You’ve got to be kidding?
From the current edition of Bicycling magazine.
Future Best Cities: Columbus & Fargo-Moorehead
Columbus and Fargo have the potential to improve into great cycling cities
By Brian Fiske
What happens when you cross a citywide fitness initiative, Commit to be Fit, with an environmentally friendly “green pact” signed by the mayor? A sudden interest in bikes. Columbus is working on its first bike master plan since 1993, and every indication is that it’s going to be a whopper. Mayor Michael Coleman has already pledged $50 million for bike and pedestrian transportation and has linked the bike plan with the city’s 2012 bicentennial by naming it the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan.
Columbus is not the worst city to ride in, but it’s far from the best.
We do have a nice network of trails, especially one running from downtown to Worthington. The down side, it’s not good for serious riding. It’s good from getting to Point A to Point B, if you have time. Typically the trail is crowded with pedestrians walking their dogs, or groups running together hogging the entire trail. And all too often, they get pissed if you politely ask for some room to ride past them. On a sunny late afternoon or weekend, I won’t even go near it.
Commit to be Fit? Who’s spokesperson is the anorexic Andrea Cambern? Great intentions , but Columbus, in 2002, was considered the 6th Fattest City (too much tailgating at Buckeye games?). In 2006, we were down to 16th. So the program may have some positives.
As for the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan. Not much can be found. I did find this article from the Columbus Dispatch. There was this broken link to Alta Planning. Alta Planning, a national planning company, was hired by the city to come into Columbus and analyze the city’s bikeabilty. Does the broken link mean a busted plan?