It is easy to travel to Ohio University by means other than single occupancy vehicles (SOVs). Alternative transit is often cheaper while using less natural resources than SOV transit. Alternative active transportation (biking, walking) is cheaper, better for the environment, and healthier. Alternative transit options for short and long distance trips are listed below. Please refer to the Office of Transportation and Parking Services webpage and below for additional information.
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is a paved path that runs more than 20 miles along the Hocking River through Athens, past the edges of Chauncey and The Plains, through part of Wayne National Forest, to Nelsonville.
Mile markers (see image above) are painted at all full and half mile locations along the Bikeway. There are also wooden posts signifying all full and half miles on the Bikeway. The mile markers were painted by volunteers using stencils that were custom-designed through the Communities Preventing Chronic Disease program of the Athens City-County Health Department. These stencils, inspired by historic brick designs of the region, connect cyclists to the history of Southeast Ohio.
Ohio University serves as a steward of the section of the bikeway stretching from OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital to Stimson Avenue. When traveling on the path in the eastern City of Athens portion of the path, a cyclist can access the stores on East State Street. On the northern section of the path, a cyclist can access 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 the City of Athens. The path has restrooms and drinking fountains at various stops.
The University's section of the bikeway underwent major repairs in 2014 and 2015. The repaving project cost approximately $300,000 and was done in an effort to uphold a responsibility to provide safe and active transportation options to the campus community.
The Office of Sustainability represents the University on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway Commission. If you need to report a problem with a section of the pathway which sits on University property, please email the Office of Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This taxi service is extra green! Get a sustainable ride around Athens or to the airport in a Prius! Call (740) 594-7336.
Sustainability Walking Map:
A free Sustainability Walking Map is available online for anyone interested in exploring the various sustainable features of campus and the local community. This map is constantly being updated, so please feel welcomed to email us with suggested additions (email@example.com).
There are plenty of ways to get around Athens sustainably.
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 has electric vehicle charging stations on campus. Please connect to Transportation and Parking Services electric vehicle parking webpage for more information.