The ribbon has been cut at Medlar Bikeway in Miami Township.
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A new branch of southwest Ohio’s bikeway system has opened in Miami Township, linking the Great Miami River Bikeway to Austin Boulevard near I-75. The bike trails are part of a regional vision for economic development.
At the blustery ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Medlar Bikeway, officials from Montgomery County, Miamisburg, Miami Township and Five Rivers Metroparks cheered and posed for pictures.
Steve Stanley, head of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, said cycling options support economic growth.
RiverScape MetroPark will host the final concert in this year's series, with Stranger performing from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The park's concession stand will be open and beer will be sold from 5 to 7 p.m. MetroParks will demonstrate various kayaking skills on the river and free kayak rentals will be available.
The second Miami Valley Cycling Summit takes place Friday. This focus of this year's event is the economic impact of cycling in a community. According to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, the bike trails in the region attract 1 million visitors, and those people spend 16 million dollars on goods and services related to their use of the trails every year. Andy Williamson is organizing the event, and he says communities also see a ripple effect when they include cycling in their economic plan.
On Friday morning four new parks opened in downtown Dayton. They were small - about 200 square feet- and they were in the street. That's because September 17th was PARK(ing) Day. Dayton joined cities around the world participating in the grassroots movement that transforms metered parking spots into mini green spaces for one day only.
Here's how it works: people around the world pick a metered parking spot in their community. They feed the meter all day to rent the spot which gets transformed into a small park.