Roadside Trash Pickup Planned for Sept. 10

Club members collect trash on Pomeroy Road.

Athens Bicycle Club will host a “Keep America Beautiful” trash cleanup on Pomeroy Road on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ABC has adopted a section of Pomeroy Road as part of its commitment to the community. Club members meet throughout the year to pick up trash on this segment of road.

Help Athens Bicycle Club keep Athens looking its best!  We will meet at the Richland Ave. BP Gas Station. Orange safety vests, work gloves, and trash bags will be provided.  Please wear sturdy footwear and bring water to drink.

If you have any questions, email treasurer@athensbicycleclub.org and thanks for your help!

 

Kids & Family Ride #3 Planned for Aug. 27

ABC Kids & Family Ride

Kids and Family Ride #2 2017

The next ABC Kids & Family Ride is set! Join us on August 27.

Meeting Place: Athens Community Center. Ride starts at 3 p.m. and should wrap up before 5 p.m.

Ride Format: Group ride on city streets. Expect to ride 7 miles total, touring around the city of Athens. This ride will be somewhat strenuous for young riders, there might be some walking up hills. We will be riding with car traffic at times. Parents should expect to be vigilant and helpful. There could be whining at times! But there will be a sense of accomplishment afterward.

We will review bicycling etiquette and street safety before departing.

Families with younger children are welcome to join us as we depart on the bikeway (then ride as long as makes sense for your family before returning to the starting place).

Other Important Information:
> Helmets are required for anyone on the ride (adults, children and infants).
> Please arrive with bicycles in working order and ready to go (test them out before the day of the ride).
> We suggest that you carry anything you might need to deal with any mechanical problems along the way.

Kids and Family Ride #1 2017

Kids and Family Ride #1 2017

> Please carry water and snacks for yourselves and your children.
> Please stay close enough to your children during the ride that you can see them and they can hear you.
> Please arrive in time to sign club waiver.

This ride is part of a series of kids & family events being offered by Athens Bicycle Club for 2017.

Questions? Email Meredith Erlewine at mer@athensbicycle.com.

Mountain biking on the Wayne - courtesy of Bruce Wunderlich for the Marietta-Washington County CVB.

Comment on Reduced Mountain Biking Fees for Wayne NF by Friday 28 July

Wayne National Forest is proposing to reduce mountain bike user fees for a seasonal permit from $45 to $0. Submit your comments in support of the proposal by close of business this Friday 28 July, 2017.

Wayne National Forest opened the comment period on a proposal to significantly reduce fees for motorized and non-motorized uses in the forest in March. The long comment period is now coming to an end. The National Forest has experienced reduced use by motorized sports in recent years, and by reducing motorized use fees, and eliminating fees for horse and mountain bike users, the Forest will be better aligned with other trail providers in the area.

Mountain biking on the Wayne - courtesy of Bruce Wunderlich for the Marietta-Washington County CVB.

Mountain biking on the Wayne – courtesy of Bruce Wunderlich for the Marietta-Washington County CVB.

Let your voice be heard. Email comments to: comments-eastern-wayne@fs.fed.us with the subject line “Fee Change” by close of business on Friday, July 28, 2017.

Additionally, verbal comments can be submitted via phone by calling 740-753-0101 and indicating you would like to provide comments on the proposed recreation fee changes.

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HAB Paving Closure July 2017

Section of Hockhocking Adena Bikeway in Athens Repaving

HAB Trail near Eastside Neighborhood

HAB Trail near Eastside Neighborhood looking toward Stimson Ave.

UPDATE 2 August: Paving is complete. It a nice smooth new trail between the Stimson Dr and Rt 33/50 Bridge.

UPDATE 31 July: Cut and fill of the cracks in the bikeway started today, Monday 31 July. The trail will be closed on Tuesday, 1 August, to complete the work.

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway will be closed for repaving between the Athens Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Stimson Avenue bridge from Friday 27 July through Sunday 29 July, 2017. The city will be marking a detour during the closure.

You can view a Google Map of the closure area here.

HAB Paving Closure July 2017

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Paving Closure July 2017

Athens Bicycle Club will update this post and the associated Google Map with more details about the detour and any changes to the closure schedule as they are provided.

The City of Athens has contracted to have the section of the bikeway milled, crack sealed, and repaved. While the work is going on, this section of the bike path will be closed starting July 27 through July 29. The path should be re-opened on July 30.

Link to City of Athens Bike Path Closure Announcement

WayneNF Bailey Project Map

Wayne National Forest Accepting Comments on Mountain Bike Trail Project until Friday July 7th

Many of you have asked how you can continue to support the development of a major new mountain bike trail system in the Wayne National Forest in Athens County.

Proposed mountain bike trail system at Wayne National ForestNow is the time to let national forest officials know your thoughts and opinions on the project. WNF is now officially taking comments on the project, and Athens District Supervisor Jason Reed anticipates signing a decision on the project in early 2018.

WNF has released a four-page newsletter describing the project, which includes detailed instructions on how to submit comments. WNF also has released several maps related to the project. Find links to the maps and newsletter here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52031.

Please take time to provide input to WNF before July 7, 2017. While positive input is great and will help move this exciting plan from being just a concept to a shovel-ready project, all views and opinions are welcome. A project this large cannot be developed by local champions alone. It takes broad community and regional support to help decision makers see that the public wants these trails to be developed.

To submit your comments:

  • Send an email to: comments-eastern-wayne-athens@fs.fed.us
  • Include the project name (“Baileys Mountain Bike Trail Project”) in the subject line
  • Address your comments to Dawn McCarthy, explaining why you support or oppose the project (don’t just say “I support” or “I oppose,” but explain your reasons why)
  • Include your first and last name and physical mailing address in the body of your email along with your comments
  • If you prefer to write, hand deliver, call or fax in your comments, information about how to do so is available in the WNF newsletter about the project.

Thanks to everyone who has been involved providing input and investing time on the project.

Athens Bicycle Club