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Keeping tabs on GetAbout Columbia

Monday, August 11, 2008 | 9:35 p.m. CDT; updated 3:29 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 12, 2008

COLUMBIA — GetAbout Columbia was established to decide how to use a $21.5 million federal grant to promote nonmotorized transportation around town.
The GetAbout Columbia Web site lists planned infrastructure projects and a slide show presentation on trail surfaces. It also lists upcoming events such as classes on bicycle safety, news articles, past meeting minutes and upcoming meetings. Go to getaboutcolumbia.com for more information.

Glossary of trail terms:

— Shared-use path: Paths that are closed to motor vehicles. Also known as multi-use paths, these trails are designed to be used by bicyclists, pedestrians and other nonmotorized travelers. Currently, Columbia has three main paths of this type: the Bear Creek Trail, the Hinkson Creek Trail and the MKT Trail. All are made of gravel and are generally 10-feet wide. New trails of this type may be a combination of concrete and gravel to allow easier stroller and wheelchair access.


— Pedway: A path that is meant for pedestrian travel and, in some cases, bicycle travel. Pedway connectors link one neighborhood to another and are under a half-mile long. These are similar to, but wider than, standard sidewalks; pedways are 8-feet wide and sidewalks are 5-feet wide. Planned pedways conform to city sidewalk standards. Unlike sidewalks, planned pedways might have grade changes that might require maneuvering on a bicycle.

 

— Bikeway: A path that is meant for bicycle travel. These can include bike paths, bike lanes and bike trails. The term refers to paths intended only for bikes and those that are shared with other types of transportation.


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