TORONTO - The walking and bike pathway through the city is proceeding, thanks to city officials, city residents and the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization.
The planned pathway, which will encompass a 16-mile loop through the city and county Road 7F - the former state Route 7 - is proceeding according to plan, with some mile markers already established on city streets and signs and other markings designating the pathway to come, according to city resident Bob Bratt, member of the Toronto Coalition for Revitalization.
"(The markings) are mostly to make people aware of the bicyclists and walkers on River Avenue," said Bratt, adding the coalition's efforts to establish the pathway "is an awareness program to share the road."
FINISHING TOUCHES — Toronto resident Bob Bratt puts the finishing touches on a “T” mileage marker as part of the Gem City’s planned hiking and biking pathway through the city. Organizers say the project to establish a pathway through the city for bikers and walkers is proceeding. - Mark Miller
"We met with (county Engineer) Jim Branagan and Jefferson County Commissioners Tom Graham and Tom Gentile in September," said George Komar, coalition president. "The two commissioners saw no problem with putting signs on county Road 7F (as part of the pathway). The signs are supposed to be put up sometime in October. There are going to be six to eight signs that say 'Share the Road.'"
The road will remain open for traffic, Komar said, adding the county also has placed county Road 7F on its list to be cleaned of litter.
"We've also gotten sponsors from Toronto to help with the cost of putting no dumping signs (on 7F)," Komar continued. "The city is going to paint 19 white 'sharrows' on city streets designating the pathway."
Signs also eventually will be placed at both city entrances on state Route 7 notifying drivers and patrons of the pathway, said Komar.
"We've also painted red T's that indicate every 10th of a mile, and anyone (riding a bike or walking) will know how far they've traveled," he added.
Komar and Bratt also thanked city safety Director John Parker for his assistance in researching state regulations regarding the sharrows as well as insurance and liability issues.
"Everything we've done so far is Ohio Department of Transportation-approved," said Komar. "The sharrows are strategically placed."
The pathway currently has a bicycle kiosk established at Sloane Station Square at the corner of Fourth and Market streets, and kiosks will be established at the parking lot to be constructed at the site of the future high school as well as where the current high school now sits, said Komar.
"I want to give all the credit to the city workers, Mayor John Geddis and City Council," said Bratt. "They've been nothing but helpful."
Other sponsors include the Clarke Funeral Home, Margaret's Cafe, Mama G's Pizza, the Ruritan Club of Jefferson County, Boy Scout Troop 41 and Munch's Bike Shop.
For information and to view a map of the pathway, go to www.TheGemCity.org or call (740) 544-6439.