Sierra Green Transportation Campaign Goal: Expand transportation choice to allow individuals safe, convenient alternatives to driving Reduced vehicle miles traveled Reduced greenhouse gas and other emissions Comprehensive transportation systems Increased bike-ped. Increased transit Reduced reliance on cars
State of the State (of Ohio) Anti-rail governor Pro-highway Department of Transportation Turnpike revenue to be diverted to more highway projects Map-21 federal transportation law Allows more flexing of dollars BUT…those dollars could be diverted to highways away from less polluting transportation alternatives Transportation accounts for 28% of GHG emissions in Ohio and substantial criteria pollutant emissions Less than 1% of state transportation funds are allocated to public transit
Regional/Local Level Local metropolitan planning organizations are easier to influence and, generally, they are more progressive than ODOT Getting our members to participate in and sit on MPO committees is important for influencing the regional planning process
And, the Stats. are With Us Bicycle commute increases over the past decade Transit ridership increases Younger generation spurning cars Fewer households with cars
What Have We Done toInfluence ODOT? Recent meeting to discuss Map-21 and transportation alternatives fund Participating on steering committee for ODOT’s long range plan VMT reduction Reducing overbuilt road Broadening cost/benefit analysis GHG reduction plan
Transportation Coalition To achieve meaningful transportation change in Ohio, we need more partners working in tandem Organized a coalition of groups across the state Making link between local level and state level
Transportation PreferencesSurveyHosted the Natural Resources Defense Council topresent its recent survey findings Most participants felt they had no choice but to drive, and the vast majority wanted to drive less Cleveland participants thought 10%-30% of transportation funding went to transit New infrastructure, congestion, jobs, growth were most often cited as reasons for more investment Stay away from “denser” development and “mass” transit
Ensure that the entire right-of-way isplanned, designed, constructed, operated,and maintained to provide safe access for allusers
Policies to DateStates : 28MPOs : 33Counties : 31Cities : 268Total : 359 Ohio has no statewide complete streets policy and only a handful of local policies
Complete Streets Planning Helped create workshop in Oberlin as part of Oberlin Sustainability Project Two representatives attended workshop in Minnesota (December 2012) State committee working in conjunction with national green transportation campaign Hope to get all major MPOs, as well as municipalities, in Ohio to adopt AND implement key elements
Public Outreach and Advocacy Multiple action alerts regarding transportation planning Dump-the-Pump Car Free Day Cincinnati Pedalfest Organized alliance against the Eastern Corridor Highway Sign-on letter to ODOT Best and Worst transportation projects Gearing up for transportation budget lobbying
Dump-the-Pump DayMore than 75 bus passes given away in Greater Cincinnati. Partnered with Cincinnati Metro.
“Best-Worst” Media EventEastern Corridor Highway Makes National “Worst” Transportation Project List.
KidsExpo at Pedalfest Bike Helmet GiveawayOver 1500 participants and more than a dozen volunteers! 40 bike helmets given away!
2013 Priorities Stop the Eastern Corridor Highway (Segments 2-3) Increase spending on transportation alternatives in state budget Continue education efforts Pass complete streets policies Increase number of groups actively involved in transportation advocacy Lobby MPOs for larger share of funding for transportation alternatives Events (Bike Month, Dump the Pump, and Car Free)
Looking for CommitteeMembers in 2013 Transportation committee representative from every local group Committee calls are the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 pm