Active Transportation

We are collaborating with community partners to work on creating an Active Transportation Plan for Newark-Heath. We have worked together to draft an improved bicycle and pedestrian network. Now, we want to hear from you!

Please watch this tutorial and provide your feedback on our INTERACTIVE MAP:

Email us with any comments at:

Or call us at (740) 670-5200

What is active transportation?

Active transportation is human-powered transportation that engages people in healthy physical activity as they travel to their destinations. Active transportation tends to be combined with public transportation for longer distances.


Active Transportation is a great way to exercise, thereby reducing the risks and health detriments associated with obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Exercise has also been proven to improve mental health and lower stress. It also benefits the environment by reducing motor vehicle emissions and pollutants, while sparing the user fuel costs and reducing vehicle maintenance costs.

What is active transportation planning?

Active Transportation Plans (ATPs) are documents that provide a roadmap for improved walking and bicycling conditions (as well as other alternative forms of active transportation where they apply). The planning process includes steps for gathering input, building community support, and lays the groundwork for funding and implementing a wide variety of projects, programs, and policies. ATPs can take place at the regional, county, city, village, or neighborhood level. Plans may also address access to transit through active travel models.

Planning Partners for ATP:

  • Licking County Area Transportation Study (LCATS)      
  • City of Newark
  • Licking County Health Department Creating Healthy Communities
  • Hull & Associates, LLC
  • City of Heath 

Why are we doing an ATP?

  • To connect people to everyday destinations (work, school, grocery stores, doctors, etc.)
  • To provide facilities that enable residents to walk and bike safely
  • Improved mobility options/connections to improve healthy living opportunities
  • To make the community more convenient and accessible for walkers and bikers
  • To provide residents with options for getting around other than by a personal vehicle
  • A need to extend our connected shared-use/bike paths with on-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities

Who is an ATP for?


  • Downtown residents who need better access to a grocery store for fresh, healthy foods
  • Students who need a safe route to and from school
  • Employers who can be accessible for employees by walking, biking, and transit
  • Recreational riders to have extended trails and connections throughout the county
  • Visitors who want to come and enjoy a walkable community downtown area or explore our bike trail network & great outdoors