There are plenty of ways to get around Athens, Ohio sustainably.
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is a paved path that runs nineteen miles along the Hocking River through Athens, past the edges of Chauncey and The Plains, through part of Wayne National Forest, to Nelsonville. When traveling on the path in Athens City, a cyclist can access all of the stores on East State Street and the Historic Square Arts District in Nelsonville .
The more ambitious cyclist may want to save on rent by living in Nelsonville, The Plains, or Chauncey and cycle to school or work each day in Athens City. The path has four restrooms at miles 0, 1, 4, and 10. Four drinking fountains are along the first portion of the path at miles 0, 1, 3 and 4.
If your commute to work, school, or elsewhere is not along the bikeway, Cycle Path Bicycle Shop offers a free, printable bicycle commuter map for Athens. The map is color-coded so the commuter knows which roads have the least automobile traffic.
The Southeast Ohio Bicycle Map contains four maps showing road conditions and routes for Athens and surrounding counties, with inset details for Athens, the Plains, Logan, and Nelsonville. Printed on environmentally friendly Yupo, the SE Ohio Bicycle Map is completely waterproof, tear-proof, and will inspire years of rides through the region. Copies of the map are available for purchase by Athens Bicycle Club.
Bike Repairs & Gear
If you need bike repairs, parts, clothing, rental, or are looking to purchase a bike, there are three bicycle shops located in Athens: Cycle Path Bicycle Shop, The Pedaler & The Packer and Athens Bicycle.
For security reasons, students should register their bikes with the Ohio University Police Department (593-1911) and store them either in bike storerooms (located on New South) or at bike racks located outside of some academic buildings and dormitories.
Receive guaranteed seating and excellent customer service by choosing to carpool with your travel buddies through the Ohio University Airport Shuttle. This is an excellent option for Bobcats choosing to travel to/from the Port Columbus Airport. Reservations can easily be made online and a variety of payment options exist for OHIO students.
Athens Airport Express
Athens Airport Express offers transportation service to and from Athens and Port Columbus International Airport. Hours of operation are 6 am- 10 pm, seven days a week. Please call for rates. Accepting Master Card, Visa and cash. Call 740-590-4686
Athens Airport Shuttle
Athens Airport Shuttle offers daily service to and from Athens and Port Columbus International Airport by reservation. Please call for up-to-date rates. They accept Visa, MC, Amex, Discover or cash. Call 740-592-0490 or toll-free 1-877-796-1002.
The Athens Transit runs several bus routes that community members, and students can take advantage of. The East State St. route begins at the Up-Town stop, located near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Court Street, and takes riders down East State Street to the Super 8 motel. The Plains and West Side Loop also picks up riders at the Up-Town stop and travels through the West side of town to the Plains Library. Riders who want to travel down Richland Avenue can take the Richland Avenue and South Side route. For other destinations like Andover Court Apartments, or C & E hardware, riders can take the South Side of the City Route. Fairs to ride within city limits are only one dollar for adults and 50 cents for children. Children under six are free. Call (740)592-2727 for more information.
CATCAB, which stands for Campus Area Transportation Cutting Across Boundaries, is designed to serve people with temporary or permanent disabilities that make walking across campus difficult. People with wheelchairs, crutches or walking devices, and those who have health problems that prevent walking long distances are encouraged to use this service. CATCAB will transport from off-campus to on-campus, on-campus to on-campus and on-campus to off-campus locations within their designated service area.
The Campus Area Transit System, or CATS, is a FREE bus for University students, faculty, staff and visitors throughout campus. No pass or ID is needed to ride. Just look for the many bus stop signs around campus and hop on a CATS shuttle.
The CATS service runs two different bus loops. The West Union Loop provides service from the Biochemistry area of West State Street to main campus to Mill Street Apartments and then to East Green. Highlighted areas along this route include: Athens Garden Apartments, Life Sciences/Stocker, Baker University Center, Jefferson Hall, and Mill Street Apartments. Alternatively, the Ridges Loop provides service from main campus to South Green to The Ridges. Highlighted areas along this route include: The Ridges, Convocation Center, Peden Stadium, Oasis, Baker University Center, and Multiple South Green Stops.
The GoBus Intercity Bus Service is a collaborated effort between Ohio Department of Transportation, The City of Athens, and Hocking Athens Perry Community Action. The project is part of a nationwide effort to connect rural areas and urban centers that result in connections of greater regional, statewide, and national significance. The buses run each route twice daily with connections to Greyhound's nationwide system and the Port Columbus International Airport providing Southeast Ohio residents with greater access and mobility.
Are you looking for a new apartment and want to find out the neighborhood's "walkability" rating? Check out the website WalkScore.com to determine the distance to amenities such as parks, grocery stores, libraries, coffee shops, and more.
Ohio University is partnering with "zipcar" to offer car-sharing to students, faculty and staff on its Athens campus. The program is a membership-based car rental option that offers a sustainable, efficient and cost-effective transportation alternative. Members can easily reserve a vehicle on the zipcar website or by using an app on a smart phone.
Any member of Ohio University (students, staff, or faculty) may use the Ride Board to make carpooling arrangements. Users may offer or request shared rides both to and from the University, or from the University to an outside destination. Learn more at the OU Ride Board website.
University employees interested in carpooling to work may contact Human Resources for the names and phone numbers of other employees who live in your area.