Bicycles

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

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.

A bikeway that will connect Wright-Patterson base with downtown Dayton is ready for launch.

Completion of the 3.6-mile Mad River Bikeway extension will link with 330 miles of regional bikeway paths while connecting the base.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the grand opening will be June 21 at the Eastwood MetroPark parking lot, with a group ride following.

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.

Cycling Summit Touts The Economics Of Cycling

May 19, 2011

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.

Juliet Fromholt

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.

A parking spot outside the Ludlow Street entrance of City Hall will be covered in grass and plants. But it's only from 7:30 am until five-thirty in the afternoon. The plants are donated, and the City isn't spending any public funds to participate.

September 17th is Parking Day. It's a global grassroots movement that transforms meter parking spots into mini green spaces for one day. This year several Dayton organizations will be participating including City Hall.