MAIN STREET’S ‘PACK THE CYCLE TRACK’ DEDICATION AUGUST 18

The Main Street Cycle Track includes paint and planters.

AKRON, Ohio (August 11, 2016) – A dedication for Akron’s new cycle track on Main Street will take place on Thursday, August 18, at 1 p.m. Attendees should meet at the beginning of the cycle track on the Towpath Trail behind Spaghetti Warehouse. After brief remarks and a ribbon cutting, Mayor Dan Horrigan will lead bicyclists down the track to the Diamond Boardwalk for light refreshments.

To follow Mayor Horrigan, we are inviting the public to attend the dedication with their bicycles to “Pack the Track.” If interested in attending, please contact Katelyn Freil at kfreil@ohioeriecanal.org. A winner will be chosen from those attending the dedication with their bicycles to help cut the ribbon.

“As an avid cyclist, I’m thrilled to see our City of Akron moving toward being more bicycle-friendly. I welcome all enthusiasts to join me in taking advantage of the new cycle track as we celebrate and promote one of our city’s greatest assets, the Towpath Trail,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan.

Beginning at the Towpath Trail behind Spaghetti Warehouse, the cycle track connects through the parking lot to Main Street. It extends .3 miles north to the Diamond Boardwalk where users can connect back to the trail. The track is marked by green paint on the asphalt and protected by planters.

This Main Street connector serves as a pilot project for more bicycle-friendly design in downtown Akron. Its development is part of iTowpath, a project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It aims to better enhance, activate and connect the Towpath Trail in downtown Akron, to improve neighborhood live and make Akron more of a place where people want to live and work. The track is one of more than 20 projects to be completed including wayfinding, underpass improvements and connections to local attractions.

“The Main Street cycle track is an important connector for the Towpath Trail and City of Akron,” said Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition. “It marks the beginning of a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly downtown.”

Thank you to the City of Akron, Knight Foundation and Downtown Akron Partnership for partnering on this project. If you have any questions, please contact Katelyn Freil at 330-374-5657 or kfreil@ohioeriecanal.org.