Biking is a popular mode of transportation and recreation for Columbusites. Whether riding for charity through the annual Peletonia event or just getting to work, Columbus has fast become one of the most bike friendly cities in the United States. You can even find Mayor Michael B. Coleman taking to the streets on his two wheels.
Part of the reason for the surge in activity comes from lobbying from the residents and the drafting of a plan to unite all of Ohio through bike paths. Columbus has a pretty extensive network of paths and any given day you can find avid cyclists and weekend leisure-lovers taking in the beauty of Central Ohio.
Bike Path Etiquette
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department's website has great tips for using the trails:
-Be courteous and predictable to other trail users at all times.
-Keep right, always pass on the left, giving audible warning to pedestrians, skaters and other bicyclists.
-Maintain single file when others are within 100'.
-Yield to pedestrians.
-Ride and skate at a safe speed.
-Slow down and form a single file in congested conditions, reduced visibility, and other hazardous conditions.
-To report illegal activities, call Columbus Police at 645-4545
-To report maintenance and safety concerns, call Park Maintenance Headquarters at 645-3350
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Alum Creek Trail
Currently in three sections, the Alum Creek trail is going to be the main connector of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail through Columbus. Clocking in at 22 miles, the trail moves from southern Westerville to Easton. It then picks up again for 2.5 miles from Innis Park to Arlington Park and the third section is 10.7 miles from Airport Drive to the beautiful Three Creeks Park. There it links up with Blacklick Trail.
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This trail winds through some of the most scenic parks in Columbus and is 12 miles long. Beginning at Blacklick Woods Metro Park in Reynoldsburg, to Three Creeks Park. There is also a connection open from Portman Park to
Pickerington Ponds Metro Park.
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The 670 Trail moves between downtown and the Alum Creek Trail from east to west and is 3.5 miles long. It is named for the I-670 freeway that it runs parallel to and begins at Cleveland Avenue and ends at Nelson Road.
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This was the first greenway trail built in Columbus and it travels along the riverfront downtown. It has a second connecting section that runs from Souder Avenue to Dodge Park. Leading from North Bank Park to Bicentennial Park, the path follows the Scioto Mile - an area of parks, restaurants and points of interest. A real treat comes when the path trails through the Scioto Audubon Park and hits trailhead Audubon Nature Center.
North of downtown, the trail connects to the Olentangy Trail and continues north 1.5 miles to Dublin Road.