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Thanks in part to the massive feedback and suggestions submitted <A href="http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14929">right here</a> on Columbus Underground, the City of Columbus has managed to install 62 new bike racks in 24 locations around the city between July 24th and October 2nd.

 

New locations include The South Campus Gateway, The Columbus Athletic Club, Studio 35, Café Corner, Café Apropos, The Surly Girl Saloon, Bodega, Claddah Irish Pub, Cornerstone Coffee, The One Columbus Building, Katzinger's Delicatessen, The Short North White Castle, B1 Bike Shop, Metro Gym, Voluneers of America, Barcelona, The Columbus Museum of Art, Four Points Real Estate, Town Street Properties, Urban Spirits Café, The COTA stop at Henderson & High, the corner of 9th and Indianola Avenues, Zettler Hardware, and at the corner of Cherry & Lazelle.

 

There are also 11 more racks pending at locations near Café Bourbon Street, The Chamber of Commerce, Café Brioso, and The Convention Center.

 

More suggestions are still needed though, as the City continues this program into 2009. In order to make the process as smooth as possible, some additional information is being requested with suggestions:

 

1.  Business name and exact street address

2.  Property owner and/or biz managers name and contact info

 

The city can install in the Right of Way in front of businesses and sometimes dense housing (such as large apartment or condo buildings)… but helping commercial areas thrive is their top priority for the time being.

 

You can post your suggestions <a href="http://www.columbusunderground.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=17096">directly here</a> on Columbus Underground, or use 311 via phone or <a href="http://311.columbus.gov/">web</a> to file a request. Thanks for all of the great suggestions! Keep them coming!

 

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Yeah, this program has been great so far. Awesome that the city is actively polling the public online to get feedback for stuff like this. A lot of hard work is being done by our Urban Coordinator Mike Brown. Do other cities even have an Urban Coordinator? :D

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"Do other cities even have an Urban Coordinator?"

 

In Cleveland, the bike rack program has been handled by the Office of Sustainability - they've placed 500 racks throughout the city so far (similar to the design posted above). Specific details are here: http://www.clevelandbikes.org/Clevelandbikeplan.htm

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Do other cities even have an Urban Coordinator?

 

In Cincy, our bike program is operated through the Department of Transportation & Engineering.  You can read about the program here:

http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/transeng/pages/-6807-/

 

BTW, there is also going to be a public hearing this Wednesday for the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee.  There are going to be lots of bicyclists there to make their case for more bicycle infrastructure funding.  Be sure to show up if your in the Cincy area.  More details can be found here:

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php/topic,17567.0.html

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Well done, Columbus.  Keep it up!  We have a lot of bike racks installed throughout Cleveland as well as every single bus, but I wish that we had more abundant (and less expensive) motorcycle and scooter parking.

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"Do other cities even have an Urban Coordinator?"

 

In Cleveland, the bike rack program has been handled by the Office of Sustainability - they've placed 500 racks throughout the city so far (similar to the design posted above). Specific details are here: http://www.clevelandbikes.org/Clevelandbikeplan.htm

 

Booya.

 

I was asking it more rhetorically just as a way to lavish praise upon Columbus' Mike Brown. ;) The dude is awesome. He touches everything from bike racks to the Streetcar proposal to green initiatives to every other project aimed at making urban Columbus a great place to live. :D

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COLUMBUS PLAN

Recession put brakes on miles of new bike trails

Monday,  March 15, 2010 - 2:51 AM

By Bill Bush, The Columbus Dispatch

 

After a ceremonious kickoff almost two years ago, the city of Columbus has made little progress on its plan to add 50 miles of bicycle projects, including new trails.  Plans to spend tens of millions of dollars by 2012 building bike bridges, trails, lanes along roads, and other improvements largely have gone nowhere, even though voters approved a bond issue in November 2008 that city officials said would help finance the projects.  The recession caused the city to scale back the plans, said Public Service spokesman Rick Tilton.

 

Millions of dollars in proposed "demonstration projects" are stalled.  Ideas included: a new bike bridge over the Scioto River near North Bank Park in Franklinton; making several railroad crossings more bike friendly; linking existing bike trails; and adding bike lanes to the sides of roads.

 

Instead of building projects, the city has focused on some modestly priced improvements, such as putting up signs on High Street reminding motorists to share the road, painting bike-path markings on a street in Clintonville that funnels bikers through a missing link of the Olentangy River bike trail, and installing bike racks Downtown, Tilton said.  Thanks to federal stimulus money, the city was able to go forward with extending the Alum Creek bike trail on the East Side from Ohio Dominican University to Innis Park.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/03/15/copy/recession-put-brakes-on-miles-of-new-trails.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

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Although Columbus' planned bike path improvements are mostly on hold, other Central Ohio communities seem to be moving ahead with their bike trail developments.

 

Bike path additions to join people, parks, shopping and jobs

Monday,  March 29, 2010 - 2:49 AM

By Dean Narciso, The Columbus Dispatch

 

Some central Ohio communities want their bike paths and trails to connect people to places, not lead to dead ends. 

 

In Knox County, for example, the Mount Vernon City Council has voted to negotiate to acquire about 3 acres of abandoned railway along Foundation Park to eventually connect with the Kokosing Gap Trail.  That path is part of the Ohio to Erie Trail, which aims to connect Cleveland to Cincinnati.

 

In nearby Gambier, the Village Council recently approved spending about $175,000 from state grants to create a milelong addition to the Kokosing Gap Trail to give bicyclists better access to the village center.  Grove City has two major projects to connect its neighborhoods with parks and pools.  And Hilliard hopes to direct the popular Heritage Trail through the city and beyond.

 

Full article: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/03/29/copy/missinglinks.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

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And a bike trail update for Gahanna, as well.

 

 

Gahanna working to improve bike trails via road lanes, more signs

Tuesday,  March 30, 2010 - 5:48 PM

By LORI WINCE, ThisWeek Staff Writer

 

City officials would like to improve bicycle and walking trails this year by adding signs and shared lane designations on roadways.  Gahanna updated the city's bikeway master plan in 2009 and determined inexpensive ways to implement some of the plan's ideas.

 

Gahanna parks and recreation director Tony Collins said the city does not have a lot of money to build more trails, which could cost $30 to $40 per linear foot.  But the city could spend about $5,000 to add signs, which would direct cyclists and pedestrians to trail links and recreational areas.  Gahanna currently has nine miles of multi-use trails.

 

The city's goal this year is to install one new mile of multi-use trail.  The city also intends to designate 3.6 miles of shared bicycle lanes on local roadways and to add signs on 26 more miles of shared routes to help make trails more visible for residents.

 

Full article: http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/gahanna/stories/2010/03/24/Gahanna-bike-trails.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=104

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<b>First High Street Sharrow Unveiled Today</b>

By Walker | May 17, 2010

 

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City officials, state officials and a whole slew of bike riders gathered this morning at the South Campus Gateway to unveil the first “sharrow” street marking that will remind motorists and cyclists to share the roadway along High Street. 188 more of these markings will soon be added to High Street between Morse Road and Nationwide Boulevard as a part of the City’s Bicentennial Bikeways Plan.

 

“We are investing in signage, bike racks and other infrastructure to make Columbus streets safer for cyclists and motorists to share the road,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “Making Columbus a great cycling city is good for our environment and improves our quality of life.”

 

READ MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/first-bikeways-sharrow-unveiled-today

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Hilltop plan routes bikes north of Broad Street

Official opts to save 11 blocks of key parking for businesses

Thursday,  May 27, 2010

By Mark Ferenchik, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

In a move that pleasantly surprised some Hilltop leaders, the city decided to route a bike lane through a neighborhood to preserve 11 blocks of W. Broad Street parking that business owners say is vital to their livelihoods.  Columbus Public Service Director Mark Kelsey said keeping the parking was key to his decision.  Last week, the city's Transportation and Pedestrian Commission voted in favor of a route that would have preserved only three blocks of parking.  But Kelsey said he followed his staff's recommendation, which he called a good compromise to please both cyclists and business owners.

 

Westbound cyclists on Broad Street will be routed north on Wheatland Avenue, west on Steele Avenue past Hague Avenue and south on Westgate Avenue back to Broad.  The city will mark the route with pavement markings and signs through the Highland West neighborhood.  The bike route, supporters say, will help Highland West's effort to reclaim a neighborhood that has suffered with crime and blight.

 

MAP OF HILLTOP BIKE ROUTE

 

Full article: http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/05/27/copy/hilltop-plan-routes-bikes-north-of-broad-street.html?adsec=politics&sid=101

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Thought this was worth posting twice:

 

Move over, cars

Street painting reminds drivers to share road with cyclists

Wednesday, June 23, 2010  02:52 AM

By Doug Caruso

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

The law says bicycles belong in the street.

 

Starting this week, N. High Street will say that, too.

 

Yesterday, the city began painting what the U.S. Department of Transportation calls "shared-lane markings" - 188 of them - between Nationwide Boulevard and Morse Road.

 

Full story at: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/06/23/move-over-cars.html?sid=101

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Planned trail too close for neighbors' comfort

Cyclists, joggers to pass 15 feet from backyards; city plans 3-foot wood railing

Monday, June 13, 2011  03:06 AM

By Robert Vitale

 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

 

A trail along Alum Creek gives people an up-close look at the turtles, frogs, deer and other creatures that call the area home.

 

One of the trail's final pieces also will give hikers and bicyclists an up-close look at backyard grillers, gardeners and garage tinkerers in a Northeast Side subdivision.

 

Residents there say they are a little uncomfortable with the trail wandering so close to home.

 

Read more at: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/06/13/planned-trail-too-close-for-neighbors-comfort.html?sid=101

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Bridge rebuild will force bike trail detour

 

Published: Thursday, July 7, 2011 8:07 AM EDT

 

The closure of the Dodridge Street Bridge and Olentangy Trail now is scheduled to occur beginning July 13, officials from the Franklin County Engineers Office announced last week.

 

Dean Ringle, county engineer, said replacement of the Dodridge Street Bridge -- spanning the Olentangy River between Olentangy River Road and Neil Avenue -- requires that Dodridge Street and the Olentangy Trail to be closed until September 2012, weather permitting. The trail passes under the bridge.

 

"The project involves the demolition of the current bridge and the construction of a new triple-span, arched, concrete girder structure," said Ringle in a press release.

 

Read more at: http://www.snponline.com/articles/2011/07/07/multiple_papers/news/allbododri_20110706_0519pm_3.txt

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Bike span over Scioto opens soon; link to Downtown still to come

By Molly Gray, The Columbus Dispatch

Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 10:39 AM

 

A $2.1 million bikeway bridge connecting the Hilltop and the Scioto Trail is to be completed soon.  The bridge, which took a year to complete, opens in conjunction with a road project that created bike lanes on Eureka Avenue and Harper Road on the Hilltop, connecting W. Broad Street to McKinley Avenue.  The intent is eventually to connect the West Side to Downtown via the trail. 

 

“It’s going to be a real nice loop from W. Broad to Downtown, all the way to (Lou) Berliner Park,” said Bradley Westall, greenways manager for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.  When the bridge opens on Aug. 15, cyclists will be able to go as far east as Grandview Avenue and as far northwest as the River’s Edge office complex on Riverside Drive.

 

The Scioto Trail is complete in two sections: a 6-mile stretch Downtown between Lou Berliner Park and Confluence Park, and the stretch between Grandview Avenue and River’s Edge.  Construction to connect the two won’t begin until next year, Westall said.  Construction is to begin this year to continue the trail northwest along Riverside Drive to 5th Avenue.  Both projects should take about a year to complete.

 

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/07/31/bridge-to---where.html

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The Scioto Hilltop Connector Bridge (subject of the above Dispatch article) officially opened to the public on Friday, August 12, 2011.  Columbus Underground looked at this project - which is part of the City's larger Bicentennial Bikeways Plan - and posted several photos of the new bike bridge and the trails surrounding it at 'The Scioto Hilltop Connector Bike Bridge Opens to The Public'.

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Unfortunately, it's a bridge to nowhere and as usual Columbus takes two steps backwards: all public requests for bike rack locations are null and void starting over a year ago. Only business owners are able to get a request approved. How's that for "progressive"? The ones I had requested in low-income neighborhoods such as Linden and Franklinton were entered before then, but later ones for the Hilltop and elsewhere were rejected outright.

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Mirror, mirror on the trail now the safest one of all

By  Dean Narciso

The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday August 23, 2011 5:37 AM

 

The mirror near the Henderson Road underpass had lost its reflective sheen, putting bikers at risk.

The sharp, blind turn is one of the more precarious spots along the Olentangy Bikeway.

 

After southbound cyclists cross the Henderson Road bridge, they descend a short, steep hill followed by a sharp left. It’s here that they face oncoming bike traffic.

 

For the reckless or inattentive, the outcome could be a bike-to-bike collision or veering into trees, rocks or the Olentangy River.

 

Read more at: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/08/23/mirror-mirror-on-the-trail-now-the-safest-one-of-all.html

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Report from Columbus Underground and 614 Magazine about a new type of vehicle on the street: the 16-passenger bar-bike.  Cycle Tavern of Columbus launched a new bar-hopping tour business in the Short North and Arena District areas starting in August.  Despite its appearance, there’s no alcohol served or consumed while on the vehicle.  The passengers are transported from bar to bar with a non-drinking driver steering the vehicle. 

 

CU: Cycle Tavern Launches Bar-Hopping Tours Powered by 16-Passenger Bike

 

614 Magazine: Photo Slideshow of Cycle Tavern "in action"

 

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The Columbus Department of Public Service has a new online resource for bicyclists that includes information on the rules of the road, the 2010 Bike Map, the Bicentennial Bikeways Master Plan, and several videos and links to other resources.

 

The website can be found at http://publicservice.columbus.gov/bike/.

 

Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways Plan

 

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Cities lure bicycle riders with new racks

 

By  Dean Narciso

The Columbus Dispatch Monday October 3, 2011 6:47 AM

 

Thousands of people enjoy Worthington’s farmers markets and street festivals. The crowds — and traffic snarls — can be impressive and daunting.

 

Hoping to lessen the gridlock and parking hassles, Worthington and other central Ohio communities are making walking and biking a priority.

 

At last year’s “Green on the Green” festival, the group Sustainable Worthington used a map board with pushpins to survey people about where they’d like to see more bike racks.

 

A year later, Worthington has begun installing 38 racks at the top 10 choices, including the village green, post office, city hall and senior center.

 

Read more at: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/10/03/cities-lure-bicycle-riders-with-new-racks.html

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I have a question: Are there any plans to put bike paths on either Henderson  or on N Broadway west of Rt 315? These two roads always bothered me...built like freeways and NO sidewalks or streetscaping. And yet, because they have such wide rights of way, they'd be an easy fix for for bike trails which could connect with the Olentangy trail.

 

Bike trails should be aimed as much at job access as recreational use (preaching to the choir). Bikers could ride to Olentangy Rd and put their bikes on a COTA bus to get where they need to go. Maybe a more elaborate bus/bike facility could be put in just south of the Henderson/Olentangy intersection? Ditto for N Broadway, where a facility could be put near the hospital.

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Groups peddle bike-hub plan

West Side leaders envision rest stop on Ohio to Erie Trail

By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, August 25, 2011

 

The West Side might become more than just a playground for casino patrons.  It might turn out to be a destination for cyclists as well.

 

At least that’s the vision of some neighborhood leaders who want to see a bicycle hub along the proposed route of the Ohio to Erie Trail through the Hilltop.  A hub, they say, would be a starting point for bikers who want to park their cars and vans before riding the trail or a stop for bikers already riding it.

 

West Side leaders see the undeveloped Wilson Road parkland just south of W. Broad Street as a perfect location.  For now, Ohio to Erie Trail maps show the route traveling along W. Broad Street past the 47-acre park, but that might change.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/08/25/groups-peddle-bike-hub-plan.html

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Bike shelter proposed on South Third

By Gary Seman, ThisWeek Community Newspapers

September 21, 2011

 

The city of Columbus has proposed building a permanent bike shelter in front of Cup O’ Joe, 627 S. Third St., north of East Sycamore Street and less than 100 feet from the No. 8 COTA bus line.  The German Village location is part of phase two of the bike-shelter program, which is in the discussion stage, said Rick Tilton, the city’s deputy director of public service.  It is one of approximately nine sites being considered.

(. . .)

City officials are in the midst of implementing phase one, which has 10 bicycle-parking sites across the city, including COSI and The Ohio State University campus.  That phase should be done by the end of this year.  The cost per shelter, which can accommodate 10 bicycles, is $25,000 in the first phase, Tilton said. 

 

It could be slightly more expensive in the second phase, which should be completed by the end of next year, he said.  The 8-by-18-foot shelters have no walls but are covered by peaked roofs.  The bike shelters are part of the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan, which proposes general guidelines for bikeways on streets and rights of way,

 

MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/germanvillage/news/2011/09/21/bike-shelter-proposed-on-south-third.html

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City celebrates opening of first bicycle shelter

Nine more planned through spring

By  Alex Stuckey

The Columbus Dispatch Wednesday November 2, 2011 10:56 AM

 

The city’s first bicycle shelter is open for business.

 

Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council members, Ohio State University officials and others celebrated the opening this morning at a ceremony near campus.

 

The new bicycle shelter, which will hold as many as 10 bicycles, is located at 1912 N. High St.

 

Read more at: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/11/02/City-celebrates-first-bicycle-shelter.html

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And speaking of bikes and OSU - this was recently in the OSU Student Newspaper:

 

Ohio State named Bike Friendly University

By Erika Dejolsvay-Brooks, The Lantern

Published: Monday, October 17, 2011

 

In the last three years, Ohio State has invested more than $2 million into efforts to promote and provide a bicycle-friendly environment for students and visitors, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

 

The LAB has honored OSU as a Bicycle Friendly University for transforming its campus into a friendly bicycling culture.  OSU is the 26th university to be nationally recognized and is the first in Ohio.

 

MORE: http://www.thelantern.com/campus/ohio-state-named-bike-friendly-university-1.2651734

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^^ Ha, I didn't realize that's what they meant by "bike shelter". Looks like rain could easily blow through there. Might help a bit with snow. But really, is there a justification for building such a thing?

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^^ Ha, I didn't realize that's what they meant by "bike shelter". Looks like rain could easily blow through there. Might help a bit with snow. But really, is there a justification for building such a thing?

 

Well it was really funny while I was down there for the Wisc. game.  They hadn't installed the bike racks, so it was just a cover.  Had no idea what it was for, originally thought it was a bus stop, but that didn't make sense either.  It should really be enclosed on the street side, then it would be mostly covered at least.

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New trail might connect park to mall

By Candy Brooks

ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Wednesday January 18, 2012 8:35 PM

 

Work could begin as early as next year on a paved multi-use trail connecting the Olentangy Parklands with the Shops at Worthington Place.

 

The 8- to 10-foot path would begin where the existing bike path ends in the parking drive to the Olentangy Parklands. It would follow along West Wilson Bridge Road to Old West Wilson Bridge Road, where it would become part of the roadway to the mall.

 

It then would wrap around the mall and connect to the sidewalk at Wilson Bridge Road and North High Street.

 

Read more at: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/worthington/news/2012/01/18/New-trail-might-connect-park-to-mall.html

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