COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State transportation officials are seeking the Ohio public’s help in developing their first policy plan for walking and biking.
The plan will guide bike and pedestrian policy-making and infrastructure investment decisions. It is driven by increased demand, demographic shifts and safety concerns.
Ohio saw a 60% increase in pedestrian-related fatalities and a 22% increase in bicycle fatalities between 2009 and 2018. Twenty-two cyclists and 135 pedestrians were killed last year.
The state has more than 1,800 miles of off-road, shared-use paths today, and more than 250 miles of state-park bike trails. Another 3,000 miles of state and federal bike routes are proposed throughout the state.