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July 21st, 2017
July 15th, 2017
The theme of Barberton Better Block on Saturday is Health & Wellness. The day begins with Bike 2 Barberton Day. There is a Bike Rodeo for children at the parking lot across the street from the Lake Anna YMCA. There will also be a 1 mile bike ride offered and a 10 mile bike ride. R-D Bike Shop opens at 10 am that day. Prior to opening we will be at the bike ride doing bicycle inspections during registration. If you plan on riding next weekend we recommend you look over your bicycle today and bring it in to us if you feel it requires repair.
Better Block will open at 11 am. There will be a Farmers Market by R-D Bike Shop. Other activities include Barberton Quest Passports, the Summit County Humane Society will have a Pet Mobile, Fit Classes, Boot Camp, Zumba, and Kayaking.
Better Block will run from 11-3, R-D Bike Shop will be open until 5 pm. We have all prior model year bikes on sale and also have all Endura Sport apparel on sale at 20% off the ticketed price.
2nd Street will be open for traffic, you can use your Better Block flyer for a free ride on Metro, or drive in and park at the YMCA lots or Block 9. Take METRO (Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority) to Barberton Better Block for free on July 28th or 29th! Simply show this flier or show a digital copy of this flier to the bus operator. This is good for your entire family. *not valid on METRO SCAT, NCX or call-A-Bus routes. Visit akronmetro.org or call 3300762.0341 to see what routes you can get you there.
Your free ticket on Metro next Friday, Saturday
July 10th, 2017
July 10th, 2017
July 10th, 2017
Switching Gears Bike Map
Picture yourself enjoying a bicycle ride on the Freedom Trail. You are riding along enjoying the scenery and you reach the trails end near Kent. You spot a sign that indicates you can continue riding and just beyond is the Hike and Bike Trail. If you have not ridden this trail before, are not familiar with the area you can still follow the signage and enjoy a continued ride. You can also bring along the Switching Gears Bike Map that includes bike trails and you can see how to continue your ride.
We have a supply of these free maps. Stop in to get one for your self and a friend.
July 6th, 2017
We completed our rides for the Summit Metro Parks Biking Spree with a Sunday ride on the Freedom Trail. We rode the length of the completed Freedom Trail and took pictures of the progress of the construction of the next phase.
Don is in the shadows -looking at the progress of the Freedom Trail
To be continued on the Freedom Trail
The plan is for the Freedom Trail to be connected to downtown Akron and to the TowPath Trail. To date it is completed to Eastwood Avenue, the construction is visible as you look beyond.
Summit Metro Parks Freedom Trail -the uncompleted section highlighted
The Biking Spree began July 1 and runs through August 3. You receive rewards if you do 5 rides either on five different trails, the same trail or any combination of trails. First-time participants who complete five rides receive a bicycle license plate and reflective sticker. Veteran participants earn a sticker. As usual for the Sprees the rides are free for all participants. Non Summit County residents can also participate, however they will need to pay $5 to receive their rewards.
We have just received a supply Bike User Maps. The free maps are published by AMATS (Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study) and Switching Gears. The Bike User Map is a resource for bicyclists to use to plan routes according to their comfort level and ability. It rates the major roadways in Summit and Portage counties as easy, intermediate, difficult or very difficult to estimate how comfortable it is to bike along a roadway. These ratings include car and truck volumes per day (ADT), posted speed limit, width of the outside lane, Federal Functional Classification and proximity to high vehicle crash locations. The roads are color coded with easy roads as green, intermediate as yellow and difficult/very difficult in bright red.
The map also shows bike trails, trailheads, trailheads with restrooms, CVSR boarding stations, bike shops, hospitals, colleges, highways and streets with bike lanes. In addition, there are inset maps of Barberton, Kent, downtown Akron and downtown Hudson
You can view the map on the Switching Gears website, too
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