(Dublin, Ohio) — May is National Bike Month. As Ohio’s only silver-level Bike Friendly Community, the City of Dublin is offering several community events to support bike safety and enthusiasm across the City’s 150 miles of shared use paths.
Biking in Dublin supports transportation, recreation, exercise and social connection. It’s accessible and an environmentally friendly, sustainable way to travel through Dublin. During National Bike Month, the City encourages residents to try biking on the 150 miles of shared use paths that connect Dublin’s parks, neighborhoods, businesses and roadways.
The City started National Bike Month early with the third annual “Bikes & Badges” donation drive April 29 to collect new and recycled bicycles to connect local children with a free, safe bike to ride. Dublin Police, in partnership with Starfish Assignment, collected 75 bikes, tricycles and balance bikes.
From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, the City will host a family-friendly Bike Roadeo event in Historic Dublin’s Darby Street Parking Lot. Attendees will receive free bike swag while also learning about bike safety practices. Kids can bring their bikes and develop skills to become better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes through an interactive obstacle course. Stations will be led by local bike vendors including Trek, roll: Dublin, Performance and REI, as well as the Dublin Police Department and Dublin Community Recreation Center. CoGo Bikes and Bird scooters will also be a part of the day. There will be food for purchase by Broke Johnny Food Truck.
Biking with Buckeyes
From 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, residents can join Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center experts to learn about health and wellness topics and then enjoy a group ride through Dublin’s scenic bike trails. Register at https://bit.ly/BikingBuckeyes2023.
Other ways Dublin residents can celebrate National Bike Month include:
In 2022, the City of Dublin was honored as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists. The award recognizes Dublin’s commitment to improving bicycling conditions through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies and bike infrastructure.
Dublin’s extensive recreation path system traverses parks, neighborhoods and roadways. It’s perfect for a bike ride to your favorite destination, or just to get some exercise and fresh air.
In addition to paths, Dublin has these options for bikers:
Bicycle repair stations have basic tools including an air pump, flathead and Phillips-head screwdrivers, and Allen wrenches. The station doubles as a rack to hold the bicycle while repairs are being completed, allowing the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.
Stations are available at
For help with repairs use the QR code on the front of the station to view detailed instructions on your smartphone.
As part of an overall healthy and bike-friendly community, the Dublin Bicycle Ambassadors (DBAs) were launched as a result of the Bicycle Advisory Task Force’s vision.
Thanks to the efforts of a project group from Leadership Dublin, city staff and community members came together to envision Dublin’s DBA program, and in April 2012, the volunteer team was launched with 18 members.
Now 40 members strong, DBAs spend their time on our shared use paths and roads offering directions, helping with proper bike helmet fitting, checking and reporting maintenance issues on the paths, and serve as overall ambassadors for safe biking in Dublin community, at events and supporting staff efforts.
DBAs cover about 1,000 miles per month on our path system, volunteering their time to the healthy habit of biking.
Get a free bike registration tag from the Dublin Police that can help police officers reunite you with your bicycle should it be lost or stolen.
Visit the Dublin Justice Center, 6565 Commerce Pkwy., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to receive a registration tag.
Bring your bicycle, if you can. If not, please have your bike’s make, model, color and serial number ready.
With questions, contact Corporal Ian Kovacs at email@example.com or call 614.410.4800, and ask for extension 4024.
New features include a smaller, foldable design for easy transport, a grid system to easily find parks and amenities, and mileage between popular destinations. Pick one up at any City building including City Hall and the Dublin Community Recreation Center, as well as the Dublin Visitor & Information Center, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, and Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has a created a Web page to help bikers map their destinations with the Columbus Metro Bike Users Map and links other community area bikeway maps, including the City of Dublin. MORPC also has a RideSolutions to assist cyclists looking to commute to work with a buddy. The site will help match cyclists in the same area commuting to work.
The League of American Bicyclists is honoring the efforts of the City of Dublin to build better places for people to bike with a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. This is the first time Dublin has achieved Silver status and is the only city in Ohio to be recognized at the Silver level in the 2022 ranking. The City has been a bronze-level community since 2016. The silver-level BFC award recognizes Dublin’s commitment to improving bicycling conditions through investments in bike education programs, regular bike events that promote and encourage people to choose biking, pro-bike policies and bike infrastructure.
The League of American Bicyclists’ BFC program sets the standard for how communities build and benchmark progress toward making biking better. The five levels of the BFC award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze, plus an honorable mention category – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. Awarded communities must renew their status every four years to ensure that they maintain existing efforts and keep up with changing technology, national safety standards and community-driven best practices.
By earning silver-level honors, the League recognized Dublin for the City’s partnership with Dublin City Schools to increase bicycle safety education, expansion of the City’s shared use path network, working with businesses and developers to increase high-quality bike parking throughout the City and a commitment to comprehensive road safety with the City’s Speed Management Study currently underway, which will lead to a formal Vision Zero action plan in 2023.
While the award process considers very visible elements such as bike infrastructure, other essential elements include efforts around adult and youth bike education, encouragement through events like Bike to Work Day, evaluation mechanisms and enforcement all through the lens of equity. The application process includes an opportunity for local bicyclists and active transportation advocates to provide input on their experiences and perceptions of bicycling in their community.
More than 860 communities applied for recognition by the Bicycle Friendly Community program this year. This round of awards includes 32 new and renewing awardees, joining a total of 501 current Bicycle Friendly Communities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Bocce Ball Courts
Two regulation bocce ball courts are available for public use, subject to senior adult programming and league play. Bocce ball sets may be checked out at the Welcome Desk by players 18 and older.
The classrooms house a variety of programs, including pottery and arts & crafts—meeting the needs of preschoolers, children, teens, adults and senior adults.
The Community Hall provides space for parties, receptions, meetings and community events. The facility seats up to 300 or can be divided into smaller rooms.
Abbey theater of Dublin
A 200-seat theater can be used for musical, theatrical and dance performances; film/video; lectures; and seminars.
Equipped with workstations and a variety of software programs, the computer lab provides high-speed Internet access and opportunities for beginning and intermediate instruction. Open to ages 18 & up.
Family Locker Rooms
Each family locker room has its own shower, restroom and lockers. One locker room, designed for people with special needs, features a dressing table.
Looking for free weights and cardiovascular equipment? Check out the fully equipped fitness area on the first floor. You will find treadmills, elliptical machines, bicycles and stair steppers along with free weights, Nautilus and a complete set of Cybex strength equipment.
Group Fitness Studios
If you enjoy group fitness, check out the myriad of classes offered. Two state-of-the-art studios feature suspended floors to help reduce impact and injury. Several pass options are available, allowing participants to choose from a weekly schedule of classes that include Spinning®, Pilates and TRX.
Joggers and walkers on the second floor track can cover a mile in 13 laps. An expanse of windows provides views of the pools and the outdoors.
The competitive/lap pool measures 25 yards by 25 meters and has two one-meter diving boards. This pool often is divided for activities such as aqua aerobics, open swim, swim team practice and instruction. Bleachers provide ample seating and a separate entrance makes it perfect for area swim meets. The natatorium walls in both the lap and leisure pools are lined with sound-absorbing material.
A unique feature of the DCRC is the leisure pool, which includes a lazy river, clam slide for children, double helix slide for those a little more daring and a zero-foot entry point for cautious tots. The warmer water and 3.5-foot maximum depth make this pool perfect for children, adults and senior adults.
Senior Adult Lounge
An elegant, cozy lounge welcomes senior adults to our center. Enjoy playing cards with friends, reading by a fireplace or simply relaxing in this peaceful environment.
A teen lounge offers space and a variety of programming opportunities for Dublin teens.
Wee folk/Youth Lounge
While moms and dads are working out, attending a class or relaxing in the hot tub, they can rest assured that their children—from ages 6 weeks to 12 years—are nearby and safe. Children can play in the indoor or outdoor area or engage in age-appropriate games and activities.
Hours of operation
Our parks are open for your enjoyment from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise noted at the park or during certain special events.
Keep it Clean
We’re sure you’ll find Dublin’s parks and bikeways to be clean, beautiful places to enjoy with your family. The City strives to keep its parks, playgrounds and bikeways clean and free of litter. Please leave the parks as clean as you find them so that others will enjoy them as much as you do. Disposal of litter in public places is prohibited unless placed in public trash containers or using City-authorized containers as part of the City’s refuse, recycling and yard waste collection programs.
We know your furry friends enjoy nature as much as you do. We ask you to be safe and courteous with your pets.
Animals may not run at-large in our parks. All animals must be under the owner’s control at all times. All pets must be securely leashed, kept in a vehicle or suitably caged.
Animal owners also must pick up and properly dispose of any fecal matter left by their pets. It’s not just courteous — it’s the law!
Horses are allowed in designated areas of Glacier Woods Metro Park.
Hunting and fishing
For the safety of our residents, hunting is forbidden in the City. Fishing is permitted in designated areas, including certain City park ponds and in the Scioto River (with a license). Please fish only in ponds where signs prohibiting fishing are not posted.
Respect our parks
Plants and animals also are part of the Dublin community. Please respect the plant and animal life and ecosystems of our natural areas. Enjoy the flowers, trees and other flora without picking or damaging plants. Touching or disturbing wildlife, including animal and bird nesting areas and eggs can be dangerous to humans — not to mention our flora and fauna! And please do not damage or remove any property or natural feature, including stones and minerals, earth, wood, and nuts. Take only pictures and leave only footprints in our parks.
Dublin Recreation Services is committed to providing quality recreation programs and facilities for the Dublin community. Use of the facilities by families and citizens is strongly encouraged. The following policies have been established to operate the DCRC and to ensure our patrons quality and safe recreation experiences:
The following activities, although not an exhaustive list, are examples of behaviors that will result in disciplinary action and police reports when applicable:
The Dublin Community Recreation Center (DCRC) will be closed from Saturday, Aug. 26 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2023 for annual cleaning, maintenance and repairs. The DCRC will reopen at 5:30am Tuesday, Sept. 5. Offices will be staffed for phone calls from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional closings and construction updates visit our website.
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