ABIGAIL S. FISHER | DISPATCHA runner avoids a marked protrusion on the Olentangy Trail. Users have taken it upon themselves to mark uneven sections of the trail.
By Dean Narciso
The Columbus Dispatch Saturday August 25, 2012 6:25 AM
A large protrusion greets bicyclists along the Olentangy Trail, one that would likely cause serious crashes if not marked. Roughly 6 inches tall, the hazardous, boil-shaped eruption is near the bridge at the west end of Broad Meadows Boulevard. And someone wants you to know about it.
Spray-painted in white and red, the defect has arrows pointing toward it and is preceded by " DANGER" stenciled in red on the pavement.
…."This is sort of like a crime for the greater good," said Jody Dzuranin, operations manager for Consider Biking, an advocacy group. "Technically, it is defacing public property. A solution would be having a better way to report hazards."
Having the equivalent of mileposts along the bike trails to help locate hazards or crime incidents is one solution.
…Wayfinding marks are also found on public streets, helpful for new riders.
"They're necessary," said Dzuranin with Consider Biking. "Pretty much you're out on a route maybe you've never been on. The markings are helpful to find your way."
Volunteer bike ambassadors in Westerville and Dublin regularly patrol city paths to help find problems….