Last January, GOPC provided an update on state counts of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities in 2017. New data shows between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 1,058 people walking in Ohio; the state has been ranked as the 26th most dangerous for people walking.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is launching its first-ever pedestrian and bicycle policy plan — Walk.Bike.Ohio — to address growing interest in active transportation among Ohioans. This plan will guide active transportation policies and program investments in the state for years to come.
Politico Magazine recently featured a report on Seattle and the investment the state, city and region around Washington state’s largest city has made in mass transit alternatives. As the article notes, Seattle hasn’t banished cars, nor is it seeking to do so. Instead, it is seeking to create a balanced, multimodal system that can accommodate all forms of transportation. The transitions happening in Seattle can serve as an example for cities across Ohio.
Greater Ohio has regularly provided updates on the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund settlement and grants that are available through the program. As Ohio EPA prepares to open the second round of grant requests, the department will be holding webinars for those who are interested in learning more about the application process and requirements.