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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bike-trail pit stop an invitation to cyclists [Dispatch]


An artist’s rendering shows the bicycle hub being built behind the Westerville Public Library as a rest stop along the Ohio to Erie Trail between Cleveland and Cincinnati.


Before summer is over, cyclists traveling through Westerville will have a place to take a break, fill up on water and use restrooms.
There also will be a fireplace and infrared heat for hard-core winter bikers.It’s all part of a new train depot-bicycle hub that’s being built behind the Westerville Public Library. It’ll be central Ohio’s first such rest stop along the Ohio to Erie Trail, a 325-mile, mostly off-road route between Cleveland and Cincinnati. The hub can help make Westerville a destination, said Christa Dickey, city spokeswoman. “People can stop in Westerville as a midway point on one of the longer excursions and have access to the Uptown area, free Wi-Fi and an opportunity to safely park your bike and belongings.”
The project, which costs about $192,000, is being funded largely through donations. Ground was broken last month, and the hub will be completed by Aug. 1.

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