May is National Bike Month, a perfect time to tune up that bike that has been sitting in your basement or garage over the winter and to join fellow Dubliners as they pedal their way to better health, a greener community and an overall improved quality of life.
Cycling arguably has never been more popular in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 57 million Americans cycle each summer month.
More and more cities throughout the country are recognizing biking as a means of healthy, environmentally-safe transportation and are working to make their communities more bicycle-friendly.
Here in Dublin, we have one of the most extensive shared-use path networks in Ohio with more than 110 miles of paths. Beyond our paths, Dublin also has several miles of on-road options, including sharrows, bike lanes and a signed route that runs from Dublin Coffman High School to the Glacier Ridge Metro Park.
For the past five years, Dublin has been recognized as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
While we are proud of our Bronze designation, we are working hard to become the first community in Ohio to achieve Silver status.
We have begun the process to achieve that goal by sharing feedback from the League of American Bicyclists with a group of residents comprised of former Bicycle Advisory Task Force members and existing Bicycle Ambassadors.
You will begin to notice efforts to implement improvements to the "5 E's" identified by the League -- engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.
We will be increasing our education through a campaign to make Dublin residents more aware of Ohio's "3-foot" law.
There are more than 30 states that have passed laws specifying that bicyclists must be passed at a safe distance.
In 29 states, including Ohio, those laws specify a safe distance in a number of feet -- typically 3 feet.
Look for new bumper stickers and signs that remind motorists of the need to maintain the proper distance.
We'll also be promoting several Bike Month activities throughout May, including Bike to Work Week from May 15 - 19 and an Emerald Parkway/Dublin Road tunnel art project on May 20.
For more information on Dublin's Bike Month activities and other bicycle-related information, visit DublinOhioUSA.gov/bike.
I hope you'll join me this month in discovering all of the advantages that riding a bike can bring to us, our families and our community.
Dublin Assistant City Manager Michelle Crandall submitted the City Notes column.