This idea was really inspired by Dr. Thomas' remarks in Cincinnati when he said that the route was more than a map and when he asked what we can do now, prior to publication of the maps to promote and use the route.
If Ad Cycling and The Center for Minority Health endorse this idea, I would be willing to invest time recruiting conductors throughout Ohio. However, before doing so, I would like to see what I will call the "Certified Conductor" program formalized. By formalized, I mean there should be a set of minimal standards published for becoming a conductor and we probably should probably develop an standardized application form and procedure for applying to become a "certified conductor" on the route.
I do not want to spend time recruiting organizations to become conductors if this idea crashes and burns.
Another responsibility of a certified conductor could be to work with bike shops and cyclists in the area to promote the use of the route for short day trips ranging from 5 miles to 50 miles (or more). By promotion of day trips I mean hosting organized rides with a cyclist/leader who acts as an interpretive guide and looks after newer cyclists that might lack the confidence to ride on their own.