New section of bike trail complete

OSP and Youngstown Wheelmen encourage bike safety

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Bicycle enthusiasts have a new place to ride in Trumbull County.

The ribbon was cut on Tuesday for the south end of the Warren Bike Trail, which is part of the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway Bike Trail.

The new portion takes cyclists from Woodland Avenue to South Street. The portion from South Street to the Niles border at Burton Street S.E.  was completed previously.

“This trail goes right through the neighborhood I grew up on between Logan and Iddings. It used to be the old rail line and I used to sneak through here on my way home from Laird Avenue School every day. I used to get in trouble from my 6th-grade teacher. Now I get to ride my bike through it,” said Warren resident Richard Butcher.

He said he has ridden more than 300 miles since May on the local bike trails and his wife, Cathy Butcher, just hit the 200-mile mark. The couple said they usually start riding on state Route 305 in Champion or on Robbins Avenue in Niles, but now they will be able to start their ride closer to home.

The entire project began in 2005 and has cost $3.5 million so far. Several portions of the trail are missing, but once the trail is finished, bicyclists will be able to travel from Ashtabula to the Ohio River in East Liverpool. Warren is the approximate halfway point of the Greenway Bike Trail.

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