Become More Bike Friendly?

1/22/20

Philadelphia, PA - "According to James Gitto, a member of urbanist political action committee 5th Square, the striping of Washington Avenus is still stuck in the past." more

The Petition for Protected Bike Lanes in Pennsylvania

1/22/20

PA - "For the past two years, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Bike Pittsburgh, bicycle and pedestrian safety groups from all over Pennsylvania, in conjunction with municipalities from Philadelphia to Lancaster, have been advocating — both locally and in the state Capitol — for legislation which would make it easier to install parking-protected bike lanes in the Commonwealth..." more

Booby Traps along Dallas Bike Trails

1/22/20

TX - "...Multiple cycling groups report seeing twine strung across the trails, specifically the Ridgewood and SoPac trails." more

Nails in Corks Found on Aussie Trail

1/22/20

AUS - "An Australian runner found corks with nails through them along a trail during a run on Monday." more

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New Quarry Trails Metro Park Will Offer MTB Trails

1/21/20

Columbus, OH - "...the trails would be attractive not only for local residents but for those riding the Ohio-to-Erie Trail... Trails will connect the park to the Ohio-to-Erie Trail." more

Bill to Prevent Eminent Domain for Trails in Ohio

1/21/20

OH - "...This bill will allow individuals facing eminent domain by an un-elected government entity to ask their local legislative authority to veto the use of eminent domain." more

Knox County Parks Trail-Paving Poll

Knox County, OH - "I support [or do not support] the Knox County Commissioners, Knox County Park District, Licking County Commissioners and Licking Park District’s proposed ODNR Clean Ohio Trail Fund joint-application to pave 1.32 miles of Ohio To Erie Trail (OTET)" Vote here.

Driving While Texting Could Soon Become a Primary Offense

1/21/20

Columbus, OH - "A Democratic Ohio House member introduced legislation last Tuesday that would make using cell phones while driving a primary offense, meaning law enforcement would be able to pull over drivers they observe using them." more

No Jail Time for Driver Who Killed 2 Cyclists

1/21/20

FL - "Nicole Vanderweit struck a group of 15 cyclists during a morning ride on November 25, 2018, in Broward County, Florida, killing two people and injuring others." more

Ruling May Allow Work to Resume on Rock Island Bike Trail

1/21/20

MO - "...If upheld, the decision by the Surface Transportation Board would allow the county and the Union Pacific Railroad to formally abandon the line and enter into what’s referred to as an interim trail use/rail-banking agreement after the board’s decision takes effect in late February." more

Proactive Approach To Catch Bike Lane Blockers

1/21/20

Austin, TX - "...Parking in a bike-only lane compels cyclists to enter general travel lanes, which greatly increases the chances of a deadly or serious crash..." more

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Little Beaver Trail Receives Extension Funding

1/21/20

Lisbon, OH - "A state grant has been received to help pay for extending the Little Beaver Greenway Trail from downtown Lisbon to nearly state Route 11." more

Bus Takes Out Bike Share Station

NYC - "An MTA bus crashed into a Citi Bike station at 95th Street and Columbus Avenue on Sunday, smashing several of the bikes and the information kiosk attached to the station." more

Residents Properties Attacked by Bike Trail Criminals

1/21/20

Belleville, IL - "..'.We’re getting attacked from the bike trail,' said Kip Ryan, dumping a large bucket of rocks that have been flying down on him from above..." more

Mountain Lion Attacks, Injuries 3-Year-Old Boy

1/21/20

CA - "A mountain lion attacked and injured a 3-year-old boy at a wilderness park in Lake Forest on Monday, prompting evacuation of the popular hiking area, officials said." more

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Dublin Announces March Opening Date for New Bridge

Dublin, OH - "The city of Dublin has announced the opening date for the new pedestrian bridge that will span the Scioto River." more

State Plans to Use Eminent Domain for Bike Path

1/20/20

Lynwood, IL - "The State of Illinois is planning a $154,000 bike path alongside a road construction project in the south suburbs – and the state is threatening to take over some private land to do it." more

New Chouteau Greenway Plan for St. Louis

1/20/20

MO - "...The plan connects 17 city neighborhoods linking parks, business and arts districts, transit corridors, and cultural/educational institutions..." more

Lawmakers Seek Funding for $111-Mile Trail

1/19/20

CT - "...Much of the trail is finished in sections, except for 16 miles that needs to be constructed and connected." more

$60M Bridge Overhaul will Include Bikeway

1/19/20

MN - "Protected bike lanes will make link between Dinkytown area and West Bank safer, engineer says." more

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North Country Trail Featured in Podcast

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Indiana Man Rescued, Cited in Yellowstone Canyon

MT - "A 55-year-old Indiana man had to be rescued in Yellowstone National Park after he rappelled down a deep canyon, then was unable to climb back out..." more

Philly’s Bold Vision Zero Plan Needs Bolder Action

1/18/20

Philadelphia, PA - "One word to sum up Philly’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2030? Ambitious..." more

Thief Picks Handcuffs, Steals Police Bike

Portland, OR - "Portland’s bike theft problem has reached a new high..." more

Encouraging Physical Activity with Safer Streets

U.S. - "...the League is proud to be a partner and to promote today’s launch of the CDC’s Active People, Healthy NationSM, a new initiative aimed to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027..." more

Don't Forget the Pedestrians

"Pedestrians and bikers are second-class road users, partaking only of crumbs from the mobility table." more

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Towpath Section Closing in Summit County

Akron, OH - Beginning January 22 and continuing through January 24, a ~2.2-mile section of the Towpath Trail will be closed for tree removal from Botzum Trailhead to Weathervane Lane. This segment lies between Akron and Peninsula, Ohio.

This work is part of the Akron Waterways Renewed project to replace the outfall bridge at the City of Akron water treatment plant.

Illegal Riding at Leslie Morris Park?

KY - "...On Monday, current Frankfort City Manager Keith Parker said his office has not received any phone calls about bicycles at the park, but if someone has seen bikes up there he wants to know about it." more

Red Bike to Open Center at Findlay Market

Cincinnati, OH - "Cincinnati bike-share Red Bike announced this week it is expanding a partnership with Over-the-Rhine's Findlay Market in the form of a new center designed to be a 'one stop shop' for members." more

Mile-Long Homeless Camp Causing Problems along Bike Trail

1/18/20

CA - "...The rat problem could hardly have been a surprise. Trash and human waste had been piling up for months along the Joe Rodota Trail, nestled behind neighborhoods in the heart of Northern California wine country." more

Helmet Laws are a Bad Idea

1/17/20

U.S. - "...We thank NTSB for taking on bicycling safety at a time when fatalities are on the rise and support your recommendations on building better infrastructure and improving vehicle design to enhance conspicuity. However, we are writing today to express our grave concern with your recommendation on mandatory helmet laws..." more

Rails-to-Trails E-News

U.S. - Read the latest edition.

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A Lack of Ped-Safe Infrastructure in Central Indiana

IN - "...The areas studied include all of Marion County and most of, or parts of Hamilton, Hendricks, Boone, Johnson, Morgan, Shelby and Hancock counties..." more

Bike Lane Remains Faded Months after Cyclist Killed

NY - "Ald. Jim Gardiner said he's trying to get the lanes repainted, but the Department of Transportation was unresponsive." more

A Gift for NYC’s Pedestrians

NY - "Mayor de Blasio’s holiday experiment at Rockefeller Center was so successful that he should make it permanent." more

Lawmaker Proposes Stronger Protections for Cyclists

1/17/20

CO - "Cyclists would have right of way in bike lanes." more

153 Bike Friendly Businesses

U.S. - "...Whether it’s vacation lodging like Delaware North at the Grand Canyon or a Tampa-based shuffleboard bar aptly named Shuffle or a city hall in Arcata, California, there are easy steps every place can take to make it easier for people to get there by bike..." more

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Ohio-to-Erie Trail Progress in Delaware County

1/16/20

OH - "Step by step, the Ohio To Erie Trail (OTET) gets closer to completion, and the public got to hear the latest about local links in an open house Tuesday at the Sunbury Town Hall." more

New Licking County Preserve Will Provide Trail Link

1/15/20

Licking County, OH - "Licking County commissioners have approved the purchase of a 40-acre plot of farmland near Centerburg that will link the Ohio to Erie bike trail between Delaware and Knox counties..." more

Trail-Paving Contract Awarded

1/15/20

Toledo, OH - "...The new pavement will be 12 feet wide, like other parts of the "[Wabash Cannonball] trail. Besides providing a smoother surface for bicyclists and hikers, the project will provide a paved section of the 46-mile North Fork in Fulton County." more

Rail Trail Connector Project Complete

Elkins, WV - "...The connector project has created a safe pathway from the current end of the Allegheny Highlands Trail to the Elkins Depot Welcome Center in downtown Elkins..." more

Philly Mayor Makes Big Bike and Transit Promises

Philadelphia, PA - "...He promised us 30 miles of protected bike lanes four years ago, and we wound up with around six..." more

Activists Make Music To Demand Bike Lane Fix

NYC - "...Two dozen street safety advocates marched up Sixth Avenue on Tuesday morning singing Talking Heads’ 1985 hit “Road To Nowhere” to demand that the Department of Transportation finish the protected bike lane on the avenue..." more

Officials Want Docks, Fences Removed from Trail Route

1/15/20

Seattle, WA - "Officials want the owners of about 150 properties along a Washington state lake to remove docks, boat lifts, decks, driveways, fences, landscaping and other amenities that stand in the way of completing a long-anticipated paved trail through the area." more

Lyme Disease Bills Pass in Wisconsin

1/15/20

Madison, WI - "...The first bill would require the DNR to post at least one sign warning visitors about Lyme Disease at each state park, trail, recreation area and forest..." more

Trump Signs Phase 1 Deal with China

1/15/20

D.C. - " President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a Phase 1 trade agreement with China and said he will reduce recently imposed tariffs on some products from 15% to 7.5%..." more

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Names Sought for Baileys Trail System Trails

Athens, OH

Woman Grabbed, Threatened on Bike Trail

TX - "...She said he told her not to look at him and that he was going to kill her." more

Fugitive Apprehended along Bike Trail

FL - "A Volusia County K-9 tracked down a fugitive, wanted for armed robberies in Kentucky, hiding off a bike trail in Deltona Tuesday..." more

Bike Share Gender Gap Persists

U.S. - "...According to the American Community Survey, women make up less than one-third (28 per cent) of commuters who regularly bicycle to work in the United States." more

Uber Calls on Congress to Boost Cyclist / Ped Safety

1/14/20

U.S. - "...the company sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure..." more

Safety Must Come First with Automated Vehicles

U.S. - "...I have found that the United States, at seemingly every turn, chooses to leave people biking and walking out of conversations about safer vehicles..." more

Retired Chief Struck, Killed in Bike Lane

1/15/20

THA - "A retired village chief was hit and killed by a pickup truck while cycling for exercise in a bike lane in Muang district on Wednesday morning, police said." more

UL Publishes New Standards for E-Bikes

1/14/20

CAN - "Underwriters Laboratories has published a new standard for e-bike systems and certification of the bikes' electrical components." more

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Fallen Trees Cleared from Kokosing Trail

Knox County, OH

County Receives $500K in Trail Funding

Greene County, OH - "...The county will be awarded $500,000 for a new trail in the Village of Yellow Springs that will be called Mary’s Way..." more

MORPC Seeking Input on Transportation Plan

Columbus, OH - "Northland residents soon will have the opportunity to comment on a transportation plan that affects their neighborhood and beyond." more

CoGo to Add E-Bikes

1/14/20

Columbus, OH - "...Lyft, which operates the city’s bike sharing system, will add 250 electric bikes equipped with hybrid locks that allow them to be secured at one of the docking stations littered around the city or to a public bike rack..." more

Cincy Pedestrian-Involved Crashes Drop in 2019

Cincinnati, OH - "For the first time in recent memory, Cincinnati saw a substantial decrease in the number of people involved in traffic crashes while they were walking city streets..." more

Towpath Times E-News

NE OH - Read the latest edition.

Ghost Town Trail Named Best in State

PA - "...Pennsylvania boasts more than 12,000 miles of trails throughout the commonwealth. The Ghost Town Trail needs only 5 1/2 more miles in order to complete the first continuous rail-trail loop in the eastern U.S..." more

80 Acres Purchased for Superior Greenway

MI - "A recent purchase of a nature preserve in Superior Township will add 80 acres to Washtenaw County and Ann Arbor’s Superior Greenway..." more

Boardman Lake Trail Cost Estimates Rise

1/14/20

Traverse City, MI - "The missing piece of a fully looped Boardman Lake Trail could be more expensive than project partners originally estimated." more

Transient Accused of Killing Man on Bike Trail

CA - "A 41-year-old transient has been found mentally unfit to stand trial for the stabbing death of a man on a popular Irvine bike trail." more

Bike Highways Plan in Paris

1/14/20

FRA - "...Composing 650 kilometers of protected bike paths, its tendrils would reach as far as the suburbs of Melun to the east and Mantes to the west..." more

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New Bridge Design Includes Bike Path

Elmore, OH - "...The replacement bridge... will feature 12-foot lanes, 4-foot shoulders, an 11-foot multi-use path on the west edge, and a 6-foot sidewalk on the east." more

Volunteers Clear Space for NCIT Trailhead

1/13/20

Norwalk, OH

'Walk It! Bike It!' in Lewisburg

PA - "...the Lewisburg Walk it! Bike it! committee is developing bike/ped maps for the area, organizing safety trainings, promoting national events like Bike to Work or Walk to School Days..." more

E-Bikes Excluded from Tariffs

D.C. - "U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ruled that e-bikes fall under the same category as electric motorcycles and therefore share an exclusion, granted in September, from the Trump administration's Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports..." more

Sprawling Homeless Camps Vex California

1/13/20

CA - "... He's one of nearly 200 people living in a sprawling camp here that has sprung up along a popular recreation corridor..." more

Mayor is Making Paris More Bike Firendly

FRA - "...by far the most radical transformation Hidalgo has overseen has been the radical expansion of protected cycle lanes around the city." more

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Red Line Greenway off to Ugly Start

1/12/20

Cleveland, OH - "The early stages of building an urban trail or greenway can be ugly. Trees need to be cut. Stumps need to be pulled. Earth needs to be moved." more

Pickerington to Construct New Bike Path

Pickerington, OH

Comments Sought for Trumbull County Bike Trail

Warren, OH - "The public has a chance to weigh in on the final route of the last leg of Trumbull County’s portion of the bike trail, which will join the sections in Niles and Warren." more

New Trail along Conestoga River

1/12/20

Lancaster, PA - "Arising from the ruins of Lancaster city’s old sewage-treatment plant along the Conestoga River, a modest but pivotal trail system and natural area has taken shape along the eastern edge of the city and is now open to public wandering." more

Winds, Waves Shut Down Portions of Lakefront Trail

1/11/20

Chicago, IL - "...Earlier Saturday, high waves hammered areas at the lakefront and caused closures on portions of Lake Shore Drive and bike paths, as the region was soaked in a wintry mess." more

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High Winds Bring Tree Down on Roberts Pass

1/11/20

Madison County, OH

Richland B&O Trail Alert

1/10/20

Butler, OH

Driver Sentenced to 3 Years for Killing Cyclist

1/10/20

Elyria, OH - "...Sharan Carr, 65, was convicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide for the death of 66-year-old Richard Knilans, in Avon Lake." more

ODNR Awards $6.64M for Trail Projects

1/10/20

Columbus, OH - " The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is providing more than $6.6 million in grants for new and improved trails for hiking, biking and other outdoor activities — including $500,000 for a Clinton County project..." more

Wilmington Receives $500K to Extend Trail

1/10/20

Wilmington, OH - "The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has awarded the city a $500,000 grant to help finance construction of a 3.5-mile extension of the Luther Warren Peace Path..." more

Lowellville gets Money for Bike Path Repairs

Lowellville, OH - "The first fix-up phase for the portion of Stavich Bike Trail that runs through Lowellville will be under way in 2021." more

Minority Overrules Majority to Pass $90M Bike Lane Project

San Diego, CA - "...The project initially failed on a simple tally vote with 50% voting on each side. A call for a second, weighted vote, was seconded and the project passed easily..." more

New Adaptive Scooters Introduced in Oakland

CA - "Oakland becomes first city in the nation to introduce a scooter program for people with disabilities." more

The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Cyclists

"...Although cyclist fatalities have been on the rise nationwide, the risk varies widely by location..." more

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Wayfinding Signs in Springfield

Springfield, OH

Cleaning Up Along the Kokosing Gap

Knox County, OH

Can a Roundabout Fix a Dangerous Philly Intersection?

Philadelphia, PA - "...this passive approach can work. In the year since Palm Beach, Fla., installed its first Dutch-style roundabout, average car speeds have dropped from 38 to 25 m.p.h., and there hasn’t been a single crash..." more

71 Vehicle Break-Ins Along 2 Trails

PA - "An arrest has been made in the recent rash of vehicle break-ins involving parking lots (including SEPTA lots) along the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line and Schuylkill River Trail..." more

Tree Removal for Portion of Marquette Greenway

IN - "The Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission (RDC) is going out for bids for tree removal along the route for Phase 1 of the Burns Harbor portion of the Marquette Greenway Trail..." more

Bear Creek Greenway Sweep Filling Up Dumpsters

Bedford, OR - "The Jackson County Sheriff's Office estimates that crews will remove at least four 40-yard dumpsters full of garbage over several days." more

County Pays Cyclist $500K for Fall in Bike Lane

CA - "Records show the county had been aware of street defects along the stretch of road for months prior to the fall." more

Using Traffic Cameras To Monitor Blocked Bike Lanes

1/10/20

VA - "...In one case, a stretch of the bike lane on Crystal Drive was blocked for 16 hours over the course of a week..." more

Lime Departs 12 Cities, Lays off 100 Employees

"...The electric scooter and bike-sharing company said that it is retreating from 12 cities worldwide and laying off 14% of its workforce, or 100 employees, as it seeks to cut costs." more

E-Bike Sales Catching Up with E-Cars

1/9/20

"Analysts predict there will be hundreds of millions of ebikes on the road by 2023. more

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Knox Parks Volunteers Get Their Own Newsletter

Knox County, OH - "...every other month for a total of six months per year, [volunteers] will be recognized through a Volunteer Appreciation Newsletter that has made its debut with a winter issue..." more

The Great Lake to Lake Trail links up Metro Detroit

1/9/20

MI - "...Michigan has five Great Lake to Lake Trails that reach from one Great Lake to another..." more

Cyclists Need Safe Routes Thru Central Park

1/9/20

NYC - "Upper West Siders are demanding that the city create safe routes for bike riders through Central Park, citing a lack of crosstown infrastructure that led to the death of a cyclist last month." more

Number of Boston Bike Share Systems Plummets

Boston, MA - "Two years ago, it looked like bike-shares would overwhelm the Boston area. Now, as 2020 begins, there are basically two systems left—and one operates only in the warmer months." more

Cyclist Murdered in Bike Shop Parking Lot

Miami Beach, FL - "A cyclist who led group rides from a South Florida bike shop was murdered Sunday morning in the parking lot from where the rides started." more

Speed Kills

1/9/20

U.S. - "...Speeding on our roads is linked to over 36,000 deaths each year in the U.S. That’s almost 700 deaths a week… 100 a day." more

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Debris Cleared from the Richland B&O Trail

Richland County, OH

New Scioto River Bridge Will Open Soon

Dublin, OH - "...Dublin officials are working to set a date for a public-opening celebration this month for the pedestrian bridge spanning the Scioto River..." more

New Coffee Shop & Restaurant Near Trail

1/8/20

Mt. Vernon, OH

Skinned Animals Left in Public Park

Cincinnati, OH - "...The SPCA dog warden says three dog-like animals were left in a cardboard box near the park’s bike trail..." more

Bicyclist Hit in Trail Crosswalk

IL - Here's a common danger that every cyclist should be aware of: A driver stops at a road crossing along a trail to let a cyclist / pedestrian cross. When the trail user enters the crossing, one or more approaching drivers drive into the crosswalk without yielding. more

Letter Reveals Interesting Twist Regarding E-Bike Rules

1/8/20

UT - "...E-bikes are regulated under Title 10 of the city’s municipal code. Pursuant to this code, riders 65 years and older, and 'persons with mobility disabilities,' are permitted to use Class 1 e-MTBs on trails..." more

NYC Mayor Defends E-Bike Stance

1/7/20

NY - "...On Dec. 26, Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have given all classes of e-bikes, including those with throttle-control, the same rights of the road as traditional bicycles throughout the state. Only pedal-assist bikes are allowed in the city." more

E-Bikes Not Allowed on Natural Trails

1/7/20

Larimer County, CO - "Larimer County is among many Colorado counties which has chosen to allow e-bikes only on paved surfaces..." more

Emeryville Improves Safety at Bike/Ped Crossings

1/7/20

CA - "...The raised crosswalks force motorists to slow down and help make crossing cyclists and pedestrians more visible. Another cool feature of this project: the RRFBs don’t require pedestrians or cyclists to stop and push a 'beg button'.’ They are instead triggered by motion detectors..." more

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Miami & Erie Canal Towpath Photos

Auglaize County, OH - Some photos of the lesser known (and less developed) towpath in NW Ohio.

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FHWA Request: Implement More Separated Bike Lanes

1/6/20

U.S. - "This New Year, encourage the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to resolve to build more separated bike lanes by telling them that this game-changing, proven, effective, simple, and yet under-utilized innovation should be part of the next Every Day Counts deployment." more

Why Do Americans View Zero as an Impossible Goal?

1/6/20

"...The idea of Vision Zero, which began in Scandinavia, has fittingly seen a real-life demonstration in Scandinavia." more

Maximizing Bike Share Ridership is all about Location

1/6/20

"10% increase in bike-availability levels increases ridership by 12%." more

Construction on 11-Block Bike Lane Begins in Vancouver

1/6/20

CAN - "...The city plans to move the bike path to the east side of the street and is adding physical barriers. They will also widen the lane for cyclists to pass in either direction." more

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Connellsville Sees Trail Visitors from 27 Countries

1/6/20

PA - "...in the last decade, 5,467 people have traveled through the town from 49 states (every state except North Dakota) and 27 foreign countries." more

Signs Installed on Susquehanna Warrior Trail

1/6/20

PA - "Twelve directional signs have been installed to get hikers and bikers onto the Susquehanna Warrior Trail, which runs along the Susquehanna River." more

App Helps Wage War on Bad Drivers

1/6/20

"OurStreets reveals the often ugly history of irresponsible motorists and lets you report new misdeeds to the proper authorities." more

UC Santa Barbara now a Platinum-Level Bike Friendly University

1/5/20

CA - "...UC Santa Barbara twice before, in 2011 and 2015, was rated at the Gold level. With the announcement today of 48 new and renewing BFUs across the country, UCSB cements its place in a cutting-edge group..." more

San Diego Charges $2,000 for Sidewalk Repair Permits

CA - "...If you’re wondering why San Diego has a backlog of at least 81,000 sidewalk repairs, those absurdly high fees are on the short list..." more

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Cracks Repaired Along GMRT Section

Franklin County, OH

Tree Falls Cleared from Richland B&O Trail

Richland County, OH

Pathway Projects Among Chardon Accomplishments

Chardon, OH - "...the city, in October, was recognized as a Buckeye Trail Town by the Ohio Buckeye Trail Association during a ceremony at the city’s annual Fall Fest." more

Utility Construction to Close Mon River Trail Section

Morgantown, WV - "... crews will be installing utility lines at the future site of Reynolds Hall [at West Virginia University]..." more

Truck Driver Stikes, Kills Man on E-Bike

Edison, NJ - "A 44-year-old man riding a three-wheeled electronic bicycle was fatally struck by a tractor trailer in New Jersey Friday morning." more

2 Injured, Rescued In Separate Biking Accidents

CA - "A woman and a boy were injured in separate bicycling accidents Saturday in North Bay parks..." more

Motorists Driving Thru Bike Lanes After Flex Post Removal

1/5/20

CAN - "Drivers are once again misusing a segregated bike lane to turn at the intersection of St. Laurent Boulevard and Donald Street, less than six months after flexible posts were installed to halt the same problems." more

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Edgewater Park Rape Suspect Charged

Cleveland, OH - "Cleveland Metroparks police and the U.S. Marshals have taken into custody a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman at Edgewater Beach on Dec. 29." more

Land Obtained for Hellbender Preserve Access

Howard, OH - "...At present the only way to access Hellbender is to park at the Kokosing Gap Trail in Howard, walk the trail and the preserve is adjacent to the trail..." more

Bike Between Philly and the ’Burbs'

PA - "The Circuit Trails in Pennsylvania and New Jersey — one of the largest trail networks in the nation — just got a big funding boost, and nearby cyclists, joggers, and outdoors-lovers will soon reap the benefits." more

Homeless Tents Have Returned to Uptown Bike Lanes

Chicago, IL - "...While the green bike lanes are largely clear, the encampments basically render the pedestrian portion of the sidewalk unusable..." more

Bike Lane Proposal has Residents Furious Again

1/4/20

Coral Gables, FL - "Bike lanes are a tough sell in Coral Gables. That’s putting it lightly." more

Austin 311 App Changes help Cyclists

1/3/20

TX - "A new category allows people to report vehicles parked in bike lines. Austin Transportation can use this data to more easily identify hot spots." more

Safe Passing Law Takes Effect

1/3/20

WA - "Starting this year, Washington state is telling drivers that if there's more than one lane going your direction, you must get into the left lane when passing a bicyclist — as you would when passing slower cars." more

Teen Found Dead on Bike Trail

1/3/20

Sacramento, CA - "A missing Carmichael teenager was found dead Thursday along the American River Bike Trail after his high school says he took his own life." more

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$1.4M in Grants Awarded to 3 Central Ohio Trails

Columbus, OH - "The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has awarded Clean Ohio Trails three grants to help fund projects in Columbus, Canal Winchester and Delaware County." more

Paving Planned on Wabash Cannonball Trail

Fulton County, OH - "Metroparks Toledo and the Northwest Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association are working to extend the paved section of the Wabash-Cannonball Trail six miles by next summer." more

Girard Mayor Talks Bike Trail

Girard, OH - "... We have an extension by the court to continue to acquire the property necessary for the bike trail and to continue to make improvements at the former Ohio Leather site." more

Rose Run, Infrastructure Improvements on Tap for 2020

New Albany, OH - "...Rose Run Park is part of the Rose Run stream corridor that runs mostly parallel to Dublin-Granville Road through New Albany..." more

$215,700 Grant Recommended for Waters Trailhead

Waters, MI - "The proposed Iron Belle trailhead project in Waters has been recommended to receive a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund." more

Philly Urban Growth and Design Trends

PA - "...PennDOT has historically treated bicyclists and pedestrians as squishy inconveniences to the awesome forward momentum of cars..." more

A Look at the Impact of Rail Trails over the Last Decade

U.S. - "...As the 2010s built momentum, opportunities to maximize the power of these essential community assets became clear, and a new focus took hold at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and across the movement: that of regional connectivity and the potential to connect the country by trail like never before." more

Norwegian Capital Nearly Achieves Zero Road Deaths

Oslo, NOR - "...With a population comparable to Portland, Ore., Oslo recorded only one traffic fatality: a driver who smashed his car into a fence..." more

E-scooters in London?

UK - "The province lifted a ban on electric scooters as part of a 5-year pilot." more

2020 Will be the Year of Cooperative Mobility

1/3/20

"...In 2020, an increase in different micro-mobility transportation methods will be seen, even though the bike share market crashed in 2018..." more

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Greenway Construction off to Controversial Start

Cleveland, OH - "Advocates and supporters of the soon-to-be-built Red Line Greenway trail are upset with the Cleveland Metroparks after the early work done on the $6.4 million project included the removal of numerous trees..." more

Dead Tree Removal along Roberts Pass

Delaware County, OH

Budget Priorities Include Lakefront Greenway

Cleveland, OH - "...The county also listed as a priority its proposed lakefront greenway project, which would create a walking trail and bike path from Euclid to Bay Village along Lake Erie..." more

Dick Lebold Dies at 76

Bolivar, OH - "...He actually was very, very important in getting the Towpath Trail through the Village of Bolivar..." more

Senator Takes a Spill while Biking

NYC - "...State Senator John Liu, one of the few public officials who bikes regularly, was scraped up in a crash on Friday..." more

Feds Investigate Transportation Projects

Seattle, WA - "Officials must comply with a subpoena for documents related to the bus routes, streetcar and other projects by next week." more

Tariff Exclusions for Most Kids Bikes

1/2/20

D.C. - "The U.S Trade Representative has granted tariff exclusions to two more categories of kids bikes from China. Combined with other exclusions granted late last year, now all bikes with wheels from 12-inch through 24-inch diameter are exempt from the tariffs..." more

Bike Sharing Company Loses More Than 2,000 Bikes

1/1/20

"Mobike, a Chinese bike sharing startup which later rebranded as Meituan Bike, announced it lost more than 200,000 bikes to theft and vandalism in 2019..." more

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