Dayton Upfront: This one’s for you, cyclists.

 Dayton Upfront: This one’s for you, cyclists.

Multiple Organizations and individuals make progress for bike transportation.

Rob Baumann

Recent efforts by the city of Dayton have increased the bicycle presence downtown, so it comes as no surprise that numerous projects are underway, contributing to the transition. 

Since the 19th century, bicycling has been a prominent form of transportation around the world, not only for recreational use, but also for traveling to work. Dayton is following this trend with multiple organizations and individuals working to promote biking in and around the Miami Valley. 

Bike Miami Valley Executive Director Laura Estandia says, “Dayton has always been a recreational bike area.” To help cultivate economic development of bike paths and bikeways, Bike Miami Valley has partnered with other local organizations to help complete their vision of promoting all forms of cycling. This provides opportunities for the city’s residents to maintain a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle by using human-powered bikes to get to and from multiple locations. 

“We have tons of new bike pathways opening this spring. Plus, the new bike share program,” says Estandia. Following in the footsteps of other major cities, Dayton has created Link—a bike-share program that allows people to rent bikes at anytime and, after use, return them to one of the many bike stations around town. 

“A large portion of the Link stations will be located downtown,” says Estandia.

Overall, there are 24 stations and 225 available bikes, but the program isn’t free. There is a fee to be a member, whether that’s $5 for 24-Hours or $5 for an Annual Membership. All memberships include unlimited 30 minute checkouts and then fees to start to incur if a user keeps a bike longer than 30 minutes during a checkout period.

Besides promoting a healthy lifestyle, increasing the cycling resources will lead to other progressions throughout the area. The bike stations will build up the aesthetic appeal of downtown and allow for locals to travel through the concrete jungle confidently.
For those who are unfamiliar with road rules for bicyclists, Dayton has continued to tailor forms of public transportation to citizen interest by assisting with development projects like Courteous Mass. It’s an event open to all bike riders and teaches cyclists how to share the road with other vehicles. 

While the materials of bikes vary, one local professor is making waves with his newest cycling invention.
Jay Kinsinger, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Cedarville University, is not only an avid biker but also the engineer behind the newest member of the two-wheel family—the wooden bike—with his company Sojourner Cyclery.
Kinsinger spent 250 hours on the first model he completed years ago. By combining all of his areas of interest and expertise, the outcome has become a memorable prized possession. 

“Wood is God-made carbon fiber,” says Kinsinger, while explaining the reasoning behind his unusual choice of frame. 

Since his original wooden bike, Kinsinger has made four others, and he hopes to take a trip overseas to complete a European bike trip. 

For now, Kinsinger sticks to the trails and paths throughout the Dayton-area, riding Sojourner a few times each week with his family and fellow cyclists.

Even before Dayton received the honor of being named a “Bicycle-Friendly Community” in 2014 by the League of American Bicyclists, the individuals and organizations that have contributed to the programs and plans for bicycling set high expectations for the future. Their efforts are paying off.

Keep riding, Dayton.