Sunday, May 16, 1999

Commute without your car

Week pushes alternative transit ways

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Get to work without taking your car this week.

        It's annual B-BOPP to Work Week.No, people aren't being asked to dance their way into the office.

        Instead, members of the region's bus companies, the Cincinnati Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee and other groups are asking people to get to work by bike, bus, carpooling or walking.

        The week, which kicks off with an event on Fountain Square at noon Monday, is part of National Bike Month.

  For more information on commuting, contact:
  • Metro at 621-4455.
  • TANK at 331-TANK.
  • RideShare at 241-RIDE.
  • OKI at (513) 621-6300 for the “Cincinnati Bike Route Guide.” It includes a map that shows everything from the best ways to get over the Ohio River to “hills that you will remember at the end of your ride.” The guide is $5.
        “It's partly encouraging people to try out a new way to get to work just to see whether it works for them,” said Jim Coppock, a Cincinnati engineer who coordinates bicycle and pedestrian projects. “And it's trying to thank the people who do travel to work in a way other than a single-occupant vehicle.”

        According to the U.S. Census bureau's 1990 count, about 47,000 people in Greater Cincinnati got to work by bus, foot, bike, carpooling or some way other than a single-occupant vehicle. Experts predict those numbers have likely climbed because bus companies have an increase in routes and business.

        Regional leaders want to see the numbers grow as Greater Cincinnati faces ozone problems and increased traffic congestion.

        To rally the community, B-BOPP organizers will have a band perform on Fountain Square. A Metro bus with bike racks will be there for people to see how it works, and representatives from RideShare, Metro, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and other groups will be present, said Don Burrell, volunteer chairman for B-BOPP.

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