Our next bike ride we’ll be visiting the west side of Dayton. We’ll ride by the location of the old Wright Brothers home and stop down the street at the Wright Cycling Complex. We will also visit the house where Paul Laurence Dunbar lived. Continuing our ride through Old Dayton to McPherson Town.
After the ride we’d like to hang out and enjoy First Friday – we’re open to suggestions of places to eat or have a drink. We’ll make an announcement the day of our ride of where we plan to meet. Hope to see you guys there. Ride out time is around 6:30 pm.
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In honor of spring time we’re going to take you on some tours of the neighborhood community gardens. The gardens we will be stopping by are neighborhood operated with the help of Five Rivers Metro Park.
The garden spots we will be visiting goes as follows:
1. Huffman District Community Garden on Centre St.
2. Mission of Marry on Xenia Ave.
3. Twin Towers Community Garden on Allen St.
4. South Park Community Garden on Burns and Brown St.
5. Final stop Garden Station on Wayne Ave.
You can find more information about community gardens here: http://www.metroparks.org/GetOutside/CommunityGardening.aspx
Fees are minimal and you get the help and guidance from seasoned growers. Check to see if there is one in your neighborhood!
Everyone seemed to like the little historical tour we did last month so we thought we’d try it again! This month we will be taking a bicycle tour of McCook Field and Old North Dayton. This area of Dayton has the second highest concentration of jobs in the city, most of them industrial.
On this tour of Dayton we will stop at two points of interest, McCook Field and the Duncarrick Mansion. Along the way we will pass by the Downtown Dayton Dog Park at Deeds Point and the home of DATV, the local public access TV station. It will be a short 4.5 mile ride ending at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally.
McCook Field was one of the first Army Air Force bases, first opening on December 5, 1917. In 1919 it became the location of the Aviation Service’s Engineering Division. Much early aircraft research and development was done at this location. Because of the field’s unusually small size, they had to build one of the world’s first paved runways to land the planes. A sign was painted on the hangar to warn arriving pilots, “This field is small use it all!”
The Duncarrick Mansion can be seen from I-75, just north of Route 4. This farmhouse was built in 1850 and bought in 1887 by a prominent Dayton lawyer by the name of Grafton Kennedy. The home was developed by the firm Peters, Burns and Pretzinger. Pretzinger is Dayton’s foremost native architect. Several of his buildings are included on the National Registry of Historic Places. This home is in the American Provincial architecture style with Tudor detail. After Grafton Kennedy’s death his daughter Katherine, who was born and raised there, remained in the homestead. Katherine had her own political career fighting for women’s rights shortly after the women’s suffrage movement. The Kennedy family was influential enough that, when I-75 was being built, they requested it be moved west to avoid their property. If you ever wondered why there is that sharp curve in I-75 at the Route 4 interchange, now you know it’s because of the Kennedy’s.
We will end our ride at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally on 4th Street.
Becoming familiar with the traffic laws in Ohio is essential for cyclist. The ODOT Cycling Smarter Guide is a wonderful resource for learning. Being consistent and following the laws will help make your cycling adventure safer.