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Meeting to set priorities for ODOT

 |  10/28/10 @ 12:38pm

ODOT is hosting meetings around the state where they will seek to learn public transportation priorities and they need to hear from cyclists.   Please go to the site and register to let them know you plan to attend - help send the message that support for cycling and safety is an important state transportation priority.  Please share the information with friends and others.

Cleveland Meeting: ODOT Project Priority MeetingWednesday, November 3rd, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6-8 PM (777 St. Clair Avenue)

ODOT's questions:What should ODOT's priorities be?What is Ohio's transportation future?How does transportation help build the economy?

Cycling support and safety is an important answer to all three.  Encourage ODOT to invest in "complete streets," those serving all modes of transportaion, biking, walking and public transportation, not just cars and trucks, when designing or working on streets and bridges.  ODOT will ask those in attendance to "vote" on priorities, so we really need cycling friends and fans to turn out!

* Better support for cycling and walking is transportation investment that helps everyone! A large percentage of Cleveland residents don't own a car, while still more two-adult households share one car.  Investment in transportation options for these people will help people find and hold work, strengthening the region as a whole.* Reducing transportation costs helps ease household budgets. For most Americans, transportation is an expense second only to housing (higher than health care, education and food). Even before runaway gas prices, the average American spends 19% of their income on transportation, with households that heavily rely on cars for transportation spending 50% or more.  * Support for cycling is a part of a response to our climate challenges, reducing pollutants and gas usage by shifting a modest number of car trips to cycling and walking, for errands and short trips.  by increasing riding and walking, we also help strengthen our local businesses. * Investing in cycling and walking improves public health and fitness. Support for walking and biking transportation infrastructure is a practical way for many to achieve recommended levels of physical activity. Modest increases in bicycling and walking for short trips could provide enough exercise for 50 million inactive Americans to meet recommended activity levels, reducing America's activity deficit.

Please come out and support "complete streets" and access for all!

To learn more, go here: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/groups/goohio/Pages/default.aspxTo register for your local event, go here:  http://www.dot.state.oh.us/groups/goohio/Pages/PublicOnlineMeetings.aspx

As many of you have friends all around the state, encourage cyclists to attend their local meetings, listed below. They can register for these events through the ODOT webpage above:

10/28/2010 Portsmouth Public Workshop  Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Scioto Welcome Center11/3/2010       Cleveland Public Workshop  Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Centre11/4/2010       Youngstown Public Workshop Youngstown State Williamson Hall Auditorium11/9/2010       Cambridge Public Workshop Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center11/10/2010  Athens Public Workshop  Nelson Commons ? Ohio University

Thanks for supporting cycling in Ohio!

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