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University, community partners and volunteers gather to paint new markers on bikeway


Volunteers, Ohio University representatives and community partners gathered June 29 and 30 in a joint effort to increase safety on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway by painting new mile markers along the widely used path, which stretches from Athens to Nelsonville. 

Athens City Mayor Steve Patterson, City Planner Paul Logue and Athens County Commissioner Chris Chmiel ceremoniously painted the first marker at Mile 0, located behind the Athens Community Center. The white mile markers, which are painted directly on the path and complement existing wooden post markers, are designed to represent four historic brick designs that can be found throughout the region. 

“It is so wonderful that we have leaders who are supportive of these initiatives,” said event coordinator Megan Buskirk, an environmental strategies coordinator at the Athens City-County Health Department. “We had many partners, sponsors and volunteers who came together and I’d like to express my gratitude for their efforts.”

Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability worked with the Athens City-County Health Department and sponsors including OhioHealth, Brick Belly (found at Nelsonville Emporium), Peggy Hartman, Paper Circle, Casa Nueva, Zoe Fine Dining, Rhapsody Restaurant, Restaurant Salaam and Athens Bicycle to coordinate the two-day event, which brought together more than 50 volunteers to paint the 21-mile path.   

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is one of several amenities available to Ohio University students, faculty and staff – as well as local community members – who seek healthier and more sustainable forms of transportation. 

“There are many great initiatives happening throughout Athens County that help promote sustainable transportation,” said Annie Laurie Cadmus, director of sustainability at Ohio University. “For example, the City of Athens and Ohio University recently entered into a partnership to launch the Bobcat Pass program, which will offer free, unlimited transportation on Athens Public Transit vehicles to anyone with a University ID card.” 

Support for the event also stretches through Wayne National Forest to Nelsonville, where Hocking College President Betty Young, Nelsonville City Council President Kevin Dotson and City Manager Gary Edwards gathered on Thursday for a ceremonial painting at Mile 16.5 at Robbins Crossing on the Hocking College campus. 

“It’s really exciting that these efforts will occur in Athens, The Plains and Nelsonville since access to healthy, active transportation in all of our county’s communities is really important,” Cadmus said. “I’m impressed with the work Hocking College is doing to promote sustainability and alternative transportation on its campus. In fact, Thursday’s celebration took place on the Bikeway near Hocking College’s new hydration station and educational signage!”

 

Bikeway painting

Annie Laurie Cadmus, director of sustainabilty at Ohio University, gives volunteers instructions before painting mile markers on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Photos by Kaitlin Owens.

Using stencil to paint mile marker

Athens County Commissioner Chris Chmiel and Mayor Steve Patterson paint Mile Marker 0 on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. Mile Marker 0 is located near the Athens Community Center. 

Painting the mile marker

(L-R) Athens County Commisioner Chris Chmiel, Athens City Planner Paul Logue and Athens Mayor Steve Patterson paint Mile Marker 0 on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.

Public officials paint the mile marker

(L-R) Athens County Commisioner Chris Chmiel, Athens City Planner Paul Logue and Athens Mayor Steve Patterson paint Mile Marker 0 on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. 

Megan Buskirk welcomes volunteers

Megan Buskirk, environmental strategies coordinator for Athens City-County Health Department, gives a welcome speech to the volunteers before painting mile markers on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.