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Tra-La! It's May! The bikey month of May! Officially, we won't pass the freeze/frost date until May 15th, but still the days are certainly warm enough now for folks to get out on the Miami Valley Trails. As you can see above, the cyclists are out even before the leaves! Nationally, May is "Bike Month" and there are plenty of ways you can make your May a bike month, too; there are events throughout the Miami Valley to encourage active transportation all month long. Check out this list from Five Rivers MetroParks. In this edition of Trail Talk, the MVBT quarterly newsletter, we'll have information on the big cycling event at the end of May - the Miami Valley Cycling Summit.. Also. look for a preview of hte Miami Valley Trails biggest annual on-trail event - the Greene Trails Cycling Classic hosted each July in Xenia. We've got little updates on some trail construction projects, and two new features on the Miami Valley Bike Trails web site. Read on!
The Miami Valley Cycling Summit - a FREE regional biennial forum dedicated to promoting, enabling and creating safe bicycling for recreation and transportation in the Miami Valley region - is coming to PIQUA, OHIO in May 2015!
The Summit is facilitated by Bike Miami Valley, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization, and is conducted as an interactive, conference-style program and includes presentations from nationally respected speakers and professionals in the field of bicycle advocacy. The keynote speaker for 2015 Miami Valley Cycling Summit is Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, PA. Mayor Peduto is leading the way in transforming Pittsburgh into a pro walk, pro bike, livable city and we are excited to have him share with us his enthusiasm, insight, and encouragement for pro bicycling initiatives. The full schedule for the 2015 Cycling Summit is available online. You'll find speakers like Melida Huntley from the Ohio Tourism Association, and Tom Helbig from Tomfoolery Outdoors discussing building business around bike tourism in our region. Eric Oberg from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Amy Camp from Cycle Forward, and speakers from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission discussing planning for the future of the trails network. Don't miss sessions from the Ohio Department of Transportation's Julie Walcoff, the state Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Jessica Mathews from Consider Biking, and Katie Norris and Emmy Fabich from Bike Miami Valley will be providing the advocates' view of developing cycling in the Miami Valley. It's a full agenda and we're sure there's something in it for you!
The Cycling Summit typically attracts hundreds of elected and appointed state and local government officials, community leaders, and cycling and outdoor recreation advocates and enthusiasts from the Miami Valley and beyond. The theme of the 2015 Cycling Summit will focus on the many community benefits that CYCLING CULTIVATES...business growth, community health, economic development, tourism, and more! You can still register for this FREE event on the Cycling Summit web site.
We welcome you to join us at the nationally recognized historic Fort Piqua Plaza on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and for the post event social immediately following the Summit. Come discover all of the amazing community benefits that CYCLING CULTIVATES...in your community!
The Miami Valley's biggest, longest, annual event on the trails is coming upagain this July 16 through July 19. Based in Xenia, and venturing out in four directions is the Greene Trails Cycling Classic. Greene County Parks & Trails has managed this event for years and they have shaped it into an event that anyone - with any level of experience - can take part in. Choose your experience - one day, two days, three, or four. Each day features evening entertainment, and selected meals. The whole event is designed around this year's theme: "Saddle Up!"
Come be a part of this annual family-oriented biking event. Centered in Greene County, Ohio, the tour utilizes the nationally recognized, award-winning rail-to-trail system and their adjacent communities, with a different trail featured each day. The event is designed to raise vital funds to support the region's extensive system of nationally-recognized paved, multi-use trails. Registration forms and more information are available from the GCP&T web site. As in past years, this year's Cycling Classic features:
So join with 200 or so like-minded, bike-minded folks and get out and experience a lot of the nation's largest paved trail network at the 2015 Greene Trails Cycling Classic!
Investments in the Miami Valley Trails are visible seemingly everywhere. These projects maintain and improve your Miami Valley Trails and make them the great assets they are.
This feature has long existed on the mobile browser version of Miami Valley Bike Trails, but now we've included it under the "Support" tab on our desktop site as well. "Report a Problem" does just what it says. It is a tool for users out on the Miami Valley Trails who come upon a maintenance or a safety issue to let the trail managing agencies know about it. After providing some contact information, the user can tell us about the specific location and description of the problem along the trail. There are several common issues the user can choose from and they can provide a narrative description of the problem, too. The key information for this tool is to indicate on what trail the problem was found. Choosing the right trail sends automatic e-mails to the agencies that manage that trail, alerting them of the issue and allowing them to decide how to approach solving the problem.
Using "Report a Problem" is a great way to help keep your Miami Valley Trails safe and inviting for all users. Thanks for pitching in!
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people -- like you -- come from near and far to enjoy the Miami Valley Trails in southwest Ohio. Some of you ride the trails for pleasure and fitness while others use the trails for tourism and transportation. We're interested in hearing how you use the trails.
Tell us Your Story is a tool for users of the trails to tell us about your great experiences on the Miami Valley Trails. Families out riding an afternoon; scouting troops working on cycling badges; training for adventure travel or for marathons; commuters biking to work. We want to hear all about it!
Included on the page are check boxes to provide, if you wish, permission to Miami Valley Bike Trails to use your story to help promote the Miami Valley Trails to others who may enjoy coming to the trails for the same kinds of activities. Our goal with this tool is to raise awareness and usage of the nation's largest paved trail network.