HB 154 - House Concurs with Senate

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The Ohio House has concurred with an amendment to HB 154 that was passed in the Senate earlier today, making the bill into an act that moves to Governor Kasich to sign into law.  This law will set the safe passing distance of 3-ft or more when motorists pass cyclists on the left.  It also provides for a vehicle (bicycle, motorcycle, car...) to pass through malfunctioning traffic signals that fail to detect the vehicle.  Special thanks to HB 154 sponsors Representative Henne and Representative Sheehy for pushing and pushing to make this happen, along with the Ohio Bicycle Federation for launching the effort many years ago.  Thanks to Chuck Smith and the tireless board of OBF, and all the cyclists in Ohio that contacted their legislator asking for support.  We will pop the cork after the Governor signs the act, it becomes a law 90 days after it is signed.

City of Bowling Green - Educating Cyclists and Motorists

It was very exciting to see "Bicycles May Use Full Lane...It's State Law" on the electronic sign in front of the Bowling Green Public Works building.  Educating the public about the cyclists rights and responsibilities is a team effort in Bowling Green.  The City's engineer, Jason Sisco, has been instrumental in aiding the staff in learning about bicycle related issues, including Complete Streets.  Please help us in thanking Brian Craft (Public Works Director), Bowling Green Police Department, Fire Chief Tom Sanderson, and especially Jason Sisco for getting the word out!

King Road Bike Lane Improvement

In conjunction with the new Sylvania King Road Branch Library, the City of Sylvania is finishing up on the new right turn lane (King Road onto Sylvania Avenue).  We are pleased that the City improved the existing bike lane and also included a new "right turn bike lane".  Cyclists traveling north on King would stay in the straight-through bike lane, cyclists traveling east on Sylvania would use the new right-turn bike lane.  While this design looks like an improvement for cyclist safety, due care should still be taken to avoid a possible right-hook from motor vehicles that could turn into the bike lane. This is especially true with big trucks (semi, dump truck, etc.) that need large turning spaces.  It is never a good idea to find yourself on the right side of a large truck, take control of the regular turn lane to prevent the possible right hook crash.

Help us in thanking the City of Sylvania for these improvements, and future improvements to make Sylvania friendly for bicyclists!  Emails can be sent to Mayor Stough at city.mayor@cityofsylvania.com

 

King Road Library Grand Opening - Ride your Bike!

King-Road-Library-Lucas-County.jpgUPDATE:  The library is now open!

Join us October 10 at the grand opening of new Sylvania library on King Road starting at 10AM.  The Southview Band will greet guests and there will be remarks by library officials, Sylvania dignitaries and other special guests with tours of the new library.

If you're able to join, consider riding your bike to the event to show our appreciation for including secure bike parking.  Easy access from the U/P trail to King Road, bike lane to the library entrance!

We are thankful for the excellent bike racks in front of the building, special thanks to Kevin Kennedy of HBM Architects for including them in the project!

Woodley Road Bridge Reopens!

Woodley Bridge ReopensThe Woodley Road bridge that spans I-475 has re-opened!  This is an important link for commuters that need to cross 475 without using one of the busier roads nearby.  A recent article in The Blade reported that the bridge may need additional work that could close the crossing intermittently, but it should be passable by bicyclists and pedestrians.

Maple & Main Bike Valet


Maple and Main Art Fair Bike Valey

Update:  Saturday was very hot but we still had a steady flow of cyclists attending the Art Fair.  Cooler temps on Sunday brought out the regular crowd with many more bikes to park...a very successful weekend!  Thanks to the many volunteers that helped to make this happen, we couldn't have done it without you!

We are partnering with the Sylvania Slow Ryders and Maumee Valley Adventurers to support free bike valet parking at the Maple and Main Art Fair on June 11 & 12.  Help promote transportation to the event by bicycle as we provide secure bike parking for attendees.  Come enjoy the Art Fair and set aside a couple of hours to work with another volunteer parking bikes!  It's a lot of fun and you'll have a chance to meet other bicyclists at the event.  On Sunday, check out the 6th Annual Sylvania Cycling Classic, take in the Art Fair...and volunteer for the bike valet!

Volunteers will receive a Maple & Main Art Fair t-shirt from a prior year, you can pickup at volunteer check-in before your shift.

 

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Bike Valet Parking at Red Bird Art Walk

Sylvania Art Walk Bike Valet May 6 

Update:  We had a great time providing the Bike Valet with over 30 bikes parked during the event last night.  All of our equipment was transported between my Bullitt Cargo Bike and Steve Atkinson's trailer (thanks Steve).

Sylvania Advantage Article HERE

Join the festivities in Downtown Sylvania for the monthly First Friday Red Bird Art Walk from 5~8pm this Friday, May 5.  In celebration of Bike Month, there are many bike themes activities including our debut of our new Bike Valet Parking racks.  We will set up near Maple and Main, ride your bike to the event and we'll take care of your ride as you enjoy the festivities.  This is made possible through a grant from Maumee Valley Adventurers.

Public Input Needed - Wabash-Cannonball Extension

Wabash-Cannonball ExtensionMetroparks is working with the Northwest Ohio Rails-to-Trails Association (NORTA) on a plan to pave the North Folk of the Wabash-Cannonball Trail an additional 10 miles from where the current pavement leaves off at Lucas-Fulton Road to County Road 11 in Fulton County (two miles east of Wauseon). The park system is applying for a grant that will fund 95 percent of the cost. Metroparks has pledged the 5 percent matching funds and has committed to patrol and service the trail. NORTA has agreed to manage the long-term maintenance of the trail.

Metroparks and NORTA are seeking public input on this plan, and a public meeting will be held later this spring. This survey is an additional way for you to give feedback.

Your answers and comments will help us in the grant process.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY HERE

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