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Thumbs up: Collaborative effort made bicycling maps a reality

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 06:48 AM

Huntington area residents who like or need to get where they want to go on a bicycle now have a guide available for their use.

During last weekend's Tour de PATH, a cycling fundraiser for the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, pocket-sized commuter bicycling maps were unveiled and are now available in limited quantities. They also will be available online in the near future.

The creation of the maps grew out of an increasing interest in bicycling in the region and should help fuel that interest even more.

The routes on the map stretch from Altizer on Huntington's east side to Westmoreland on the west. They are color-coded based on degree of difficulty, taking into account road conditions, traffic volume and general safety factors. The guides include all of Huntington's parks, completed sections of PATH and key city attractions. Volunteer rides during the past several months were used in amassing and rating the routes, but those behind the project say feedback will be welcome from users to make any adjustments before more copies are made.

Volunteers and donations played a key part in making the maps happen. Leading the project were Bre Shell, Dan Taylor and Stacy Bisker. Jeff's Bike Shop, 740 6th Ave., and Huntington Cycle and Sport, 1455 4th Ave., made donations for printing. Marshall University students John Fowler, John Dingess, Doug Hawley and Rachel Moyer in the College of Arts and Media designed them under the guidance of Professor Mary Grassell. Copies are available at Jeff's Bike Shop and Huntington Cycle and Sport.

We encourage residents to check them out and provide feedback by going to the project's Facebook page, "Huntington Commuter Bike Map Project," or emailing Shell at shellb@cityofhuntington.com.

The collaboration shown here is another example of how various groups are working together to enhance an aspect of the city's quality of life.

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