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.
September 6, 2019 – Kenmore’s Bike-N-Sip
AMATS participated in Kenmore Boulevard’s First Friday event by hosting a Bike-N-Sip. This 4 mile loop took riders from downtown Kenmore to the towpath and included the newly-striped Kenmore Boulevard and the floating towpath trail on Summit Lake.
June 15, 2019 – City of Akron Police Department
AMATS partnered with the City of Akron Police Department for a ride that included the new Aqueduct Complete Street. The 5.4 mile loop concluded back at the American Red Cross Building on West Market Street for a brainstorming session.
June 1, 2019 – City of Hudson
The City of Hudson and AMATS partnered to obtain feedback on existing bike lanes, trails, and connections around downtown Hudson. This was a 7 mile loop that was followed by a brainstorming session at a local bike shop – All-Around Cyclery.
September 22, 2018 – Tallmadge Bike-N-Brainstorm
August 18, 2018 – Green Bike-N-Brainstorm
July 18, 2018 – Ravenna Bike-N-Brainstorm
Bike Week was May 14-18, 2018 with May 18th being Bike to Work Day. Our Bike to Work Week Challenge :
- 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 was held on May 25th, 2018, with two winners chosen 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.