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Chat 'n' Chew to discuss update on bicycle projects

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- At Thursday night's Chat 'n' Chew, people will just be talking in circles -- and that's a good thing.

The weekly free public chat at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Frederick Hotel lobby on Fourth Avenue will center around a bicycle theme as Create Huntington invites bicycle groups and enthusiasts to come, share their projects, network and talk about future projects.

The Chat 'n' Chew will be hosted by Create Huntington Board of Connectors member Steven Zoeller and will feature updates on a slew of citywide projects including the PATH, the Tour de Path on Oct. 12, Burrito Riders, ReBicycle, the Rotary Park Bike Bash on Oct. 26, the Huntington Commuter Bicycle Map, the proposed citywide bicycle share program, the Ohio River Relay and many other bicycle happenings.

Dan Taylor, a Create Huntington Board of Connectors member, said the Thursday event is a great way for folks who are into cycling to come out and meet other cyclists and get a better understanding of all the efforts happening in the city.

"I think over the last few years it has been amazing how many cycling groups and events have popped up," said Taylor. "It is great. There has been a lot of interest, and I think the Critical Mass ride was instrumental in that and the PATH has helped with that too. It's been great to watch the number of groups pop up and great to give folks a forum in these various groups to plan stuff together."

Taylor said the theme Chat 'n' Chew is something the Board of Connectors thought up to rejuvenate the weekly informal brainstorming sessions which were started five years ago.

Taylor said there will be an update on a Huntington bicycle commuter map that is currently being designed by an upper level graphic design class taught by Mary Grassell at Marshall.

That map aims to show folks where the Share the Road and designated PATH trails are out, as well as showing preferred safe routes for bicyclists to traverse the city.

"Right now we are hoping to get the early version of the map out there and see what people think," Taylor said. "If folks have ideas of how to improve it or soup it up then we can build it into a better and better thing all the time. We want to get it out there and get people's thoughts on it."