a bike-friendly downtown
See Your Downtown from the seat of your bike!
Downtown plays an important role in a larger effort to enhance cycling culture in the City of Dayton, the only Ohio city selected as a Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists in its spring 2010 rankings. Dayton was awarded a bronze-level status for its efforts to help make the city more bicycle friendly through initiatives and amenities, such as these:
Bike Parking & Bike-Friendly Streets
You'll find permanent bike racks throughout downtown, in addition to the temporary bike parking offered at many downtown events. Most bike rack locations can be found on our Downtown Dayton Biking Map, but you'll also find new racks popping up frequently elsewhere.
Several downtown streets are now equipped with bike lanes or "sharrows," designed to encourage motorists to share the road with cyclists, promote bicycle commuting and make downtown more bike-friendly. See a map of bike lanes.
(Bicyclists should ride on downtown streets - not on sidewalks.)
MetroParks Bike Hub
The RiverScape MetroPark Bike Hub features secure bike lockers, showers and restrooms, and is situated at the center of a 70-mile regional bikeway system. Bike Hub membership is designed for commuters, but such public amenities as bike parking and rentals, coin-op lockers, and restrooms are available for recreational cyclists. For membership information, call 937-277-4374.
Ride the River Bike Rentals
RiverScape's rental concession is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 1-9 p.m. holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Available bicycles include coaster bikes, tandems and geared cruisers, as well as a host of child attachments. Bikes start at $6 for one hour or $10 for three hours. For more info, call 937-278-2607 or visit the Ride the River Rentals web page.