Columbia ranks among top "bike-friendly" cities in the nation

1 year 1 month 4 weeks ago Thursday, September 22 2016 Sep 22, 2016 Thursday, September 22, 2016 6:56:00 PM CDT September 22, 2016 in News
By: Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia ranked No. 42 in the nation in a ranking of best bike cities by Bicycling magazine.

The biennial list takes multiple factors into account, including miles of bike lanes, percentage of female cycling commuters and the number of cyclist-friendly bars. Columbia finished better than other larger cities like Atlanta, Milwaukee and Detroit.

"It's a full-press system," said Ted Curtis, Columbia's bicycle/pedestrian coordinator. "It's not just a trail here and a trail there that people go to. Columbia has a really nice integrated system with not only trails, but streets with bike lanes and bike boulevards."

The ranking shows Columbia has 2.9 miles of bike lanes per square mile. The city jumped two spots since the last ranking in 2014.

In 2015, Columbia adopted a task force on pedestrian safety, with 15 members appointed by the mayor, intended to "evaluate available resources and provide recommendations on what can be done by the city government and by citizens themselves working in a cooperative way to decrease collisions between automobiles and pedestrians," according to the city's website.

Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas and First Ward Councilman Clyde Ruffin serve as the two co-chairs of the task force. They intend to propose a new Vision Zero policy to the city council in November.

"We should design and operate our transportation system with our number one priority being safety," Thomas said.

The plan is centered around designing infrastructure and roadways to eliminate all pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. The plan states that those deaths are avoidable, and therefore, unacceptable, Thomas said.

Biking is also a good way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically, and using a bike in favor of a car could save the average family $9,000 per year, Thomas said.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Josh Hawley announced a settlement fund for ten Missouri fraud victims. The settlement carries... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:29:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball star Michael Porter Jr. will likely miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery in... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 1:28:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested two men in connection with a shots fired incident on Clark Lane Tuesday. Detectives arrested... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:35:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A vote to remove Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven failed Tuesday. The... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:07:00 PM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court set an execution date for convicted murderer Russell Bucklew. Bucklew is scheduled... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:19:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Pope Francis named Father Shawn McKnight the new bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City Tuesday. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:35:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP)— Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a new member to the Missouri State Board of Education... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:04:36 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
GULFPORT, MS - Police arrested two people wanted in connection with the Missouri murder of 72-year-old William Domann. Nathan... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:48:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A man arrested after an alleged SUV theft on November 17 faces numerous charges, including stealing, tampering with... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:45:06 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police arrested three men Tuesday in connection with the robbery at McDonald's on Smiley Lane. Detectives... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:28:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri wants you to help feed families in need this holiday... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:26:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police detained six people early Tuesday following a shots fired call on Clark Lane. Officers went to... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 8:52:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The heavily traveled road Ballenger Lane has raised concern to homeowners and travelers due to its lack of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, November 21 2017 Nov 21, 2017 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:20:00 AM CST November 21, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia education leaders are concerned Gov. Eric Greitens is playing partisan politics with the state's board of education... More >>
1 day ago Monday, November 20 2017 Nov 20, 2017 Monday, November 20, 2017 11:21:00 PM CST November 20, 2017 in News
BELLE - The mayor of Belle, who is also a volunteer firefighter, crashed into the back of an ambulance that... More >>
1 day ago Monday, November 20 2017 Nov 20, 2017 Monday, November 20, 2017 10:32:00 PM CST November 20, 2017 in News
BELLE - Abatement Officer Tony Baretich is under investigation for 13 complaints that were formally filed against him after he... More >>
1 day ago Monday, November 20 2017 Nov 20, 2017 Monday, November 20, 2017 8:16:00 PM CST November 20, 2017 in Target 8
COLUMBIA - The city council met Monday night to hear the Visitors Bureau proposal to change the city's current definition... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 20 2017 Nov 20, 2017 Monday, November 20, 2017 6:12:00 PM CST November 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The state of Missouri has announced an increase to the state's minimum wage Monday. Businesses will... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 20 2017 Nov 20, 2017 Monday, November 20, 2017 6:01:00 PM CST November 20, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 32°
8pm 34°
9pm 31°
10pm 31°
11pm 30°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
Saturday Night Live
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
7:00p
iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld