City’s first official bike route
The City of Centerville – along with Bike Centerville, Washington Township and the Centerville Washington Park District – officially cut the ribbon on Bike Route 12.
The project creates an East-West connector route through Centerville and Washington Township for bicyclists of all riding levels. Using low-stress surface streets, Bike Route 12 keeps riders off busier corridors through town. This allows for an enjoyable ride and gets riders within a short distance of main attractions like the Centerville Library, Centerville High School and several shopping centers. The is 7 miles. The western end at Yankee Street connects riders to the Holes Creek Trail, which can take cyclists to the Great Miami Bikeway, the nation’s largest paved trail network. The eastern route ends at Wilmington Pike, but communication has already begun with the City of Bellbrook in hopes of continuing the route into our neighboring community.
“People appear excited to see Centerville take steps in becoming a bicycle friendly community,” declares John Kesler, Bike Centerville President. “When we announced the groundbreaking of the route on our social media page the post was shared 20 times and had over 4,000 views!”
“This bike route is a milestone for Centerville: the result of excellent collaboration between The City of Centerville, Washington Township, the Centerville Washington Park District, Bike Centerville and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission,” states Mark Engert, Centerville City Council Member. “By helping to create bike routes like this one, we are able to capitalize on a great asset in the Miami Valley’s larger bicycle network and ensure our streets contribute to community life and our overall livability.”
Bike Centerville, along with their partners, will be analyzing other corridors throughout the City where future bike routes can be established.