BRUNSWICK — The Ohio Department of Transportation has been working to create a bike route throughout the state and Brunswick may soon become part of the route.
Caraline Griffith, program management transportation engineer with ODOT, said the goal of the bike system is to connect 17 major cities throughout the state. The route will offer cyclists a way to traverse the state, seeing new sites in different communities along the way.
The bike trail is not a construction or maintenance project, said Griffith.
The city will not be funding this project and will not have to maintain it. ODOT will even cover the cost for signage on this trail.
Monday was the first time the route was publically shown in Brunswick.
Wadsworth and Medina have already signed off on the route.
“So, a little bit of background,” said City Manager Carl DeForest. “A few months ago, we got an email … from an ODOT representative that that they wanted to establish a bike route through this area that would provide some connectivity to businesses and get some people biking through this area.”
However, the route provided by ODOT runs along Substation Road, which doesn’t fulfill the idea of connectivity in Brunswick.
“I emailed at that time indicating that, well, there is no business along Substation,” said DeForest, who is an avid bike rider in his free time. “It’s not an ideal place to cycle on either with limited site issues and narrow shoulders. It’s kind of dangerous. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that people cycle on Substation.”
ODOT is giving local governments in Ohio that will be hosting a section of the trail the chance to make suggestions in order to help the trail fit better within their communities.
ODOT will need council to sign a resolution from council in order to go ahead with the construction of the bike trail. However, Council said it will take sometime to discuss the possibilities of this trail.
“We’re looking into it,” DeForest said. “I’m working with our service director and our engineer to determine if there’s better ways to go about this,” said DeForest.