Barberton Poised to Become a Walkable & Bikeable Community

Barberton Poised to Become a Walkable & Bikeable Community

Barberton, OH – February 14, 2017

The Barberton Community Foundation (BCF) is pleased to announce three bike friendly initiatives to receive funding in 2017. Projects include a bike share, Switching Gears Conference and Better Block event for a total of $32,000. These coupled with the Magic Mile show that the City of Barberton continues to make great strides towards becoming a walkable and bikeable community.

The bike share will look to build upon the program that was piloted in Akron last year. The Barberton bike share program will have three stations, each equipped with four bikes, helmets and locks. Bicycles can be borrowed at no cost, for up to three hours at a time and must be returned by end of business day. A photo ID and filing of a waiver will be required to participate. Locations are being finalized. This program is expected to rollout early summer.

Switching Gears is an Active Transportation Conference hosted by the Akron Metropolitan Area Transit Study (AMATS). Attendees will learn groundbreaking techniques on how to promote walking, biking and transit use in their communities and how to create vibrant neighborhoods. The conference will be hosted in Barberton on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 and feature speakers Jason Roberts of Better Block and Charles Marohn of Strong Towns.

The third project is the creation of Barberton Better Block. The Foundation has provided the funding to bring a Better Block to 2nd Street. The event, supported by many community partners, will take place on July 28 & 29, 2017. Better Block is a community development demonstration tool that rebuilds an area using grassroots efforts to show the potential to create a great walkable, bikeable, lively, neighborhood center. A community input meeting will be held on March 2, 2017 at the Active Adult Center from 6-8pm.

Please visit or call 330.745.5995 if you would like to learn more about the bike friendly initiatives happening in Barberton in 2017.

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About the Barberton Community Foundation The Barberton Community Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life for Barberton residents since 1996, through the continual giving power of the original endowment and through funds established by donors with their hearts focused on Barberton. As a 509(a)(3) public charity, the Barberton Community Foundation partners with community stakeholders, donors, and charitable organizations to improve the quality of life for Barberton residents by maximizing the strategic impact of charitable contributions.