Ohioans demonstrate Pedal Power during Bike to Work Week
ODOT highlights more than $100 million in bicycle and pedestrian investments
COLUMBUS (Monday, May 17, 2010) - Joining the four-million bicycle owners in Ohio who are demonstrating the ‘pedal power’ of active biking, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is teaming up with local communities across the state in recognizing Bike to Work Week (May 17-21).
“Biking and walking are critical components of a thriving, healthy, and complete multi-modal transportation system,” said ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris, who joined the Mayor of Columbus, Central Ohio business leaders and bicycle enthusiasts for a Monday morning bike ride to the Ohio Statehouse.
Each year in Ohio, the Bike to Work celebration sees an ever increasing number of participants. Events are scheduled in cities throughout the state through the month of May, including workshops, clinics, tours, and block parties. Many area businesses offer free food along with discounts on their merchandise to bike riders.
“When we have all of the modes of transportation working safely together, we create a sense of place where people want to live and businesses want to grow,” said ODOT Director Molitoris.
Since 1992, the Ohio Department of Transportation has invested more than $100 million to improve and modernize pedestrian and bicycle routes across the state.
ODOT District 10, comprised of Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton and Washington counties, has approximately 31 miles of bikeways.
With new federal funding made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ODOT and its local transportation partners have also been able to invest more than $16 million in stimulus funds to bicycle and pedestrian projects.
Today, Ohio has more than 3,000 miles of designated bike paths used by an estimated four million bicycle owners.
Learn more about Ohio’s investments in bicycling - as well as tips to keep safe whether you are riding on two wheels or four - by logging on to ODOT’s website at www.dot.state.oh.us - click on the bicycle icon,
For more information contact: Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640
or David Rose, ODOT District 10 District Public Information Office, at (740) 568-3904