A regional transportation agency on Thursday night will discuss its plans for a community bicycling outreach event in Tallmadge later this month.
The Citizens Involvement Committee of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the main branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St. The committee’s session is expected to occur in Meeting Room A, across the hall from the auditorium on the library’s top level, said AMATS Planner Darryl Kleinhenz.
The public is invited to attend.
At this meeting, Kleinhenz said he will deliver a presentation on the Bike-N-Brainstorm event in Tallmadge on Sept. 22. Citizens are invited to participate in the 5.6-mile bicycle ride around Tallmadge led by Mayor Dave Kline next weekend, said Kleinhenz. After going on the ride, AMATS officials will ask participants to fill out questionnaires and share thoughts on whether they think improvements need to be made along the city streets to accommodate bicyclists, Kleinhenz said.
For the event on Sept. 22, participants are asked to meet at Tallmadge City Hall, 46 North Ave., at 8:30 a.m. Those planning to ride must bring their own bicycles and it’s strongly recommended that they wear a helmet, said Kleinhenz. He added that riders must sign a waiver before beginning the ride at 9 a.m.
Starting at city hall, the ride will head north on North Avenue, turn east on Howe Road, south on North Munroe Road, west on East Avenue, go northeast along Freedom Trail and then southwest on Northeast Avenue to return to city hall.
No registration is required for the event.
There have been three other Bike-N-Brainstorm events this year: June 6 in Akron; July 18 in Ravenna; and Aug. 18 in Green. Each of these program have been attended by about 15-20 people, said Kleinhenz, who added AMATS officials are hoping that they will have a larger turnout in Tallmadge.