City residents provide feedback on bicycle and pedestrian plan

A sign welcomes guests to a community open house for the City of Columbus Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update in the Cal Brand Meeting Room at Columbus City Hall in Columbus, Ind., Thursday, June 20, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

A steady flow of local residents turned out at Columbus City Hall on Thursday evening to give input and feedback about bicycle and pedestrian travel in Columbus.

The event, in the Cal Brand meeting room, offered the public a chance to give feedback that will be incorporated into the City of Columbus Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update.

“We really wanted people to provide comments about our existing network and what they think our network should aspire to be and what the future conditions should be,” said Emilie Pinkston, a senior planner for the city of Columbus. “We want to know where people feel comfortable, where they don’t feel comfortable and why that is. That should give us clues as to what we should be building in the future. Hopefully, we’ll gain ideas about how we should be prioritizing future expansion and programs as well.”

That update is to identify ways in which the city could expand the local network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and make them more convenient, safe and comfortable, city officials said. The plan will update the city’s 2010 bicycle and pedestrian plan.