7th Annual Toledo Ride of Silence - May 18, 2016 - 6:30PM

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Thanks to all who attended, we had over 200 cyclists participate.  The night was highlighted by comments from Maureen Billings and Meg Ramlow before the start of our ride, thank you for your courage and your words are making a big impact beyond those in attendance!

Special thanks to the coverage provided by Toledo Police, Ottawa Hills Police, UT Campus Police and Toledo Fire & Rescue (paramedics on bikes).

If you missed the event this year, mark your calendars for May 17, 2017!

The 7th Annual Toledo Ride of Silence will be held on May 18 starting and ending at the UT Parking Lot 1 North, located at the corner of Bancroft and North Towerview Blvd.  The ride will be slow-paced (12 mph Max.) covering ~7.8 miles.  We will be escorted by Toledo City Police, Ottawa Hills Police and UT Police on route.  Helmets are required. This event is free and open to the public.  No registration necessary.

We will depart promptly at 7PM so please arrive 6:30~6:45PM.  During the ride, we will pause at Ottawa Hills HS in memory of Dave Larabee, killed on his way home from work in 2005, Toledo Children's Hospital in memory of Dr. Stephen Snedden, killed while biking along River Road in Perrysburg Township, and Ottawa Park in honor of Robert Brundage.  We will remember and honor Matthew Billings, Eric Ramlow, James Lambert, Emilee Gagnon, Harvey Bell III and others prior to the start of the ride.  This is a community event supported by the Maumee Valley AdventurersMaumee Valley Wheelmen, Toledo Bikes, Team Toledo and Toledo Area Bicyclists.

Flyers will be available for distribution, please check back and help us get the word out about this event!

For more details contact Keith Webb (keith@wearetraffic.org)  567-225-4032.

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph) in  honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. There is no brochure, no sponsors and no registration fees.  The ride, which is held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a  legal right to the public roadways. You can find out more about this worldwide campaign at www.rideofsilence.org.

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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).  

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

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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