Photo by Abbie Getz   
Feb. 25, 2019 
Sippo Valley Trail Daltonl

Did you know?  Now you can pay your dues online! CLICK HERE

As you probably assume, there has been little activity
on the 2.4 miles of the soon-to-be-a-reality paved trail from Forrer Road/Orrville to Marshallville.  We check the construction area after heavy snow, freezing rain and high winds. Let's hope for a break in the weather so construction crews can continue the project and complete the trail early spring. We will announce a ribbon cutting in Marshallville once a date can be set.  
Thank you for your patience.  

We hope you will sign up to attend one of the  
Wayne Onward Opportunity Workshops on March 5 or 7.

Our Stark County

Massillon Area Greenways, Inc.

Great news from Tuscarawas County for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail,   
extending it south from its current end at Rt. 800 east of Zoar.

The Great American Rail Trail
Preserving The Environm ent While Cycling
While we anxiously await weather that will bring us back to the trails,  
let's take time for a review.
(Note: This article includes tips for mountain biking, too.)  
This article was created Personal Injury Help, an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally!
Cycling is a fun, healthy, and eco-friendly form of transportation. While cycling can get you where you need to go, it is also a great way to visit parks, public lands and trails. They are a great way to get up close and personal with the magnificent views, beautiful landscapes, and wildlife. Although you aren't leaving a carbon footprint when you use your bike, you could still be damaging the environment if you don't take the proper precautions. Here are a few tips for preserving the environment while cycling.
Stay On The Road When you are cycling in a park, or elsewhere, you should stay on the trail, road, path, or sidewalk. When you get off the path, you are crushing flora and damaging roots. It could also lead to erosion and damage the habitat where wildlife makes its home. Getting off the intended trail could also increase the likelihood of an accident as well.
Avoid Riding On Slopes There are several obvious reasons for not riding on slopes. First, it is dangerous for you and increases the likelihood of a crash. It is also a contributor to erosion because you are wearing the dirt off and changing the shape of the slope. That will cause long-term damage to plant life and affect the wildlife that make their home there.
Share The Road Always be on the lookout for others, regardless of where they are cyclists, pedestrians, other vehicles, or wildlife. Yield when passing others on the trails. Maintain a safe speed so you can stop at a moment's notice. You don't want to get too close to wildlife. Plus, you never know when an elk, deer, squirrel or another critter could wander out in front of you. Remember, you are traveling through their home. 
Don't Forget Your Trash This should go without saying, but when you are on a trail, don't just leave your trash laying around. It should be disposed of properly and in a safe location. Don't leave food wrappers or drink bottles. When possible, you should use recyclable or reusable containers, such as a reusable water bottle.
Don't Dig Ruts In The Ground Be careful when you are riding, you shouldn't cut or dig ruts into the ground. Digging ruts will cut through the roots of flora and cause the plants to die or wilt. The ruts will fill with water during rain, which will cause mud and could lead to erosion. Ruts also increase the chances of a bike crash.  
Use The Brakes Properly When you are going down a hill, you don't want to go too fast. It is important to know how to use your brakes and know when to use a single brake or both brakes.   When you ride the brakes you are digging ruts and damaging flora. Instead, maintain a safe speed and don't let the bike get too fast so you would be inclined to ride the brakes. Riding the brakes is bad for your bike and for the area where you are cycling.    

Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County Board Members
President: Don Noble II, Shreve   
Vice President: Ted Short, Wooster 
Secretary:  Katie VanZile, Marshallville
Treasurer: David L. Lehman, Orrville 



Tom Bahl, Shreve             Susan Baker, Creston    
Pat Glessner, Sterling       Phil Grimm,  Kidron       
Becky Jewell, Orrville       Jenni Reusser, Orrville

Paul Vance, Orrville.         Keith Winkler, Sterling     

Keith Workman, Orrville