Another new segment of the Miami Valley’s paved bike path system opened Monday, providing better access to the University of Dayton community on the west side of the Great Miami River.
The access point for the 0.7 mile spur is off the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 2006 Edwin C. Moses Blvd. The spur connects with the Great Miami River (Recreational) Trail at the Stewart Street Bridge.
“This southwest extension of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail is an important connection to 330 miles of paved trail in southwest Ohio,” Angela Manuszak, special projects coordinator for the Miami Conservancy District said.”You can take this trail by bike or by foot all the way to Piqua. You can take this trail all the way over to the Little Miami and south to Loveland or north to Urbana.”
The Miami Conservancy District — in partnership with the university and Five Rivers MetroParks — built the segment costing about $140,000.
“I think when you ride down the bike paths along the river you see a totally different side of Dayton. You see the beauty. You see the wildlife. It’s just a wonderful experience,” said University of Dayton President Dan Curran, who said he rides the bike paths almost daily. “As I look at the economic development of this region, the (Great Miami) River is going to play a major role and recreational assets like this are going to play a major role.”
This trial spur is the third addition in the last few months to the region’s 330-mile network of connected, paved trails in Southwest Ohio. Last week, the Dayton-Kettering Bikeway opened, and the Mad River Bikeway from Eastwood Metro Park to Huffman Metro Park opened in the spring.
“It’s been great to see these connections grow,” said Dayton City Commissioner Nan Whaley, adding the city has applied and gotten money to begin extension of the bike path to southwest Dayton. She said the goal, working on the project incrementally, is to eventually reach the Possum Creek MetroPark.