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Friday, August 31, 2012

New Albany, Westerville on planned U.S. bike route [ThisWeek]


New Albany and Westerville could be part of a national bicycle route that stretches across the United States and links to Canada and Mexico.
New Albany City Council last week approved a resolution supporting U.S. Bicycle Route 50, which would run through the city limits.
Mike Hooper, Westerville's parks and recreation development administrator, said Westerville City Council has not yet heard legislation to support the route.
Kathryn Meyer, New Albany's deputy community development director, said the bicycle route mostly would use scenic back roads, not heavily traveled roads.
Meyer said the preferred route designated by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials comes through Prairie Township and Galloway on the Far West Side of Columbus and meets the Alum Creek bicycle trail. It runs on the border of Bexley before heading north into Westerville.
It then runs through New Albany and on to Granville and Newark. Heather Bowden, bicycle and pedestrian planner with the Ohio Department of Transportation, said the trail will meet the T.J. Evans bicycle trail in Newark...

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