“Improving the mental and physical health of residents is among the goals of the city’s Barberton Forward, Neighborhoods First program, and improving bike paths plays into that effort, Mayor William Judge said” in an article by Beacon Journal staff writer Paula Schleis in today’s Akron Beacon Journal. The article discussed the Bike N Brainstorm event to be held this Saturday, September 7th as well as news of future projects in Barberton.
In May, Barberton was one of two recipients AMATS (Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) selected to receive a $50,000 Connecting Communities grant. The purpose will be to overcome barriers between neighborhoods and downtown.
In addition the city received $225,000 from the Barberton Community Foundation to help build the bridge connecting the Towpath Trail and the Robinson Avenue bridge. Mayor Judge hopes to see the bridge open late next spring. Barberton’s portion of the Towpath Trail was used more than 300,000 times last year. This bridge will bring economic opportunities to the downtown businesses, and will offer Towpath users a chance to visit and experience Downtown Barberton.
The Bike N Brainstorm event will leave from the Snyder Avenue Trailhead of the TowPath Trail at 9:30 am. The route is just under 10 miles in length and will be split into 3 segments:1. (3.0 mi.) SE of 1 st St. & Robinson Ave. (248 Robinson Ave. -“Barber Haunt,” formerly O.C. Barber Piggery) 2. (5.5 mi.) SE parking lot at 2 nd St. & Wooster Rd. (site of proposed trailhead) 3. (7.7 mi.) SE parking lot at 1 st St. & Hopocan Ave. There will be a discussion after each segment as well as one at the end of the ride. The ride is expected to be from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Lunch will be served after the ride. R-D Bike Shop is offering free bike inspections at the start of the ride-registration and check in begins at 9:00AM.