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Today's ride is from Three Creeks Confluence area down to the Log House in Groveport using the Blacklick Creek Trail. Round Trip is under 10 miles. Restrooms at both ends as well as shelter houses. There is a nice lake behind the Log House to explore too. If you want to go a little farther, you may want to check out Lock 22.

 

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There were some hopes from this report at http://www.columbusunderground.com/bike-lanes-coming-to-fourth-and-summit-third-streets-bw1 that Third and Fourth Streets in downtown might get some physically separated bike lanes when the streets are resurfaced in 2015.

 

Well, this update from CU at http://www.columbusunderground.com/protected-lanes-not-part-of-new-plan-for-bike-lanes-downtown-bw1 is less rosy.  Third and Fourth will be getting bike lanes (along with Long and Spring Streets).  But they'll be a combination of painted bike lanes, signs and sharrows instead of physically separated lanes.

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I've had that happen several times by people on foot.  Unfortunately because he was on that crappy rental bike and the guy was on a motorcycle he couldn't easily just get away from the guy.  So to answer the question, I never would be caught dead on some crappy rental bike where you can't deal with the kind of stuff that happens out there in the world.  So if you're on a real bike you have a good chance at getting away, especially if you know the area, and if you're in a hilly area you can use the hills to your advantage. 

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Updates on the construction of the Goodale Street to Olentangy Trail connector from http://www.columbusunderground.com/construction-roundup-october-2014-part-3.  Previously updated HERE and HERE in this thread:

 

View of the widened sidewalk next to Goodale Street looking toward the 600 Goodale apartments:

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View of the connector ramp leading down to the Olentangy Trail from Goodale Street:

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Couple of new items about Columbus funding the Camp Chase Trail - a 2.9-mile stretch of bike trail on the westside.  The Camp Chase Trail will connect with the rest of the Ohio to Erie Trail within Columbus.  It will also connect with the rest of the 90+ mile Columbus trail system and a planned 45-acre park on the west side to be called Wilson Road Park:

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/city-council-approves-funding-for-camp-chase-trail-bw1

 

http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-park-and-trailhead-designed-to-be-west-side-destination-bw1

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CoGo expansion may take bikes toward OSU, Franklinton and Bexley

 

CoGo Bike Share could see its first expansion since launching in the city last year.

 

Columbus City Council will consider a proposal Monday evening to add eight new docking stations and 80 more bicycles to grow the bike-sharing system mostly northward toward Ohio State University.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/12/cogo-expansion-may-take-bikes-toward-osu.html


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‘Engineer Rides’ Part of Bike Lane Collaboration with Yay Bikes

By Brent Warren, Columbus Underground

December 16, 2014 - 7:45 am

 

Although tough choices about new street designs and bike lanes mean that cycling advocates and traffic engineers are often pitted against each other, a new collaboration between the City of Columbus and Yay Bikes has the two groups working – and riding – together.

 

When Columbus Public Service Director Tracie Davies reached out to Yay Bikes late last summer, she was hoping the group could help to gather feedback from the cycling community, specifically about new bike lanes proposed for Third and Fourth Streets Downtown.  Catherine Girves, Executive Director of Yay Bikes, was thrilled to hear from the director and to offer her group’s expertise.  She just had one request – that instead of sitting around a map and talking about the proposal, the engineers join them on their bikes and ride the streets in question.

 

Davies agreed, and arrangements were made for a group of project managers and engineers to accompany the Yay Bikes team, who had studied the proposed lanes on Third and Fourth and identified several potential problem areas.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/engineer-rides-part-of-bike-lane-collaboration-with-yay-bikes-bw1

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University District to get first protected bike lane in Columbus

By Rick Rouan, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday January 30, 2015 - 6:05 AM

 

Columbus is getting its first protected bike lane as part of a plan to resurface Summit/3rd and 4th streets and add bike lanes along the heavily traveled corridors.  Bike lanes will be installed along those routes between Fulton and Hudson streets, with a 1.4-mile section of Summit developed into a two-way, protected bike lane.  That section will be between 11th Avenue and Hudson Street in the University District, and shielded by on-street parking.

 

Adding the bike lanes will require removing a vehicle lane, leaving two lanes for car and truck traffic on the routes north of Downtown, and three lanes through the heart of Downtown, said James Young, administrator in the city’s Department of Infrastructure Management.  It’s part of a $6 million project that the Ohio Department of Transportation and the city have planned to repave Summit/3rd and 4th starting this summer.  The project, paid for mostly by state and federal funds, is scheduled to wrap up by October.

( . . . )

The protected lane will run along the west side of Summit, allowing two-way bicycle traffic to ride more than a lane’s width away from vehicle traffic between the curb and on-street parking. ... Original plans called for a conventional bike lane, but the city reconsidered its position after engineers rode with representatives from Yay Bikes, a local advocacy and education group. ... Adding protected bike lanes near Ohio State University, an area heavily populated with bicyclists, also can act as a model for the rest of the city, said Catherine Girves, the organization’s executive director. “As a test site, this is the ideal place,” she said.

 

The city also plans to install 16 “queue boxes,” pavement markings that allow a bicyclist who wants to make a left turn to drive into the intersection while the light is green and wait in a space marked on the pavement.  Bicyclists wait in these queues until the light in the opposite direction turns green, then they merge with traffic behind them.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/01/29/University-District-to-get-protected-bike-lane.html

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More information, including a project schedule and details on upcoming public meetings, is available at www.columbus.gov/connectcolumbus.

 

New Thoroughfare Plan Will Tackle Street Layout, Bike Lanes, Light Rail and More

By Brent Warren, Columbus Underground

March 14, 2015 - 10:50 am

 

The City of Columbus is moving forward with their Multimodal Thoroughfare Plan, and they are hoping that you have some opinions to share about how you get around (or would like to get around) the city.  The first of three “Vision and Goals” meetings is scheduled for the end of March and a website has been set up to start gathering input, but that’s just the beginning – a “Plan Van” will be making stops at festivals and neighborhoods all over the city starting this summer, and future meetings will look to the public to generate new ideas for transportation projects, and for help in evaluating those projects.

 

The plan – which was originally referred to as a Complete Streets plan and is now being marketed under the name Connect Columbus – will classify all of the larger streets in the city, providing recommendations for how different types of streets should be laid out.  The overall focus of the plan, though, will be on balancing the needs of drivers with those of cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users.  Topics like the bus network, future light rail corridors or streetcar routes, and protected bike lanes are all on the table.

 

“We’re at a crossroads,” said Rick Tilton, Assistant Director of the Department of Public Service.  “Because of the changing culture in Columbus, and in light of how the city’s population is changing, we need to be smart about how we spend money ... we don’t want to be just a car city.”

 

The timing of the process will line up with two other initiatives; COTA’s Next Generation campaign will be looking at the future of transit in the region, and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Metropolitan Transit Plan will be setting goals and priorities for the whole regional transportation network.  The city will be working in conjunction with COTA and MORPC to ensure that the three plans complement each other.  The Connect Columbus process is expected to last at least 18 months.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-thoroughfare-plan-will-tackle-street-layout-bike-lanes-light-rail-and-more-bw1

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OSU Announces Zagster as Bike-Share Partner

By Walker Evans, Columbus Underground

March 19, 2015 - 1:38 pm

 

The Ohio State University announced today that it has officially selected Zagster to service the campus with a new bike-share system.  Zagster, which also launched a bike-share program at Easton Town Center last summer, will deploy 115 bicycles to 15 stations across the campus this year. ... The 15 station locations have not been fully finalized, but the University made a suggestion for placements in their RFP based on feedback from students, faculty and staff.

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The program is scheduled to soft-launch this summer with a full rollout expected by the time fall semester begins.  In addition to standard commuter bicycles, the system will also feature tandem bikes, cargo bikes, heavy duty bikes, hand cycles and electric-assisted bikes.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/osu-announces-zagster-as-bike-share-partner

 

(Larger version of this suggested OSU stations map available at the above CU article link)

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University District to get first protected bike lane in Columbus

By Rick Rouan, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday January 30, 2015 - 6:05 AM

 

Columbus is getting its first protected bike lane as part of a plan to resurface Summit/3rd and 4th streets and add bike lanes along the heavily traveled corridors.  Bike lanes will be installed along those routes between Fulton and Hudson streets, with a 1.4-mile section of Summit developed into a two-way, protected bike lane.  That section will be between 11th Avenue and Hudson Street in the University District, and shielded by on-street parking.

 

Adding the bike lanes will require removing a vehicle lane, leaving two lanes for car and truck traffic on the routes north of Downtown, and three lanes through the heart of Downtown, said James Young, administrator in the city’s Department of Infrastructure Management.  It’s part of a $6 million project that the Ohio Department of Transportation and the city have planned to repave Summit/3rd and 4th starting this summer.  The project, paid for mostly by state and federal funds, is scheduled to wrap up by October.

( . . . )

The protected lane will run along the west side of Summit, allowing two-way bicycle traffic to ride more than a lane’s width away from vehicle traffic between the curb and on-street parking. ... Original plans called for a conventional bike lane, but the city reconsidered its position after engineers rode with representatives from Yay Bikes, a local advocacy and education group. ... Adding protected bike lanes near Ohio State University, an area heavily populated with bicyclists, also can act as a model for the rest of the city, said Catherine Girves, the organization’s executive director. “As a test site, this is the ideal place,” she said.

 

The city also plans to install 16 “queue boxes,” pavement markings that allow a bicyclist who wants to make a left turn to drive into the intersection while the light is green and wait in a space marked on the pavement.  Bicyclists wait in these queues until the light in the opposite direction turns green, then they merge with traffic behind them.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/01/29/University-District-to-get-protected-bike-lane.html

 

This won't be the first protected bike lane ever in town. There was one on High St. through campus in the '80s.

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