Upcoming Bike-N-Brainstorm events:
September 22, 2018 – Tallmadge
Join AMATS and the City of Tallmadge on Saturday, September 22 at 8:30am for a fun and informative bike ride around town. Starting at Tallmadge City Hall, there will be a 5.6 mile ride followed by a brainstorming session. Bring water and your best ideas for improving cycling in Tallmadge!
August 18, 2018 – Green
On August 18, 2018, the City of Green will partner with AMATS (Akron Metropolitan Transportation Study) to host “Bike-N-Brainstorm” which includes a bike ride and brainstorming session to receive feedback on improving biking in the City of Green. The bike ride will begin from Boettler Park at 9:00am and ride a designated loop route to Central Park finishing at Boettler Park.
July 18, 2018 – Ravenna
Join us on a 4.2 mile loop ride around Ravenna, rain or shine!
Start and end at Ravenna City Park – Tower Lodge
Bike Week is May 14-18, 2018 with May 18th being Bike to Work Day. Join our Bike to Work Week Challenge by doing the following:
- Register on GohioCommute to log your trips
- Bike to work at least once during the week of May 14-18 (log your trip on GohioCommute.com)
- Send a selfie of yourself biking to Heather Reidl
- Sign up for the AMATS bike list
A drawing will be held on May 25th, 2018 to choose two winners for a 1-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Akron.
AMATS Switching-Gears Conference in Barberton, Ohio.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, AMATS, the City of Barberton and the Barberton Community Foundation, hosted Jason Roberts of Better Block and Charles Marohn of Strong Towns. Over 100 attendees arrived, many wearing purple to support Barberton. The program began with an update by Mayor William Judge about recent initiatives in the City of Barberton, followed by presentations from both of our speakers. Lunch was provided by White House Chicken and The Enchanted Cafe, followed by smaller breakout sessions with our featured speakers. Finally, the attendees chose between an afternoon bike ride or a guided walk in downtown Barberton.
Purpose of a Bike-N-Brainstorm event:
- Establish a diverse project team (elected officials, city staff, regional agencies, etc).
- Determine the purpose (highlight challenges/opportunities,needed feedback, etc).
- Create a route with various types of infrastructure (typically 6-8 miles).
- Highlight on-road biking rules and safety tips.
- Brainstorm on how participants felt on ride and needed improvements.
The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) developed Bike-N-Brainstorm in 2012 to serve as a tool for public outreach by engaging bicyclists in a chosen bike route to improve biking conditions in a local community. More than 450 bicyclists have participated in twelve Bike-N-Brainstorm events from 2012-2015. AMATS continues to partner with other communities toward encouraging bicycle infrastructure in making it a viable and safe active transportation option.