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Cyclists say proposed rails-to-trails bike path could bring more cyclists to the region

It’s in the very preliminary stages, but the city of Dayton is looking to add another bike trail in the city that would connect with other trails in the area, as well as the city of Kettering. (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - It’s in the very preliminary stages, but the city of Dayton is looking to add another bike trail in the city that would connect with other trails in the area, as well as the city of Kettering.

FOX 45's Christian Hauser caught up with some bicyclists as they were about to head out on a monthly first Friday ride in Downtown.

"I love being outside so whenever I'm out biking it just helps my mood and helps me stay fit and healthy and I just think it's fabulous," Theresa Gilbert said.

Lesley Johnson said he's loved being on two wheels as long as he can remember.

"I've been cycling ever since I could really ride a bike, since I was about 4 to 5-years-old," Johnson said.

Everyone told FOX 45's Hauser they was really excited to hear about the potential to turn this unused rail line into a bike trail.

Dayton has made an offer for the nearly 7 miles of rail line along U.S. 35. It would connect to Kettering and bike paths that are already there. Plus, it could even have elevated park space.

"Any time I hear there's ways we can connect community to community, I think it's an advantage because it helps people get on their bike to go do errands and other things and also meet other cyclists," Gilbert said.

Johnson said the Dayton area is already a great place to ride a bike.

"Being that Dayton and Yellow Springs are already a big hub for local biking and miles and miles of cycling, I think it's going to be a great way to connect the cities," Johnson said.

Gilbert said the more trails and connectivity the region has, the more attractive it is to people from outside the area to visit or even consider moving here.

She saidshe's seen it happen in other places.

"The more they built these trail networks, the more it built up little towns. I was just in South Carolina and an example there was the Swamp Rabbit Trail and all the sudden this little town off the trail just blossomed so it really helps the communities blossom," Gilbert said.

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