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Why Walk.Bike.Ohio?

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Who

ODOT and its partners are creating the state's first bike and pedestrian policy plan, called Walk.Bike.Ohio.

What
When complete, the plan will guide Ohio's bike and pedestrian transportation policies and investments in infrastructure and programs. It is looking at current and potential programs and policies, not at specific projects.

When
The plan's development will be about two years and is expected to be complete at the end of 2020.

How
Walk.Bike.Ohio will guide programs and policies by engaging stakeholders and the public, analyzing benefits of walking and biking, looking at existing conditions and projecting how new mobility and its associated technologies will impact how Ohioans will walk and bike in the coming years.

Outreach and Engagement
ODOT is using a mix of outreach tools to engage stakeholders and the public.

  • Two rounds of stakeholder meetings across the state. The first will be in the summer of 2019 and a second in the summer of 2020.
  • Two online surveys that will be live during the same windows as the stakeholder meetings will seek feedback from the general public.
  • Meeting in a box will give Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Transportation Planning Organizations, municipalities and other jurisdictions the ability to host their own stakeholder meeting to extend the reach of stakeholder feedback.
  • Focus groups, a series of six meetings over the course of the plan's development, will elicit additional feedback on specific, related subjects.

Steering Committee
A volunteer Steering Committee representing a diverse group of technical experts and advocates is supporting the plan's development. The group will assist with the developing of the project's vision, goals and objectives, which will align with ODOT's long-range transportation plan Access Ohio 2045.

Data Analysis
In addition to outreach and engagement, the Walk.Bike.Ohio plan will use a broad range of data analysis to develop the plan and its recommendations. It includes: 
 
Benefits of biking and walking report which will include an analysis of current and future statewide benefits provided by walking and biking; the economic development impact of walking and biking in Ohio; and a demographic analysis focusing on equity and health.
 
A data audit of available GIS data representing Ohio's roadway systems and pedestrican and bicycle infrastructure and networks throughout the state.
 
An analysis of new mobility and its accompanying technology on walking and biking, especially as it relates to first and last mile transit use, Ohio's autonomous vehicles policies and a national best practice review.
 
An existing conditions analysis which will include an analysis of current and future statewide benefits provided by walking and biking and to define the current state of walking ad biking Ohio. This research will help identify existing ODOT policies and practices for planning and implementing bike and pedestrian programs.
 
An implementation strategy to
  • Recommend up to six policy and program focus areas
  • Develop performance measures
  • Create local implementation guidance
  • Conduct a program review of four non-infrastructure Es: education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.