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.
Ward 1 Community Meeting and Bike Ride Recap
The Oct. 11th event started at 10:30 am and was held in Highland Square on W. Market St. and Casterton Ave. Ward 1 Councilman Rich Swirsky began with opening remarks and proceeded with an informal community meeting. The meeting included the following topics and speakers:
- County Sales Tax Issue 12
- How to Create Bike-friendly communities - Jason Segedy
- Health Benefits of Bicycling - Courtney Hudson, Injury Prevention TBI Coalition Coordinator, Children’s Hospital
- Rules of the Road & Bike Safety - Andy Davis, P.E., City of Akron Traffic Engineering
The event drew over 60 people and around 50 of them went on the bike ride. The bike ride followed the 1 hour meeting and included a short 3.8 mile ride up to Upper Merriman Dr., around the new King CLC and back down along Aqueduct St. to Balch St., Crosby St., S. Portage Path, and back to the start point at Casterton.
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.