ODOT Makes Way for Bikers

by Emily Baird on May 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

There are nearly three thousand combined miles of designated bike lanes and paths across the state.

Since 1992, ODOT has put $100,000,000 into these bike and pedestrian routes.

"The Ohio Department of Transportation is not just roads. It is bridges. It is airports. It is bikeways. It is motorcycles. There’s all modes of transportation we’re trying to work with our local partners and the local engineers to improve the alternative modes of transportation, " says Public Information Officer, Kate Stickle.

It also plans to use $16,000,000 dollars in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this year to maintain these paths and create more.

Stickle says more and more people are out riding their bikes. So, drivers need to be aware of their surroundings.

"Typically, bicyclists are wearing a vest. They do have bright colors, but it’s always important to be courteous and share the road with other forms of transportation, " says Stickle.

Stickle says even some local companies are looking to the alternative to keep their employees healthy and having them park in a designated lot and bike to work.