Bicycle Capital of the Midwest

Who knew that the Midwest had their own biking jurisdiction?! Turns out they do, and the capital is right here in Ohio. The southwestern Ohio city of Xenia has been pronounced as the “Bicycle Capital of the Midwest”. The title is appropriate as they converted five old railroad lines into paved bike baths. This accounts for over 270 miles of paved bike paths which pass through Xenia. The longest trail in Xenia, the Little Miami Scenic Trail, connects Cincinnati to Springfield and is one of the longest continuous paved trails (73 miles) in the United States (behind Minnesota’s Paul Bunyan Trail and Alabama and Georgia’s Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet Trail). At the heart of Xenia’s extensive bike path network is a restored train station to serve as the hub and rest area for the trails.

 

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Photo via: Wolpy.com