Project makes using the bike trail safer

Have you traveled the Great Miami River Recreation Trail for exercise, for your commute, or just for fun? No matter the reason, accidents can happen. And thanks to a new sign marking project, the trail just got a little safer for you. 

If you need help, you should call 911 and tell them your location. But what if you don't know where you are? Because the trail is over 70 miles long, and many sections travel through remote areas, it can be difficult for emergency responders to locate you quickly when you need help.

To be rescued, you have to know where you are on the trail. You might not remember the last trailhead you passed, or you might not know the name of the closest street. To make it easier to find you, each bike trail sign post is now clearly marked with a numbering system that is uploaded in the dispatch system. 

Funded by the Rotary Club of Dayton, this project was implemented by the Miami Conservancy District. Thanks to emergency responders in the City of Franklin and Warren County, the numbering system is now part of the Dispatch database, just like a street address. Each bike trail sign post was assigned a unique number, and each sign post is geo-located so they can navigate to you more quickly.  

To use the markers in the case of an emergency, just call 911, and tell the dispatcher your location using the number on the bike trail sign post. 

We want you to stay safe on the trail - and thanks to our partners - it just got a little safer. 

Have fun, stay safe, call 911 for emergencies.