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Bike-to-Work Week Recap: Biggest Bike Celebration the Tri-State Has Ever Seen

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 by Pat LaFleur

The week was jam-packed with events for bike lovers and the bike curious alike

Bike-to-Work Week always promises a fun and enriching experience for bike lovers across the U.S., but the Tri-State region pulled out the stops like never before in 2024. Here’s a recap of the week:

Cincy Red Bike Reopens

What better way to kick off Bike-to-Work Week than with the return of Cincinnati’s public bike share program, Red Bike? Due to budget constraints (not low ridership), the nonprofit was forced to shut down operations this past winter, with questionable prospects of returning to service. Thankfully, a coalition of City of Cincinnati leaders and other public and private entities earlier this spring were able to secure enough funding to reopen the transit service for at least another year. Red Bike service resumed after a four-month hiatus on Monday, May 13 – a.k.a. “513 Day” in Cincinnati.

Congress for the New Urbanism Bike Tours

From May 15 to 18, hundreds of city planners, urbanists, and active transportation activists visited Cincinnati for the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 32nd annual summit. Tri-State Trails led five separate bike tours, showcasing numerous destinations and attractions the Cincinnati bike scene has to offer.

Free Bus Fare with Your Bike

As in years past, Metro and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky offered free bus fare on Friday, May 17—National Bike-to-Work Day – to any customer who boarded their bike on their coach’s front rack. Watch Metro’s new bus bike rack video to learn more about how you can go multi-modal.

15th Annual Breakfast on the Bridge

It’s one of the bike community’s favorite events for good reason, and this year’s celebration did not fail to deliver. Over 200 people braved the drizzling rain to join us for National Bike to Work Day at the 15th annual Breakfast on the Bridge. Thank you to our presenting sponsors, Cincinnati Metro and Hub+Weber Architects, and all our vendors for sharing their expertise, resources, and information. We couldn’t have offered such a delicious breakfast without the generous donations from North South Baking Co, Laughing Bee, and Trailhead Coffee. Special shoutout to our bicycle coffee runners and MVPs, for keeping the bean juice flowing!

We believe Breakfast on the Bridge is more than just an event—it’s a celebration of our community, a tribute to the incredible people who have sown the seeds of positive change, and a welcome to those who are new and ready to build upon the momentum. Together, we strengthen our movement year after year. Thank you all for being an integral part of this amazing community.

Oasis Trail gets the Green Light

After nearly two decades of advocacy, planning, and coordination, the Ohio River Trail along the Oasis rail line has received the green light! This critical connection in the CROWN Cincinnati 34-mile urban trail loop will connect Lunken Airport and the Little Miami Scenic Trail to Cincinnati’s riverfront park system downtown. Thank you to Great Parks, City Of Cincinnati, and SORTA / Cincinnati Metro for their partnership to achieve this significant milestone!

ArtWorks announces new murals and sculptural installations along the CROWN

ArtWorks has been approved for a $100,000 Our Town award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support a public art project for the CROWN multi-use trail network. ArtWorks, in partnership with Tri-State Trails and local community groups, will install two murals and a sculptural installation along Cincinnati’s multi-use trail network, the CROWN, in Avondale. Tri-State Trails has spearheaded the development of the CROWN since 2015, aiming to connect regional trails and enhance access to active transportation and recreation. Recognizing the importance of representation and inclusivity, this collaboration seeks to create public art reflecting and celebrating the Avondale community’s diversity. Through this project, ArtWorks and Tri-State Trails aim to foster a sense of belonging and safety for all residents along the CROWN trail. ArtWorks will use this project to create 24 youth jobs paid at a living wage.

Mill Creek Triangle Trail survey surpasses 200 responses

We’re thrilled to announce that the Mill Creek Triangle Trail survey has surpassed 200 responses! Your feedback is crucial in helping us design a trail system that meets the needs of our community. There’s still time to contribute if you haven’t shared your thoughts. Visit Tri-State Trails’ Mill Creek Triangle Trail project page to take the survey before June 3rd.

Feeling the excitement too? Help us keep the momentum going!

At Tri-State Trails, our mission is clear: we’re dedicated to bolstering new trail and bikeway initiatives across the Tri-State region, and we’re counting on your support to make it happen. If your community or business loves the momentum we’re building for an active community in the Tri-State, become a member organization to support our work. 

We believe everyone deserves a safe place to be active in our community, whether it’s gearing up for the Tour de CROWN, commuting on two wheels to Breakfast on the Bridge, or enjoying an evening stroll. Together, let’s pave the way for accessible and secure pathways in our community. Your tax-deductible gift today will help transform how people navigate the Tri-State.

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