Wednesday November 21, 2012

I Like to Ride My Bicycle

Getting to University of Dayton sporting events on the west side of the Great Miami Valley River will get a little easier for the eco-conscious.

The University of Dayton and the Miami Conservancy District will partner to extend the Great Miami River Recreation Trail bike path along the west bank of the Great Miami River from Stewart Street to the University of Dayton softball stadium. The University of Dayton Arena and Time Warner Cable Stadium for Flyers baseball are across the street.

"We have been in conversations with the Conversancy District about extending the bike path since we expanded our arena sports complex," said Beth Keyes, University of Dayton vice president for facilities. "We are glad to see this come to fruition. This project will benefit the cycling enthusiasts in the University and greater Dayton communities who now will have a safe pathway to the arena sports complex."

The Great Miami River Recreation Trail already runs from Stewart Street to Dayton's Triangle Park on both sides of the river. The trail joins at Triangle Park and extends north to Tipp City, about 18 miles from Dayton. On the east side of the river, the bike path winds from Stewart Street south to Franklin, about 18 miles from Dayton. A spur along Stewart Street also connects the path to the University of Dayton campus.

The University will contribute $52,000 toward the $152,000 project. The conservancy district has a grant for the remainder.

Kurt Rinehart, chief engineer for the conservancy district, welcomes the addition of the .7-mile span and hopes it will be started by next spring. He said the project should take a month.

"It's been something we've wanted to get done for a while, and we are now at the point we can do this extension. It's good for the community and UD," Rinehart said. "There's really not a place to ride your bike there. When you have a separated bike path extension, it's a much safer place to ride."

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or