May 26, 2015

Biking to work is a convenient and healthy way to start the day. Unfortunately, for many of us, biking to work is not a viable option due to long commutes.  In order to provide an opportunity for those of us with longer commutes, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), in partnership with the City of Columbus, launched the Park & Pedal program.

Park & Pedal is specifically designed for commuters who drive 5 or more miles to work, to enjoy the last few miles of their commute by bike. The pilot program is funded through RideSolutions, a MORPC program that promotes alternatives to driving alone to work. The goals of the Park & Pedal Program are to reduce traffic congestion in Central Ohio and to increase bicycle commuting by making it more convenient for riders.

Parks adjacent to multi-use trails or on-road bike facilities that connect to employment centers will be targeted as Park & Pedal locations. Signage will be placed at these locations to let people know they are welcome to leave their cars and bike the rest of the way to work.

MORPC launched the Park & Pedal Program pilot at Columbus’ Academy Park and Dodge Park in conjunction with Bike to Work Day, on May 15, 2015.

For more information about Park and Pedal, contact Amelia Costanzo at 614.233.4161.