4 cycling events in Dayton that you don’t want to miss

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Become part of the strong cycling community that has developed here in Dayton by attending these four events coming up in May 2017. (Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission)

The Miami Valley is home to the nation’s largest paved trail network. Over 340 miles of multi-use trails, connecting schools, parks, and attractions, provide residents the opportunity to explore our region. You can become part of the strong cycling community that has developed here in Dayton by attending these four events coming up in May…

  1. Miami Valley Cycling Summit | Friday, May 5: Held at the Wright State University Student Union (3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.) on Friday, May 5, from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the Miami Valley Cycling Summit is free and open to the public. Registration is required at cyclingsummit.com. By bringing together local advocates, elected officials, community staff, and national speakers, the Miami Valley Cycling Summit creates an open discussion to shape the future. National experts will detail how cycling can benefit numerous aspects of our community, region and nation. The event is hosted by Bike Miami Valley, with the help of a local coordinating committee, and is supported by a variety of park districts, city, county, and regional governments, and visitors bureaus. Immediately following the summit, a “grassroots social” will be held at The Wandering Griffin, 3725 Presidential Dr., Beavercreek, on Friday, May 5, at 5 p.m. 
  2. Miami Valley Cycling Summit Century Ride | Saturday, May 6: A fundraiser for Bike Miami Valley, the Century Ride will be held on Saturday, May 6. Starting at the Fairgrounds Recreation Center (120 Fairground Road, Xenia) at 6 a.m., the ride is along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Bike either 62 or 100 miles, with awards to those who complete the ride. Early registration is $25, and onsite registration is $35. Click here to learn more and to register
  3. American Trails 2017 International Trails Symposium | Sunday, May 7: A free public event associated with the American Trails International Trails Symposium will be held at the Dayton Convention Center (22 E. Fifth Street) from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The Dayton area is widely recognized as the Outdoor Capital of the Midwest, which is why the city was selected as host for this year’s symposium. The public is encouraged to attend this free event to discover, learn and celebrate trails. Click here for more information about the free public day event. 
  4. Five Rivers MetroParks Bike-to-Work Day | Friday, May 19: Come to Riverscape MetroPark (237 E. Monument Ave.) from 7-9 a.m. on Friday, May 19, for a free pancake breakfast in celebration of Bike-to-Work Day. Whether you’re a seasoned cycling commuter or a first-time bike rider, gather to share the culture and the fun of biking to work. Groups of riders from the same business or university may want to participate in the Team Challenge. There will be live music, exhibitor booths, tours of the bike hub, and a photo booth. The first 500 riders to register and check in onsite will receive a prize, courtesy of Five Rivers MetroParks and presenting partner MVRPC. More details are available at MetroParks.org.
To plan your own trip on the regional bikeway, check out the newly updated www.MiamiValleyTrails.org. There, you can access a visitor guide, as well as a trail map that shows where to park, trail access points, and restroom locations along the way. If you’d like a paper map of the regional bikeway, please contact the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission at (937) 223-6323.

Firefighters extinguish flames at Greene County home

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

UPDATE @ 2:08 a.m.

Firefighters have extinguished the fire at a Greene County home and remain on scene to finish clean up, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown if anyone was at the house at the time of the fire or if anyone was injured as a result. 

We are working to learn more information from fire officials.

EARLIER REPORT

The roof of a Greene County house has reportedly collapsed as fire crews battle a house fire Sunday morning. 

Crews were dispatched to the 3800 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road outside of Clifton around 12:55 a.m. 

The fire was originally reported in a garage shortly before flames were reported coming from the roof of a house. 

Initial reports indicate the roof of the house has collapsed and crews ancountered heavy flames upon arrival. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

Harrison Twp. crews extinguish house fire, firefighters remain on scene

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 12:33 AM

UPDATE @ 1:47 a.m.

Flames are now out at a Harrison Twp. home that caught fire Sunday morning. 

Dispatchers said crews remain in the area and Syracuse Avenue is closed. 

It is unknown if anyone lives at the address or if anyone was at the home at the time of the fire. 

Dispatchers said people living in a neighboring home have been evacuated.

INITIAL REPORT

Harrison Twp. fire crews are battling a fully engulfed house fire Sunday morning. 

Firefighters were sent to the 600 block of Syracuse Avenue around 12:22 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate crews arrived to find a house in the area fully engulfed in flames.

A portion of Syracuse Avenue remains closed as crews work the scene, according to scanner traffic.

We will continue to monitor this developing story and post updates to this page.

2 West Carrollton women killed in Miamisburg crash

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

UPDATE @ 11:10 p.m.

Two West Carrollton women were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash early today in Miamisburg.

It was dark when police say a woman driving lost control on King Richard Parkway and drove up onto the curb and crashed into a tree in the yard of a Merry John Drive home. 

"Can you send an ambulance and police?" a caller tells a 911 dispatcher. "Uh, somebody just ran into our house with their car. The people in the car, I can't tell if they are moving or not." 

On Saturday evening, friends huddled around the crash site to remember 27-year-old Carol Pressell and 23-year-old Courtney Morgan Cole. Friends said the women were coming back home from a night out. 

The house was not damaged, but police said alcohol and speed were believed to be factors. 

Residents say speeding is a common problem in the 25 mph zone, where the road signs also say "Thank you for not speeding." 

"I see (motorists) speeding up and down the street all the time and I'll holler because the kids play up and down on the sidewalks," Aaron Collins said. 

Funeral services are still being planned for the two West Carrollton friends, and the crash also is still under investigation.

FIRST REPORT

Two West Carrollton women were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash early today in Miamisburg.

Crews were called around 2:15 a.m. to the intersection of King Richard Parkway and Merry John Drive.

Officers found a 2009 Ford sedan, occupied by Carol Pressel, 27, and Courtney Morgan Cole, 23, had apparently lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree, according to the Miamisburg Police Department.

According to 911 calls, the car struck a house in the 800 block of Merry John Drive.

Speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, police said.

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Demonstrators march for science on Earth Day in downtown Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

Demontrators took to the streets of Dayton today in the name of science.

These marches happened across the world as people defended science on Earth Day.

Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton was packed with 1,200 to 1,500 people of all ages. They chanted "save our planet," "know all the facts" and "science not silence" as they marched. 

"It's kind of upsetting to see how our government has been treating science," said Jessica Spanger, a local organizer. 

Some wanted to promote the fun side of science. 

"People don’t realize how interesting it is," said Ned Rasor, a physicist. 

Others said it's a politically charged event following recent changes in Washington. 

Organizers said the March for Science is bipartisan, and that they hope to get attention from both sides of the aisle. 

"We start influencing our policymakers to make evidence-based decisions rather than making decisions off of opinions or based off of what their lobbyists tell them to do," Spangler said.

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