If you rely on the bus to get to work, school or anywhere else, then you’re probably wondering what your options are while the COTA bus drivers are striking today. Thankfully, the non-fixed-route ADA services will continue as normal for riders with disabilities who qualify for those services. For the rest of us, the options are a little more limited.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) offers a RideSolutions Program, which assists commuters with setting up carpools, vanpools and other similar arrangements. The program does require some setup work in advance, as MORPC matches your riding information in a database with other commuters in specific areas. For more information on RideSolutions, visit www.morpc.org.
Trading in four wheels for two is another option for many people.
“You don’t need a crazy expensive bike… just something to get you from point A to point B,” says Jessica Mathews, Program Manager at Consider Biking. “There’s also lots of garage sales happening right now and there always tons of bikes at those sales.”
Mathews also recommends local bike co-ops including Franklinton Cycle Works and Third Hand Bike Co-Op for inexpensive forms of transportation. Though she urges new riders to properly prepare for their commuting conversion.
“Call up one of the bicycle advocacy organizations like Consider Biking or Yay Bikes and let them know what you plan to do,” she says. “They’ll inform you on training rides or basic 101 classes. I can’t stress enough how important education is.”
And of course, there’s always the option for some good old fashioned walking. Temperatures this week are expected to stay in the low to mid nineties with isolated thunderstorms, so conditions for walking aren’t quite ideal. Getting a little extra exercise sounds like a great idea if you’re within reasonable walking distance to where you need to go, but make sure to drink plenty of water and carry an umbrella or poncho with you just in case.
Additional ongoing discussion about the COTA bus driver strike can be found HERE.