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We just got word that the City of Dayton has received a bronze designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists!  :clap: :clap:

 

Dayton joins Columbus as the only recognized cities in Ohio - an effort that began over 30 years ago when they started building the over 230 miles of connected trail in the Dayton Region and has continued with huge efforts by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Five Rivers MetroParks, Miami Conservancy District and the City of Dayton.  This is only the beginning as the forces that combined to apply for the BFC rating are now focused on pushing forward to gain silver status in two years.

 

This is also great timing as Dayton is getting ready to open its new riverfront bicycle hub and pavilion at RiverScape - only the third such hub east of the Mississippi and first in a mid-sized city.

 

Finally - those involved with outdoor recreational facilities are also working with area leaders on a regional master plan to make our rivers navigable and ultimately a magnet for economic development.  Stay tuned...

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Great news and the welcomed investments in bike facilities, paths, trails and markings have really helped.

 

I'm moving this thread to the Transportation sub-forum Roads & Biking.

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Wonderful!


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"The Center City Association is currently accepting submissions for its downtown bike rack design competition.

The organization is taking artists’ designs for the competition to help improve the physical environment downtown, as well as to promote bicycle activity in the city’s core."

 

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local/downtown-bike-rack-designs-sought/nTMxW/

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The city will examine ways to become more bicycle-friendly to increase economic development, recreation and transportation opportunities in the community.

As part of the first phase of the Springfield Bike Plan, a task force will be created to examine increased accessibility for cyclists, although commissioners asked staff members to find alternative funding for the initiative.

 

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local/city-seeks-bike-plan/ncgSn/

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Dayton to launch downtown bike share

 

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A much-anticipated bike share program has received the funds it needs to move forward in downtown Dayton.

 

The $1 million project will see 22 new bike stations set up around and near the downtown area, with more than 200 bikes for use between them. The project, which will be administered by the Greater Dayton RTA, will launch in spring 2015, said Scott Murphy, director of business development at the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

 

“They’ll be a way for people to get around the neighborhoods, places of employment, the schools and the attractions,” Murphy said.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2014/03/28/dayton-to-launch-downtown-bike-share.html


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Want to design the logo for Dayton’s bike share? Now is your chance

 

The Downtown Dayton Partnership is looking for people to design the brand for the coming bike share program downtown.

 

They’re also looking for someone to lead the new venture as executive director.

 

The bike share, which is being funded with $800,000 from the Federal Surface Transportation budget — and matched by $200,000 in funds from the city of Dayton — will see 22 bike stations set up in and around downtown, where about 200 bikes will be placed for community use between destinations in the city’s urban core. Customers will be able to pay for one-time bike use or annual subscribers. The Greater Dayton RTA will maintain the bike share, which will launch in spring 2015. The RTA will handle maintenance and bike distribution among the stations, and the Bike Miami Valley group will handle memberships, marketing and promotion.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2014/08/want-to-design-the-logo-for-dayton-s-bike-share.html


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Dayton Bike Share picks downtown marketing firm for branding project

 

A downtown Dayton creative firm won the contract for the branding project for Dayton's new bike share program.

 

Catapult Creative, which moved into the Talbott Tower as part of the Activated Spaces Pop-Up Program, was chosen to design the logo and roll out the brand identity for the community bike share program coming to Dayton in 2015.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2014/10/20/dayton-bike-share-picks-downtown-marketing-firm.html


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Bike share off to a strong start

 

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Dayton's bike share has seen a quick start in its first quarter.

 

Link Dayton, the $1 million bike share program installed downtown earlier this year, has recorded 14,180 trips since its launch on May 5, from 400 annual members and 4,000 people who have bought one-day passes on the program, said Laura Estandia, the executive director of the program.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2015/08/bike-share-off-to-a-strong-start.html


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Dayton to host 2017 community trails conference

 

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Dayton will be the host city for the American Trails 2017 symposium, which in 2015 drew 700 attendees and had an estimated $1.3 million economic impact on its host city.

 

The International Trails Symposium will be held in May 2017 and will bring together international trail and greenway advocates, managers, planners and users, as well as tourism and business interests.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2015/12/dayton-to-host-2017-community-trails-conference.html


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Downtown Dayton's bike share is expanding

 

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Downtown Dayton's Link bike share program is adding new stations in its second year.

 

The downtown bike share program says it will add three new stations to its network in and surrounding the downtown region. This on the first anniversary of the $1 million program started to encourage more biking in the downtown area.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/blog/morning_call/2016/05/downtown-daytons-bike-share-is-expanding.html


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Grocery bike delivery service headed to downtown Dayton

 

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A produce bike delivery service is being tested in downtown Dayton, with the goal of starting the service in the spring.

 

The Market at Wright Stop Plaza, managed by Homefull, is working on a bike service that will deliver groceries from the market to people working or living in the city's core.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2016/12/02/grocery-bikedelivery-service-headed-to-downtown.html


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:-o

 

Downtown Dayton-to-Kettering elevated bike trail in works

 

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A six-mile line of elevated rail could become a new bike trail if the city of Dayton is able to take control of the property.

 

A new bike trail could connect downtown to Kettering and the east Dayton neighborhoods.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/04/06/downtown-dayton-to-kettering-elevated-bike-trail.html


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New Dayton mountain biking park could begin work this summer

 

A new mountain biking park near UD Arena could begin work this July as its neighbor prepares for long-term expansion.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/05/11/new-daytonmountain-biking-park-could-begin-work.html

 

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Meanwhile, Cincinnati can barely get a half mile of bike trail built in an affluent neighborhood.


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That's not even an apples to apples comparison, and I think you know it. Wasson Way is a rails to trails project, not a dirt bike trail in the woods. Btw there are similar dirt bike paths in Devou Park. Mt. Airy Forest either has one or will be getting one soon, too.

 

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^the project directly above this one is in fact a rails to trails project, and Dayton has already done multiple rails to trails. I probably should have stuck a carat and a winky face on the other post but posting via cell phone makes things hard!


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City pushes ahead for downtown-to-Kettering bike corridor

 

The city of Dayton wants to contract with a consultant to help it land the 6.5 mile stretch of abandoned rail line it envisions for a new elevated bike trail.

 

The city will vote Wednesday on a $29,000 contract with Wilmette, Ill.-based consultant RMI Midwest to help it appraise the value of a 6.5 mile stretch of abandoned rail line stretching out of downtown and to the east, along U.S. Route 35, turning south along Woodman Drive until it ends in Kettering.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/07/17/city-pushes-ahead-for-downtown-to-kettering-bike.html


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Biking in downtown Dayton is about to get easier

 

Getting from downtown to the University of Dayton campus on a bicycle can be tricky, since there’s a gap in the bike path that often requires riders to dodge cars around the U.S. 35 interchange.

 

But the city of Dayton plans to close the gap, not only connecting those areas, but also completing a trail that links Kettering to downtown and beyond.

 

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http://www.dayton.com/news/local/biking-downtown-dayton-about-get-easier/SZNfeaRkAZLqxrZ8JMhx0J/

 

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Good on Dayton for continuing to expand and improve its already-substantial bike network. These changes will do a heck of a lot to fix the handful of gaps in the bike path network that I struggle with when commuting by bike... especially the Warren-Jefferson connector. The area between US-35 and the railroad viaduct is downright scary to bike through currently.


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That's a lot more than I thought.


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Xenia's bike trail hub lands safety improvements

 

Sitting at the intersection of four regional cycling trails, Xenia is proud to be known as one of the Miami Valley’s busiest bike hubs. It also wants to be known as one of the safest.

 

As part of a multi-year traffic improvement plan, the city will re-stripe Detroit Street between Church and Third streets this spring, turning a southbound car lane into a bike lane. The new lane, which will connect northern and southern lags of the Little Miami Scenic Trail, will create more space between drivers and cyclists. The project also calls for new stoplights and medians as well as modified curbs.

 

“You have to make roads safe for cars, but also for bikes and pedestrians,” said Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman, noting that an alarming number of pedestrians have been killed in traffic accidents nationwide in the last two years.

 

Making downtown safe for cyclists is going to create more business opportunities, too,” he added.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/04/06/xenias-bike-trail-hub-lands-safety-improvements.html

 

Indeed.


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Dayton awarded grant to acquire new recreation bike trail space

 

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The city of Dayton is among national recipients of funding from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for projects related to recreational trails.

 

The 2018 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grants place an emphasis on strategic investments supporting significant regional and community trail development goals.

 

The city of Dayton was awarded $15,000, for a federal funding match for the acquisition of a former rail corridor to eventually be home to a new trail, The Flight Line.

 

The Flight Line is a unique six-mile elevated bike trail that would connect Dayton to Kettering. The trail would further enhance the region's already bustling system of bike trails, which are especially popular among the millennial population.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/05/25/dayton-awarded-grant-to-acquire-new-recreation.html


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City of Dayton plans to extend paved trails in downtown

 

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The Dayton region's network of paved trails could be getting bigger. The city's Flight Line project aims to turn a six-mile-long out-of-service railway corridor into a recreation trail and park, reports our news partner WDTN-TV.

 

Plans are to do most of the work along an elevated area off Third and Keowee streets. Trees would come down to provide a better view of downtown. A paved trail would be constructed to run from downtown Dayton to Kettering. 

 

"I think it could be a transformational project," said City Planner Jon White. 

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/06/14/city-of-dayton-plans-to-extend-paved-trails-in.html


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New bike park could be coming to Dayton

 

The city of Dayton is considering a proposal to build a new bike park in the Carillon neighborhood near downtown.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/08/20/new-bike-park-could-be-coming-to-dayton.html

 

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Dayton commission ratifies $300K agreement to support new bike park

 

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A new bike park planned for the city of Dayton is gaining momentum following the approval of a service agreement with the project's developers.

 

The Dayton City Commission this week unanimously approved a service agreement with the International Mountain Bicycling Association, a Colorado group that will manage the project. As part of the agreement, IMBA will contract with consultants to provide planning and design services.

 

The contract allows for a review of construction and future maintenance costs after the first phase of design services are completed, which is expected to occur this year. Construction on the bike park, which will be located in the Carillon neighborhood near downtown, is planned for spring 2019.

 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2018/09/04/dayton-commission-ratifies-300k-agreement-to.html


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A bunch of exciting new bicycling developments are about to happen on the west side:

 

Protected bike lanes, new trails coming to West Dayton

DAYTON — 

West Dayton has few bike lanes but some major projects in the works will make it easier to ride a bicycle there.

 

“West Dayton is definitely lacking in bike infrastructure,” said Joe Weinel, a city of Dayton senior engineer. “They need it because there’s not a lot over there.”

 

Montgomery County will replace the Third Street bridge, with most of the construction expected to begin in early 2020. The more than $21 million project has been in development for years.

 

Right now, the bridge’s sidewalks are eight feet wide, which can make it seem unsafe to ride across on a bicycle, officials said, especially when there are pedestrians.

 

But the new bridge’s northern side will be 10 feet wide, and the southern side will be a 17-foot-wide multi-use trail, with two-way cycling lanes.

 

Read more below:

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/protected-bike-lanes-new-trails-coming-west-dayton/0GM5Kir8OAgTnftLTW7OpM/?fbclid=IwAR3D10OtoOhHy1IctQ5OBGT9gorfmOSBkb_JbexToUhtedQv_5A19Oi6O-Q

 

These are some very comprehensive projects and it really excites me that Dayton is so fully committed in making the entire city as bike-friendly as possible. I'm especially excited for the city's first protected bike lane to pass within a block of my house!

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