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Better Biking in Barberton

by Ruth Kaser for Cycling Articles, Shop News

Are you interested in biking in Barberton and have thoughts on how to improve it? AMATS partnered with the City of Barberton to do a Bike-N-Brainstorm in order to get feedback on how to make Barberton a better bicycle community.

What is needed to improve and encourage biking in Barberton? Join us at the Barberton BNB:

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Location: Wolf Creek Trailhead – 33 Snyder Ave. Barberton
Ride Length: 9.74 miles
Time: 9 AM registration and optional bike inspection. Ride leaves at 9:30 AM

AMATS began organizing Bike-N-Brainstorm rides as an alternative way to get feedback on on-road bike improvements in the Akron area. Traditionally, AMATS has mainly funded off-road multi-purpose trails, but, with the 2012 Bike Plan, has shifted to promoting and funding on-road biking as well. This will help create a system of bike infrastructure which will encourage biking for transportation as well as recreation. A Bike-N-Brainstorm consists of a bike ride along a key corridor or area to experience what it is like to bike there, followed by a brainstorming session to discuss needs and potential improvements to encourage biking and improve safety. It is essentially an active public meeting.

Who or what is AMATS, you ask? AMATS is the acronym for Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study. AMATS is one of 17 regional transportation planning agencies, known as metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), in Ohio. The AMATS Policy Committee is responsible for directing the transportation planning process in the region.

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