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.

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, 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.

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.

Chessie Circle Trail - Toledo Ribbon Cutting

A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held on July 2nd for the Chessie Circle Trail at Bowman Park. Chessie Circle Trail is apart of the 2015 City of Toledo Bike Path Plan and Phase 1 of the plan was officially opened.  The current path has crushed stone and is more suited for fat-tire or mountain bikes than road bikes.  When funding is available, the City plans to pave this section along with other improvements.
You can see maps of this section along with a full map of the Chessie Circle Trail.  More information can be found at

Welcome Genoa Bank - Bicycle Friendly Business

Genoa Bank Sylvania, OHWelcome our latest bicycle friendly business, Genoa Bank, located at Monroe and Whiteford in Sylvania.  We Are Traffic contacted bank president Marty Sutter just after construction had started to ask if bike parking would be included.  "We valued your suggestion and after careful consideration decided to install parking for bikes at our new location", said Mr. Sutter.  Drop in and open an account today, and be sure to say thanks for providing bike parking!  You can also find Genoa Bank on our bike rack map.

Sometimes, you only need to ask!  Let us know if we can help you obtain bicycle parking at your destination!

First 2014 Bike Rack Installation

Organic BlissThanks to Nazih Yaghnam, owner of Organic Bliss on King Road, we installed our first bike rack of the 2014 season today.  Nazih, a bicycle commuter himself, recognized the need to provide parking for the many cyclists that visit his shoppe off the University Parks Trail.  We placed the rack to allow room for 1-2 more bike racks as needed.  Next time to ride to the end of the U/P, drop in for lunch or something sweet and be sure that say "Thank you"!  You can find Organic Bliss on our bike rack map.

What is a Bicycle Friendly Business?

Starbucks CoffeeCheck out the new Starbucks Coffee on Central Avenue!  As part of Starbuck's "Green Store" initiatives, they routinely provide bike parking as part of new store construction.  Based on the number of bike riders in the area, I think they will consider to install additional parking as warranted.  Be sure to drop in and thank them for providing bike parking and welcome them to the neighborhood. 

Their grand opening is February 6, 2014 [NOW OPEN]

We couldn't wait to add them to our Bike Rack Mapping Project, check it out here!

Preventing the RIGHT HOOK...

Right Hook Prevention in Bike Lanes from Keri Caffrey on Vimeo.

In this video, we examine the two common types of right hook: 1) when a motorist passes a bicyclist and turns right; 2) when a bicyclist rides into the blind spot of a motorist who is turning right. As with most crashes, a right hook can be prevented by one party regardless of error or legal fault on the part of the other. We show how either the bicyclist or the motorist can prevent this conflict.

This video focuses on bike lane dynamics. Right hooks can happen on roads without bike lanes — in wide lanes or narrow lanes. The cause and prevention are the same in those cases as well.

For more resources:

Where to Ride in the Road!?!



Watch this informative video on where you should position yourself in the travel lane.  Check out the Ohio Revised Code after the break.

Based on ORC 4511.55, Operating bicycles and motorcycles on roadway, here is law pertaining to lane positioning:

  • Ride near to the right side of the roadway as "practicable"
  • Ride no more that two abreast in a single lane
  • You are not required to ride at the edge of the roadway when:
    1) It is unreasonable or unsafe to do so
    2) To avoid fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, surface hazards, etc.
    3) If the lane is too narrow for the bicycle and an overtaking vehicle to travel safely side by side.

So, if the lane is too narrow to "share", you should command the lane to signal for motorists to change lanes to pass safely.

Commuter Special Use Trail Permit

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, 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 Toledo issues special permits for after hours commuting on the University Parks Trail and the Wabash Cannonball Trail.

Download an Application Form

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.  The Blade published a story here.


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