December 21, 2013
Bicycle Capital of the Midwest? From the Internet we read, “If you ask someone what they most like about the City of Xenia, Ohio, it is likely that they will respond: ‘their incredible network of bike paths and walking trails’. Xenians are proud of the fact that they can be on any one of four major bike paths within a matter of minutes from anywhere in the city.”
“The city’s beautiful Xenia Station, a replica of the original structure, is the ‘Hub of It All’ connecting Xenia with miles and miles of scenic trails.”
Unfortunately for many bikers and walkers the term “Bicycle Capital of the Midwest” only applies to the spring, summer and fall months. When it snows the bike paths are a hazard to use. Any attempt to walk or ride a bike on a snow covered bike path is best suited for mountain bikers or Olympic athletes. The casual walker and biker takes a chance of injury if they attempt to use Xenia’s bike paths when they are covered in snow.
Many people enjoy a walk or a ride on their bike in the winter. This December, Xenia has had snow and the bike paths are unofficially off limits.
What a shame to have spent so much money to have bike paths that can’t be used when it snows. Changing the name “Bicycle Capital of the Midwest..but not in winter” may be something to consider.
One pass of a snow plow 7’ - 8’ would solve the problem and then Xenia could really claim to be the “Bicycle Capital of the Midwest.”
Blake Henry, Xenia