COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a sparsely-attended press conference on the steps of the capital building this morning, James Beasely, Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, announced that Sunday, April 20, 2008 will be designated as the first annual Car-Free Ohio Day, where all motorized traffic will be banned from the public streets, roads, and highways of the state. This is the first in a series of initiatives to promote bicycling, walking, and other non-motorized, healthy forms of transportation.
Ohio State Highway Patrol checkpoints will be established at all 1,374 entry points to the state, to ensure no unauthorized motor traffic is permitted entry, and to direct traffic near the temporary stateline parking zones. Police, fire, and other emergency services are exempt from the motorized vehicle ban. Any drivers caught trying to circumvent the motor ban will be subject to ticketing, fines, and impoundment.
For more information, see the official Car-Free Ohio web site at www.carfreeohio.org.