Dayton is making it’s move to become the 2nd Bike Friendly Community in Ohio. In the last few months the City of Dayton has formed a community wide bike and pedestrian task force lead my Commissioner Nan Whaley, striped bike lanes on downtown roads, produced a transportation based bike map for the entire city limits, and most of all, completed and submitted a Bike Friendly Community Application to the League of American Bicyclists.
In the next few weeks the League of American Bicylists plans to announce the 2010 Bike Friendly Community award winners. Currently only 1 community holds this honor, Columbus, who was named just last fall as the first Bike Friendly Community in Ohio. Other communities such as Riverside have submitted an application yeilding only an Honorable Mention (meaning, “Not there yet but keep up the good work!”).
2010 submissions were made from two Miami Valley communities, the City of Dayton and the City of Troy. Both have a very active cycling community and are invested in working toward making the entire Miami Valley a more bike friendly region. The only other submission in Ohio, to my knowledge, was from Shaker Heights, in the Cleveland Area.
Keep your eyes open for the announcements coming soon. Good Luck to both Troy and Dayton, the Outdoor Evangelist is rooting for you both.
If you are looking for other exciting cycling related events, visit Drive Less Live More for exciting new programs and event in 2010 such as Bike to the Dragons Games, an expanded Bike to Work Day event list, Bike to It Concert Series at Dave Hall Plaza and of course, one of my favorites, the Courteous Mass and Urban Bikes @ Urban Nights Rides .