The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency has released a new Medina County bike map. The maps are available at various government buildings, libraries, recreation centers and bike shops around the county.
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After a year of planning and community input, a new Medina County bike map is available for cyclists.
Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency spokesperson Jocelynn Clemings said 8,000 maps have been distributed at locations around the county including libraries, bike shops, recreation centers and city halls. She said the map is an updated version of one NOACA published nine years ago.
“Clearly our infrastructure has changed in that time period,” Clemings said. “Every day, new trails, bikeways, transportation for bikes and pedestrians is improving, and there are new routes that are beginning to come online, so it’s necessary.”
NOACA transportation planner Katie Sieb, who managed the map project, said providing area cyclists with opportunities to provide NOACA with input for the new map was an important part of the process.
Community meetings were held in Medina, Wadsworth and Brunswick between November 2017 and March.
“Sometimes they were very specific comments like ‘This intersection is difficult to cross. We shouldn’t encourage people to us it’ or sometimes they were more general comments like ‘We need more education about, for example, using lights on your bike,’ ” Sieb said.
During the community meetings, riders reviewed a map of county roads and bike paths for accuracy and then indicated an appropriate rider skill level for those roads.
Riders also provided feedback on where additional bike routes could be placed in the county, as well as any helpful information that should be included in the margins of the 2018 bike map.
Clemings said the map includes features that were not on the 2009 version, such as an experience-level indicator.
“If you are an expert cyclist versus a novice cyclist, you can look at this map and you can find routes that are appropriate for your skill level,” she said. “Also, in Medina County, what is really unique, we are including what we call recommended rides.”
Clemings said recommended rides are preplanned bicycle rides that can be selected from the map.
Sieb said the map features brighter colors and a photograph provided by Bike Medina County: Medina County Bicycle Transportation Task Force.
“We wanted it to resonate with people in the community in a way that is a little bit modern and fresh,” she said.
Clemings said the maps cost $7,000 to produce and were paid for by NOACA, which handles transportation and environmental planning for five counties: Medina, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Geauga.
“This is just one of the programs that falls under the category of encouraging cycling,” she said.
The map can be found at https://bit.ly/2sDOgZc.
Clemings said an updated bike map also was completed for Lorain County.