17th Street – 19th Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements
In 2020, the Planning Department partnered with the City Engineering Department to explore bicycle and pedestrian improvements along the 17th Street – 19th Street corridor, between Noblitt, Donner, and Lincoln Parks. This corridor is identified as a bicycle route, where bicyclists share the street with motor vehicle traffic. This route is the only identified east-west connection north of the Columbus downtown between the Mill Race and Haw Creek trails, and it is in need of improvements to become comfortable and safe for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.
The City began assessing this corridor in 2016 and determined that a number of intersection improvements were needed. The newly installed Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (HAWK) signal at the 17th Street/Washington Street intersection is the result of the efforts in 2016, and plans are currently underway to design similar signals for the 19th Street/Central Avenue and 19th Street/Hawcreek Avenue intersections. In 2020, the City was considering implementing one of two possible bicycle facilities along the full length of the corridor: a bicycle boulevard or a sidepath.
The Planning Department designed an all-virtual public input opportunity so community members could learn more about these options and provide feedback. The public input window for this project closed on November 25, 2020 but the public input materials are still available for viewing at www.columbus.in.gov/17and19/.