What cyclists want out of proposed bike trail through Youngstown

What cyclists want out of proposed bike trail through Youngstown


they want in a proposed trail linking downtown Youngstown with Mill Creek Park. The comments came at a public meeting — two weeks before the grant application is due. I have more details on the meeting and the trail. [A18]27VR2 MORE DETAILS-SG [A19]20170119 YNG BIKE TRAIL 27-PK Members of the Out-Spokin’ Wheelmen club sat together in a Covelli Centre meeting room — joining 40 others — listening to Dominic Marchionda of Youngstown State’s Regional Economic Initiative explain the proposed recreational trail from downtown Youngstown to Mill Creek Park. “ALMOST 20 PERCENT OF OUR HOUSEHOLDS IN YOUNGSTOWN DON’T OWN A VEHICLE. WHEN YOU THINK OF THIS TRAIL, YOU THINK BIKE AND HIKE, BUT PEOPLE RELY ON THAT TO ACTUALLY GET TO WORK.” “THIS IS WHERE THE PATH WILL BEGIN, AT THE BASE OF THE SOUTH AVENUE BRIDGE NEAR THE COVELLI CENTRE. FROM HERE IT’LL HEAD UP FRONT STREET.” The path will pass over the Spring Common Bridge — run along Mahoning Avenue — down West Avenue — and along Tod Avenue behind the Ward Bakery building — linking up with Mill Creek Park below Fellows Riverside Gardens. Bike club members had suggestions — create separate paths for walkers — and do not make the bike path bi-directional. “IF THERE’S ANYWAY WE CAN JUST GET THAT OFF THE PLAN, THAT WOULD BE MUCH MORE APPROACHABLE AND MUCH SAFER.” Marchionda showed a rendering of what the path could look like along Tod Avenue — separate and next to the road. But Tod Avenue is lightly traveled. “I THINK IT NEEDS NOTHING BUT BETTER PAVEMENT. IF YOU WANTED TO PUT BIKE ROUTE SIGNS THERE, THAT WOULD BE FINE. IF YOU WANT TO PROMOTE IT VIA MAPS THAT WOULD BE FINE. BUT I HONESTLY THINK IT NEEDS NOTHING BUT BETTER PAVEMENT.” Five of the seven members of Youngstown City Council were at today’s meeting. Last night — council approved applying for a grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help pay for most of the project. The grant application is due February first — with a decision coming by July 31st. The goal is to have the path built when the new downtown amphitheater opens in May of 2018, I have a break down of how the path will be paid for — if ODNR approves the grant — and I was told that’s no guarantee because they’re highly competitive. Total cost is estimated at 873- thousand dollars. The grant maximum is 500-thousand. The city of Youngstown has committed 218-thousand-250. That leaves 154-thousand-750 dollars unaccounted for. I asked Dominic Marchionda where the extra money would come from and he said other funds — though he would not be specific on what those other funds were. [A21]27VR2 TRUMBULL CO COV-SG