Bike infrastructure projects on horizon gain steam


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



Bob Martinez of Lima, takes is five dogs named, Macie, Cooper, Bentley Cruz and Riley for a walk on top of the Ferguson Reservoir on Wednesday morning. Martinez walks the dogճ everyday except when it rains.

Bob Martinez of Lima, takes is five dogs named, Macie, Cooper, Bentley Cruz and Riley for a walk on top of the Ferguson Reservoir on Wednesday morning. Martinez walks the dogճ everyday except when it rains.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

LIMA — The winter seems to have finally broken its hold on the temperature, and more Lima residents are heading outside to walk, bike and run. That means local health organizations and nonprofits are continuing work to upgrade pedestrian infrastructure and plan races.

The City of Lima has at least three walkways in the works. The city is planning to pave the foot/bike path around Schoonover Lake and add additional dedicated parking lots to allow better access. The Elm Street underpass construction includes a sidewalk to open up foot traffic between Lincoln Park and Stadium Park, and the city is looking to add better pedestrian access to Allen County Jobs and Family Services from Fourth Street by installing sidewalks between Main and Metcalf streets.

Meanwhile, the Lima Rotary Club has begun exploring options to potentially connect downtown Lima with the OSU-Lima campus with a bike path or walkway. The project, however, is at very early stages, and no details have been confirmed as potential paths are being identified.

In related news, the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District is considering upgrading the roughly 10-mile section of the Miami Erie Canal Towpath between Spencerville and Delphos by bulldozing the current path and replacing it with a compact lime walkway that even roadway bikes could utilize. The project will be finished in five-mile stages from south to north.

Finally, in the northeast side of Allen County, the Bluffton Lions Foundation has led an initiative to create a loop around Bluffton called the Lions Way Bentley Path. The first few miles have already been constructed and subsequent planning has identified where to create a few more sections, Foundation President Dick Ramseyer said.

More infrastructure projects will be considered as more problem areas are identified, Activate Allen County (AAC) Co-Director Josh Unterbrink said. As part of that effort, AAC is asking for volunteers to help the group catalogue the bike and pedestrian traffic throughout Lima. Volunteers will spend two hours at particular routes or intersections in Allen County starting on May 14 and record each bicyclist or pedestrian who goes by. Those interested in volunteering can contact Josh Unterbrink at 419-222-6045.

Counts will measure the effects of infrastructure improvements on signage, crosswalks and bikeways and help identify potential trouble areas. The counts could also be used as evidence when applying for state and federal grants and will provide a better overall understanding of Lima’s transportation needs.

As for events, any runner or biker will have access to a number races throughout the summer. The following list of events is by no means comprehensive.

• Bike Rodeo: 10 a.m. to noon, May 19, hosted by WOCAP at 540 S. Central Ave., free for children five to 12, includes bike safety courses, bike helmet fitting stations, door prizes, food, refreshments and more.

• Limaland Tour 2018: Registration opens at 6:45 a.m., June 16, start location is UAW Local 1219 Park, 1750 Bible Road, Lima, 25-, 40-, and 65-mile routes available. More information at www.tearmroadrunners.org

• 17th annual Freedom 5K, 10K Run/Walk: Race begins at 9 a.m., July 4, start location in Faurot Park, this year’s event is introducing a 10K option for the longer-distance runners and 1-mile bling run for the shorter-distance walkers. More information at lima4th.com.

• Bluffton Ride to Remember: Check-in/registration is from 6 to 9 a.m., July 14, start location is 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, routes are open until 4 p.m., bike riders choose the length and the route depending on experience. More information at www.ridetoremember.net.

• Rally Point River Ride 2018: Ride times begin at 7 to 9 a.m. or 9 to 11 a.m. depending on route, July 28, start location is 2092 Reed Road (west end picnic area). 10-, 20-, 50- and 62.5-mile routes available. More information at www.rallyup.org/bike

• 12th annual Suicide Awareness Remembrance Walk: 10 a.m., Sept. 29, Trinity Park, corner of Market and Pierce streets.

• Delphos Run Club: Meets every Thursday, 7:30 p.m. between April and September at the Rustic Cafe, 107 E. 2nd St., Delphos. The club accepts donations for local charities and organizations during each meeting.

Bob Martinez of Lima, takes is five dogs named, Macie, Cooper, Bentley Cruz and Riley for a walk on top of the Ferguson Reservoir on Wednesday morning. Martinez walks the dogճ everyday except when it rains.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Out-for-a-walk_01co.jpgBob Martinez of Lima, takes is five dogs named, Macie, Cooper, Bentley Cruz and Riley for a walk on top of the Ferguson Reservoir on Wednesday morning. Martinez walks the dogճ everyday except when it rains. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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