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Friday, February 15, 2008

Biking the burbs in Columbus

Canal Winchester

The city has paths from Waterloo Street almost to Rt. 33 and along Dietz Drive from Washington Street to Gender Road. It features a spur along Thrush Drive north to Groveport Road. A state grant will provide for a third path from downtown along Groveport Road to Rager Road.

Dublin

When Dublin began to grow, bike paths became part of good community planning strategies. The city also sets aside $150,000 per year to fill in gaps in its 88-mile bike-path system.

Gahanna

The city has 2 miles of paths, with plans for the Big Walnut trail from Morse Road on the north to Pizzurro Park on the south. It also plans to connect from the Big Walnut trail to those in Whitehall, Columbus, Westerville and Metro Parks.

Grove City

There are 16 miles of bike paths now, and the city is working toward 25 more. Connectors to other cities' paths are planned.

Groveport

The village has an unpaved path about 1 mile long from Blacklick Park to Rager Road. There are plans to connect with Three Creeks Metro Park.

Hilliard

All major roads are intended to have bike paths. The intention is for all east-west and north-south thoroughfares to have some sort of connection. The plan is to link neighborhoods with schools, the library, shops and parks. Officials also want to move the Rails for Trails starting point from the Makoy Center to Old Hilliard.

New Albany

The village requires developers to construct 8-foot-wide asphalt leisure paths. Officials are working on links with Franklin County at the Rt. 62-Morse Road roundabout, and with the city of Gahanna.

Pickerington

The 8- or 10-foot path to be installed with the Diley Road widening will be the city's first dedicated bike path outside of a park. The goal is to link the Diley Road path to the Pickerington Park Ponds path, then to the Columbus system.

Powell

The village offers about 15 miles of paths. Officials intend to connect those paths to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Highbanks Metro Park and the main pathway along the Olentangy River.

Reynoldsburg

Reynoldsburg has about 2.25 miles that connect three parks -- Kennedy and Huber parks as well as Blacklick Metro Park.

Upper Arlington

The suburb is focusing on looping its paths, so residents can travel in laps. The city has 7.5 miles of multiuse paths in five parks. It also has 4.5 miles of bike lanes along city roads and connects with Columbus' system at Lane Road.

Westerville

The city boasts 23 miles of paths now with plans for more. Most are 10 feet wide. The Schrock Road path ties into Columbus.

Worthington

Riders can get to all city parks on either a path or residential street, said parks Director Lynda Chambers. Its system connects with Columbus on the Olentangy River Road trail. In 2009, it plans to link Snouffer Park with Linworth Park.

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