Lucas County and Metroparks Seek Funding for Trail Extension to Centennial

We are highlighting this article based on a recent Blade story about Lucas County and Metroparks seeking funding to extend the trail from Silica to Centennial. You can find a map of this area below! We Are Traffic supports this project.

UPDATE: November 14, 2017 -- The cycling community was well represented at the meeting today where the Lucas County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the Drainage Improvement Project. While this project will prepare the path for the UPT Phase 2 expansion, further efforts will be needed to secure the funding for actual trail construction. Look for further updates as they develop! Thanks to everyone that attended the meeting today!

Why is this hearing important for cyclists (walkers and joggers)? While the project is focused on drainage improvements along Ten Mile Creek, Lucas County Engineering has partnered with Metroparks of Toledo to include right-of-way along the southern edge of the creek to extend the University Parks Trail (known as phase 2). Funding was just awarded to construct Phase 1 from King Road to Silica, Lucas County cleared that section earlier this year (see here). The U/P Trail extensions will ultimately take the trail to Sylvan Prairie Trail and beyond.

A public hearing will be held in the first floor Assembly Room of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, One Government Center, Toledo, Ohio at 2:00PM on November 14, 2017 for the purpose of hearing comments related to this project.

Public Meeting Announcement - Ten-Mile Creek

It is very important that trail users be present at this meeting to voice support for the U/P Trail extension. We hope you can join us at the meeting. If you have any questions or comments about the meeting, please contact keith@WeAreTraffic.org

 

 

Why safety and vehicle speed are incompatible goals for street design

Nearly all transportation agencies will tell you that safety is their absolute top priority, but if you look more closely, you’ll discover that—in practice—it takes a backseat to moving as many vehicles as possible, as quickly as possible. How can street design be used to slow down vehicles and make all people safer? How would our streets look different if we truly prioritized safety ahead of speed? Why must transportation agencies choose only one top priority on their streets: Speed, or safety.

Read more about Dangerous by Design from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition:
https://smartgrowthamerica.org/dangerous-by-design/
https://smartgrowthamerica.org/why-safety-and-speed...

 

Source: Smart Growth America

PNC Bank Supports Cyclists

As we near the end of 2021, our last infrastructure project closed at the PNC Bank on Central Avenue with new bike parking! We are thankful for the cooperation of PNC Bank Corporate offices in Pittsburgh, PA, for adding the bike rack to the project that was already underway.

This project reflects our ongoing success in working with municipalities like Sylvania Township, which included bike parking in their local zoning regulations effective this year. Unfortunately, there are certain thresholds to trigger a review with the Township. This project did not (that will be a future project).

We Are Traffic's original request for bike parking at this location was submitted locally on January 17, 2019—almost three years ago. This example demonstrates why advocacy requires persistence. While we occasionally have faster results, other projects that started before are still active.

We renewed our interaction with PNC Bank when we learned the branch's parking lot was being re-designed. Through the tremendous support of their Corporate VP of Construction, a bike rack was finally installed—thank you again, PNC!

Just remember that advocacy, especially as it relates to infrastructure, can take a long time! So keep at it. We're here to help in any way to support our local bicycling community. Let us know where you need bike parking to make it easier to use your bike for transportation!

Toledo-Lucas County Mott Library - Sustainability by Design

The Toledo-Lucas County Library has once again, make bicycle parking a part of the design for the new Mott Library soon to open on Dorr Street. This location is within Toledo where the city has codified bike parking requirements for new contruction that is considered by the Toledo Plan Commission. We would like to recognize the Library for making bike parking a stardard requirement of design. The City of Toledo is currently the only jurisdiction with codified bike parking requirements that provides routine accomodations for cyclists. You will find that all Toledo-Lucas County libraries include bike parking, regardless of the (lack) of requirements by the local jurisdiction. Thank you Toledo-Lucas County Library! For more info on the new Mott Library, click here.

We are actively working to promote local ordinances in each jurisdiction so that bike parking is considered along with other parking requirements for new and retrofit constuction.

Intersection Improvements Benefit Cyclists


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Last August 2018, ODOT was resurfacing Central Avenue from King Road to US 23. During the milling process, a portion of Sequoia Road was included in the process, the "loop wire" that is used to detect vehicles was pulled from the roadway [click for photo]. The loop wire was replaced below the new pavement surface, so you could not see where the wire was located in the road to properly place your bike for detection. We reported this issue to ODOT and originally requested placement a "Bicycle Detector Pavement Marking" and signage.

In conversations with Dylan Foukes at ODOT, he mentioned that there was a project to improve several intersections along Central Avenue and while Sequoia Road was not originally part of the project, Dylan believed that the new technology being deployed would provide a better solution for cyclists and Sequoia was included. This intersection is particularly important to cyclists as it provides a pathway to the University Parks Trailhead.

The new sensors were installed on May 9 and are now fully functional after being programmed on May 15. Now you will not need to guess where to place your bike for the signal crossing, position in the center of the lane like any other vehicle. Many thanks to Dylan Foukes and the ODOT team in thinking forward about bicycle transportation! 

Now if you're a nerd like me, watch this short video to learn how the radar works, very cool!

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