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I was reminded of the line from the movie “Field of Dreams,” which said, “If you build it, he will come,” while driving west on County Road 200S. The newly completed extra-wide sidewalk from Shadow Creek subdivision leading to Southside Elementary School was alive and well with walkers, runners and cyclists. Everyone seemed happy, happy, happy.
I’ve waited years for this to happen, since my commute to Southside had me cycling on 200S twice a day. I enjoy the People Trails sidewalk much better than 200S, and hopefully many students at Southside will also.
Now, with all that being said, I was surprised that the opportunity to increase bicycling on Washington Street with the addition of bike lanes had been deleted with the repaving project.
I was left scratching my head since Columbus touts itself as “bicycle friendly.” Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised since decision makers for city planning are probably those who don’t bicycle daily as their preferred form of transportation.
I get it. Cyclists are the transportation minority stakeholders, but we are growing and will continue to grow. Wouldn’t it be better for Columbus to be proactive instead of reactive in this situation?
Look at the need for more People Trails that is already apparent, such as State Road 11 in Garden City. I’m amazed that a cyclist hasn’t gotten killed there. Some wonder if the People Trails will be used enough to justify the cost to build them. Believe me, build it, and they will come — just as they have on the yet-to-be-officially-completed trail on 200S near Southside School.
Peace and pedaling.
This letter was received on Aug. 22 from Mark Yeaton. Yeaton is a Columbus resident and biking enthusiast who teaches at Southside Elementary School. He has been using County Road 200S as a bicycle route to and from his school for several years, Development of a People Trail path alongside the road has made his commute a lot safer and much more enjoyable.
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