Boyer said the health district worked to acquire a $1,500 grant through the Ohio Department of Health to implement the cost of the emergency markers.
On every marker is an alphanumeric code. That code has been input in the county GIS system that’s connected to the dispatch networks.
The markers will be placed at every one-tenth of a mile on the trails. In an emergency, when someone calls 9-1-1, they will give the dispatcher the code on the marker, and the dispatcher will be able to specifically locate where they are on the trail and send help.
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Boyer said the district conducted a public survey about hesitations that people had when using the bike trails, and many responses that were returned cited not knowing where people were when on the trails.
“You’ll be able to regularly see the markers and get the coding down and pick it up pretty easy, so you’ll know exactly where you’re at,” Boyer said.
Clark County resident Bucky Meadows said he’s spent a lot of time running and walking on the trails — so he’s well aware of the dangers.
“If it’s close to dark and you get in trouble. You could really be in trouble,” he said. “Anything you do to improve safety would be good,” Meadows said.
The installation of the markers is expected to wrap up by mid-summer. At that point, bike trail users will see the markers on the Buck Creek Trail, Simon Kenton Trail and portions of the Little Miami Scenic Trail.
20 — Number of miles of trails where the markers will be placed
.10 — Mileage distance between markers
$1,500 — Cost to acquire and install the markers
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