Butler County bike outlets seeing largest gross sales spike in practically half a century
Otto Bohn, proprietor of Spoken Bicycles on Central Avenue in Middletown, mentioned his newest cargo was anticipated to reach this week. Now he has been instructed will probably be someday in October. These seven bikes are already offered, he mentioned.
He has been offered out for 2 months, he mentioned.
“An enormous growth,” Bohn mentioned when requested about current gross sales.
That additionally has meant further repairs, Bohn mentioned. He has employed a part-time worker to work two days every week to assist with the inflow of restore orders. He mentioned persons are bringing within the bikes from their storage or used ones bought at storage gross sales or second-hand shops.
There’s just one downside, Bohn mentioned. He’s out of some elements.
The Columbus Out of doors Pursuits runs two main bike rides in Ohio. Whereas each have been cancelled this 12 months as a result of coronavirus, Matt Wolf, packages coordinator, mentioned he has a rise in bikes on the highway.
He mentioned Ohioans who do business from home or these unemployed or furloughed are searching for methods to soundly be lively outdoor. For some, meaning driving a motorbike.
“You possibly can solely watch a lot TV,” he mentioned. “In order that they dusted off the bike within the storage and located one thing to do.”
Those that experience round Middletown will discover improved and prolonged entry by way of the town. The town, in partnership with the Ohio Division of Transportation, intends so as to add both directional bike lanes or shared lane markings to First Avenue between Water Road and Verity Parkway; South Verity Parkway and Park Road between First Avenue and Second Avenue; Second Avenue between Park Road and Verity Parkway; and on the road west of Verity Parkway, between Girard and Second avenues.
Parking will likely be eradicated alongside the next roadway sections: South Verity Parkway between Second and First avenues; the southbound facet of Park Road between First and Second avenues; and the eastbound facet of Second Avenue between Park Road and Verity Parkway, the town mentioned in a launch.
The town additionally plans to enhance 1.4 miles of the prevailing bike path alongside Verity Parkway between Lafayette and Girard avenues, together with widening the trail from eight toes to 10 toes and updating pavement markings and signage with the aim of bettering the “operate and security of the trail,” the town mentioned.
The mission will happen inside two of Middletown’s Historic Districts: The Fundamental Road Business Historic District and the South Fundamental Road District.
Proposed work in these Historic Districts entails resurfacing and restriping so as to add the shared lane markings and directional bike lanes. So as to widen and restripe the prevailing bike path alongside Verity Parkway, the trail will have to be periodically closed throughout building.
Building is scheduled to start in April 2021 and would require roughly three months to finish. The mission is estimated at roughly $500,000 and is 100% ODOT funded by way of its Security Grant program.
Bikes lanes have been added to Central Avenue between Fundamental Road and Carmody Boulevard in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF