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Friday, June 11, 2010

Camera catches cyclist hit by car - CNN

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Holmes County Trail - Ride through Amish Country

About the trail - From the website

Welcome to the Holmes County Trail!  It is our desire that you have an enjoyable outing on your upcoming visit to the Holmes County Trail and that you find our web-site useful in planning your trip to our unique Trail.

      The dream o
f a multipurpose recreation trail through Holmes County was born shortly after the flood of 1969 ended the active use of the railroad in Holmes County.  Throughout the last half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century the railroad was an integral part of the life and business of our county.  The railroad connected Holmes County with major cities in Ohio.  People and goods regularly traveled the tracks on their way to destinations throughout the county.  During W.W. II the troop trains rolled through Holmes County on their way south.  With the advent of better highways and efficient truck transportation, use of the railroad declined.  Repairing the railroad grade after the flood was considered too great a cost - so the tracks were no longer used for train travel.

      A few far-sighted citizens saw the potential use of the railroad bed as a recreational trail.  However, raising the necessary funds for purchase of the railroad bed as a recreation trail became a major obstacle.  Over the next two decades, the county prospered and the population continued to grow.  The idea of a multipurpose, non-motorized trail also grew. 
     In 1996 Dr. Robert A. Hart of Millersburg, formed the Holmes County Rails-to-Trails Coalition, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization to begin the acquisition and development of the former railroad into the nations first recreation and transportation trail to accomodate Amish buggies and other forms of non-motorized recreation and travel.  Through the efforts of the Holmes County Trail Coalition, the Holmes County Commissioners, and a group of concerned citizens, the old railroad corridor was purchased.  This purchase opened the door for development of the Holmes County Trail.

      Since the purchase of the former railroad in 1998, the Coalition  and Holmes County Park District have received significant Federal, State, Local and Private grant funding, along with local contributions and fundraising events, exceeding  well over $7 million dollars .  These funds have been used to purchase adjoining trail park land and to  bring the Trail to its current usable condition. 

      As additional funding becomes available in the future to complete the Holmes County Trail Project, the Trail will become one of the premier recreational trails in the state of Ohio.

      It is hard to believe that I will be entering my eleventh year as Executive Director of the Holmes County Trail Coalition, and my third year as Trail Coordinator, of the Holmes County Park District.  I have seen the Coalition evolve in many ways to  adapt to the many challenges we have faced during the development of the  Holmes  County Trail  Project. 

     As I reflect back on those years, I remember the many individuals,  organizations, businesses, and past Holmes County Trail Coalition Chairmen, Board Members, Amish Auction Committee Members, and Volunteers who donated their talents, money, and time to see the Holmes County Trail become what it is today. 
     Let those who championed the Holmes County Trail project be remembered for their courage, sacrifice, vision, generosity and impact on the lives of the generations that will follow us.  
                                                                            Joan Miller
                                                                            Executive Director, Holmes County Trail Coalition      

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Have you seen this van?

Thank God I Don't Live in Colorado - From the mailbag

Oh, the horror, no bikes are allowed on the roads in Black Hawk Colorado.

Subject: recent bicycle ban on all roads in black hawk, co

Yesterday I rode with team evergreen  up the the central city parkway to Black Hawk and 7 of us got stopped by the police in black hawk at the post office/coffee shop at our re-group point.  Black hawk passed an ordinance (attached) last July that just went into effect in the last 2 weeks that BANS BICYCLES ON ALL ROADS in black hawk!!

The only road through BH that you can ride a bike is 119, but there are no roads you can ride on from central city parkway to get to 119 or 119 to central city parkway! 

They didn't see us ride our bikes, so no tickets.  

Police told us that they "have been instructed not to give warnings". 

So when you hit the city limit, you have to dismount and walk your bike about a mile down the steep hill to get to 119  & peak to peak highway and to do the golden gate canyon loop or turn around at that point (to avoid the walk back up the hill).

Please pass the word so no cyclist get a ticket.  I also know in some small towns (maybe nederland, but I may be wrong), if you get stopped and you don't have a photo ID, you will get a ticket for that as well, I have no idea if Black Hawk has a rule like that.  I thought if an announcement came from you, more people may read it than if I posted it as a discussion on the site.

I think I need to do the only honorable thing.... launch a facebook page "bicyclist against the black hawk bike ban"!!!

Cheap and bright lighting system - Magicshine MJ-808

Review is here

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 06/07/10

15 riders to start (10 to finish, 5 left for bike polo)
19 miles
We rode around an island
Rode through the bogs on the west side on the wooden paths
West Park
Los Potosinos for dinner
We found a Shrek action figure in the parking lot of Los Gauchos (see pics)
Raced Paktinat up Front St. on my mountain bike surpassing 25mph
Started to rain toward end of ride

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Wanted: more bicycle questions on State drivers exams - James Fellrath for

WOSU radio news featured a story this morning about bicycling advocates working to get more questions about cycling on the State of Ohio Drivers' License Examination.  
Local League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor Patricia Kovacs was interviewed by WOSU's Mandie Trimble for the story.  Kovacs, many of you may recall, is the advocate whose efforts resulted in Columbus being named a League Bike-Friendly City two years ago.  She is also an Ohio Bike Federation board member.