Southwest Ohio Has The Largest Bikeway Network in the Country! What?

Learn how strong partnerships developed and continue to expand the 300-mile network of multi-use trails.


Presenters: Amy Dingle, Director, Five Rivers MetroParks, Ohio; Carrie Scarff, Deputy Director, Five Rivers MetroParks, Ohio; Janet Bly, General Manager, Miami Conservancy District, Ohio

Natural disaster, visionary leadership, and community partnerships laid the groundwork to put Dayton, Ohio at the epicenter of a trail renaissance that began over 100 years ago with the 1913 flood. This disaster lead to the protection of thousands of acres of green space that linked the region creating the backbone for a variety of recreation assets including some of the earliest paved off-street trails in the country. Learn how strong partnerships developed and continue to expand the 300-mile network of multi-use trails in this Bicycle Friendly Community and throughout the region, that have hugely popular political, citizen, and corporate support, and are seen as a key quality of life amenity.

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