We started at the Clinton-Como Park entrance and went south. I was pleased that I was able to keep up a pretty good pace the whole way, though having the wind against me on the return trip back north was a little bit daunting. I don't have a bike computer or anything like that, but I estimate that we went about 12 miles in total just based on which mile-markers we passed.
The trail was in pretty good shape the entire length, with the heavy exception of the area around Ohio State University. I've said before that OSU does a good job of putting to rest the notion of liberal public universities. They really don't take care of the trail at all on their portion of it. The asphalt was torn up and bumpy the entire way and in many spots there was no yellow dividing line and it was down to only about 3/4 of one lane's width wide. Not very safe.
I'd like to see a couple of things along the trail that would make it easier for use by commuters, and aside from the improvements to the trail itself as noted above:
- Better signs along the way. There were lots of access points to the trail from the various neighborhoods that you saw, but many times you had no idea where you might be getting off the trail! If they put up some signs that said where you were (example: nearest cross street to a trail entrance) that would help immensely.
Also, a sign that said where the Olentangy Trail ends and the other trails begin would be good. I wasn't quite sure where it ended and rode for a while on another trail.
- According to the guidelines I've read in a few places, the trails should be 12 feet wide, 6 feet in each lane. Well, I'm 6' tall, and I know that if I laid across a lane for most of the length of the trail, I'd be hanging off on either side. Down near the King Avenue area (I think - see #1) it was quite wide - possibly OVER the 12' guideline, but for most of its length I'd estimate it was 10' wide. Not a huge issue, but something I noticed.