New Towpath Section Breaks Ground
Little Miami Trail Newsletter
SW OH - Read the latest edition.
Snowmobilers Continue Rail-Trail Expansion Efforts
Montpelier, VT - "...32 miles have been completed of what is becoming the 93-mile Lamoille Valley Rail Trail across northern Vermont between Swanton and St. Johnsbury. It is open to snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, bicyclists, horseback riders, runners and others." more...
Michele Scarponi Killed During Training Ride
"Cyclist Michele Scarponi, who was declared the winner of the 2011 Giro d'Italia after Alberto Contador was stripped of his title because of doping, was killed Saturday when he was hit by a van driver..." more
Gates Installed on Trail for 'Safety'
Van Wert, OH - "...Gorman, with the help of Van Wert Safety Service Director Jay Fleming and the City of Van Wert's Street Department, installed the barriers on Friday afternoon on both sides of the bike trail that crosses the highway." more...
[OB: Placing solid objects in the path of trail users is a known potential hazard. Learn more at the Federal Highway Administration Rec Trails page.
2 Fatalities as a result of bollard crashes (another form of a solid structure on a bike trail) have occurred in Richland County, OH. Learn more about the Trail Bollard Hazard.]
Groundbreaking set for Pedestrian Mall
Cuyahoga Falls, OH - "...Front Street will be converted to a curving, 25 mph pedestrian-friendly road with two-way traffic..." more
'Ball of Snakes' Photo Credit Fraud
Charlotte, NC - " The woman who claimed to have taken a photo of what appeared to be a snake mating ball while walking along a North Carolina greenway admitted she was sent the picture from a friend." more...
Towpath Times Newsletter
Read the latest edition.
Kalamazoo Crash Study Results
"The National Transportation Safety Board's first investigation into cycling safety in decades sheds light on the crash that killed five cyclists and injured four in Michigan last June." more...
NYC 4-Boro Protected Bike Lane Ride
The Riverfront Path That Tesla Built
OR - "...This new piece of path is just the latest domino to fall in the march toward completion of the Willamette/South Waterfront Greenway path..." more
Bold Proposal for New Bike Bridge
FL - "A new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum is now on view, providing a deeper look into 'Plan Z for Miami,' a proposal to create a snaking elevated platform that would provide pedestrians and cyclists with safer passage from Miami to nearby Virginia Key and Key Biscayne." more...
Cycling to Work May Cut Your Risk of Premature Death
"Using your bike to get to work could cut your risk of developing cancer and heart disease by almost half."" more...
More Details on New Towpath Section
Cleveland, OH - "...an undertaking that connects 100 miles of paths from New Philadelphia to Cleveland's lakefront - is one step closer to completion with the launch of the project's stage three." more...
Empire State Trail: Where Will it Go?
NY - "Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have agreed to spend $200 million to create a 750-mile hiking and biking trail from Buffalo to Albany and from New York City to Canada." more...
$34.9B Added to U.S. Economy due to National Park Visits
San Francisco, CA - "Today, during National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016's record visitation of 331 million visitors at America's 417 National Park Service sites..." more
Summit Parks Trail Safety Tips
Man ID'd In Deadly Mountain Bike Crash
Murrieta, CA - "Coroner's officials say the man suffered a neck injury during a tragic fall on a local bike trail." more...
10 U.S. Cities Pushing Biking Forward
"New infrastructure, better bikesharing, and safer streets." more...
How Smartphones can Help wth Road Design
"The combination of the gyroscope, GPS and accelerometer in all smartphones turns them into really powerful sensors." more...
Woman Finds "Ball of Snakes" Along Greenway
Charlotte, NC - "...Christine runs the same path on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway with her dog just about every day. What she saw Monday morning was so unbelievable she just had to snap a snake pic." more...
Cyclist Killed by Driver, So Cops Start Ticketing Cyclists
NYC - "...Witnesses said that she was pinned under the truck, a tire on her ribs..." more
NYPD cite cyclist error in a situation where the cyclist clearly had the right of way.
Greenway Slaying May Test Reason for Death Penalty
TN - "Knoxville's first greenway slaying may become the first statewide test case of the newest reason a killer can be put to death - randomness." more...
Trail Ridge Rd. Opened to Bikes & Peds
CO - "Rocky Mountain National Park has opened its spectacular Trail Ridge Road to cyclists and pedestrians for the next month or so." more...
Distracted Driving Study
"...Drivers use their phones during 88 out of 100 trips." more...
Louisville Bike Share Coming
KY - "...Mayor Greg Fischer, acknowledging 'it's been a long time coming,' said Friday that the program will finally be put in operation soon after the Kentucky Derby." more...
"Dockless" Bike Shares Coming to U.S.
"...Dockless bike sharing is something that people worry about until they realize it's a benefit..." more...
Helping Danny Chew
Pittsburgh, PA - "Our brother, Pittsburgh native Danny Chew, was in a catastrophic bicycle accident on September 4, 2016. Danny suffered a T1-C7 spinal cord injury and is now paralyzed from his chest down." more...
Website Launched for Upstate Cycling Enthusiasts
SC - "Cyclists finally have a one-stop resource to help them find mountains to climb, towns to visit and outdoor places to enjoy in the Upstate. more...
Park, Bike Trail Reopen after Pasco Fires
FL - "...The Suncoast Bike Trail from State Road 52 to State Road 54 and the trails going into Starkey Park are also open..." more
Cave Country Trails seeks Connection to National Bike Route
KY - "A multi-county effort to connect various trails in the Barren River area is working to establish a network of pathways from Franklin to a bicycle trail that crosses the country." more...
Flooded Trail Reopens
Niles, OH - "A 250-foot section of the Greenway Bike Path near Route 46 in Niles has reopened." more...
New Bay Village Master Plan
Bay Village, OH - "...the creation of bike paths and a town center that connects the city are just a few of the highlights from Bay Village's newly completed master plan." more...
10,000 Bike Helmets Donated to Children
OH - "Thousands of children across Ohio will receive free bicycle helmets in the coming weeks, as Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Month approaches." more...
NACTO Says No to "Rogue" Bike Shares
"...The new startups - including Bluegogo in San Francisco, Spin in Austin and the forthcoming LimeBike in the Bay Area - allow users to find and check out free-roaming bikes with a smartphone and leave them anywhere they want..." more...
Crossing a Street in FL or DE? Good Luck
"The two states hold the dubious distinction of the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country, according to newly released data." more...
Blaming Traffic Violence Victims for "Drunk Walking"
"...the status quo approach to traffic safety is failing the most vulnerable people on our streets..." more
Oslo: The Journey to Car-Free
NOR - "In 2015, the newly elected city government of Oslo, Norway, announced its intention to make the downtown car-free by 2019. I immediately put it on my list of places to check out for Streetfilms. Last fall I made the trip, not knowing exactly what I'd find." more...
A Chat about London Bike Infrastructure
London, UK - "...Since Sadiq Khan has taken over, Gilligan has vocally criticised a complete stagnation of cycling infrastructure projects." more...
Trail Network Surpasses 340 Miles
Miami Valley, OH - "A new map, produced by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC), highlights the growing 10-county regional trail system that has officially surpassed 340 miles and is expected to continue to increase in length." more...
Driver Who Hit Cyclists Taken into Custody
Elyria, OH - "The road rage suspect accused of attempting to run over a bicyclist April 10 while driving in Elyria, has been arrested..." more
Here's a report on the assault.
Road Safety Culture Absent in U.S.
Bowling Green, OH - "...Studies show it takes 28 seconds 'to fully re-engage' with the driving environment after using a smart phone at an intersection..." more
Yay Bikes! Newsletter
Read the April edition.
Copenhagen's Fantastic & Stupid Bicycle Bridge
Denmark - "...If you need to put warning signs on a design, it is basically a crappy design. Period." more...
'Jaywalker' Brutalized by Police
Sacramento, CA - "...Sacramento PD's statement maintained that Cain was jaywalking, but it turns out that his only offense was walking while black..." more...
MWCD Looking to Develop Master Plan for Trails
Perrysville, OH - "...Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District officials met with area recreational trail advocates, seeking ideas on trails within the parks or connecting to other trails, parks, communities and attractions." more...
Upgraded 'Fix it Cincy!' App
Cincinnati, OH - "...Now, service requests filed using the app go directly into the City's Customer Service Request (CSR) system." more...
Man Charged with Criminal Sexual Assault for Trail Attack
Chicago, IL - "A man accused of raping a woman on the Lakefront Bike Path Sunday night, April 9, appeared in Bond Court..." more
What to Do if You are Hit by a Car
"I was injured in a hit-and-run crash last year, and unlike so many others, the driver is being brought to justice..." more
How to Host a Pop-Up Traffic Calming Demo
"At the Strong Towns Summit in Tulsa, I was lucky to lead a group of enthusiastic Strong Town supporters through a quick traffic calming demonstration..." more
Trail Bridge Reopens
Massillon, OH - "I was on the Sippo Valley Trail early this morning (April.10) and found the bridge open again. Some work has been done (rocks placed where erosion washed away) and plywood placed so we can walk or ride across again... Stark Parks has a great turnaround time for repairs."
Submitted by Sharon Cole
Fake Speed Limits in Whitehouse
Whitehouse, OH - "...The posted 35-mph limit, however, is fake and contrary to state law, which sets a 50-mph limit for that part of Waterville Street because it's part of State Rt. 64..." more
Used Needles along Midtown Greenway Trail
Minneapolis, MN - "Used condoms, feces, and needles--those are the top three objects Rand Ratterath regularly finds along a five-and-a-half mile stretch of the Midtown Greenway trail." more...
Creative Village puts Cars Last
FL - "...The development just west of downtown would trade off 20 percent of planned traditional parking spaces for those accommodating bikes, electric vehicles and scooters..." more
More U.S. Cities Embracing Vision Zero
"Nobody knows the ins and outs of a neighborhood better than the people who live there..." more
Sippo Valley Trail Bridge Closed
Massillon, OH - "Heavy erosion has closed the bridge between Skyland and Route 93 (Manchester Rd.). When I drove by Thursday the trail was closed to traffic."
Submitted by Sharon Cole
Volunteers Maintain Red Line Corridor
Cleveland, OH - "...Their goal is creation of the Red Line Greenway, an ambitious linear park like New York City's 1.4-mile High Line Park." more...
Biking Cincy's Bridges
Covington, KY - "If you're trying to travel between Cincinnati and Covington by bicycle, you might find your options leave something to be desired..." more
State-Wide Trail Study in Indiana
IN - "...In the initial study, feedback was collected from trail users and adjacent property owners along six trails in Indiana. The new study expands to nine trails..." more
Draft Proposal for E-Bikes Released
Durango, CO - "...City law prohibits e-bikes, bicycles with motors, but they are growing in popularity and residents have requested the city change the rules..." more
Smart Traffic Lights
"...These smart lights reduce travel time by 25 percent, braking by 30 percent and idling by more than 40 percent." more...
Cyclists Respond to New Trail Possibility
Dayton, OH - "It's in the very preliminary stages, but the city of Dayton is looking to add another bike trail in the city that would connect with other trails in the area, as well as the city of Kettering." more...
Towpath Times E-News
Read the latest edition.
Bike Helmets Required for Riders under 15
Columbia, MO - "...In Columbia, any rider under 15 years old is required to wear a helmet while riding their bike. Failure to do so could lead to a $5 to $25 fine and the rider could even have their bike impounded." more...
Western Reserve Greenway Receives Funding
Building Restoration to Include New Bike Shop
Middletown, OH - "...The Montgomerys are proposing to redevelop the three-story building into a retail bicycle shop on the ground level to be called Spoken Bicycles LLC..." more
City Engineers Using Bikes to Survey Roads
Columbus, OH - "...What these engineers can detect from the seat of a bike is far more advantageous than anything they learn behind a desk or traveling by in a car." more...
Bike Boxes Coming to Ohio
OH - "What is a Bicycle Box?" more...
Body Found Along Bike Trail
Kalamazoo, MI - "A 44-year-old Kalamazoo man was found dead Friday morning along the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail bike path, according to Kalamazoo Public Safety officers." more...
Residents Want E-Bikes on Public Trails
Boise, ID - "...the laws governing where these bikes can operate in Idaho are hazy, and legislative efforts to clarify them failed to move forward this year..." more
Bike Trail Flooded in Trumbull County
Niles, OH - "... the trail is closed between State Route 46 and Rupple Road, just north of Salt Springs Road. The whole trail is under water there." more...
Dayton Could get its Own 'High Line'
Dayton, OH - "The city of Dayton would like to transform an unused, elevated rail line that begins downtown and runs southeast into a bike trail..." more
Couple gets $4,600 in Fines During Bike Ride
NYC- "Cyclists claim they ran two red lights at most, but were ticketed for four." more...
Greenway within 5 Years of Filling Gaps
Roanoke, VA - "Within five years, the Roanoke Valley could have an uninterrupted greenway from just west of Salem to Explore Park - a distance of more than 25 miles." more...
Walkability Starts When Street Harassment Ends
"...Even now, street harassment is justified or explained away as harmless banter or 'compliments'..." more...
Cbus to Build $2M Bike & Ped Bridge
Columbus, OH - "The project, estimated to cost up to $2 million, would create a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning across the Olentangy River to the western edge of West Nationwide Boulevard." more...
$84M for California Trails
CA - "The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently announced the results of California's Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 3 funding awards - and it's good news for trails in the amount of $84.1 million." more...
Bike Bits Vol. 19
Read the latest edition of Bike Bits from Adventure Cycling.
Bicycle Friendly Business Program
"Today, the League of American Bicyclists welcomes 59 new and renewing businesses to its Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program. There are now over 1,300 BFBs in 49 states and the District of Columbia." more...
Steve Tilford Dies in Car Crash
"Still competing at 57, the four-time US cyclocross national champion had also won multiple masters world championships." more...
NCIT Construction Continues
Huron County, OH - "An ODOT project is currently underway that will connect Wakeman and Kipton with a new section of the North Coast Inland Trail.
"The new paved bikeway will be built within US 20 right of way from the Lorain County line to the edge of Wakeman, where it will enter Red Cap Park and end at State Route 60.
Submitted by Joshua Wyrick
CoGo Station Expansion
Columbus, OH - "The city of Bexley continues to explore the possibility of installing bike-rental stations as part of a joint effort with Columbus, Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington." more...
CVNP Lowering Speed Limits for Safety
CVNP, OH - "...The 20 mph reduction is an effort to make it safer for bicyclists, horseback riders and pedestrians who share the curvy and hilly roads with cars..." more
Greenway Policing Plan
Charlotte, NC - "...Police Chief Kerr Putney wants to create a new division solely dedicated to transportation, with officers responsible for greenways, light rail and the airport." more...
Greenway Assault Investigation Closed
Yakima, WA - "Yakima police have closed an investigation saying they have been unable to verify a woman's Facebook posting that she'd been assaulted during an attempted rape on the Yakima Greenway last month." more...
Why Shared Bike & Walking Path Could Ruin Beach
AUS - "A coastal ecology expert says vegetation would be lost and the Tennyson Dunes system left more vulnerable to being washed away in a storm, if a concrete bike and walking path goes ahead." more...
1 in 4 Drivers Using Phone Before Crashing
"...The company's research also found that significant phone distraction occurred on nearly one-third of trips..." more
Broadview Heights Area Trail Plans
Broadview Heights, OH - "...The Campus Loop Trail project - along with Cleveland Metroparks' $4.2 million plan to build 10-foot-wide paved all-purpose trails along the east-to-west Valley Parkway, just south of the City Hall campus - would expand and enhance the trail network in the Ohio 82 area." more...
Portage Park District Acquires 215 Acres
Ravenna, OH - "The Portage Park District just grew by 215 acres." more...
Tables Turning in Greenway Land Dispute
Roanoke, VA - "For a long time, it appeared that a foundry along the Roanoke River had the upper hand in the city's efforts to use some of it's land for a greenway extensions. Now it it looks like the other way around." more...
A Bike-Share Success Story in Bed-Stuy
NYC - "Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration set out to show how bike-share can help neighborhood residents, and it's making an impact." more...
The Principles Behind Vision Zero
Carmaggedon Stalks Atlanta
"Why predicted gridlock almost never happens and what this teaches us about travel demand." more...
Cycling on the Rise in Honolulu
HI - "...the Hawaii Bicycling League said Hawaii actually ranks 10th in the nation when it comes to bicycling in the city." more...
The Real Cause for the Rise in Ped Deaths
"...We know street design is part of this problem because there are patterns to where fatal collisions occur..." more
Are Stationless Bike Shares the Next Step?
"A new wave of dockless bike-share startups want to revolutionize cycling..." more
Elevated Cycling Freeway for Melbourne's Commuters
AUS - "An elevated cycling freeway will be built above Footscray Road, transporting cyclists faster into Melbourne's CBD." more...
Greenway Proposed for Coal Run Hollow
Fairmont, WV - "A transformation of Coal Run Hollow to a family-friendly greenway was proposed during the city of Fairmont's economic development work session last week." more...
Today Show Blames Peds for Rise in Fatalities
"...The report's author concluded that increased use of smartphones is to blame for the uptick." more...
Advocates Back Expansion of Dedicated Bike Lanes
MA - "...In Massachusetts, more than 71,500 people commuted to work on bicycles in a 2010-2011 Massachusetts Travel Survey..." more
App Lets Companies Pay You to Bike to Work
"...We found that the two best motivators for people to even consider cycling to work are financial incentives and the social aspect..." more
Foot Trail Reconnects Big Sur after Devastating Storms
Big Sur, CA - "A foot trail has reconnected two parts of Big Sur that were divided after a recent bridge collapse." more...
Be a Voice for Ohio Trails!
"The Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus is a way for state legislators to come together and talk about an issue that's important to you: trails - and how legislators can help communities like yours build, maintain and connect more trails across the state." more...
Jogger Attacked on South Charlotte Greenway
Charlotte, NC - "...a man jumped out of the woods and threatened her with a knife, police said." more...
Using Bikes to Build a Future on a Freeway's Footprint
Providence, RI - "...one of the country's oldest cities is about to learn what happens when you move a freeway out." more...
Spinning Our Wheels
Sacramento, CA - "Despite having one of the country's great biking paths along the American River, Sacramento is trailing the nation when it comes to safe urban cycling options..." more...
Ohio's Bicycle Laws
Cleveland, OH - "A new bike passing law on Ohio roads fueled a lot of conversations locally about sharing the road." more...
Bike Aboard Season Opens April 1
Peninsula, OH - "...The service enables cyclists and hikers who use the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail to ride the train back to their beginning destination for $3. The ticket is valid for one, one-way trip per day. more...
A Road Diet Could Have Saved my Daughter's Life
Atlanta, GA - "...A road diet, converting the four-lane road to three with a center turn lane, improves visibility and discourages speeding, so that even if my daughter had been hit, she would have had a much better chance of walking away from the crash." more...
Ped Fatality Rates Highest in 2 Decades
D.C. - "Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year..." more
Concerns with Icefields Parkway Bike Path
CAN - "It sounds like a no-brainer -- a bike trail alongside a world-famous scenic highway through two of Canada's best-loved national parks." more...
How U.S. Bike Planning Has Changed
"...Without a [statewide] plan, things don't get done..." more
Redesigning Main Street
"As someone who moves through town primarily on my own two feet I am constantly aware of how our public infrastructure is completely geared toward the automobile." more...
The Cars That Ate Paris
FRA - "...Paris is leading some of Europe's most aggressive efforts to fight back." more...
Skull Found Along Towpath
CVNP MTB Trail Construction Begins
Peninsula, OH - "Cuyahoga Valley National Park has begun construction of a 6.5 mile extension of the 2.3-mile section of the East Rim mountain bike trail..." more
Lanespotter Coming to Cleveland
Cleveland, OH - "...LaneSpotter is just weeks away from having the first version of the platform complete. And, in partnership with Bike Cleveland, Cleveland will be a pilot city..." more
Cedar Road Paving Underway
Cleveland Heights, OH - "...the 'uphill' side of Cedar Glen Parkway will have a new multi-purpose fitness trail installed in what is expected to be the early stages of the project." more...
County Alters Swamp Creek Greenway Plan
Zieglerville, PA - "Montgomery County planners claim they've heard and learned from area residents who objected to a preliminary proposal..." more
Runner Attacks Cyclist
Golden, CO - "...When Andrew passed, he says he shook his head at the runner and the runner screamed expletives at him." more...
The cyclist has posted a detailed account of the incident here.
Mom Stops Destructive Road Widening Project
Toledo, OH - "Dana Dunbar was new to transportation policy and activism. But that didn't stop her from waging a successful grassroots campaign against a road widening in her neighborhood." more...
Upcoming Railroad Abandonment in Montgomery County
OH - "On or about March 15, 2017, Norfolk Southern Railway Company filed for the abandonment of 6.5 miles of track in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio..." more
Police Crack Down on E-Bikes
NYC - "The crackdown seems to be targeting deliverymen, and cops were parking in bike lanes in order to hand out the tickets." more...
E-Bike Use on the Rise
NZ - "...E-bikes not exceeding 300W have been permitted on the rail trail since a rule change in mid-2015." more...
Trail will Link NJ's 2 Largest Cities
Kearny, NJ - "...Twenty percent of New Jersey's population lives within five miles of the proposed Meadowlands Connector, which will provide the first shared use path/multi-modal connection between Newark and Jersey City." more...
Girl's Attitudes about Bicycling Decline with Age
"...Given that women bike far less than men (at least in the US), and attitudes are a strong predictor of why people, particularly women, do not ride, I wanted to explore this further..." more
How Dangerous is Cycling?
"Statistically, cycling is much safer than prospective riders imagine, but it's what they imagine that matters..." more
Work Begins on Nord Family Greenway
Cleveland, OH - "The Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University have quietly begun creating the Nord Family Greenway, one of the biggest park and landscape projects in the city's recent history. more...
How Cleveland Could Benefit by Rethinking Parking
Cleveland, OH - "With transit holding steady and cycling surging, cities find themselves in an interesting position. They'd like to encourage more of this kind of 'mode shift' - but how? Inevitably, the stickiest of all wickets is parking." more...
Paying Commuters to Give Up Cars
"Would you change how you get to work for $10 a month? $50? How about $100?.." more
Silicon Valley Bike Vision Plan Is a Great Tool for Advocates
"A new report on the state of bicycling in Silicon Valley takes a unique regional view on what biking can do for cities, and especially the cities of the San Francisco peninsula." more...
Uber Suspends Tests After Self-Driving Car Crash
"...Another car failed to yield for the Uber car, causing the autonomous vehicle to flip on its side, according to the police report." more...
Railroad will Consider Trail Along Tracks
Ann Arbor, MI - "...The greenway trail that's envisioned along the historic alignment of the Allen Creek would run parallel to the railroad and would be separated from the train tracks by a physical buffer and fencing..." more
Students Spruce up Roaring Run Trail
PA - "A group of more than 80 students from Grove City College occupied the Roaring Run Watershed in Kiskiminetas Township on Saturday." more...
Woman Grabbed along Dark Bike Trail Section
Seattle, WA - "The street lights haven't worked for months under a section of the West Seattle Bridge, plunging a bike trail along Southwest Spokane Street into inky blackness." more...
Lines in the Dirt - Part 1
Blacklick Trail Detour
Columbus, OH - From Franklin County Metroparks, "Blacklick Trail under construction at Winchester Rd. Trail temporarily rerouted to cross Winchester Rd. at the light."
Trail Tunnel Closed Indefinitely
Powell, OH - "...The city in mid-February blocked off a multiuse path where it tunnels under the CSX railroad tracks just northwest of Adventure Park. The tunnel allows access to the park from west of the tracks and a path to Sawmill Parkway from east of the tracks." more...
Mill Pond and Mud Brook Greenway
Cuyahoga Falls, OH - "...A master plan created for the 2015 acquisition envisioned trails and light recreation, but studies have since indicated..." more
Submitted by Michael Musgrave
Groups Seek Scenic Train Depot
Akron, OH - "A business group is hoping to get a train depot built in Akron's Merriman Valley." more...
Towpath Times E-News
Read the latest edition.
Building the Largest Cycling Route in the World
"Ohio designated 313 miles of U.S. Bicycle Route 50 (USBR 50) in 2014 and signs went up along the route in the summer of 2016..." more
Cleveland Vigilante Changes Speed Limit Signs
Cleveland, OH - "...an unidentified man in a hard hat and a reflective vest was recently photographed while replacing 35 mph hour signs with 25 mph) signs." more...
Bob Shook Passes Away
Troy, OH - "...he was perhaps best known for his leadership in the completion of the Miami County bike trails..." more
Campaign to Eliminate 'Beg Buttons'
Seattle, WA - "A petition in Seattle is calling on the city to do away with 'beg buttons' and automatically give pedestrians a walk signal at every traffic light in its 'urban villages' -- areas that are walkable and transit-oriented." more...
Kids Required to Wear Bike Helmets
France - "Riders under 12 will be required to wear a helmet according to a new law that came into affect March 22 -- and the decision spawned plenty of support and opposition." more...
Dayton MTB Park Could Open by Summer
Dayton, OH - "The city of Dayton has selected a firm to design and construct a new mountain bike park at Welcome Park near UD Arena, and it could open in late summer or early fall." more...
Officials Want to Deport Murder Suspect
Raleigh, NC - "Federal immigration officials want to deport the Salvadoran 18-year-old charged with murdering a man whose body was found Sunday on a Raleigh greenway trail." more...
Could a Video Game Make Biking Safer for Kids?
"...for now the game's designer, University of Helsinki cognitive scientist Esko Lehtonen, says the game may be especially useful for kids, who aren't familiar with the rules of the road and still have developing brains..." more
Police Searching for Hit-n-Run Driver
Columbus, OH - "...Police says the bicyclist was struck while riding on the sidewalk and then dragged out into the roadway..." more
Drivers Passing Within 3 Feet of a Cyclist are Breaking the Law
Columbus, OH - "A new bicycle law requires motorists to make room when passing bicyclist traveling along the road in the same direction." more...
Council Says No to Road Widening
Toledo, OH - "...The long-debated proposal to widen the street between West Bancroft Street and Markway Road ended today when Ottawa Hills Village Council voted 4-2 not to move forward with the project." more...
Teen Charged in Greenway Murder
Raileigh, NC - "...Jose Humberto Lara-Pineda is charged with murdering Fredys Odilo Del Cid Ramos, 28, who died of an apparent strangulation..." more
2nd Child Dies After Car Plows into Peds
Phoenix, AZ - "A second child has died after being struck by a vehicle that hopped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of pedestrians Sunday in Phoenix, officials said." more...
Bike Share is Changing U.S. Cities
"Ten years ago, bike share was a novelty in the U.S., with a few thousand bikes in operation. Today, there are 55 systems spread across across the country, with over 42,000 bikes available in cities of all sizes..." more
Trail Crash Victim Calls for Safety Upgrades
AUS - "A cyclist thrown from his bike in a head-on crash with another rider on a 'blind corner' of the EastLink Trail is calling for safety upgrades along the path." more...
Are Women Really More Risk-Averse on Bikes?
"There's a widespread belief in the biking world that one reason to build comfortable bike infrastructure is that if streets are safer, more women will bike..." more
The Bike Helmet Debate
"...which has the bigger benefit: increased physical safety, or creating a better environment for people to cycle helmet-free?" more...
3-Feet Law Takes Effect Today
OH - "...The good part about it is it reinforces the bicyclist's right to be on the road. They belong there..." more
3 Things Cincy Cyclists Need
Cincinnati, OH - "...three things the Tri-State's bicycle community should work to make reality, now that the 3-foot law is here..." more
Thoughts on Proposed Bike Lanes
Athens, OH - "The proposed bike lanes on East State Street are a good idea exactly because of safety..." more
Gorge Dam Removal Moving Ahead
Akron, OH - "...The dam is the last in a chain of local dams stretching from Kent to Cuyahoga Falls that have been demolished over the past several years, greatly improving the water quality of the Cuyahoga River." more...
Debate over Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Heats Up
Seattle, WA - "What began as a quiet rally ended in a heated face off." more...
E-Bike Catches Fire in Newport Beach
CA - "An electric bike caught fire Sunday, shooting battery parts as it burned, authorities said." more...
Study says Bike-Friendly Streets are a Solid Investment
"...The study examined the 4.5 miles of bike lane that New York City built for about $8 million in 2015, and it found that the added lanes may increase the probability of riding bikes by about 9%..." more
Mobike Rides into Singapore
China - "A bicycle with airless tires, a solar panelled basket and a GPS tracker isn't your typical mode of transport." more...
Tax Cyclists for Road Upgrades?
WI - "I talk to a lot of state legislators. At least among majority Republicans, a question I often get is something along the lines of, 'why don't cyclists want to pay for their own bike lanes?'" more...
The President's Budget: What Does it Mean for Biking?
"...The budget lays out a 13 percent cut to the DOT including a zeroing out of TIGER..." more
Body Found on Greenway
Raleigh, NC - "A dead man was found by bicyclists on the Capital Area Greenway in Raleigh on Sunday, police said." more...
Biking While Black
Chicago, IL - "As Chicago police ramp up their ticketing of bicyclists, more than twice as many citations are being written in African-American communities than in white or Latino areas, a Tribune review of police statistics has found." more...
In Beijing, Two Wheels Are Only a Smartphone Away
China - "...Cao Dachui kicked down its metal stand and locked the back wheel. Her half mile ride from a nearby subway station cost just 14 cents, and she could leave the bike anywhere." more...
Man Dead After Shooting on Bike Trail
Boise, ID - "...the man threatened trail users in the Hulls Gulch area and fatally shot a dog..." more
Cave Springs City Council Freezes Greenway Plans
AR - "The City Council on Tuesday unanimously froze Mayor Travis Lee's initiative to connect the city to the Razorback Greenway." more...
Long-Awaited Riverfront Trail
KY - "A decade's worth of planning, intermittent construction and grant writing will pay off for Northern Kentucky's riverfront this summer..." more
Safety is Worth Transpo Fixes
Columbus, OH - "In reading several recent reports of traffic deaths in Columbus involving pedestrians and bicyclists, and the Dispatch March 9 editorial on new bicycle-safety rules, I see progress and also gross failure..." more
The Start of Bike Lane Backlash?
Seattle, WA - "...The Times then transitioned into a more broad discussion of traffic issues in Seattle and it didn't take long for bike lanes to become their target..." more
Driverless Car Fail: Passes Too Close to Cyclist
"'I was a little scared for him', says nervous passenger." more
The Wisdom of Engaging Nervous Cyclists
"It was clear to the City of Toronto that engaging less confident cyclists that make up 60% of the population, yet seldom come to community meetings, might be the key to dramatic mode shifts in the city. Here's how it happened." more...
Bosnia Repeals Cycling Helmet Law
"Bosnia and Herzegovina has become the first country in the world to repeal an all-ages cycle helmet compulsion law." more...
Vulture's Knob GoFundMe Campaign
Wooster, OH - "... Beginning in the early 90's, this 126 acre parcel has consistently offered up technical single track challenges that have encouraged cyclists to push their abilities, physically and emotionally. Though considered a 'local' trail for many reading this, last year alone saw visiting riders from 20 states and 4 countries. Family focused, the Knob has seen two generations create memories in this special place." more...
Metroparks to Take Over most of Parmadale
Cleveland, OH - "...Ultimately, that will add nearly 80 acres to the Metroparks' 326-acre West Creek Reservation." more...
Fire Officials Block Street Safety Upgrades
San Francisco, CA - "...The Fire Department's concern is one walking and biking advocates are all too familiar with: fire trucks won't have enough street space to quickly respond to emergencies." more...
Busting the Myth of the 'Scofflaw Cyclist''
"...Researcher Wesley Marshall and his team surveyed 18,000 people online about their compliance with traffic laws when they are driving, biking, or walking..." more
Duluth Trails Promoted in Europe
MN - "...Minnesota is one of the most bike-friendly states in the country. Duluth has world-class mountain bike trails. We have a designation as a gold-level ride center from the International Mountain Bike Association. There are only five other cities in the world that have that designation..." more
Residents Upset over Rail Bike Tours
Olive, NY - "Residents of the Town of Olive are up in arms about Rail Explorers, the company whose contract with Ulster County will allow them to run tours of rail bikes down the Ulster & Delaware tracks..." more
REI Co-op Gives Back Nearly 70% of Profits to the Outdoor Community
Seattle, WA - "...REI CEO and President Jerry Stritzke talked about the co-op's sustainability work and its efforts to deliver inspiring outdoor experiences to local communities by creating access to the outdoors for all." more...
Entities Collaborate on Sandusky Trail Project
Sandusky, OH - "...This collaborative conceptual design approach could take the Sandusky Bay Pathway to the next level by creating a hub for other amenities related to active transportation, like bird watching and paddle sports..." more
Jaywalking Crackdown Gives out $206 Ticket
AZ - "...I just think it's a poor use of public resources to have officers waiting to catch people doing this." more...
Cyclist Receives Settlement after Sidewalk Crash
"A California cyclist received a massive $4.85 million settlement this week in a personal injury lawsuit with the City of San Diego for its negligence in sidewalk upkeep - one of the largest settlements a cyclist has ever been paid by a US city." more...
Adventure Cycling Newsletter
Read the latest edition.
Cyclists Save Cardiac Patient on Trail
GA - "A North Georgia doctor and firefighter are among a group of cyclists credited with saving a man's life after they happened to see him collapse during a hike on Saturday." more...
LimeBike Raises $12M for BikeShare Without Kiosks
"A startup called LimeBike has raised $12 million in venture funding to make Chinese-style bike sharing mainstream in the U.S." more...
Detour not Recommended for Towpath Closure
Valley View, OH - "...'Some people may choose to move onto Canal Road, but we don't recommend that,' Barnes said. 'It's really not safe, and we don't want people to be surprised by the closure and make a wrong choice.'" more...
Attempted Robbery on Trail
Eugene, OR - "...Residents in the area say they're shocked and concerned about the crime in their own back yard...." more
Woman Fabricated Trail Attack
MIlford, MA - "After a thorough investigation, it turns out that a woman who said she was assaulted while hiking on a trail in Milford made the whole story up." more...
MT Senate Kills Cyclist Bill
MT - "...President of the Senate Scott Sales, R-Bozeman, opposed the bill and said he does not want any more cyclists in the state and thinks there are too many of them as it is." more...
U.S. Street Design Still Playing Catch Up
"...The bibles of American street engineering still don't recommend designs like protected bike lanes. If these industry standards ever do catch up to modern practice, the pace of change would accelerate..." more
Demand for Wider Bike Paths
Melbourne, AUS - "...Cyclists now account for almost a fifth of all vehicles coming into the city between 7 and 10am, new data has shown." more...
Riverfront Commons Project Will Start in Spring
KY - "...The 11.5-mile recreational trail along the Ohio River will ultimately connect Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, and Fort Thomas..." more
Little Miami Scenic Trail Newsletter
SW OH - "Read the lastest edition.
Is Seattle's Fiercest Bike Fight Settled?
Seattle, WA - "...Since 1996, business owners have argued that constructing the missing link along their driveways would impact day-to-day operations and increase the risk of collisions between trucks and trail users." more...
Toilet Plunger Campaign Leads to Bike Lane Makeover
Witchita, KS - "Cyclists pedaling through one Old Town intersection have a little more protection now, thanks in part to activists with toilet plungers." more...
Women Sexually Assaulted & Beaten on Trail
CAN - "A 32-year-old woman is now recovering after being beaten and sexually assaulted late Sunday night while jogging on a popular trail in a residential area of Colwood near Victoria." more...
Study Reveals Streets are 'Wild West'
"...Just as many drivers accept violations of speed limit laws as the norm in certain situations, bicyclists often accept violations of some traffic regulations as the norm under certain circumstances." more...
A Bike for Bradley
"...Bradley has made tremendous progress in recovery, and until he can play the sport he loves again, Kicks for a Cause will organize and play games to assist him in his return to the pitch!" more...
Bike Club Launches '3-Feet Law' Safety Campaign
Youngstown, OH - "A local bicycling club wants to make motorists aware of a new Ohio law, taking effect Sunday that will require motorists to leave at least 3 feet of clearance when passing bicyclists." more...
Austin Tries a No-Frills Private Bike Share
TX - "A San Francisco startup, Spin, debuted a station-free bike share in Austin. Is it the next big thing or are they just spinning their wheels?" more...
Lancaster County Developing Walking, Biking Plan
PA - "...Lancaster's Active Transportation Plan - which aims to improve walking and biking infrastructure and public transit to make it easier for people to get around without a car - is moving full steam ahead, thanks in part to citizen input." more...
Towpath Times Newsletter
NE OH - Read the latest edition.
New Bike Trail has Unique Feature
Houston, TX - "Along with walkers and cyclists, the path will also accommodate golf carts. Those vehicles will have their own designated lane." more...
Driver gets 1 to 4 Years for Killing Cyclist
NYC - "The hit-and-run driver who killed cyclist Olga Cook on the Hudson River Greenway is going to jail." more...
Cleveland Towpath Stage 3 Groundbreaking
Cleveland, OH - "...Stage 3 of the Towpath Trail Extension will run 1.9 miles from the Northern entrance of Steelyard Commons to Literary Ave. This stage will provide an important link between Tremont, Steelyard Commons and the public outdoor recreation area Clark Fields." more...
Residents Debate Bike Lanes
Athens, OH - "Some residents of Athens' Far East Side and others have raised concerns about the city moving forward with putting in bike lanes onto East State Street during a road renovation project." more...
Bay Bridge Path Closed - Mostly
CA - "...Alden Wong pedaled along the path leading to the Bay Bridge, building speed as he prepared to head up the incline and across the east span to Yerba Buena Island. Then he discovered that the bridge's bike and pedestrian path is open only on weekends." more...
Bike Share in the US: 2010-2016
"Bike share is growing at an astounding clip across the U.S., with over 88 million trips made on a bike share bike in the U.S. since 2010. In 2016 alone, riders took over 28 million trips, on par with the annual ridership of the entire Amtrak system, and higher than the number of people visiting Walt Disney World each year." more...
Lost MTBer Found After Major Search
IRE - "A mountain biker who lost his way while exploring the Ballyhoura trail was rescued at 2am after an extensive search operation." more...
Towpath Closures in Valley View
Valley View, OH - Major river bank stabilization work has closed a towpath section south of Highland Road in Valley View. This closure is expected to be lifted by the end of March 2017. No detour is provided. View map.
There's another closure between Hillside Road and Stone Road in Valley View. This one is expected to continue from March 6, 2017 through March 2018. From March 6 to May 26, 2017, this section will be completely closed.
On May 27, 2017, it will be open on weekends and holidays, but closed Monday - Friday through July 31, 2017. After July 31 a complete closure will be in effect. No detour is provided for this closure. However, the towpath does closely parallel Canal Road in this area. View map.
3-Feet Law Takes Effect This Month
Columbus, OH - "...Ohio joins 29 other states that specify a minimum safe-passing distance. The Ohio Bicycle Federation lobbied for the requirment for seven years before achieving success in December, when Gov. John Kasich signed HB 154 into law." more...
Protected Bike Lanes Coming to Jersey City
NJ - "...Fulop, speaking inside the City Council chambers to an audience of about 500, said the protected bike lane would be expanded to other major roadways once it is installed on Grand Street..." more
E-Bikes May be Key to Increasing U.S. Cycling
"...Many people surveyed say that having to pedal up hills and arriving at their destination sweaty are major deterrents to commuting by bike, even when bike lanes and other facilities are there." more...
Bowling Green Considers Support for Bike Route
Ludlow Connector Trail to be Completed
KY - "...The Ludlow Connector Trail is a shared-use path that will connect the eastern and western parts of Devou Park as well as provide pedestrian and cyclist access to the large park from Ludlow, which only has access to Devou Park by car today..." more
A Look at D.C. Protected Bikeways
D.C. - "...With about 16 miles of protected bike lanes already built in its downtown core, D.C. is well on its way to making a connected network that people can use to zip around on bikes with the same (if not better) ease and convenience as other modes..." more
Drivers Pack Bike 'Protected' Bike Lane with Cars
"Parking drama along one short block in San Francisco exploded on Twitter over the weekend, after a number of cars were spotted in a newly completed 'parking protected' bike lane that was installed on Valencia Street last October." more...
Uber Driver Injures Cyclist at Greenway Crossing
NYC - "...NYPD told us there were 'no serious injuries.' But the FDNY press office said the victim was unconscious and was transported to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition..." more
Teaching Motorists to Share the Road
"...After two bicycle riders died in the 'Platinum' level bicycle-friendly city Fort Collins, Colorado in 2015, the main bike advocacy group held a town hall. Because both victims were riding legally and safety when hit, many people asked, 'What are we doing to educate people who drive?'" more...
Can Bike Share Change Louisville?
KY - "After a number of delays, Louisville's bike share program is in the home stretch, with hopes to begin this summer..." more
Epic Saga Over Unfinished Trail May Be Over
Seattle, WA - "...In Seattle, the Burke Gilman Trail's 'Missing Link' saga will go down in the annals of contentious, obstructed bike plans..." more
Homeless Tent City Along OC Bike Trail
Anaheim, CA - "Several videos posted on social media have captured images of an emerging homeless 'tent city' along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim." more...
Mountain Biker's Fatal Encounter with Grizzly
Great Falls, MT - "...Treat collided with a grizzly bear with his bike at a high rate of speed after rounding a blind curve on the trail." more...
Berlin Plans Network of Bike Superhighways
Germany - "...At the heart of the plan lie 13 new bike superhighways, approved at the end of February..." more
Western Reserve Greenway Connection Coming
Warren, OH - "...The final phase, estimated to be complete around 2020 or later, will run four miles from Burton Street on the south end of Warren through Howland and Weathersfield townships to the trailhead of the Niles Greenway in downtown Niles." more...
While Buses Return to Public Square, Bikes are Snubbed
Cleveland, OH - "At some point this week during the preparation for the reopening of Public Square - the bicycle markings within the shared lanes disappeared - deeply scrubbed from existence. The signage vanished from the roadsides as well." more...
Pittsburgh Mayor Stands Behind Bike Lanes
PA - "...It would be easier for me to budget a UFO landing site than to put in the budget a dedicated bike lane in an area that's unsafe for both motorists and cyclists..." more
Lancaster Active Transportation Planning
Lancaster, PA - "The consultants helping Lancaster County develop a comprehensive walking, biking and transit plan said they're encouraged by the high level of public interest here." more...
DHL Expands Urban Delivery with Cargo Bikes
"DHL Express is piloting a new City Hub concept that will enable increased use of cargo bicycles for inner-city deliveries." more...
Engineering Standards for Cars Endanger Peds
"...Part of the problem, Furth says, is that transportation engineers have standards for measuring motorist delay but not pedestrian delay..." more
The Next-Generation Intersection
"Emerging traffic technologies promise to improve safety while moving everyone - not just drivers." more...
Closing the Trail Gap in London
London, OH - "...The land has been purchased for the trail segment between Maple St and Walnut St for Phase I of the trail gap project." more...
Greenway Team to Meet with Railroad Company
Ann Arbor, MI - "...Much of what the community envisions in terms of creating a greenway trail within the rail corridor, alongside the freight tracks, hinges on getting cooperation from the railroad's owner..." more
MSD Gearing Up to Construct Lick Run Greenway
Cincinnati, OH - "...The Greenway includes a mile-long bioengineered creek in a park-like setting through the valley corridor." more...
Moving Towards The Ultimate Connected City
"Smartphone owners feel connected much of the time, for better or worse. But shouldn't that be the goal for physical movement as well, to be literally that connected -- with a transportation system that could take one anywhere at any time?" more...
Towpath Easement Granted
New Philadelphia, OH - "Tuscarawas County has secured an easement for use on either side of the Fink Truss Bridge near Zoarville..." more
Expanding NCIT Connections in Sandusky County
$535K Settlement in Dangerous Bike Lane Case
Portland, OR - "...Mike Cooley, who was 59 at the time, was on his way home from work at the downtown post office when he was hit from behind by someone driving a large white truck..." more
Sadik-Khan Touts Detroit's Wide Streets
MI - "...Detroit, which was built for a population several times its current size, has a key advantage." more...
Pending Transportation Regulation Could Help Vulnerable Users
"...It is uncertain whether the U.S. Department of Transportation -- now under the authority of newly confirmed Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao -- will actually implement the rule..." more
Pedrail, a Barrier to Protect Cyclists & Peds
"...They have developed a simple system that uses a 'proprietary Longitudinal Channelizing Device' to lock the guardrails together and sandbags to hold them down..." more
Aurora Continues Effort to Establish Trails
Aurora, OH - "The city is in the process of purchasing a small property on the southwest corner of the Hartman property, which could be a key to connecting the city's east side parks via a bike trail..." more
Yay Bikes! Gearing Up for 2017
Columbus, OH - "...We have a new plan, a new person and plenty of opportunities for you to apply your passion to what we're up to..." more
Groups Urge Lawmakers to Ok $53M Mega-Trail Plan
Albany, NY - "Outdoor enthusiasts and activists from across New York will gather in Albany to urge state lawmakers to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for a 750-mile trail system." more...
Analyzing U.S. Bike Share Usage Data
"...we compiled a year's worth of ride data (10/01/2015 to 09/30/2016) from six major cities: New York City; Washington, DC; Boston; Seattle; Chicago; and San Francisco." more...
Bike Industry Joins the Battle Over Public Lands
"It's about so much more than one monument in Utah. Here's what the move means for cycling's access to public land -- and what it says about the purpose of public land in general." more...
Will Trump Infrastructure Rebuild Include Safety Improvements?
"...Recent traffic fatality statistics reveal an alarming trend. Growth in deaths among pedestrians and bicyclists, who now account for 18 percent of all traffic fatalities..." more
Attempted Abduction on Olentangy Trail
Columbus, OH - "...Police described the suspect a white male, wearing black sweatpants and a T-shirt..." more
Lima, Allen County Dangerous for Bikes, Peds
Lima, OH - "Allen County and Lima are the most dangerous mid-sized population areas in Ohio for bicyclists and pedestrians during a five-year span from 2011 to 2015, according to a study." more...
Smart Columbus Update
Columbus, OH - "When Columbus was announced as the winner of the $40 million federal Smart City grant last summer, much was made of the additional $90 million in matching resources that were secured from local corporate and institutional partners." more...
Congressman Introduces Vision Zero Bill
"U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer introduced a bill today to help cities across the country to move forward with Vision Zero policies, plans and projects." more...
Road Fatalities are Soaring
U.S. - "U.S. roadways in 2016 yielded another bumper crop of carnage as vehicle fatalities soared 6 percent, following a 7 percent jump in 2015 - the biggest two-year spike since the 1960s..." more
London Parents not Allowed to Drop Off Kids by Car at School
UK - "...The decision to fine any vehicles seen dropping off or picking up kids within a particular zone of east London stems from city councillors' prolonged efforts to make the area safer and less congested..." more
Groundbreaking Set for Oxford Bike Path
Oxford, OH - "After nearly three years of planning, the city of Oxford will host its official groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-use recreational trail." more...
How Far is 3 Feet?
Cleveland, OH - "We are nearing the effective date for the statewide 3' Foot Passing Law for cyclists, and there is a lot of excitement in the riding community surrounding an enforceable measure of safety while passing..." more
St. Pete to Titusville Bike Route Closer to Reality
FL - "...The Coast-to-Coast project is just one of several under way in Pinellas County that will benefit area cyclists, walkers and runners..." more
Austin Looking at Reclaiming Trail Corridors for Rail Use
TX - "...The legislation would allow the transportation authority to build up to 30 miles of track without voter approval." more...
Did Driver Who Killed Cyclist Lie to get Light Sentence?
Chicago, IL - "...Cann's [cyclist's] girlfriend, Catherine Bullard, says that San Hamel's [driver] apparent falsehoods represent yet another way the driver has made the cyclist's family suffer." more...
Hairdryers Used Against Speeding Drivers
UK - "Villagers dressed in fluorescent jackets are pointing hairdryers at cars to mimic police using speed cameras in a bid to deter fast drivers in Moray." more...
Big Wins for Cycling Community in Lincoln
NE - "...The bill also repealed a side path law that prohibited bikers from safely riding on the road even if there wasn't a path available or in safe condition to ride on." more...
Can History & Recreation Co-Exist?
GA - "...Crawford says members immediately became concerned that bikers might see the [historical] earthwork fortifications as 'challenges.'" more...
Bike & Trail Races Denied Permits by Forest Service
SD - "...Organizers of the races say they are trying to work with the Forest Service to make sure those races happen, but acknowledge some races may need to be canceled." more...
Cities Looking at Lower Speed Limits
"Jurisdictions across the United States, including those in the Washington region, are embracing lower speed limits as the key to reversing the recent rise in traffic fatalities." more...
What Will it Take to Keep Bike Lanes Clear?
"...If you're a cyclist, you're familiar with the problem. Whenever normal street service is interrupted, the bike lane is co-opted..." more...
Volunteers Clean Up Warren Bike Trail
Warren, OH - "If you plan to hit the bike trail in Warren this spring, you may notice that things look a little nicer." more...
Lake Twp. Approves Bike Route
Lake Twp., OH - "A resolution of support for a proposal to develop a series of corridors crossing Ohio as numbered bicycle routes has been approved by the Lake Township trustees." more...
New Shuttle Service along Virginia Capital Trail
Richmond, VA - "If you've been itching to try out the Virginia Capital Trail but are afraid you may not have the stamina to make the entire trip, help is on the way." more...
Boise Struggles with E-Bike Legislation
ID - "Idaho Rep. Phylis King's proposed bill adds one sentence containing 37 words to Idaho Code -- a simple change to resolve a confusing problem, or so she thought." more...
Scioto Trail Extension Planned
Columbus, OH - "...this year, Upper Arlington and Marble Cliff intend to jointly fund construction of a shared-use path that will extend the Scioto Trail along the south side of West Fifth Avenue from Arlington Avenue to Riverside Drive." more...
Trail Plans for Wayne National Forest
Athens, OH - "Imagine 100 miles of new mountain-bike trails in the Wayne National Forest and hundreds of people from southeast and central Ohio using the trails to ride and enjoy themselves." more...
Can Greenways Help Fight Chicago Crime?
IL - "...crime of all types decreased at a faster rate in neighborhoods along Chicago's 2.7-mile Bloomington Trail - better known as The 606 - than in similar neighborhoods..." more
Snowy Winter Keeps Greenway Workers Busy
WA - "...Every time it's snowed even an inch, we were out there to plow..." more
€200 Subsidy on E-Bike Purchases
FRA - "In a bid to get more people on their bikes, and to boost alternative transport methods, France is offering its citizens a financial incentive for purchasing an e-bike." more...
Bicycle and Car Collide
Belmont County, OH - "One person was sent to the hospital after a bicycle and a car collided in St. Clairsville." more...
Buses Returning to Public Square
Cleveland, OH - "The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority plans to reopen Public Square to buses in less than two weeks, if all goes as planned." more...
Towpath Times E-News
NE OH - Read the latest edition.
Giving Power Back to Pedestrians
"...deference to people on foot, is what Adam Millard-Ball sees in future cities full of driverless cars." more...
Booby Trap Impales Runner's Foot
NC - "Pinnacle Park in North Carolina closed after police found 60 hidden spikes littering a trail system, leaving one runner injured." more...
Trail Crash Fatality Leads to Safety Investigation
AUS - "A cyclist slammed on his emergency brakes before veering into Dandenong Creek and drowning in shallow water, a coroner's report has found." more...
Work Begins on Wasson Way Trail
Cincinnati, OH - "Norfolk Southern Railway is removing railroad tracks and ties along the site of the future Wasson Way bike trail so that the city of Cincinnati can begin construction this summer." more...
Unused Ohio Transpo Funds Redirected
"...Money that was dedicated for a trail leading from Fairview Park to the Cleveland Metroparks, before the topography proved to be too difficult, now will go for streetscape improvements on nearby Lorain Road." more...
Plans Underway for Statewide Greenway Along Canal
NJ - "...there is an effort by the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to link the recently developed properties to create a statewide greenway connecting Jersey City with Phillipsburg along the route of the former Morris Canal..." more...
Bicycle House Opens in Sweden
"...All 55 apartments are rented out and there is no doubt that bike-minded people were among the first to move in..." more
Philly's Bike Lane Vigilante
PA - "A Philadelphia cyclist is 'sticking it to' motorists who illegally park and stop in the city's bike lanes." more...
Proposal would allow E-Bikes on Yampa River Core Trail
Steamboat Springs, CO - "...The city also wants the commission to consider allowing some types of e-bikes on other hard- and soft-surface trails following a broader planning effort." more...
Giant Sinkhole Next to Trail
Spring, TX - "Along Cypress Creek Hike and Bike Trail, you'll find a sinkhole that's been growing for months." more...
Rails-with-Trails are Safe
Cincinnati, OH - "Regarding the story "Railroad company: Don't build bike trail on Oasis line": Rail-with-trail facilities have been a steadily growing trend around the country for 20 years..." more
Man Shot Dead During Bike Theft
Phoenix, AZ - "A homeless man was shot and killed Sunday morning by a suspect demanding his bicycle, police said." more...
Cellophane Strung Across Popular Bike Trail
Omaha, NE - "...Because the plastic wrap is clear, it's hard to notice it until you get right up on it." more...
Wood County Joins National Bike Route Plan
OH - "...Ohio is joining a 'national trend' that has already designated 11,000 miles of signed biking routes in 23 states..." more
City Cycling Survey
"A new survey wants city dwellers on two wheels to add their two cents about cycling infrastructure and culture." more...
Man Fined for Punching Cyclist
UK - "...The cyclist, who was avoiding an icy patch on the A1500 by cycling in the middle of the road..." more
Cyclist Shot Multiple Times
AUS - "Police believe at least six shots were fired at a bike rider at Everton on Saturday, with at least one bullet hitting him in the head and multiple rounds hitting his chest." more...
Century Cycles Earns Gold-Level Status
NE OH - "Century Cycles is proud to be officially recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business by both Bike Cleveland and the League of American Bicyclists..." more
Route Options for Ann Arbor Greenway Trail
Ann Arbor, MI - "Four route options are under consideration for the proposed Allen Creek Greenway trail through Ann Arbor." more
Jogger Who was Hit by Tree Settles Lawsuit
Austin, TX - "...The man was seriously injured in 2013 when he was jogging along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail." more...
Birmingham's Electric BikeShare
AL - "I recently spent a few days in Birmingham, AL and got to try their new Zyp bikeshare system -- the first public electric bikeshare system in the US..." more...
Cities may be Liable for Crashes where Street Design Encourages High Speeds
"On December 22, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, ruled that municipalities may be liable for traffic injuries when the design of roads contributes to reckless driving or excessive speeding..." more
Don't Demonize Driving, Just Stop Subsidizing It
"...When we subsidize roads, socialize the costs of pollution, crashes and parking, and even legally require that our communities be built in ways that make it impossible to live without a car, we send people strong signals to buy and own cars and to drive -- a lot..." more
Bicycle Friendly Community Attitudes & Behaviors
"...This survey was modeled after selected questions from the 2012 National Survey of Bicyclist and Pedestrian Attitudes and Behavior by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)..." more
Stranded Hiker, Dogs Rescued from Mountain
Franconia, NH - "Authorities say rescuers communicated by text and trudged through waist-deep snow and poor visibility to reach a stranded hiker who was huddled with his two dogs atop Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire." more...
Man Sought in Double Homicide along Trail
Delphi, IN - "Authorities said they were searching a home in northern Indiana on Thursday looking for clues to the deaths of two teenage girls whose bodies were found on a trail where they had been dropped off to go hiking." more...
Bike Path Vision Becoming Clearer
Hamilton, OH - "The first phase of a nearly 3-mile bike path that would connect a large part of the city's West Side could be finished by 2018..." more
Barberton to Host Better Block
Barberton, OH - "...The best ideas will be activated during the Barberton Better Block to see if they're doable in the long run." more...
More on Rubber City Heritage Trail Concept
Akron, OH - "...While not officially part of the iTowpath project in downtown Akron, the Rubber City Heritage Trail would fit nicely with the idea of using connectors to bring bicycle riders, joggers and walkers into contact with downtown and its attractions..." more
Where Should Newport's New Red Bike Stations Go?
KY - "Newport has received a state grant to add two or three new Red Bike stations. The River City News is partnering with Red Bike and the City of Newport to find out where you think those stations should go." more...
Gruesome Discovery off of Greenway Trail
Nashville, TN - "...It seemed like it was straight out of a horror film..." more
Statewide Trail Programs
"...With fewer opportunities at the federal level to acquire critical funds, states and local jurisdictions have increasingly taken the funding of trails and active transportation programs into their own hands..." more
SUV Drives into Protest Crowd
Nashville, TN - "Nashville police say based on the information they have now, they will not charge the driver of an SUV who was involved in an incident at an immigration rally on Sunday." more...
U.S. Traffic Deaths Rise Again
"...The two-year increase -- 14 percent -- is the largest in more than a half a century." more...
Town adds Lightlines for Distracted Peds
Netherlands - "...A pilot project in the city of Bodegraven called +Lightlines (or +Lichtlijn in Dutch) is the latest take on in-ground sidewalk crossing signals and it puts a bright, laser-like strip of green and red LEDs right where multi-tasking pedestrians can see them." more...
Do Bike Shares Complement or Replace Transit?
"Public bikesharing has emerged as one of the latest transportation innovations, transforming North American cities and providing people with more transportation options..." more
Oregon to Consider U.S. Designated Bike Route
Oregon, OH - "Oregon council on Monday will consider a resolution supporting the establishment of a U.S. numbered bicycle route in Northwest Ohio." more...
Bike Route Network Study
PA - "A recently awarded pair of grants will fund the hiring of a firm to determine roadway bike routes that will connect Titusville to a statewide network and an extension of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail into Hydetown." more...
The Traffic Engineer Who Stresses Safety
"Streetsblog once called Seattle City Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang 'the coolest traffic engineer in the world.'" more...
Armstrong Headed to Trial in $100M Lawsuit
"Judge denied disgraced cyclist's request to have federal government's case against him thrown out." more...
Montpelier Looks to Bike Trail to Gain Visitors
RTA Riders Rally for Public Square Bus Access
Cleveland, OH - "...Local transit advocates want to see city government take action to reopen Superior Avenue through Public Square to buses before it's too late." more...
Man Found Dead on Sunriver Bike Path
Sunriver, OR - "Authorities say a man found dead on a Sunriver bike path had earlier been seen walking with blood coming from his neck." more...
'Safety Stop' Bill for Cyclists
CO - "...Senate Bill 93, introduced Jan. 18 by Sen. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, would permit a person riding a bike or 'electrical-assisted bicycle' to pass through intersections without stopping if the rider 'slows to a reasonable speed, yields to vehicles and pedestrians, and can safely proceed or make a turn.'" more...
How Chao can Move Vision Zero Forward
"...the focus of her note -- that she 'look(s) forward to working... to ensure that the safety and efficiency of our country's transportation systems are second to none' -- offers a glimpse into priorities she may set." more...
Barcelona's Car-Taming 'Superblocks' Meet Resistance
SPA - "Barcelona's plans to slash car traffic may be some of the most innovative in the world, but right now their introduction isn't going all that smoothly..." more
Transport Planner Struck by Car While Riding Trail
Clearwater, FL - "Time slowed down as Whit Blanton was launched over the handlebars of his bike, flew over the hood of a Honda Fit and crashed onto the surface of the Duke Energy Trail." more...
Edmonton's 'Beg Buttons' a Problem
CAN - "It's a major irritant for Edmonton's pedestrian subculture, especially on popular bus routes where people watch their bus pull up, stop and drive off before the long cycle finishes and the walk light turns on." more...
Mountain Bikers Vow to Defy Marin's 'Hostile' Trail Rules
CA - "In the birthplace of mountain biking, Marin County, knobby tire enthusiasts are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of mountain biking access. Some are so upset, they're going on the warpath." more...
Taking Vision Zero to the Next Level
"Vision Zero shorthand boils down the initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities to three E's: education, enforcement and engineering..." more
Franklin, Middletown Move Forward with Trail Project
300-Mile Trail Closer to Reality
FL - "Picture a 300-mile ribbon of pavement for walking, running, bicycling or skating that stretches from Clearwater through Naples." more...
Incidents along RiverWalk
GA - "Two of my friends had similar experiences recently on the Chattahoochee RiverWalk that have led them to the same conclusion." more...
Don't 'Balance' Modes - Prioritize Walking, Biking, and Transit
Denver, CO - "...Successful multimodal cities aren't just about what your city starts doing -- i.e., funding transit -- it's what you stop doing -- i.e., widening roads..." more
Air Canada Gouges Cyclists on Bike Fees
"Bike fees are one thing, but charging more than the cost of your plane ticket crosses a line." more...
Berlin's Bicycle Referendum
Germany - "Have you heard about Berlin's Bicycle Referendum, the world's first citizen-initiated cycling referendum?..." more
Concept Trail: Rubber City Heritage Trail
Akron, OH - "...City administrators, council members and caretakers of the Ohio Erie Canal Way are entertaining the idea of a Rubber City Heritage Trail. The route would originate in Middlebury and merge with the Towpath Trail..." more...
Naples to Miami Trail Scrapped
Collier County, FL - "A proposed hike and bike trail through the Everglades from Naples to Miami is no more. The plan to connect the two cities was taken off the table on Friday afternoon." more...
How CitiBike Pays Riders to Balance System
NYC - "Any member of a bike share program has come up against one of two frustrating scenarios: a full dock at the end of a trip, or an empty dock at the start." more...
China's First Cycleway in Air Starts Trial Operation
Finding Safer Bike Routes in Cleveland
Cleveland, OH - "...Many smartphone users are accustomed to using Google Maps to get to and from unfamiliar places. What a lot of users don't realize is that there is a Cycling setting within that powerful mapping app..." more
Designers to Envision Irishtown Bend Transformation
Cleveland, OH - "The Port of Cleveland took a big step Thursday toward shaping a new vision for the crumbling Irishtown Bend hillside, which could become a 17-acre park on the Cuyahoga River with superlative skyline views and links to the Towpath Trail and Whiskey Island on Lake Erie." more...
Seattle May Replace Some Traffic Lights with 4-Way Stops
WA - "Here's an intriguing idea to make city streets safer. Seattle is reviewing 10 intersections to see if traffic signals should be replaced with four-way stops." more...
Charlotte Installs 'EcoCounters'
Charlotte, NC - "...CDOT, in partnership with NCDOT, is part of a statewide pilot program to install permanent pedestrian and bicycle counters..." more
Upcoming Closure for LMST Section
Nation's 1st Solar-Powered Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Lane
TX - "...The university boasts that the lane is the nation's first 'non-signalized, Dutch-style intersection ... [that] includes bright green solar luminescent pavement markings used to delineate the bicycle pathways.'" more...
Lakefront Trail Separation Moves Forward
Chicago, IL - "...the Chicago Park District board approved a $1.7 million contract for engineering and design services." more...
Mountain-Bike Park Could Be Crippled by a Court Decision
Portland, OR - "...Because of a court ruling last year, she and the other volunteers building the park's bike trails can be sued if a visitor to the park gets hurt." more...
Cyclists Perplexed at Speed Bumps in Cycle Lane
Paris, FRA - "Cyclists near Paris are demanding that speed bumps installed on a cycle path in a suburb of the French capital be ripped up -- although the local council says that they have been put there to protect bike riders from motorists." more...
Opening Ochoco Forest Roads to OHVs Means Fewer Elk
OR - "An experimental forest is an area administered to provide for the research necessary for the management of the land, as defined by the U.S. Forest Service. The concept began in 1908..." more
Towpath Times E-News
NE OH - Read the latest edition.
Bike Route Will Pass Through Wauseon
Wauseon, OH - "An Ohio Department of Transportation-driven resolution to designate the city's portion of Wabash Cannonball Trail as part of a larger system of state and U.S. bike routes was passed during a Monday meeting of the Wauseon City Council." more...
$23M Expansion for Monon Trail
IN - "Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard announced plans Monday for a $23 million makeover to the Monon Trail in downtown Carmel." more...
MTB Trail from Washington to California
OR - "...They're taking 650 miles of already-extant trails and combining them into a massive, state-spanning single-track mountain bike trail." more...
Conflicting Views on Safe Road Riding
"Ride in the right tire track of the right hand lane. 'Be predictable.' Always wear a helmet. Thousands of people in North America are exposed to these rules of thumb in cycling training courses each year. But how good is the advice?" more...
2017: Year of the Trail
Xenia, OH - "Honoring the impact the paved trail network offers Greene County, the Board of Greene County Commissioners recently resolved that 2017 will now be known as 'Year of the Trail in Greene County'..." more
Toxic Soil Clean up Delays Towpath Section
Cleveland, OH - "...Residents and Towpath Trail enthusiasts who had anticipated the completion of the renovation project this year must wait at least until 2018 or later, as funding for the remediation work remains tangled in the bureaucratic red tape of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency." more...
Avon Seeks Trail Grant
Avon, OH - "Avon residents may see the construction of a pedestrian trail from Detroit Road to Route 611 within the next two years." more...
SF Takes a Step Back From Raised Bike Lanes
San Francisco, CA - "...The city had planned on installing a two-inch raised, mountable lane on a section of Polk Street, where, on average, cars hit one cyclist and one pedestrian every month..." more
Cycling Advocates Call for Action After 2 Fatalities
Houston, TX - "They say the city's proposed Bike Plan would help keep cyclists out of harm's way." more...
Transients Plead Guilty to Killings
San Francisco, CA - "Two transients pleaded guilty Monday to murder in the deaths of a Canadian tourist who was camping in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park during a music festival and a yoga teacher walking his dog on a popular hiking trail." more...
RTC Co-Founder Passes Away
"This past week, the world lost a passionate conservationist and environmentalist. On the anniversary of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC's) founding, rail-trail visionary and co-founder David Burwell passed away on Feb. 1, 2017, after a hard-fought battle with leukemia." more...
Cyclists not Happy with Proposed Bike Bill
MN - "A legislator's bid to require bicyclists to have special permits to use bike lanes in urban areas is drawing sharp criticism from Minnesota cyclists." more...
Driver Rams Cyclist Who Turns out to be Police Officer
Canary Islands - "A heated argument in Tenerife between a cyclist and driver resulted in the motorist of a white van taking a run at the cyclist." more...
Hamilton Beltline Trail Feedback
Hamilton, OH - "Most people who submitted comments about the proposed Hamilton Beltline bike path are in favor of the project to re-purpose the former CSX rail corridor and rail yard." more...
$22M Greenway Investment Coming to Asheville
NC - "...There are more than 16 miles being built and planned at an estimated $24 million." more...
Trail Supporters Look to Take Advantage of Earthquake
NZ - "...Momentum is building for the proposal, to extend a cycleway from the Marlborough Sounds some 350 kilometres south to Christchurch along the east coast." more...
Super Bowl Cities: Which is Better for Cyclists?
"How the two cities compare on a cyclist's playing field." more...
Tremont Towpath Integration Plan
Cleveland, OH - "Tremont West in partnership with Tremont Pointe applied for and received an Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing Strategies Fund grant to carry out a neighborhood-wide engagement and planning process to identify strategies that will integrate the Towpath Trail into the fabric of our neighborhood..." more
Freiberger Field Awaits Permits for Construction
Cleveland, OH - "...On May 20, 2016, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art announced an agreement to collaborate on the construction of a new greenway that will stretch from Freiberger Field to the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center..." more
Committee Studying E-Bike Use in the Valley
ID - "A subgroup of the Blaine County Regional Transportation Committee is working to understand just what electric-assist bikes are and where they can, or could be, allowed." more...
Do You Know How to Safely Open a Car Door?
"...changing your habit and opening the door with your right hand -- increasingly known as the 'dutch reach' -- could save a life." more...
Bike Riding Now Legal in Downtown Youngstown
Youngstown, OH - "...Since 1974, it's been against the law to ride bicycles and motorcycles along Federal Plaza..." more
Sunbury Supports Sandel Trail
Sunbury, OH - "Late last year the name of the Big Walnut Community Trail was formally changed to the Sandel Legacy Trail..." more
Yay Bikes! Newsletter
Columbus, OH - Read the February edition.
Man Dies on Greenway
Hendersonville, NC - "A man died on the Oklawaha Greenway near downtown Hendersonville on Thursday, according to Hendersonville Police." more...
Marin Bike Activists Demand Better Trail Access
CA - "...We represent 40 percent to 45 percent of the users out there, but we're relegated to less than 10 percent of the trails..." more
What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps?
"...His cool idea: Make maps for bike infrastructure as if the lanes, trails, and paths constituted a connected transit system." more...
Is BikeSharing Contagious?
"Bikeshare systems are relatively new, highly visible additions to urban transportation systems that provide opportunities to cycle or combine cycling with other modes of transportation..." more
Automakers will have to Adapt or Die
"Ford is trying to figure out what transportation will look like in 100 years but knows the future is data driven." more...
A Look at Cleveland's Public Square Controversy
"Against most wishes, Frank Jackson is refusing to open the dedicated bus lanes that run through the celebrated space." more...
Public Supports Safer Streets
Cleveland, OH - "...75% of voters WANT policies that aim for more complete streets, and facilities that make transportation safe and effective for a wide range of users -- not just cars..." more...
Local STEM Bike Clubs Gain Momentum
Cincinnati, OH - "Students at 12 local schools will receive 160 bicycles this week, which they will learn to disassemble and reengineer -- eventually ending up with a finished product and a new mode of transportation." more...
Columbus, OH - "...The goal of transportation engineers is shifting dramatically, from an emphasis of moving cars to an emphasis of moving people..." more
Woman Sexually Assaulted On Bike Trail
El Dorado County, CA - "Authorities are looking for a young man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman who was walking on a bike trail near Placerville." more...
Snow Removal Plan Doesn't Include Greenways
Portland, OR - "...Instead of plowing residential streets that are the backbone of our biking network, Commissioner Saltzman announced two other changes to the City's storm response plan..." more
The Self-Driving Car's Bicycle Problem
"Robotic cars are great at monitoring other cars, and they're getting better at noticing pedestrians, squirrels, and birds. The main challenge, though, is posed by the lightest, quietest, swerviest vehicles on the road." more...
The Best of 2016 Bicycling Advocacy
"2016 was a big year for bicycle advocacy all over the country. From new and improved routes and signs to better Amtrak accommodations, bicycle travel is becoming more convenient, accessible, and safer than ever..." more
Dutch Bikeway Design Manual Updated
"...word of mouth has made the main guide to Dutch bikeway engineering a critical darling, at least among the nation's hipper street designers. And after a 10-year hiatus, its latest edition dropped in January." more...
Green Corridors Add to Quality of Life
Milbury, OH - "...Not only will bike trails connect the parks, Metroparks, in conjunction with TARTA, will offer three to seven bikes for rent at each of 17 locations in the East Toledo-Downtown area..." more
Oakland Protected Bike Lanes Show Stunning Results
CA - "Less than a year after opening a dramatic redesign of Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland, the city is reporting huge benefits from the project..." more
American Cities Trying to End Pedestrian Deaths
"As dozens of cities try to emulate Sweden's success, they're learning what works and what doesn't." more...
Safe Routes to School E-News
Read the February Newsletter.
Grant Sought to Close London Trail Gap
London, OH - "The Ohio to Erie bike trail is getting closer to downtown London, after Madison County commissioners approved a grant application Monday to purchase a plot of land to expand the bike path." more...
Alum Creek Trail Section Closing for Repairs
Columbus, OH - From Franklin MetroParks, "Alum Creek Trail will be closed for repair Feb. 1-17 near Agler Rd bridge. Please use caution and do not cross into work zone."
Project Underway to Make Wright State Bike-Friendly
Dayton, OH - "...What we would like to do eventually in the next year or two, is to have a plan to make Wright State a bike friendly campus by 2020." more...
Water Trail Proposed for Maumee River
Toledo, OH - "Several groups in northwestern Ohio are taking steps to designate the Maumee River a state water trail to promote kayaking and canoeing." more...
Lawmaker Wants to Require Permits for Road Cyclists
MN - "A rural Minnesota lawmaker is suggesting that bicyclists be required to undergo safety training and get a special permit to use dedicated traffic lanes, an idea that quickly drew scorn from cyclists who called the idea misguided." more...
Park District Looks to Acquire Land for Trailhead
Lisbon, OH - "The Columbiana County Park District is working with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy to acquire 30 acres near the Franklin Square area of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail." more...
Former Amusement Park to Become Part of Bike Trail
Let's Complete Trails on Both Banks of the Mon
PA - "Seven years ago, the Great Allegheny Passage trail did not go past Kennywood and Sandcastle, so it did not reach Pittsburgh. That trail has since been completed, so today trails connect 320 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C." more...
Corpse Found in Woods Along Greenway
NYC - "Detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a wooded area along Inwood's Hudson River Greenway Saturday, officials said." more...
Hiring Freeze Blocks National Park Service Permanent Hiring
"National Park Service officials have been told to stop filling vacant permanent positions throughout the National Park System under the federal hiring freeze President Trump ordered..." more
Bill to Let Cyclists Roll Through Stops Gains Speed
Denver, CO - "Bill finding support in Denver's biking community would mimic 35-year-old Idaho law." more...
Fight to Bring Citi Bike to Bronx & Staten Island
NYC - "While Citi Bike stations have already popped up in New Jersey, the bike sharing service has only made it to three of the five boroughs in New York -- leaving residents in The Bronx and Staten Island feeling snubbed." more...
Houston Greenways 2020
Houston, TX - "The Bayou Greenways 2020 project is transforming more than 3,000 acres of land along Houston waterways, and has a goal of creating a network of 150 miles of connected parks and trails." more...
All 119 U.S. Bike Shares Ranked by Size
"...There are at least 119 systems nationwide, covering all but two of the 20 largest urban areas." more...
Bring on the E-Bikes
"...Studies have shown the prospect of arriving at work sweaty is one of the biggest impediments to getting would-be bike commuters out of their cars..." more
Man Gets 20 Years for Raping Cyclist
Portland, OR - "A Portland man convicted nearly 30 years ago of attempted murder has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping a cyclist who was trying to fix her flat tire." more...
High Water Overtakes Bike Paths
Dayton, OH - "...Many stretches of the bike paths near downtown Dayton are covered with water." more...
Student to Launch Bike Share Program
Cleveland, OH - "...Facing History New Tech High School 10th-grader Randy King recently received a $5,000 grant for his project -- the Cleveland Bike Library -- and has secured support from two bicycling advocacy organizations in the city..." more
County to Pursue Stavich Trail Grant
Detroit to get $4M Velodrome
MI - "...It will be the second indoor velodrome in the country." more...
The Big Jump Project
"PeopleForBikes is helping 10 cities radically reimagine their bicycling infrastructure, propelling communities nationwide into a better future for biking. The new initiative, called the Big Jump Project, aims to double or triple bike ridership in specific neighborhoods over the course of just three years -- proving that when cities make smart changes, more people ride bikes, and communities become better places to live, work and play." more...
Suspicious Device Removed from Bike Trail
Bedford, MA - "A suspicious device has been safely removed from the side of a bike trail in Bedford, said police." more...
Geneva Applies for Clean Ohio Trail Funding
Geneva, OH - "City Council took a step forward Monday in its quest for a multi-use trail running along the Route 534 Corridor." more...
9 Peds Hit in Boston in 1 Day
MA - "Nine defenseless pedestrians - including one in a wheelchair - were hit in one day last week - the same day Mayor Martin J. Walsh promised safer streets for everyone." more...
Fishing Line Strung Across Bike Trail
Withcita, KS - "...He was enjoying a bike ride at the Sedgwick County Park when something caught his attention..." more
New Congress, New President: What's Ahead for Trails?
"This is a significant time for America. The 115th Congress is underway, and a new administration is taking its place in Washington, D.C. On the heels of what has arguably been the most divisive presidential election in modern history, there is much uncertainty about what's to come, including for active transportation - trails, walking and biking." more...
Study Finds Familiarity Breeds Acceptance of E-Bikes
Golden, CO - "...Seventy-one percent of the people who demo'ed [an e-bike] said the test ride changed their perception of e-bikes..." more
Do Pedestrian Scrambles Make Sense?
CA - "Pedestrian scrambles have enjoyed some increased popularity lately, popping up at Hollywood & Highland in LA and Brand & Harvard by the Americana in Glendale..." more
Montpelier Approves Bike Route
Montpelier, OH - "Montpelier Village Council approved a resolution supporting the designation of a proposed state bicycle route through the village at the regular meeting Monday." more...
The NYPD Doesn't Think This Is A Crime
NYC - "On Friday afternoon a woman was run over in Brooklyn by a school bus driver as she walked across the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue M. Graphic video of the collision shows the driver turning directly into the woman..." more
Rockslide Closes Bike Trail
CA - "Rain and wind over the weekend caused a rock slide on the American River bike trail near Lake Natoma." more...
Montreal's Car-Free Street Network
CAN - "...Block by block, experiment by experiment, the city's pedestrian streets are growing." more...
Proposed Trail Makes Strong Case for Funding
Youngstown, OH - "...The proposed $890,000 Center City to Mill Creek Connector Trail deserves to remain strongly in the running for approval among this year's myriad funding proposals to the Clean Ohio Trails Fund..." more
The Demise of Seattle's Bike Share
"...A lot of people are blaming the helmet law in Seattle for the failure of the bike share..." more
Snow Train Cancellation Leads to Trail Hopes
NY - "At least one Warren County supervisor is advocating for the county to take another look at potentially using the county-owned rail line for a bike trail after the operator of a tourist train on the line cancelled its winter trains for the second year in a row." more...
ODOT's Bike Routes Plan
Bluffton, OH - "Ohio Department of Transportation's long-range plan, called Access Ohio 2040, hopes to coordinate efforts with local communities to designate Ohio's first U.S. and State Bike Route network." more...
Ohio State Chosen to Lead U.S. Transpo Solutions
Columbus, OH - "U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced this week that The Ohio State University has been named one of 18 institutions across the country to lead research on transportation challenges outlined in the Department of Transportation's Beyond Traffic 2045 report." more...
Park District Continues Growth at 50 Years
Miami County, OH - "The Miami County Park District has grown over the decades from a five-acre park along the Stillwater River to 15 parks spread across the county." more...
Bill Would Ban Cyclists From Roads
MT - "Bicyclists from around the state are rallying against a proposed bill that would ban bicyclists and pedestrians from using virtually every two-lane road in the state that doesn't have a paved shoulder." more...
Northern Towpath Section Receives Funding
Cleveland, OH - "...Stage 4 of the Towpath Trail Extension will run 1.5 miles from Literary Ave. to the future Canal Basin Park in Downtown Cleveland's Flats. This stage will be the final northern Towpath connection between Tremont and Downtown Cleveland." more...
Cyclists Give Input on Proposed Trail
Youngstown, OH - "The area's leading bicycle club was vocal Thursday afternoon about what they want in a proposed trail linking downtown Youngstown to Mill Creek Park." more...
Chinese BikeShare Co. Eyes San Fran
San Francisco, CA - "Bluegogo, an app-based bike-share company, plans to launch in the city within days, but local politicians are stepping in to put the brakes on it." more...
PlacesForBikes Initiative Launched
"...The new program will jumpstart the construction of bike-friendly infrastructure, as it helps develop, connect, and promote great places to ride..." more
Stark County Trails Flooding Report
Stark County, OH - "Heavy rains and flooding closed several trails across Stark County in early January. The Middle Branch Trail, south of Martindale Ave., remains closed after heavy flooding in that area. All other trails have been reopened with temporary repairs made..." more
Trail Design Costs Shock Council Members
Hudson, OH - "...The design for Phase III of the Veterans Trail which extends from downtown to Barlow Road will cost $250,000 for the design, according to City Engineer Thomas Sheridan." more...
Lima to be Part of Statewide Bike Route Network
Lima, OH - "...'This is really exciting stuff,' Elstro said. 'Some of this is already in place. You can go from Cincinnati to Lebanon and Piqua. This would put Lima on the map for bike networking.'" more...
Homeless Encampments along Trail Causing Problems
HI - "...The park used to be known for its view of Pearl Harbor but over the years its reputation has changed." more...
Bill Could Help Drivers Avoid Liability in Cyclists' Death
ND - "A new bill introduced in the North Dakota state legislature would legally relieve drivers of responsibility for hitting cyclists who impede traffic." more...
Trump's Inaugural Walk will be along a Bike Path
DC - "...The 1.8-mile inaugural procession down Pennsylvania Avenue dates back to Thomas Jefferson's second inauguration in 1805..." more
Could Fatbiking be as big as Snowboarding?
CA - "Fatbiking is booming, with more and more ski resorts introducing the sport, including Tahoe Donner in the Sierra Nevada..." more
Women-Only Internship Program
"QBP launches new initiative to get women on bikes and in shops." more...
Hamilton Residents can Weigh in on Trail Proposal
Hamilton, OH - "The city of Hamilton begins a 14-day comment period today, Jan. 17, to accept environmental questions, comments or concerns about the proposed Beltline bike path." more...
Ground Work E-News
OH - Read the latest edition.
Greenway Crossings "A Disaster Waiting to Happen"
NYC - "Pedestrians and cyclists traveling along the Hudson River Greenway regularly face 'near-death experiences' at crossings along the route, advocates say." more...
The Rise of U.S. Protected Bike Lanes
"The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project has been a five-year mission to accelerate the spread of protected bike lanes throughout the United States. Today is the project's final day." more...
Making the Case for Transpo Language Reform
"...Much of the technical vocabulary regarding transportation and traffic engineering was developed between 1910 and 1965..." more
Alum Creek Trail High Water Alert
Columbus, OH - From Franklin County MetroParks, "High water in areas between Cooper Park and I-270. Please use caution."
Park & Greenway Master Plan for Johnstown
Johnstown, OH - "Johnstown should have a Park and Greenway Master Plan this spring at no cost to the village." more...
USDOT Agrees to Measure People, not just Cars
"Because of your support, US DOT has acknowledged that biking and walking have a role to play in reducing congestion and improving air quality!" more...
Surge in Traffic Deaths Outpaces Increase in Travel
"Traffic deaths surged about 8% in the first nine months of last year, continuing an upward spiral that began in late 2014..." more
National Park Visits Hits Record High
Salt Lake City, UT - "Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity..." more
Podcast: The Hilltop & Camp Chase Trail
Fate of Naples to Miami Trail Plan
FL - "The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization will have to decide if it wants to keep plans alive to build a 75-mile bike path from Naples to Miami." more...
Trail System Could Draw Tourists
NY - "Lake George, Saratoga Springs and Fort Ticonderoga will be stops on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 'Empire State Trail,' a statewide system of bicycle and walking trails." more...
Pittsburgh Delays Plans to Help Bike Lane Critics
Pittsburgh, PA - "On Wednesday, Pittsburgh City Council tabled a bill that would create an advisory board on bike lane infrastructure with plans to take it up again next week after it's reworked." more...
Bike Path Could Link Nampa, Meridian & Boise
ID - "...Obstacles aside, one thing is certain about a Treasure Valley rail-with-trail: The possible end result is impressive." more...
Ice Can't Stop Man From Biking to Work
Wichita, KS - "...Callison came to Wichita in September, having bicycled from California to find a job..." more
Cyclist Sues City after Crash
Marietta, OH - "Injured bicyclist claims city failed to mark fire hose." more...
Closing the Trail Gap Between Genoa & Elmore
Input Needed for Proposed Trail in Youngstown
Youngstown, OH - "The public is being asked to give their input on a new recreational trail that would connect Downtown to Mill Creek Metroparks. more...
See a proposed map of the route.
Warren Planning to Add Trailhead
Little Miami Scenic Trail E-News
Read the latest newsletter.
Empire State Trail Would Expand Hudson River Valley Greenway
NY - "Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday proposed completing the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalway trails by 2020 to create the Empire State Trail, a 750-mile network..." more
Pronto will Shut Down March 31
Seattle, WA - "...This officially ends a frustrating era for bike sharing in Seattle, making the city one of very few in the world where a modern public bike system has failed." more...
Land Donated to Extend Towpath Trail
Towpath Trail Flooding
Stark County, OH - "Parts of the Ohio and Lake Erie Towpath Trail were shut down indefinitely due to high water, according to Rick Summers, operations manager for the Stark County Park District. Signs are posted in flooded areas north of Massillon and at other locations alerting trail users to keep their distance." more...
CVSR Ridership Reaches All-Time High
CVNP, OH - "...The excursion railroad that takes riders through Cuyahoga Valley National Park tallied 214,063 passengers in 2016, the highest number in its 44-year history..." more
No Evidence Bike Use Would Degrade Trails
PA - "There is no evidence that bike use of the area would degrade the trails at all and certainly to the point in which wilderness designation would be improbable." more...
60 Days for Killing a Cyclist?
"Yesterday was the sentencing hearing for the man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of my friend, Glenda Taylor. Glenda was struck and killed by Todd Kidwell at the Kansas State Time Trial Championships in June of 2015." more...
Filmmaker Wades into Trail Paving Debate
NC - "A local filmmaker will explore diversity and controversy in the Bolin Creek forest Sunday while raising money to help preserve the land." more...
Trump's In -- What Now?! Part 3
In Part 3 we take a final look at propaganda and the bike advocacy writers that choose to dispense it. more...
Downed Trees Along Sippo Valley Trail
Due to recent high winds, downed branches and trees can be expected along some Ohio trails this week.
Sharon Cole reports, "...several trees are down on the Sippo Valley Trail between Alabama and Deerfield Roads."
Lick Run Greenway Construction
Cincinnati, OH - "The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) is gearing up to construct the Lick Run Greenway, which includes a mile-long urban waterway in a park-like setting through the heart of South Fairmount." more...
Towpath Times E-News
NE OH - Read the latest edition.
Tell the Trump Administration: Trails Connect Us
"...Sign our petition below to urge the Trump administration to make sure trails, walking and biking are key parts of our nation's investment in transportation." more...
Citi Bike Launches Laserlight Pilot Program
NYC - "A bright idea is coming to New York City streets as Citi Bike launches a pilot of the Blaze Laserlight on 250 of its bikes..." more
Biketown Bike Share vs. Snowmaggedon
Portland, OR - "How does Biketown, Portland's bike share system, stack up against other modes of travel during extreme weather? How would it work -- or would it work at all -- during a major snowstorm?" more...
Most Dangerous U.S. Metros for Peds
"Between 2005 and 2014, more than 45,000 people were struck and killed by cars while walking in the United States. In the two years since, walking has only grown more dangerous." more...
Cleveland's Deadliest Roads
Cleveland, OH - "138 Clevelanders were killed by a motor vehicle while walking on area streets between 2005 and 2014..." more
Environmental Study of Summit Lake
Akron, OH - "...The groups first must know how the community can use the 100-acre lake before attempting to improve the neighborhood..." more
51 PennDOT Projects to Improve Transpo Alternatives
PA - "...Making these improvements will enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school..." more
750-Mile Trail Plan for NY
NY - "...'We want to build the largest multi-use trail in the nation,' said the Democratic governor..." more...
Bike Path Attacks Prompt Self-Defense Class
Marquette, WI - "...Concerns about the bike path have spiked since the September 2015 brutal beating and rape of a 33-year-old woman just east of downtown, leaving her critically injured. Her attacker was never found." more...
Dangerous by Design 2016
"Between 2005 and 2014, a total of 46,149 people were struck and killed by cars while walking. That averages out to about 13 people per day." more...
Katy Trail Becomes Nation's Longest
"A simple name change for a 47.5-mile trail in Missouri means the Katy Trail is now the longest rail-trail in the US. Washington's John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which had been No. 1 for several years, dropped to second place." more...
The Future of Transportation
"The Trump administration will take over at a time when transportation in the US is undergoing somewhat of a revolution..." more
Beyond Traffic: DOT's 30 Year Framework
"When the United States Department of Transportation was created, the Secretary of Transportation was charged by law to report on both the current and the anticipated future conditions of our nation's transportation system. Beyond Traffic 2045 is U.S. DOT's most comprehensive assessment of current and future conditions in decades." more...
The Complete Guide to 'Border Vacuums'
"...large-scale highways, parks, and big buildings can all divide communities, discouraging street life and sucking the life out of cities..." more
Columbus Ped Deaths Nearly Double
Columbus, OH - "...Although the number of people killed in traffic crashes citywide decreased slightly from 61 deaths in 2015 to 59 in 2016, the number of pedestrian deaths increased from 12 to 21." more...
Why Look at Fatal Bike Crash Reports?
OH - "Shortly after the new year began Ohio suffered its first fatal bicycle crash. We are still waiting to hear the details." more...
Bike Safety in Springdale
PA - "When a Springdale woman's car plowed into a group of five cyclists on the borough's Pittsburgh Street in early December, two riders were struck and expensive bikes were damaged." more...
Man Gets 35 Years in Prison for Hit-and-Run Spree
Woodland, CA - "...Houston, driving 20-30 mph faster than the teens were riding, intentionally ran them over with the SUV and sped away from the injured riders..." more
Fonta Flora Trail to Link Foothills, Mountains
NC - "...The newest unit of the North Carolina State Parks System, the Fonta Flora Trail aims to unify Western North Carolina towns from the foothills to the mountains, stringing together spots from Morganton to Asheville..." more
Proposed 3-Feet Law for KY
KY - Read the proposed bill.
Ann Arbor Secures Another Piece of Future Greenway
MI - "Another potential piece of the future Allen Creek Greenway trail through Ann Arbor is being put in place." more...
Bicyclist Killed Friday Morning
Columbus, OH - "A 35-year-old bicyclist was killed after he crossed into oncoming traffic early Friday morning in the North Side..." more
Bike Lane Guidelines
Cleveland, OH - "Questions about the how cars should interact with bike lanes, and how cyclists can make the most of them are common. The questions persist because both driver and cyclist education on the subject has not kept pace with the expansion of the infrastructure itself." more...
Wayne National Forest Trail Project
SE OH - "We are currently raising funds for Phase 1 of this project, which will include..." more
Bike Cleveland Welcomes New Staff Members
Cleveland, OH - "Bike Cleveland is excited to announce new staff members for 2017!..." more
Fear for How Uber Robot Cars Make Right Turns
Portland, OR - "The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is so afraid of how Uber's autonomous vehicles take right turns at intersections that they've posted a warning for bike riders and have started a petition to force the company to end the practice." more...
More States Diverting Federal Walking/Biking Funds
"...Advocates in some states have successfully fought attempts to loot TA funds. Pedroso says motivated New Jersey advocates were able to convince the state DOT to reverse its decision to divert money." more...
Northland's Coast to Coast Trail Opens
NZ - "After many missed deadlines the northern-most of the 22 Great Rides that make up the New Zealand Cycle Trail is open all the way from Opua on the east coast to the Hokianga Harbour..." more
Council OKs RiverTrail Project Manager
Marietta, OH - "Marietta City Council authorized the hiring of a project manager Thursday night to ensure engineering for the Ohio River Trail connection..." more
Cincy Downtown Traffic Study
Cincinnati, OH - "The City of Cincinnati hasn't reviewed downtown traffic patterns in more than 20 years -- just ask anyone who walks, drives, bikes or rides the streetcar." more...
MassDOT Shift Bike Strategy from Trails back to Streets
MA - "...After years spent developing dedicated bike paths, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans to focus on making everyday streets more accommodating to bike transportation, including in the Berkshires." more...
Safes Routes to School
Read the January E-News.
50-Year Vision for Bicycle Thruways
Detroit, MI - "How will we be getting around Detroit in 50 years? How will our major streets incorporate different modes of transportation?..." more
Drunk Driver Gets Prison Term for Killing Cyclist
Toronto, CAN - "A 23-year-old repeat drunk driver who killed a Toronto cyclist and fled police at 200 kilometres per hour has been sent to prison." more...
Madrid Will Ban Cars From Its Main Street
Spain - "Visit Madrid's Gran Via in five years' time and you won't find a car in sight." more...
Side-Street Bikeways Great if You have Protected Bike Lanes
"Can we, as a planet, please retire the idea that cities face a choice between putting all-ages bikeways on low-traffic side streets and putting all-ages bikeways on busy arterials?" more...
Road & Trail Improvements Slated for Loveland
Columbus Greenway wins Landscape Award
Columbus, OH - "...The Greenways have transformed Columbus's downtown riverfront through the use of green space reclaimed from the removal of the Main Street Dam..." more
Vancouver's Cycling-Friendly Side Streets
CAN - "...Sixty per cent of the 280 kilometres of Vancouver bike lanes are on side streets..." more
Geneva-on-the-Lake Council Seeking Grants
Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH - "...One [resolution] allows the village to apply for a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant to help pay for constructing a bicycle easement path through the village to encourage tourism and provide greater safety for cyclists." more...
Park District Achievements in 2016
Granville, OH - "As 2016 fades into memory, the Licking Park District is also looking expectantly toward 2017..." more
Motorist Buzzes Cyclists, Tells Them to Get Off Road
CA - "Two videos have been posted online showing an incredibly close pass by a motorist pulling a trailer and the subsequent encounter between the driver and the two cyclists." more...
Colorado Springs Removing Disputed Bike Lane
CO - "The city of Colorado Springs will scrap a wide bike lane along Research Parkway." more...
Wichita Selects $1.6M in Trail Projects
Wichita, KS - "Three bike paths in Wichita will be expanded this year after the Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved $1.6 million in funding." more...
Protected Intersections in U.S.: From 0 to 12 in 2 Years
"The country's newest major bike-lane innovation is very young. But so far, it's spreading faster than the protected bike lane did." more...
Saferails: A New Safety Concept for Cyclists
"...I have written about how sometimes cyclists and streetcar tracks don't mix. And this is not just a North American problem..." more
Yay Bikes! 2016 Annual Report
Columbus, OH - "Yay Bikes! influences the conditions that help people safely and comfortably ride bicycles for transportation." more...
German Village Looking to Improve Sidewalks
Columbus, OH - "...German Village residents have said in surveys that one of their biggest priorities is getting their bumpy, wavy sidewalks fixed." more...
Feds Demand RTA Repay $12M
Cleveland, OH - "The debate over whether or not Public Square should be a thruway for buses has come to a head. A federal agency has demanded that the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority repay $12 million in federal grants." more...
Hands-Free Phones are no Better when Driving
"...a new study from Queensland University of Technology has determined that using a phone in hands-free mode is just as distracting as a hand-held phone." more...
Cyclists & Runners Take Stand Against Trail Rules
Oklahoma City, OK - "...They wanted to show their solidarity against a new city park rule that would keep pedestrians off of a natural bike trail." more...
Paper Bike Helmet wins Award
"...The EcoHelmet is made from recycled paper, and is constructed in a radial honeycomb pattern that is said to distribute blows 'from any direction as effectively as traditional polystyrene,' while also being able to fold up flat when not in use..." more
Pathways To Healthy Aging Project
South Williamsport, PA - "...thanks to a donation from the community cycling advocates, David and Louisa Stone, they will be able to explore the Riverwalk trail on wheels - specifically three wheels!" more
Separating Bikes & Peds Along Lakefront may be Tricky
Chicago, IL - "...the separation of the 18-mile Chicago Lakefront Trail into pedestrian and bicycle paths, planned over the next two years, will raise its own design puzzles." more...
For more news, visit the 2016 Archive.