Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
As energy prices remain high and our state’s economy continues to sag, Ohio needs clean, green, and economically viable transportation options more than ever. Our state is the fourth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and the transportation sector produces about one-third of this pollution. Forced reliance on the automobile puts greater financial stress on Ohio families, increases oil dependence, damages the environment, harms public health, and limits the mobility of citizens, particularly seniors, students, the disadvantaged, and the disabled. Meanwhile, Ohio spends less than 1% of its transportation dollars on public transit. Visit our Transportation Committee page to learn more about our efforts and how to get involved.
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Check Out Our Comments on the Goals and Objectives of the Ohio Department Transportation’s Long Range Plan
November 19th, 2012
The Ohio Department of Transportation is in the process of updating it long range plan, called Access Ohio, which will guide transportation in Ohio between now and 2040. It’s important that we stress the need to prioritize automobile alternatives — cycling infrastructure, safe sidewalks, and transit and rail — as well as a multimodal, complete streets approach that reduces our environmental footprint and more fairly serves all groups.
November 6th, 2012
Yesterday, Columbus joined the ranks of dozens of cities across the country and worldwide by approving a bike share program. This program will be the first major bike share in Ohio, and hopefully can serve as an impetus for other Ohio cities, some of which are already engaged in bike share feasibility studies, to adopt similar programs. Read More
October 9th, 2012
Want to know how Ohio counties stack up in terms of fuel consumption, vehicle miles traveled, etc.? Check out the Sierra Club’s nationwide transportation map charting fuel consumption. As a state, Ohio has the 6th highest total annual fuel consumption in the nation. Read More
June 21st, 2012
Happy Dump the Pump Day. Organizations across Ohio, including Sierra Club, are highlighting the benefits of alternative transportation and the need to break our oil addiction. Ohioans are using public transit and alternative modes at record levels; it’s time Ohio leaders caught up and got on the bus!