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Here are some routes into campus
Alum Creek Trail and the Olentangy Greenway offer mostly car-free access to downtown. You can take the Alum Creek Trail from Westerville with only a few sections of shared roadway.Click on map to the right for a larger view.
Likewise, you can travel from Worthington Hills to downtown on the Olentangy Greenway. There are many places to park and access the trail such as Antrim and Whetstone Parks.Click on map to the left for a larger view.
There is a well marked shared roadway connection between the two two trail systems so you can access either via low-traffic volume streets. Click on map below for a larger view:
A nicer route if you're coming down Cleveland Ave. from the north:
As far north as Hudson Ave., you can come over to the Lowe's store, and take the street that runs in front of it, Velma Ave. That will take you down past the Crew Stadium and the Historical Society to 17th Ave. Go left on 17th, and turn right onto Clara Ave. (where the McDonald's sits). Clara will take you down to 11th, and a quick right and you will see Essex on the left. Essex will take you down to Cleveland Ave. just north of 5th Ave. Once on Cleveland, take the very immediate left onto Shoemaker, and you can ride through the Wendy's parking lot, cross over 5th Ave. into the Milo Grogan neighborhood. N. 9th Street is directly opposite the Wendy's lot, and you can ride through that neighborhood down to 2nd Ave. Go left, and take it to St. Clair. Right on St. Clair (do stay on the sidewalk as you go over the bridge), and that will connect you with the bike trail on Jack Gibbs. Follow to Cleveland Ave. and campus.
A route in from the Short North:
Take Hunter Ave. starting from King Ave. Follow down to W. 1st Ave. Turn left on 1st, then right on Park Street. Follow Park all the way past Goodale Park, until it becomes Front St. downtown. Continue on to Nationwide, turn left at Nationwide and follow into campus. (Nationwide becomes E. Naghten St. when you cross N. 4th St.)