ODOT seeking feedback for first-ever
pedestrian and bicycle plan
Ohioans urged to
fill out online survey
COLUMBUS - Recent
trends in safety, demographics, and demand have spurred the Ohio Department of
Transportation to develop its first-ever policy plan for walking and biking.
Stakeholder and public engagement will help ensure that policies and
investments meet the needs of people walking and biking.
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.
ODOT is engaging
Ohioans through a series of stakeholder
meetings and online surveys.
These opportunities will help ODOT collect feedback on vision and goals of the
plan as well as barriers and needs for walking and biking. It will also look at
how new mobility and its associated technologies will impact how Ohioans walk
and bike in the future.
Ohioans to use active transportation, so we want to make sure those modes of
travel are as safe as possible," said ODOT Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks.
"We hope to get feedback from Ohioans living in all parts of our great
state to help us do that."
Between 2009-2018, Ohio
saw a 60 percent increase in pedestrian-related fatalities. Bicycle fatalities
are up 22 percent over the same time frame. In 2018, 135 pedestrians and 22
bicyclists were killed in Ohio.
Ohio has over 1,800
miles of off-road, shared use paths. Ohio's state parks offer more than 250
miles of bike trails. There are also 3,000 miles of proposed State and U.S.
Bike Routes in Ohio.
Work on the plan is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. The
final report will include policy recommendations as well as an
implementation plan as to how to achieve the recommendations.