The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking feedback for their first-ever pedestrian and bicycle plan.
They are urging Ohioans to fill out an online survey to ensure that policies and investments meet the needs of people walking and biking.
The Walk.Bike.Ohio plan will guide bike and pedestrian transportation policies and investments in infrastructure and programs. The plan looks at current and potential programs and policies, not at specific projects.
ODOT is engaging with Ohioans through a series of stakeholder meetings and online surveys. These opportunities help them collect feedback on vision and goals of the plan as well as barriers and needs. It’ll also look at how new mobility and its association technologies will impact how Ohioans walk and bike in the future.
“We encourage Ohioans to use active transportation, so we want to make sure those modes of travel are as safe as possible,” Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks said. “We hope to get feedback from Ohioans living in all parts of our great state to help us do that.”
In 2018, 135 pedestrians and 22 bicyclists were killed. Between 2009 and 2019, there was a 60 percent increase in pedestrian-related fatalities, and a 22 percent increase in bicycle-related fatalities.
For more information about the plans, click here and select your district.