Last Bike Rack Installation of 2017


We were fortunate to install our last bike rack project of 2017 before the snow and deep freeze.  This is part of our work with the Lucas County Health Department through a Creating Healthy Communities project.  With the help of Tony Maziarz and Amy Abodeely, we installed our first asphalt rail-mount at St. Paul's Community Center, one of a dozen bike rack projects in Greater Toledo.

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Three Metropark Trail Projects Receive Grant Funding

Metroparks ToledoToledo Metroparks has received great news about grant requests to advance three important trail projects. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has awarded the following, pending final approval:

  • $214,098 from the Clean Ohio Trails Fund toward the cost of extending the University/Parks Trail 0.6 miles from King Road to Silica Road. The three-phase project will eventually extend the trail all the way to Sylvan Prairie Park in Sylvania
  • $143,040 from the Recreational Trail Program toward the cost of constructing a trailhead parking lot and restroom building along the Chessie Circle Trail at Copeland and Detroit avenues
  • And $16,056 from the NatureWorks program toward the cost of building a trail-head in Fulton County for the Beach Ridge Trail in Oak Openings

We anticipate that the projects will complete by end of 2018 but look for more details as they become available. And for mountain bike enthusiasts...

Mt. Bike Trail Progressing Quickly
The Oak Openings staff, with the help of volunteers, has roughed in the entire Beach Ridge singletrack trail. Over the winter and next spring, they will install several boardwalks, bridges and signs to complete the project.  Praising the crew and management by Craig Elton, Joe Fausnaugh said that not only did the work get done faster than he anticipated, but it was done "at such a high level of quality that this will very quickly become the best mountain bike trail in the state.”

Gohio Supports Transportation Cyclists

There is a new ride-share program in Ohio, sponsored locally by TMACOG, that provides resources and incentives to promote alternate forms of transportation to reduce single-occupant motor vehicle commutes.

If you use your bike to commute to work, or for routine activites like grocery shopping, you are a candidate for this program. Click through the link to find out more info and register to participate.

We Are Traffic is working with local businesses that have employees that commute by bike and in many cases, it is their only form of transportation to get to work.

Last week, we met with the manager of Cinco de Mayo on Central Avenue and presented a helmet and light kit for one of their employees who signed up for Gohio Commute. Carlos is very thankful for the incentives as he commutes many times after dark, previously without lighting.

Contact us if you have an employee that could benefit from the Gohio Commute program!


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Sylvania-Metamora Trail -- Completed!

UPDATE - 10/5/17:  With a few minor items on the punch list, the trail is complete from Centennial Road to Kilburn Road! Look for more information on the bike lanes proposed for Kilburn Road from Sylvania-Metamora to Secor Metroparks. Public hearings should take place early next year.

Work is underway to fill in the six-tenths of a mile of missing segments along 2.25 miles of the path that runs along Sylvania-Metamora Road between Kilburn and Centennial Roads. The side-path will make it easier for families to bike and walk to Pacesetter, Centennial Terrace and the quarry. Many thanks to the residents that wrote letters in support of the project and Lucas County engineer Ronald Myers for his perseverance.


Sylvania-Metamora Trail Construction

Bicycles May Use Full Lane Signage - Monclova Road Project

UPDATED: Click for update below

Occasionally, a Facebook post can be a call to action for others reading the post and that was the impetus for this project. A cyclist posted this video from his on-bike camera to TAB's Facebook group:

The cyclist is driving west on Monclova Road where two lanes merge into one just before the railroad crossing (you'll find a satellite view at the end of the video). Share the Road signs generally promote "sharing" the road but in this area, the lane is less than 14' and the added hazard of the angled railroad tracks should mandate full use of the lane. Railroad tracks at a non-perpendicular angle, especially when wet, can easily bring a cyclist down. If your watch the point in the video when the cyclist crosses the track, the car passes within the travel lane and another car is oncoming. Morning dew on the rail may be the tipping point of a terrible crash. Cyclists should consider taking the full lane in this section of Monclova Road, taking extra caution when crossing the tracks, especially in the rain.

We Are Traffic contacted the Lucas County Engineers office to make them aware of the Facebook video post, and discuss plans to make Monclova Road more bicycle friendly.  While you will find bike lanes further west on Monclova, bike lanes in this section were to be developed as part of a Fallen Timbers TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) Agreement dated August 1, 2006. The agreement was made during a time of expected commercial expansion in the Fallen Timbers area. To date, there are no concrete plans for this development to trigger the bike lane construction. With the growth of cyclists using this corridor and greater awareness of safety issues in this area on Monclova Road, Lucas County will re-evaluate this section of Monclova Road for a public improvement project.

Roadway projects can take a long time to bring to fruition. As we work to promote better facilities in this area, We Are Traffic suggested a change from the "Share the Road" signs to "Bicycles May Use Full Lane" signs in this area on Monclova Road. BMUFL signs are regulatory and need jurisdictional approval, in this case the Lucas County Commissioners. CLICK HERE to read the signed resolution, authorizing the placement of the BMUFL signage on September 27, 2016.  The new signs were placed in early October of 2016.

Cyclists should each consider all available information, along with their experience, when deciding the proper position to ride in the roadway. The BMUFL signage will help remind cyclist of their right to use the full lane, and to educate motorists about the law.

UPDATE: After publishing this article, I received the following comments from Julian Avery, the cyclist in the video:

"I have not had any issues with this area (since the signs were installed). I now feel comfortable taking the entire lane since their is a friendly reminder to motorists that I have that legal right. The majority of my run-ins with drivers are due to them not being aware of the laws. They often yell to get on a sidewalk or get on the side. With signs communicating my right to use the entire lane, I'm much more confident that these types of situations will not be as frequent and allow other cyclist to feel comfortable using the full lane when warranted."

This is why BMUFL signs are more effective than Share the Road signs, they are easier to understand and better educate motorists and cyclists alike. If you know of an area that BMUFL signs would improve safety, please get in touch with us.

Court Street Connects - April 22, 2017

We Are Traffic and TMACOG joined forces at Court Street Connects in Bowling Green this past Saturday to educate and solicit input for the TMACOG Bicycle User Map under development.  The event was held in conjunction with Earth Day activities and included an experimental "Cycle-Track" that was temporarily painted on Court Street.  The counter-flow bike lane will remain in place for two weeks while students at BGSU gathers usage data.  If you have a chance, visit Bowling Green and ride the two-way bike lane on Court Street.  You can find more information about the project by clicking here.

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