(James D. DeCamp photo)

Getting into the spirit of Bike to Work Week, I rode my new (to me) Trek road bike to the office this morning. Man, High Street from German Village to Downtown is all uphills. And it was windy. Weak.

Got this from Mayor Michael Coleman's office earlier today, after the mayor kicked off B2WW at the Statehouse. The Bicentennial Bikeways Plan has been eagerly awaited by bikers in Central Ohio. Here's more about the city's 20-year bicycle master plan: "The soaring price of gas is helping jump start a transportation revolution in Columbus, and we are proud to promote biking as an alternative to the automobile for commuters as well as recreation," said Coleman, who biked from his Berwick home to join today's rally. "We've committed $20 million by 2012 and are looking to making biking a safer, easier way to get around Columbus' neighborhoods and to jobs and activities Downtown."

The mayor and City Councilmember Maryellen O'Shaughnessy outlined many of the elements of the bikeways plan, which will be available on-line later today. The city engaged Alta Planning and Design, the company that guided Portland, Oregon's bike planning, last summer to guide local planning efforts, in partnership with MORPC, Metro Parks and the Departments of Public Service and Recreation and Parks.

"The first policy recommendation in the new bike master plan is to adopt a 'Complete Streets' policy for the city, to assure that roadways are built to accommodate not only cars, but pedestrians, transit and bikes," Council member Maryellen O'Shaughnessy said. "I hope to gain the support of my Council colleagues in support of a 'Complete Streets' resolution."

Today the City has some 87 miles of routes and trails, and by the 2012 Bicentennial, the City will add 31 miles of off-street trails, 58 miles of on-street bike lanes and route, with signs and striping to make biking safer, as well as installing hundreds of new bike racks and other amenities.

Regional partners will add another 49 miles of trails and routes. The 20-year plan will get the community to a total of nearly 728 miles of marked routes and new paths by 2028. The funding for Columbus' investment will come from the Capital Budget and the Bicentennial Bond Package going before voters in November. [Bikeways plan] [Dispatch story] [Discussion] [Central Ohio Greenways Plan]

Details about the plan after the jump...

(James D. DeCamp photo)

Getting into the spirit of Bike to Work Week, I rode my new (to me) Trek road bike to the office this morning. Man, High Street from German Village to Downtown is all uphills. And it was windy. Weak.

Got this from Mayor Michael Coleman's office earlier today, after the mayor kicked off B2WW at the Statehouse. The Bicentennial Bikeways Plan has been eagerly awaited by bikers in Central Ohio. Here's more about the city's 20-year bicycle master plan: “The soaring price of gas is helping jump start a transportation revolution in Columbus, and we are proud to promote biking as an alternative to the automobile for commuters as well as recreation,” said Coleman, who biked from his Berwick home to join today’s rally. “We’ve committed $20 million by 2012 and are looking to making biking a safer, easier way to get around Columbus’ neighborhoods and to jobs and activities Downtown.”

The mayor and City Councilmember Maryellen O’Shaughnessy outlined many of the elements of the bikeways plan, which will be available on-line later today. The city engaged Alta Planning and Design, the company that guided Portland, Oregon’s bike planning, last summer to guide local planning efforts, in partnership with MORPC, Metro Parks and the Departments of Public Service and Recreation and Parks.

"The first policy recommendation in the new bike master plan is to adopt a ‘Complete Streets’ policy for the city, to assure that roadways are built to accommodate not only cars, but pedestrians, transit and bikes," Council member Maryellen O'Shaughnessy said. "I hope to gain the support of my Council colleagues in support of a ‘Complete Streets’ resolution."

Today the City has some 87 miles of routes and trails, and by the 2012 Bicentennial, the City will add 31 miles of off-street trails, 58 miles of on-street bike lanes and route, with signs and striping to make biking safer, as well as installing hundreds of new bike racks and other amenities.

Regional partners will add another 49 miles of trails and routes. The 20-year plan will get the community to a total of nearly 728 miles of marked routes and new paths by 2028. The funding for Columbus’ investment will come from the Capital Budget and the Bicentennial Bond Package going before voters in November. [Bikeways plan] [Dispatch story] [Discussion] [Central Ohio Greenways Plan]

Details about the plan after the jump...

Some Columbus bikeway projects planned for construction between now and the end of 2012: Turning Milton Avenue in Clintonville into a Bike Boulevard, providing connection to two sections of the Olentangy Trail Connecting the Olentangy Trail to the Alum Creek Trail, with 14 miles of bike lanes and paths Constructing 1 mile of bike lanes on Kimberly Parkway, from Hamilton to Courtwright roads Transforming Sullivant Avenue in to a 12.6 mile bike corridor, from the Main Street Bridge to Georgesville Road Building 5 miles of bikeways in 8 Downtown alleys Adding 1.8 miles of bike lanes on OH-161, between Sawmill and Linworth roads Building 1 mile of bike lanes on Lockbourne Road, from Livingston to Frebis avenues Designing a share-the-road campaign for an 8-mile stretch of High Street, from Downtown out to Morse Road.

The Department of Recreation and Parks will add new neighborhood connections on bike paths and improve 7 major bridges to make room for cyclists and pedestrians. Some of the major projects include: Building 3 miles of the new Big Run Trail Completing 4 miles of the Alum Creek Trail from Ohio Dominican to Innis Park Adding 1.5 miles to the Scioto Trail from Berliner Park south towards Grove City Adding 2 miles to the Big Walnut Trail The City also is planning to create a downtown “Bike Station” where cyclists who commute to Downtown jobs will be able to change clothes and store bikes.