GetAbout Columbia paints bike lanes in streets

Monday, June 2, 2008 | 7:57 p.m. CDT; updated 4:40 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 1, 2008

COLUMBIA — The city of Columbia is painting bike lanes today and Wednesday in an ongoing effort to make the city more biker friendly.

GetAbout Columbia and the Public Works Department are in charge of the project and hope to have roads frequently used by bicyclists in Columbia painted with bicycle lanes and symbols by 2010.

Bike lanes anticipated to be finished by Wednesday

Old 63: Business Loop 70 to Stadium Boulevard Chapel Hill Drive: Forum Boulevard to Scott Boulevard Fifth Street: Providence Road to Hickman Avenue Green Meadows Road: Forum Boulevard to Providence Road Bethel Street: Dustin Drive to Granada Boulevard Vandiver Drive: Providence Road to east of Highway 63 Washington Avenue: Wilkes Boulevard to Hickman Avenue Business Loop: Creasy Springs Road to Stadium Boulevard Southampton Road: Providence Road to Kirkdale Drive Fairview Road: Broadway to Worley Street Forum Boulevard: Green Meadows Road to Mill Creek Road Silvey Street: Broadway to Worley Street Brown Station Road: Route B to Bonny Linn Drive Scott Boulevard: Brookview Court to MKT Trail Grindstone Parkway: Providence Road to Bluff Creek Drive

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The road markings and symbols are expected to make it easier for bikers to get around, said GetAbout Columbia team member Corri Flaker.

On roads that are too narrow to include a bike lane, the city will paint shared-lane markings on streets. The symbols indicate that a lane is to be shared with bicyclists and drivers. The symbols are spaced 250 to 350 feet apart and are 3 1/2 feet wide by 6 feet tall. The symbols are intended to be big enough to be seen by drivers.

GetAbout Columbia is a part of the city’s Public Works department that encourages people to bike or walk instead of driving.

The funding for the bike lanes is coming from a $21.5 million federal grant the city received in 2007. The Public Works Department created GetAbout Columbia as a way to use the money and make Columbia more biker friendly.

GetAbout Columbia is teamed with the PedNet project, an organization that provides information to the community about the benefits of bicycles and bicycle safety.

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