Cincinnati, OH – Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board President and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced today OKI has released its 2013 Ohio Counties Bike Route Guide.
“This new map is more than just a bike route guide, it’s a guide to a cleaner environment and a healthier lifestyle,” said Portune. “There was a great upsurge in enthusiasm for biking during National Bike Month and this map is the perfect way to keep that enthusiasm going.”
The map is a combination of routes throughout the Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties. A similar edition of the map was released last year, but this year’s map has been modified to include additional neighborhood streets, “memory” hills and “problem areas” in specific intersections. The new map also includes revised classifications of certain roads, downgrading some previously recommended roads to the “cautious” level and vice versa. The reverse side of the map gives tips for riding and maintenance and provides additional resources for cyclists. The guide makes it easier for those looking to commute to work and those just looking for a new, safer route to ride.
This year, OKI Senior Planner and Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Don Burrell took a different approach to revising the map. Through a social media campaign, Burrell gathered suggested revisions from cycling enthusiasts throughout the region. The campaign lasted two weeks, reached 450 hits, and resulted in more than 200 changes for the map.
“The campaign was extremely successful,” said Burrell. “We have held open meetings in the past to get the community involved. With this new campaign, we were able to really listen to the many more community’s needs and create a comprehensive map that’s efficient and easy to use.”
OKI’s long-range goal is to have an interactive bike route guide accessible on-line with the capability for a cyclist to electronically map a trip. Copies of the Ohio Counties Bike Route Guide are free of charge and are available to individuals and area bike shops upon request. The map is also available at the OKI office or via the OKI website at www.oki.org.
OKI is a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs to improve the quality of life and the economic development potential of the Tri-State.