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Bicyclists help map Medina County routes

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One of the work stations utilized by community members during the Nov. 16 meeting to provide insight into the creation of a new Medina County bike map for next year. NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Members of the bicycling community gathered at the Medina Library on Thursday evening to provide input on the creation of a new bike map for the county.

The map is being created by the Northeast Ohio Area Wide Coordinating Agency, and should be available for cyclists by the spring.

Known as NOACA, the agency is a federally designated metropolitan planning organization that covers Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties.

“Basically, we conduct multi-model transportation and environmental planning for that five-county region,” said Mike Kubek, manager of transportation studies for NOACA.

The organization has published bike maps for those regions in the past, and it was decided it was time for an update.

“We are trying to promote active transportation and one of the ways we do that is through our bike maps,” he said.

Following an introduction by Kubek, Katie Sieb, who is managing the Medina County bike map for NOACA, explained to the group what she hoped to accomplish during the workshop and why input from the community is vital to the creation of a new bike map.

“Knowing that there is quite a range of needs throughout our regions, we want the map to really work well for your communities here,” said Sieb.

The group of about 15 community members viewed 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.

Lynne Nawalaniec, member of the Medina County Bicycle Task Force and employee of Century Cycles in Medina, said she is looking forward to being able to provide an updated map for cyclists at the bike shop.

“It was great to carry with you, and it highlighted the roads that are good to ride, ones that require more experience and also the ones to avoid,” she said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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