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Thursday, October 20, 2011

WAC considers the endorsement of bicycle hub

WAC considers the endorsement of bicycle hub

(by Sandi Latimer, staff writer - October 20, 2011) 

The Westside could receive a bike hub on the multi-purpose trail between Cleveland and Cincinnati.

The hub would be a location bicyclists or walkers can park vehicles or congregate.

Chris Haydocy, an advocate for the Westside, shared a market study with the Westland Area Commission (WAC) Oct. 19.

He said the study recommends participation in the Central Ohio Greenways Project. This project focuses on a paved trail that stretches 300 miles from Cleveland to Cincinnati.

The trail would come from southwest Franklin County and run through the Westside and north to Worthington.
Haydocy requested for WAC to write a letter of endorsement for the bike hub.

WAC member Ashley Hoye said he wanted to know the trail route before he makes a decision on supporting it. WAC President Linda Pitts said she would do some research and bring the question of support up at the Nov. 16 meeting.

According to Haydocy, Dayton, Cleveland and Cincinnati have bike hubs. Xenia celebrated its 20th anniversary as a hub this year.

“Once the bike trail is completed, you can bike to downtown or to the Darby Creek area,” Haydocy said. “Mike DeWine, when he was U.S. Senator, saw to it that $2 million was set aside for the bike trail. I checked on it the other day and it’s still there. I want to use it.”

Many such multi-purpose trails in Ohio are part of the rails-to-trail movement occupying abandoned rail beds. The Camp Chase rail bed could extend the trail into Columbus. These trails are around 8 feet wide. They are popular with bicyclists, walkers and runners.

“Thousands of bike riders used these trails daily,” Haydocy said. “The impact on the local community is that more people will get out and exercise. It can also increase the value of nearby homes as much as six percent.”
Haydocy said they are still determining the hub’s location. The market study also included plans for a RV park near Hollywood Casino.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Top 10 Bicycle Movies [via Momentum Planet]

Breaking Away's Dave Stoller
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Artist StellaMe created this portrait of Breaking Away’s main character Dave Stoller (played by Dennis Christopher) using a mosaic of stills from the film.
By Gabby Korcheva
Our top 10 bicycle movies span the genres and styles: from classics to contemporary blockbusters and a recently released documentary; from informative to inspiring and heartwarming. How did we single these out? All were produced and set in North America, and all feature memorable bike scenes.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) embarks on a nationwide search for his beloved bike after it is stolen while he was visiting his friend Dottie (Elizabeth Daily).
Rad (1986)
Cru Jones (Bill Allen), a young BMX rider who lives in a small town with his mother and sister, is faced with a tough decision: qualify for the Helltrack, one of the largest BMX events, or take the SATs and apply to college in this classic coming-of-age story.
Quicksilver (1986)
After losing out on a risky business decision, Jack Casey (Kevin Bacon) leaves the fast-paced world of stock market trading and becomes a bicycle messenger.
Pedal (2001)
Shot through a camera clipped to a messenger's helmet, this short documentary is about the fast-paced daily activities of bicycle messengers in New York City.
Klunkerz (2006)
A documentary about the beginnings and growth of the mountain bike culture from a small group of innovators to a multi-billion-dollar industry.

October 22,23 Weekend Rides!

Circleville Pumpkin Festival Ride 2011

Saturday, October 22 · 8:00am - 5:00pm

Start Location
Goodale Park
Park and Buttles
Columbus, OH

ForColumbus Rides Bikes!

More Info
Ride from Goodale Park in Columbus to Circleville, OH for the 2011 Circleville Pumpkin Festival via the TOSRV route. We will return mid afternoon. The route is 31 miles one way.
[Facebook Event]

Sunday, October 23 - 2011 Columbus Fall City Ride by Cowtown Cycling Group 
Meet at 11:00 am at the ball diamond in Whetstone Park next to the bike trail, just south of the foot bridge that crosses the Olentangy River and Route 315. See Map 

This will be a no drop, casual city ride which will take us through two of Clintonville's scenic ravines, the North Olentangy Trail, OSU campus, Victorian Village, the North Market, Franklin Park, German Village, the South Olentangy Trail, and downtown Columbus. 

Don't forget to bring a lock. We will be stopping at various locations to eat and drink.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Interbike 2011 - Continental Urban Bicycle Tires

Interbike 2011 - Continental Mountain Bike Bicycle Tires

Interbike 2011 - Continental Road Bicycle Tires

Mountain bike trail opening at Chestnut Ridge

Mountain bike trail opening at Chestnut Ridge



    By  Mark Ferenchik
    The Columbus Dispatch Saturday October 15, 2011 6:39 AM
    Metro Parks’ first mountain bike trail opens on Sunday, a 71/2-mile route in Fairfield County that was built with the help of a local group.
    The Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization’s members volunteered to work on the trail at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park. The group first asked Metro Parks to build a trail more than a decade ago.
    “It’s huge,” said Brian Adams, liaison to Metro Parks for the biking group and president of the Ohio Mountain Bike Association.
    The only other course within 30 minutes of Downtown is a 14-mile trail at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware County.
    About 1,100 riders a month from late spring through fall use the 8-mile mountain bike trail at Huffman MetroPark in Fairborn near Dayton, said Val Beerbower, a spokeswoman for Five Rivers MetroParks, Dayton’s regional park system.
    The Chestnut Ridge trail will serve riders living in southern Franklin County and south of Columbus, Adams said.
    The trail, built on 121 acres in the western part of the park, has more hills than the Alum Creek path, with a total change in elevation of 220 feet, Adams said. It has an all-natural surface that is 12 inches to 18 inches wide.
    Construction on the trail began in December. Volunteers cleared vegetation for the trail corridor and dug into hillsides to create a flat route, Adams said.
    The parking lot for the trail is off of Mason Road. The ceremony to open the trail begins at 10 a.m. Sunday.
    Metro Parks had budgeted $40,000 to help design, build and operate the trail, which ultimately will be about 12 miles long, Metro Parks spokeswoman Peggy Hanely said.
    Work will continue this winter, Adams said.