"Ongoing Projects” are those that are currently being facilitated by the Planning Department. They may be in various stages of completion or pending approval. Please visit this page again for updates on these projects and always feel free to contact the Planning Department staff for more information.
Current Ongoing Projects
In an effort to combat a major determinant of chronic disease – lack of physical activity – the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) awarded a generous grant to the American Planning Association (APA). The APA, in turn and in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA), provided funds to 18 communities across the United States to increase opportunities for physical activity. This program, called the Plan4Health Initiative, encourages communities to form coalitions and implement innovative strategies that encourage community members to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines.
As one of the 18 chosen communities, the City of Columbus is building upon existing health efforts to complete three distinct projects that aim to increase daily physical activity. This project will be led by the City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department and Reach Healthy Communities.
The first project involves the analysis and design of bicycle and pedestrian crossing treatments at three key intersections along a 1.5 mile segment of the Columbus People Trail System, a system of interconnected multi-use trails, side paths, bicycle lanes, and side paths. This segment of the trail system is particularly important because it connects three popular community parks. Unfortunately, the three intersections at the focus of this project present a barrier to safe travel because they lack any type of crossing treatment for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The second project entails the development of a case study for the design of bicycle and pedestrian crossing treatments at state highway intersections. The City of Columbus and its network of trails are bisected by state highways. These highways are designed to carry high volumes of vehicular traffic, and they pose significant barriers to bicyclists and pedestrians who wish to cross them. The coalition is focusing on three state highway intersections for the purpose of this project due to their proximity to residential areas, schools, and shopping centers. The case study, which will be created in close coordination with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), is intended to result in a list of INDOT-endorsed design options for state highway intersections that can be applied at the identified locations in Columbus and also throughout the State of Indiana.
The third project involves the launch of a broad public awareness campaign that will highlight the importance of designing and building the Columbus community in a way that promotes physical activity as part of a daily routine. With help from the Walkable and Liveable Communities Institute and Joust Multimedia, this project will include public presentations, a photo vision project, and physical activity infographics, among other strategies.
This project will involve opportunities for public input. Please stay tuned for information about how you can get involved.
To learn more about the nation-wide Plan4Health initiative, visit the Plan4Health website. For more information about the Plan4Health projects in Columbus, please contact Emilie Pinkston, Senior Planner, by phone at 812.376.2550 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.