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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 1999

Governor Announces Bicycle/Pedestrian Project Funds 

Columbus Governor Bob Taft today announced a total of $9 million will be allocated among 30 communities for bicycle and pedestrian projects. This funding, from the Ohio Department of Transportations Surface Transportation Funds, will be used for projects which provide transportation alternatives to automobile use, improve bicyclist or pedestrian safety, and enhance the appearance of communities throughout Ohio. 

I am no stranger to the natural beauty Ohios many trails have to offer, said Taft. My family and I truly enjoy the outdoors, and along with other Ohioans, have shared in the recreation these bike and pedestrian pathways provide.

 Under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), passed by Congress in 1998, states are required to set aside at least 10 percent of their Surface Transportation Program funds for enhancement projects. The program was designed to creatively integrate transportation facilities into their surrounding communities and natural environment. Ohios awards ranged from $13,000 to more than $1 million.

 These funds will provide more than a facelift to the area, they build pride in our communities, and by adding new recreation resources and preserving our history, we are helping to attract visitors and businesses. This money is an investment in Ohio for all Ohioans," Taft said.

 ODOT received 118 applications from 47 of Ohios 88 counties totaling more than $45 million dollars. They included 77 bicycle and 41 pedestrian projects. Each application was evaluated and reviewed by employees of ODOT and members of the public active in the bicycle and pedestrian community.