City of Columbus Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update

The Planning Department is in the process of developing the City of Columbus Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update, which will serve as an update to the City’s 2010 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The Plan Update will identify opportunities to expand our bicycle and pedestrian network and will include strategies to make our system more convenient, safe, and comfortable for users. At a minimum the Plan Update will include: (1) recommendations for improving and expanding the City’s network of trails, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and other bicycle and pedestrian facilities; (2) detailed design guidelines for all recommended facility types; (3) a wayfinding strategy and signage system for the city-wide bicycle and pedestrian network; (4) the identification of priority locations for trail and street lighting; (5) the identification of new trailhead locations; (6) the creation of a recognizable logo for the People Trail network; and (7) the development of a maintenance plan for bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update is being guided by a Steering Committee of local residents and stakeholders. Several Steering Committee members teamed to create a series of public outreach posters.  In the outreach posters, the Steering Committee members stated why the bicycle and pedestrian network is important to them! Click here to view the posters.

Please contact Emilie Pinkston at epinkston@columbus.in.gov or 812-376-2550 with questions or to learn more about this project.


17th Street – 19th Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

The Planning Department recently 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 currently 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/.


Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update (2020-2021)

CAMPO is in the process of updating the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (formerly know as the Long-Range Transportation Plan). This plan, which is updated every five years, establishes goals and prioritizes transportation improvements for Columbus and Bartholomew County for a 20 year period. For more information, visit the MTP page at https://www.columbus.in.gov/planning/mtp.