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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Public Hearing Announcement - Columbus Bicycle Law

Subject: Public Hearing on Bicycle Law

As you've read in the past two newsletters, Consider Biking was invited to participate as a stakeholder in revising/enhancing the Columbus Traffic Code as it relates to bicycles. This project was one of the first recomendations from the recently adopted Bicentennial Bikeways PLAN.

Many of you raised your hand, and channeled great feedback to the City staff. I'm most excited that we've engaged 20+ EVERYDAY cyclists in reviewing the proposed law. And, let me tell you...that's probably 20+ more than would have been engaged in years past! And, I was most amazed that of the 20+ cyclists, almost all caught different mistakes in the draft legislation, or had different suggestions. It took that many people to thoroughly review and comment on this massive undertaking with unique perspectives.

The proposal has been through several revisions, and is on track to be introduced to City Council on December 15th. There will be two more chances for public testimony. The first, and most critical, is listed below. If you have any questions...feel free to contact me.

Public Hearing Announcement
Columbus Bicycle Law

Thursday, December 4, 2008
5:30 PM

City Council Chambers
City Hall 2nd Floor
90 W. Broad Street

Columbus City Council member Maryellen O’Shaughnessy will convene a meeting to discuss the proposed new bike laws. The code proposal would bring Columbus bike law into compliance with the recently adopted Bicentennial Bikeways Plan and the Ohio Revised Code. The new draft law should be available online December 1 at

City Engineer Randall J. Bowman will present the new law and interested citizens may offer testimony. Speaker slips will be accepted the day of the hearing at city hall’s Front Street security desk.

Parking for bikes is available at the entrance to the building and free parking for cars is available after 5:00 PM in the city hall surface lot at Front/Gay Streets


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