MetroParks Offers Smart Cycling Class


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Bike Share to Roll Into Dayton Spring 2015


Community leaders gathered at Second Street Public Market today to announce the required $1 million in capital funding has been secured to launch a bike share program in Greater Downtown Dayton in 2015.  Earlier this month, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) approved 2014 funding from the Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program to cover capital costs for 22 bike share stations.  Mayor Nan Whaley announced that the City of Dayton has committed to providing $250,000 which includes a needed local match to secure the capital funds and partial operating support … [Read more...]

Courteous Mass Ride @ Fifth Third Field

Winter Cycling

Trying to stick to that New Year's resolution to get healthy and fit? Here's an opportunity! Come see the city from your bike! Courteous Mass Dayton is a community of bike minded individuals who gather on the first Fridays of the month and take a street ride tour of the city. We do this to raise awareness of bikes as transportation and to raise visibility of cyclist on our streets. Courteous Mass is a bit different from other groups that call themselves Critical Mass. Courteous Mass is dedicated to following the rules of the road to set a rider standard. Courteous Mass is a great way to get … [Read more...]

Kettering Celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month with Arts Bike Ride


The City of Kettering’s Arts Council (KAC) is promoting two arts-related events in October to encourage residence to appreciate and attend the arts. A proclamation for the month-long National Arts and Humanities Month was issued by Kettering Mayor Don Patterson at the September 24th Kettering City Council Meeting. Mike Beerbower, KAC President, announced at the meeting plans for the first “Bike the Arts” event on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 10 a.m. at Rosewood Arts Center, 2655 Olson Drive. “This 10-mile guided bike tour will offer brief explanations as riders make stops at art … [Read more...]

Laugh Strong: Tour de Comedy Rolls into Dayton


"Four comedians ride their bikes into a bar..." Not the set up for a bad joke - the first bicycle comedy tour will stop in Dayton for a show at Riff Raff on the Canal on September 8th. Dean Masello is a New York City-based comic who missed riding his bike. Looking for a way to combine his two loves, he hatched an idea to do a cycling comedy tour. "One of the biggest challenges was finding three other comics that were in good enough shape to pull off over 500 miles in 8 days". Although he's lived in New York City for years, Ohio is his home state, which is one of the reasons he arranged the … [Read more...]

Midwest Tandem Rally Returns to Miami Valley


 The 38th Annual Midwest Tandem Rally, a cycling event for tandem bicyclists, returns to the Miami Valley this Labor Day weekend for the first time since 2003. Approximately 350 tandem teams will descend upon Greene County and ride between 60 and 200 miles during the two organized rides.   “Working with the Midwest Tandem Rally organizers for the last two years has been wonderful. The planners and participants alike are passionate cyclists and just the type of people we want to attract for return visits to ride our one-of-a-kind trail network.” said Kathleen Young, Executive … [Read more...]

Gem City Cycling: How Dayton Became The Best Of Ohio


Cycling in Downtown Dayton (Photograph by bsom, Flickr) Dayton might not be the first city that comes to mind as a cycling haven in Ohio. Surely Cleveland, Columbus or Cincinnati has more to offer than a city with less than 150,000 residents, right? Turns out the Gem City is arguably king of Ohio cycling with the Miami Valley claiming 330 miles of trail to explore and a bronze ranking from the League of American Bicyclists in 2010. Not to mention the area is served by the competitive Team Dayton Cycling and the Dayton Cycling Club on the advocacy front. And nobody involved in Dayton … [Read more...]

A Quick Guide to Bike Commuting


The first day of Summer came with the first air advisory. The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission asked people to reduce pollution by using transit, sharing rides, and riding bikes. Searching the internet about bike commuting provides an abundance of information. Some of it is really helpful, but some make bike commuting out to be a very complicated and dangerous thing. From personal experience, I can say it does not take special equipment to get started, and as far as safety is concerned, while I have had some “close calls,” mostly at street crossings, keeping my eyes open and not … [Read more...]

Miamisburg celebrates the 9th annual Tour d’Burg


Tour d’Burg will host the 9th Annual Bike Tour starting at Library Park in historic downtown Miamisburg, Ohio. All ages & abilities are invited to participate in this Ride that heads west through the well marked roads of Montgomery and Preble counties. The Ride includes routes of 25, 50 & 75 miles with water & food stops. This Ride is not a race, so you can enjoy the countryside and camaraderie. On your return to Miamisburg, you are invited to stay for the Tour d’ Burg amateur and professional criterium bike races. There will be food, activities for the kids plus your favorite … [Read more...]

Bikeway Extension Opens June 21 Connects WPAFB, WSU to 330-mile regional bikeway system


Five Rivers MetroParks invites area bike enthusiasts to a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of the Mad River Bikeway extension. With the completion of the new 3.6 mile recreational bikeway, downtown Dayton and the more than 330 miles of trails in the regional bikeway system are now connected with Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Air Force Museum, the Huffman Prairie Trail and the Kauffman Avenue Bikeway which extends to Wright State University and Fairborn.  The new bikeway segment is also part of the multistate, 4,600 mile North Country/Buckeye Trail that continues past Fairborn … [Read more...]