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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Columbus Bikeway Investments


From Councilmember Zach Klein,




Since the adoption of the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan in May 2008, the City of Columbus has made significant strides toward becoming a top-tier bicycling city in the United States. Not only have new trails made us more accessible to bikers, runners, and walkers, but they have served to beautify the city and enhance the quality of life for all its residents.

In late January, I sponsored legislation through the Recreation and Parks Committee that will allow for further progress on our city's bikeways. Two of these ordinances will assist with the completion of the Alum Creek Trail, allowing for asphalt and concrete work, as well as landscaping, along the path from I-670 to Innis Park. The completed path will make for an uninterrupted journey from the southern end of I-270 all the way to Westerville. The other ordinance will continue the city's partnership with Franklin County Engineers for the construction of trail improvements to the Livingston Avenue Bridge over Big Walnut Creek.

Along with such public service additions, like our new bike shelters, these improvements to our bikeway infrastructure will continue, and will make its greatest strides in this bicentennial year. A greener and more bike-friendly Columbus is a goal that I share along with other civic leaders in the city. I hope that all of you will take advantage of the progress we have made as a city, and visit a bike trail this coming spring.

For more information on these projects, and other bikeways in Columbus, please visit parks.columbus.gov and click on "Trails". If you have any questions or concerns you would like to share with me, please contact my City Council office at (614) 645-1701.

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