Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails
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Please help extend the Ohio to Erie Trail across historic London!
Click here for info on our "Closing the Gap" Fundraiser

2017 News


Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists

May is National Bike Month

League of American Bicyclists Facebook Page

05-26-17
Quarterly newsletter released by Miami Valley Bike Trails

05-15-17
Madison Messenger article: Miller named to Senior Hall of Fame

05-13-17
Monthly newsletter released by the Friends of the Little Miami State Park

04-30-16
Hello Friends,

This May is the 61th anniversary of the establishment of National Bike Month which is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. National Bike to Work week will be May 15-19 and Bike to Work Day will be May 19th. To help celebrate National Bike Month, here is a short summary of rides taking place in, or through, the Madison County area this summer:
Our Full Moon Rides take place each month through the month of October. This is a no cost, informal, go at your own pace, nighttime experience. It's a fun time but bring your front and rear lights.

Geology Tour – Saturday, May 13, 2017. Retired Geology Professor, Scott Brockman, gives an interesting talk about the local topography and the tale it tells of its history over the recent few thousand years. This is a family paced ride with stops along the way to discuss interesting geological spots.

Strawberry Festival Bike Tour - Saturday, June 10, 2017. This is the 14th year of this multi-route ride. (The actual London Strawberry Festival will be June 22-24 in the downtown historical district and will feature the famous London Cobra Show on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Prairie Grass Trail Ride (Prairie Appreciation Ride) - Saturday, July 29, 2017. This is a short stop & go educational ride featuring short lectures by experts in native wild plants with time for questions and answers. A great opportunity to learn about rare native plants along the Prairie Grass Trail.

Rib Tickler Ride - Saturday, August 5, 2017. This fun ride starts from the festival area in downtown London and goes to Brighton (no, not England!) You'll get back to the London Rib & Jazz Festival just about the time the ribs are ready and the beer has been cooled!

Ox Roast Bicycle Tour - Monday, September 4, 2017. This is the 26th year of this popular West Jefferson ride. It has gone through various changes over the years and is now sponsored by FMCPT in cooperation with the West Jefferson Community Association during the West Jefferson Ox Roast. Join us on Labor Day and your ride ticket will get you one of those famous Ox Roast sandwiches!

Ohio to Erie Trail Ride - September 9-15, 2017. This is the 4th annual ride sponsored by the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund. This popular supported ride may be sold out by the time of this mailing but check on the above links for additional information. If you are interested in a guided tour of the entire 320-mile trail, these are the pros to show you the way!
Thanks to many of you that have donated to extend the asphalt for the Ohio to Erie Trial further into London. So far, we have raised 39% of the needed construction funds. Please consider a donation so the trail can be paved this fall. Just click HERE for more information.

ENJOY NATIONAL BIKE MONTH!!

05-01-17
Monthly newsletter released by Rails to Trails of Wayne County

04-15-17
Monthly newsletter released by the Friends of the Little Miami State Park

04-03-17
FMCPT email update

04-01-17
Monthly newsletter released by Rails to Trails of Wayne County

03-22-17
Madison Messenger article: Trail gap fundraiser launched

03-22-17
Adventure Cycling article: Building the Largest Official Cycling Route Network in the World

03-19-17
Progress Update on "Closing the Gap" Fundraiser

03-12-17
Monthly newsletter released by the Friends of the Little Miami State Park

03-04-17
Hello Friends,

SAVE THE DATE: Opening Day for Trails & the Official Opening Ceremony for U.S. Bicycle Route 50 in Ohio will take place on Saturday April 8, 2017. Parking will be available at the senior center; however, you might want to park elsewhere in London and cycle over to the ceremony since after the speakers, we'll be riding together as a group around London on the signed street routes. We'll come back to the Prairie Grass Trailhead shelter house for refreshments after the ride.

THE LONDON TRAIL GAP IS NARROWING! Thanks to the Madison County Commissioners, the first section of the trail gap has been purchased. And thanks to Kelley Manns who generously donated about 20% of the property for the trail corridor. The Madison County Engineer has offered to do the engineering work and most of the construction. He estimated the construction cost will be $78,000 to extend the trail 1,600 feet to Walnut Street. A grant has been requested through Rails to Trails Conservancy for part of this cost; however, FMCPT needs your help to get this trail built! PLEASE CLICK HERE to see how you can help make this happen! FMCPT volunteers will start clearing brush from the corridor next week. WITH YOUR HELP, we plan to have this section paved by the end of this year!

Welcome Cyclists A NEW CAFÉ JUST OPENED IN LONDON called GIZZY'S CORNER. It's located just at the end of the off-road Roberts Pass on the east side of London at Maple and Center Streets. It's open for breakfast between 6 a.m.-11 a.m. and lunch between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All of our local restaurants depend on your patronage to keep their businesses open. Look for the Welcome Cyclists logo in their window.

The season's first Full Moon Ride is scheduled for Saturday March 11th at 7:30 p.m. (weather dependent). Due to the mild winter, we decided to start the ride a month early this year. Let's hope for the best and plan for a fun evening!

Our local master gardeners are sponsoring a GARDEN EXPO on Saturday April 1st from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Della Selsor Building at the Madison County Fairgrounds in London. FMCPT will be on hand with an informational table with material on wildflowers and prairie grasses along the Prairie Grass Trail - which you can see during the Prairie Appreciation Ride on July 29th.

03-01-17
Ohio Department of Transportation press release: Opening Day for Trails / USBR50 Ribbon Cutting

03-01-17
Monthly newsletter released by Rails to Trails of Wayne County

02-23-17
Madison Messenger article: Trail benefits from Eagle Scouts' elbow grease

02-22-17
Madison Press article: Commissioners purchase land for water tower

02-06-17
Hello Friends,

FMCPT was honored at their recent Annual Membership Meeting with an Exemplary Achievement letter from the Ohio Senate. County Commissioners David Dhume and David Hunter representing Ohio Senator Bob Hackett, presented the award to Board President Mike Michael. Senator Hackett has strongly supported the Ohio to Erie Trail across Madison County every since he was a County Commissioner there many years ago.

Join us this Saturday, Feb. 11th for the 12th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The breakfast is co-sponsored with our good community friends the Madison County Senior Citizens Center as a combined fundraiser to help with our various activities. In addition to the breakfast, FMCPT will sponsor a silent auction, 50-50 drawing, and an informational booth. Bring your family and start the day off right with good food and good conversation. And, if you have some new or gentle used items for the Silent Auction, please bring them Saturday morning, or contact us at fmcpt@columbus.rr.com or 614-205-6754 for pick up arrangements.

At a recent County Commissioners' meeting, it was announced that the County Commissioners will be applying for an ODNR grant to help purchase a piece of private property which will extend the Ohio to Erie Trail one block further towards the historic downtown in London (see the newspaper articles below). The owner of the property is generously donating about 20% of the land. More information about the project will be available at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday. FMCPT will soon start a marketing campaign to help raise the needed funds for construction of the trail. You will be hearing more about this in the weeks to come.

The first Full Moon Ride for the season is coming soon on March 11. We hope the weather cooperates for this early fun adventure.

02-02-17
Madison Messenger article: Working to close the downtown gap in bike trail

01-31-17
Monthly newsletter released by Rails to Trails of Wayne County

01-30-17
Madison Press article: County applies for grant to expand London bike trail

01-25-17
Madison Press article: FMCPT receives letter of appreciation

01-16-17
Monthly newsletter released by the Friends of the Little Miami State Park

01-06-17
Hello Friends,

We hope you enjoyed the recent holiday season. Fourteen members of FMCPT kicked off the New Year right by taking a ride on January 1st along the Ohio to Erie Trail. It was such a beautiful day with many walkers and cyclists enjoying the weather on the trail.

Many of you received your annual letter to renew your FMCPT Membership. If you have done so already, thank you very much. Your donation helps FMCPT volunteers to keep the trail maintained. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so at the above link.

The 2017 Annual Membership Meeting will be Wednesday, January 18th at 7 p.m. at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center at 280 W. High Street in London. The guest speaker will be Tony Collins, Director of the Columbus recreation and Parks Department. The Madison County Commissioners will present Trail Sentinels with certificates of appreciation for their many volunteer hours of monitoring the trail for safe usage. Light refreshments will be available, so treat yourself to an interesting evening and come over to the annual meeting. (Please enter through the east side doors by the large parking lot – they open right into the meeting room.)

The 12th Annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast will be on Saturday, February 11th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Madison County Senior Citizens Center. In addition to all-you-can-eat pancakes, this fundraiser will have a Silent Auction and a bicycle raffle. Stop in for a fun morning that will surely warm you up! (Please contact Gene Pass or email fmcpt@columbus.rr.com to arrange pick up or drop off for silent auction items as soon as possible.)

01-01-17
FMCPT members start off 2017 with the traditional New Year's Ride.

01-01-17
Monthly newsletter released by Rails to Trails of Wayne County

12-16-16
Ohio to Erie Trail newsletter: Ripper Gets to the Root of the Problem

11-22-16
Madison Messenger article: Pursuing grant to seal other half of bike path

10-18-16
Madison Press article: Friends to host clean-up day for trail

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