May 25, 2017
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Danny Korman, Tri-State Trails Ambassador
Tour Draws Attention to Canal Bikeway, a Model for Cincinnati’s Expanding Bicycling Infrastructure
CINCINNATI, OH –Tri-State Trails hosted the Canal Bikeway Ride, a 13-mile, beginner-paced tour that traveled from downtown to Northside and back on May 21. Tri-State Trails Ambassador Danny Korman led 50 bicyclists on a tour along this historic transportation corridor, the former Miami and Erie Canal, which bicycling advocates lovingly call Canal Bikeway.
“Canal Bikeway Ride exhibits the full spectrum of bike infrastructure Cincinnati has to offer, such as multi-use trails, protected and standard bike lanes, and shared paths,” said Frank Henson, Chair of Tri-State Trails and President of Queen City Bike. “We’re excited to get more folks actively using this corridor and simultaneously building support for continued improvements.”
The beginner-paced ride started at the Sawyer Point Ride Bike station and then departed for Eggleston Avenue and Central Parkway, before connecting with the Mill Creek Greenway in Northside and returning along a section of Spring Grove Avenue in Camp Washington. The route is mostly flat with slight grade changes up Eggleston Avenue and down Ludlow Viaduct. This corridor also features an ArtWorks mural called Locks, Docks, and Barrels, which celebrates the former canal as an historic part of Cincinnati’s commerce and infrastructure, which connected trade from the Ohio River to the Great Lakes.
Cincinnati Metro had a hybrid bus with a bike rack at the ride midpoint in Salway Park. Riders practiced loading bicycles and received basic bus information, bike-and-ride brochures, and giveaways. Tanner Yess updated riders on Groundwork Cincinnati-Mill Creek’s efforts to plant trees, build trails, and engage the public in river improvements.
“As biking becomes more popular in Greater Cincinnati, we want to encourage more people to bike and ride the bus,” said Alison DeFisher, External Affairs Specialist for Metro. “Partnering with Tri-State Trails was a great opportunity to get out in the community and show how easy it is to go Metro with your bike.”
Tri-State Trails with support from Green Umbrella, Cincinnati Metro, Queen City Bike, and UC Sustainability collaborated on the ride. It is one of several Green Umbrella outdoor event series in 2017, including Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo July 14 at Winton Woods and Great Outdoor Weekend Sept. 23-24 held at various locations around the region.
Tri-State Trails is an initiative of Green Umbrella with funding from Interact for Health. It’s a coalition of trail advocates, physical network of trails, and vision to connect Greater Cincinnati. The mission is to connect people and places via a regional trails network that promotes vibrant communities through equitable access to active transportation and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit www.tristatetrails.org.