Do you think Ohio should do more to make streets safer and more attractive? Should bike lanes and new sidewalks have their own fund? How about including buses and trains?
State lawmaker Matt Lundy thinks it’s about time Ohio funded transportation choices. The Democrat from Elyria is trying to get the General Assembly to pass an amendment called Ohioans for Transportation Choice. It would create a fund for cities who want bike lanes and crosswalks. Or a new bus stop and better transit service.
Transportation Choice calls for a modest $75 million a year, starting in 2014, so that cities like Cleveland can fund good ideas like the W. 65th Street improvements (pictured). Or, bike lanes on Denison Avenue and Detroit Avenue, a Lakefront bike path or more Euclid Corridors. It begins to ensure that transit, biking and walking get accounted for in the state’s multi-billion transportation budget.
Supporters will testify in Columbus for Lundy’s Transportation Choice amendment this Friday, Feb. 15. Show your support in person, at the House Finance Subcommittee on Transportation, Ohio Statehouse, Room 122 at 10 am. Or, write an email to the chair of the subcommittee - Rep. Ross McGregor to show your support, no later than Thursday at 10 a.m. to: Rep79@ohiohouse.gov and CC Amanda Woodrum of Policy Matters Ohio, who will be there to testify.
Here's a letter of support submitted to create a $75 million fund from Ohio's multi-billion dollar transportation budget to support Complete Streets and more transit.
See Policy Matters Ohio page on Ohioans for Transportation Choice, including city of Oberlin's letter of support.
Here is Amanda Woodrum's testimony before the transportation subcommittee on Feb. 15, 2013.
Visit GCBL's Improving Local Transit page for more.