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

Metroparks Commuter Pass Renewal

Application / Renewals are now being accepted for the 2016 Commuter Pass

Regional trails are used for commuting as well as recreation, fitness and enjoying nature. Because trail hours are the same as the Metroparks - 7 a.m. until dark every day of the year - it limits some commuters' options. For example, a someone bicycling to work, school or church during open hours would be unable to return on the same trail after dark.

For this reason, Metroparks issues special permits for after hours commuting on the University/Parks and Wabash Cannonball trails.

Click Here to download permit application

Commuter permits can be attached to a bicycle to show that the commuter has received permission to use a trail for transportation during hours when the trail is closed.

For more information call 419-407-9723.

Email completed forms to patty.morgenstern@metroparkstoledo.com

or mailed to the address listed below:

Metroparks of the Toledo Area
Attn: Customer Service Support Specialist
5100 W. Central Avenue
Toledo, OH 43615

 

 

Downtown Sylvania Updates Hitching Post with Bike Racks

Thanks to a joint project with the City of Sylvania, two new bike racks were installed on existing posts.
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The "hitch" style bike rack is normally used on parking meters to provide bike parking with existing infrastructure.  They worked perfecting on the existing "horse head hitching posts" that were installed with downtown improvements several years ago.  We hope to see more of these in downtown Sylvania very soon!  Thank you City of Sylvania!  Find them on our Bike Rack Map.

Promedica Includes Bike Parking

Promedica Health and Wellness

We are very excited to see progressive bike racks located at the entrance of the new Promedica Health and Wellness Center located at 5700 Monroe Street in Sylvania, OH.  This type of rack is much better than the "wheel bender racks" located at some of the other Promedica facilities, providing two points of contact with the bike.  Thank you for including and please use this type of rack (or similar styles) for future Promedica facilities.

See the location on our bike rack map and be sure to let us know of other bike racks or more importantly, where you need bike parking!

AAA Members - New Bicycle Service Available

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This member benefit has now expanded into Ohio!  If you're not already a AAA member, now is a good time to consider joining...TODAY!

BICYCLE SERVICE

  • AAA will transport you and your disabled bicycle anywhere within the towing coverage mileage provided by your AAA membership at no cost. Member must be present at the time of service and have an active AAA Allied Group membership.
  • Bicycle service is not available to members when riding outside the territory of AAA Allied Group.
  • Bicycle service applies to all 2-wheeled bicycles, including rental bicycles, that can be transported by a normal bicycle rack. Tandem bicycles are not eligible for service.
  • AAA will provide transportation for only you and your disabled bicycle – repair service not provided.
  • Bicycle service cannot be used to transport a bicycle from a members’ home to a repair shop or other destination.
  • Service is provided only along a normally traveled street or road.
  • Transportation beyond the member’s towing allowance by coverage level will incur a per mile additional cost.
  • Bicycle service is provided for the rider whose bicycle is disabled and accompanying minors. Bicycle service for a minor must be requested by a legal guardian that is an active AAA member.

A member can request AAA to transport bicycle to a repair shop up to the miles allowed by coverage level at no cost. If member chooses not to accompany their bicycle to the repair shop, AAA is not responsible for providing details for repair to the shop and has no liability for lost or further damaged bicycles once drop off of the bicycle is complete.

For more information, check out AAA Membership Services.
 

Bicycle to the Toledo Symphony

Show your helmet at the box office and your ticket for admission is only $10Toledo Symphony

Join your fellow cyclists for a Toledo Symphony concert this season at any of their venues:

  • The Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle
  • The Stranahan Theater
  • The Franciscan Center at Lourdes University
  • The Valentine Theatre
  • The Toledo Club

Here is a listing of the 2015-2016 Season Schedule, matinees are advised.

RIDE SAFE, we hope to see you there!  "Go green and go classical!"

UT Bike Share - Ribbon Cutting October 12, 2015

UT Bike Share Ribbon Cutting

Update: http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2015/10/29/UT-bike-share-program-he...

Rocket Wheels, the new bike-sharing program that launched this month, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today by Rocket Hall near the horse sculptures just south of the University Parks Trail.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Rocket Wheels allows students to check out bikes on Main Campus at three locations: near the northeast entrance of Rocket Hall, by the south entrance of Palmer Hall and on the northeast side of West Parking Garage. Bikes must be returned to the same location from where they were checked out.

Registration is free and is available to all UT students in good standing.  To register, visit utoledo.edu/rocket-wheels. Processing may take up to 48 hours.

Bikes can be checked out for four-hour intervals Monday through Friday and eight-hour intervals Saturday and Sunday. A $10 hourly fee will be issued if the bikes are not returned within the given time or after operating hours.  Rocket Wheels will be available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during fall, spring and summer semesters. Availability will change to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from December through March and will be dependent on weather conditions.

For more information, go to utoledo.edu/rocket-wheels, email bikeshare@utoledo.edu or call UT Transit Services at 419.530.1026.

Toledo 2015 Bike Plan - Community Forum

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Huntington Room, Main Library
325 Michigan St., Toledo, OH
Hosted by Toledo Council Member Sandy Spang

The City of Toledo’s 2015 Bike Plan will be the subject of a community forum sponsored by Council Member Sandy Spang in the Huntington Room of the Main Library (325 Michigan) on Wednesday September 16, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Members of the City of Toledo Division of Engineering Services will present the proposed 2015 Bike Plan to member of the community.  All community stakeholders are welcome to attend and provide input and feedback regarding the proposed plan which will be presented to the Zoning and Planning Committee of the Toledo City Council on September 23, 2015.

“Community involvement is essential to a great planning process. This plan touches all parts of the city.  Toledo has a growing number of recreational and commuter bicyclists, and the cycling community’s input on the proposed plan is something I value and want to champion,” said Council Member Spang.

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Review Toledo 2015 Bike Plan

 

Area's First Bike Repair Stations Coming To 5 Parks

New self-service bicycle repair stations being installed in five locations in the Metroparks will be the first of their kind in northwest Ohio.

Five local bicycle organizations purchased the Fixit stations to enhance the regional bike trail system. The first one has been installed at the McCord Road parking access along the University/Parks Trail.

Each Fixit station, manufactured by Dero, includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.

"Metroparks partnered with the local biking community to enhance the visitor experience along our popular bike trails," said Joe Fausnaugh, chief of operations for the park district. "We will build on the donation of the Fixit stations by installing new drinking fountains in several of the locations later this summer."

Organizations donating $1,200 each to purchase the Fixit stations were: 

Keith Webb, of We Area Traffic, approached Metroparks with the idea and secured the donations from each of the clubs.

"This project is a great example of local groups working together for a common goal -- supporting activities and infrastructure that promote the use of bicycling for transportation and recreation," Webb said. "We are thankful for the collaboration with Metroparks and will work toward opportunities in the future."

In addition to the McCord Road site, Fixit stations will be installed at the Silver Lake area at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee, the Towpath trailhead at the boat launch entrance to Farnsworth Metropark in Waterville, Keener Road Park along the Wabash Cannonball Trail in Monclova Township and the new Fallen Timbers Visitors Center.

Each station has a QR code that links to http://www.dero.com/bike-repair/, where cyclists can view short videos about bicycle repairs.

Metroparks of the Toledo Area is managing partner in the University/Parks Trail, from the University of Toledo to King Road in Sylvania; and the Wabash Cannonball Trail, from Maumee to Oak Openings and Whitehouse. The park district also owns the Towpath Trail from Waterville to Providence Township and is a partner in the Oregon Parks Trail from Pearson Metropark to Maumee Bay State Park as well as the developing Chessie Circle Trail in Toledo.

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Groundbreaking for King Road Library

Bicycle parking has been incorporated in the plans for the new King Road Library.  Attend the groundbreaking on your bicycle to show support, event just off the U/P trail.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the King Road Branch Library in Sylvania, OH. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11 in the grassy area off King Road near the Sylvania Avenue intersection - Look for the tent.

The groundbreaking is scheduled to include brief remarks from Library Director Clyde Scoles; the Honorable Congressman Bob Latta, 5th District; the Honorable Representative Barbara Sears, 47th District; the Honorable Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough, and Library Board President Sheila Odesky. Sylvania City and Sylvania Township community leaders, and guests are also planning to attend the outdoor ceremony, which is open to the public.

The King Road Branch Library is expected to take about one year to complete, and will address the increasing population growth and demand for library services in the western portion of Lucas County. The branch will be built on seven acres and measure about 15,000-square-feet upon completion.

Parking available. Pedestrian crossing will be monitored by the City of Sylvania Police Department.

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