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Regional, U.S. & International News


Input Wanted for Richland B&O Trail Plan

Richland County, OH - "The Richland County Park District is in the process of creating a long-term, strategic plan for the B&O Trail and wants your input!

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Cincy Getting E-Bikes

10/17/18

Cincinnati, OH - "...In early November, Cincinnati will get 10 electric-assist bicycles, part of a pilot through BCycle, the company that makes the bikes for Cincy’s Red Bike program." more...

Gravel Being Added to Kokosing Gap Trailhead

Mt. Vernon, OH - "...Our Operations Managers were busy preparing loads of gravel to be placed at the parking lot adjacent from the Kokosing Gap Trail on Mt. Vernon Avenue..." more

Burning Body Found in Park

Upper Arlington, OH - "Upper Arlington police on Monday identified the woman whose body was found burning Sunday near a walking trail in Burbank Park." more...

Trail Construction Blocked in Kentucky

Benham, KY - "...The delay has raised concern that the county could lose a $660,809 federal grant to develop the trail, which would involve upgrading more than five miles of an unused railroad bed..." more

City OKs People Trail Extension

10/16/18

Columbus, IN - "Columbus has entered into an agreement with a landscape architectural firm to design and construct an extension of the People Trail." more...

New U.S. Trails in 2018

"This summer, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced 19 new National Recreation Trails in 17 states..." more

Fixing Badly Planned American Cities

"...from Jeff Speck’s Walkable City Rules, a step-by-step guide to fixing America’s cities and towns." more...

Missing Cyclist Found Alive

10/16/18

ESP - "When his wife hadn't heard from him for hours, she sent out an urgent tweet." more...

Bicyclists May Use Full Lane

UK - "Some motorists think roads were built for cars, and that people on bicycles are interlopers. Historically and legally, this is not the case..." more...

IMBA Looks to Shore Up Support

10/16/18

Reno, NV - "...IMBA’s total revenue plummeted from $6.7 million to $3.9 million between 2016 and 2017." more...

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Simon Kenton Trail Fundraising Nearing Goal

Urbana, OH - "...We are just $2,565 from reaching our $25,000 goal which will be matched dollar for dollar up to that amount by the Honda of America Foundation..." more

Rogue Group Riders Hogging the Road

10/16/18

"...I sought out an example to analyze that should resonate with those who are frustrated, disappointed or angry with group rides they encounter on the road." more...

Citi Bike Offers Group Rides

10/15/18

NYC - "...'It’s never been easier to ride with friends,' Citi Bike announced in a tweet on Monday." more...

SF's Scooter War is Over & the Scooters Won

10/15/18

San Francisco, CA - "Shared e-scooters have returned to the Bay Area. But is regulation enough to make them work in the long term?" more...

Mountain Biker Shot & Killed in France

10/15/18

FRA - "...another young hunter was sentenced to a year in jail for mistakenly shooting and killing a trail runner in the same region..." more

Over 5,000 Stolen Bikes Recovered thru Bike Index

"Milestones are important to us here at the Bike Index - we're suckers for nice big round numbers that define progress..." more

Remove Street Centerlines to Calm Traffic

10/15/18

"...Centerline removal introduces an element of uncertainty which is reflected in lower speeds..." more

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Temporary Closures Along Mohican Valley Trail

10/15/18

Brinkhaven, OH - "...the Mohican Valley Multi-Use Trail from the Bridge of Dreams to the Holmes County Line will be closed or have periodic closures due to a parking lot renovation to provide handicap accessibility. The driveway to the Trail may also have periodic closures..." more

NCIT Progress in Huron County

10/14/18

Wakeman, OH - "...Next up: Volunteers want to place a connector trail between the bridge and the paved Wakeman East Bikeway.

A long-term project also just began. Group members started a dialogue with a design group to pave the path’s entire length in Huron County..." more

Volunteers Clear Area Around Heart of Ohio Trail

10/14/18

Mt. Liberty, OH - "...Venture Crew 382 group... cleared two large swaths around the Mt. Liberty Heart of Ohio Multi-Use Trail access area to allow for clear visibility of the children’s playground and improve safety of the area..." more

New Overseers Considered for Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

10/14/18

PA - "...DCNR is supportive of the plan to transfer and is working with the county on the process. The Buffalo Valley Rail Trail is a huge asset to the region..." more

Dangerous Sidewalks Causing Injuries

Indianapolis, IN - "Dangerous, uneven sidewalks are landing people in the hospital, and the city has a backlog of more than 1,600 requests all over Indianapolis." more...

Walking May Now Outweigh Transit Value

"...The emphasis these days is more on walkability than a direct rail or metro connection..." more

Milwaukee Embracing Bikes & Peds

10/12/18

WI - "...A pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment is great for retail and apartment development — it slows traffic down and enhances the vibrancy of the street..." more

Bicycling Magazine Is Dead Wrong About Seattle

Seattle, WA - "...The national nonprofit People For Bikes recently gave Seattle a 2.3 out of 5 for bicycle friendliness, putting 50 cities ahead of us..." more

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Corwin Peddler Reopens

Corwin, OH - A trailside stop for travelers along the Little Miami Scenic Trail for many years, the establishment has reopened after a recent change in ownership. Learn more.

Bicycling May Help You Avoid Parkinson's Disease

"Adding high levels of physical activity—moderate to vigorous—into your exercise routine can decrease the risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to a new review of studies..." more

Hoy Calls for End to "Us vs. Them" Mentality Between Cyclists & Drivers

10/12/18

"...Most cyclists drive and vice versa. You have to try and put yourself in the shoes of the other person..." more

Tour De France Trophy Stolen

10/12/18

"...toward the end of last month, the Team Sky rider lent his trophy... to the Cycle Show, a three-day exhibition in Birmingham, U.K." more...

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Temporary Closing for Scioto Trail Oct. 21

Columbus, OH - From centralohiogreenways.com, "Beginning Sunday, October 21, the Scioto Trail between Hocking Street and Battelle Riverfront Park will be closed from 7:00am – 8:00am [for the Columbus Marathon]."

SW OH Transportation Projects Receive Funding

10/12/18

Cincinnati, OH - "...southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky just received more than $40 million in federal funding, and more than three-quarters of that money will go toward enhancing the region's public transit, bicycle and pedestrian-oriented infrastructure." more...

Redeveloping an Iconic Trailside Structure

Warren County, OH - "The developers of the former Peters Cartridge Factory in Warren County received approval for a new injection of funds today." more...

Bike Lanes Spark Unnecessary Controversy

10/12/18

Detroit, MI - "...These new protected bike lanes have sparked no end of grumbling..." more

Can Cargo Bikes Help in a Disaster?

10/12/18

VA - "In an emergency response trial held here recently, bicyclists were able to transport 1,250 pounds of water and 1,100 pounds of food over difficult terrain, showing how the vehicles can be put to use when needed the most." more...

The Route for the Fort Worth to Dallas Trail

10/12/18

TX - "...The Regional Transportation Council this week approved the $40 million, 53-mile trail at its Thursday meeting, all but assuring the project will be open to the public by fall 2023." more...

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'Book-a-Bike' Program gets a Trike

Gallipolis, OH - "...The library has had great success with the bicycle lending program. Therefore, we wanted to expand the program to meet the needs of patrons who have the need for a trike bike..." more

Pittsburgh Plans to Expand Bike Lanes

PA - "A lot has changed since Pittsburgh put out its first bike lane plan in 1999, and with new ideas for lanes throughout the city, officials are looking for your input." more...

Philly's Transportation Plan

Philadelphia, PA - "Philadelphia released a transportation plan Wednesday that outlines the city's goals for street safety and transportation for the next seven years." more...

N. Michigan's 1st Flow Trail to Open Soon

Maple City, MI - "...The 3-mile looped trail at Palmer Woods Forest Reserve also marks a milestone as the Lower Peninsula’s first flow-style track north of Grand Rapids." more...

Setting the Rail Trail Connector Bridge

Elkins, WV - "...This two-mile section of the Elkins Rail Trail Connector project is the final piece connecting the current bike trail that runs into Parsons to its destination in downtown Elkins." more...

New Bike Trail Opens in Mountwood Park

10/12/18

Parkersburg, WV - "A new mountain bike trail was dedicated Thursday morning at Mountwood Park where officials hope it will complement the existing world-class paths." more...

Dallas Dreams Up a Multimodal Transportation Hub

TX - "We're talking bullet trains, DART, Amtrak, HyperLoop, and aerial taxis out of a single center." more...

LA - The Worst Bike City in America

CA - "...L.A. is letting the cars win." more...

While Seattle ranks as the best city.

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Wadsworth Opens 'Interurban Trail'

OH - "...The city, which held a ribbon cutting for the trail and park last week, has installed a large Interurban Trail sign with a map and bike racks downtown. There also are plans for more benches and historical signs along the path..." more

Buck Creek Trail Reopens

Springfield, OH - "...The trail is open to users but this project is not complete. Work in the area will still continue through the fall. Some work may cause temporary trail closures..." more

Bicycle "Chop-Shop" Discovered in Xenia

OH - "...Police are trying to reunite more than 40 bicycles and bike frames with their owners after discovering an apparent "chop shop" at a detached garage..." more

Cannonball Trail Volunteer Honored

10/11/18

Montpelier, OH - "It gives the NORTA board great pleasure to honor Danielle Lee, Montpelier, with the dedication of Danielle’s Crossing, a place where she cleared and made a path in the last mile of the trail..." more

Resident Calls for Making Mt. Vernon More Bike Friendly

OH - "...He also pointed out that the bike lanes that were on Division Street and Mount Vernon Avenue when he came to town 35 years ago are gone." more...

Ann Arbor Relaunching Bike Share

MI - "Ann Arbor's bike share system is transitioning to a new operator." more...

Road Rage Incident Leaves Cyclist with Broken Neck

GA - "...The bicyclist's GoPro caught the crash on camera..." more

The Best Bike Cities in America

10/10/18

"...here's our ranking of the 50 cities that are doing the most to make urban riding awesome." more...

Cycling Fatalities Down 8% in 2017

10/10/18

D.C. - "...Experts in the bike community point out that the findings, while welcome, don't indicate a trend." more...

Is Pedal Dockless Bike Share Going Extinct?

10/10/18

"...cities around the country have already started switching from the heavy bikes to the Next Big Thing: pedal-assist e-bikes and e-scooters." more...

Study Finds that Cyclists are Better Drivers

10/9/18

UK - "...The link between cycling and safer motoring was revealed by a UK insurance firm..." more...

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Driver Cited for Trip on Olentangy Trail

Columbus, OH - "A truck driver who drove a semi onto the Olentangy Trail and got stuck under an overpass has been charged with two traffic violations, police said Monday." more...

Clark County Adding Location Markers to Trails

10/9/18

Clark County, OH - "National Trail Parks and Recreation District will be labeling the trails over the next few weeks by placing coded stickers every 1/10 of a mile on the Simon Kenton Trail, Buck Creek Trail and Little Miami Scenic Trail.

"These codes will then be put into the Clark County GIS system that is connected to the Dispatch Network. This system will make it easier for emergency services to locate trail users if needed..." more

Little Miami Group Accepting Donations for Safety Program

10/9/18

SW OH - "...Phase I will be painting crosswalk 'ladders' on road surfaces [along the Little Miami Scenic Trail] using reflective paint and clearing lines of sight both left and right to 45 degrees by removing brush, low limbs, and trees." more...

ToleGO! Bike Share Coming Oct. 16

Toledo, OH - "...Toledo residents and visitors will have access to 100 bikes at 17 hubs within the city, available for use 24 hours a day..." more

Towpath Times E-News

Read the latest edition.

Paducah Receives $100K to Connect Trails

10/9/18

KY - "...the Recreational Trails Program funding will help construct a pedestrian bridge over Perkins Creek." more...

Louisville Establishes Dockless Vehicle Policy

KY - "Louisville Metro Public Works has released a new policy that lays out a series of fees and rules dictating when and where dockless vehicles, including Bird scooters, can operate." more...

Lynchburg Creates GoFund Me Page for Parks & Trails

VA - "Lynchburg city is trying to scramble money with hopes to open their trails again." more...

E-Bike Fire Destroys Home

10/9/18

Hampstead, MD - "Maryland fire investigators say a 25-year-old man assembling a do-it-yourself e-bike caused a fire that destroyed a house." more...

Tiny Vehicles and the New Safety in Numbers

10/9/18

"With dockless bike share systems and electric scooters rolling into cities across America at an unprecedented rate, a holistic reduction in crashes, fatalities, and injuries should follow..." more

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Blacklick Trail Underpass Remains Closed

10/9/18

Reynoldsburg, OH - "Blacklick Greenway Trail underpass at E. Livingston Ave in Reynoldsburg remains closed although surrounding bridge rehab work appears to be mostly completed..." more

New Trailhead along Cannonball Trail

10/8/18

West Unity, OH - "...[There] is are new [Cannonball Trail] trail head at North Fork, Williams County RD 17... plenty of parking for horse trailers..." more

Honda Demos "Smart" Intersection

Marysville, OH - "Honda Motor Co. has fitted a downtown Marysville intersection with cameras, computers and artificial intelligence that can warn equipped vehicles of a jaywalker around an obstructed-view corner..." more

E-Bike Bill Passes Senate

Columbus, OH - "...The bill will establish the same laws for e-bikes as non-motorized bikes and permit class 1 & 2 e-bikes on multi-use trails..." more

Learn why allowing e-bikes on multi-use trails is a bad idea.

Knox Kane Rail Trail Grand Opening Oct. 19

10/8/18

PA - "...a roughly 4-mile portion of the former Knox-Kane Railroad path, now ready for travelers of a different type..." more

Bike Parking at Hydrants Considered

Philadelphia, PA - "...The fire-hydrant bike corral effort will be the first of its kind, as far as anyone knows..." more

NYC Designing Safer Intersections

NYC - "89 percent of bike collisions happen at intersections. DOT’s new street-design guidelines aim to slash that statistic and save lives." more...

Managing Curb Spaces

"...After years of neglect and scorn, this strip of urban infrastructure, long the sole domain of the meter maid, has gotten incredibly crowded..." more

Sidewalk Toronto has Only One Beneficiary

CAN - "...'Smart cities' rely on IP and data to make the vast array of city sensors more functionally valuable, and when under the control of private interests, an enormous new profit pool..." more

Netherlands Proposes to Ban Phone Use on Bikes

NLD - "...It is already illegal to use a phone while driving a motor vehicle in the Netherlands..." more

Human Bollard Campaigns

"Advocating for cyclist safety through direct action." more...

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Rail Trail Build - NE Columbus

Columbus, OH - "East/West 1/2 mile path length between Alum Creek Trail, Hayden Park, N. Nelson Rd, Sunbury Rd, Leonard Ave (YWCA) on former rail spur bed by 7th Ave..." more

Camp Chase Trail Extension @ Darby Creek Metro Park

Galloway, OH - "First look at the future Camp Chase Trail extension within Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park..." more

Related: "New New updated restrooms available on the Camp Chase Trail and Ohio to Erie Trail in Indian Ridge area of Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park."

COMBO Building MTB Trails in Central Ohio

10/8/18

Columbus, OH - "...without the help of COMBO and its 300 volunteers, there would be far fewer places to ride mountain bikes throughout central Ohio." more...

The Case of the Disappearing Bike Lanes

D.C. - "...Co-chair Councilmember Charles Allen pointed out that crosswalks and bike lanes are disappearing before his eyes." more...

Lyft's "Ditch Your Car" Challenge

10/7/18

"The "Ditch Your Car" Challenge gives Lyft credit to commuters who stop using their car for a month." more...

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Locator Beacon Saves Cyclist in Distress

10/5/18

NZL - "...The 74-year-old told the Herald this morning he was glad to be alive after his misadventure on the Timber Trail..." more

Renovo Calls it Quits

Portland, OR - "The ride for Renovo Hardwood Bicycles is over." more...

Group Plans Attraction Similar to Otago Central Rail Trail

10/5/18

NZL - "Plans are under way to create in Taranaki a biking destination to rival Otago's massively popular rail trail." more...

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Little Miami Trail Sections Reopen

10/5/18

SW OH - "...All major construction at the Ft. Ancient and Spring Valley locations has been completed. Minor restoration work such as seeding and mulching still needs done..." more

Philly is About to get More Bike Friendly

PA - "The city just secured state funding for new protected (and permanent!) Market Street bike lanes, plus the South Street bike lane is coming soon." more...

Upland Bridges the Gap with New Trail

10/5/18

IN - "...This mile-long stretch of trail through Upland is part of a larger plan to bridge the Cardinal Greenway Trail’s 12-mile gap that stretches between Gaston and Gas City." more...

New Section of Canalway Trail Opens

NY - "...A new 5-mile portion of the Erie Canalway Trail connecting southern Amsterdam to Pattersonville, a hamlet of the town of Rotterdam, officially opened to the public Wednesday..." more

Greenway Attack Victim: "I'm Lucky"

10/5/18

TN - "A 79-year-old man stabbed on a West Knoxville greenway is talking about what happened and the outpouring of support he's received." more...

$17M for Bike & Ped Improvements in Maryland

MD - "...included in the announcement was a $250,000 grant awarded to the City of Baltimore DOT to support the development of a key segment of the Baltimore Greenway Trails Network..." more

Thieves Steal Container Full of Bikes

10/5/18

CAN - "Rocky Mountain Bicycles is hoping dealers can help recover 160 bikes stolen from a shipping container that was on the grounds of the company's warehouse here." more...

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Driver Cited for Getting Stuck on Bike Path

10/4/18

Columbus, OH - "A truck driver was cited on two counts after inadvertently driving onto a bike path and getting his truck stuck under a bridge." more...

The truck has been removed and the trail has reopened.

Simon Kenton Pathfinders


Lighting the Streets for Safety

10/4/18

Detroit, MI - "...A new report on streetlights... shows that pedestrians deaths plummeted in the Motor City from an average of 24 per year to just one, thanks to a two-year, $185-million effort that replaced 65,000 lights in a city where 40 percent were not working in 2014." more...

Part of NYC to Canada Trail Opens

Pattersonville, NY - "A new 5-mile (8 kilometer) section of a trail that will eventually span from New York City to Canada has opened in the Mohawk Valley." more...

Will E-Bikes Increase Bike Commuting?

"It’s too early to tell if electric bicycles hold the secret to grand pronouncements such as 'the future of transportation.' But there’s definitely something interesting happening." more...

U.S. Traffic Fatalities Remain High

U.S. - "There were 37,133 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes on U.S. roadways during 2017, a 1.8-percent decrease from 37,806 people killed in 2016..." more

Fugitive Posed as Cyclist to Evade Capture

10/4/18

JPN - "Junya Hida, who biked hundreds of miles while on the lam, was finally captured last weekend." more...

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Semi Truck Stuck on Olentangy Trail

10/4/18

Columbus, OH - "Bicycle path north of Spring St. parallel to 315 is closed due to a stuck semi that struck two overhead bridges." more...

Also, a trail-realignment will be taking place Oct. 5 on the Olentangy Trail at the Henderson Rd ramp. more...

Step Taken to Link B&O Trail to Trimble Rd Path

10/3/18

Mansfield, OH - "Mansfield City Council on Tuesday approved an amended bill to fund the design of a trail connecting the Richland B&O Trail to a Trimble Road multi-use path..." more

Simon Kenton Trail Fundraiser Progress

10/3/18

Urbana, OH - "...Each dollar that we raise by November 30th is matched, up to $25,000... to be used for additional paving in the Spring/Summer of 2019... more

Missing Ohio Mom found Dead in Great Smoky Mountains

10/3/18

"...The 53-year-old had last been seen Sept. 25, when she and her daughter became separated during a hike." more...

Argument Over Scooters Leads to Shooting

Columbus, OH - "...Three teens were arguing over the availability of the scooters..." more

Knoxville Greenway Attacks

10/3/18

TN - "A 79-year-old grandfather targeted in a brutal attack along a West Knoxville greenway over the weekend is recovering from multiple stab wounds to his head, neck and face..." more

Related: Runner recalls finding attack victim.

Seattle's Scooter Ban

10/3/18

WA - "...Seattle has banned dockless scooter-sharing companies from the city’s streets, with no word on when, or if, scooters might join the city’s coterie of transportation options." more...

3-Foot Passing Law in Minnesota

MN - "Minnesota state law requires motorists to give 3 or more feet of clearance when passing a bicyclist, and the good news is a large majority of drivers obey." more...

Dockless Data is Helping Cities Map Your Movement

"Lime and other companies are gathering masses of location-based information that some cities are leveraging to improve their streets." more...

The Bird and the Bicycle

10/3/18

"...This article explores what it might look like if scooters, by law, became bicycles – or at least were treated as bicycles in the way that electrically-assisted bicycles are treated in many states or in the way that Maine treats roller skis as bicycles." more...

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New Bike Trail in Green Twp.

OH - "...The path is 10-feet wide and will eventually run to Veterans Park on Harrison Avenue..." more

Towpath Section Closing for Marathon

Brecksville, OH - "The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be closed to the public starting at dusk on Saturday, Oct. 6 through 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 for the annual Towpath Marathon." more...

Cuyahoga River Partners Creating Water Trail

Cleveland, OH - "Fans of the Cuyahoga River want it designated an official Ohio water trail, promoting public access and increasing appreciation for the waterway." more...

Rails to Trails Path Would Start in New Albany

10/3/18

IN - "63-mile trail would connect five counties." more...

Murders Continue in Chicago Park

10/3/18

IL - "Chicago police said a masked gunman appears to be targeting people in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood at random following the second fatal shooting in the neighborhood in two days." more...

Stop Comparing Cycling & Driving Violations

"We both break the law from time to time. But it's not even close to a one-to-one exchange." more...

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Greenway Paving Delayed

Lisbon, OH - "The Columbiana County Park District will delay until next year repaving parts of the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail after the board voted to reject the sole bid received for the project." more...

Fallen Tree Closes Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Section

Athens County, OH - "The Bikeway is officially closed between Armitage Rd and Eclipse Company Town until Tuesday, 2 October, 2018, as the result of a large tree fall blocking the trail..." more

Scooter Numbers Rising Fast in Columbus

10/2/18

OH - "...Our August scooter census showed 150 on the streets. By the end of September, there were like 16,000..." more

How About a Regional Transit System for Bikes?

Detroit, MI - "...local leaders are working to create this regional transit system for two wheels." more...

$632K Grant for Mayfield Bike Trail Project

10/1/18

Mayfield, KY - "...The new trail will start at Kess Creek Park and connect to the fairgrounds at the other end of town..." more...

Bus Driver Found Guilty in Citi-Bike Death

10/1/18

NYC - "Monday’s guilty verdict against the driver of a 50,000-pound bus that struck and killed a Citi Bike rider in 2017 reawakened a raw debate about who bears more responsibility on New York City’s crowded streets..." more

Trail Closed Due to Safety Concerns after Murder

10/1/18

Ames, IA - "...The trail clean up comes after Ames residents expressed concerns over Celia’s alleged killer Collin Richards, who was homeless and living near the trail." more...

Capital Bikeshare E-Bikes are a Big Hit

D.C. - "Earlier this month, Capital Bikeshare debuted the newest additions to their fleet: 80 pedal-assist electric bikes (known as e-bikes)." more...

The Link Between Transport & Public Health

10/1/18

"...Communities across the United States are starting to make the connection between physical activity and land use and transportation options..." more

Children Required to Have License Plates on Their Bikes

London - "Children have been told they will be banned from cycling to their south London school if they do not put number plates on their bikes." more...

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Heartland Trail Construction

10/1/18

Wayne County, OH - "Construction of the 2.4 mile stretch of trail between Forrer Road and Marshallville will continue through October and possibly into November... ...Wayne County is the missing link to having the entire OTET [Ohio-to-Erie Trail] on trails with fewer or no roads at all." more...


Wayne County Rails-to-Trails E-News

Wayne County, OH - Read the October edition.

Griffin Bike Park not Resting on its Laurels

9/30/18

Vigo County, IN - "...One of the park’s recent initiatives is the inclusion of Class 1 E-bikes, which feature “pedal-assist” and will allow people with limited mobility to participate on the trails..." more

Mountain Biker Dies on Valhalla Trail

9/30/18

CO - "A 61-year-old mountain biker died on an expert trail at the Snowmass ski area in central Colorado." more...

Is Pinellas County the Most Dangerous Place to Bicycle?

FL - "...Pasco County had a higher rate of deaths than Pinellas among counties in the Tampa Bay region..." more

Seattle Bike Commuting Hits 10-Year Low

WA - " Last year, just 2.8 percent of workers who live in Seattle biked to work as a primary mode of transportation..." more

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Riders Pitch Idea for History Trail

9/30/18

PA - "Michael Fuhrman’s invite was easy to accept. He was offering a bike excursion to the eastern part of Erie, to an area where he’d like to see a waterfront history trail and the reconstruction of three historic forts." more...

Providing Safe Transportation for Everyone

9/29/18

Colorado Springs, CO - "Bike Colorado Springs was disappointed to read The Gazette’s recent editorial claiming that the new bike lanes in and around downtown Colorado Springs are 'impeding traffic'..." more

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Bicycle Turning Boxes Installed in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH - "The Two Stage Bicycle Turn Boxes are complete at both ends of the Detroit-Superior bridge. TSBTBs are a safe, low-stress option for making a left turn in busy intersections..." more

Bicyclists Meet in Mt. Vernon

Mt. Vernon, OH - "Making streets and roads safer for bicyclists was a major concern expressed by people attending a meeting on the future of bicycling in Mount Vernon and Knox County..." more

Ohio Woman Rescued off Mount Cardigan

9/28/18

NH - "Fish and Game conservation officers helped an Ohio woman get safely off the summit of Mount Cardigan after she had become lost Thursday night and had no lights." more...

Ohio River Greenway Nearing Completion

Clarksville, IN - "...When finished, the Ohio River Greenway will connect New Albany, Clarksville and Jeffersonville. The Clarksville portion of the pedestrian-friendly pathway is still under construction." more...

Promoting Bike & Ped Routes

9/28/18

Bowling Green, KY - "... the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee of the Bowling Green-Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization is about to go public with its mission of promoting bicycling and pedestrian travel in the city." more...

Death Penalty Sought in NYC Bike Path Attack

9/28/18

NY - "A man charged with using a truck to kill eight people last year on a New York City bike path will face the death penalty at a trial next year..." more

6 Miles of Columbia Gorge Path Now Open

9/28/18

OR - "It's been just over a year since the Eagle Creek fire tore through the Columbia River Gorge, and while many trails and trailheads remain closed to the public, one segment of paved pathway is now open." more...

Alleged Greenway Rapist Pleads Guilty

9/28/18

Yakima, WA - "A teen accused of raping a woman at the Yakima Greenway has pleaded guilty Friday morning." more...

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Clintonville Neighborhood Bikeways Project

Clintonville, OH - "Neighborhoods like Clintonville are already home to miles of bike paths, but some residents want to expand accessibility to biking from the path to the neighborhood streets." more...

Closing the Harlem Road Trail Gap

New Albany, OH - "...City leaders want to build a trail connection on Harlem between Greensward and Dublin-Granville roads, Stefanov said. The gap is about a quarter mile..." more

Galena Trail Progress

Galena, OH - "...The (stone) base is complete for the Ohio to Erie Trail extension north of Holmes St. in Galena. Paving should occur soon..." more

New Flint-Area Section of Iron Belle Trail Opens

9/28/18

MI - "...bikers and hikers gathered outside of the Genesee County Parks Administration Building on Thursday to officially open a 2¼-mile (3.6-kilometer) stretch of paved trail." more

Memorial Ride And 'Ghost Scooter' Planned For Fallen Rider

D.C. - "...Organizers of the ride are calling on the city to make changes in the often chaotic traffic circle, and they plan to install a seemingly first-of-its-kind 'ghost scooter' memorial." more...

Uber CEO Calls for E-Bike-Friendly Cities

9/27/18

D.C. - "Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of ride-share company Uber, says e-bikes are often the best way to get around a city, especially during rush hours..." more

Helmets Banned from Yankee Stadium

9/27/18

NY - "...The New York Post reported last week that helmets of almost any kind—bicycle, motorcycle, or baseball—are not permitted in Yankee Stadium..." more

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Knox County Parks E-News

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Huffy President to Retire

9/26/18

Dayton, OH - "...In his 25-year tenure with the company, Smith has spent the past eight years as CEO, leading the company's return to profitability after emerging from bankruptcy in 2005..." more

Why Aging Boomers Need Walkable Cities

"...The fundamental issue in America is that almost anywhere they try to implement Vision Zero, almost everyone in those cities drives. They aren’t willing to be slowed down, they object, and the politicians refuse to do anything that's going to make drivers angry." more...

Safety Board Responds to Ped Crashes

9/26/18

"...It’s the agency’s first serious examination of pedestrian deaths in two decades." more...

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Little Miami Trail Section Closure

Wayne Twp., OH - The closure of the trail section between New Burlington Rd. and Roxanna New Burlington Rd has been pushed back to next week, Oct. 1-5.

This section was scheduled for paving this week, but has been rescheduled due to rain.

Bike-Hike Trail Closures

Hudson, OH - From Summit Metro Parks, "First Energy is continuing utility pole replacement work along the Bike & Hike Trail in Stow and Hudson. A trail closure will be in effect for the section of trail at Hampshire Road heading north to Barlow Road. The closure will be in effect until November 5, which is an extension of the original projected completion date."

"[On Nov. 5] First Energy expects to begin utility line work between Barlow Rd. and State Route 303 in Hudson. A trail closure will be in effect for the duration of this project, which is expected to last approximately seven weeks..."

Towpath Times E-News

NE OH - Read the latest edition.

Bikes Lanes & Path Coming to Durham

9/25/18

NC - "...In the city, Durham is planning for new bike lanes on parts of 10 roads." more...

Guardrails Installed to Protect Trail Users

9/25/18

Austin, TX - "Permanent guardrails have been put in place near Austin's popular hike and bike trail after a driver hit and killed a man on the trail." more...

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Bike-Hike Trail Closure

Boston Heights, OH - From Summit Metro Parks, "The Bike & Hike Trail at the Boston Heights tunnel just south of Route 303 will be closed for approximately four weeks. There will be a signed detour available across Akron-Cleveland Road."

Art Benches along Athens Trail

Athens, OH - "First of a series of planned Art Benches in Athens..." more

Self-Driving Shuttle Unveiled

Columbus, OH - "...Testing of the all-electric vehicles will begin this week, and the shuttles will begin accepting passengers in December..." more

City Says Bike Lanes Are Coming To Smallman Street

9/24/18

Pittsburgh, PA - "The City of Pittsburgh says a five-block bike lane is coming to the Strip District..." more

‘Poopy Bandit’ Steals Child’s Bike

MI - "Local authorities in Michigan are still looking for the culprit caught on a surveillance cameral." more...

Philly Considers New Officer Class

Philadelphia, PA - "A new class of traffic enforcement officer is expected to be proposed Thursday in City Council to tackle gridlock afflicting Center City." more...

The Bike Commuter Gap

"...Where is American cycling growing?" more...

Infrastructure Biggest Factor in Bike Safety

MN - "...Researchers used bike-mounted cameras and recording equipment to study 3,000 passing events in Hennepin County..." more

E-Scooter Deaths

9/24/18

"...Another e-scooterer was killed last week in Washington, D.C. — the third such fatality in just over a month..." more

Emphasizing Bicycling Safety

9/24/18

U.S. - "...Many states have committed to addressing bicyclist safety by making bicyclist safety an emphasis area in their SHSP." more...

World's First Recycled Plastic Bike Lane

9/23/18

NLD - "...Zwolle, one of the country's "greenest cities," implemented the world's first bicycle lane composed of post-consumer waste that would normally be discarded or incinerated." more...

Volkswagen Launches Cargo E-Bike

GER - "...Volkswagen’s (VW) cargo e-bike is equipped with a 250-watt mid motor combined with an automatic transmission." more...

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Greenway Funds Sought to Replace Dead Trees

9/23/18

Niagara Falls, NY - "...DeSantis said the money will help cut down and replant about 280 ash trees, but [it's] estimated between 1,000 and 2,000 hardwoods in the Falls are devastated." more...

Bikes Coast into Swiss Constitution

9/23/18

"...Some 73.6% of voters said 'yes' on Sunday to giving federal authorities more responsibility in coordinating and developing cycle paths nationwide..." more

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Linking Kenmore Blvd to the Towpath Trail

9/22/18

Akron, OH - "...[Kenmore Neighborhood] alliance received $20,000 grants from the Knight Foundation and the Akron Civic Commons project to link Kenmore Boulevard to the Towpath Trail and to improve safety for bikers of the trail." more...

Downed Trees Cleared from Kokosing Trail

Knox County, OH - "...Surprise! Before they could get to the cherry at the 6-mile mark, they had to clear two huge oak trees at the 2-mile mark and then pull a widow-maker down at the 3-mile mark..." more

Proposed Olentangy Trail Connector

Columbus, OH - "...The proposal calls for two bridges, 200 feet each, across the river, and follow the edge of the OhioHealth campus..." more

Pollinator Park Plans Include Loop Trail System

9/22/18

Columbus, IN - "...The project in Columbus is being called a pollinator park because it is meant to support insects and birds that pollinate plants..." more

National Park Reopens After Eruption

9/22/18

Honolulu, HI - " A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption..." more

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Athens Bike Path Spur Officially Open

9/21/18

Athens, OH - "The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Columbus Rd spur was re-opened by the City of Athens today." more...

New CoGo Bike Share Stations

9/21/18

Columbus, OH - "...Many of the two dozen-plus new stations are already stocked with bikes, and the attached kiosks..."

"...The new additions bring the total number of stations to 72..." more

New Trail in Elizabeth Park

Trenton, MI - "...The Greenway project is a three-quarter mile non-motorized trail along the park canal that eventually will provide a link that will connect to the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge Gateway and Trenton’s Central Business District." more...

Fundraising For Trail Rescue Equipment

9/21/18

MI - "Lyndon Township is known for its recreational outdoor activities-whether its a water sport among one of its many lakes, hiking through its parks, hunting on the many acres of state land or bicycling on the trails..." more

Measure Introduced to Make Biking Illegal on Riverwalk

9/21/18

Chicago, IL - "Seemingly a victim of its own success, the popular Chicago Riverwalk may soon come under new rules requiring cyclists to walk—not ride—their bikes on the 1.25-mile-long linear park connecting downtown and the Chicago Lakefront Trail." more...

AASHTO Draft Finally Includes Protected Bike Lanes

9/21/18

U.S. - "...A draft edition of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Bike Guide, an engineering manual used by transportation planners nationwide, includes for the first time a host of security measures such as protected bike lanes, protected intersections, sidewalk level bike lanes and parking protected bike lanes — designs that some cities have successfully implemented for years." more...

Cyclists Saving Lives in Africa

"A pilot program in Zambia drastically reduced fatality rates, prompting calls to expand the model across the continent." more...

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Kenmore Blvd Connection to the Towpath

9/20/18

Akron, OH - "...The city of Akron recently conducted an 18-block project that added protected bicycle lanes. Better connection between Kenmore Boulevard and the Towpath Trail emerged as a top priority..." more

Trails Caucus Excursion on the Towpath Trail

9/20/18

Cleveland, OH - "...The tour, organized in large part by Buckeye Trail Association President Steve Walker, provided participants an opportunity to see how the development of the Towpath Trail is transforming the Cuyahoga River Valley..." more

Cyclist Hate Group Gets Push Back

9/20/18

NKY - "...Since the beginning of the week, the group has become closed, instead of public, and changed its name to 'Share the Road'." more...

Public Feedback Needed on U.S. Bike Route 50

Weirton, WV - "...To connect Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the route would cross the Market Street bridge and then utilize one--or a combination--of five routes..." more

Trail connections are also being planning in Weirton.

Ann Arbor Plans for Scooter Parking

MI - "...Once the terms are agreed upon, she said, it would set parameters for where scooters should be parked." more...

The Minneapolis Plan for Dockless Bike Share

MN - "One of the U.S.’s oldest station-based bike-share systems is going free-range, but Nice Ride thinks it can provide a new, less chaotic model." more...

Video Shows Bus Driver Running Into Citi Bike Rider

9/20/18

NYC - "...A video showing Coach USA operator Dave Lewis driving his 50,000-pound bus over Citi Bike rider Dan Hanegby bolsters the prosecution case that Lewis was reckless as he tried to pass the cyclist..." more

Kroger's Driverless Grocery Delivery

"The largest grocery chain in the U.S. recently announced they are testing driverless grocery delivery in Scottsdale, Arizona..." more

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Upcoming Little Miami Trail Section Closure

Wayne Twp., OH - "The week of September 24th the trail will be CLOSED between New Burlington Rd. and Roxanna New Burlington Rd [a 4.3-mile section] for paving..." more...

Right-Sizing Akron Streets for Safety

Akron, OH - "...Redesigning and re-striping our streets is a cost-effective and responsible way to slow traffic down, improving safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike." more...

Teen Uses Gun to Steal Bike

9/19/18

Cleveland, OH - "An unidentified teen took a 14-year-old boy's bicycle at gunpoint Tuesday on the basketball courts outside Cleveland's Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center..." more...

Wesleyan MetroPark About to Grow

9/19/18

Dayton, OH - "...The added space includes ponds, new accesses to portions of Wolf Creek and opportunities to connect existing sections of the Wolf Creek bike trail." more...

Legislation Would Fine Scooter Riders

Cincinnati, OH - "An ordinance before Cincinnati City Council would fine people using motorized scooters if they use them on city sidewalks." more...

Greenway Cleanup Continues in the Wake of Florence

9/19/18

VA - "...So far, more than 20 tons of debris has been removed from the Roanoke River Greenway along Wiley Drive." more...

Greenway Hi-Rail Nearing Completion

9/19/18

Evansville, IN - "...The 2.5-mile expansion of the Pigeon Creek Greenway runs along the west side of Highway 41 from Riverside Drive to Walnut Street." more...

Anti-Bicycle Group Draws Controversy

9/18/18

KY - "Admins with "NKY Hates Bicyclists" say they're just trading harmless jokes about cyclists. But riders say they're inciting violence and engaging in hate speech." more...

Denver is Expanding its Broadway Bike Lanes

CO - "The city of Denver plans to run a new two-way bike path along a lengthy stretch of Broadway, replacing another automobile lane as it tries to open up the busy corridor to new users." more...

Has Vision Zero Lost its Way?

"Any city can brand its safety projects ‘Vision Zero’..." more

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Proposed Plan to Connect Trails in Mansfield

Mansfield, OH - "...Bianchi offered council members a vision of a connecting trail between the B&O bike trail and [a 1.2-mile trail section along] Trimble Road..." more

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Towpath - Temporary Section Closing

9/18/18

Massillon, OH - From starkparks.com, "The Towpath Trail will be closed between Cherry St. and Lincoln Way on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. for sewer work."

Olentangy Trail Trailhead Closed

9/19/18

Columbus, OH - From centralohiogreenways.com, "...A majority of the [Worthington Hills] shopping center including the trailhead parking area has been fenced off for construction.

"Parking and trailhead access has been temporarily located behind the Hills Market..." more

Columbus to be 'Rather Lenient' with Scooter Rules

9/18/18

Columbus, OH - "...In order to embrace these new types of mobility we’re going to be rather lenient. There will be a learning curve for everybody..." more

$5M Bond set for Rape Suspect

9/18/18

Ravenna, OH - "Bond was set at $5 million for the man accused of a series of rapes that occurred along the Berlin Hike and Bike Trail." more...

Crossing Guards Make Streets Safer

Philadelphia, PA - "...Crossing guards in Philadelphia don't just keep students safe..." more

Community Helps Vet Whose Bike was Stolen

9/18/18

MI - "Neighbors rushed to his aid to get him back on his sole mode of transportation." more...

$6.5M Grant to Expand Empire State Trail

NY - "...We're going to be building or improving more than 20 miles of new off-road bicycle and pedestrian trails here in the region..." more

Car-Free Day in Paris

FRA - "As part of Paris’s push to drastically limit the number of cars, it’s having its annual day of letting pedestrians see what it would be like if they city was designed entirely for them." more...

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Simon Kenton Trail Fundraising Progress

9/17/18

Urbana, OH - Honda has agreed to match donations (up to $25k) to pave the SKT. As of Sept. 15, $14,210 dollars has been raised. more...

Protected Bike Lane Attracting Riders

9/17/18

Columbus, OH - "When plans for two new bike lanes stretching from Downtown to Hudson Street were first announced in 2015, it was clear that the project was meant to be a departure from the norm for the city." more...

Biking & Parking can Coexist

9/17/18

Richmond, IN - "...On Monday night, Richmond Common Council unanimously voted to kill a proposed ordinance that would have taken back council's approval for the city to spend grant funds on a bike path..." more

The State of Funding for Trails

U.S. - "...The most recent report was just released, summarizing how states used Transportation Alternatives funding in 2017." more...

Woman Killed by E-Bike Rider

UK - "Sakine Cihan was struck by a power-assisted bicycle as she was crossing a road in London." more...

Study: Riding E-Bikes Does not Lead to Health Benefits

"A recent study compared the effect of different modes of transport on the BMI of thousands of European commuters..." more

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Smoothing the Ride on the Kokosing Gap Trail

9/17/18

Knox County, OH - "Don and Randy completed the 2018 bump-leveling project on the KGT..." more

Scooter War Hits Cincy

Cincinnati, OH - "Have you tried the new electric scooters in Downtown Cincinnati yet?" more...

Route of the Hiawatha Having Record-Breaking Season

9/16/18

Wallace, ID - "Still with a week left until closing, The Route of the Hiawatha Scenic Bike Trail in the Silver Valley has already set records for visitors this season." more...

Fake Bike Helmets

9/16/18

"...These days, most counterfeits are sold over the Internet, right into your home. And some of them could seriously hurt you." more...

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Clare Rail Trail Receives Funding

9/16/18

MI - "Support for an off-road alignment of a popular rail trail in Clare has come in the form of a grant." more...

Proposed Budget Includes Tax Hike for Nickel Plate Trail

Fishers, IN - "...A portion of that increase—1 to 1.5 cents—will go toward a $12 million bond that will be used in part to construct the first phase of the trail..." more

Trail Town Trial Runs

9/15/18

KY - "Four communities will coordinate events this weekend in hopes of inching closer to receiving state designations as Trail Towns." more...

Bike Shops Hurting from Creeper Trail Closure

9/15/18

Damascus, VA - "...Days later, the storm has yet to hit our area, and now local businesses are saying the closure was unnecessary and bad for business." more...

Environmentalists Sue over MTB Trails Project

9/15/18

MN - "A Minnetonka group opposing the construction of mountain biking trails in a local park has sued the city after it rejected a petition for an environmental review of the project." more...

Trails Designed to Withstand Storms

9/15/18

San Antonio, TX - "On rainy days, the city's hike and bike trail system saves lives." more...

The East Coast Greenway Project

U.S. - "...The dream of a 3,000-mile protected biking and walking route, Maine to Florida, represents a commitment and opportunity in each of the 450 communities we connect..." more

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Black River Bikeway Construction Moving Along

Lorain, OH - "...the Black River Bikeway will stretch from the North Coast Inland Trail, through Cascade Park, through Black River Reservation and up into Lorain, ending at the lake..." more

Little Miami Trail Crossing Safety Initiative

9/15/18

SW OH - "...At its September 12 meeting, the FLMSP board approved an initiative to improve intersection safety through the marking of crossings in phase 1 and through the posting of trail crossing signs to alert drivers in phase 2..." more

Clintonville Bike Routes Push Back

9/15/18

Columbus, OH - "...Andrew Overbeck, a Clintonville resident... said bicyclists can now ride down any street they want. It makes sense to have a route down Torrence..." more

Recent Trail Attacks Spark Safety Reminders

Geauga County, OH - "...carry a cellphone, pepper spray and if you see something, say something. She suggested people walk or run with a buddy to deter danger." more...

Friends of Little Miami E-News

SW OH - Read the latest edition.

Knox County Parks E-News

Knox County, OH - Read the latest edition.

Buhl Park Opens Bike, Skateboard Track

9/15/18

Hermitage, PA - "...Buhl Park quietly opened its pump track and mountain bike trail last week under the name: 'The Tracks'." more...

City Parks Closed for Hurricane Florence

9/14/18

Morgantown, NC - "...The city announced on its Facebook page on Friday that all city parks and the Morganton Greenway System will close at noon Saturday..." more

Delaware Continues Bike Path Building Boom

9/14/18

DE - "A week after opening a $20 million 345-foot wooden bicycle bridge near Wilmington, the state on Wednesday awarded a contract for construction of another pathway, this time in southern Delaware." more...

Bike Industry Veterans Launch New Company

9/14/18

Salt Lake City, UT - "...A spokesman would only say that Trust will be 'introducing a product line in the MTB space.'" more...

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Trails Transform America

Dayton, OH - "Watch the video.

$90M Promised for Indiana Trails

IN - "...Announced last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb, the money is aimed at hiking, biking and horseback riding trails that fill in the gaps between existing trails and communities." more...

Family of Cyclist Killed by Trash Truck Reaches $6M Settlement

9/13/18

Philadelphia, PA - "Settlement includes $125,000 to be spent to improve cycling safety in Philadelphia in the name of Emily Fredricks." more...

Adaptive Signals Not Working Well in Seattle

WA - "Things don’t always work as planned. That certainly must be the feeling at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) after the rollout of high-tech adaptive traffic signals along Mercer Street." more...

City Council Tries to Nix Bike Lane

Richmond, VA - "A bid to nix a North Richmond bike lane encountered spirited pushback Tuesday from more than 250 people, many of them cyclists..." more

Makeshift "Speed Bump" Takes Down Cycling Group

AUS - "A homemade bump in the road apparently aimed at 'noisy' motor vehicles has left a group of early morning cyclists in a mangled heap." more...

The Dutch Vision for Sustainable Transportation

9/13/18

CA - "As part of San Francisco's Global Climate Action Summit, Dutch representatives discuss policies for low-to-no emissions mobility." more...

Fatal Truck Crashes Surge in U.S.

"...More than 4,300 people were killed in collisions with semis and other large trucks in 2016, a 28 percent increase over 2009, according to the federal government..." more

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Univ. of Cincinnati Converts Sidewalk to Trail

Cincinnati, OH - "Did you know @uofcincy recently converted the sidewalk along Jefferson Ave into a trail from University Ave to Classen Park?.." more

The State of Alternative Transportation in Columbus

Columbus, OH - "Over the course of the last five years, there has been a lot of transportation news in Columbus..." more

9-Year-Old Hospitalized from Hit-and-Run

Philadelphia, PA - "The 9-year-old girl was riding a bicycle on the 200 block of Lindley Avenue Monday shortly before 7:30 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene." more...

New Greenway Trail Coming to Evansville

9/13/18

IN - "The paving along Highway 41 for a new Hi-Rail Greenway trail is underway..." more

5 Things to Know About Baltimore's Bike Lane Dispute

MD - "A City Council bill that would repeal part of Baltimore’s fire code to allow new bike lanes and encourage development projects is awaiting Mayor Catherine Pugh’s signature." more...

Pump Thefts Lead to Flooded Bike Path

Madison, WI - "Madison city officials say the theft of nearly all of the pumps along Lake Monona at the Capital City Bike Trail resulted in the path being closed from more than eight inches of water." more...

Sabotaged Bike Share Brakes May Have Caused Crash

Seattle, WA - "An 18-year-old who was hospitalized this week after a crash near the University Bridge may be the first victim of a bike share vandal who cut the brake lines on his Lime e-bike." more...

We're Designing Bike Lanes Wrong

"More trees, please." more...

New Data on U.S. Bike Commuting

9/13/18

"The Census Bureau has released the 2017 1-year estimates for how people are commuting to work based on the American Community Survey." more...

Pedego Shifts Some E-Bike Production to Vietnam

9/12/18

CA - "...DiCostanzo, who has had most of his company's e-bikes made in China since starting the business in 2008, wasn't anticipating the U.S. tariffs..." more

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Feds Reject Company's Request to Acquire Rail Line

9/11/18

Warren, OH - "...Still open is the possibility the Trumbull County MetroParks will be granted access to the line to construct the final phase of the Western Reserve Greenway hike and bike trail." more...

E-Scooters Banned from Columbus Sidewalks

9/11/18

OH - "The ban of electronic scooters on city of Columbus sidewalks proposed by mayor Andrew Ginther is now in effect." more...

Trailside Prairie Restoration

Madison County, OH - "The bike trail that runs through London is a recreational asset, but what about the vegetation on either side of it?.." more

Detroit's Ambitious Transportation Plan

MI - "...The city released an extensive plan to address many of the challenges facing transportation in Detroit." more...

Mid-Atlantic Retailers Brace for Hurricane

9/11/18

Southport, NC - "...Jones spent the day boarding up the new location of City Bicycle Co. ahead of Thursday's expected arrival of Hurricane Florence." more...

Separated Bike Infrastructure is Preferred

9/11/18

"...The results indicated a clear preference for trails — off-road routes through parks — over any other type of infrastructure..." more

Things You Might Not Know About Cycling

9/11/18

"...The routine behaviors of people who ride in the street with traffic are often met with confusion or even incredulity by those who have never attempted it..." more

Uber Was Right

"The scooter backlash vindicates Travis Kalanick’s early tactics." more...

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Stark Parks Trail Closures Due to Flooding

Stark County, OH - Towpath Trail: "Several inches of rain over the weekend have flooded many sections of the trail. The trail is closed until further notice."

Mahoning Valley Trail: "Water is over the trail in many areas and closed from Gaskill St. to Rockhill Ave. after several inches of rain over the weekend. This portion of the trail is closed until further notice."

Middle Branch Trail: "High water over the trail between Martindale and Spangler has closed the trail in that section..." more...

$1M Bond for Berlin Lake Trail Rape Suspect

9/10/18

Ravenna, OH - "...He faces one count of rape, with additional charges expected after the case is presented to a grand jury." more...

$2.4M in Donations to MetroParks

9/10/18

Canfield, OH - "Mill Creek MetroParks Development Director Chris Litton reported Monday the MetroParks has brought in more than $2.4 million in private donations so far this year. That is substantially more than the previous annual totals..." more

Towpath Times E-News

NE OH - Read the latest edition.

Boy Gets New Bike After His is Stolen

9/10/18

Solon, OH - "A 10-year-old boy says he was heartbroken when someone stole his bike." more...

Using Pool Noodles to Combat Dangerous Drivers

CAN - "...A soft, simple, harmless tube that some cyclists are choosing to mount under their seats so that cars learn to leave one-metre’s distance when passing them on the road..." more

E-Scooter Use Increasing Trips to the Emergency Room

"...Injuries are coming in fast and furious..." more

Your Responsibilities as a Cyclist

9/10/18

"This is a sentence you often hear that's completely untrue: 'Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers'..." more

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Columbus-Area Trail Alert

9/10/18

Columbus, OH - From Columbus MetroParks, "Please use caution, there is silt build up on the trails from the rainstorms and trails may be slick."

Grant Could Help Fund Trail

9/10/18

Forty Fort, PA - "A state grant could help pay for part of a proposed bike and walking trail in Forty Fort and Kingston." more...

Cheshire Celebrates Opening of New Trail Section

CT - "Children who grew up learning to bike on the fledgling Farmington Heritage Canal Trail decades ago can now ride 34 uninterrupted miles with the unveiling of the completed 0.8 mile gap on Sunday." more...

A Little History Regarding Irish Greenways

9/10/18

IRE - "...The Mayo and Waterford greenways, which opened in 2010 and 2017, respectively, are cited as the ‘forerunners’ of the movement." more...

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Barnesville Trail to Become Reality

9/9/18

Barnesville, OH - "...the cost to the village would be $95,000 for the $2,145,000 project, which will convert the old B&O Railroad bed through the village into a walking and bike trail and pay for major repairs to the railroad tunnel so it can safely accommodate the trail..." more

LMST Section to be Rerouted

9/8/18

Warren County, OH - "The trail between SR 350 and Strout Rd. in Warren County will be completely closed September 17-21, weather permitting..." more

Bike-Friendly Improvements Coming to Clintonville

9/8/18

Clintonville, OH - "...New markings will be painted on certain streets and new signs will be installed, with the goal of establishing a bike-friendly network that will connect a variety of destinations..." more

It's Official - Kentucky gets Safe Passing Law

9/8/18

KY - "...Governor Bevin signed HB33 which says that motorists are to give 3 ft of clearance when passing a bicycle..." more

NTN Trail Extension Merits/Concerns

9/8/18

MI - "Although it’s not quite a done deal just yet, Marquette Township is clearly making progress on the establishment of a half-mile non-motorized pathway..." more

Nickel Plate Trail Faces Key Vote

9/8/18

IN - "Fishers officials on Monday could approve $275,000 in contracts to two companies to design and market the city's planned stretch of the Nickel Plate Trail." more...

New 4-MIle Stretch of Trail Opens on Eastside Rail Corridor

9/8/18

WA - "The transformation of abandoned BNSF train tracks into a trail for pedestrians and cyclists continues..." more

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Protesters Disrupt Groundbreaking for Lakefront Trail

9/7/18

Euclid, OH - "More than 100 labor union demonstrators disrupted the ceremonial groundbreaking for the newest stage of the city's waterfront improvement project Thursday." more...

Suspect Arrested for Sexual Assaults on Trail

9/7/18

Deerfield Twp., OH - "Authorities have arrested a suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted two women on the Berlin Hike and Bike Trail in Deerfield Township earlier this summer, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office." more...

Questions Remain about Solon to Chagrin Falls Trail

9/7/18

Solon, OH - "The fate of the proposed Solon to Chagrin Falls Trail has yet to be decided." more...

Man Dies after Bike Crash

Logan County, OH - "Headed home after a long bicycle ride in Logan County last week, Clifton “Butch” Sower might have been trying to avoid a large turtle before he was found thrown from his bike on Route 287." more...

Caution Urged at New Trail Crossing

Chardon, OH - "Chardon drivers need to pay better attention to the new Maple Highlands Trail crossing on Center Street, according to local residents who say they witnessed what could have become a deadly accident..." more

Another Mosquito with West Nile Virus Found

Champion, OH - "The mosquito was trapped along the Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail." more...

Veteran Brutally Beaten on Rio Linda Bike Trail

CA - "According to Sacramento Police, 73-year-old Chuck Lane was attacked while riding his bike home..." more

PBOT's Bike Traffic Circles

9/7/18

Portland, OR - "Portland traffic engineers and planners have a new favorite treatment when two bike routes intersect: a traffic circle!" more...

The Town Where Jaywalking can Cost You Hundreds

Columbia, SC - "Man gets ticket for $232, 4 points on his license." more...

Domestic Rack Makers Favor Proposed Tariffs

9/7/18

UT - "Saris's owner said his company has been 'abandoned by bicycle trade and industry groups' who sided with importers." more...

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Temporary Towpath Closures Coming 9/10/18

Summit County, OH - From Summit Metro Parks, "Beginning Monday, 9/10 and continuing for approximately one week, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will be cutting weeds in the canal along the Towpath Trail. This work will include some temporary trail closures on the section of the trail just south of the Manchester Road Trailhead."

E-Scooter Regulations Coming to Columbus

OH - "Enjoy it while it lasts, Columbus. The days of electric scooters zooming along city sidewalks are nearing an end." more...

Niles Awarded Trail Connection Grant

IL - "A $30,000 transportation grant will offset engineering costs for a multimodal trail connecting the North Branch Chicago River Trail to the Touhy Triangle through Bunker Hill Forest Preserve in Niles." more...

Transients Start Greenway Fire While Smoking Meth

Medford, OR - "Two men are in police custody, accused of starting a fire in the Bear Creek Greenway after smoking meth and losing control of a cook fire." more...

Olympic Champ a Paraplegic after Track Crash

9/7/18

Berlin, GER - "Sprint world and Olympic champion Kristina Vogel reveals she is wheelchair-bound after training crash." more...

Felt Refreshes its Brand

9/6/18

CA - "Felt Bicycles has rebranded, with a new logo, new corporate colors, and a new website." more...

Driver Attacks Cyclist with Machete, Dies

CHN - "Chinese police determined that the rider acted in self-defense." more...

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Rolling Closures Coming to Creekside Trail Sept. 19

Greene County, OH - "We've received word that the Creekside Trail in Greene County will experience temporary and rolling closures beginning Sept. 19, for three weeks as an overlay of asphalt is applied..." more

NCIT Detour in Monroeville

9/5/18

OH - "The railroad crossing at Peru Center Road is currently CLOSED, (where the trail crosses the tracks in Monroeville). Thru traffic on the NCIT should detour via Peru Center Rd, US 20, SR 547 and SR 99..." more

Testing "Bird Cages" in Cincy

9/4/18

Cincinnati, OH - "...When the Bird scooters landed in Cincinnati earlier this month, we decided to take a different approach. Why not embrace, observe, and quickly test solutions as issues emerged related to this new innovation?.." more

3 Feet Law Signing in Kentucky

9/5/18

KY - "Governor Bevin will do the ceremonial signing of HB33, the safer passing law for bicycles AKA 3 ft. law..." more

Safer Streets for All

9/4/18

Philadelphia, PA - "As cities change, so too do the amenities that its residents desire." more...

MoGo Bike Share & Lyft Start Partnership

Detroit, MI - "...The bus system has partnered with both Lyft—a ride-hailing service, and MoGo—the city’s bike share, to help riders with connections. Now Lyft and MoGo are partnering themselves." more...

Obsessing Over Bike Helmets

9/5/18

"...The big problem here is of course, the fact that it is a hit-and-run; without that and the video, nobody would be paying attention. The second problem is the almost universal helmet obsession..." more

Big-Wheel MTBs Sales are Strong

9/5/18

Boulder, CO - "Retail sales of 29-inch mountain bikes grew $36 million in the 12 months ending in June, taking dollar share from 27.5-inch bikes..." more

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Section Repaving Completed along Alum Creek Trail

Columbus, OH - Repaving of the trail thru the Easton Soccer Fields has been completed. Some landscaping / finishing work remains. more...

ODOT Plans Bike Lanes along US 52

Hamilton County, OH - "The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) intends to install bike lanes along US-52 within the existing shoulder space and install signs to connect to the existing bike path..." more

Repurposing Riverside Drive

9/4/18

Toledo, OH - "...Toledo is willing to surrender Riverside Drive, turn it and two parcels of land over to Metroparks and let Metroparks change the landscape at the Marina District." more...

Police Crack Down on Homeless Camps along Trails

Murfreesboro, TN - "...Police are sending a word of warning to the homeless community who are often camped out in the woods along the city’s Greenway walking trails." more...

Hit-and-Run Driver Sentenced to 10 Months

9/4/18

TN - "The driver in the July 2017 Natchez Trace hit-and-run involving a cyclist was sentenced to 10 months in jail today by a U.S. District Court." more...

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Heartland Trail Construction to Begin Soon

Wayne County, OH - "...the long awaited 2.4 miles stretch of The Heartland Trail from Forrer Road (Orrville) to Marshallville will soon be under construction..."

Learn more in the Wayne County Rail-Trails newsletter.

Battle Over Abandoned Rail Corridor

9/4/18

Aurora, OH - "The city is battling Norfolk Southern Railway and FirstEnergy over a railroad right-of-way that slices diagonally through the city." more...

$2B Ohio Entertainment Complex Plans

9/3/18

Columbus, OH - "...Among its many features: a saltwater lake with a beach and boardwalk; an indoor roller coaster; an extreme-sports facility for surfing, skateboarding and BMX biking; an e-sports arena..." more

Sleeping Bear Trail Meeting Packs Hall

9/3/18

Maple City, MI - "A standing-room-only crowd gathered in Cleveland Township Hall in rural Maple City to participate in a route-planning session for an extension to the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail..." more

Woman Fights Off Sexual Assault

9/3/18

MA - "A Massachusetts mother says she will head to court Tuesday to face her attacker, days after she says he violated her on a popular bike trail in Saugus." more

Using Red Light Cameras to Enforce Bus / Bike Lanes?

"...According to a database compiled by traffic enthusiasts Jonathan Melby and Angela Buffington, there are over 4,000 traffic cameras in the United States: most of these only record cars that run through red lights..." more

Uber is Building Its Own Scooters

"The company is playing catch-up in a market already flush with billion-dollar startups." more...

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Put Trail on East Side of Olentangy River?

Columbus, OH - "...The Greenway Trail route proposed along the higher ridge to the east and safely removed from 315 is now still the only sensible connection to safely ride, run or walk to Highbanks..." more

Bella Vista Trail Expansion

AR - "The city of Bella Vista will soon add 50 more miles of trails to the central part of the city." more...

197 Landowners Told of Compulsory Purchase Orders for Greenway

9/2/18

IRE - "Council says it has to force land sales after failing to reach agreement after four years." more...

Why Aren't Helmets Mandatory for Drivers?

9/3/18

"...we know that more people get traumatic brain injuries in cars than anywhere else..." more

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High Water & Flooding Debris on Trails

9/2/18

Columbus, OH - From Columbus MetroParks, "Please use caution. Flooding and storm debris along sections of trails. Crews conducting clean up."

Work to Keep Trail Open During Flooding

9/1/18

Madison, WI - "...The Capital City Trail bike path opened Saturday morning at the Monona Terrace between Blair and Broom Streets. Sandbags and pumps are being used to keep the path open..." more

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Towpath Trail Development Near Dover

Tuscarawas County, OH - "Last Saturday, August 25, Tuscarawas County volunteers cleared land in Zoarville for future trail development. The trail runs south of the current Towpath Trail terminus in Zoar and along the Tuscarawas River toward Dover..." more

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