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New corridors planned for Benton-Stephens

Thursday, November 6, 2008 | 4:52 p.m. CST; updated 7:25 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 6, 2008

COLUMBIA — Cooperation between GetAbout Columbia and Boone Hospital Center will create a series of new bicycle and pedestrian corridors throughout northern Columbia.

"It has been identified as a priority project," said Steve Meyer of GetAbout Columbia. The city is currently looking at the project's viability, and costs and funding have yet to be determined, Meyer said.

Though there is no finished design yet, Meyer said a possible location for one of the corridors is along East Walnut Street between North William Street and Old 63 North.

That area is one the residents of Benton-Stephens are eager to see finished.

"It is busy with pedestrian traffic walking to Stephens Lake," said Kip Kendrick, president of the Benton-Stephens Neighborhood Association. "It is very dangerous with nowhere to safely walk."

Meyer said the stretch between William Street and Old 63 North is important, and project organizers are considering a crossing between Walnut Street and Stephens Lake Park.

From there, the possibilities are open and other locations are still being considered, Meyer said.

Also under consideration is the type of corridor that will be created. The final plan could incorporate pedways, sidewalks, lane markings or a combination of the three in downtown areas.

The project is still in its early stages, Meyer said. The design is unfinished, and there is no anticipated date for a final design.

Kendrick said the lack of safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists has been an ongoing issue.

"No sidewalk has been an issue for a number of years," he said.


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Charles Dudley Jr November 6, 2008 | 6:34 p.m.

My only question here is I wonder if they included the Sidewalk Survey that was done by "GetAboutColumbia" on the sidewalk feasibility and accessibility by the Disabled Community who live in that area.

Freedom House a residential complex for the disabled is right in that area in question and is one of the main residential complexes for the disabled in the community and was included in the study Max Lewis a very active and busy disability advocate participated in.

They talked about and presented the feasibility of the possible use of many different materials that can and have been used to rebuild and improve existing sidewalks across the United States.

This study was done in conjunction from my understanding with the Columbia City Disability Advisory Commission which reports to the City Council on all matters concerning the needs of the disabled community with in Columbia.

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Panama Red November 6, 2008 | 9:07 p.m.

I like how they've painted stripes on Paris Road and they want traffic to go within the lines. Only problem is the parked cars that stick out into the traffic lanes and impede the flow of traffic ...

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Charles Dudley Jr November 7, 2008 | 3:56 a.m.

Panama Red I have to agree and the same thing is on Worley and Rogers as well.

You would think they would now make those areas or corridors a "No Parking Zone".

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Mark Foecking November 7, 2008 | 4:21 a.m.

In a car-dependent culture like ours, the worst thing you can do to a lot of people is take away their parking.

What they did on 6th south of Hickman is paint a bike lane on the INSIDE of the on street parking. I guess this didn't work for Worley or Paris, for some reason?

DK

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Kip Kendrick November 7, 2008 | 1:15 p.m.

Charles, I will be in contact with the City and Boone Hospital to check out the designs. One idea that a Benton-Stephens neighbor had was to see if Boone Hospital would include "planter boxes" along the walk-way as a way for individuals with disabilities and people throughout our neighborhood to plant flowers and potentially food. I know that work was recently done on the Old 63 sidewalks to make it accessible for wheelchairs crossing Old 63 from East Walnut; unfortunately, it is still not pedestrian friendly. I am concerned about everyone racing traffic to cross over to the lake. It truly is a dangerous location with lots of pedestrian traffic.

Thanks,

Kip Kendrick

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Ayn Rand November 7, 2008 | 1:47 p.m.

Anything in those planter boxes would get vandalized in a heartbeat.

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Charles Dudley Jr November 7, 2008 | 2:53 p.m.

Thank you Kip Kendrick and if you have any more questions or need more info from me just grab my email off of my blog site. The link is in my profile here.

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