AMATS began organizing Bike-N-Brainstorm rides as an alternative way to get feedback on on-road bike improvements in the Akron area. Traditionally, AMATS has mainly funded off-road multi-purpose trails, but, with the 2012 Bike Plan, has shifted to promoting and funding on-road biking as well. This will help create a system of bike infrastructure which will encourage biking for transportation as well as recreation. A Bike-N-Brainstorm consists of a bike ride along a key corridor or area to experience what it is like to bike there, followed by a brainstorming session to discuss needs and potential improvements to encourage biking and improve safety. It is essentially an active public meeting.
So far AMATS has held five Bike-N-Brainstorm events. The first was in May 2012 with the City of Akron and looked at the West Market Street Corridor. The second was also with the City of Akron and explored the area around Downtown and the University of Akron. The third event took place in Kent and although it was a cold, snowy day, more than 60 people came out to participate. AMATS is currently partnering with more communities for 2014.
Hudson Bike-N-Brainstorm – October 4, 2014
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9am start
Location: Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt Street
Ride Length: 4 or 8 miles
Have thoughts on how to improve Hudson? Join AMATS and the City of Hudson for an on-road bike ride around the City to brainstorm and discuss your ideas. A short family friendly ride (4 miles) and longer ride (8 miles) are scheduled. Your ideas will be considered for Hudson’s 2014 Comprehensive Plan. Registration here.
Ward 1 Community Meeting and Bike Ride
Join Akron Councilman Rich Swirsky on October 11th, 10:30am as we explore ways to improve our health, protect the environment, and help build community throughout Ward 1 in Akron. Come participate in the family friendly bike ride following the meeting.
Barberton Bike-N-Brainstorm Re-Cap
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Location: Snyder Ave. Trailhead – 33 Snyder Ave. Barberton
Ride Length: 9.74 miles
Click here for a summary of the comments.
Click here for the Kent Bike-N-Brainstorm press release.
Click here for the Green Bike-N-Brainstorm re-cap.