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You don't need to prove anything; the steep population decline of the inner-city populations already did that for me.

 

Whoops. Forgot the link for the plan on Sullivant Ave. Seriously you can't make this stuff up: it's like they're playing right into my hands!  >:D . Page 20 holds the most juicy, tender morsel: I'm surprised I forgot to point out how much worse this is than the other 2.25 miles.

 

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Yes, that's right: 3/4 of a mile + no passing lane, toss in a some West Side drivers in pickups, put some cyclists in front of them with nowhere pass, and you have a recipe for disaster. As long as no one gets hurt I'll be having a good laugh once the Dispatch article details the accounts of frightened cyclists who thought the sharrows and signs would save them. Notice there's nada about any sort of traffic calming measures to slow motorist traffic, so according to Google Maps a motorist typically drives this stretch in 2 minutes and when you switch to cycling it doubles to 4 minutes. Not a huge difference, expect when you think about having a driver on your tail honking and revving at you for a full 120 seconds and no lane to pass (unless they pass the solid lines if there's no oncoming traffic, but there probably would be some traffic that they'd swerve in front of to avoid sitting behind you) Here it is again so you don't have to scroll up and because even now looking at this I can't believe it's real:

 

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City of Columbus Department of Public Service

 

This so perfectly and concisely demonstrates in a clear manner who the city sides with when push comes to shove. If ensuring cyclists' physical well-being means inconveniencing motorists', their convenience ranks higher than a vunerable non-motorist's safety. What's most important is to appear bike-friendly without the infrastructure having to actually having to function as such.

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You don't need to prove anything; the steep population decline of the inner-city populations already did that for me.

You sure act like alot of people have alot to prove to you.  But it's good to see you don't harbor a "grudge" or are not "biased" against Columbus.  Just because almost all of your posts dump on Columbus doesn't mean you are "biased" or harbor a "grudge".  It could just be a coincidence.

 

 

it's like they're playing right into my hands!

Why? Because it's all about you?

 

 

What's most important is to appear bike-friendly without the infrastructure having to actually having to function as such.

You still haven't answered the pending question about Bicycling Magazine's ranking of Columbus which places it 34th out of 50 cities of 100,000+?  Which you claim is terrible.  However, according to your Bicycling Magazine source: "There are many important things a city can do to gain our consideration for this list: segregated bike lanes, municipal bike racks and bike boulevards, to name a few.  If you have those things in your town, cyclists probably have the ear of the local governmentanother key factor.  To make our Top 50, a city must also support a vibrant and diverse bike culture, and it must have smart, savvy bike shops.  If your town isnt named below, use this as an opportunity to do something about it.  Already on the list?  Go out and enjoy a ride."

Since there are 285 U.S. cities with over 100,000 population and there are 342 U.S. metro areas with over 100,000 population.  Was Columbus 34th out of 285 or was Columbus 34th out of 342?  Or was Columbus 34th out of the Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities out of those 285 cities or 342 MSA's in the U.S.?

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Since Keith M. (aka Minneapolisite) has shown himself to be a questionable source for information and analysis, here are two recent local media articles about the projects he posted:

 


Columbus to consider placing path on south side of road

By GARY SEMAN JR., ThisWeek Community News

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 10:54 AM

 

Columbus is open to the possibility of placing a shared-use path on the south side of West Dublin-Granville Road.  The city has taken a closer look at crossing options, land acquisition, environmental concerns and other major issues on the south side of the roadway.

(. . .)

The 2.2-mile path, which would cost $2.5-million, would extend between Sawmill and Linworth roads.  It is part of the Columbus Bicentennial Bikeways plan and is designed to link other bike paths in the area.

 

READ MORE: http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/northwest/news/2012/08/21/west-dublin-granville-road-columbus-to-consider-placing-path-on-south-side-of-road.html

 


Sullivant Ave. plan ill-timed, some say

By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 6:18 AM

 

The timing of a proposal to reduce the number of lanes on Sullivant Avenue has perplexed some Hilltop neighborhood leaders.

 

Traffic in each direction would be reduced from two lanes to one on sullivant between Hague Avenue on the Hilltop and Yale Avenue in Franklinton.  The 2.3-mile section would also get a new center turn lane and "sharrows", symbols that tell drivers that bicycle riders are encouraged to use the same lane.

 

The proposal would also ban parking along the north side of Sullivant between Hague and Yale.

 

READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/09/22/sullivant-ave--plan-ill-timed-some-say.html

 

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Didn't see this project listed among on the Current Bike Projects page by the City of Columbus.  But a new bike trail was added on an abandoned rail line in the Harrison West neighborhood.  From looking at the MORPC Interactive Bike Map, Google Map and the Franklin County Auditor GIS Map, it appears the new Harrison West Rail Trail is as follows:

 

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It looks like this new bike trail starts on the north side of Goodale/Vine Street, just east of an under construction 5-story, 174-unit apartment project called 600 Goodale.  It continues north and goes over the SR315 to I-670 freeway lanes using the former railroad bridge.  And ends at Ingleside Avenue (which is just off the above County GIS map).  Ingleside Avenue then goes past a number of recently built Wagenbrenner infill apartments in the Harrison West neighborhood.

 

Columbus Underground's Construction Roundup: September 2012 Part 1 has a couple of photos of this new Harrison West Rail Trail. 

 

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EDIT: There was one more photo of the new Harrison West Rail Trail from the reused railroad bridge looking north at Columbus Underground's Construction Roundup: September 2012 Part 2:

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This project was posted previously.  But this GIF they added is neat:

 

From City of Columbus - King Avenue Bike Lanes:

 

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The GIF makes it very clear why this is preferable to two sharrowed travel lanes with a turn lane. Cyclists in the after pic probably wouldn't want to be in front of the 35MPH  jeep or bus like they would be on Sullivant and on King there's no worry about adequate bike lane width next to parked cars since there will be none, at least west of the Olentangy. The sooner this connects to High, the better. It'll be pretty big to have a continuous bike-friendly connection between 5th by NW and OSU/Short North.

 

You're about the only one finding me a "questionable source" on here, btw, what with my citing city documents and data so that everyone can check for any discrepancies. The Sullivant Ave plan is unequivocally bad and is made even more questionable in light of the superior treatment that King Ave is getting. Notice that within my criticism lies a solution; replicate the King Ave treatment here too. If you have a better idea to offer, put it on the table: I'd like to hear it. 

 

Regardless of which way Columbo would like to interpret the 34th place ranking by Bicycling Magazine, and let's say it places Columbus in the most favorable light out of the options given, it doesn't make Columbus a good or even great city for biking.

 

Go ahead and bike around Columbus: not bike-friendly by far and hey,that's a choice the city made, not me. On CU they're talking about possible bike boulevards in the inner-city and how Gay St is an example of a good design for shared lanes; just like we did back in 2008 when someone suggested an "expansive bike-boulevard system" and to "toss cyclists a bone when it comes to crossing a river or a highway". Both kinds of infrastructure are still very lacking. In the year 2012 you still can't even ride on designated bike infrastructure from the Short North to German Village. Maybe in another 4 years?

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You're about the only one finding me a "questionable source" on here, 

Even your over-inflated ego shouldn't believe that.  But then you are the guy who said "And why not be serious about getting my seal of approval?" before any city project can begin.

 

 

Regardless of which way Columbo would like to interpret the 34th place ranking by Bicycling Magazine, and let's say it places Columbus in the most favorable light out of the options given, it doesn't make Columbus a good or even great city for biking.

Not interpreting anything.  Asking a question about a source that you provided.  Since you didn't answer it, I'll ask it you to explain for the third time. 

 

The pending question: Bicycling Magazine's ranking of Columbus places it 34th out of 50 cities of 100,000+.  Which you claim is terrible.  However, according to your Bicycling Magazine source: "There are many important things a city can do to gain our consideration for this list: segregated bike lanes, municipal bike racks and bike boulevards, to name a few.  If you have those things in your town, cyclists probably have the ear of the local government—another key factor.  To make our Top 50, a city must also support a vibrant and diverse bike culture, and it must have smart, savvy bike shops.  If your town isn’t named below, use this as an opportunity to do something about it.  Already on the list?  Go out and enjoy a ride."  So, since there are 285 U.S. cities with over 100,000 population and there are 342 U.S. metro areas with over 100,000 population.  Was Columbus 34th out of 285 or was Columbus 34th out of 342?  Or was Columbus 34th out of the Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities out of those 285 cities or 342 MSA's in the U.S.?

 

 

On CU they're talking about possible bike boulevards in the inner-city and how Gay St is an example of a good design for shared lanes

It's a good discussion on a very fine website.  You should add your voice to that discussion over at Columbus Underground.  I'm sure they miss your insightful views since it's been two years since you have posted anything at CU.  It would also give you a chance to argue against your inclusion in the 'Most Infamous of Columbus Underground?' thread.

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MODERATOR EDIT: Quotes and responses reordered from Keith M.'s original post for clarity.  At last as clear as it's gonna get.

 

You're about the only one finding me a "questionable source" on here, 

Even your over-inflated ego shouldn't believe that.  But then you are the guy who said "And why not be serious about getting my seal of approval?" before any city project can begin.

Oh dear, you're so predictable. Here we go with the personal attacks. That was in the context of my proposal which would result in infrastructure that would provide over 4x more of the same infrastructure with the same amount of money. In light of that, why not?

 

Regardless of which way Columbo would like to interpret the 34th place ranking by Bicycling Magazine, and let's say it places Columbus in the most favorable light out of the options given, it doesn't make Columbus a good or even great city for biking.

Not interpreting anything.  Asking a question about a source that you provided.  Since you didn't answer it, I'll ask it you to explain for the third time. 

 

The pending question: Bicycling Magazine's ranking of Columbus places it 34th out of 50 cities of 100,000+.  Which you claim is terrible.  However, according to your Bicycling Magazine source: "There are many important things a city can do to gain our consideration for this list: segregated bike lanes, municipal bike racks and bike boulevards, to name a few.  If you have those things in your town, cyclists probably have the ear of the local government—another key factor.  To make our Top 50, a city must also support a vibrant and diverse bike culture, and it must have smart, savvy bike shops.  If your town isn’t named below, use this as an opportunity to do something about it.  Already on the list?  Go out and enjoy a ride."  So, since there are 285 U.S. cities with over 100,000 population and there are 342 U.S. metro areas with over 100,000 population.  Was Columbus 34th out of 285 or was Columbus 34th out of 342?  Or was Columbus 34th out of the Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities out of those 285 cities or 342 MSA's in the U.S.?

It's not like you address the points I raise, but it seems like 34th out of the Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities out of cities since they're using the term "cities" not metros. Once again, it doesn't make Columbus a great biking city either way since there's a sharp decline in widespread quality infrastructure after the top three and then another steep drop after the remaining top ten which even in Walkscore only rank as "bikeable". Treatments like the one proposed on Sullivant Ave and implemented on Morse Rd and Tamarack Circle will do very little to get Columbus to where it needs to be. But watch out Kansas City: you might get bumped down a spot or two in the next Bicycling Magazine rankings!

 

On CU they're talking about possible bike boulevards in the inner-city and how Gay St is an example of a good design for shared lanes

It's a good discussion on a very fine website..

That's the problem in Columbus: good transportation discussions simply get rehashed year after year (hello streetcars); we're talking about basic city necessities to become, dare I say, "world-class". The fact that the same conversation keeps occurring is indicative of the lack of ambition to move up. New denser infill and more cool bars are always nice, but those alone will never get the city to where it should be nor will the same status quo stance towards transportation alternatives: such as cycling infrastructure.

 

So to prove how cycling infrastructure is so not terrible in Columbus, be proud of what a great job the city has done investing in cycling and take a short ride from the Short North to German Village (or vice versa if that's more convenient) using the bike lanes. You could take the ones on Hi-, err Front. No wait...4th? Not quite. 3rd? Uh huh. Oh! Grant must...aww nuthin'. Well, at least they're sharrowed. Not even those? Seriously? Hahaha, oh man, look at the big changes I'm missing out on in this emerging cycling capital.  ::)

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^ It's good to see your clarification that Bicycling Magazine did in fact rank Columbus 34th out of the Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S. (out of the 285 U.S. cities with populations over 100,000).  That really was a good source you provided after all!

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Some information on two East-West Connector Trails that will connect the North-South Olentangy Trail and Alum Creek Trail.  Two PDF Links from City of Columbus Public Service Department:

 

OLAC North - http://publicservice.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Public_Service/DOMO/Bikeway_Program/OlentangyAlumCreek.pdf

 

Hudson-Mock Connector - http://publicservice.columbus.gov/uploadedFiles/Public_Service/DOMO/Bikeway_Program/BikeProjects/HudsonMockConnector.pdf

 

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And finally, news about a bike share system that will be started in 2013.  The initial network will be in downtown and neighborhoods abutting the downtown in all four directions.  More about this from Columbus Underground and the Columbus Dispatch:

 

Columbus Underground: Columbus BikeShare System to Launch in 2013

 

Columbus Dispatch: Option for 2013: BikeShare rides - City will offer about 30 two-wheel rental sites

 

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Some news about a different type of biking infrastructure being installed around Columbus this week from the Columbus Underground thread 'Bike Repair Station'.  A number of black tubes that contain wrenches, pry tools and an attached air pump are being installed downtown and in the OSU campus area.  Below are photos of two of the bike repair station locations from the CU thread.  The first is outside of the Experience Columbus Visitors Center on Nationwide Boulevard in the Arena District.  The second is across from the OSU campus at 15th and High Street.

 

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Below is a link to a recent article in the Dispatch about the City of Columbus recalibrating its traffic light sensors to accomodate bicycles.  Most of the city’s traffic lights are connected to road sensors that detect the presence of vehicles at the intersections and adjust the lights accordingly.  But apparently bicycles don't trip these sensors.  The article explains that these road sensors are basically metal detectors and bicycles don’t have enough metal to trigger a light change.  So the City is recalibrating these sensors to detect bicycles.

 

Columbus Dispatch: Traffic sensors give bicyclists green lights - City recalibrates monitors to trip more easily

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Another bike trail project is coming to the 600 Goodale area - the under-construction 5-story, 174-unit apartment project on the northern edge of downtown.  Last year, the City of Columbus converted an abandoned railroad line into a new bike trail just east of the 600 Goodale project - posted here.  Now, the Kaufman Development facebook page has posted information on another City of Columbus bike trail project set to take place near their 600 Goodale project.  It would be a ramp that connects the higher-level Goodale Street sidewalk with the existing lower-level Olentangy River Bike Trail.  Below is a rendering of the ramp project from the Kaufman facebook page.

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This would go on the opposite side of the river across from the 600 Goodale location.  If you look at an aerial photo that was also posted at the Kaufman Development facebook page, you can see the Olentangy River Bike Trail at the top of that image.  This is the location of the ramp project.  Goodale Street is to the left in the aerial photo.  The previously mentioned rail-to-trail conversion is visible at the bottom of the aerial photo.

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Locations Set for CoGo Bike Share System; Mid-Summer Launch Planned

By: Brent Warren, Columbus Underground

Published on May 31, 2013 - 11:45 am

 

Planning is starting to ramp up for CoGo, the newly-branded Columbus bike share system.  Organizers hope to have 30 stations installed and 300 bikes available for use by the end of July.  They have also released a map showing where the stations will be; the system will extend south to Schiller Park, west to COSI, east to Parsons Avenue and north to 4th Avenue in the Short North.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/locations-set-for-cogo-bike-share-system-mid-summer-launch-planned-bw1

 

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CoGo bike-sharing system nears launch, with preview event Wednesday

By Evan Weese, Staff reporter

Business First - July 15, 2013, 2:14pm EDT

 

Downtown Columbus is about to become a whole lot more navigable, with the city’s CoGo bicycle-sharing system coming online by the end of the month.

 

The 30-station, 300-bike network in and around downtown will be introduced Wednesday with an 11:15 a.m. preview event at Bicentennial Park with full implementation likely the last week in July.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2013/07/cogo-bike-sharing-system-nears-launch.html

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More about the CoGo bike sharing program and last week's kick-off event for the program from Columbus Underground (linked below):

 

CU: First of CoGo Bike Share Stations Installed, Memberships Now On Sale

 

Mayor Coleman was there to lead last week's kick-off event.  Below is a photo of the Mayor leading the first group of CoGo bike riders to the docking station installed outside of City Hall:

 

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The CoGo Bike Share system officially launched yesterday (July 30).  More about it from the Dispatch and Columbus Underground at the links below.  The Columbus Underground report has a good photo-tour of the various docking station locations:

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/07/30/Columbus-bike-share-program-up-and-running.html

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/cogo-bike-share-launches-today

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Scioto Trail Connection on Track to be Completed this Fall

By: Brent Warren, Columbus Underground

Published on September 30, 2013 6:00 am

 

A key piece of the Scioto Trail is scheduled to be completed this fall, connecting an isolated section of the trail that runs from Fifth Avenue to Grandview Avenue to the main Downtown section of the trail that currently dead-ends across from the water treatment plant on Dublin Road.  The new section, which will feature two bridges and travel across a grassy peninsula adjacent to I-670, will also allow cyclists to travel from the Hilltop to Downtown via the recently-completed Hilltop Connector bridge.

 

Brad Westall, Greenways Planner for Columbus Recreation and Parks, said that weather will likely determine the exact date that the trail is completed and open to the public, but to expect a ribbon cutting some time in November. ... More information can be found online at http://publicservice.columbus.gov/bikeprojects/.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/scioto-trail-connection-on-track-to-be-completed-this-fall-bw1

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Heart of Scioto Trail unlocked as miles of pathway open

By Rick Rouan, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 4:57 AM

 

Cyclists and runners traveling along the Scioto River will have two new bridges to cross now that a key connector that links fragmented pieces of the trail has been completed.  The Ohio Department of Transportation’s $4.3 million project paved a new trail and added the two spans over the river between Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue, said spokeswoman Nancy Burton.  The new work links a section of the trail that extends west from the Columbus water plant on Dublin Road to the section that travels along the Scioto Mile.

 

“It’s like getting a whole new greenway-trail infrastructure with this opening of this one key missing link,” said Jody Dzuranin, spokeswoman for the local biking-advocacy group Consider Biking. “It’s opening many miles.”  The connector is about three-fourths of a mile, but it will connect parts of the West Side to the rest of Columbus’ trail system and the longer Ohio to Erie Trail that eventually will run between Cleveland and Cincinnati, Dzuranin said.

 

Trail users coming from the west will be able to jump on the Scioto Trail and access sections of the trail that head south, or turn north onto the 14-mile Olentangy Trail.  The Hilltop connector bridge off the trail will link up with the Camp Chase Trail to the west, too, said Alan McKnight, director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/12/06/heart-of-scioto-trail-unlocked.html

 

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Above is a location map of the new Scioto Trail segment;

Below is a view from that new trail segment looking west toward the downtown.

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Report from Columbus Underground about dedicated bike lanes coming to two of the main north-south streets going into and out of downtown.  Below the excerpt are some conceptual renderings of what this might look like from CU:

 

Bike Lanes Coming to Fourth and Summit/Third Streets

By: Brent Warren, Columbus Underground

Published on January 9, 2014 - 8:00 am

 

A resurfacing project planned for 2015 could have a big impact on how cyclists travel through the University District, Weinland Park, Italian Village and Downtown.  The City of Columbus has finalized plans to replace one lane of traffic with a bike lane on both Fourth and Summit Streets, from Hudson Street to I-670.

 

Parking lanes will remain on both sides of each street, with rush-hour time restrictions removed.  The resurfacing and re-striping will be funded primarily by the Ohio Department of Transportation; work is scheduled to start in spring of 2015, with a fall 2015 completion date.  Still in the planning stages is the Downtown portion of the project, which will feature physically separated bike lanes on Third and Fourth Streets.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/bike-lanes-coming-to-fourth-and-summit-third-streets-bw1

 

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Columbus is looking for input on Bike Plan

 

The City of Columbus is hoping lots of people will add their voices to this year’s update of the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan. The first opportunity for participation is an online survey, which is up now and will be available through this weekend.

 

Link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CbusTransportation

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